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Live Review: Slayer Reign Over Madison Square Garden as They Bid Farewell to New York City (11/9)

Setting the Stage: When thrash-metal legends Slayer announced in January 2018 that they would be embarking on a final tour, fans either hoped it wasn’t true or that the trek would last for years and years. And while the tour has gone on for nearly two years, the announcement of the final leg gave the

HAIM mash up Lil Nas X’s “Panini” and Nirvana’s “In Bloom” on BBC’s Live Lounge: Stream

Lil Nas X’s first post-“Old Town Road” single, “Panini”, may never replicate the mega-ubiquity of his viral hit, but it confirmed the viral rapper is more than just a one trick pony. It also demonstrated the power of the collective musical consciousness, as it rather accidentally interpolated the melody of Nirvana’s “In Bloom”. In fact,

Foo Fighters mark Area 51 raid day with Roswell live album

Today’s D-Day for the over two million people who signed up to storm Area 51. The corresponding music festival may have been scraped, but the brave men and women who want to “see them aliens” can still enjoy the sweet sounds of Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl and co. just released a new live album of

Live Review: Joanna Newsom Makes a Lionhearted Return to the Live Stage at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (9/7)

Setting the Stage: In April 2019, the world of folk breathed a sigh of relief in the face of leaden reality: Joanna Newsom would once again bring her wily idiosyncrasies to the live stage after three long years of inactivity. Long, that is at least, for those like me who desperately sought the refuge of

Live Review: The Rolling Stones Shake Off Rust During Tour Opener at Chicago’s Soldier Field (6/21)

21st Century Physical Breakdown: Things didn’t look too hot for The Rolling Stones earlier this year. Back in April, the rockers were forced to postpone their tour only days ahead of its original kickoff so that frontman Mick Jagger could undergo heart valve replacement surgery. There admittedly concerns by fans — especially since that procedure sounds more

Live Review: Vampire Weekend Warms Up a Chilly Father’s Day in Chicago (6/16)

Unbearably Cold: “This is the first time I’ve heard the word genocide in a pop song,” says my Lyft driver Alfredo, who’d pulled up This Is Vampire Weekend on Spotify after figuring out why I was headed to the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Chicago’s Northerly Island. We hadn’t done much talking, our ride through the

Live Review: Chromatics Dream Up an Aesthetic Heaven at Chicago’s Park West (5/31)

Back from the Grave? The Double Exposure Tour finds the Chromatics on the road for the first time in nearly five years. But really, it’s not like they’ve been missing. Sure, it’s been seven years since the release of their last album, 2012’s Kill for Love, and five years since they announced its still-delayed followup,