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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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Last weekend New York’s very own Frankie Cosmos headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom along with support from soon to break out Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, Detroit’s Stef Chura, and Brooklyn’s Cende. It was a full bill of various sorts of indie rock, with each artist offering something uniquely their own.

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This show served as my introduction to Warehouse, who are being highly touted for a big breakout with their soon to be released sophomore album Super Low, which will be released via Bayonet Records on September 30. Their sound was an encouraging one, full of eclectic offerings mixed smoothly with classic rock sounds. There’s a sense of urgency that strikes while watching them live. Based on what I heard that night, Super Low is not to be missed.
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Frankie Cosmos at Shea Stadium (April 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 31st 2016 — with 3 comments

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Frankie Cosmos has tons of releases under her belt already, but none have garnered more attention than Next Thing, her second proper studio album, and her first release with Bayonet Records. On April 2 she celebrated the albums release with a pair of sold out shows at Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on April 1 & 2.

We caught night two at Shea, and it featured an opening performance from the equally great Brooklyn band Eskimeaux, who are always a pleasure to catch live. They have a new EP entitled Year Of The Rabbit, out now via Double Double Whammy.

Find photos of both bands performances posted below, along with Frankie Cosmos setlist.
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Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos releases her delightful new album Next Thing tomorrow via Bayonet Records. She’ll celebrate its release this weekend with album release shows this Friday and Saturday at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium.

Not only will the performance feature a heart-warming performance from Frankie Cosmos and her band, but both nights will also feature an opening set from the wonderful Eskimeaux. Anna McClellan will open Friday’s show, and Jonah Furman Saturday’s.

Both shows are sold out online, but there may be some tickets if you show up early enough at doors day of. If you can find a way to make it out, it would be a good idea, I’m sure the days of these guys playing these smaller DIY venues are numbered.
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Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary at Webster Hall (December 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On December 2, booking agency Ground Control Touring threw a giant party at Webster Hall celebrating their 15th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than taking up all three venues of Webster Hall (the main room, Marlin Room and The Studio at Webster Hall) and filling them up with all the great talent on your own roster.

The mini-festival of sorts was a cool idea that took advantage of the Webster Hall layout. Only, it was definitely way oversold and unless you camped out at one stage or left very early in the middle of a performance, you had no shot of getting anywhere close to the stage. So in that sense, it definitely was very reminiscent of a music festival.

But it’s hard to complain when you got to see Parquet Courts and Lee Ranaldo play some Sonic Youth together, or see bands like Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Woods, Screaming Females, Porches and Frankie Cosmos all within a couple of hours of each other.

It may be another couple of years until we see Ground Control back at it again for their 20th, but it will be interesting to see if any other companies follow suite in the next couple of months.

Find shot of all the artists I was able to catch posted in the photo gallery below.
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Photos: CMJ 2015 – Day 1 (October 13, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Back in October, I kicked off my CMJ at Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV’s annual CMJ showcase. I caught Martin Courtney’s first New York City public performance (and one of his first in general), as well as one of the first U.S. performances from Liverpool rockers Hooton Tennis Club. I then ran over to catch a full show from Panda Bear at Bowery Ballroom, and then ended day 1 with Frankie Cosmos set at Baby’s All Right for the Bayonet Records x Couple Skate CMJ Showcase.

Find a gallery of photos from day 1 of CMJ posted below.
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On July 7 there was a great lineup of music to be found at Music Hall of Music, featuring a stacked bill of up-and-coming talent in the form of Alex G, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos, and Hello Shark.

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I was only able to get there in time for Alex G, but it was yet another great showing from the always impressive Philadelphia musician who has steadily built a rock solid fanbase in New York that follows his every move. There’s a lot to be excited about with Alex, whose really only getting started.

Girlpool, the L.A. duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, have had quite a year. Last winter they released their debut EP to great acclaim, and this year they quickly followed that up with their impressive debut album Before The World Was Big, both released via Wichita Recordings.

While I enjoy the duo’s recordings, they take a very different shape live. Although there’s a simplicity to their music, that’s a part of the charm, and live you’re able to really absorb this. They mixed songs from their debut album and EP to great results, and delighted us with their warm personalities and wicked sense of humor. People seem to really gravitate towards these girls, and I can see why. There’s a lot to love about Girlpool.

Find photos of both Alex G and Girlpool posted below.
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