We’ve been seeing a lot of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird the past few years we certainly are not complaining about it. The most recent run of his tour saw him playing smaller theatre-sized venues as compared to the slightly larger club sized shows the past few stops. After opening up for the Lumineers at MSG, playing Terminal 5, as well as playing one of the best shows of 2017 with his Celebrate Brooklyn concert at Prospect Park, he made his return back to New York just a stones throw away from the city at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

Bird is on the road in support of his fantastic new release of Echolocations: River released in October of 2017 (via Wegawam Music Co.) as well as 2016’s Are You Serious (via Loma Vista) as well as a few other surprises (…but we’ll get to that in a minute…).

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All photos by Qbertplaya

Rhye, the project of Canadian singer Milosh, released their sophomore album Blood this past February via Loma Vista Recordings. They brought their tour in support of the new album to Brooklyn on March 2 for a sold out show at Brooklyn Steel with a supporting set from Raleigh, North Carolina singer Boulevards.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was on hand to capture photos from both performances. Find her shots posted in the gallery below.

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Lucy Dacus has given us one of 2018’s finest releases so far with her breathtaking sophomore album Historian, released on March 2 via Matador Records. She celebrated release day with a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also kicked off her tour in support of the album.

Kicking off the night was Adult Mom and And The Kids, with And The Kids’ Hannah Mohan pulling double duty in both sets. It was my first time seeing either act (although Joe caught them for us last March) and I was quite impressed by the live presence of both, especially And The Kids who effortlessly won over the crowd from the very first song and kept the momentum going throughout their set.

And The Kids

It was then time for Lucy Dacus to take the stage and being the release show for Historian, she rifled through nearly all of the album. The last time we saw her was a year ago when she was testing out songs from the new album during her opening slot for Sylvan Esso. It was rewarding to hear these songs at their final point on both the album and in person.

She and her band began with the albums second track “Addictions” and they continued in order all the way to “Pillar of Truth,” leaving it’s lead single “Night Shift” to close the regular set and fittingly using album closer “Historians” to close the show during the one-song encore. Only three songs from her debut album No Burden were played (“I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” “Map On A Wall” and “Dream State…”), but considering how great the new record is and her mighty evolution, it was understandable.

This was an attentive audience (one that included her father) that was left completely in awe by the magical spell that Dacus cast upon us. It was the sort of show where you are afraid to shift your weight, as the slightest noise would be a disruption.

It won’t be long before seeing Dacus play small rooms like this will become a rare commodity. She’s going places and it’s going to be a pleasure to see her achieve all of her well-deserved success.

Find photos from Adult mom, And The Kids and Lucy Dacus posted in the gallery below (along with Dacus’ setlist).

Adult Mom:

And The Kids:

Lucy Dacus:

Lucy Dacus Setlist:

1. Addictions
2. The Shell
3. Nonbeliever
4. Yours & Mine
5. Body to Flame
6. Timefighter
7. Next of Kin
8. Pillar of Truth
9. Map on a Wall
10. Dream State…
11. Familiar Place
12. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
13. Night Shift


14. Historians

The self-proclaimed slop pop duo Diet Cig have been steadily touring since releasing their debut LP Swear I’m Good At This in April of 2017 (via Frenchkiss Records). For the band’s latest tour, singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman were joined by Anna Cory of tourmates The Spook School on bass and Karli Helm of Pllush on keyboard. This fuller-sounding incarnation of Diet Cig found themselves playing in front of a sold out crowd at Elsewhere on March 1st and, as is customary at Diet Cig gigs, the band ensured that the show would be a safe space where nobody should ever feel uncomfortable.

Alex Luciano’s trademark showmanship was on full display that night; when she wasn’t singing, she could be seen bouncing around the stage, spinning with her guitar raised high, kicking her leg as high as her head, or even trust falling from the stage into the crowd. The setlist mostly comprised of songs from Swear I’m Good At This as well as selections from their earlier EP and 7” single. To close out the show, the band broke out into the chorus of Semisonic’s Closing Time as friends and members of the opening acts jumped around joyously on stage.

Photos of opening acts The Spook School and Great Grandpa, as well as more photos of Diet Cig’s performance (plus their setlist) can be found below.

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All photos by Adam Heller

The Dandy Warhols stopped into New York City for a few shows in late February, still in support of their 2016 album Distortland. The visit included a performance at Warsaw on February 25, along with local act Uni who got things started with an opening set.

This was our first time seeing The Dandy Warhols since their performance at Bowery Ballroom two years ago. Our photographer Adam Heller was there to capture photos from both Uni and The Dandy Warhols’ sets. Find them posted in the gallery below.

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It’s hard to believe that this year is the 10th anniversary of Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit’s breakthrough album The Midnight Organ Fight. I distinctly remember that album accompanying me during my first few months in college at Binghamton when I was experiencing a few rough moments in my own personal life due to the loss of my grandfather and a particularly rough breakup all in the span of a couple weeks. The weather was cold up there but life was even colder, but this album and the words of frontman Scott Hutchison provided some much-needed warmth.

It’s been great to see just how well the guys have done in the ten years that have since passed, including singing to major label Atlantic Records and releasing three more albums along the way. They clearly realize the importance of The Midnight Organ Fight and announced that they’d be touring in select cities in celebration of the album’s tenth anniversary. This tour included two intimate performances at the venues that they once started out at, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both were very much sold out and we caught their performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on a fittingly brisk night on February 24.
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It was just last fall that I caught solo sets from both Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples at Terminal 5. Both came in support of their equally sharp new albums Flower Boy and Big Fish Theory, two of the best albums of 2017.

Not too long after their performances a joint tour between the two was announced, which included two nights at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We were able to attend night one of the two-night run, which took place on February 23.

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Longstanding Boston indie rockers Buffalo Tom are back at it with new album Quiet And Peace (via Schoolkids Records), their first album in seven years. The album features a pretty cover of “Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Only Living Boy in New York.”

Tomorrow night they return to New York for a headlining performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of the new record. Opening up the show will be locals Valley Lodge.

Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here. You can also find the video for their cover of “The Only Living Boy in New York” posted below.

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London producer and singer Kelly Lee Owens released her great self-titled debut album last year via Smalltown Supersound. She came to New York in support of the record last year but we sadly missed that performance.

If you too missed her last stop, you’ll be happy to know that Owens will be back in New York this Friday for a performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. Support comes from both Ela Minus and Carmen Villain.

Tickets for the show are still currently on sale but don’t wait too long on scooping them up. We’ll have coverage of the show coming very soon as well.

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Colin Macleod is a Scottish singer-songwriter from a remote place known as Isle of Lewis. MacLeod used to release music under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped The Sun or the abbrivated C. MacLeod, but now he goes by his full name which he will release his new album Bloodlines under this May.

Two of the songs that he’s release so far “Kicks In” and “Shake The Wall,” show a confident songwriter who is sure of his abilities with some real songwriting talent and one hell of a voice. There’s always a wealth of great powerful musicians that seem to find their way over from Scottland and Macleod seems to be another voice that deserves to be heard in a big, big way.

He is currently in Austin for a bunch of SXSW performances and will then come here to New York on March 20 for a free performance at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1).

You can learn a lot about Macleod as both a person an artist from this wonderful video that I have included below, along with the official music video for “Shake The Wall,” along with the flyer for all of his SXSW dates.

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