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Redd Kross
Underground Arts, Philadelphia, May 3

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Redd Kross Underground Arts, Philadelphia, May 3 Redd Kross is to punk rock what Cheap Trick is to ’70s arena rock. This is not as much because of a sonic resemblance, though both

Tinariwen and Dengue Fever
Union Transfer, Philadelphia, April 18

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Tinariwen and Dengue FeverUnion Transfer, Philadelphia, April 18 The distance between Cambodia and Mali is 7,175 miles, but with roots in those two disparate countries, the two bands

The Wedding Present
The Bell House, Brooklyn, April 15

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The Wedding Present The Bell House, Brooklyn, April 15 There was a period of time around the turn of the last century when the Wedding Present ceased to exist. Sure, frontman David Gedge was still making music

Run the Jewels
Express Live, Columbus, January 16

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Run the Jewels Express Live, Columbus, January 16 One of the more random success stories in recent music history has to be the rise of El-P and Killer Mike as Run the Jewels. Though

Peter Hook & The Light
Webster Hall, New York, September 23

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Peter Hook & The Light Webster Hall, New York, September 23 It’s a fact of growing older that the bands you loved as a kid are probably not going to age gracefully. Their once skinny leather-clad bodies

Kristin Kontrol and Garbage
Summerstage, New York, August 1

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Kristin Kontrol and Garbage Summerstage, New York, August 1 As the leader of the Dum Dum Girls (under the succinct nom de plume of Dee Dee), Kristin Gundred created a trio of records

Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park, Chicago, July 15–17

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Pitchfork Music Festival Union Park, Chicago, July 15–17 The Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a great place to see a few bands you love, a few bands you know, and a few bands you had no idea you would love

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016
Preview

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 Preview Catharsis, virtuosity, spectacle, escape. Pitchfork’s annual Chicago festival, at its best, offers heightened moments of all four, and in the most

Howard Jones and OMD
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, June 11

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Howard Jones and OMD Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, June 11 While it would be easy to dismiss this double-bill of openers as a cash-grab at ’80s nostalgia—and perhaps that is exactly what

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Manchester, June 9–12

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, June 9–12 Although Bonnaroo’s long ago outlived its reputation as a hippie retreat, when you make it to the Farm—as it’s affectionately called by attendees and organizers