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Much Ado About the ’Roonew

Squat now or forever hold your pee. I was presented with a moral dilemma — should I make the long trek to the Port-o-Pots where there’d inevitably be a line, or strip my shorts down to my ankles, balance myself between the tires of two cars, and let it go?
LEO Weekly  |  Sara Havens  |  06-23-2011  |  Music

Shakori Hills Continues to Grow its Festival and Raise its Communitynew

"People really come here to spend time with their friends and their family. I think that's probably the unsung part of the festival of what really brings people in." -- Jordan Puryear
INDY Week  |  Andrew Ritchey  |  04-21-2011  |  Music

What SXSW Says About Fort Worthnew

Austin's SXSW festival was a showcase of many things, including the metamorphasis of the recording industry and what it means to cities like Fort Worth, that have great local music bands that get largely overlooked by festival promoters.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  Caroline Collier  |  03-26-2010  |  Music

Attempting to Make Sense of SXSW, America's Premier Music Festivalnew

There are close to 2,000 registered bands at SXSW, although the impossible-to-determine unofficial number is probably twice that. If you perform, you will do so opposite hundreds of other bands from all over the world.
The Portland Mercury  |  Ezra Ace Caraeff  |  03-25-2010  |  Music

Year in Review: A Sizable Fleet of North Carolina Bands Found Bigger Audiencesnew

This year, more than any other this decade, the Triangle's local band scene seemed to engender broader support. It was a good year to be, as one excellent local compilation put it, "hearing here," at home.
INDY Week  |  Grayson Currin  |  12-17-2009  |  Music

Go Phish: Hippie Music Is on the Downswing -- and That Sucksnew

Phish is and will continue to be the most vital jam band in the world -- but that title doesn't carry as much water as it used to. They're legends.
Phoenix New Times  |  Martin Cizmar  |  11-10-2009  |  Music

The 1969 Texas International Pop Festival is History's Forgotten Festivalnew

This entire summer, pop culture has been inundated with Woodstock nostalgia. But another landmark festival happened just weeks later. While Texas International Pop Festival's attendance was quite a bit smaller than Woodstock's, it was still a lot of folks, perhaps the largest public gathering in the state to date.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  09-08-2009  |  Music

Newport Jazz Comes Back With a Bangnew

The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Boston Phoenix  |  Jon Garelick  |  08-12-2009  |  Music

Woodstock Co-creator Michael Lang Shares His Memoriesnew

Four decades of nostalgia, hallucinogens, and box sets make us forget that the Woodstock Music & Art Fair didn't descend from a sky of positive vibes and land softly atop a field of dancing hippies. Michael Lang, co-creator of the festival, returns to the scene of the grime in his new book The Road to Woodstock.
Boston Phoenix  |  Rob Turbovsky  |  07-23-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Skrunk Happens: We're Not Fans, But The Kids Seem to Like Itnew

The Warped Tour's 15th year sees a large number of acts that have embraced a combination of minimalist Southern hip-hop, Auto-Tune croons, techno breakdowns, barked vocals, and party-til-you-puke poetics. It's called scrunk, a bastardized combination of crunk and screamo, and it's the hottest thing since sliced bread joined Twitter.
Boston Phoenix  |  Leor Galil  |  07-15-2009  |  Music

Florida's Bob on Blonde Resurfaces ... Brieflynew

Sharp-eyed patrons of the 4th annual I-4 Fest this year will notice a rare sighting: a performance by Bob on Blonde, an elusive pop-rock local band that's periodically dropped electric-yet-soulful music for years, yet only plays to an audience when they feel like interacting with other people ... and that's not often.
Orlando Weekly  |  Justin Strout  |  07-02-2009  |  Music

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Teams Up With David Byrnenew

With all of his acclaimed weirdness, what's Byrne doing playing the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year, sharing a bill with more "traditional" greats like Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan and Sam Bush?
Boulder Weekly  |  Adam Perry  |  06-15-2009  |  Music

Year After Year, Maryland Deathfest Only Gets Strongernew

The extremes of metal music have filled every room of Baltimore nightclub Sonar with bands and fans over a long weekend in May for the past several years as part of Maryland Deathfest.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Michael Byrne  |  05-19-2009  |  Music

The Ponderosa Stomp Returns to New Orleansnew

Now in its eighth year, Dr. Ike Padnos' Ponderosa Stomp has evolved into more than just the anesthesiologist-by-day's moonlighting plaything; it's a time warp, a cultural preserve and a seemingly nonstop, 36-hour concert all rolled into one.
Gambit  |  Noah Bonaparte Pais  |  04-28-2009  |  Performance

The Indio Index: Coachella By the Numbersnew

Around 150,000 people were at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio this year—150,000 people who are all kinda nuts. Here are some other significant numbers from Coachella ’09.
OC Weekly  |  Albert Ching  |  04-28-2009  |  Music

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