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Music Festivals

Concerts and music festivals are the ultimate music experience, a special event where many of the things people love about music, and having a good time, come together in one place at one time in a way that is truly unique. And while such events form happy, life-time memories, photographs are a great way of capturing those moments forever and sharing them with others more vividly forever. If you’re a professional photog and want to shoot (or review and write) for publication in IRC, contact us via Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #contribute2IRC. Same for reviewers and writers.

On the weekend of October 19th and 20th, 2013, the fifth annual Treasure Island Music Festival took place on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, featuring headliners like Animal Collective, Beck, Major Lazer, Lord Huron, Palma Violets and others . All photos are from Reno photographer Dan Barbato.


Festival goers at 2012's Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco


The Black Keys' put on a wonderfully noisy show with only two band members

Check out listings for rock concerts, band tour schedules, music festival updates, plus, get tickets and MP3s, interact with other concert goers and browse special reports with news, music, videos, photo galleries and information from live shows and rock fests across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and more.

Note: Updated: 1/18/11 – Please bare with us everyone as we work on this new section of Indie Rock Cafe.  We hope that by summertime to have a full concert and festival listing and features that will give you an unique perspective of indie rock bands on tour and which are scheduled to play with the bigger entertainers at some of the top festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Until we have our own listings, we will provide a few resources to help you find concerts to go to. Although it is also a page in progress, we encourage you to check regularly the Band Tours & News page for the latest announcement of short and major tours by new and established indie and alternative rock bands. has a great listing of concerts for your area, including a list of who’s planning to go to a particular concert and read or leave your own comments.

Browse concert listings – link to concerts page

Browse IRC’s concert archives – search string

Check out IRC’s festival coverage – category link

Free live music via Largehearted Boy

The Joy Formidable: 2010-05-10, New York [mp3]

Maritime: Daytrotter session [mp3]

Sea of Dogs: 2010-05-06, Athens [mp3]

Woods: 2010-05-13, New York [mp3]

Drive-By Truckers: 2010-05-14, Fort Collins [mp3,ogg,flac]
Drive-By Truckers: 2010-05-13, Boulder [mp3,ogg,flac]

Mountain Goats: 2010-04-11, Brisbane [mp3,ogg,flac]
Mountain Goats: “Houseguest (Franklin Bruno cover)” [mp3]

Quasi: 2010-04-22, New York [mp3,ogg,flac]
Quasi: “Heaven and Hell” [mp3]

Phosphorescent: 2009-10-09, Atlanta [mp3]

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