Live Reviews

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This Is Not a Spice Girls 2019 Tour Thinkpiece

Imagine 90,000 raucous seven-year-old fans, except they're adults now and can drink wine and stay up late.
Daisy Jones
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Azealia Banks Is Still Really Good Live, Sorry

The controversial rapper blew London's KOKO away last weekend, deepening her 'can you separate the art from the artist?' conundrum.
Tshepo Mokoena
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Patti Smith Is Still an Untouchable Icon

Even when she's covering U2, as she did at a London gig over the weekend.
Hannah Ewens
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H.E.R. Wants to Be Both Successful and an Enigma

At a recent Apple Music 'Up Next' show, the 21-year-old R&B artist toed the line between her near-anonymity and snippets of her 'true' identity.
Tshepo Mokoena
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BTS’ Live Show Is a Glowing, Self-Affirming Safe Haven

For fans of the Korean boyband, like myself, their "love yourself" mantra swells in size in a live setting like London's O2 Arena.
Biju Belinky
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Presidential Death Match: GWAR Rain Blood at The Gathering of the Juggalos

They decapitated a giant robotic Barack Obama, made Hillary and The Donald fight to the death, and covered the crowd in pink fluids. Just another live set from the Virginian metal band.
Nate "Igor" Smith

I Sent My Girlfriend's Mother to Review a Canadian EDM Festival

Spoiler alert: her recap includes inflatable dolphins, security selfies, and Top 40 DJ slander.
Max Mertens
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The Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Is So Good She Makes Me Want to Throw Up

The brilliance of Hatsune Miku is that it turns the music industry’s inherent phoniness into an enormous cosplay endeavor.
Drew Millard
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Not Dead Yet Night 3 Was All Kills, No Frills

Day 3 of the Toronto punk and hardcore festival got intense fast and never let up.
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Not Dead Yet Night 2 Brought More Bands and More Intensity

Texas and Pittsburgh bands showed out at the Toronto punk rock festival.
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MF Doom and Ghostface's "Interactive" III Points Festival Performance Had a Few Wires Crossed

A prerecorded DOOM video and a too short Ghostface live set left many festival goers bewildered and annoyed.
Jonathan Peltz
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PUP's Toronto Homecoming Show Just Took Them to the Next Level

We chronicle punk upstarts PUP's soon-to-be-legendary homecoming show at Toronto's Lee Palace.