Nine Inch Nails Crushed Panorama With Controlled Rage

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Whenever people ask what the first show I ever saw was, my standard response is, “Do you want the cool answer, or the real answer?” … More »

Tame Impala Headlined Panorama With Hits And Rarities

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It’s been just over two years since Tame Impala released Currents. And in that time, the man behind it all, Kevin Parker, has seemed fairly ever-present. The band was a fixture on the festival circuit last year, but Parker notably kept popping up in other places, like contributing “Perfect Illusion” to Lady Gaga’s … More »

Fans See Frank Ocean Like A UFO At Panorama 2017

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One of the best recent Getty Images of Frank Ocean is a paparazzi shot of him wandering around SoHo. Frank’s wearing a T-shirt with a pair of eyes on it, the kind of graphic that Mona Lisas you around a room, and he himself is staring straight into the camera and grinning, flipping off whoever’s … More »

Who Knew The Faint Were Still So Popular? And Other Thoughts After FYF Fest 2017

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In some of my darker moments from this past weekend, I had to wonder why anyone reads these festival recaps. Or, to clarify — why anyone would read a recap from a music critic, and thus, someone who likely feels the need to use them as a narrative device. We love these things, as it’s … More »

Reasons To Be Missed: A Fan Remembers Chester Bennington

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When I got news that Chester Bennington was dead, the last thing I had tweeted was a semi-serious theory that Linkin Park’s song “Papercut” was about the Panopticon. His death would have been deeply tragic no matter the timing, but for it to take place at the apex of a summer I spent revisiting his … More »

Last Night Guns N’ Roses Played An Epic Set At The Apollo, Today Appetite For Destruction Turns 30

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Appetite For Destruction turns 30 today. If you’re a fan of rock music, it doesn’t really matter when you were born — that’s bound to make you feel old, whether you were a teenager in 1987 or whether that album served as a hand-me-down gateway drug 10 or 15 years later. You could look at … More »

Chester Bennington Turned Nü-Metal Universal

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What was so startling about Chester Bennington’s left-field rant this past May toward fans who weren’t down with Linkin Park’s EDM-influenced 2017 single “Heavy” (a duet with newcomer Kiiara, of scrambled-sample “Gold” fame) was that he cared about the idea of “selling out” at all. The tenor was disturbing (“I will punch … More »

Festival Rap Kings Danny Brown And Vince Staples Hold Court At Pitchfork Fest

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A funny thing happens when you become a critically acclaimed rapper bubbling just below the mainstream: You end up performing at seemingly every music festival on Earth. It happened to Danny Brown, the wide-eyed yapwer from Detroit, and then a few years later it happened to Vince Staples, the deadpan cynic from Long Beach. These … More »

At The Pitchfork Festival, LCD Soundsystem Transcend Through Déjà Vu

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There’s the reunion show, and then there’s the déjà vu show. Seven years ago, LCD Soundsystem headlined the Pitchfork Music Festival, playing the same stage, in the same timeslot, that they played last night. Last night’s 14-song setlist included the recent singles “American Dream” and “Call The Police,” but it also had seven … More »

Dylan Brings (Some Of) The Hits To Firefly

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This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival. You might’ve noticed headlines recently looking back at Monterey, calling it the moment rock festivals were born. There are too many festivals to keep track of today. Back then, they were oddities and monolithic, singular events. In hindsight, they became watershed, historical moments. More »