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Bob Mould at Freight & Salvage

Bob Mould, H.C. McEntire - Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley, CA) - April 10, 2022

29 April 2022

Bob Mould brings stripped down but nonetheless provocative sound to Berkeley with supporting act H.C. McEntire.

Photo by Sarah Piantadosi

Spiritualized - Club Congress (Tucson) - April 17, 2022

21 April 2022

Spiritualized live performance in Tucson, AZ

Yumi Zouma - Lincoln Hall (Chicago) - April 20th, 2022

21 April 2022

It was no surprise the devoted audience knew all the song by heart, even when Present Tense was just released last month. Just about every song in their catalog could easily be a pleasing radio friendly hit. “Right Track / Wrong Man,” “Give it Hell,” and “In the Eyes of Our Love” are the kinds of songs that have the sort of light-hearted sensibility to elevate anyone out of a dark funk and came off especially well in concert.

Hana Vu - Schubas Tavern (Chicago,IL) - March 20, 2022

21 March 2022

The way the intensity was built up really brought to home the fact that Hana Vu is hopefully on the verge of what is to be a long an artistic career and is as genuine as they come.

Witch by James Broscheid

Witch - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ - March 13, 2022

18 March 2022

The band took to the Club Congress stage with Mwondela donning one of the band’s iconic chitenge cloth hats (initially designed to curb stage fright in the 1970s). Jagari (nicknamed after the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger), now 70, was in fine form both vocally and physically, dancing around the stage, high-fiving the crowd, and handing out a cowbell for people to contribute rhythm.

Wet Leg at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Wet Leg – First Avenue - Minneapolis, Minnesota - March 3, 2022

8 March 2022

The Isle of Wight duo expanded to a five person rock band in concert and played an exciting 16 song set.

Music Frozen Dancing - The Empty Bottle (Chicago) -February 26th, 2022

27 February 2022

There have been a few Music Frozen Dancing events when it is has been even unseasonably warm and the outside heat lamps didn’t even really need to be on. But, there’s always that Music Frozen Dancing day temperature the matches the February date perfectly. And, who would hold a festival outdoors in Chicago at the end of February anyway? Luckily, the same people who know the necessity of booking fantastic bands that bring the energy. You can’t get frostbite or die of hypothermia if you’re too busy dancing, right…..right?

The Weather Station - Lincoln Hall (Chicago) - February 25th, 2022

26 February 2022

Sometimes, it takes a single voice to evoke a mood. Slowly drifting across an audience of connected strangers and lingering in all the cracks between them. Then, suddenly a keyboard comes in and then a guitar, bass, and drums all connected by the grounding melodies of the vocals. In the sense of a shared experience, fans feel the intensity build in a way that strengthens the pieces overall. Yet, in the building is a strange sort of reckoning with the way the lullabies soothe.

Squirrel Flower - Schubas Tavern (Chicago) - February 20th, 2022

21 February 2022

While Williams dominated the stage throughout the set with a very lovely glam style and her luscious folk vocals, she also provided a safe space for the sold out audience to be in the moment enjoying the wonder of the songs.

Ghost - Allstate Arena (Chicago, IL) - February 18, 2022

20 February 2022

Frontman Papa Emeritus IV (Tobias Forge) delivered a high-caliber set of gothic evil with a wink and a tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Tool, Blonde Redhead - Ford Idaho Center (Nampa, ID) - January 13, 2022

15 January 2022

On Thursday night in Idaho, America’s finest prog-rock band finally unveiled selections from Fear Inoculum to a packed arena on the third night of their long-awaited tour behind the record of the same name.

Stewart Copeland: The Police Deranged for Orchestra - Allen Bradley Hall (Milwaukee, WI) - December 2, 2021

7 December 2021

“What is this drummer guy doing with an orchestra?” said former Police percussionist Stewart Copeland.

Sheastie Boys

Halloween Meltdown - Mosswood Park (Oakland) - October 16-17, 2021

18 November 2021

The weekend of October 16th and 17th saw the return of live music to Mosswood Park in Oakland with the 2021 Halloween Meltdown, hosted by John Waters. Fans, many in costume, crowded into the park’s concrete bowl to mosh, crowd surf, or just sit and take in the 17 bands who played over the weekend.

Nada Surf - Thalia Hall (Chicago) - November 14, 2021

14 November 2021

No worries about Nada Surf’s ability to deliver the same kind of high quality live show that urges devoted fans to try to catch multiple tour stops. In fact, their over 2 hour set surely must have left the audience satiated and joyous.

Gojira - Revolution Concert House (Garden City, ID) - October 8, 2021

9 October 2021

Friday night’s performance by Gojira marked the first occasion on which the massively successful quartet played in proper support of Fortitude, one of the year’s best albums in rock music writ large.

Katie McGavin

MUNA - Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA) September 17, 2021

5 October 2021

Days after the release of MUNA’s “Silk Chiffon”, their collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers, they took the stage in Pittsburgh shift attention from the doom and gloom of a pandemic, and remember – in their own words – “life’s so fun.”

Photo by Philamonjaro.

Alice Cooper – BMO Harris Pavilion (Milwaukee, WI) – October 1, 2021

3 October 2021

The music and sights did the talking during the tightly paced, theatrically produced show. As a parting blessing, Cooper exclaimed, “It’s very close to Halloween, so may all your nightmares come true.” Photos by Philamonjaro.

Morrissey – Riot Fest (Chicago, IL) – September 16, 2021

20 September 2021

Despite controversial opinions and provocative statements offstage, Morrissey needn’t have questioned his fans’ ardor for his music.

Trivium - Revolution Concert House (Garden City, ID) - September 7, 2021

7 September 2021

From start to finish, neither the Floridians nor the crowd missed a moment to celebrate the band’s impressive catalog — and simply seeing live music again.

Cult of Fire performed at Psycho Las Vegas 2021

Psycho Las Vegas - Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV) - August 20-22, 2021

24 August 2021

Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop the most revered heavy-music festival in the U.S. from taking place.

Foo Fighters - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, MO) - August 3, 2021

17 August 2021

Review and photos by Philamonjaro. After closing Lollapalooza, Foo Fighters played an indisputably uplifting event at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO.

Primus - Ford Idaho Center (Nampa, ID) - August 10, 2021

11 August 2021

A year and a half after Les Claypool’s trio announced a tour during which they would play Rush’s A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, the quirky band finally got the tribute under way in Idaho.

photo credit 'Art Grey Noizz Quintet with Lydia Lunch, photo by Julie Hair'

Art Gray Noizz Quintet, 66th Congress, New York City, March 13th 2020

11 May 2020

AGNQ has a unique musicality that really sets them apart from the dark pack. The material itself is simple, melodic, direct and loud; dense, yet spatial. What each player brings to the wobbly, whiskey-soaked table via their individual approach is what also makes them special indeed. They are quite an ensemble.

Ed O’Brien (EOB) – Lincoln Hall (Chicago) – February 8, 2020

10 February 2020

Billed as EOB, the group introduced material from the founding Radiohead member’s debut solo album Earth and added a couple of revealing covers.

Wilco's Sky Blue Sky - Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Cancun Mexico - 18-21 January 2020

23 January 2020

Jeff Tweedy and Wilco hit the beach, bringing 100 songs and plenty of friends and smiles along the way.

Moon Duo by Cecilia Fonseca

Moon Duo – Lodge Room, Highland Park (L.A.) November 22, 2019

28 November 2019

Moon Duo brought the psychedelic live show for their stunning new album Stars Are the Light to a packed house at Lodge Room last Friday, with support from Umberto.

Robyn Hitchcock - Murmrr Theatre (Brooklyn) - November 21, 2019

27 November 2019

As the night closed with a stunning “Visions of Johanna,” we were transported back out into the Brooklyn night knowing that we’d once again witnessed an absolute master of his craft.

Robert Forster - Bell House (Brooklyn) - November 16, 2019

21 November 2019

The audience, in turn, gave him rousing applause at every turn, keeping him onstage at moments when others would’ve walked out awaiting applause for an encore. Visibly moved by this response, he vowed to come back to the U.S. sooner. We can’t wait.

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus - photo by Cecilia Fonseca

Bauhaus with Automatic - Hollywood Palladium (L.A.) November 4, 2019

10 November 2019

Bauhaus returned from a 13-year hiatus to perform two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium last week, with support from L.A. trio Automatic.

ChameleonsVox with Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston - Saint Vitus (Brooklyn) - November 9, 2019

10 November 2019

By choosing to focus exclusively on Chameleons material, though, he made me and the rest of the crowd very happy!

Luna - Bowery Ballroom (New York) - October 20, 2019

5 November 2019

For the encore, we got another full set of covers (including an additional encore) and material from other Luna albums.

Vivian Girls - Warsaw (Brooklyn) - October 17, 2019

29 October 2019

If a welcome home reunion show could be more triumphant, I don’t really know how. I was blown away.

Morrissey – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) – October 3, 2019

27 October 2019

The controversial ex-Smiths singer’s stellar showmanship won the day again.

Khruangbin at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 13, 2019

24 October 2019

The final day of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Ride, Khruangbin, Moses Sumney and Lightning Bolt.

Ween at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 12, 2019

22 October 2019

Day two of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Devo, Ween, Parquet Courts, and Altin Gun.

The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival (Moreno Beach, CA) October 11, 2019

20 October 2019

Day one of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Animal Collective, and Metz.

Clutch – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise) – October 14, 2019

17 October 2019

Maryland’s finest rock band has played Idaho many times before, but its latest performance in the Gem State found them reveling in the cool air as the sun set behind them at Outlaw Field.

Vampire Weekend - ‪Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco, CA) - October 1, 2019

15 October 2019

Anticipation for Vampire Weekend’s sold-out San Francisco concert was sky-high after the band’s six-year absence.

Judy Collins

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 6, 2019

15 October 2019

Closing day at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 19 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Where else could you see Judy Collins, The Meat Puppets and Michael Nesmith in one afternoon?

Jon Langford and The Skull Orchard Welsh Male Voice Choir

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 5, 2019

15 October 2019

Day 2 of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 19 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the crowds are treated to country rock courtesy of Margo Price, folk mastery from Joan Shelley and psychedelicized Led Zeppelin tunes from Robert Plant.

The Waterboys

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 4, 2019

15 October 2019

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 kicks off in style with rousing sets from The Waterboys, Bettye Lavette and St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Adrian Belew – Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) – October 2, 2019

3 October 2019

Avant-rock trailblazer Adrian Belew brought his quartet to the Arcada Theatre with material from 2019’s Pop-Sided album. Songs representing stints with psychedelic pop heroes the Bears, prog-rock titans King Crimson, and uncategorizable legend Frank Zappa rubbed shoulders with Belew’s solo favorites.

Riot Fest: Day 3 - Douglas Park (Chicago, IL) - September 15, 2019

18 September 2019

Premier punk rock festival Riot Fest returned to Chicago for its 15th anniversary. Coverage of Day 3 includes Guided By Voices, the B-52s, Patti Smith, Nick Lowe, the Raconteurs, unlikely mosh pit instigators the Village People, and more.

Adam Ant w/Glam Skanks – Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL) – September 7, 2019

9 September 2019

British New Wave icon Adam Ant took fans at the Vic Theatre on a time warp 37 years backward to 1982, performing his top-selling solo album Friend or Foe. [Updated 9/9/2019 with approved photos.]

Robert Smith at Pasadena Daydream by Cecilia Fonseca

Pasadena Daydream Festival – Brookside at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) - August 31, 2019

7 September 2019

The Cure delivered a celebratory performance at the Pasadena Daydream Festival last weekend, along with stand-out sets from Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses and The Joy Formidable.