#MDBP hit Toronto’s Historic Fort York and popped off with Diplo, Grandtheft, NGHTMRE, Slander, and a whole mess of good vibrations.
Wrecking Ball raised some hell in Atlanta, GA with the likes of Deerhunter, Thursday, Foxing, Rainer Maria, Touché Amoré and more.
Deftones and Refused ended their U.S. tour on a high note — tearing through classics, new ones, and a Saturday night thrashing of alt metal.
Embrace Presents’ one-day affair popped off with Run The Jewels, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, Broods, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, TOPS + more.
Montreal’s beloved festival hit all of the right notes as it hosted the likes of Radiohead, Future, Grimes, Best Coast, Vince Staples, and more.
Fuji Rock Sunday was a blast from that past that went big with the Chili Peppers, Deafheaven, Battles, Leon Bridges and Explosions In The Sky.
Japan’s premier rock festival hit the reset button on Saturday with Beck, Wilco, The Album Leaf, Squarepusher, Kill The Noise, and more.
The first day of Fuji Rock upped the bliss with the likes of Sigur Rós, Disclosure, James Blake, Mura Masa, The Internet, and Courtney Barnett.
WayHome closed things out with a slow burn of alternative — featuring MØ, The Arcs, Beirut, White Denim, Stars, All Them Witches + more.
On Saturday, WayHome went “all out” with the likes of Arcade Fire, Savages, BadBadNotGood, Arkells, Kurt Vile, Noah Gundersen + more.
The second edition of WayHome kicked things off with an indie-heavy bill that featured Foals, Mac DeMarco, CHVRCHES, Wolf Parade, and more.
Mitski, Jay Som, and Japanese Breakfast’s sold-out gig at The Horseshoe was all about guitars and songs “made of crushed little stars”.
Anderson .Paak’s mid-festival one-off in Toronto was full of ‘Malibu’ standouts and genuine odes to the likes of Bowie, Brown, and NxWorries.
Pitchfork Fest Game 6’d another hot Chicago summer with the likes of FKA Twigs, Jeremih, Blood Orange, Savages, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Kristian Matsson’s headlining set at The Danforth instigated memories, emotions, and callbacks to ‘The Wild Hunt’ and ‘Dark Bird Is Home’.
The Ontario songwriter and new Grimes’ label signee teamed up with Brandon Williams and Chastity for a riveting portrait of alternative.
Dustin Kensrue and co blitzed through a 20-song setlist that retraced ‘Beggars’, ‘Major/Minor’, ‘Vheissu’, and ‘The Artist In The Ambulance’.
Brand New and mewithoutYou’s Canadian tour run hit the Sound Academy with a thud as it tore through a bunch of new faves and old fixes.
Florence Welch’s How Beautiful tour put a spell on Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre — digging into new cuts, ‘Lungs’, and ‘Ceremonials’.
On Saturday, Gov Ball noised it up with a heady mix of Purity Ring, Miguel, De La Soul, Against Me!, Torres, Nothing, Thundercat + more.
Gov Ball NYC kicked off its sixth edition with a mashup of The Strokes, Action Bronson, Jamie xx, Big Grams, Father John Misty + more.
Bloc Party’s ‘Hymns’ tour hit Toronto earlier this week and spiraled into an ode to ‘Silent Alarm’, ‘Intimacy’, and ‘A Weekend In The City’.
PUP’s hometown show was full of flailing limbs, sing-a-longs, choice S/T cuts, Weezer covers, and a dizzying slice of ‘The Dream Is Over’.
Wolf Parade continued their residency with an explosive set that revived ‘Expo 86′, ‘At Mount Zoomer’, and ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’.
The 1975 and Wolf Alice rocked TD Echo Beach — offsetting the night’s ‘Pretty In Pink’ aesthetic with a pair of massive hit-friendly setlists.
Anti-Flag and Black Lungs closed out their short Canadian tour run by turning The Velvet into a portrait of beautiful, punked-up chaos.
Cage The Elephant and Portugal. The Man’s U.S. tour ventured up north and laid the smackdown on the venue formerly known as Arrow Hall.
Jesse Hughes and the gang capped off Toronto’s CMW Fest with an explosive performance that was full of group solos and crowd pleasers.
White Lung’s CMW set was all about ‘Paradise’ as the Van City outfit ripped through new songs and stirred up a bit of chaos with Dead Tired.
With CMW in full swing, The Beaches rocked n’ rolled Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club with a barrage of hooks, fills, and ‘Elephant’-sized riffs.