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Rainbows Over Dublin, U2′s Gay Pride in Arizona, & the Arc of Bono’s Activism

May 26, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

When Ireland became the first country to legalize same-gender marriage by popular mandate, double rainbows appeared over Dublin, and an Irish rock band transformed their Arizona concert into a gay-rights celebration. Almost 30 years ago, Bono endured threats from angry Arizonans for his support of the US national holiday for the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But on Saturday, Bono invoked King as peacemaker as U2 celebrated the victory of love, turning the song “Pride (In The Name of Love)” into an anthem for gay pride. U2... [Read the full story]

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U2 announce Innocence and Experience 2015 tour dates

December 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Despite Bono’s recent spill and untold recovery time, U2 have chosen to roll the dice and announced dates for the Innocence and Experience tour, set to begin May 14th in Vancouver. The first two legs of the tour will, unsurprisingly, cover 19 cities in North America and western Europe. It is unknown whether the tour will be extended beyond these two legs, or if the titular Songs of Experience will be released in conjunction with the tour. It’s also unknown whether or not the plans to perform electric sets one... [Read the full story]

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When The Psalms Came Down

May 16, 2015 · 1 Comment 

Until Thursday, May 14, 2015 in western Canada, it’s been a decade since U2 did a predominately indoor tour, alternating as they have been between football stadiums and basketball arenas since the Joshua Tree days. While some folks speculated whether the vast shimmering audacity of the stadium-seasoned Claw could ever be rivaled, U2’s designer Willie Williams had been working behind the scenes. The Elevation tour’s “heart” has been cut in half by a cross-like stage that crosses the entire mainfloor of the venues... [Read the full story]

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Nico Vega and Oh No Fiasco Deliver Hard-Hitting Rock at Nashville’s Exit/In

August 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Nashville’s the Exit/In, a classic yet almost easy to miss venue, recently played host to Los Angeles band Nico Vega, an up-and-coming powerhouse of a band known for their mix of musical elegance and gritty energy.  The opening band, Oh No Fiasco, with whom  Nico Vega share a label, combine alternative rock roots with a sometimes cutesy punk flair. Oh No Fiasco opens, immediately setting the bar for showmanship. The band’s lead singer, Lindsey Stamey, is a complete fireball on stage, melting faces right off the crowd... [Read the full story]

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Arcade Fire Brings The Heat And Tops The Charts With Reflektor

November 11, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Despite conquering the top 200 charts across the board, Arcade Fire’s Reflektor has some fans divided. Die-hards and otherwise issue praises and criticisms of the band’s latest venture, their first album since The Suburbs in 2010. The band’s hipster-friendly tunes haven’t quite disappeared into another form of Arcade Fire, but rather expanded into a broader sound, and their strong points are highlighted by moments of exploration. Where there was synchronicity throughout their previous albums that kept them in a safer... [Read the full story]

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Rainbows Over Dublin, U2′s Gay Pride in Arizona, & the Arc of Bono’s Activism

When Ireland became the first country to legalize same-gender marriage by popular mandate, double rainbows appeared over Dublin, and an Irish rock band transformed their Arizona... [Read more]

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Sacred Stables, Sacred Stadiums: Lifting the Veil on “Zooropa” at Christmas

During the “Zooropa” section in the U2 360 live set, the stage got cloaked in shimmering lights like a Christmas tree, obscuring the band, blurring the land where technology-meets-humanity... [Read more]

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U2 & the Holy Ghost iPod Shuffle

 Did you ever have the random shuffle on your music player speak to you in a profound way? We’re honored to have author & preacher Jonathan Martin share a U2 story about... [Read more]


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When The Psalms Came Down

Until Thursday, May 14, 2015 in western Canada, it’s been a decade since U2 did a predominately indoor tour, alternating as they have been between football stadiums and basketball... [Read more]

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U2 announce Innocence and Experience 2015 tour dates

Despite Bono’s recent spill and untold recovery time, U2 have chosen to roll the dice and announced dates for the Innocence and Experience tour, set to begin May 14th in... [Read more]

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“You Can’t Return to Where You’ve Never Left”: Thoughts on Songs of Innocence

U2’s new Songs of Innocence showed up free to all iTunes customers, creating immediate buzz as well as frustration. Neither the band nor Apple probably anticipated the way the... [Read more]


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