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Lucius and Big Thief at Central Park SummerStage (September 23, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016 — with 1 comment


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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Frankie Cosmos at Webster Hall (November 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2017

Not many artists had a more successful 2016 than Frankie Cosmos. Her album Next Thing (released via Bayonet Records) was one of the year’s finer releases, and she went from playing places like Shea Stadium early in the year to headlining her own show at Webster Hall on November 13.

Support came from another band that had a big breakthrough in 2016, Big Thief. Their debut album Masterpiece (released via Saddle Creek) was one of the finer debut albums you’ll find, and another highlight of the year. They along with Frankie delighted the Webster Hall crowd with a warm set of tunes that served to remind us that there are still many treasures to find in the world of indie rock.

Find Frankie’s set posted below along with a gallery of photos from both her set and Big Thief’s.
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Preview: Frankie Cosmos at Webster Hall

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2016

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(Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom)

This Sunday Frankie Cosmos will return home for her largest headlining show yet at Webster Hall. The performance wraps up quite a year for Greta Kline, who released a great record with Next Thing (released via Bayonet Records), and has only been getting bigger and bigger as the year has gone on.

We first caught her this year at Shea Stadium, and then Bowery Ballroom. Now at Webster Hall, with support from the equally terrific Big Thief as well as Vagabon. It will be a great night of music across the bill.

Tickets for the show are currently still on sale, but don’t wait until Sunday, as it may be sold out by then.
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Alvvays at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (June 23, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2016


It’s been a solid Toronto-based group Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2014. They’ve been touring pretty hard since then, even while starting work on their sophomore album, which is easily one of my most anticipated albums of 2017.

They returned to us once more before releasing their new album on June 23 for a free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park that also featured opening sets from Ducktails (which Matt Mondanile is now doing full time, leaving Real Estate), and Big Thief, who delighted with songs from Masterpiece, one of the best debut albums of the year.

It was a absolutely gorgeous night out, and the songs of Alvvays dreamy debut sounded oh so good. Although their 9-song debut album is barely over 30-minutes long, they gave us a set that stretched past an hour at 15-songs Read the rest of this entry »

Yuck at Music Hall of Williamsburg (April 12, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2016

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All photos by Rachel Barrish

On April 12 London garage rockers Yuck returned to New York for a headlining performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of their new album Stranger Things, which was released via Mamé Records. Support came from fast-rising Brooklyn quartet Big Thief, who showcased songs from their impressive debut album Masterpiece, which Saddle Creek released in May.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was there to capture all the action. Find her shots of both Yuck and Big Thief posted below.
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All photos by Emily Lembo

On February 18 Eleanor Friedberger returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom in support of her new album New View, which was released on January 22 via Frenchkiss Records. Friedberger was backed by Icewater (just as she was at her show at Pianos last November), who also opened the show along with Big Thief.

Find some shots from her performance below, taken by our photographer Emily Lembo.
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