Miriam Benjamin


PANGEA shifts tectonics at Subterranean

"I came back having spent an hour jumping up, forwards, backwards, and sideways to songs that I really like. It was mindless fun, to be sure, but the show reminded me that there’s virtue in mindless fun."


January 8, 2016

John Lydon and Public Image Ltd are still What the World Needs Now...

"PiL proved that even the most off-the-wall, meticulously textured genius gets a little ho-hum if you do it for long enough..."


November 23, 2015

Hippo Campus nearly reaches heights of their "heavy pop" inspirations

"When Hippo Campus finally cut loose from Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge Verse Chorus, they became what I’d hoped they’d be."


November 9, 2015

Hinds’s show at Lincoln Hall was a punk, drunk slam dunk

“Viva Hinds, viva amateurism, and fuck virtuosity.”


October 26, 2015

Rocking and raging at Riot Fest; highs and lows of a musical weekend

Only at Riot Fest can I see a bunch of my favorite bands with a bunch of people who love them as much as I do, and there’s no better feeling than that.


October 15, 2015

An Indie Rock Nerd's Experience at an EDM Festival

"Because the crowd only has a single wish—to dance..."


October 8, 2015

Kanye, FKA twigs rock FYF Fest even without Frank Ocean

"I love Frank Ocean, but if missing FYF makes his upcoming album better, I won’t hold it against him."


September 13, 2015

Spend Labor Day weekend dancing with Chicago's final summer festival


September 1, 2015

Music festival is FYFty Shades of Great music

This year's FYF Fest in Los Angeles will include performances by Frank Ocean, FKA twigs, Bloc Party and Savages


August 7, 2015

Morrissey stays relevant with timely opinions and timeless talent


August 4, 2015