• Primavera Sound Logo 2014

    Highlights From The 2014 Primavera Sound Music Festival Day 1

    Yesterday kicked off the 2014 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain at the Parc del Fórum. Among the acts that performed were Real Estate, Warpaint, Majical Clouds, St. Vincent, Neutral Milk Hotel, Future Islands, Chvrches, Queens of The Stone Age, Arcade Fire, and Disclosure. Take a look back at our favorite moments from yesterday and check in again tomorrow to see the highlights from Day 2. You can also stream the sets live. Check here for the schedule!
  • Hangout Music Festival 2014 Finale

    Highlights from 2014 Hangout Music Festival Day 3

    Hangout Music Festival came to a close Sunday in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Sundays at music festivals always have a bit of a different vibe than the other days. It can really polarize the audience between the lame-os and the coolest people on the planet. Some people are passed out in the middle of the field from the fatigue brought on by the weekend, while others are still going 110 percent to get the most out of their weekend. The conversations overheard in the crowd are always the most interesting on Sundays, and the community between different groups of friends can spawn some interesting stories.
  • Fireworks on the Beach at Hangout Music Festival 2014

    Highlights from 2014 Hangout Music Festival Day 2

    Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama was in full swing yesterday for Day 2. We saw Diarrhea Planet, Trombone Shorty, and Fitz and the Tantrums at the Palladia stage; Tegan & Sara, Matt and Kim, and The Flaming Lips at the Chevrolet Stage; Moon Taxi at the Red Bull Stage; Pretty Lights in the Boom Boom Tent and finally Needtobreathe, Modest Mouse, and the Killers at the Hangout Stage. See the highlights below, and check back tomorrow for our favorite things from Day 3.
  • Hangout Festival 2014 view from VIP booth

    Highlights from 2014 Hangout Music Festival Day 1

    The 2014 Hangout Music Festival kicked off Friday in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We posted yesterday about our favorite things from the festival pre-party, and today we bring you the highlights of Day 1. We saw Allen Stone and Ingrid Michaelson at the Chevrolet Stage, The 1975 at the Palladia Stage, Childish Gambino and STS9 at the Boom Boom Tent, and finally Dawes and The Black Keys at the Hangout Stage. Check back tomorrow for our Day 2 highlights!
  • Jena Irene performs

    'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Top 3 Go Home

    Somehow, it's already May 14. And somehow, American Idol has whittled its competitors down to three: Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jena Irene. This week, the top 3 performed a pick by Randy Jackson, a pick by the three judges and a pick from their previously performed songs chosen by their hometown.
  • Slint's Brian McMahan

    Concert Review: Slint at the Bowery Ballroom

    Nobody checked my ticket last night at the Bowery Ballroom. I held mine out at the front entrance, but the people there were just checking IDs and giving out 21+ wristbands. At the entrance to the bar, where the tickets were actually being scanned, I simply walked right in without anyone seeing me or telling me what to do. So even though I had a ticket, I could have easily snuck into the Bowery Ballroom last night to see Slint.
  • The Cat Circus in Bloomfield, NJ

    Concert Review: Cat Circus in Bloomfield, NJ, 5/2/14

    Like a great number of "venues" in New Jersey, the Cat Circus is just the basement of a house rented out by college students, but it's definitely the cleanest, most organized college house I've ever set foot in. The original bill for this show/birthday party/vegan BBQ consisted of eight acts, which is three or four more than is usually recommended for a house show, but two of the acts ended up not playing, which I'm sure the neighbors were quite thankful for.
  • Meatlocker Graffiti

    Concert Review: The Meatlocker in Montclair, New Jersey

    Shows at the Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ sit somewhere in between basement shows and legitimate venue shows. Technically it’s the basement to an apartment building, but I’m pretty sure nobody who lives in the apartment actually goes down into that cold, filthy space. Anyone can rent out the space for the night and put on a show, and while big acts such as Ted Leo, Wavves, and Screaming Females have played there, most nights it’s just a bunch of small, scrappy punk bands playing for a couple of people, like the show I went to last night.
  • Caleb Johnson wails for top 6

    'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Jessica Meuse and C.J. Harris Refuse to Come Alive for Top 6

    American Idol got a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll and a little bit of Grumpy Cat last night for its top six performances. For the first time, each of the remaining contestants performed two songs a piece. The first half of the show? Marked by rock songs of all sorts, from Neon Trees to Heart. The second half was all country with two tracks by Idol alumna Carrie Underwood and a few comfy classics.
  • Jena Irene sings

    'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Top 7 Make Predictable Picks For Contestant's Choice

    After two weeks in the top eight, American Idol is finally down to seven contestants this week and decided to let the remaining singers show their real stuff (yet again) with their own choice of song. Thus, the picks were pretty predictable and everyone performed thusly. It's pretty well established who the stars are on this season of Idol -- Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson, and those three had the strongest showings. The mediocre singers were mediocre and the boring guys were boring.
  • Dylan Baldi's Gibson SG

    Concert Review: Cloud Nothings at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/13/14

    What sets Music Hall of Williamsburg apart from all of the other major venues I’ve been to is the absence of a barricade between the audience and the stage. For the first time in my life, I was able to stand right next to the stage and rest my arms and my beer on it. I chose to hang around stage left, and it turned out to be the best spot in the house for taking photos of the bands.
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