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“I’ve never played in Central Park legally before,” Beck told a sold-out crowd at New York City’s Central Park SummerStage. It’s been a long time since his couch-crashing anti-folk days, just a kid and his guitar, and on a clear Tuesday night, the now 43-year-old but perennially energetic musician brought 20 years of material to an eager audience in a show of stark contrasts.
Ben Sollee concert changes a person, because all assumptions are off about what an instrument can do. The Kentucky singer-songwriter does for cello what Andrew Bird does for violin: Plugs in, channels influences from Eastern Europe to Appalachia, and gives indie rock a shock to its system.
'Future Former Self' is a journey to the end of the universe, CHAPPO’s novel, excited exploration of the far reaches of psychedelia.
Glossy and upbeat is a new look for Scottish music, but CHVRCHES pull it off with emotional force.
At Mr. Smalls Theatre, a church converted into one of Pittsburgh’s best concert spaces, Dawes exceeded even my expectations.
With 'Negativity,' Deer Tick’s fifth album, the Rhode Island band does a fine job of turning their boozy image around.
Band of Skulls want you to forget the riffs of every other rock band. Their riffs are the dirtiest, the greasiest, the fattest.