It was worth the journey from New York to Pennsylvania to catch Kurt Vile on close-to-home turf at a club known as Phantom Power. This unassuming venue with a small beer garden and microbrewery, sits off the main road in the rural college town of Millersville. A rare opportunity to experience a casual, intimate Friday …

For avid concert-goers, there are shows that are enjoyable but unremarkable, those that are remembered for the wrong reasons and others that will stick with you forever. When a band puts on a show that’s forever burned into your memory, you see them every chance you get. Since the early ’90s, The Afghan Whigs have …

Tyler Joseph of 21 Pilots Icy Tour

A self-starter indie band reaching global stardom at an accelerated rate can be both a blessing and a curse. Several years in, Twenty One Pilots are still putting on an exceptional large-scale show to a broad, dedicated fan base. The BBC Radio 1 tent at Reading Festival 2016 was my first exposure to Twenty One …

Not so long ago, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was coming to us solely on video from his home studio. Remember the days when we were trying to keep each other sane from a distance? Gibbard spent over a year online, posting numerous solo performances and like many artists, provided us with some solace …

Bob Mould will forever embody the energy of a three-piece punk band. All that’s needed is a Fender Stratocaster and an amp. He’s one of those rare performers who can command a space with no backing band. “Is this amp loud enough for ya?,” he asked. “ I have to ask, because it never seems …

Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes performing 2022

Choose anyone in the American indie music multiverse and you can easily play a game of Six Degrees of Conor Oberst. Phoebe Bridgers, M Ward, Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, Soccer Mommy and Lucy Dacus are just a few of many direct connections to the Bright Eyes frontman. Christian Lee Hutson, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and opening …

Many of us have learned over the past two years (whether by choice or not) that hitting the pause button can be a good thing. Placebo’s Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal were pretty drained from a 5-year touring schedule, which spanned from shows supporting 2013’s Loud Like Love to a retrospective 20-year anniversary tour. Those …

Lucy Dacus at The Stone Pony

Musicians are really doing whatever it takes to stay on the road in 2022. Scrambling for substitute band members or crew when positive tests arrive to anything else thrown their way. When singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus started suffering from herniated spinal discs, she took to her couch – on stage.  These early 2022 shows have now …

Ah, the indie band fan’s dilemma. You have been championing them for years – sharing songs with friends, traveling to other cities to see them play different venues, spreading the word of the band’s incredible new album. Yet, you secretly want them forever playing clubs that hold less than 1,000 – right? Headlining a show …

LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

As a native New Yorker, I have a really embarrassing confession to make – I had never seen LCD Soundsystem live before. Kinda sad, right? But, thanks to their 20-night residency at Brooklyn Steel, spanning from late November to mid-December, I was finally able to correct that. It’s not like I haven’t been a fan …