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Torres at Baby’s All Right (May 27, 2015)

By Will Oliver, July 8th 2015

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Mackenzie Scott, the talented singer-songwriter known simply as Torres, has captured something special with Sprinter, her fantastic sophomore release, which came out this May via Partisan Records.

In late May she played to a packed room at Baby’s All Right, leaving the attentive Brooklyn crowd in complete awe. My only other time seeing Scott perform live was at a early afternoon set at an Austin bar during SXSW 2013¬†where she¬†performed solo with just her guitar. This was a much different approach than the set at Baby’s, featuring a full band, that brought the songs off Sprinter and her 2013 debut to life with power and careful precision.

Torres is fastly rising as one of the most important voices in indie rock and roll, and whether you know it or not yet, you will soon enough.
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Tomorrow night the magnificent talent that is Torres will play a sold out Baby’s All Right in celebration of her brand new album Sprinter, out now via Partisan Records.

Her debut album was one of powerful personal material stripped down to a bare folk rock. This time around she pushes the boundaries even further, creating something just as personal and powerful, just in a new light. It’s going to be a treat to see how this translates live, especially in a room such as Baby’s All Right, a seemingly perfect place to catch someone like Torres.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and the show will feature an opening set from Aero Flynn. Tickets for the show have long sold out, but you can always try your luck at the door, and she’ll return to New York in no time for a performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26.

Torres – New Skin

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2014

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Torres has teamed up with Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel & Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and The Pharmacists for a new song called “New Skin.” The song was released for non-profit Weathervane Music’s webseries Shaking Through.

Apparently the version of the song is different to the one that will appear on Torres’ eventual new album. Even so, it’s a powerful listen that would be more than acceptable on any release.

Find it posted below.
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As a celebration of DoNYC’s One Year Anniversary, they put together a solid night of music at Baby’s All Right this past Tuesday. The show featured a rock solid triple bill of Marnie Stern, Torres, and Porches.

Andrew St. Clair was there to capture the evening for us with some great photos, all of which you can find posted below. For more of his work, be sure to head here. Read the rest of this entry »

[CMJ]: TORRES @ Baby’s All Right (October 19, 2013)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2013


Photo by Andrew St. Clair

Although it seems like a lifetime ago now, I saw TORRES not too long ago during SXSW. She played a solo set, but it was easily one of the most powerful sets that I saw in Austin.

TORRES, also known as Mackenzie Scott, played at Baby’s All Right as a part of BrooklynVegan’s CMJ party, and sported a drummer this time around. I’m ashamed that I missed her performance, but Andrew St. Clair was there to make up for my incompetence, and he got some great shots that I’m excited and proud to share with you guys.


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[SXSW]: TORRES @ J Black’s (March 13, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2013 — with 1 comment


TORRES caught my attention a few weeks back based on the power of her stunning single “Honey.” She was one of my must see artists at SXSW, and I was thankfully able to catch her. Although I missed the first part of her set, I was able to catch the tail end, which thankfully included the spellbinding “Honey.” She is delicate and raw live musician who lives up to the power and natural grace of her recorded material.

This particular performance took place inside a bar with only a few other viewers, and it still left me impressed. I think in a few years she will be playing more sizable venues that will leave me shocked where I was able to catch her during SXSW 2013.

Torres – Honey

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2013 — with 1 comment


Torres is 22-year-old singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She emerged his January releasing the incredible track “Honey” that sits on a folk-rock territory but with a real kick in the ass. It’s hauntingly passionate and powerful. It stops time, right from the very first second of the song, and keeps you in its peripheral as it gradually joins the distant setting sun. It’s off her self-released and self-titled debut album, out now.

As it progresses it natural spreads it’s wings and transforms into a true powerhouse. A truly mesmerizing voice from an artist that will be moving onto bigger things in due time.

People can have their EDM, I’ll take sincerity from artists like Torres over it, any day of the week.

John Torres – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover)

By Will Oliver, June 20th 2010 — with 2 comments

John Torres left a comment on my “Bloodbuzz Ohio” mp3 post, sharing his fantastic cover of The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio”. The song has been on constant rotation for me, so the timing of this cover is perfect.

John has a very strong voice, and it brings a new sense of direct and even meaning to the song. How is this the first time that I’ve ever run across John? After this cover, I doubt it will be the last time we see his name around.

Watch his performance below, and grab a mp3 right below it:

[mp3]: John Torres – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover)

All photos by Rachel Barrish

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit released their new album Painting of a Panic Attack last year via Atlantic Records.

We caught them twice last year, at Terminal 5 and then at Newport Folk Festival. They’re still hard at work in support of the record, returning back to us here in New York for a performance at Brooklyn Steel along with openers Torres and Bel Aviv.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was there to capture photos from both Torres and Frightened Rabbit, find them posted in the gallery below.

Frightened Rabbit Setlist:

1. Get Out
2. Holy
3. The Modern Leper
4. I Wish I Was Sober
5. Living in Colour
6. Blood Under the Bridge
7. Head Rolls Off
8. Woke Up Hurting
9. Fast Blood
10. My Backwards Walk (Scott solo)
11. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
12. The Oil Slick
13. Square 9
14. The Woodpile
15. Lump Street
16. Death Dream
17. Keep Yourself Warm


Frightened Rabbit:

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