For the third year running, the 40,000 available tickets for Virgin Mobile FreeFest, held at Maryland's charming Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 10, were given away for free. Even better, the event boasts loads of talent worth paying to see.
So even if you're not lucky enough to be going to FreeFest next weekend, check out these 10 performers who have wowed us with their work this year.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »