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Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison’s Flying Lotus project has reached cruising altitude. With 2008 breakout Los Angeles and legacy-securing Cosmogramma now firmly in the rearview mirror, he’s embracing artist maturation by releasing a series of well-received albums in a row, including the newly acclaimed You’re Dead. Read More | Comment »

10:47AM Mon. Nov. 10, 2014, Luke Winkie

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Girl Talk

Is Gregg Gillis finally getting bored of all this? The mash-up pioneer’s Girl Talk served as gatekeeper for the hyperactive, genre-compressing movement that’s become a way of life in 2014, but he hasn’t put out a proper full-length since 2010. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Sun. Nov. 9, 2014, Luke Winkie

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Run the Jewels

El-P was dead in the water. An old-school hard knocks MC thrust into the Vine era, he watched his life’s work – the precocious, antisocial Definitive Jux label – dissolve into thin air. Killer Mike, a fine MC whose claim to fame was deep ties to Outkast, wasn’t faring much better. Then 2013 arrived and these two unlikely heroes banded together as Run the Jewels. Read More | Comment »

11:27AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Calvin Harris

Fifteen years ago, Calvin Harris would’ve been a nobody. He’d still have the money, the Grammys, the industry renown, but this headlining set? No way. Who cares about producers? Men and women behind pop music are supposed to blend into the background. That’s the job description. Read More | Comment »

12:24PM Mon. Oct. 13, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Icona Pop

Icona Pop made its ACL debut perhaps nine months too late. The Swedish duo’s absolute banger by Charli XCX, “I Love It,” appeared a one-hit wonder from the start, but the women’s sub-Azalea, sub-Zedd draw in the late afternoon on Saturday served as a solemn confirmation. Their Zilker Park introduction sifted through dying embers. Read More | Comment »

11:41AM Sun. Oct. 12, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Chvrches

Chvrches could get really big. Like monumentally famous in the same way Radiohead sells out stadiums while making albums entirely out of amniotic fluid. There’s a bright future for these three twentysomething Scots to become the next New Order – and we must do everything we can to ensure that. Read More | Comment »

11:11AM Sat. Oct. 11, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Zedd

Music like Zedd’s feels like broader commentary on a generation resigned to the end of the world. A mixture of legitimate crisis and an overabundance of information can make this sad world too much to bear sometimes. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Mon. Oct. 6, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Major Lazer

There was a time not long ago when the electro-reggae of Major Lazer came with massive live production value. Dozens of backup dancers, stunts, and the physical presence of founding member Switch. I have a vibrant memory of seeing a man climb a ladder, leap off, and land directly on a woman’s crotch as part of the Major Lazer stage show. Read More | Comment »

12:05PM Sun. Oct. 5, 2014, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Sam Smith

Sam Smith had the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at ACL Fest. Not the biggest crowd in ACL’s dozen years, or even the biggest ACL crowd I’ve been a part of. And yet, as I walked toward the Bud Light stage under a balmy late-afternoon sun, the ocean of organic matter blocking my path was absolutely astounding. Read More | Comment »

10:26AM Sat. Oct. 4, 2014, Luke Winkie

Wish List: Kiss & Def Leppard

I wish I was in Def Leppard. I also wish I wasn’t caught up in the useless pontificating that causes people to look down their nose at a Def Leppard and Kiss double bill at a racetrack – the one Saturday night at the Circuit of the Americas. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Mon. Jul. 14, 2014, Luke Winkie

Austin Psych Fest Live (Sunday): Panda Bear

Three years have passed since Tomboy, and seven since his masterwork Person Pitch. Later this year, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper swings a scythe. If you don’t know what that means, then you just don’t know Panda Bear. Read More | Comment »

3:57PM Mon. May. 5, 2014, Luke Winkie

Austin Psych Fest Live (Saturday): Avey Tare

Avey Tare spends most of his time singing in Brooklyn’s Animal Collective, so his solo career notches only a brief run of two LPs that sound like a sweatier, more directly psychedelic version of his band’s campfire sing-a-longs. Simply put, you could argue he didn’t deserve the packed Levitation Tent Saturday night, but reputation goes a long way. Read More | Comment »

3:07PM Sun. May. 4, 2014, Luke Winkie

Austin Psych Fest Live (Saturday): Mark McGuire

Mark McGuire was blessed with an infamous name. Disgraced Major League baseball slugger or a slight Ohioan making sparkling, purified New Age music? They’re only a few letters and solar systems apart. As for the latter, you always trust a man whose optimism is such that his Twitter account lists his location as “Earth, B.A. (Before Aquarius).” Read More | Comment »

11:59AM Sun. May. 4, 2014, Luke Winkie

Austin Psych Fest Live (Friday): Liars

There was a moment last night at Carson Creek Ranch for Austin Psych Fest that it all made sense. A notoriously hard act to pin down, L.A. trio Liars shift tone and texture like you and I might change clothes. Yet in 2014, on their second dance-oriented album Mess, it couldn’t be more obvious. They’re Throbbing Gristle! Read More | Comment »

11:59AM Sat. May. 3, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Interview: Stuart Murdoch

Few people have contributed more to the indie-rock songbook than Stuart Murdoch. Belle & Sebastian’s entire career, beginning in the mid Nineties, couldn’t be more celebrated, but he’s never been especially public. Read More | Comment »

8:35PM Sat. Mar. 15, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Live Shot: Thumpers

First things first: It was good to see the Mohawk rally. Nothing can keep a good space down, not even unspeakable tragedy. Seeing the debauchery defiantly still in place nearly brought a tear to my eye. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Sat. Mar. 15, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Day Party: Waterloo Records

A parking lot under the hot sun and mid-afternoon Lamar traffic doesn’t always add up to a meaningful set, but hats off to the Waterloo staff for sticking with it. I actually enjoyed my time on the asphalt this afternoon, which is much more than I can say for the rest of my humidity-stained memories in Austin. I like rock music better when I’m not damp. Read More | Comment »

11:40PM Fri. Mar. 14, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Live Shot: London Grammar

Let’s be honest... It’s my fault for ever assuming the remote possibility that Taco Bell was invested in creating a meaningful environment for live music. Those priorities don’t line up. That’s why the Hype Hotel’s stage was barely off the ground, rendering it impossible for anyone to see the bands outside of the first few rows of people. Read More | Comment »

2:27PM Fri. Mar. 14, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Day Party: Tyler, the Creator

With all due respect to all the other excellent acts playing the Scoot Inn’s Thrasher/Converse day party this afternoon – among the best of which was Toronto hardcore superheros Fucked Up – let’s not mince words. There’s only moment that will remain in my memory from Thursday: Tyler, the Creator. Read More | Comment »

9:40PM Thu. Mar. 13, 2014, Luke Winkie

SXSW Live Shot: Damon Albarn

I heard a commotion, but nothing specific. The news kept trickling in around me as “are you okay?” texts began circulating. Damon Albarn was already over an hour late getting onstage. Nothing like a profound tragedy to sharpen anxiety. Read More | Comment »

3:25PM Thu. Mar. 13, 2014, Luke Winkie

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