1_Calexico_Newport Folk Festival 2015

Earlier this year Tucson, Arizona’s Calexico impressively released their eighth album Edge Of The Sun via Anti Records. In July the group stopped by the Newport Folk Festival for a seasoned and well refined performance that was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

It was my first time catching the group, but their sound is one aged like fine wine, ready for new discoveries at every corner. Due to the chaotic nature of the festival setting I was only able to catch a portion of their set, but next chance I get here in New York I’m going to make sure I catch a full set from the guys.

Find some more shots of their Newport performance posted below.

Continue Reading >>

1_Hiss Golden Messenger _Newport Folk Festival 2015

Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina band fronted by MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, delighted the Newport crowd with a set of folk-minded rock and roll.

This was my second time seeing them play, with the first coming when they opened for The Tallest Man On Earth at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier in the summer. Which made the fact that they were both playing on the first day of Newport that much more special.

I only was able to stay for a couple of songs before having to rush over to another stage, but the group delivered a tight fine-tuned set that was damn hard to leave.

Find some shots from their Newport performance posted below.

Continue Reading >>

1_Leon Bridges_Newport Folk Festival 2015

2015 has truly been the year of Leon Bridges. The talented young man from Fort Worth, Texas has been touring non-stop this year, instantly selling out shows even before the release of his debut album Coming Home in June.

He got the Newport Folk Festival crowd out of their folding chairs and up on their feet, “Twistin’ & Groovin” alongside his every note. The man was an incredibly polished and assured artist to begin with, but now with half a year of shows under his belt, him and his band have made incredible strides as live performers.

Bridges will return to New York later this month for a pair of sold out shows, at Webster Hall and The Apollo Theater, respectfully.

Continue Reading >>

1_Angel Olsen_Newport Folk Festival 2015

You know you were in store for a good day (and weekend) of music when Angel Olsen is performing a set early in the afternoon. Olsen played the set solo, sans the four-piece band that I’m accustomed to seeing her play with. This stripped down approach was certainly in line with the more personal, laid back vibe of the festival.

Each Angel Olsen performance is different and special from the last, and this was no difference. Seeing a packed tent of fans sitting down embracing the superb talent was a sight I won’t soon forget.

Continue Reading >>

1_Bahamas_Newport Folk Festival 2015

Congrats Bahamas, you’re the first act I ever saw at Newport Folk Festival (for whatever thats worth). The group is the project led by Toronto native Afie Jurvanen, who delighted the crowd with offerings from his new album Bahamas Is Afie, which he released last year via Brushfire Records.

His take on folk-rock was a pitch perfect fit for the laid back, stripped down nature of the festival, playing a low stage that featured a seating area with folding chars in front of the stage. As a result, all the photographers in the photo pit shot their set from their knees, or sitting down. This was a first for me, but it’s the approach of Newport not to disturb fans enjoying the music, something we can all certainly get behind.

This was my first time seeing Bahamas live, and I enjoyed what I was able to catch from the set. Hopefully I’ll catch a full set from him back here in New York sooner than later.

Find some more photos from his performance posted below.
Read the rest of this entry »


Words and photos by Anthony Bauer

On a summers night back in late July, we had the pleasure of being on hand for the Moon King and Mr. Twin Sister’s show at the Bowery Ballroom, and boy was it a good one.

Kicking things off were Toronto’s own Moon King, who were out in support of their dazzling new album, Secret Life that came out this past April. They wasted no time raising the energy level up inside the Bowery, and by the middle of their set, the place started really filling out giving Moon King a surge in energy (even though they didn’t need it – they were on another level). Guitarist Maddy Wilde powered through songs with ease, and showed no signs of slowing down the entire night. Lead singer Daniel Benjamin jumped around the stage from side to side, lunged into the crowd and was really feeding off the energy of everybody in the room. Their songs command your attention live, and with the energy they brought to the songs, you really couldn’t ask for anything more (well… maybe a few more songs, but we’ll have to wait till they’re back in NYC).


Continue Reading >>


On July 21 Glasgow synth-pop trio Chvrches made their live return to New York City for a last minute intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show was announced along with their new album Every Open Eye, which will finally be released this Friday, September 25, via Glassnote Records.


The night featured an opening set from fellow Glassnote artist Baio, better known as Vampire Weekend’s very own Chris Baio.
Continue Reading >>


Words and photos by Anthony Bauer

July 22nd marked the return of Courtney Barnett back to New York City, just a few short months after her completely sold out three night run at the Bowery Ballrom this past May. It was her biggest New York gig to date (that is, until she opens for Blur at the slightly larger MSG later this year). Along for the ride and kicking things off were Torres and Speedy Ortiz, which truly made this show a an absolute triple threat from start to finish.

To say there wasn’t any anticipation leading into the show would be a complete lie, as this show was on everybody’s radar for months now. Opening and and setting the tone for the night was New York’s own Torres, who is hot on the heels of her latest release Sprinter, that came out this past May. I had no doubts that her sound would fill out T5, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did. Although Torres’ set seemed to be on the shorter side, we’re excited knowing that she’ll be back playing in the New York City this fall as an opener at The Kings Theater in October.

Continue Reading >>

1_Todd Terje and the Olsens_Terminal 5

All photos by Dana Pacifico

Back in late July Norwegian producer and songwriter Todd Terje returned to New York for a big time performance at Terminal 5. He was backed up by The Olsens, who served as his backing band, along with Lars Horntveth, Martin Windstad, and Todd’s brother Olaf.

Find some photos of their Terminal 5 takeover posted below, all taken by our photographer Dana Pacifico, who was on hand to capture all the glorious action.

Continue Reading >>

Create your timeline cover maker online easy and fun!

blog advertising is good for you

Monday Morning Matinee

midwest sunglasses

Find the Musical Instruments at TradeTang.com