1. tUnE-yArDs @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    This was my second time seeing tUnE-yArDs since she added a full live band (undoubtedly to recreate the complex, experimental pop songs from her new album, Nicki Nack). While I miss watching Merrill single-handedly creating all the vocal and instrumental loops on the spot, she still has a manic, infectious energy and a robust catalogue of whimsical pop anthems like “Water Fountain”, “Gangsta” and “Wait For A Minute” that makes her live show an utter delight.

    Setlist: Left Behind / Sink-O / Real Thing / Time of Dark / Hey Life / Gangsta / Powa / Wait for a Minute / Stop That Man / Bizness / Water Fountain

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Fest (Saturday) here.

  2. Now Playing: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson #vinylsunday

    Now Playing: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson #vinylsunday

  3. Cloud Nothings @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    Cloud Nothings were one of my most anticipated bands of the day at Pitchfork Festival, party because their previous appearance was shortened by heavy rain. The Cleveland band made a triumphant return on Saturday, blasting through melodic noise-rock onslaughts like “Stay Useless”, “Psychic Trauma” and the epic “Wasted Days”, whipping the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

    Setlist: Now Hear In / Stay Useless / Psychic Trauma / Giving Into Seeing / Fall In / Separation / Pattern Walks / Quieter Today / Cut You / I’m Not Part of Me / Wasted Days

    View all my photos from Pitchfork (Saturday) here.

  4. This Spotify playlist is so hot right now…

    For those of you on Spotify, I now have a Best Songs of 2014 Ongoing Playlist which I’ll update every couple weeks or so with my favorite tracks of the year. The playlist is in reverse chronological order order right now, but I’ll rank them closer to year-end. As usual, it’s one song per artist. I’ve also included the playlist in the sidebar (see below image) so you can listen while you browse.

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  5. Wild Beasts @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    Wild Beasts dark synth-rock soundscapes was an early highlight, Saturday at Pitchfork. The British quartet’s melancholic anthems are probably better suited for shadowy clubs than a bright summer day but they made the most of it and provided a mesmerizing set.

    Setlist: Mecca / Reach a Bit Further / Sweet Spot / A Simple Beautiful Truth / Daughters / Hooting & Howling / Bed of Nails / A Dog’s Life / Wanderlust / All the King’s Men

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Saturday) here.

  6. Electric Youth "Runaway"




    I think, other than Chromatics, Electric Youth have had my favorite post-Drive OST career. Here’s another brilliant, hypnotic tune from the synth-pop duo for their upcoming debut LP.

    Innerworld is out 9/30 on Secretly Canadian

  7. Twin Peaks @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    I arrived late to Twin Peaks' rowdy opening set on Saturday at Pitchfork Festival but I did get to hear them play great new single “I Found A New Way”, watch one member smash his guitar and whip it into the crowd, plus observe the first of many crowd surfers on what was probably the most crowd surf-y day I’ve experienced at the Fork.

    View my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Saturday) here.

  8. Spoon "Inside Out"




    Both singles that Spoon have released from their upcoming They Want My Soul have been superb, but the new track “Inside Out” might just be my favorite. It has an incredibly addictive beat and an otherworldly sound that is just beautiful. Listening on repeat for the foreseeable future.

    They Want My Soul is out 8/5 on Loma Vista