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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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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


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

Aaron Roche – “Wooden Knife”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2017

Aaron Roche hails from Brooklyn and makes atmospheric folk rock with a lovely haunted touch, found on his beautiful track “Wooden Knife.” It didn’t surprise me to learn that he’s toured with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and ANOHNI, as well as Lower Dens and Flocks Of Dimes.

Imagine Bon Iver backed by some mesmerizing strings, you get the sense of what exactly Roche delivers on the pretty “Wooden Knife.”

The track is taken from his new album Haha Huhu, out now on Figureight Records. You can find the album available to stream/purchase on bandcamp and I have a stream of the song posted below.
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[Contest]: Win A Northside Festival 2017 Badge

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2017

Summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing in Brooklyn: the Northside Festival is coming up. Over the year the Brooklyn festival has gotten bigger and better, putting on some major paid and free performances of both established acts as well as new up and comers at more intimate showcases.

This year the festival is sporting an impressive lineup featuring headlining spots from Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washinton, Thursday, Aldous Haring, Big Thief, Girlpool, Hoops, Jay Som, Lower Dens and many more.

The kind team at Northside has graciously given us a badge to giveaway to one luck reader. To enter to win, simply send us an email at [email protected] with NORTHSIDE as the subject, and let us know who you’re most excited excited to see at Northside this year.

If you’re not our lucky winner (apologies in advance) we can still hook you up with a 15% discount off a badge by using the code WEALLWANTSOMEONE17 at checkout for 15% off your badge. Good luck to everyone who enters!

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