Homegrown’s Alright with Texas at Austin City Limits 2018
Amidst heavyweight legends like Paul McCartney and Metallica at this year’s ACL, plenty of fresh-faced acts showcased their love for Texas, and a charity group helped to celebrate music as the best medicine.
The Fireworks of Life Is Beautiful
Arcade Fire, Florence + the Machine, Tyler, The Creator, and others (further) illuminated Sin City on the weekend of Vegas’ biggest music and arts festival.
Lollapalooza 2018: The Youth Shall Set You Free
As the Chicago-set music festival ages, its audience appears to be getting younger.
The Radical Earnestness, and Subtle Jubilation, of FORM Arcosanti
In its fourth year, the Hundred Waters–curated weekend proved once again what sets it apart from major music festivals.
Who Says There’s No Leaving New York? A Report From The National’s Homecoming Festival
More a family reunion for the Cincinnati-bred band than an actual festival, Homecoming was a wild party with occasionally tender moments.
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Noise Pop 2018
In its twenty-sixth year, San Francisco’s week-long music and arts festival is louder now than it’s ever been.
Storms and Lights at Day for Night 2017
St. Vincent, Nine Inch Nails, and Pussy Riot rock under gray Houston skies.
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: The Fashion of ComplexCon
It was a meeting of young minds and wardrobes in Long Beach.
A Tale of Two Festivals at Voodoo 2017
There’s a lot to take in at New Orleans’ ~sPoOkY~ Halloween carnival. And a lot of choices to make about what the festival means to you.
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Desert Daze 2017
A not so Coachella experience in the sand.
Future Neo-Noir: Three Miami Nights of III Points 2017
In typical Florida fashion, there was very little that could be considered “normal” at Miami’s preeminent arts and music fest.
Refunds Be Damned: Austin City Limits Marches On
For anyone who didn’t want to be at festival so soon after the Vegas shooting, ACL offered full refunds. But the festival didn’t back down—and the result was a weekend of mutual love and appreciation.
Such Is Life: Scenes from Life is Beautiful 2017
The fifth edition of the Vegas festival distinguishes itself with massive art installations and a guest-packed Gorillaz set.
72-Hour Nostalgia-Punk Therapy: Riot Fest 2017
With a high-profile Jawbreaker reunion at its center, this year’s edition of Riot Fest further cemented the Chicago party’s identity.
Nyege Nyege Brings Underground African Music to the Shore of the River Nile
The third running of the Ugandan music festival presents a dynamic vision of African music informed by—but not devoted to—traditional forms.
The Two Sides of Pickathon’s Happy Valley
It was a festival filled with dualities: that Charles Bradley is not a lone eagle, that J Mascis can blow out an amp and shred on acoustic within a matter of hours, that the pleasant Pacific Northwest can still get really freakin’ hot.
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Panorama (7/28–30/2017)
Setting sail to Randall’s Island.
FYF Fest Still Isn’t Coachella (And That’s a Good Thing)
Headliners were a story, as always, but they weren’t the story out of the fest’s inaugural three-day run at Expo Park.