• The You-Phoria Guide To Festivals: 2014

    Posted 04/09/2014 by cal

    Because tweeting my disdain isn't enough.

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  • #phishfork

    Posted 07/23/2013 by cal

    A little background: Several months ago, Pitchfork announced Björk would be headlining one night of its yearly festival.  As Björk was very near the top of our bucket list of live acts, my wife and I eagerly purchased weekend passes, even though Phish, as usual, was dragging its feet on announcing summer tour dates--WHAT ARE THE CHANCES, I scoffed.  Under normal circumstances, I might have seriously considered skipping a Phish show for Björk, having never seen her before.  But the problem with the Phishhead affliction is that you can't skip a Phish show on your birthday when you're already going to be only a few miles away from where it's taking place.  On the off chance that they play the greatest version ever of your favorite song, and you chose to skip it, you'd never be able to live with yourself.  On the other hand, your wife might not be so severely afflicted...

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  • The You-Phoria Guide To Festivals: 2012

    Posted 03/16/2012 by cal

    Festivals: they’re not for the jaded, infirm or impatient, and now that they’re everywhere all the time, it’s pretty hip to dismiss them as tiresome and unwieldy, and those criticisms are certainly true. You either have to be one of those folks who delights in the festival atmosphere and sense of community, or you have to be willing to sacrifice comfort for the sake of hours and hours of music, sweet music. If you’re one of these types or think you might be, you owe it to yourself to check out the phenomenon, ‘cause if you’re anything like me you could wind up making some of your favorite memories ever at these things. Read on for a rundown on the most notable parties of spring/summer 2012. (Note: We’re Milwaukeeans here at You-Phoria, so adjust travel considerations accordingly.)

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  • My Favorite Shows Of 2011

    Posted 12/23/2011 by cal

    If I have any perennial list-readers here, most of them probably sighed preemptively as they imagined what would top my list this year, and they’re all correct: U2 (really impossible to choose between the two shows I saw), Phish (night one at UIC being the best of the seven), Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle, Animal Collective at Pitchfork, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. Oops, ya got me: I have favorite bands. I know music critics aren't supposed to reveal those, but there's no sense keeping it a secret. But rather than blather on about them yet again, it’s probably more productive for me to mention the top ten non-my-favorite-band shows of the year. So here goes. (To keep it interesting, I’m going to gloss over other obvious big names (Wilco, Pearl Jam, Primus, STS9), since they’ve all been covered plenty.)

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  • The You-Phoria Guide To Festivals, 2011

    Posted 03/09/2011 by cal

    Now that festivals are big business again, even the hippies have gone hipster, and every year is a PR race to announce the most diverse and crowd-pleasing lineup.  The sense of community is all but gone now from the major three-day parties, and the pioneering spirit that created Bonnaroo is nowhere to be found.  This is already causing a decline in festival attendance and the cancellation of several formerly big names (10,000 Lakes and Rothbury spring to mind).  Still, for the music lover with eclectic tastes, there is an incredible bounty to be had.  Events succeed because with the demise of making records as a career, more and more bands are learning that they must be able to draw crowds playing live if they ever want to quit their day jobs.  Thus, while the big festivals may be on the verge of going dormant again, we concert-goers win by packing as much music as possible into the bulk ticket price.  But which ones are worth the hassle that IS festival life?  Just in case you’re still mulling things over for this year, here’s a handy guide.

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  • Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

    Posted 07/23/2010 by cal

    The bulk of my review is up at JamBase, but I thought I'd include a few snippets here about artists that didn't make the main highlight/lowlight reel.  There was a lot to see at Union Park this year, and far be it from me to not include somebody.

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  • Girl Talk: FEED THE ANIMALS

    Posted 06/25/2008 by cal

    An initial-reaction blow-by-blow by Matthew Krenning, in real time (sort of).

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  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 13-15, 2007

    Posted 08/04/2007 by cal

    Since the first Bonnaroo in 2002, the festival season seems to have grown fatter every year. Now, every major city and available 100+ acre plot of land in the U.S. supports a horde of trampling feet for at least one weekend of music and portable toilets. Last year, indie cred barometer Pitchforkmedia.com threw its beret into the ring with the Pitchfork Music Festival, held at Union Park in the heart of Chicago.

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