Concert Photos

With the opening of the highly anticipated new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel, the venue has locked in an impressive lineup of shows that have put them on the map in a big way. One of the first batch of shows for the venue – which holds about 1,800 people – features three sold out performances from The Decemberists, as a part of their “The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök” tour, which included Julien Baker as the opening act. We were in attendance for night two of the run on April 18.
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On an absolutely gorgeous Easter Sunday night, California’s own Chaz Bundick and The Mattson 2 rolled through New York City for a sold out show at the one and only Bowery Ballroom. The band is touring in support of their absolutely stellar new collaborative album, Star Stuff which came out in late March via Company Records. Along for the ride and kicking things off for the night was fellow Company Records label mate and fellow Californian, Madeline Kenney.

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Sondre Lerche at Bowery Ballroom (April 15, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2017

I don’t know how I made it all the way to 2017 without ever seeing Sondre Lerche perform live. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as I’ve always tried to find a way to see him perform, but it just never quite worked out. Well that finally changed this Saturday, April 15, when Sondre Lerche brought his tour to New York, where the Norwegian singer now resides (in Brooklyn to be exact).

The show came in support of his new album Pleasure, which he released earlier in March via PLZ. In fact, the show (and US portion of the tour) almost didn’t happen after Sondre’s keyboardist and bassist were denied entry to the country due to visa issues (this will sadly be a trend over the next four years). But Lerche’s drummer David Heilman quickly found two great musicians in Jordan Brooks and Alan Markley to fill in for them with only a few days notice. It was only the third show for this version of the band, but if Lerche hadn’t told us, you wouldn’t had been any the wiser.
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Francis Lung at Alphaville (April 14, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2017

Chances are you’ll best recognize Tom McClung as bassist of the now defunct British band Wu Lyf. Since their unceremonious split, all of its members have moved onto new musical endeavors, with McClung now making music by himself under the moniker Francis Lung.

Over the year’s he’s released two EPs, Vol I (Faeher’s Son) and Vol II (Mother’s Son), (both of which you can stream on his bandcamp page) and slowly but surely has built up a solid reputation as an artist on his own.
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Said The Whale at Mercury Lounge (April 12, 2017)

By Ross Bernhardt, April 18th 2017

Vancouver indie rock outfit Said The Whale invaded Mercury Lounge on March 12 in support of their fifth full-length album, As Long as Your Eyes Are Wide (released via Hidden Pony Records). The group stated at the start of the show that since they were putting out a new record, they were going to play pretty much everything on it. “That’s what you do when you tour a record,” Ben Worcester said.

With a set list that eclipsed 17 songs, they did just that. But at the pace the group was rolling through the songs, there was a bit of a punk feel to the show, which Tyler Bancroft couldn’t help but note the comparison. There was nothing punk about the music, though. The songs off the new album have an indie pop shimmer, and there was a palpable energy in the crowd when they went through all the tracks. A fervent group of fans showed up in the middle of the week for the late show, and their songs had everyone in the crowd dancing.
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All photos by Joe Saturday

English pop-singer Charli XCX returned earlier this year with a new mixtape entitled Number 1 Angel, which was released on March 10 via Asylum Records. This came ahead of the eventual release of her third album, which is still reported to be released sometime this year.

This Wednesday she brought her big-time live show to Le Poisson Rouge, for a very sold out intimate experience with her fans. The show featured support from Cupcakke and Brooke Candy.
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All Photos by Bryan Lasky

Wild Adriatic, the three-piece rock and soul outfit out of Saratoga Springs, brought their high-energy show to Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 11, for their debut performance at Baby’s All Right.

The band’s new album Feel was released in February and a majority of the show came from it. The new songs are kept tight by the attack of Mateo Vosganian on drums and Rich Derbyshire on bass, while Travis Gray’s vocals and guitar frantically work about them. They are touring throughout the year, so you can expect more New York City dates before the year is up.
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Maggie Rogers at Bowery Ballroom (April 11, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2017

Maggie Rogers was just a student at NYU last year when her entire life changed in an instant. As a student at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, she became a viral sensation overnight after Pharell Williams surprised the class, critiquing the songs that the students brought that day. He offered honest critiques to all the students, but when Rogers came up and played him a song called “Alaska,” Pharrell was caught off guard, immediately impressed, offering no notes, just left there in awe. He was spot on, as the song became a legit hit and got her a record deal with Capitol Records.

Since then, Rogers has become a rising pop star, going on to release Now That The Light Is Fading, her first big-time EP on Captiol, which she has been touring hard in support of since the second week of January. Last night she brought it all back to where it all started in New York, playing to a sold out Bowery Ballroom, which sold out in mere hours, just like Music Hall of Williamsburg, which she plays tonight.
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All photos by Jayson Yee

Cold War Kids, one of the only real survivors of the blog-buzz era, are still going strong and steady. Last Friday, the Long Beach, California, group released their sixth album, L.A. Divine, via Capitol Records.

They celebrated the release of the new album here in New York with a special intimate in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC for fans who purchased the album from the store. They performed a seven-song set that included a few songs from the new record, a few older cuts like “Something Is Not Right With Me,” as well as a cover of Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain.”

Our photographer Jayson Yee was at the show and captured some shots of the bands performance. Find the photos posted below, along with the setlist.

Cold War Kids Setlist:

1. Love Is Mystical
2. Miracle Mile
3. Can We Hang On
4. So Tied Up
5. First
6. Love on the Brain (Rihanna Cover)
7. Something Is Not Right With Me

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