All photos by Jayson Yee

Irish singer and songwriter James Vincent McMorrow returned this year with new album True Care via Faction Records.

His tour brought him to New York on June 15 for a performance at Brooklyn Steel. The first part of the show featured the new album played in full, with the second set and encore featuring older songs and favorites from his growing discography.

Our photographer Jayson Yee was there to capture photos of the performance, find them posted below, along with the setlist.

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All photos by Joe Saturday

Elizabeth Powell and the rest of her Canadian outfit Land Of Talk returned this year with new album Life After Youth, which was released via Saddle Creek.

She’s been on tour in support of the new record, and stopped in for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 14. Our photographer Joe Saturday was there to capture all the action, including openers Half Waif.

Find the photo gallery posted below, along with Land Of Talk’s setlist.

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All photos by Joe Saturday

On June 11, Deradoorian played a free show at Pioneer Works as a part of their Second Sundays free event series. It also happened to be during their hosting of Grand Ole Opera, the art installation by Tennesee artists Willie and Brent Stewart.

Find some shots of Deradoorian’s performance, as well as the art installation posted below, all credit to our photographer Joe Saturday.
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All photos by Adam Heller

Missouri rockers Ha Ha Tonka recently returned this year with new album Heart-Shaped Mountain via Bloodshot Records. The group (who recently performed on Conan) stopped in to Brooklyn to play a show at Knitting Factory in support of the new album.

Find some photos from their set, as well as local opener Food Will Win The War, all taken by our photographer Adam Heller.

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Last year New Jersey post-hardcore rockers Thursday returned from hiatus and have been touring in steady fashion. They returned to New York again for a free performance at McCarren Park along with Toronto rockers PUP for the final day of Northside Festival on June 11.

It was a brutally hot day, but it didn’t stop fans of the groups from packing out the blacktop of McCarren. It resulted in some sweaty singing that was pure dedication from both the bands and their fans.

Find photo galleries of both Thursday and PUP posted below both bands’ setlists.

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Lower Dens don’t have any new material out, but still managed to give one of the best performances we saw the entire weekend at Northside Festival. On June 10, the band – which currently operates as just singer Jana Hunter and drummer Nate Nelson, packed out Rough Trade NYC for a night of ABBA covers, taken entirely from ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits compilation.

They ran through the best of the best, with Hunter cutting loose and giving us some fun covers of all of ABBA’s hits, with the karaoke style lyrics projected behind them. This was the most easy going that I’d ever seen the band, even to the point where Hunter encouraged fans to join them at stage for one point. It was just a good time all around.

Find photos from the rest of the show posted below.

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As the rest of Brooklyn was busy running around at Northside Festival, tons of other music fans descended upon Brooklyn Steel to catch a performance from Jurassic 5.

Getting to see these guys perform live these days is rare, which is why I made sure that I caught them this time around, especially at a great venue such as Brooklyn Steel. The group delivered a fiery performance that had the entire packed audience with them from start to finish.

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