Festival Reviews

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.


Lollapalooza 2011 | 8.20.11

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Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 10 August 2011 21:10

Organizer Perry Farrell excitedly added that in its 20 years the festival has gone from being “10,000 to 20,000 freaks to an amazing 90,000 freaks a day!”


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Observations

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 04 July 2011 17:13

Draped in lights on invisible wire while dressed in black and navigating a crowd? I hope you have a solid exit strategy.


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Lists

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 04 July 2011 16:09

A recap of Sasquatch! Music Festival's best and worst bits in handy list form. 


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Part 3

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 04 July 2011 15:53

The precipitation didn’t send anyone running to the exits; instead it seemed to kick the dancing up a notch. It was almost as if the rain was part of the show.


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Part 2

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 04 July 2011 15:29

Each time the dance party reached its peak Watts pulled the rug out from under it by rambling again, and the cycle repeated. It was a totally intentional, genius maneuver.


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Part 1

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 04 July 2011 14:46

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: my heaven is a music festival. Thanks for stopping by.


Bonnaroo X | 6.2011

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Written by Bruce Matlock Tuesday, 14 June 2011 15:52

It may take some hard work, but at some point over the weekend there is a defining moment for everyone.


Pointfest 28 | 5.15.11

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Written by Nick Licata Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:26

The bands that were performing completely made up for the fact that the weather was miserable, going above and beyond what their performance might have been like in the heat that we could have had.


SXSW 2011 | 03.15-20.11

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Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 08 April 2011 09:07

 After I came to terms with the fact that I would not see the Kanye West show, I set out to see Travis Shettel of Piebald play an acoustic show. He encouraged the crowd to sing along so that he would remember the lyrics to his songs.



LouFest | 08.28.10

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Written by Alex Schreiber Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:40

It took us awhile, but we found our musical savior in LouFest organizer Brian Cohen. He has put together a mix of great local talent and internationally famous bands to put St. Louis on the festival map.




Lollapalooza | 08.05.10

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Written by Brett Berliner Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:26

DEVO brought with them the classic DEVO suits, an insane video board and the energy of men 20 years their junior.


Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Thursday, 22 July 2010 10:41

This year's Pitchfork Friday kick-off didn't have any theme to it (for example Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation in its entirety or voting on the set list).


Preview: 2010 80/35 Festival

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Written by John Shepherd Thursday, 24 June 2010 15:01

This Independence Day, celebrate by getting your rock on at 80/35.


Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival | 06.10 - 13.10

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Written by John Shepherd Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:19

In the end, it may be that just because you take it easy at Bonnaroo, there’s no guarantee the festival will take it easy on you.


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