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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Sunday

Another year, another stellar group of musicians closing out the festival with a bang. 

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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Saturday

From crowd surfing to Crowd Nothings’ set to St. Vincent’s towering performance, Saturday had a little bit of everything for everyone.

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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Friday

Day one: off to a good start.

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Preview: Beck at the Pageant, 7.16.2014

Yes, that beck. The one who hadn’t played in St. Louis in fourteen years. Do yourself a favor and read Bryan Sutter’s RFT review of the show here.

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Preview: Beck at the Pageant, 7.16.2014

Yes, that beck. The one who hadn’t played in St. Louis in fourteen years. Do yourself a favor and read Bryan Sutter’s RFT review of the show here.

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Cody ChesnuTT at Plush, 6.4.2014

I had no idea Cody ChesnuTT is such an energetic performer. He’s incredibly entertaining live, and not just on a musical level — he’s got moves. See him whenever you can.

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The Flaming Lips at The Pageant, 6.10.2014

I’ve seen The Flaming Lips six times in the past few years, and each has been a special experience — few bands manage to pack so much good music (and visual overstimulation) into any given evening.

The Lips’ previous stage setup is about as well known as a band’s setup can be. There was a half circle screen, a bunch of fans-turned-dancers on either side of the band, truckloads of confetti, and Wayne Coyne in a fine, shabby suit. It was fun, but following a string of more experimental (and frankly, darker) records, it’s no surprise that the stage show has undergone something of a reinvention.

I think the new setup, depicted above, is a step forward and a step back. The strands of lights are used to great effect during some songs, and induce claustrophobia in others. The huge LED wall behind the band allows for more color and video, but cuts down on space for persistent costumed dancers. Coyne’s attire is definitely weirder, but he spends less time reaching out to (or rolling on top of) the crowd.

Nothing lasts forever, and while the previous iteration of The Lips’ stage setup was exceptional, it was also getting expected. I’m glad they shook things up.

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Preview: Scarlet Tanager at Off Broadway, 6.20.2014

Congrats on the new record, guys and gals!

Preview: Scarlet Tanager at Off Broadway, 6.20.2014

Congrats on the new record, guys and gals!

Preview: The Flaming Lips at The Pageant, 6.10.2014
Fuck yeah, indeed. More to come.
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Preview: The Flaming Lips at The Pageant, 6.10.2014

Fuck yeah, indeed. More to come.

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Slayer at The Pageant, 5.15.2014

Bucket list? You bet. Slayer is a beast of a band, and a fun-but-tricky shoot given the intense lighting and active band members. Paul Bostaph was hardest to get; his high-rise drum setup wasn’t easily penetrated. Still, I’m happy with the images I had at the end of the night.

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