Festival Reviews

South by Southwest | Fri. 03.20.15

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Written by Jason D. Mellard Saturday, 21 March 2015 20:24

sxsw redu_75SXSW’s presence in East Austin has grown tremendously over the last five years, following the waves of gentrification as any number of old tejano bars and venues gave way to rock bars and venues.


South by Southwest | Thurs. 03.19.15

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Written by Jason Mellard Friday, 20 March 2015 15:07


In the internet age, global music is always omnipresent and accessible, but it’s rarely live and in the flesh.


South by Southwest | Wed. 03.18.15

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Written by Jason Mellard Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:12

sxsw Shamir_75Shamir’s “On the Regular” wins my SXSW-earworm-of-the-night award. If there was a drawback, it was that this was one of the shortest sets of the week thus far.


South by Southwest | Tues. 03.17.15

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Written by Jason Mellard Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:53

sxsw catfish_75Catfish and the Bottlemen easily overcame any hiccups with a frenetic and enthusiastic set, playing their first SXSW like they meant it.


SXSW 2015 Preview Pt. 1 | The Music

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Written by Jason D. Mellard Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:14

austin sq...in the dense and noisy thicket of it all there’s also a moment waiting for each of us that just might be the story we tell the rest of our lives.


SXSW 2015 Preview Pt. 2 | Survival

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Written by Jason D. Mellard Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:38

austin sqAs someone who has attended most SXSWs since I moved to town in the early 90s, I’ve developed strategies that have worked well enough for me.


Riot Fest Denver | 09.19-21.14

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Written by Matt Ehrlich Monday, 29 September 2014 21:15

Riot-Fest-BannerThe Cure had beautiful stage effects that went perfectly with the rest of their well-honed and beloved music.


105.7 The Point’s Big Summer Show | 09.21.14

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Written by Alex Wilking Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:18

point big_sqIf you take away anything from this review, let it be this: Britain stole the show.


LouFest | 09.06-07.14

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Written by Alexy Irving Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:22

LouFest14 75Admitting OutKast was the only band at the festival you had heard of is completely okay.


Lollapalooza | 08.1-3.14

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Written by Kiernan Scrima Saturday, 16 August 2014 01:39

Lolla 75But nothing made me laugh more than the large amount of kids, both female and male, sitting on the curb crying. I still don’t know why.


Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival | 06.12-15.14

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Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 26 June 2014 19:45

bonnaroo smWhether or not you are a fan, lying under the stars as Lionel Richie plays “Say You, Say Me” and Commodores tracks like “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady” is an enthralling musical experience.


Hangout Music Fest | 05.16-18.14

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Written by Matt Wallin Friday, 23 May 2014 12:32

hangout smJack Johnson has seemed an inevitable part of Hangout Fest since it started, and seeing him in a pre-headlining spot at dusk was the perfect fit.


Pointfest | 05.10.14

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 18 May 2014 21:58

fest AFI 230 20140510AFI vocalist Davey Havok possesses some of the greatest pipes of the genre, growling and snarling while holding on to melody and nuance.


CounterPoint | 04.25-27.14

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Written by Matt Wallin Monday, 05 May 2014 19:34

counterpoint2014This year’s version of CounterPoint took place in the Kingston Downs area of Rome, GA, on the grounds where the Atlanta Steeplechase has been held for the past 20 years.


CMJ Music Marathon Kicks Off | 10.15.13

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:11

CMJ-Kicks-Off 75The crowd cared perhaps too little, maybe I cared too much.


LouFest | 09.07-08.13

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 13 September 2013 08:34

LouFest 75While the instantly recognized names on the lineup played their parts perfect and had stellar sets, the underdogs held their own in a diverse festival program.


Bumbershoot: a 2013 Preview and a 2012 Reflection

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Tuesday, 06 August 2013 19:50

Bumbershoot-Preview 75There is always great music to discover, along with movies (a short film fest), dance, art, and lots of other surprises.


Bonnaroo 2013 | Days 3 & 4

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Written by Bruce Matlock & Matt Wallin Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:07

Everyone was too in shock of the epic set laid before them by a knighted Beatle, Superjam’s galore, and enough Spicy Pie to feed a small country.


Bonnaroo 2013 | Days 1 & 2

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Written by Bruce Matlock & Matt Wallin Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:45

Why are fans so willing to put up with mass amounts of sweating and miniscule amounts of sleep for the better part of a week?


Hangout Music Festival | 05.17-20.13

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Written by Matthew Wallin Friday, 21 June 2013 14:33

Hangout 75This isn’t just another festival. This is the best beach party in the world sound tracked live by the people you would be listening to anyway.



Beale Street Music Festival | 05.03-05.13

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Written by Bruce Matlock Monday, 13 May 2013 17:35

lolla2012To those who came prepared, Beale Street Music Festival is still the most affordable, diverse, and enjoyable weekend of the season.


FILTER Creative Group as Cultural Liaisons at SXSW 2013

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Written by Nicole Taher/Christopher Renteria Tuesday, 09 April 2013 21:54

filter 150And next thing we knew we were interviewing Alan Miller, co-Founder of FILTER Creative Group and co-Publisher for FILTER Magazine on that very conversation.


SXSW Bound?

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Written by Jim Dunn Sunday, 03 February 2013 12:24

austin sqI am not really sure what SXSW thinks they are doing or what amount of arrogance they have achieved, but we were really let down.


CMJ Wrap Up | 10.20.12

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Written by Kristyn Potter Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:27

cmj2012I think it’s the artists in the middle that deserve another go on your iPod playlist.


CMJ Music Marathon | 10.19.12

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 27 October 2012 22:21

cmj2012 lnd_thumbThe crowd at Brooklyn Bowl was fantastically supportive, dancing and singing along to Born Ruffians and Icona Pop.


CMJ Music Marathon | 10.18.12

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 20 October 2012 17:33

cmj2012Deap Vally is what rock music in this generation should look and feel like.


Counter.Point Music Festival | 09.27-29.12

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Written by Matt Wallin Saturday, 06 October 2012 11:34

Chris-Cornell-1w copyIn the end, the good outweighed the bad, and Counter.Point was a success. 


Roots ’n’ Blues Festival | 09.21-22.12

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:25

RNB CHAIRWanda Jackson may be 74, but her status as the queen of rockabilly will never be doubted.


Loufest | 08.25.12

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Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:37

girltalk sqGirl Talk’s energetic frenzy wasn’t just evident in Greg Gillis’s convulsive musical mashups, but also in his uncontrollable enthusiasm.


Counter.Point | 09.27-29.12

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Written by Matt Wallin Monday, 03 September 2012 17:11

ingrid sqIf you are into EDM, dance, trance, dubstep, or indie-rock, this is the festival for you.


Lollapalooza | 08.03-05.12

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Written by Kiernan Scrima Monday, 13 August 2012 16:22

lolla2012Speaking of headliners, how do you choose between Black Sabbath and The Black Keys?


Barclaycard Wireless Music Festival | 07.06.12

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Written by Kristyn M. Potter Saturday, 14 July 2012 15:37

wireless sqAfrojack plays newest remix, Knife Party fires it up, and Deadmau5 lights up the night at Barclaycard Wireless Fest in Hyde Park, London


Sasquatch 2012 | 05.25-28.12

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl and Adam Draper Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:14

Happy-crowd-lady---Kyle-JohnsonThe 11th Sasquatch Festival took place during Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheater, one of the greatest concert venues in the United States.


Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival | 06.07-10.12

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Written by Bruce Matlock Monday, 25 June 2012 13:28

Want to spend all of your money on Amish donuts? No one will judge you; many will envy you.


Hangout Music Festival | 05.18-20.12

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Written by Matt Wallin Tuesday, 29 May 2012 21:04

Chris-Cornell-1w copyGulf Shores is in my backyard and I was jonesing for a festival, though, so despite my initial reservations I decided to go. I am so glad that I did. 
Chris Cornell. Photo: Matt Wallin


South by Southwest Music Festival | 03.13-18.12

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Saturday, 31 March 2012 11:40

6thstreetnight sxsw2011 jamesbuchanThere’s a vibe to Austin that’s reflected at the copious amounts of t-shirts declaring “Keep Austin Weird.” It is weird, but in a wonderfully comfortable way that manages to feel “normal”—it’s not a pretentious weirdness that just wants you to pay attention to it.


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