Sarah Shook The Ardmore Music Hall All Night Long

With only two albums under her belt, Sarah Shook—with help from her Disarmers—has already established herself as an outlaw-country artist to be reckoned with. The best way to experience this engaging, powerhouse singer/songwriter and her crack backing band is in a live setting, and that’s just what MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich did when Shook and crew hit the Ardmore Music Hall—with the National Reserve and Hannah Taylor opening—for an 18-song set that left the Philly crowd wanting more.

The National Reserve
Hannah Taylor

From Sea To Shining Sea, Anderson .Paak Never Stops ‘Til It’s Over

It’s not even March, and Anderson .Paak is already having the kind of year you only dream of. He won a Grammy for best rap performance for his song “Bubblin.” He has Ventura, a new album executive produced by Dr. Dre, due out April 12, with a tour promoting it featuring support from Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco and Jessie Reyez. He just wrapped a sold-out North American tour and is set to embark on a three-week European jaunt. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski caught up with the magnificent Anderson at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and that’s when things got trippy.

Car Seat Headrest Is On The Road Again

Car Seat Headrest has hit the pavement again on a short headlining tour before gearing up for some high-profile gigs a few months down the road, including the Firefly Music Festival, a Red Rocks appearance with Interpol and a Hollywood Bowl show with Death Cab For Cutie. MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was at the Baltimore show at Rams Head Live!, featuring Naked Giants both as opening act and part of Will Toledo’s CSH backing band. Here come the fantasy creeps, kids, and they’re all around you.

Naked Giants

Zach Condon’s Beirut Brings Its Multiculti Indie Folk To Philadelphia

We’ve been covering Beirut in MAGNET for so long that even frontman Zach Condon was wearing short pants when we started. The then 20-year-old songwriter/multi-instrumentalist had just released 2006 debut Gulag Orkestar, and he’s since developed into one of indie folk’s singular talents. Supporting the excellent new Gallipoli (4AD), Beirut brought its musical caravan to Philly’s Tower Theater. MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich enjoyed the ride.

The Bob Mould Band Lets The Sunshine In With A Monster Set In Brooklyn

Bob Mould, who marks his fourth decade in music this year, likes threesomes. Sure, he’s performed solo and as a DJ, but he’s at his best when tearing through his impressive body of songs with a bassist and drummer. With Hüsker Dü, then Sugar and for the last decade backed by Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Robert Pollard) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Pollard), Mould keeps proving that no one does the pop/punk power trio better. Mould and Co. just played a 29-song set at Brooklyn Steel in support of Sunshine Rock (Merge), and MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski had his wig flipped.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Take On New York City

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of late, great Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and he’s been fronting his father’s outfit Egypt 80 since 1997, when he took over as a 14-year-old following his dad’s death. Seun and band recently journeyed from Africa with fury and played NYC’s Sony Hall. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was there and danced to the rhythms of the saints.

Our Fuzzy Valentines: Cherry Glazerr And Sneaks Celebrate V-Day In The City Of Sisterly Love

Say you’re like us and made a total mess of Valentine’s Day again this year. Forget about it: We have you covered. All you have to do is sit with the love of your life and look at these V-Day photos of Cherry Glazerr and Sneaks at Philly’s First Unitarian Church. It’s like it’s February 14 all over again—but this time it’s totally free and there’s no pressure. Since you already blew the real Hallmark holiday eight days ago, this is an unexpected bonus for your partner. And if you get laid afterward, thank MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich. He shoots bands so you can shoot your … well, whatever, never mind. But, kids, remember this: It’s always wise to be stuffed and ready:

Sneaks

Interpol, Car Seat Headrest And Snail Mail Say Yes To MSG

If you would’ve told us at the turn of the century during the Techno Animal, Large Professor, Mr. Len, Khan, etc., days, that Matador Records would be able to pack Madison Square Garden almost 20 years later with a rock show, we would’ve sold our sister to buy lots of whatever you were smoking. But it’s 2019, people, and the kids wanna rock, indie style. Interpol, Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail took over MSG while the Knicks were idle because of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. (Given the Knicks would lose to Temple University’s women’s hoops team, they are pretty much always idle.) MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski blocked out under the basket to get these great images.

Car Seat Headrest
Snail Mail
Car Seat Headrest
Snail Mail

Meltdown Festival: John Maus Delivers The Most Intense Solo Performance You Will Ever Witness

John Maus kicked off the 2019 leg of his tour in support of last year’s Addendum the end of January, and he hit Philadelphia’s Union Transfer last week. He also hit himself. And the air. And screamed and contorted his body and jumped up and down—all while dressed like a soccer dad after a week-long bender. Maus’ onstage delivery is somewhere between performance art, a nervous breakdown and karaoke, and the philosophizing synth whiz leaves it all on the stage, where he performs solo with his prerecorded music. British cult eccentric Nick Nicely opened the show, his face obscured by some sort of white scarf. For the first time in his life, MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was the most normal guy in the room.

Nick Nicely

Ruby Tuesday: Peter Murphy And David J Bring Bauhaus Back From The Dead

Peter Murphy brought “The Ruby Tour: 40 Years Of Bauhaus” to Union Transfer on Tuesday, and he was just what Gothadelphia was craving on a cold, wet winter’s night. Joining the Gothfather’s group was his Bauhaus bandmate David J on bass, and the quartet played all of In The Flat Field (Bauhaus’ 1980 debut) plus other cult classics (“Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” “She’s In Parties,” “Kick In The Eye,” “The Passion Of Lovers”). MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski broke out his eyeliner and leather and lace and partied like it was 1979.