Bonnaroo: Night One


Oh Bonnaroo, how I love thee. Besides all the usual festival activities, add the element of camping and a giant all day/night party and that’s what you got in Manchester, TN. The first night kicked off amazingly after a personally very rocky trek to actually get to the festival itself. After setting up a pretty

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A Conversation With The Staves


The UK-based folk trio, The Staves, has been making a name for itself at a feverish pace. Although the outfit, consisting of sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, has yet to release a full-length album, it has already been signed with Atlantic Records and is currently on tour with the Grammy award winner, Bon Iver.

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Ben Howard Sells Out The Troubadour


When a new band or musician tries to win the hearts and minds of the American public, they usually face an uphill battle. When they’re a British band or musician who’s received accolades and fame in their native land, the reality of playing to smaller crowds across the pond can be irritating and at times,

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Crystal Fighters Tear Down The Echoplex


Tuesday night marked my second venture to a Check Yo Ponytail 2 event, and just like my first experience, the night included energetic, electronic, dance-inducing acts, with Crystal Fighters as the headliner. Before this show, I honestly did not know much about the London-via-Spain electronic five-piece, but as soon as the performance ended, I rectified

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Festival Preview: Forecastle 2012


Forecastle is a prime example of a festival that started out completely grassroots, and grew exponentially while still keeping the original philosophies of representing the local community of Louisville, KY music, arts, and activism. From July 13-15, you can experience all three elements converged into a bunch of shows and parties. Here are a few

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Artist of the Week: Gold Motel


Sometimes when you’re a new band, having a sunny, poppy first album is just the tip of the iceberg. It can give the false impression to fans and critics alike that you’re all fuzzy and happy inside without showing what’s truly who you really are. For Chicago’s Gold Motel, the described situation is their story.

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