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On October 8 House Of Vans delivered a fantastic post-summer concert featuring a stacked triple bill. New York’s very own Television headlined, while Viet Cong and Lower Dens offered strong support. It may have been Viet Cong’s last show here under that name since they’re in the process of changing it, which made their perforamnce a little bit more special.

Find some shots of all three bands posted below.
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Lower Dens at The Bowery Ballroom (September 29, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, December 31st 2015

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On a late September night, Lower Dens made their return to New York for a show at The Bowery Ballroom. Along for the ride and opening the show was Abdu Ali, who also hails from Baltimore (just like Lower Dens). 2015 has been a fantastic year for Lower Dens – they released their absolutely amazing third album, Escape from Evil back in March via Ribbon Music and have stopped in to New York for a bunch of shows, including an album release show at Baby’s All Right and a Northside Festival performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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With every listen, I seem to grow more and more fonder of Lower Dens’ latest record Escape From Evil, which they released earlier this year via Domino Records.

I heard them play most of the new record near the albums release back in March at Baby’s All Right. They returned for a slightly larger show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in June as a part of the Northside Festival.

Jana Hunter and the rest of the band ran sounded just as triumphant, with new songs, and old, sounding blissful as all hell. The Escape From Evil tracks fit snugly alongside older favorites such as “Brains.” The little subtitles of new songs such as “Non Grata” and “To Die in L.A.” sound even better live. They had command of the crowd the whole night, and didn’t let loose at any point.

They’ll make their return to New York on September 28 for a performance at sister space Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are currently still on sale.

Find photos of their performance below, along with opener TEEN.
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[new]: Lower Dens – Brains

By Will Oliver, January 17th 2012 — with 1 comment

Baltimore’s Lower Dens have released a killer new song called “Brains”. Heavy on the layers of instrumentation, the song just builds and builds as dramatically as one could hope. The guitar fuzz rises and echos, stimulating memories of your own past that you thought were lodged deep within your brain.

“Brains” will be on their new album Nootropics, which is out May 1 via Ribbon Music.

[mp3]: Lower Dens – Brains

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On February 19, New Zealand rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra returned to New York for a sold out performance at Irving Plaza.

The show came in support of their typically terrific new album Multi-Love, released via Jagjaguwar. The bands funk-inspired rock jams sounded larger than ever before. Somehow frontman Ruban Nielson and the rest of the expanding live lineup continue to get tighter and find new ways to impress.

Find photos of their performance posted below, along with Lower Dens, who opened the show with an abbreviated lineup featuring just frontwoman Jana Hunter and drummer Nate Nelson.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.
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