Category: Review

  • Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday)

    SATURDAY Despite a brief but perilous afternoon storm, Saturday was arguably the best day of Pitchfork. Best performances of the day included Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, and early afternoon standout Bully. We kicked off the afternoon around 2pm with a killer set by the latter Nashville-bred breakout act. Bully gave a high-energy, technically sound performance; lead […]

  • Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday)

    *Note: the below discussion does not reflect the opinions of all WNUR members. This is only one DJ’s recap of the festival. “We” does not refer to all present WNUR members; WNUR members did not see all of the same performances. The sun hauled itself into the sky with a vengeance on Friday morning of […]

  • Big Ears 2015 Recaps

    This past Spring Break, seven Rock Show DJs ventured into the heart of Knoxville, TN for Big Ears music festival. Check out these recaps of their experiences! Kronos Quartet: 40 Canons with Bryce Dessner The official Big Ears schedule for Sunday early afternoon told us to expect Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq at The Square […]

  • WNUR July 2014 Recap

    The Beat Goes On… Streetbeat  and Chicago House at Dittmar From late June through July 2nd, Northwestern’s Dittmar Gallery housed an exhibition curated by the Modern Dance Music Research & Archiving Foundation. The gallery included archival materials courtesy of WNUR Streetbeat on display alongside handwritten set lists written by the late Frankie Knuckles and memorabilia […]

  • Big Ears 2014: Sunday 3/30 Recaps

    And finally, here are our recaps of the final day of Big Ears 2014. Content by Gillian Levy, Harlynn Siler, and Ethan Simonoff. Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi 12:00PM @ Knoxville Museum of Art O’Malley and Ambarchi performed two tracks together specifically written for the duo by other composers. The first was “Criss-Cross,” by Alvin […]

  • Big Ears 2014: Saturday 3/29 Recaps

    We’re continuing to roll out our coverage of Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN! Here’s a recap of what Rock Show saw on Saturday. Content by Ethan Simonoff, Jenna Powell-Malloy, Harlynn Siler, Jason Vanderlinden, and Gillian Levy. Photos by Gillian Levy. Laraaji: A Laughter Meditation Playshop/Workshop 12:00PM @ Knoxville Museum of Art Helen Money 1:30PM […]

  • Big Ears 2014: Friday 3/28 Recaps

    It’s #throwbackthursday , so we’re taking you back to Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. Here are some belated recaps of shows that Rock Show DJs attended. Words contributed by Ethan Simonoff, Jenna Powell-Malloy, Harlynn Siler, and Gillian Levy. Pictures by Gillian Levy. Big Ears is unique among music festivals. Spanning five venues in downtown […]

  • WNUR @ Hopscotch: Day Three Recap

      Additional contributions from Lily Oberman, Ethan Simonoff, and Dan Sloan This is Part Three of WNUR’s Hopscotch coverage. Part One | Part Two Our last day in Raleigh came to a rainy close with a great mix of acts. After the jump, our thoughts on Sunn O))), Oren Ambarchi, Oneida, and more.

  • WNUR @ Hopscotch: Day Two Recap

      Day two of Hopscotch brought even more activity, as we ventured to some of the free day-parties in town to check out even more of the acts on display. After the jump, our thoughts (and GIFs):

  • WNUR @ Hopscotch: Day One Recap

      Additional contributions from Lily Oberman, Ethan Simonoff, and Dan Sloan You may be wondering why WNUR, based out of Chicago, would choose to send four of its staff to Hopscotch, a music festival in Raleigh—especially in a day-and-age when everyone’s busy talking about the SXSWs and the Pitchforks of the world. This year’s lineup […]