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The Highballers Hit Their Prime

Sean Carman | Posted 04.24.2012 | DC
Sean Carman

It makes sense that the members of a band that plays songs about hard liquor and crime would, when asked a direct question, point their fingers at each other. It's also true that the Highballers are an exceptionally strong band.

Concert Whereabouts (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 03.31.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Taking a few nights off this week, and unless I'm missing something, the alternative is not entirely tempting. The weekend is surprisingly bare, but there's also the Super Bowl with which to contend.

Noise Pop 2012

Jeff Pollack | Posted 03.07.2012 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

The Noise Pop festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month, February 21st -26th, in San Francisco, CA. Noise Pop is an annual event held at...

MUSIC REVIEW: Yelle in Concert

Judah Joseph | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home
Judah Joseph

Sounding similar to dance-pop groups like CSS and Cut Copy, French pop trio Yelle stands alone in how its music influenced an entire population of Francophone youth.

"Live ... in the Can" Music Sessions With The Last Royals, J. Aims, and An Horse

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In this series, artists will perform their tunes in a restroom followed by a brief interview about the song and the experience. The acoustics in a bathroom, as it turns out, are quite remarkable.

Aaron Sankin

Oakland's Hottest New Musical Transplant On Her Adopted Hometown | Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.21.2011 | San Francisco

tUnE-YarDs' Merrill Garbus is the type of artist whose music somehow manages to retain its edge of inscrutability while being as instantly accessible ...

Live & Dangerous: Great Shows This Thanksgiving

Jeff Pollack | Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

I tend to write these pieces about a single event or festival, but I also tend to break my own rules... For November, I decided to simply write about ...

Fun Fun Fun Fest In Photos

Mark R. Collins | Posted 01.10.2012 | Home
Mark R. Collins

For three days and nights Austin belonged to Fun Fun Fun Fest. The little festival that could outdid itself once again, bringing together a combination of indie up-and-comers with industry giants.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Rachael Yamagata, Madi Diaz, and Music You Can Feel

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.19.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman


Live & Dangerous: The Voodoo Experience

Jeff Pollack | Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

It's hard to think of a better place to be for Halloween than New Orleans. Few places have such a great mix of haunted history combined with an all-da...

With the Music

Emely Candray | Posted 12.01.2011 | Home
Emely Candray

I've spent almost four years now watching my favorite bands spill their passion and emotions on stages all over Southern California and I've learned a lot, but most importantly I've learned that music has a way of bringing people together.

The Rapture Make a Comeback, Play SPIN Headquarters

Taryn Haight | Posted 11.22.2011 | Home
Taryn Haight

The Rapture are back and sounding exactly as I remember them -- a flawless rock/pop/dance melange, distinguished by their reliable drums, unmistakeable vocals and one hell of a steady cowbell.

You Can Dance If You Want To

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.20.2011 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

If you're still complaining about D.C. concert crowds not dancing you either haven't lived here very long or you need to get over it. At this point, there are not other choices.

Recap: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

Taryn Haight | Posted 11.15.2011 | DC
Taryn Haight

This year drew big name acts, mostly known for killer live performances, like Deadmau5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Empire of the Sun and !!!.

Live & Dangerous: Treasure Island 2011

Jeff Pollack | Posted 11.08.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

On the coattails of Outside Lands, San Francisco's big music festival that's fast becoming the Coachella of northern California, comes the bay area's ...

PHOTOS: North Coast Music Festival Takes Over Union Park

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

In just its second year, Chicago's homegrown, hip hop- and electronic music-focused North Coast Music Festival is already proving that it is a worthy ...

Live LA Music This Week: Gayngs, The Ettes, Deadmau5

| Katie Bain | Posted 10.24.2011 | Los Angeles

Once upon a time, a rather pushy French man pressed himself up against me at a Ratatat show and whispered “joos daahnce” in my ear, which was kind...

Stage Collapses At Music Fest In Belgium, Local Band Survives

Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago

Less than a week after a collapsed stage at the Indiana State Fair claimed the lives of five and injured dozens of others, stormy weather has struck a...

WATCH: How To Deal With Annoying Cell Phone Users

Posted 10.16.2011 | Comedy

The only thing worse than a ringing cell phone in the middle of a show is the person who has the audacity to take the call. Even worse are the ones th...

Your Premiere Guide To This Week In Live Music

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.06.2013 | San Francisco
Aaron Sankin

Let's say you're in a band. The band is doing pretty well, but you have a problem -- all your band's songs are too stylistically divergent to cohere into something you think will take you to the next level. What do you do?

Live In LA: The Week's Best Music Picks (VIDEOS)

| Katie Bain | Posted 10.16.2011 | Los Angeles

This week, we've got Sade and Diplo, but not together, unfortunately. Still, it's a hot week for music in LA, especially if you want to dance, or sedu...

Must-See Acts At Austin City Limits

Jeff Pollack | Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

In the past, Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville have been considered the biggest music cities in the nation, and for good reason. However, Austin is...

The Perfect Balance of Art vs. Science

Taryn Haight | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Taryn Haight

I was reassured that not all was lost for live music the night I witnessed Art vs. Science rock a packed-out show earlier this year at Mercury Lounge.

The Best Way To Go Solo In NYC

Jeralyn Gerba | Posted 10.09.2011 | New York
Jeralyn Gerba

There are plenty of upsides to being a party of one in a city like New York.

Live Music For Every Day Of The Week

| Katie Bain | Posted 10.09.2011 | Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, some weeks are stacked with so many can't-miss events that going out every single night is simply necessary. This is one of those week...