Stef Chura Continues To Be Underrated At SXSW

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Stef ChuraStef Chura is the kind of artist that always feels underrated. Although the Detroit rocker’s 2017 debut album Messes won her some critical attention and got her signed to Saddle Creek, who rereleased it a year later, it still seemed to fly under the radar of many. That’s a shame. Messes was a … More »

Barrie’s Sweet, Soft Camaraderie Cut Through The Din Of SXSW

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BarriePleasant may sound like faint praise, but it’s hard work to be pleasant. It’s even harder to be pleasant while sustaining people’s focus. To do so in an attention-span vacuum like SXSW, where another concert is always waiting around the corner, is borderline Herculean. More »

Car Seat Headrest’s Leveled-Up Live Show Lays Waste To SXSW

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Will ToledoBack in February, Car Seat Headrest were the meat in a Matador Records sandwich at Madison Square Garden. Performing after buzzy upstart Snail Mail and before gloomy veterans Interpol, Will Toledo led a seven-piece band through a triumphant set that reportedly blew away many in attendance. I wasn’t there, but my retroactive FOMO grew with … More »

CHAI Show SXSW What Disruption Really Means

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CHAIIt’s CHAI week here at Stereogum, where we just named the rising Japanese punk band’s new LP PUNK our reigning Album Of The Week. It’s also CHAI week here at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where the rising Japanese punk band are playing eight shows over the course of three days. I … More »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

911: Robyn’s Honey Tour Is Lethal

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Robyn committed a crime last night and I’m here to tell you about it. More »

Travis Scott Made An Arena Feel Like A Packed Club And An Amusement Park At The Same Time

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Travis ScottIt started with a Ferris wheel and ended with a rollercoaster. The ever-escalating excesses of big-budget concert touring have led us to Travis Scott’s Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour, a wildly entertaining spectacle that brings the Houston rapper’s musical skill set to life and incinerates his weaknesses in literal flames. I witnessed this event … More »

7 Observations From Kacey Musgraves’ Oh, What A World Tour

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Kacey MusgravesWhen Kacey Musgraves released Golden Hour last March, she tapped into a seemingly bottomless well of critical hosannas. Yours truly was personally responsible for a significant percentage of that praise. I rhapsodized about Golden Hour again and again and More »

At Last Night’s Star-Studded Chris Cornell Tribute Show, Miley Cyrus Outshined Everybody

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Miley CyrusOver the course of nearly five hours at the Forum in Los Angeles, I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell featured everything from Metallica to Miley, Melvins to Miguel. Indeed, the breadth and depth of performers speaks to Cornell’s long and varied career: the Soundgarden icon who went from subterranean Sub Popper to … More »

Dawn Of The Def: Our Trip To The Inaugural Día De Los Deftones

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DeftonesWhen I ask people what they think about San Diego, I mostly find out that they don’t. Unlike Los Angeles and the Bay Area, there’s no pervasive industrial complex that defines its economy, mandates an influx of new residents, or warrants the skyrocketing rent, just unyieldingly perfect weather — gotta factor in that no one … More »