Live Review: Lloyd Cole, One Lucky Guitar, March 21, 2015

Lloyd Cole is the type of songwriter who incites travel, perhaps because he himself is nomadic and restless–a musical omnivore who’s traversed sparse folk, Velvet Underground-esque rock, electronica and dour jangle-pop (to name a few) during his three-decade career. And so when my husband ...

Concert Review: Chris Nĕptūn at the Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ

Or should I say Blūĕ Room?

Headlining a benefit for the family of venue friend and local business owner, Silvio Dibello, local singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Nĕptūn and his backing band served up a memorable mix of pop, electronica, rock, and even ...

Inside the Art of Outside Lands

Outside Lands came and went last weekend, blowing in and out of the Golden Gate Park with the signature stomp, rock, and dazzle that’s it’s become equanimous with since Another Planet first unleashed it upon San Francisco six summers ...

Ben Folds Five, July 20, 2013: PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Saturday, July 20 marked the last day of what was one of the most uncomfortable heatwaves the Northeast has seen in years. That evening, Platters That Matter podcasters Chris Holmes and Dw Dunphy attended the Last Summer On Earth Tour, with the ...

High Sierra Highlights: Top 10 of 2013

High Sierra Music Festival is easily one of the happiest places on earth. People return year after year (after year). They bring their kids. They fill up inflatable pools. They make signs that light up and camp with dozens of friends ...

Live Music: Ronnie Spector at City Winery, New York City, 5/6/2013

Ronnie Spector is more than her powerhouse voice, more than her tumultuous marriage to one of the most notorious producers-turned-accused-murderers of all time, and even more than the mile-high hairdos she popularized in the ‘60s. She is a portrait of resiliency and ...

10 Music Festivals To Overwhelm 2013

As Coachella’s historic free live webcast on YouTube just two weeks ago reminded us: music festival season is now upon us!

From the cultural flashpoint in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York, to the mass proliferation of today that ...

Live Music: Alt-J at the Fillmore, San Francisco

Alt-J (so named for the neato triangle you can make using your keyboard—∆) headlined a sold-out show at the Fillmore the other night. The band got together in 2007 at Leeds University, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they released their ...

This Line is Disconnected: Caro Emerald @ The El Rey

Two quick points about last week’s Caro Emerald show at the El Rey here in Los Angeles. The first: it made me feel my age (37 years). The second: it was terrific.

While the name Caro Emerald, particularly when framed by the ...

Live Music: Eskmo at the Independent, San Francisco

Glitched out beats producer Eskmo headlined a night of experimental electronic music at the Independent last Thursday. A happy crowd broke out their festival outfits and gathered at the San Francisco venue, excited to get an early start ...