Nine Inch Nails - Kings Theatre, Brooklyn (Night 1)
Nine Inch Nails - Kings Theatre, Brooklyn (Night 1)
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Nine Inch Nails - Kings Theatre, Brooklyn [Night 1]

There’s something to be said for collecting. I’m not a collector in the sense that I obtain things, keep them in their wrapping, and never touch them again. I don’t go to conventions to trade my unwrapped things for other people’s unwrapped things, but there is a part of me that yearns for completion. In that sense, I enjoy the idea of “collecting” an album's live performance, in other words, hearing all of the songs on an album played live; not all in one night or in order, but over the years.

paul_guyet
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Gnod R&D Takeover - The Golden Cabinet, Shipley
Gnod R&D Takeover - The Golden Cabinet, Shipley
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Gnod R&D Takeover - The Golden Cabinet, Shipley

Light those birthday candles because The Golden Cabinet is celebrating 5 years in the business. Nestled away in Shipley the Cabinet has quietly (well, noisily if you attend the actual events) become West Yorkshire’s finest night for experimental music, attracting a plethora of sonic innovators and dancefloor shakers to the unassuming Kirkgate Centre.

Andy Brown
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Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 2
Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 2
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Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 2

After a loaded Day 1, the second day of the festival promised a more concentrated list of highly diverse talents.  The prior day had us crisscrossing amongst the seven stages, not stopping at many twice.  Saturday kept us in the Western most section of the event, which was thankfully also where the best appointed Press Lounge we have experienced was located.  This provided for some much needed down time in the peak heat of the day. 

Mark Moody
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Robyn Hitchcock - Bowery Ballroom, New York
Robyn Hitchcock - Bowery Ballroom, New York
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Robyn Hitchcock - Bowery Ballroom, New York

There's a reason why I never try to miss Robyn Hitchcock when he hits town. He never puts on a bad show. The past three times I've seen have been solo acoustic gigs, all of which had their fair share of surprises. This time, Mr. Hitchcock was backed by a trio going by the moniker, The Nashville Fabs. The results were suitably fab.

Kevin Orton
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Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York (Night 2)
Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York (Night 2)
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Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York [Night 2]

Back in May, when tickets for Nine Inch Nails’ Cold And Black And Infinite tour went on sale only at the box offices of the venues where the handful of shows were being held, there was a poster for sale listing the locations of this so-called “Physical World” pre-sale event. Last month, once the tour had started, there was a different poster available at the shows. When the two posters were laid next to one another, it completed a larger image; it turned out each poster was only half of the full picture.

paul_guyet
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Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 1
Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 1
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Austin City Limits Festival 2018 - Day 1

What better way to kick-off my fourth trip to the Austin City Limits Festival than a bona fide private party for friends and press the night before the three-day event.  It’s always great to be back in my home state (and Austin in particular), so to be invited to BMI Records’ shindig at YETI world headquarters had me feeling back home in no time.  The gracious folks at BMI lined up two ACL acts, Mt. Joy and Nicole Atkins, for the cozy crowd. 

Mark Moody
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Janelle Monáe - Starlight Theater, Kansas City
Janelle Monáe - Starlight Theater, Kansas City
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Janelle Monáe - Starlight Theater, Kansas City

I can’t think of too many artists who have had a better 2018 than Janelle Monáe. Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed third album Dirty Computer, Monáe has climbed the ladder rapidly over the last 10 years since she started selling mixtapes out of the trunk of her car in Atlanta. She’s made the transition to movies (Oscar winners even), is often hailed for her unique fashion sense, and worked with her idol Prince to craft shimmering pop-rock fused with R&B, just like the Purple One did.

Tim Sentz
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Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York (Night 1)
Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York (Night 1)
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Nine Inch Nails - Radio City Music Hall, New York [Night 1]

The looks on the faces of every single person who was there expecting a typical Nine Inch Nails show…*

paul_guyet
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Hypoluxo - Green Bench, St. Petersburg
Hypoluxo - Green Bench, St. Petersburg
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Hypoluxo - Green Bench, St. Petersburg

It was a homecoming of sorts for up and coming group Hypoluxo Sunday night as they highlighted an evening of music at St. Petersburg’s Green Bench Brewing Company. The guys in the group all hail from Florida, but are currently residing in the musical hotbed of Brooklyn. The band is on tour supporting their LP, “Running On A Fence”, and their set list consisted of cuts from that freshly minted disc.

Howard Scott
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The National - Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO
The National - Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO
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The National - Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO

God: Noah, in two days-time, I’m going to send a torrential flood brought forth by rain. It will drown everything out, so you need to build an ark. This ark will need to house every living animal and a couple of your friends. Also, the band The National will need room for their equipment.

Tim Sentz
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Horse Feathers - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Horse Feathers - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
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Horse Feathers - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

There’s nothing quite like some unexpected dancing to pull you out of a slump but more of that later. It’s Saturday night and Portland’s indie-folk outfit Horse Feathers has just rolled into town in support of their brand new LP, Appreciation. Here’s hoping the crowd at Hyde Park Book Club appreciate what they do (see what I did there?)

Andy Brown
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Hinds - Crowbar, Tampa, Florida
Hinds - Crowbar, Tampa, Florida
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Hinds - Crowbar, Tampa, Florida

Making their first foray into Florida on a three-night run and whether they knew it or not, Madrid based Hinds fittingly dropped into the heart of Tampa’s Spanish heritage in Ybor City.  For a Tuesday night, the cozy confines of indie stalwart Crowbar filled in pretty well by the time our heroes took the stage.  The crowd up front, in particular, was pretty frenzied after hanging with the band in the club’s courtyard. 

Mark Moody
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