The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Live Blog: Desert Daze 2018

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Desert Daze 2018
Moreno Beach; Lake Perris, CA

[October 12-14, 2018]

2018 saw Southern California’s psychedelic freakout fest Desert Daze reaching its highest highs, as well as it lowest lows. Between a change in venue, a drastic boost in attendance, and an unfortunate weather-related catastrophe, this year’s festivities tested its attendee’s patience in more ways than one. And yet, in spite of some serious mishaps, Desert Daze amazingly managed to pull through for yet another wild weekend, proving yet again why it’s one of the more unique, all-in-one festival experiences out there today.

For a festival that prides itself on its good vibes, this year’s Desert Daze started out on a pretty harsh note. Day 1 was basically a disaster, with the line just to get into the parking lot taking a solid three and a half hours, and that’s after driving two hours from L.A. to get to the festival’s new home of Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. We didn’t even make it into the campgrounds until around 6 PM, and by the time we had settled into our campsite, we only had time to try and catch Tame Impala’s headlining set that night. Little did we know that the travesties were only beginning; less than 10 minutes into Tame Impala’s set, the band was rushed offstage by a sound guy who informed us that there was a freak lightning storm headed straight in our direction, and that we essentially had to get the fuck out. Cue the pouring rain (as well as a frantic series of text alerts warning us to not take shelter under trees, buildings, or tents — leaving us where exactly?), and Day 1 amounted to one of the most ridiculous series of events that’s happened to me at a music festival.

But from there, the clouds hanging over the weekend surprisingly cleared up. I must admit that I was skeptical of the festival moving from Joshua Tree — one of the most legendary parks in America — to the middle of San Bernardino, but Moreno Beach was an absolute dream. Getting to go for a swim in between sets was lovely and once again proved Desert Daze’s affinity for offering much more to festival-goers than just a series of stages to hustle between before driving back to the hotel for the night. Between all the colorful art installations, the bountiful camping accommodations, and the silly activities in the Mystic Bazaar, Desert Daze is a fun festival to hang out at for three days, to say nothing of their penchant for booking an expansive range of artists stretching from Julia Holter to Slowdive to Earth to Death Grips.

The prices are still more expensive than they should be, but there’s something about going from floating in a lake to basking in the apocalyptic noise of My Bloody Valentine that’s hard to beat. Take a look at our photos from this year, and see if you can catch a vibe or two.

Words by Sam Goldner, Photos by Stephanie Riesco


Tame Impala







Kevin Morby








Kikagaku Moyo






Slowdive




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard











Julia Holter













Earth






Death Grips




Desert Daze 2018 Was An Oasis Among American Festivals

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Desert-Daze-2018For years now, Desert Daze has arrived in October like a mirage in the landscape to which it owes its name. It’s a sudden oasis, where psych-rock bands and artists and stoners and adventurous music fans have gathered, culminating in what founder (and JJUUJJUU leader) Phil Pirrone has deemed an “anti-festival.” And while … More »

Watch My Bloody Valentine Debut A New Song In Oakland

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Kevin ShieldsMy Bloody Valentine have a pair of EPs on the way — one of them supposedly slated for a release this summer, although who knows how that’ll turn out — and the shoegaze legends recently headed out on their first US tour in five years. They debuted a brand new songMore »

My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields Shows Off His Jazzmaster Collection

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Kevin ShieldsFender is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Jazzmaster by talking to musicians who love the guitar. One of those musicians is My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, who gave a rare video interview from his studio in Ireland to talk about his experiences with Fender over the years. He talks about a lot … More »

Watch My Bloody Valentine Debut A New Song At Meltdown Fest

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Shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine kicked off their summer tour on Friday night in Birmingham with their first show in five years. They changed up the setlist a little last night at the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown Fest in London, following the same three ground-shaking openers — “I Only Said,” “When You Sleep,” and … More »

Watch My Bloody Valentine Perform For The First Time In 5 Years

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My-Bloody-Valentine-LiveMy Bloody Valentine fans are accustomed to long waits. The shoegaze legends are, after all, one of those groups that took more than 20 years between albums. If you happened to miss them back in 2013, when they were touring their long-awaited comeback m b v, it’s been half a decade without another chance … More »

Volume Dealers: The Return Of My Bloody Valentine & A Brief History Of Our Addiction To Loudness

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My Bloody Valentine - Live With AmpsVolume is a drug. More »

My Bloody Valentine to hemorrhage around the US for the first time in five years

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Hmm.

You know something, Joe Davenport? Seeing as how this My Bloody Valentine band-thing has been INSISTING for like 30 years now that it “isn’t anything” or whatever; I don’t see why I should waste my time writing about it (let alone promoting some imaginary “US tour” that this nonexistent entity is — figuratively-speaking — “embarking upon” this summer).

So, fuck it.

You’re on your own, dude.

I’m going to use this space for something USEFUL instead: a complete walkthrough of me beating DuckTales for NES on the fucking “Difficult” setting.

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Fine, fine, FINE. Here’s the stupid tour dates all typed out. But seriously, THAT’S IT:

06.23.18 – London, UK – Robert Smith’s Meltdown @ Royal Festival Hall
06.30-07.07.18 – Roskilde, DE – Roskilde Festival
07.17.18 – Seattle, WA – Paramount
07.19.18 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
07.22.18 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
07.25.18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
07.27.18 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
07.30.18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
08.01.18 – New York, NY -Hammerstein Ballroom
08.17.18 – Makuhari Messe, JP – Sonicmania