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The Flaming Lips wrap up their North American summer tour with confetti, lasers and balloons at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater

It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: there is nothing quite like a Flaming Lips show. It’s an experience that many have with mouth agape as this type of sensory-overloaded spectacle is not an everyday occurrence. When The Flaming Lips stopped in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday night, the last stop of their 12-show North American summer tour, you bet they brought with them their laser hands, confetti, inflatable robots and rainbows, oversized balloons, and more colored lights than you can imagine. Continue Reading

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend hits Middlesbrough for a star-studded show, with Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding and more

Once a year, the BBC utilizes its status as a media giant to boost local economies across the United Kingdom with BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. This year the traveling festival descended on Middlesbrough, a post-industrial town in the North-East of England. For a town without a single high-capacity venue, this was the event of the decade. I spent two days covering the festival to experience what happens when you bring some of the biggest names in music to the backyard of average British communities. Continue Reading

Warm weather, happy fans and acts like Tame Impala, Beck, Tears For Fears and Maggie Rogers draw big crowds to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees

Shaky Knees has quickly made it’s way to the top of my “favorite festivals” list. Unlike the other high-end festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), Shaky Knees hasn’t sold themselves out to conform to what is trendy, instead, it has displayed commitment to its own standards. Continue Reading

Atlanta’s Shaky Beats Festival keeps things friendly and community-focused, with Martin Garrix, San Holo, Big Gigantic and more

I have never been to a music festival with as much home state pride as Shaky Beats in Georgia has. During nearly every single set someone would start chanting “ATL HOE” which is a sign of approval from the crowd. Continue Reading

joan and Misterwives bring energetic, groovy pop-rock to Texas Live! in Arlington, Texas

I’ve been a fan of joan since around the time they first released music about a year ago. I remember hearing their song “Love Somebody Like You” and thought “Yep, I can definitely see myself becoming obsessed with this band’s music”. Continue Reading

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At Madison Square Garden, Childish Gambino’s “last tour” felt more like a new beginning

We talk about Donald Glover as an actor, a comedian, a director and a rapper, but I’d argue there’s more than that. Continue Reading

1 year ago

The Sheepdogs showcase classic 70’s rock’n’roll at their New York City show at Le Poisson Rouge

Tossing out some serious 70s vibes with their embroidered jumpers, brown suits, dungarees, and thick mustaches, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band, The Sheepdogs tackled Le Poisson Rouge, last Friday night. Continue Reading

1 year ago

19-year-old King Princess captivates and enchants a sold out crowd at El Rey in Los Angeles (with Donna Missal)

Excitement filled the air. The sold-out El Rey, a live music venue set in an old movie theater in Los Angeles, was quickly filling up for King Princess’ Thursday night show. The royal red velvet décor and sparkling crystal chandeliers from the glory days of this vintage movie theater set the mood for the regal, precious performances to come. With her melodic, powerful voice and soulful songs, Donna Missal opened the night and had everyone dancing with her. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival features Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes and more over three diverse, rainy days

Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place from July 20th-22nd in Union Park in Chicago, was for the brave and unbreakable this year, and not just because the attendees had to make it through rain 2 of the 3 days. Continue Reading

1 year ago

House of Vans continues their triumphant final summer with performances by Liz Phair and Blondie

House of Vans, the beloved venue that has hosted such diverse artists as Julian Casablancas, GWAR and Joey Bada$$ over the past eight years, continued it’s final summer with another show worth celebrating, with Blondie and Liz Phair. Continue Reading

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