Concert Photos

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Brooklyn’s Chairlift have released on of the finer pop albums this year with their breezy delight Moth, which was released much earlier this year via Columbia Records. Back in January they played a show at the beautiful National Sawdust to celebrate the release of the album, check out Bauer’s coverage of that show here. They then returned in April for both an early and a late show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and we were able to catch the latter show.

It had been a few years since I last saw Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly perform as Chairlift, and what a ways they have come. They’ve expanded their lineup, creating a tighter and much larger scale live show that goes well with their punchier, electro-pop infused sound. The new songs off of Moth sounded truly larger than life at the always cozy MHOW, and old favorites like “Sidewalk Safari,” “Amanaemonesia,” and of course, their trademark track, “Bruises” sounded better than ever.

Chairlift have become a powerful force live, one that I can’t wait to catch again. Find some photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.

Chairlift Setlist:

1. Look Up
2. Polymorphing
3. Sidewalk Safari
4. Show U Off
5. Romeo
6. Ottawa to Osaka
7. Amanaemonesia
8. I Belong in Your Arms
9. Unfinished Business
10. Crying In Public
11. Bruises

Encore:

12. Moth to the Flame
13. Get Real
14. Ch-Ching

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1_Andrew Bird_Terminal 5

On April 8, the ever-talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird finished his two-night run in New York at Terminal 5, in support of his very delightful new album Are You Serious, which was released via Loma Vista Recordings. Bird and his band combined their heightened orchestra sound to something more contemporary and rock-based, finding a strong middle ground between the two.

Opening the show was delightful Brazilian psychedelic rock band Boogarins, who kicked things off with a thunderous performance of tight musicianship and groovy, powerful rhythms, were an appreciated kick-off to a great night of music.

Find Andrew Bird’s setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of both his set and Boogarins.
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1_Frankie Cosmos_Bowery Ballroom

Last weekend New York’s very own Frankie Cosmos headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom along with support from soon to break out Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, Detroit’s Stef Chura, and Brooklyn’s Cende. It was a full bill of various sorts of indie rock, with each artist offering something uniquely their own.

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This show served as my introduction to Warehouse, who are being highly touted for a big breakout with their soon to be released sophomore album Super Low, which will be released via Bayonet Records on September 30. Their sound was an encouraging one, full of eclectic offerings mixed smoothly with classic rock sounds. There’s a sense of urgency that strikes while watching them live. Based on what I heard that night, Super Low is not to be missed.
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1_Everything Everything_Music Hall of Williamsburg

On August 4, English indie-rock group Everything Everything made their return to Brooklyn for a packed performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The return trip came in support of their last year’s massive sounding Get To Heaven, which was one of the more overlooked records of the year (at least stateside).

This was my first time catching the group live, and they didn’t disappoint. Their unusual blend of rock and other genres absolutely shines through in the live setting. The crowd was as good as one can ask, loud and vocal, singing along to every song and then some. It’s amazing that they aren’t playing venues like Terminal 5, but hey, I’m not complaining getting to see them at MHOW.

Find some photos of their performance posted below, along with their setlist, and shots of openers Elijah
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1_Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros_St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church

On April 6, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros returned to New York for a rare performance at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. The show served as a preview of their new album Person A, which they played in full, returning with an encore performance of old favorite “Man On Fire.” It was great to see the band in the church setting, with frontman Alex Ebert eager as ever to venture through the aisle and bring the sermon directly to the people.

The opening set featured open-mic style performances from regular people who were selected ahead of the show to come out and play. This was a refreshing alternative to the usual opening performances we are treated two and was a nice gesture by the band.

Find the setlist below, along with photos of both Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and some of the open-mic musicians.
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Daughter at National Sawdust (April 4, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2016

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One of the first releases of 2016 was Not To Disappear the sophomore album from indie folk trio Daughter (which Glassnote Records released). They played their first New York City show for the tour in support of the new record on April 4, when they played a rather intimate performance at the beautifully fitting National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Find some shots of their performance posted below, along with New York singer-songwriter Wilsen who opened the show.
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Frankie Cosmos at Shea Stadium (April 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 31st 2016 — with 1 comment

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Frankie Cosmos has tons of releases under her belt already, but none have garnered more attention than Next Thing, her second proper studio album, and her first release with Bayonet Records. On April 2 she celebrated the albums release with a pair of sold out shows at Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on April 1 & 2.

We caught night two at Shea, and it featured an opening performance from the equally great Brooklyn band Eskimeaux, who are always a pleasure to catch live. They have a new EP entitled Year Of The Rabbit, out now via Double Double Whammy.

Find photos of both bands performances posted below, along with Frankie Cosmos setlist.
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1_Lucius_Music Hall of Williamsburg

On March 31 the vocal-driven wonder that is Lucius took over Music Hall of Williamsburg for a great double bill that featured support from the equally lovely Pure Bathing Culture.

The show came in support of Lucius’ new album Good Grief, released earlier this year via Mom + Pop Music. They delicately touched upon these new songs, as well as old favorites, both of which sounded even better than their recordings thanks to their angelic vocal deliveries.
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Weezer at Warsaw (March 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2016

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Weezer’s new album Weezer (The White Album) is probably Weezer’s best album since 2002’s Maladroit, which may not be high praise, but it’s something. It’s an enjoyable, low frills summer album with some of Rivers Cuomo’s best hooks in sometime. Once you come to terms, like the band, that they will never come close to Blue Album or Pinkteron (nor are they trying to), you can appreciate their new work for what it is (though that doesn’t quite excuse a lot of their new output).
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Savages at Warsaw (March 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2016

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With every live performance it seems that British quartet Savages get better and more powerful. They’re set of primal rage is meant to be heard live, and their show at Brooklyn venue Warsaw on March 29 was the best I’ve seen them yet. The stop came in support of their sophomore album Adore Life, released via Matador Records this January.

The sold out audience (which included LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Al Doyle) was totally in on the action, lifting frontwoman Jehnny Beth over the crowd during “Hit Me” so she could sign over us in one of the many highlights of the great night of music.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos.
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Chapell August 17 at Rockwood 8pm

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BMG Music Presents Chapell is celebrating - having recently signed to Fieldhouse / BMG music. Debut album "The Redhead's Allegations" produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. Last NYC performance in 2016 prior to national tour with a huge iconic band (its still a secret) Come to Rockwood Music Hall on August 17 @8pm




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