Live Reviews

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Robyn’s Big Fat Club of Palatial Tears at the Top of North London

The Swedish pop star's Alexandra Palace shows were near-perfect, the peak of what pop can do outside of an arena.
Ryan Bassil
3 days ago
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MorMor’s Psychedelic Indie-Pop Deserves Your Attention

The Toronto musician played his first sold-out London show this week, showing how outsider status can lead to beautiful art.
Tshepo Mokoena
4.5.19
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Ghetts’ Live Show Proves Why He’ll Always Be a Grime OG

He blends both parts of his legacy – from his younger days as Ghetto, to last year's 'Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament' album – with total ease.
Chanté Joseph
2.4.19
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Azealia Banks Is Still Really Good Live, Sorry

The controversial rapper blew London's KOKO away last weekend, deepening her 'can you separate the art from the artist?' conundrum.
Tshepo Mokoena
1.29.19
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Patti Smith Is Still an Untouchable Icon

Even when she's covering U2, as she did at a London gig over the weekend.
Hannah Ewens
1.28.19
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H.E.R. Wants to Be Both Successful and an Enigma

At a recent Apple Music 'Up Next' show, the 21-year-old R&B artist toed the line between her near-anonymity and snippets of her 'true' identity.
Tshepo Mokoena
11.12.18
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BTS’ Live Show Is a Glowing, Self-Affirming Safe Haven

For fans of the Korean boyband, like myself, their "love yourself" mantra swells in size in a live setting like London's O2 Arena.
Biju Belinky
10.11.18
Øya Festival

I Did the Unthinkable and Discovered New Music at a Festival

Øya in Oslo was the antidote to a summer of messy live experiences, and a perfect place to stumble across Norwegian acts.
Tshepo Mokoena
8.15.18
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Thinking About "World Music" (Whatever That Means) at a Moroccan Festival

At Visa For Music in Rabat, Morocco, it's best not to get caught up in phrasing. The music is too good.
Zachary Lipez
11.20.17
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Presidential Death Match: GWAR Rain Blood at The Gathering of the Juggalos

They decapitated a giant robotic Barack Obama, made Hillary and The Donald fight to the death, and covered the crowd in pink fluids. Just another live set from the Virginian metal band.
Nate "Igor" Smith
7.25.16
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MF Doom and Ghostface's "Interactive" III Points Festival Performance Had a Few Wires Crossed

A prerecorded DOOM video and a too short Ghostface live set left many festival goers bewildered and annoyed.
Jonathan Peltz
10.12.15
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PUP's Homecoming Show Took Them to the Next Level

We chronicle punk upstarts PUP's soon-to-be-legendary homecoming show at Toronto's Lee Palace.
11.25.14
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