Streetside: Ibeyi Channel Fall Equinox at Chicago’s Thalia Hall; September 23

Coinciding with a crisp fall equinox, French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi made an appearance at Thalia Hall in Chicago on Wednesday (September 23) to celebrate their heavily lauded self-titled album, the autumnal mystique a perfect compliment to their un-pinnable fusion of everything from […]

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Streetside: Low shows some Midwestern Love at Thalia Hall in Chicago; September 18

The festival season coming to a close in Chicago, Minnesota slowcore royalty, Low, came through the city in perfect season-changing form over the weekend (Saturday, September 18), the husband and wife-fronted crew paying a visit to a new southside […]

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Streetside: Death Grips at Seattle’s Showbox; June 19, 2015

I finally saw Death Grips live. The noise-rap innovators kicked off their ‘posthumous’ world tour in my hometown of Seattle. Throngs of underage white kids lined up around the block the entire day of the show, […]

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Streetside: Dan Deacon at Seattle’s Neumo’s; May 8, 2015

If you know who Dan Deacon is outside of his viral “Drinkin’ Outta Cups” sketch-rant, then you’ve heard of his infamous live show: a highly-interactive, all-inclusive indie dance party that just about everyone describes as […]

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Streetside: Pig Snout, The Fall of Troy at Seattle’s El Corazón; January 30

Every now and then in Seattle there’s a bill that juxtaposes the strangest artists and venues together. Thomas Erak-led The Fall of Troy, beloved local post-hardcore set, shared the stage with pinchably-adorable family band Pig Snout at an old dive […]

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Streetside: Alt-J Live from the Artist’s Den; December 11

Alt-J is the newest truly exceptional gift from the UK. Their debut album An Awesome Wave has been running through myriad veins since 2012, while their sophomore album This is All Yours dropped in September of this […]

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Streetside: Elite Underground Chicago Hip-Hop Trifecta Hit the Empty Bottle; October 21

There was quality to the Open Mike Eagle show at the Empty Bottle featuring Serengeti and Jeremiah Jae that for better or worse spoke volumes about the Chicago hip-hop scene. It was Tuesday and unless […]

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Streetside: Melvins at the Showbox in Seattle; October 18, 2014

Melvins are one of the best sludge-stoner metal bands of all time and arguably the first. Of course, that’s not exactly the most lucrative genre, unless you speed it up to midtempo radio format, slap […]

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Streetside: The Herbie Hancock Quartet Hits Portland; September 23

This is a minefield. Herbie Hancock is gesturing to the rest of his quartet with a muffled chuckle at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, two days shy of autumn on Sunday, September 21. Vinnie Colaiuta, James […]

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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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