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2016 Northside Festival MVP: McCarren Park

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016


Hands down the MVP of the 2016 Northside Festival was McCarren Park. The festival always has shows throughout Brooklyn but where the fest truly shined this year was with its headlining acts at the park. Not only did the weather cooperate, but there wasn’t a bad show there at all with an amazing lineup every single night.

The last few days of the festival were downright lethal with Conor Oberst + Kacy Musgraves on Saturday, and the 1-2-3 punch of Hinds, Rostam and Brian Wilson to close it out on Sunday.  Where else can you kick off a festival with Wolf Parade the first day and end it with Brian Wilson? Only at Northside. Take a look at some of the happenings at Northside along with some photos from The Felice Brothers, Conner Oberst, Kacy Musgraves and Brain Wilson below.

Around McCarren Park:











The Felice Brothers & Connor Oberst:













Kacy Musgraves:










Brian Wilson:









Steve Gunn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 9, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016


Day 1 of the 2016 Northside Festival was full of amazing performances, and right after Wolf Parade finished their blistering set at McCarren Park, New York’s own Steve Gunn took to the stage down the street at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his fantastic new album, Eyes On The Lines (via Matador) which came out just one week earlier.  It’s been one of my favorite albums of the year and I was particularly excited to see Gunn again as I had seen him earlier in the year when he had opened for Wilco at the beautiful Kings Theater.


I can safely say that the wait was worth it as he put on one hell of a show.  The songs off the new album sound absolutely lethal live, with an energy that just can’t be matched on the recordings.  What’s also so mesmerizing about watching Gunn play is also just how effortless he makes it all seem.  He is not a flashy guitarist, but he doesn’t need to be – he lets his playing do all the talking.

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Wolf Parade at McCarren Park (June 9, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016 — with 1 comment


Hot off the heels of their 5 night comeback run at The Bowery Ballroom, Wolf Parade returned back to New York City for the official kickoff and first night of the 2016 Northside Festival in Brooklyn. We were there for the first night of their Bowery show (which was everything you could have wanted, and more), so getting to see Wolf Parade twice in the span of a few weeks was an absolute treat.


The band kicked things off with “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son,” the stellar opening track off their debut Apologies To The Queen Mary which then segued immediately into “Fancy Claps.”  If there ever was a way to kick a show off, that was it – the 1, 2 punch of those two songs really set the tone for the rest of the night.  The 15-song set was chock full of the hits and even the new songs from their self titled EP which came out earlier this year.  One might have been worried that the new material might not fit seamlessly into their set, but it fit perfectly.


The night was absolutely beautiful by the way, quite the picturesque way for Wolf Parade to return back to New York (yet again), and the band certainly was thankful for the turnout.  Guitarist Dan Boeckner even acknowledged how busy it was by proclaiming, “I think this is the biggest crowd we’ve played for in New York in a long time.” which got a massive roar from the crowd. “Thank you” he kept repeating throughout the night when really, we should be thanking them for being back because boy did we miss them.

Wolf Parade Setlist:

1. You Are a Runner and I am My Father’s Son
2. Fancy Claps
3. Soldiers Grin
4. What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
5. We Built Another World
6. An Animal In Your Care
7. Shine a Light
8. C’est La Vie Way / Floating World
9. Mr. Startup
10. Fine Young Cannibals
11. Dear Songs and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
12. Language City
13. I’ll Believe in Anything


14. This Heart’s on Fire
15. Kissing the Beehive

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Sigur Ros at Radio City Music Hall (October 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2016


There’s shows that you go to, and then there’s shows that you engulf you in the experience. Icelandic wonders Sigur Ros fall in the latter category. For nearly two decades now (yeah, it’s nearly been that long), the Reykjavík-based band have been making music that’s equally spiritual, emotive, uplifting and larger than life. Quite simply, there is no one else quite like them.

It’s been three years now since Kveikur, their last studio album. They’re currently at work on a new record, using this current tour to test out some new song, and present old favorites with reimagined arrangements. The tour came to New York on October 5, for a sold out performance at Radio City (with two shows at Kings Theatre to follow). It was hard to imagine a more perfect venue for the band, especially considering it was much more intimate than their last show here, at Madison Square Garden.

The group broke things off with two sets lists, with a 15-minute intermission in between. They showed off an impressive stage display and light show that only brought their songs to a more visceral level, truly leaving you lost within their music in more ways than one. It was hard not to be overcome by multiple emotions while watching them deliver all of the sprawling epic that is “Festival,” or other heartbreakers like “Starálfur” and the hammering epic set closer, “Popplagið.”

It’s one thing to listen to Sigur Ros at home, and another to hear those angelic vocals of Jónsi guiding the beautiful arrangements that he and Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason deliver with such levity and grace. One second your in a trance-like state, lost in awe at the colorful movements of their light show, and then you catch yourself with your eyes closed, soaking every ounce of beauty as if its a fleeting moment you’ll never find again. That’s what live music is all about, and Sigur Ros present that to their audience about as good as anyone out there.

We’re fortunate to live in a time where we can see a band like them tour even without an album out. I can only imagine what they have in store with us once their next classic is unearthed and they come back to us for what may be their biggest shows yet.

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos from their performance.

Sigur Ros Setlist:

Set 1:

2. Ekki Múkk
3. Samskeyti
4. E-Bow
5. Dauðalagið
6. Glósóli
7. Smáskifa

Set 2:

8. Óveður
9. Starálfur
10. Sæglópur
11. Ný Batterí
12. Vaka
13. Festival
14. Kveikur
15. Fljótavík
16. Popplagið













Regina Spektor at Town Hall (October 17, 2016)

By Will Oliver, October 18th 2016 — with 2 comments


It’s hard to believe that I haven’t been to Town Hall since I saw Grizzly Bear there in May 2009. I returned there for the first time since last night, for a sold out performance from Regina Spektor, in support of her newly released album Remember Us to Life

For whatever reason, I remember Town Hall seemingly larger to me back in ’09. I was surprised by how fairly intimate it was for a seated venue, with not a bad seat to be found in the house. Although seeing Regina at her even more intimate show at Rough Trade NYC tonight would be even more ideal, there was something so appropriate about catching her in a place like Town Hall where the talented singer and pianist’s music can truly shine.
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Christine and the Queens at Terminal 5 (October 10, 2016)

By Dana Pacifico, October 17th 2016


All photos by Dana Pacifico

It’s always a nice lift me up when you can end stressful Monday with some live music. It was great evening getting to dance it out at T5 with some French pop delivered by the performative Christine and the Queens (who we last saw at Governors Ball this summer).

Héloïse and her Queens were enchanting to watch. The entire show is not only a musical spectacle but an all encompassing artistic performance including dance, video and a ton of passion. She captivated the international crowd with songs like “iT,” Kanye West sampling “Paradis Perdus” and “Good Life.” It’s hard to not be enthralled by it all, Héloïse is so gracious and thankful to have gained so much success but we should the thankful ones for she has given so many people that struggle with identity a voice that translates through language barriers.

There is no doubt that Christine and the Queens is a force to be reckoned with in the pop music scene. It will be a fun journey watching her successes multiply here in the states as her positive message spreads through the American crowd.

Find a gallery of photos from her performance posted below, all taken by Dana Pacifico.
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Metallica at Webster Hall (September 27, 2016)

By Will Oliver, October 1st 2016


Mere minutes following their performance at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, metal gods Metallica announced a special intimate performance three days later at Webster Hall on Tuesday, September 27. The show would be a contest available only to members of their fifth member fan club, making it one of the hottest shows of the year, and also one of the toughest tickets to find.

For those lucky enough to win tickets, they were treated to arguably the tiniest show they’ll ever see from the metal icons, which featured old favorites as well as a few new songs from their upcoming album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, out via their own label, Blackened Recordings. Their thunderous riffs had all of Webster Hall literally shaking, even from the top balcony.

Find some photos from this special performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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Morrissey at Kings Theatre (September 25, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016


This Saturday, September 25, the legendary Morrissey returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, a much more intimate performance that his show at Madison Square Garden last summer.

It’s been two year since the release of his last album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, but Morrissey’s setlist at Kings was still heavily loyal to the album, along with the usual favorites from his solo career (“Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Irish Blood, English Heart”). Being a smaller show, you had plenty of Morrissey die-hards quite literally rushing the stage trying to deliver a huge or a personal gift to Morrissey, only to be taken down by his well-placed and quick-moving personal security guards that stand to his side on both direction.
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