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Post thumbnail of SLED ISLAND DAY 3 – NARDWUAR, ANDREW WK, stalking THURSTON MOORE, TERRY MALTS and more
4 July 2012

SLED ISLAND DAY 3 – NARDWUAR, ANDREW WK, stalking THURSTON MOORE, TERRY MALTS and more

Day 3 and my final day at Sled Island Festival in Calgary. Today included Nardwuar talking about me on stage, meeting Andrew WK, stalking Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and seeing Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Terry Malts & Boris. Rock!

Post thumbnail of SLED ISLAND DAY 2: 10 bands, 6 venues, WILLIS EARL BEAL and HOT SNAKES
29 June 2012

SLED ISLAND DAY 2: 10 bands, 6 venues, WILLIS EARL BEAL and HOT SNAKES

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In which our heroine manages to crawl across most of Calgary, checking out We Are the City, The Zolas, Beekeeper, Max Ulis, Willis Earl Beal, Baby Dee, Hot Snakes and the Sadies. Phew, I got tired just writing that. Here’s Sled Island, Day 2.

Post thumbnail of SLED ISLAND DAY 1: A mostly LOU BARLOW, slightly SHADOWY MEN sort of day
27 June 2012

SLED ISLAND DAY 1: A mostly LOU BARLOW, slightly SHADOWY MEN sort of day

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Yay for festivals! Herewith Day 1 (a slow and mostly Lou Barlow-y sort of day with a touch of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) of the fab Sled Island festival in Calgary on June 20, 2012. The longest day of the year, and one filled with fab musicks and friends. Stay tuned for Days 2 & 3!

Post thumbnail of In Photos: (Sonic Youth’s) LEE RANALDO and the Dust live in Vancouver
8 December 2013

In Photos: (Sonic Youth’s) LEE RANALDO and the Dust live in Vancouver

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Photos from Lee Ranaldo and the Dust’s December 7 show at the Biltmore Cabaret. Simply schralp-y and incredibly awesome.

Post thumbnail of PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL: Day 1 Photo Diary with Dinosaur Jr, Savages, Animal Collective, Metz, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix and Deerhunter…and Sonic Boom
6 June 2013

PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL: Day 1 Photo Diary with Dinosaur Jr, Savages, Animal Collective, Metz, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix and Deerhunter…and Sonic Boom

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Primavera Sound Festival Barcelona: Day 1 – in which I see Dinosaur Jr, Metz, Savages, Deerhunter, Woods, Wild Nothing, Hot Snakes, Phoenix, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Neko Case, Simian Mobile Disco…and more.

Post thumbnail of INTERVIEW: Petey Dammit of THEE OH SEES talks Floating Coffin, Dead Notes and High Guitars
22 February 2013

INTERVIEW: Petey Dammit of THEE OH SEES talks Floating Coffin, Dead Notes and High Guitars

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San Francisco’s chaos-mongers Thee Oh Sees put on a mean live show – and their albums of crazy psych rock are pretty damn tasty too. In this, I interview high-hoisting bassist Petey Dammit on the subject of their new LP Floating Coffin.

Post thumbnail of The BackstageRider Definitive TOP 11 “THINGS” OF 2012
25 December 2012

The BackstageRider Definitive TOP 11 “THINGS” OF 2012

In which I dissect the year in a painstaking, list-like fashion. The last few months may have sucked, but overall, this was a ROCKTACULAR year for the BSR.

Post thumbnail of PHOTOS: THE ANTLERS, HOT CHIP, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, YACHT, FRESH & ONLYS, TERRY MALTS, MODE MODERN and CLASS ACTRESS
22 September 2012

PHOTOS: THE ANTLERS, HOT CHIP, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, YACHT, FRESH & ONLYS, TERRY MALTS, MODE MODERN and CLASS ACTRESS

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Peep a few photos of Animal Collective, The Antlers, Hot Chip, Terry Malts, Yacht and more. 8 bands over four gigs, in four venues. Not bad, September!

Post thumbnail of Top 11 Things I Learned at Denmark’s 2018 ROSKILDE FESTIVAL
28 July 2018

Top 11 Things I Learned at Denmark’s 2018 ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

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Our lists go right to 11, so here are my Top 11 Things I Learned from This Year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Photos and stories from our Friday, July 7 day at one of Europe’s top music festivals.

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