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Photos: Beck, Fiona Apple, Cults @ Governor’s Ball: June 24

Photos: Beck, Fiona Apple, Cults @ Governor’s Ball: June 24

June 26, 2012

Luminaries and legends on Day 2

Empires @ The Studio At Webster Hall: June 23, 2012

Empires @ The Studio At Webster Hall: June 23, 20123

June 25, 2012, By

Empires and I have a very strange history. Having first encountered them after the departure of guitarist Tom Conrad from The Academy Is…, I wanted …

Photos: Passion Pit, Santigold @ Governor’s Ball: June 23

Photos: Passion Pit, Santigold @ Governor’s Ball: June 23

June 25, 2012

The Governor’s Ball Music Festivak took over Randall’s Island this weekend, and while Sunday’s lineup was full of ’90s nostalgia (Fiona Apple, …

Photos: Metallica, Arctic Monkeys @ Orion Festival

Photos: Metallica, Arctic Monkeys @ Orion Festival1

June 25, 2012

This weekend was the inaugural Orion Music And Arts Festival in Atlantic City, the brainchild of metal legends Metallica. With an eclectic bill featuring sets …

Mister Saturday Night @ House Of Yes: June 23, 2012

Mister Saturday Night @ House Of Yes: June 23, 2012

June 25, 2012, By

A little before 2 a.m. at Brooklyn, NY’s House Of Yes, a sullen-looking guy in a plain black T-shirt approaches my friend enthusiastically but …

Hives @ Terminal 5: June 22, 2012

Hives @ Terminal 5: June 22, 2012

June 25, 2012, By

About ten years ago I entertained a brief musical fork in the road. I was young and there was huge renaissance of garage pop rock. …

Paper Route @ Mercury Lounge: June 21, 2012

Paper Route @ Mercury Lounge: June 21, 20121

June 22, 2012, By

  Even though it was still a balmy 92 degrees at 11 p.m. last night, the Mercury Lounge was surprisingly cool and filled with hardcore fans …

Liars @ Webster Hall: June 20, 2012

Liars @ Webster Hall: June 20, 2012

June 21, 2012, By

The first time I saw Liars’ Angus Andrew perform he was wearing a blue kilt, and he was terrifying. Towering over the crowd at 6’6″, screaming …

Tallest Man On Earth, Strand Of Oaks @ Town Hall: June 20

Tallest Man On Earth, Strand Of Oaks @ Town Hall: June 20

June 21, 2012, By

When Strand Of Oaks came on stage at Town Hall on Wednesday night, I thought to myself, “Oh, more quiet woodsy folk music played by …

Now, Now @ Mercury Lounge: June 18, 2012

Now, Now @ Mercury Lounge: June 18, 2012

June 19, 2012, By

  Fresh of off a two-night stint at Terminal 5 supporting Fun., Now, Now took to a smaller stage in front of a smaller crowd at …