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LIVE REVIEW: Xiu Xiu @ The Chapel

Xiu Xiu, touring with members of Swans' live ensemble, played SF's The Chapel on 5/28. Photo by Shomei Tomatsu “Loner,” Thor Harris murmurs matter-of-factly, temporarily seizing the mic from Xiu Xiu frontman, Jamie Stewart. “Lonerrrrrr.” It’s a fitting accusation to thrust into this particular sea of transfixed eyes, as it’s just about halftime [...]

By |2019-06-03T09:41:02-04:00May 31st, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

SHOW REVIEW: Daddy Issues, Foxing, and Now, Now Deliver a Divine Performance At August Hall

I’m not a very religious person, but I do think that whatever I’ve lost from not going to temple I’ve gained back at all the live shows that hit me hard. That’s certainly what happened to me last Wednesday night at at the small-but-mighty August Hall, where I caught Foxing and Now, Now on their [...]

By |2019-06-05T02:19:36-04:00May 20th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

INTERVIEW: Evelyn Frances Plants the Seeds of Her Upcoming Record

Photo by Chloé Jarnac Tucked away on Orchard Street among eclectic restaurants (and the karaoke spot where I’ve put on a few shows of my own) sits the modest entrance to Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 3. It’s a basement lounge filled with candlelit two-person tables and a trapezoidal stage that looks made for [...]

By |2019-03-01T16:34:59-04:00March 1st, 2019|FEATURES, Interviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Sophie Meiers @ Baby’s All Right

In the bar prior to the start of the show, I notice a girl behind me by her soft laugh that contrasted the sad clown makeup dripping down her eyes. Heavy BDSM-inspired leather jewelry, fishnet fingerless gloves, and torn-up knee-high socks weigh down her 5'3" stature. Commanding attention in the most unassuming way, this girl [...]

By |2019-01-30T23:50:17-04:00January 30th, 2019|OUT & ABOUT, Recent, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Young Jesus, IAN SWEET @Park Church Co-Op

“There were certain things about my Christian upbringing that I liked. Others, not so much.” The irony that John Rossiter’s band is playing in a Lutheran church has not been lost on the Young Jesus frontman. Surely the crucifix presiding over the stage at Park Church Co-Op did not go unnoticed by Rossiter, who, with [...]

By |2018-11-07T18:22:00-04:00November 7th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Public Memory @ Mercury Lounge

I’ve never felt more old or useful than at last night’s Public Memory show. After getting startled by the opening clang of a crash cymbal (who could ever anticipate drums at a rock concert?) and bolting away from the monitors to the back of the room, it dawned on me that I’d forgotten to bring [...]

By |2018-10-31T14:03:21-04:00October 31st, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: DeVotchKa @ Rough Trade

Four-piece ensemble DeVotchKa returned to a packed house to premiere a handful of new songs at their album release show at Rough Trade. I found myself surrounded by fans of all ages in the dimly lit venue, though not too dark to notice a few people around me clad in the band’s tees. Chatter of [...]

By |2018-08-24T17:27:50-04:00August 24th, 2018|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ Rickshaw Stop

The No Wave scene of 1970’s New York City was altogether bowel borne, the sickened spasm of a nihilist made nervous by the violent void of the Lower East Side. It was a pocket of time and space that knew no law nor order. Rather, it was poverty-ridden and putrid, little more than a decaying [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:13-04:00June 21st, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: St. Vincent @ Express Live!

"Columbus isn't Columbus without you love," Annie Clark sang, opening her 2017 single "New York" cabaret-style, stripped of her guitar, video projections, and samples. "It's called 'New York,'" Clark explained, "but you could substitute Columbus for it, and make your own tune with all of Columbus' beautiful landmarks." The crowd laughed. In 2017, Clark – [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:52-04:00January 16th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

AF 2017 IN REVIEW: The Best Live Shows of 2017

Austra @Warsaw This was my first show of 2017, unless you count sets by Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, and Indigo Girls that dotted the Women’s March on Washington days prior. I may have been late to the game regarding Austra, a beloved Toronto band already two albums into their career, and it wasn’t even their [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:56-04:00January 2nd, 2018|FEATURES, Show Reviews|

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