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(The Lemon Twigs)

On September 28, 4AD hosted a special revue concert at Irving Plaza in order to share some of the label’s fresh signings in one convenient live setting (they hosted a London edition on September 22 at the ICA). The night featured sets from The Lemon Twigs, Methyl Ethel, and Pixx.

Find some shots from all three emerging talents posted below.

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After catching Metallica’s intimate show at Webster Hall, I made my way to Williamsburg to catch Beach Slang’s sold out show at Rough Trade NYC (they also did a free acoustic show earlier in the day). The shows came in support of their new album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, which was released a few days earlier via Polyvinyl Records.

The band extended the set past cuts from their two albums, divulging in full and snippet covers of various influencers, creating a fun night of rock and roll.

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

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After catching Lucius at Central Park I made my West across Manhattan to catch The Kills performance at Terminal 5. The stop came in support of their latest album Ash & Ice which was released in June via Domino Records.

The duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince delivered a typically fierce performance that had the entire crowd eating out of their hand throughout the span of their fiery 18-song setlist.

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

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On September 23, I said goodbye to the always wonderful SummerStage series at Central Park, as we looked ahead towards fall, and the end of outdoor concerts in the always welcoming park.

Headlined by Lucius (who we saw earlier in the year at both the Gramercy Park Hotel and MHOW), who were still hard at work touring Good Grief (released this March via Mom + Pop Music). They brought along support from the hard-working Big Thief, who seem to have opened more shows than any other band in New York this year, continuing support for their strong debut Masterpiece (released via Saddle Creek in May), as well as JD McPherson.

It was a strong triple bill of music, and a wonderful way to bid summer farewell.

Find Lucius’ setlist posted below, along with photo galleries of all three acts.
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On September 22 Wilco celebrated the release of their new album Schmilco (released via Dbpm Records) with a special in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC. Entry was given to any fans who were quick enough to grab a copy of the record at the store a few weeks ahead of the performance (on September 6). For those who were able to gain entry, they witnessed one of the most intimate shows you’ll ever see Wilco play at this point of their career, especially somewhere like New York.

I half-expected the band to play all of the new album, but their 9-song set actually featured a mix of new songs, along with older favorites like “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” and “Misunderstood,” along with more recent ones like “Bull Black Nova.” It was surreal to see the band in action up close and personal, and you could tell the band were enjoying it too, smiling throughout and sharing some great stage banter with the crowd.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a few iPhone shots I took of their set.

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On September 21, Swedish rockers Peter Bjorn and John returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall, a bigger performance than their stop at Baby’s All Right in May.

The tour continued support of their new album Breakin’ Point (released via Kobalt) and featured a strong opening bill consisting of Sound Of Ceres and POP ETC.

Find a photo gallery of all the performers posted below, along with Peter Bjorn and John’s setlist.

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On December 8, The Drums, a duo version of Polica (featuring Channy and Ryan from the band) and It Will (Ian Williams from Battles) will come together for a benefit show at Saint Vitus. All proceeds from the show will benefit the ACLU.

Not only will it feature performances in such an intimate space, but it also features a raffle with prizes from great labels such as Merge Records and Mom + Pop. Not to mention the show is for a great cause.

Tickets for the benefit are still on sale, but don’t wait too long as this show will sell out very soon.

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Flaunt – “Something Different”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016 Listen Pop Stream

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Together Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito form the duo Flaunt, a self-described mysterious a/v collective who turn out some pretty r&b inspired music. Next year they will release their new EP The Antics Of More Youthful Times, and have given us a taste of the new release in the form of the rather smooth “Something Different.”

Over elements of tropical elements, they deliver clear-minded vocals that seems so effortless yet so carefully constructed.

Take a listen to a stream of “Something Different” below.

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