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Mark Stock's Coachella, Part Three: Coachella Education

Five Things I Learned From Coachella

1. We're poor, but we still like music.

For the first time in its decade long history, Coachella offered tickets on layaway. In other words, in the tongue of a used car salesman, “half down, half paid later—in full...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock's Coachella, Part Two: Glass Candy

You have just tuned into part two of Mark Stock's Coachella wrap-up.

While the Killers pouted, the Chemical Brothers spun and Jenny Lewis strummed, a party was underway in the Mojave Tent. The sun had finally decided to leave the good people of Coachella alone and you could hear...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock's Coachella, Part One: Sub, Swelter, Savagery

We sent WW's Mark Stock to the desert. What follows is part one of his three-part series on this year's Coachella festival.

Three days in Indio, California become one long day in the desert when it's 100 degrees. You begin to imagine your limbs are long enough to reach Karen O o...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Women at Holocene, Thursday, April 2

There's been a bit of a Beach Boys revival as of late. From Animal Collective to The Besnard Lakes, Brian Wilson's falsetto coupled with surfy guitar paddles on. The latter group shares the Jagjaguwar label with buzzing band Women and their presence confirms the Indiana-based label's ever improvi...   More
Friday, April 3, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Four Tet, Thursday, March 26 2009 @ Holocene

Electronica is a cutting edge genre, constantly reinventing itself. In that sense, it has a habit of outdoing itself, stretching itself thin in an effort to sound like the music of 20 years from now.

Four Tet, though shoulder deep in a workspace of cords, dials and laptops, comes ...   More
Friday, March 27, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Ra Ra Riot, Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ Doug Fir

Tuesday night at the Doug Fir, young Sycracuse buzz band Ra Ra Riot were positively radiant. With an adhesiveness and enthusiasm on stage not witnessed since the Partridge Family, Riot won the crowd over through and through.

Frontman Wes Miles bears a vocal resemblance to Zach Con...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Your Valentine's Day Playlist

Valentine's Day revolves around another special four letter word: S-E-L-F. But face it, you're nothing without sweet, reliable, always-enchanting music. Music will laugh at all your jokes, and it'll do so melodically. In the event you're journeying solo tomorrow, don't fret, because you've always...   More
Friday, February 13, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Wax Fingers and Breakfast Mountain at Holocene, Wed, Feb. 4

There were jokes about how the only fans at the show were friends or family.

Until a few people interjected, asking collectively, "what about us?"

Modesty aside, Wax Fingers confidently kick-started a fine evening and they did it in the company of many. The Port...   More
Friday, February 6, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Broken Social Scene: Assembling the Wreckage

Canadians multiply. Hence Broken Social Scene, the Great White North's contemporary answer to the Traveling Wilburys or the New Pornographers. The Jesuit High School of music, BSS have recruited talent a'plenty, creating a snowballing monster of blessed individuals that combine to c...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by MARK STOCK

The Album Leaf at Rotture, Friday, Jan. 30

Rotture seemed like it might be too snug a fit for San Diego's uber-atmospheric the Album Leaf. Jimmy Lavalle's vast, piano-strung medleys are so nomadic one might think he and his band only play outdoors, in endless meadows or on a raft out at sea. But Rotture's fit was actually the right one&...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 by MARK STOCK
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