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Tennis at Mercury Lounge (May 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2015

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The last time that Tennis played Mercury Lounge was in December 2010, almost an now inconceivable five years ago. That show was before the Denver duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley even released an album. Back then, they were just a hot duo riding high off the sudden blog buzz that helped get their career off the ground. Since then, Tennis have released three albums, and EP, and toured the world, finding their fanbase and building on it the right way gradually.

Earlier this month they returned to New York for a pair of small scale shows. The first went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg (find Bauer’s post here), with an even smaller show at Mercury Lounge coming just a few days later.

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Tennis sold out Mercury in less than two minutes, to the surprise of no one. Getting to see the group in such a small room at this point of there career is a treat. The intimacy of Mercury Lounge provided those lucky enough to be there with the chance to see Moore and Riley perform their songs up close and personal, in the manner that they deserve to be enjoyed.

The 13-song set was a delightful run through the best of their catalog, but heightened by the close proximity to the band, who are now fleshed out to a 5-piece band, with a newly added back-up singer and keyboardist. The expanded version of the band gave Tennis and even broader canvas to paint their delightful wonders, delivering a rich and satisfying performance that had everyone wide awake and with the band, even though they didn’t kick things off about 10 minutes past midnight.

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Moore made the performance as personal as can be during tracks like “Petition” where she used the farthest ends of the stage to come out into the crowd and even let a brave crowd member sing into the mic. It was little moments like this that made the live experience feel like so much more than it would at a larger space.

At this point in their career, Tennis have proven that they’re a band in it for the long haul. But at their core, their still very much the same band that we all fell in love with at the start of this decade, still humble enough to grace us with their presence at rooms like Mercury Lounge. Who knows when I’ll get to catch them in such a venue again, but I’ll certainly cherish this one for many years to come.


1. Never Work For Free
2. Timothy
3. Dimming Light
4. Solar On The Rise
5. Needle and a Knife
6. Marathon
7. Mean Streets
8. Petition
9. It All Feels The Same
10. I’m Callin’
11. Waterbirds


12. Origins
13. My Better Self
14. Bad Girls (Demo Version)

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Tennis at Webster Hall (September 26, 2014)

By Anthony Bauer, September 29th 2014 — with 1 comment

Tennis @ Webster Hall

All photos by Anthony Bauer

Tennis are currently on tour in support of their fantastic new album, Ritual In Repeat which they released earlier this month via Fat Possum Records. This past Friday, they rolled through NYC to play to a packed Webster Hall.

Playing tracks from their entire catalog, the Denver based husband and wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley seamlessly mixed old songs with new with ease. No matter what they played from their three album (+ 1 EP) discography, they sounded even tighter live than they do on their recordings. It was my first time seeing them live and they very quickly proved that they’re an indie-pop powerhouse not to be messed with. With crisp groovy baselines, fierce drumming, stellar keyboards, shimmering guitar work and silky smooth vocals, whats not to love? Read the rest of this entry »

Tennis – I’m Callin’

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014


“I’m Callin'” is the first new song to be shared from Tennis’ upcoming new album Ritual In Repeat (due out September 9 on Communion Records).

It’s a feel-good pop song with a very 80s feel to it. A perfect night cap for the fading days of summer. It was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, who produced the album along with Jim Eno of Spoon and Richard Swift.

Menace Beach – Tennis Court

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2014

Menace Beach

Menace Beach is a duo based out of  Leeds who have caught my attention with an awesome tune by the name of “Tennis Court.” What starts out as a light and strummy affair takes a turn towards a Ty Segall-esque guitar freakout. The contrast between the male/female vocals adds a nice aspect that they work to their advantage.

It’s off their new 7″ single which comes with another song titled “Lowtalkin.” Until then, stream “Tennis Court” below.
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Denver husband-and-wife duo Tennis have announced that their new album Ritual In Repeat will be released on September 9 via Communion Music. It’s their quick follow-up their Small Sound EP, which was released last November. Production duties were handled by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon, and Richard Swift of The Shins & The Black Keys.

First single “Never Work For Free” is available to stream, and it’s a delightful track bouncy and bubbling, something of a pop song that be right at home in the 80s. Imagine if the radio actually recognized pop music like this? The world would be a much better place.

The song is available to download for free (ironically, of course) right now at their website (in exchange for your e-mail). Otherwise, you can stream it right now, below.
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Tennis @ Rockwood Music Hall (November 5, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2013


Earlier in the week Tennis released their new EP Small Sound on Communion Records. So it made sense that they were a major component on the traveling Communion shows, including Tuesday night at Rockwood Music Hall.

I last saw Tennis at Brooklyn Bowl last April, so it’s been a while. More than ever with the new material from the EP, it remined me that this duo has now fully been fleshed out as a full band and it shows all for the better. They play more tightly, with more confidence, than ever before. The new material mixed so well with the bands earlier material, creating on hell of a set.

Tennis continue to finds ways to improve on themselves, becoming one of the most reliable bands in the game.

Check out a few more photos from their set below. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Tennis – Mean Streets

By Will Oliver, October 9th 2013


Tennis have returned with a winning new song titled “Mean Streets.” It’s off their new EP, Small Sound, which Richard Swift produced. It will be their first release on their new record label, Communion Records.

They’ve made forward progress on the new song with a little more groove and bite to their step. They sound even better than ever, which is hard to believe, since they were doing pretty damn good before. They’ve got a classic pop sound that is straight up impressive.

Take a listen below.

They’ll be in New York for two shows early in November. Some dats will be a part of Communion’s monthly club night where they will play with Savoir Adore, On An On, and Night Sweats. Find those dates below as well.

Tour Dates:
11/03 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/05 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall*
11/06 Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
11/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts*
11/09 Montreal, QC @ II Motore^
11/10 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison#
11/12 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub*
11/13 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
11/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
11/16 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall#
11/17 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway#
11/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater*
11/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency*
11/21 Maquoketa, IA @ Daytrotter*
11/29 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater^

* Communion Presents w/ ON AN ON, Night Sweats, Savoir Adore & more
^ Support From ON AN ON
# Support From ON AN ON & Night Sweats

Tennis @ Brooklyn Bowl (4/10/12)

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2012 — with 1 comment

We Barbarians
were the opener for Tennis at Brooklyn Bowl this past Tuesday to my great excitement. I’ve seen them open three times now, and it has definitely made me wonder why I haven’t seen them headline yet. They do the whole big sounding arena rock thing in small venues perfectly. Imagine if Kings Of Leon tried to do what they did the last few years, except they still had a soul. You got some big fat ambitious rock and roll that is impossible to dislike. Call me a fan.

It’s been a little overdue, but I finally caught Tennis live. I hoped for good things, but what I got was pretty damn good. They sounded a lot livelier live. The sharp production that you find on Young & Old translates well live for Alaina Moore & Patrick Riley. They played most of the new album along with all of my favorites from their debut, Cape Dory. Moore is a great frontwoman, humble and at ease. She’s a pretty lady, and most of the attention is surely on her. Riley on the other hand keeps a pretty low profile, and it works. The two personalities mix well, and remind us of why I fell in love with their sea-tales last year.

Find photos after the jump.
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