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Local Photos: Beach Fossils @ AfterHours 9.9.14

Surf-tinged Brooklyn indie rock quartet Beach Fossils played a campus show on Tuesday night which also featured an opening set from local folktronica duo Skinny Bones (celebrating the vinyl release of their debut album Noise Floor). Check out shots of both bands below.


Vital Songs of Summer 2014 | A Mixtape by Cara McGrath

Want to live out the rest of summer ’14 by following the “YOLO” motto, but need a hot soundtrack to accompany your regret-free life? Craving some new tunes for a road trip? For a party? For packing all your crap in boxes and moving down the street? Look no further! Here’s a collection of some of this summer’s must-listen tracks to help enhance whatever the last few weeks of vacation… continue reading


The Antlers – Familiars

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The career of The Antlers has been defined by their emotional authenticity. From the feeling of awe while stargazing evoked from In The Attic Of The Universe, or the sexual frustration and sheer loneliness of Burst Apart, singer Peter Silberman’s power lies in his ability to communicate his feelings potently to an audience. That quality has not diminished over their career, and similar to his band’s previous four LPs, on… continue reading

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Josh Benash – Stasis

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Another one for Josh Benash’s resume – as if he needed it. Benash made a name for himself as the madcap frontman and songwriter of New York experimental outfits Kiss Kiss and Vuvuzela. Reinvented himself as a composer for orchestras, ballets, film and video games. Stasis – Benash’s second solo release and the natural progression of his previous efforts – is full of cinematic oddball pop. And somehow, that all sounds… continue reading


Common – Nobody’s Smiling

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When the new generation of rappers can experience their rise and fall in a month’s time, a long-time insider like Common might seem like a relic. Unlike those Internet rappers that make bread by steadily releasing mixtapes, Common can sit back. Few will demand new material from someone with a slew of classics and nothing to prove, and outside of a starring role on AMC’s improbably still-on-the-air Hell on Wheels,… continue reading


Local Photos: Hamilton Leithauser @ The Sinclair 7.10.14

  Former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser struck out on his own this summer for the release of his debut solo album Black Hours. He’s spent some time on the road supporting the new set of Sinatra-influenced ballads, including a tour that stopped over in Cambridge in July. Check out photos from the show, including an opening set from Brooklyn-via-Nashville singer/songwriter Torres, below. 

Show Review: Brand New @ The Mann Center 7.12.14

The intensity of Brand New’s emo-tinged indie rock is arguably only equaled by the devotion of the band’s fans. When Brand New played a sold-out show at Philadelphia’s Mann Center, these two sources of intensity collided with spectacular results. 


Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3

Pitchfork’s final day this year was also its best, stacking many of the weekend’s most anticipated acts back to back, if not on top of one another. A bit frustrating perhaps, but also a head-spinning amount of great music to see in one day if you were up for the challenge. First up were Massachusetts’ own Speedy Ortiz on Blue, opposing the formerly Boston-based Mutual Benefit on Green. Speedy’s loss… continue reading


Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 2

Day two of Pitchfork Fest started with perhaps the most energetic 1 p.m. set I’ve ever seen at the fest, courtesy of Chicago natives Twin Peaks. The local flair surely contributed to the crowd’s early afternoon enthusiasm, but the band’s hooky garage pop is plenty of fun no matter where you’re hearing it. Singer/guitarist Cadien James was restricted by a wheelchair and cast, but still managed to out-shred some of… continue reading


Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 1

Another year, another glorious Chicago weekend with the Pitchfork Music Festival. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Pitchfork continues to perfect its formula and remain a standout in the increasingly crowded summer festival field. The lineup offers something for just about anyone – and that’s not just a platitude. Hip-hop, indie rock, R&B, noise punk, vintage shoegaze, post-metal, minimal techno and numerous genres beyond were well-represented across this year’s 40+ artists…. continue reading


Nine necessary sets at this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago’s Union Park this weekend for its ninth edition, offering up another diverse lineup that spans from pastoral indie rock to unsettling electronic noise. The festival’s 2014 installment will retain its tried and true three-stage setup to accommodate a total of 42 artists over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules. Though it’s no Coachella or Bonnaroo, that’s still a lot to choose… continue reading