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Kikagaku Moyo

How do you review a show when you were moshing for half of it? I’ll try to pull apart the experience from the torrents of…

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The Velveteins

Tanglers instantly transported me from the Cobalt to a bluesy, folky beach concert, with people dancing playfully around a bonfire, the tall flame flicking its…

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Cory Hanson

Thursday night at the Cobalt featured Los Angeles headliner Cory Hanson touring his new album The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo, where he trades in the…

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Daughters

If you’re someone that has kept their finger even remotely on the pulse of alternative music, you are as aware as I am that we…

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The Shrine & Ho99o9

Metal shows can sometimes be a kind of satanic church service, and on October 26 at the Cobalt, HEDḰS, a local stoner thrash band, opened…

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Hockey Dad

August is a weird month for live music: half of the people you know are leaving for vacation (does everyone but me have a cabin…

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Julien Baker

The crowd at the Cobalt fell silent the moment Julien Baker stepped on stage. Unintroduced and unaccompanied, she kept her face turned to her guitar and began…

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Whitney

Cruising down Main Street with an old friend on a summer night was perhaps the most fitting way to arrive at Whitney’s concert. After all, Whitney…

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Mitski

I don’t imagine there’s much that can pack the Cobalt on a humid Tuesday night, but then again Mitski’s North American summer tour — supported…