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Timely and Foreboding, Radiohead’s ‘Hail to the Thief’ Turns 15

Simultaneously a mutter and sing-song, strained and explosive, electronic and a return to a guitar-driven rock core, “Hail to the Thief” embodies the frustration and defeat of a bruised animal throwing itself against the bars of a cage—“hysterical and useless,” to quote the band’s earlier work.

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From Governors Ball 2018: Sunday Sound Bites

Performing with strength and fever, the richness of Khalid’s voice entranced his crowd and created a soothing yet energized tone as his set progressed, and Khalid left his crowd content.

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Eminem’s Governors Ball Performance Disappoints His Devotees But Nevertheless Entertains

Eminem’s Governors Ball performance was noticeably less exciting than some of the other ones of the night, but Eminem added a spark to the set whenever he performed some of his older classics much to the crowd’s enthusiasm, and he seemed to perform more passionately whenever the crowd was more engaged.

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From Governors Ball 2018: Saturday Sound Bites

When Pusha T took to the American Eagle Stage at Governors Ball in a last-minute replacement of the rap group BROCKHAMPTON, cheers of “Fuck Drake!” rang from audience members.

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Travis Scott Drives Governors Ball Crowd Into Frenzy

Travis Scott’s Governors Ball performance not only captivated his fans, but seized them with a fervor that was palpable from the moment that Scott took to the stage until the very end of his performance.

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From Governor’s Ball 2018: Friday Sound Bites

Post Malone’s performance was a set of dichotomies—between swagger and hesitancy, apologeticness and disclaimers. Through these juxtapositions, Post Malone performed passionately, gleefully, and above all, vulnerably.

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From Governor’s Ball 2018: Jack White Headlines Governor’s Ball Day One With Aggressive, Yet Smooth Fervor

Despite the heavy nature of his rock music, White was able to present his work often in a fun, almost light manner as he made sound effects into his microphone and played with a tangible passion and zest for the duration of his show.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Eminem Thrills, Bloats with Excess

With the exception of a few songs like “Stan” and “Lose Yourself,” the music was hardly the most memorable part of the evening—so much else was happening onstage, namely a mass of inessential elements that unnecessarily distracted from the show.

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From Boston Calling 2018: A Toast to Khalid

There are a lot of things the 20-year old R&B artist cannot do, but his Sunday evening set at Boston Calling proved that he definitely can, in the words of his “Homemade Dynamite - REMIX” partner Lorde, “murder a stage.”

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From Boston Calling 2018: Sunday Sound Bites

As the rain picked up, the indie-rock band Dirty Projectors overcame technical difficulties to put on a folksy show on the Delta Blue Stage.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Tyler, The Creator is Lonely, but Loved

Tyler, The Creator possesses a unique talent to be able to make every member of an audience feel exactly how he wants them to and change that feeling rapidly.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Jack White Brings His Distinct Sound and Politics to Boston

Perhaps the best way to think about White’s performance, however, is less as a set of songs and more as a nearly two-hour-long stream of almost unbroken guitar riffs and drum beats.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Saturday Sound Bites

Starting off Saturday at Boston Calling with Leikeli47 was an excellent choice.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Fleet Foxes in Bucolic Harmony

As the light faded and the rain came down on the crowd at Boston Calling’s Delta Blue Stage, Fleet Foxes brought a bit of natural beauty to Allston.

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From Boston Calling 2018: St. Vincent Dazzles and Disturbs

Annie Clark (stage name: St. Vincent) has enough talent, if she wanted, to walk onstage with no costume, lights, or band—just her voice and a guitar—and bring down the house. But Clark did not do this at Boston Calling.

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