Controversially reunited Swedish hardcore heroes Refused made their way to Boston last weekend, fresh off the festival circuit. OFF! opened.
July 26, 2012 in Features
In a sense, last week’s premiere of Shut Up and Play the Hits marked the final comment on the demise of James Murphy’s beloved dance-rock project LCD Soundsystem. The new documentary covers the days immediately preceding and following LCD’s massive final show at Madison Square Garden through the eyes of its frontman. The film also focuses on many of the themes that the band itself mined over the course of its ten year existence: getting old, staying relevant, catching up with the rapid passage of time, and questioning how a self-proclaimed ‘normal guy’ fits into the rock star life. Thoughts on the film and the demise of one of last decade’s best and most important bands inside.
The final day of Pitchfork Fest 2012 brought with it clear skies, hot temperatures and a rock-heavy lineup to close things off with a bang. Click on to check out the final round of reviews and photos, including Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Ty Segall, Real Estate and more. Read the rest of this entry →
Between the seemingly endless list of must-see sets and the disagreeable weather conditions, day two’s festivities alternately took on the feel of a grand-scope adventure and a punishing endurance test. Sets from Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more reviewed and photographed inside. Read the rest of this entry →
A series of foreboding thunderstorms cleared just in time for the kickoff to day one of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which featured performances from Feist, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Olivia Tremor Control and more. Read on for plenty of photos and set reviews. Read the rest of this entry →
July 11, 2012 in Features
This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival descends upon Chicago’s Union Park this weekend, and I’ll be there to see, hear, photograph and write about as much music as I can. Ideally I’ll be posting some daily coverage, so be sure to check back throughout the weekend. Click on for a rundown of the weekend’s most intriguing and must-see sets.
July 9, 2012 in News
The ever-prolific John Darnielle announced today that The Mountain Goats’ new record, Transcendental Youth, would be released October 2nd on Merge Records. John discusses the origins of and inspiration behind the record here, and Consequence of Sound has the tracklist and the astoundingly great artwork. A limited edition pre-order of the album with a bonus 7″ will be available from Merge in a few weeks.
Darnielle is one of my favorite working songwriters, and The Mountain Goats have yet to disappoint me. Last year’s All Eternal’s Deck was one of their most varied and sonically interesting records yet, so I’m very much eager to here what’s in store this time around. The fact that Darnielle has already referred to this as the band’s “Satan record” has me extra stoked.
Amidst Saturday’s sweltering heat, New York’s inaugural CBGB Festival brought the reunited ‘classic’ Guided By Voices lineup to Central Park Summerstage for a free show with Cloud Nothings, The War On Drugs and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
July 9, 2012 in Show Reviews
I reviewed and photographed last Sunday’s show with Moonface (Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown fame) and Siinai for Allston Pudding. Check that out here.