1_Weezer_Warsaw

Weezer’s new album Weezer (The White Album) is probably Weezer’s best album since 2002’s Maladroit, which may not be high praise, but it’s something. It’s an enjoyable, low frills summer album with some of Rivers Cuomo’s best hooks in sometime. Once you come to terms, like the band, that they will never come close to Blue Album or Pinkteron (nor are they trying to), you can appreciate their new work for what it is (though that doesn’t quite excuse a lot of their new output).

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1_Savages_Warsaw

With every live performance it seems that British quartet Savages get better and more powerful. They’re set of primal rage is meant to be heard live, and their show at Brooklyn venue Warsaw on March 29 was the best I’ve seen them yet. The stop came in support of their sophomore album Adore Life, released via Matador Records this January.

The sold out audience (which included LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Al Doyle) was totally in on the action, lifting frontwoman Jehnny Beth over the crowd during “Hit Me” so she could sign over us in one of the many highlights of the great night of music.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos.

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1_LCD Soundsystem_Webster Hall

Back in March LCD Soundsystem announced that they were set to play some super intimate Easter weekend shows at Webster Hall, that served as a warm-up for their dates at Coachella, and for the rest of the dozens of music festivals that awaited them this summer. This would be their first show in five years, since their “farewell” show at Madison Square Garden in 2011. As you know, I was very conflicted when James Murphy officially announced their return in January, both happy to see them return, but also now felt foolish for how much I put into their farewell (final tickets, merch, emotions, etc).

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If Ruban Nielson and his fantastic genre-defying band Unknown Mortal Orchestra are playing live in New York, you can bet on me being in attendance. The band seem to find new avenues and sounds on every album, and expand upon them even further during their exciting live shows. They’re performance at Irving Plaza earlier this year was an early highlight during the first quarter of the year.

They’re still hard at working touring last year’s Multi-Love (released via Jagjaguwar), and return to us in New York for a free performance tomorrow evening at Central Park Summerstage. As if they aren’t enough of a draw, we also get opening sets from Empress Of and Klaus Johann Grobe. It will be a great night for music of all different sorts of genres, now lets hope the weather holds out for us.

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1_Jose Gonzalez_Beacon Theatre

This spring the talented Jose Gonzalez went on tour with NYC six-peace classical music group yMusic, who seem to be playing with just about everyone these days. They came to New York on March 24 for a stop in at the always beautiful Beacon Theatre. It was a fitting spot for Gonzalez and yMusic who also opened the show up.

Gonzalez began the show with a few solo songs, before being joined by yMusic for performances of his solo songs, Junip songs, and covers of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” and of course, The Knife’s “Heartbeats.” It was a beautiful evening of music that left the entire audience in awe.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from the performance.

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1_Radiohead_Madison Square Garden

It’s hard to believe that before Radiohead’s sold out run at Madison Square Garden this past Tuesday and Wednesday, that they haven’t played a large-scale headlining show in New York since their run at MSG in 2003. Sure there was All Points West (RIP), the very intimate pair of shows at Roseland (also RIP) in 2012, and a few arena shows in New Jersey, but nothing at the worlds most famous arena, hollowed ground where they could arguably headline and sell out as many shows as they would allow. But this just made their past two-night run that much more special, yielding some truly spellbinding results over the course of the unforgettable two nights.

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1_Fear Of Men_Rough Trade NYC

On March 22 Brighton indie-rockers Fear Of Men brought their blend of dream pop to Brooklyn for a sold out performance at Rough Trade NYC. The show served as a preview of fresh songs from their new album Fall Forever, which Kanine Records released this spring. The set was a good balanced mix of both new songs and familiar favorites like “Luna” + “Alta/Waterfall” that mixed in nicely with their evolving sound.

The set was kicked off my the exciting hotly tipped New York punk rockers Wall, who have garnered a lot of attention early on this year for their ferocious debut self-titled EP released via Wharf Cat Records.

Find photos of both Fear Of Men and Wall posted below, along with Fear Of Men’s setlist that night.

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