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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 1

“I want you to tell your kids about this night,” Kanye West exclaimed during his headlining set on the opening day of this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. West’s hook from “Good Life” […]

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Streetside: Converge at Seattle’s ‘Rain Fest’; May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Washington state: all the Pitchfork-hip bands are at the Gorge for the state’s mini-Coachella, Sasquatch!, and the underage kids flirting with hippie culture are at the free Folklife Festival. For those who […]

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Streetside: ‘Oh Comely’, Dear Neutral Milk Hotel, Back to Seattle’s Neptune Theater; April 4

In 2012, Jeff Mangum visited Seattle’s The Moore Theater for two nights, the first of which – as was the case at dates across the country – sold out almost instantaneously. It marked the first […]

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Streetside: The Gospel According to Neil Young at LA’s Dolby Theatre; April 2

Dashing harmonica lube on people in the front row as he did on the other three dates of his Dolby Theater run in Hollywood, Neil Young‘s fourth and final set from the little church of […]

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Streetside: Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) at Some Couple’s Living Room in Portland, OR; March 20

“I like to play in these live settings because nobody has any idea what I’m saying on the record,” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah statesman Alec Ounsworth quipped to an audience of 50, sitting indian-style […]

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Unofficial SXSW 2014: The Triggermen @ Metropolis Apartments

A trio of “degenerate party-rappers,” raged home-town with an energetic set at some oddity of an apartment complex out East called The Metropolis. Place yourself in the back lot basketball court of a multi faceted, jungle […]

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Unofficial SXSW 2014: Jonah Tolchin @ Licha’s Cantina

A well-worn house, last occupancy being a museum of grungy homage to typewriters, now spot-on with the outdoor embrace of a porch rocking, umbrella strewn, yard lounging beer garden. Jonah Tolchin is set up outdoors. […]

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Unofficial SXSW 2014: Cherry Glazerr @ Burger Records’ House Party

Here’s a brand of LA palm-tree cool shag punk you may have missed in a blur of heroin chic Tumblr posts. We did, anyhow. Walking into the western hills of an old money ‘hood house […]

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Unofficial SXSW 2014: Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Hotel San Jose

South by San Jose – a parking lot transformed into an outdoor oasis, free and open to everyone. Booze and bands. Pop up vendor tents. This corner stage of music tucks itself in the midst […]

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Unofficial SXSW 2014: Lust-Cats of the Gutters @ East Side Bikinis

The glorious part about the ring around Austin that divides the official and the unofficial – that we affectionally refer to as the fringe – as waxed on yesterday, is not having to explain a party […]

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