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Eaux Claires Day Two

Since it first began three years ago, Eaux Claires has staked its reputation on collaboration. It wasn’t just going to be a festival where Bon Iver performed for the first time in years—which, admittedly, was a…

Eaux Claires Day One

Half the fun of Eaux Claires—the festival co-curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner in Eau Claire, Wisconsin—is the surprises that pop up throughout each day. In addition to a…

Blue Ox Festival: Day Three

The festival’s hottest day—and its last—also featured strong winds that threatened to pause events, but Blue Ox has experienced worse weather in the past, and attendees weren’t phased by tents flipping over, hats blowing…

Blue Ox Festival: Day Two

Blue Ox Music Festival’s second day brought a full schedule. On an afternoon with a lot to offer from the main stage, the smaller side stage ended up delivering more compelling performances. Hometown trio…

Blue Ox Festival: Day One

Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, started off small in size but not in spirit yesterday. Now in its third year, the predominantly bluegrass festival (with roots, old time, Americana, and other…

Photo Gallery: The Staves in New Orleans

The Staves made their New Orleans debut at Gasa Gasa on Friday, March 3. Emily Staveley-Taylor joked about their tour manager’s poor timing since they had just missed Mardi Gras. But one holiday’s end…

Photo Gallery: Voodoo Fest 2016, Day Three

After the first and second electric days at Voodoo, the concluding chapter of the New Orleans festival was decidedly quieter. Comparatively speaking, the festival’s nights don’t go nearly as late as other music festivals…

Photo Gallery: Voodoo Fest 2016, Day Two

Festivals are an especially fun setting to people watch, but Voodoo always manages to take that experience up a notch…or five. Since the three-day affair falls on or near Halloween, spirited attendees turn out…

Photo Gallery: Voodoo Festival 2016, Day One

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience isn’t your average music festival. It aims to be what its name purports: an experience. More than providing attendees with some of the bigger names in rock, hip-hop…

The 10 Best Moments from Eaux Claires 2016

Originally published with Live Nation TV on August 15, 2016. Eaux Claires issued a clarion call to #ReturntotheRiver this past weekend (August 12-13). Despite only being two years old, the festival co-curated by Bon…

Buku Music + Art Project 2016 Festival Review

Originally published with Consequence of Sound on March 14, 2016. The inclement weather couldn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits as hundreds arrived on Friday afternoon in a puddle-strewn lot to enter the 2016 Buku Music…

Eaux Claires 2015 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

Co-written with Amanda Roscoe Mayo and originally published with Consequence of Sound on July 20, 2015. It’s hard to know what to expect from a brand new music festival, but when the curators happen…