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FUTURE ISLANDS + FR/BLCK/PR @ THE GREEK THEATRE

The momentum behind Future Islands has been long and steadfast since their 2014 release Singles, an album that helped catapult the band to major success. The evidence of said momentum was visibly present as they played to a packed Greek Theatre, the band’s biggest headlining show in LA to date.

Interview

DOWNTOWN BOYS: FIGHTING FOR POWER

When I first saw Downtown Boys, I thought to myself, “Is this what it felt like to see X-Ray Spex?” They exude an commitment and ferocity that is absolutely intoxicating. Victoria Ruiz’s vocals hit hard and the band delivers a rare kind of energy thanks to driving guitars and an slashing horn section. Their newest Cost Of Living is out now on Sub Pop and we spoke only a few days after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—so it felt fitting to be talking about the state of our country with a band that fights for the rights of marginalized people every time they perform. They perform at Summer Happenings at the Broad: Jean-Michel Basquiat on Sat., Sept. 23. This interview by Emily Twombly.

News

VIDEO PREMIERE: BRAINSTORY “FRUITLESS TREES”

We had a lovely talk with Brainstoryincluding live musical accompanimentback in July and now they've returned with this late-night basic-cable video for "Fruitless Tree," the stand-out lead track on their recent self-titled mini-album. (Which was ably produced by Chicano Batman's Eduardo Arenas.) Consider it a glimpse at the old-school version of augmented reality—and all natural, too! They'll be performing at Long Beach's Music Tastes Good festival next weekend. Credits and video thesis statement below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BOYO “INSOMNIA”

BOYO is Robert Tilden, once of Bobby T. and the Slackers but now gone solo and gone a little deeper and weirder, too, and this is the first extremely advance single from his next album. "Insomnia" is (naturally) an uneasy, anxious and even melancholy indie song with what the craftspeople among you might call "live edges, always the mark of a true artist. In this video directed by Nathan Castiel, you'll watch as the watcher becomes the watched—literally, actually—and then think about where that leaves you. BOYO's Me, Again will be out on Danger Collective in January 2018, and you can visit BOYO here. Some coming tour dates and full video credits below!

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RIOT FEST @ DOUGLAS PARK, CHICAGO

The spirit of Sean P. McKeough, Riot Fest Partner and Producer who passed late last year was everywhere making sure punks had their fill of hardcore music, moshing, carnival rides, beer and good vibes.

Live reviews

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY + HOLY FUCK @ THE GREEK THEATRE

It felt spiritual in a communal way – not weightless enough to be transcendental, but rather like a deeply healing sermon from a seasoned, passionate clergy.