Alice Glass at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 13, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, June 17th 2018

Alice Glass had a huge impact on my formative music tastes. I remember the first time I heard Crystal Castles: I was packed into the back of my friend’s Oldsmobile with six other people on our way to a Decemberists show. “Crimewave” was on the road trip’s playlist, and it was instantly something that stood out to all of us. Our first mythic CC show was in 2011, and that night Alice was performing despite having a broken ankle. Her dedication to her live performances was the stuff of legends, and she certainly delivered. We were entering an age where social media was being grafted to our personal lives, and for a lot of us, Alice was the voice of the ghost in the machine screaming back out at us.
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Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at Town Hall (May 3, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, June 9th 2018

All photos by Collin Quinlivan

Being Todd Rundgren’s brainchild is not an easy job. In 1972, at age 23, Rundgren released his most famous album, Something/Anything?. With four sides (Rundgren playing every instrument and recording every vocal on the first three), and totaling over 90-minutes, it became a staple of the decade–named by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of all time. An album of such scope required a hell of a touring band, and that was where Utopia began.

At this point in Rundgren’s career, things were moving at a breakneck pace, both productively and artistically. 1973 saw A Wizard, A True Star, a psychedelic stream-of-consciousness album that would go on to influence the likes of Tame Impala and Daft Punk. Todd, a similar (one could consider “bookend”) album, may also have been released in 1973 had it not been for the OPEC oil embargo murdering vinyl production for the end of the year.
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IAMX at Rough Trade NYC (April 22, 2018)

By Dutch Doscher, May 22nd 2018

All photos by Dutch Doscher

IAMX, the electronic rock project of Chris Corner, released his new album Alive In New Light this February.

This April he brought the tour for the new record to Brooklyn for a three-night run at Rough Trade NYC. Just like she does on a few songs on the new album, Kat Von D showed up on the second night on Aprill 22 to lend her vocals on a few tracks.

Find some photos from the performance posted in the gallery below, all taken by our photographer Dutch Doscher.
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Daddy Issues at Alphaville (March 28th, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, May 5th 2018

All photos by Collin Quinlivan

As a commuter from up north, not much gets me cruising down the L train past Lorimer. But, when I heard Daddy Issues were going to be in town, I had to make the trek. I originally saw them play when I covered SXSW 2016, at a very fun showcase with White Reaper, promptly making me a fan. Since that time, Daddy Issues have continued to grow, releasing their first full-length LP Deep Dream in 2017.
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Tennis and Overcoats at Brooklyn Steel (January 23, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, February 15th 2018

All photos by Anthony Bauer

January typically brings us fewer shows, as bands are either recording new music or preparing for the non-stop touring during the spring and summer months. Sometimes we get lucky and are treated to a touring cycle that hits during this normal lull in the month and thankfully that was the case as we were treated to Tennis returning back to NYC for their biggest headlining show to date. Along for the ride and opening things up were NYC’s own Overcoats, who like Tennis, are on tour in support of their fantastic albums that were released last year.
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YACHT at Bowery Ballroom (January 16, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, February 12th 2018

As I sat at the bar waiting for doors, I had a conversation with a girl sitting next to me. It was her first time seeing YACHT live, and she was very excited. I explained that she was in for a quite a show and would not be disappointed. We were not.

I first caught wind of YACHT in 2011 after hearing “Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire),” from their second studio album Shangri-La, shared right here on this blog. Their history dates back far before then–starting as founder Jona Bechtolt’s solo project and picking up frontwoman Claire Evans in 2008. The last time I saw them live was in 2014 at the (in)famous Hudson Project Festival, which the band joked with me about.
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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 Albums of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 12th 2018 — with 1 comment

Before we dive into my favorite albums of 2017, lets quickly visit some of the years best EP’s.  There were a lot of really fantastic EP’s released this year but that doesn’t mean any of these skimped out on quality.  Here are my favorite, or most listened to EP’s of 2017:
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 6 comments

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

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Best Albums Of 2017: Dana’s Picks

By Dana Pacifico, January 9th 2018

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Trying to put words to my feelings on these albums has proven hard when much of my emotional connection comes from my experiences of seeing them performed live. Finding an order was as difficult of a task when 2-6 each grasped me to the same deep level but in different ways. It’s all subjective but here’s my 10 favorites of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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