This year saw a lot of great performances from acts who we would expect it from, and some we wouldn’t. I didn’t get to see every set, but I saw alot. These were the best in my opinion: 1. Savages-Jehnny Beth and her band destroyed a mid-afternoon set on the main stage the same way Deafheaven did in 2014. 2. Kamasi Washington-Large crowds and jazz … Continue reading Ranking Pitchfork 2016
Toronto’s own Broken Social Scene hit Chicago for their first two shows in five years. Yesterday they played an evening set at Pitchfork, and the night before they hit Metro in Wrigleyville. The band sounds great, and they played some material off their upcoming album! Continue reading Broken Social Scene at Pitchfork Festival
As usual, the Pitchfork Festival programmers have delivered a diverse and fun lineup for music fans to applaud and criticize. It’s certainly a different kind of festival this year-less rock, more pop. I think it will be a fun festival regardless. This is what I recommend you see. Friday If you’re gonna get to Union Park early in an effort to beat the crowds, you’ll … Continue reading Planning Your Pitchfork: A Schedule For The Indecisive
The first time I heard Jason Collett sing was in 2004 at The Maintenance Shop in Ames. He was opening for Fiest, who had released Let It Die earlier that year. This tour came in between Collett’s Motor Motel Love Songs and Idols Of Exile, and I knew within a couple songs that I’d be buying every record he ever puts out. I often refer … Continue reading Jason Collett-Reckon
For years I’ve carried with me an unfounded disdain for Metric. I think it all started when I was in a conversation about Canadian bands when someone made the claim that Metric is the greatest Canadian band of all-time. There is no word in the English language to describe the loud guffaw that purged from my mouth. I mean, there’s a pretty long list of great Canadian bands, and Metric ain’t at the top. Ever since then I’ve been anti-Metric, even though I’m really just anti-that idiot’s declaration.
So when I heard that Metric was coming out with a new album, I decided this would be my chance to turn it all around. Honestly, I never thought their music was bad, I could just never take it for what it is because my judgement was clouded. When you look at the players in the band and what they do outside of their main group, I love them. They’re out there working with Broken Social Scene, Stars, Jason Collett, all bands and people for whom I have a great admiration. Hell, Haines and Shaw used to share an apartment with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-how could I not like them?!? Continue reading “Metric-Synthetica”