FOTOS: Indian Rebound, Vundabar, Phone Home, Joes

The balcony is vacant, the door tightly shut to stave off winter’s air. On this particular night, Shea Stadium looks like just another nondescript building in the row of warehouses in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, but inside, a respectable audience huddles together, rocking to the music as 2013 comes to a close. Appropriately, Joes, brainchild of Harvard student Jason Hellerstein […]

Tindersticks, Live in London

  The last time I saw Tindersticks, on their small tour promoting their collected soundtracks (they have composed six original scores) for French auteur Claire Denis, a bout of laryngitis resulted in frontman Stuart A. Staples cutting the night short halfway through the show. What should have been an amazing evening was merely pretty good. So […]

The Music Tapes’ Traveling Imaginary, In Real Life

The Traveling Imaginary came to New York City for a few nights in September and for a few hours the third story of a chapel became a gateway to another world. A place somewhere in the imagination of Julian Koster and The Music Tapes crew, outside of space and reality, where time stood still. A […]

FOTOS: Boytoy, Rathborne and Roman

After an overcast day over Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a crowd gathers at the Knitting Factory on July 13. First on stage is ROMAN, armed only with a laptop connected to a pedal board, an electric guitar and his voice. As his intricately layered beats are cued perfectly by a tap on a pedal, the humble crowd […]

Primavera Sound 2013 Review

A lot had changed for the 13th edition of Primavera Sound, most notably that the festival was no longer “San Miguel Primavera Sound,” but “Heineken Primavera Sound.” The difference is relevant, because a lot of the local Spanish elements of the festival haven’t been as emphasized in more recent years (and the Primavera organization has […]

FOTOS: Turnip King, Grand Resort, Sun Club, The Doozies and Girl Toy

On Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn, New York’s Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, the crowd’s electric energy through the night gave way to mosh pits. As Girl Toy, Washington D.C.’s The Doozies, Annapolis’ Sun Club, Brooklyn’s Grand Resort and Turnip King graced the stage, roaring sets ranging anywhere from garage punk to summery fuzz-pop to lo-fi […]

FOTOS: Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood

On Friday, April 12 in a small venue on Varet Street in Brooklyn, New York, better known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, Exploding in Sound hosted a showcase of loud and thumping sets from Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood. Past a think cloud of cigarette smoke and incense came The Hot Flood, […]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2012 Wrap-up

The Pitchfork music festival in Paris took place at La Grande Halle nestled on the edge of the Parc de la Villette. Guiding audiences to the festival, the concert hall’s large neon letters bathed the plaza and fountain in front of it in red. Past the gates was a long pavilion with food and drinks outside […]

Songs and Stories with Dirty Three

I’m standing in the front row at Neumos, a mid-size music venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, wondering why there’s a mic stand on stage. It’s an object that most concert-goers take for granted, marking the place where the lead singer will stand (for most of the performance, at least). But at a Dirty Three show, […]

Seven Kinds of Wonderful: An Evening with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Amazing. Spectacular. Perfect. It is impossible to articulate what happened last weekend. No one word can truly describe the whole experience. Seeing The Brian Jonestown Massacre play at Webster Hall in New York City and in full effect  for the last show of their new tour was a mind-blowing, inspiring experience. Getting to actually meet some of the Massacre […]