All photos by Qbertplaya

Joseph, the folk trio of sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner, returned last year with new album Stay Awake, which was released via ATO Records.

On April 25 they stopped in to New York for a performance at City Winery, along with opener Becca Mancari

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture shots from both Becca Mancari and Joseph, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.

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British pop singer Lily Allen will return in June with new album No Shame (via Warner Bros), her first in four years. The album comes on the brink of Allen’s divorce, writing new music with some heavy themes including the split, her relationship with her daughters, as well as substance abuse.

Allen returned to New York on April 23 to preview some of the new songs in front of a lucky intimate audience at a very sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Somehow this was my long overdue first time catching Allen perform, unfortunately missing all of the shows during the early part of her career. But seeing her up close and personal at MHOW was a real treat and a very fitting way for Allen to share these very heartfelt and personal songs for the very first time on American soil.

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Kevin Morby has been a very, very busy guy the past few years putting out two stellar albums, countless singles and touring behind all of this music practically non-stop. Morby is still out on the road in support his absolutely fantastic album City Music (via Dead Oceans)¬†which made many year-end best-of lists (including mine as well as Will’s). He returned back to New York City for not one but two sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom and we were there for the second night of the two-night run on April 22. Opening up the night and kicking things off was Meg Duffy under her stage moniker Hand Habits, who just so happens to be Morby’s guitarist.

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All photos by Dutch Doscher

IAMX, the electronic rock project of Chris Corner, released his new album Alive In New Light this February.

This April he brought the tour for the new record to Brooklyn for a three-night run at Rough Trade NYC. Just like she does on a few songs on the new album, Kat Von D showed up on the second night on Aprill 22 to lend her vocals on a few tracks.

Find some photos from the performance posted in the gallery below, all taken by our photographer Dutch Doscher.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Prior to releasing their debut album Treehouse on April 13 (via Ultra Records), Sofi Tukker, already made some major waves in the scene. Their single “Best Friend” was used to unveil the iPhone X and dance legend Benny Benassi remixed their other single “Fuck They.” It’s safe to say that the electro-jungle-Portuguese-dance-pop duo is here to stay. I made that genre up…can you tell?

Luckily, Sophie and Tucker found enough time in their busy schedule to play a rambunctious hometown show at Brooklyn Steel on April 21 and even reserved a few minutes to play on a swing set with me (portraits of that below). They kicked off the set with “Energia” and that powerful, energetic entrance set the tone for the rest of the evening. Highlights include “Baby, I’m a Queen,” “Benadryl,” “Batshit,” “Fuck They,” “Best Friend” & “Drinkee.” Ok fine, all the songs. The duo paid a lovely homage to the late Avicii by dropping “Le7els” mid-set and covered Petra Marklund’s “Cry For You” as a beautiful acoustic number.

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Longstanding Irish indie rock trio Ash recently returned with their seventh studio album Islands on May 18 via Infectious Music. The trio of Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray will bring the tour to us on May 30 for a performance at Baby’s All Right, along with Beverly, who will open the show.

The band have decades worth of great material to play, as well as a first look at some of the fresh-faced material off of Islands. Getting to see them in a room like Baby’s All Right (I last caught them at Bowery Ballroom way back in 2012) will be a special treat and shouldn’t be missed.

There are still some tickets available for the performance but we recommend you get them soon as they’re bound to sell out any minute. Head back here for coverage from the performance coming very shortly.

Rett Madison is a singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles, by the way of West Virginia. She recently shared her debut song “Mother’s Girl,” a heartbreaking folk tune with a genuine touch that feels like its from an artist with decades of experience. This is a hell of a debut offering and it comes with a rather heavy emotional meaning behind it. The song depicts the complex relationships that children of addicts have with their parents who are a struggling with substance abuse.

There are just some artists that you hear and instantly know that they got “it.” Well, it only took a few seconds into “Mother’s Girl” for it to win me over and I’m eager to see what Madison has coming up next. Based on this, she’s one to keep a watchful eye on.

Find a stream of “Mother’s Girl” posted below and find it available to purchase on Amazon.

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British rockers The Darkness returned last year with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, which was released via Cooking Vinyl. The band has had a long road since their smash hit debut Permission To Land in 2003 and have plenty of up and downs. A lot of their peers have faded away over the years but they have found a way to keep doing their thing and putting on entertaining as hell live shows that have fans coming back for more repeatedly (I last caught them at Irving Plaza in 2015).

They don’t fuck around, giving fans what they want, a fair picking of all the favorites from Permission To Land such as “Love Is Only A Feeling,” “Black Shuck,” “Growing On Me,” “Stuck In A Rut,” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman.” Lead singer and guitarist Justin Hawkins is a true frontman, engaging with the fans in every way imaginable. From asking to wear various and hats and outfits directly from fans up front, to calling out those who are too cool to jump up and down or sing along, he kept fans engaged from start to finish in an old school rock and roll frontman style that you just don’t see that often these days.

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All photos by Ross Bernhardt

Though they only reside right across the Hudson River, Cults, the NYC indie pop group had never played a show in Jersey City. The lack of venues played a small part in that, but now boasting a few places to perform, they graced WFMU’s Monty Hall on Friday, April 20th for a very intimate show.

Still supporting their 2017 album¬†Offering (we last saw them at MHOW last October), the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion (with a trio of live members to fill out the sound) gave a good dose of the new album after first getting through a bout of technical difficulties on Oblivion’s end. There is a vibrancy to the new material that jumps out and grabs you, whereas the dreamy qualities of their earlier had a lulling, peaceful feel.

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All photos by Dave Scholten

You can always count on local rockers The Mystery Lights to put on a rocking good show wherever they play (we last saw them when they opened for La Luz at Elsewhere earlier this year). On April 20 the band headlined a solid bill at Market Hotel featuring supporting slots by both Tall Juan and Future Punx.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was in the building and capture shots of all three bands. Find his shots posted in the gallery below.

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