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[RECAP] Forecastle 2018: Fighting Fire With Fire

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Another Forecastle Festival has come and gone — and of the six I’ve attended, this might have been my favorite one. It only rained on us once –for only a few minutes — and like every other Forecastle, I came away with my heart filled with enthusiasm for life. Not … Read more

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[REVIEW] Dreaming with Josh Ritter at The Ryman in Nashville

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Written by Jason Gonulsen Ever since Josh Ritter picked up a guitar in Moscow, Idaho, he dreamed about playing the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. I only know this because he told us exactly that, early on in his debut performance at the legendary venue this past Friday. And midway through … Read more

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Farm Aid 2017: There’s a Warning Sign on the Road Ahead

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Words by Jason Gonulsen “Stop Factory Farms.” My first time in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and that’s what I’ll remember most. Farm Aid was back for its 32nd year. I thought of that many times over the day: 32 years. Thirty-two. Wherever you walked inside KeyBank Pavillion, you met a person wearing … Read more

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2017 Forecastle Festival: Making Up For Lost Time

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN “Saw the Stones one time,” my Uber driver said. I’m on the way to my fourth consecutive Forecastle Festival in Louisville, and the stories keep coming. I sit back and listen. “See, back then it was different. People I knew, they started climbing that scaffolding near the stage while the … Read more

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[REVIEW] Roger Waters in St. Louis: Blue Skies From Pain

I grew up in a car. Well, that’s not entirely correct, but stay with me here. A vast majority of my weekends growing up were spent traveling the Midwest with my father, Yavuz, as we listened to Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan. Our two favorite songs? Young’s “Heart of Gold” and … Read more

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Matthew Ryan – Hustle Up Starlings

I love a song That doesn’t care what you want “Hustle up starlings,” Matthew Ryan sings on the title track of his latest release. “The bats are coming.” Death is nothing new; we expire, we disappear. Life is today. It’s also tomorrow, and the day before yesterday, and it’s sometimes taxing, brutal periods of time … Read more

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Eaux Claires: In the Neighborhood

Words by Amanda Koellner “I guess you could say I’m one of the neighbors,” said local author Michael Perry from the Eaux Claires main stage moments before Bon Iver premiered 22, A Million in Justin Vernon’s tranquil hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He continued, “From the moment of inception, this festival has been built on … Read more

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Recap + Photos

ALL PHOTOS BY AMANDA KOELLNER Photos and Words by Amanda Koellner Pitchfork Music Festival turned 11 this year and decided to gift Chicagoans with a Union Park party marked by some of the best weather the weekend’s seen in years, an onslaught of incredible local acts (shouts to Twin Peaks, Whitney, Homme, et. all), and … Read more

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Hangovers and Hangouts: 2016’s Music Festival on the Beach

Written by Elisa Regulski Growing up in southern Alabama, the smell of boiled peanuts and fried poboys greeted me everywhere I went. Auburn University’s blue and orange flags waved proudly over sandy driveways, and honey-coated drawls often had a twinge of passive aggressive bitterness slip in. Gulf Shores, not surprisingly, mixed up a sentimental cocktail … Read more