Big Thief Are Already Legends

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Adrianne Lenker“This room is wild,” Adrianne Lenker said Monday night from her perch at stage left. “I feel like I’m in a barn, but, like, on another planet.” The room in question was the Athenaeum Theatre, an old Masonic Temple in downtown Columbus best known as a venue for weddings and other such classy gatherings. Last … More »

Le Guess Who? 2019 Was One Of The Festival’s Most Adventurous Years Yet

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Every year, the charmingly, quirkily named festival Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht for a weekend in November, with shows spread out across venues around town and throughout the theater complex TivoliVredenburg. And every year, you can rely on the festival to boast some of the most diverse, surprising, and often revelatory lineups out of … More »

Artist Of The Decade: Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar“Bitch, where were you when I was walkin’?” It was a fair question from Kendrick Lamar Duckworth considering how many people had glommed on to him by the time To Pimp A Butterfly dropped, almost exactly at the midpoint of this decade. These 10 years made him not just a star but a guiding light, … More »

Empty Streets, Empty Nights: The Blue Nile’s Elusive Masterpiece Hats At 30

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The-Blue-Nile-HatsSome albums are just mysteries. They have their time and place, and yet resist their context. They are slow to unfold and get their due, and yet grow beyond their original confines as a result, spanning generations and building pockets of devotees. Ultimately they become known but still hidden, gems waiting to be unearthed again. More »

(Most Of) Wu-Tang Clan Close Out Desert Daze With Khruangbin, (Some Of) 36 Chambers

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2019 should, for all intents and purposes, be the best year the Wu-Tang Clan has had in a long, long time. They have not one, but two TV shows and are touring the country celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1993 landmark Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). They’ve survived public feuds, … More »

Devo Bring 40+ Years Of Devolution To Desert Daze 2019

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Devo-Desert-Daze-2019Desert Daze is, predominantly, a psych fest — it’s in the name, location, and in their primary booking. But every year, the festival returns — now situated on Lake Perris, in California — to bend the meaning of that word or genre, including music on a broad spectrum from metal to noise to electronic, suggesting … More »

Ween Serve Their Gloriously Demented Chocolate And Cheese To Desert Daze

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Behold the insane power of Ween’s enduring, dedicated following. On Saturday at Desert Daze, the band used most of their two-hour set time to perform an ostensibly 55-minute album in its entirety, 1994’s demented alt-rock bouillabaisse, Chocolate And Cheese. The deepest cut on the 16-track LP might be the dub-noise pastiche “Candi,” a song the … More »

Flaming Lips Dazzle Desert Daze With The Soft Bulletin, Inflatable Props

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The Flaming LipsBy accident or influence, California’s Desert Daze is picking up a lot of the threads that All Tomorrow’s Parties left untied after they called it quits in 2016: ’90s bands are back for a victory lap, festival-goers travel to a far-flung location, Ian Svenonius is given various tasks to do. With the 2019 edition, Desert … More »

A Tribute To In The Court Of The Crimson King, Released 50 Years Ago Today

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King CrimsonWhen King Crimson’s debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King was released, they’d been together less than a year. The original lineup — Robert Fripp on guitar, Greg Lake on bass and lead vocals, Ian McDonald on reeds and keyboards (including lots of Mellotron), and Michael Giles on drums — sounded like no … More »

What A Strange And Beautiful Beast Bon Iver Has Become

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Bon IverAbout halfway through her opening set Tuesday, Leslie Feist requested a “people check” from the Schottenstein Center crowd shrouded in darkness before her. “Let’s go full Bon Jovi volume,” she instructed, before correcting herself: “Let’s go full Bon Iver volume.” The irony was thick, especially considering the soft, pretty music she immediately resumed performing. More »