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Twin Peaks and The Districts were the touring partners that we didn’t know we needed to see together but oh man, does it make sense. Both are two of the brightest young rock bands we have at the moment and both are known for putting on pummeling live performances.

While the tour didn’t come into New York City, there was still an area stop at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on February 23. This sold out show was packed with the young and feisty audience that you’d come to expect and had the whole place going wild.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture the action from both performances. Find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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The Districts at Mercury Lounge (November 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2017 — with 3 comments

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts may have released their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil (via Fat Possum) in 2015, but they still got plenty of surprises left in store for us. They’re already hard at work on the follow-up to their debut offering, and embarked on a mini tour in late November to get back to playing live and test out some new songs. They brought their tour to New York on November 30 for a performance at Mercury Lounge.

If you’ve ever seen The Districts play, you know just how massive and energetic that their songs are able to build up to. So it was special to see them rock the hell out of the tiny Mercury Lounge. The new songs had that already trademark stamp on frontman Rob Grote, but they also challenge your expectations, and prove that The Districts are only going to expand on their sounds and embark on many new horizons in the future.

They brought along fellow Philadelphia bands Queen Of Jeans and Tangiers to open the show. Find photos of all three bands posted below, along with The Districts’ setlist.
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After catching Deafheaven at Webster Hall, I ran over to Williamsburg to catch The Districts at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on November 5). I saw them plenty of times throughout 2015, but it didn’t take away from this performance in any way.

The band keep on getting better and better with every performance, turning the tracks of their 2015 debut album A Flourish And A Spoil (released via Fat Possum Records) into high-octane energizers live. These guys are just getting started in their young careers, making me wonder just what treasures that have waiting for us in the future.

We were also treated to an opening set from the lovely Lady Lamb, who also released her own fantastic 2015 record After, which was released via Mom + Pop Music.

Find photos from both Lady Lamb and The Districts posted below.
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The Districts at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2015

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Day 1 of Governors Ball 2015 began on a gloomy note, with ominous skies and eventually a cold downpour of rain. But my day, and the festival, began with a set from Philadelphia’s The Districts, who had a storm of rock and roll ready to conquer the dreary skies.

The group have made a few stops in New York throughout the year, in support of their promising debut album A Flourish and a Spoil (released via Fat Possum). Considering their set took place a mere 15 minutes after gates opened, and with the eventual downpour, the group attracted a modest but appreciative crowd. Those who were there were treated to a memorable set of The Districts power rock, just more proof that they are most certainly one of the most exciting prospects in rock and roll.

Catch them this fall when they return for a pair of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lady Lamb on November 4 (tix) & 5 (tix).

Find photos from their Governors Ball set posted below.
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The Districts at Bowery Ballroom (February 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 2 comments

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There’s a lot about the music industry today that is, discouraging, to say the last. But every once and a while a young band like The Districts comes around and restores your faith. They remind you that there is still a glimmer of hope out there. It’s encouraging to see that a young band can rise through the ranks the right way, playing authentic rock and roll that speaks to your soul. People keep saying rock and roll is dead, but it’s clear that they’re just looking in all the wrong places.
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The Districts – “Peaches”

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2015

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Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts are one of the most exciting young bands in rock and roll, ready to make their mark on the music world. Anyone whose caught them live can attest to this notion. Their performance opening for Dr. Dog at MHOW earlier this month was enough of a reminder for me.

They’re set to release their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil on February 10 via Fat Possum. The recently released album cut “Peaches” wastes no time establishing itself as an urgent, thunderous rocker that deserves to be played as the loudest volume possible. These guys can rock.

Stream “Peaches” below.

The Districts @ Rockwood Music Hall (November 5, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2013 — with 2 comments

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The Districts are a young band straight out of Philadelphia who are playing well beyond their years. The x’s marked on their hands didn’t stop the band from delivering some mature, true to the heart, gritty, old-fashioned rock and roll. Their tunes cut deep through you, through even the toughest of layers.

They followed up On An On’s set for the Communion show at Rockwood Music Hall, and wowed the entire audience. I was impressed by their intensity and natural ability to let their music do all the talking.

You can grab their debut album Telephone (which was released in 2012) for the generous name your own price at their bandcamp page. Check it out, you’ll be impressed. Below you will find a stream of the album, as well as some more photos from their set.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year.  While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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