Concert Photos

1_Sunflower Bean_Bowery Ballroom

If you’ve been paying attention to the live music scene in New York for the past two years, then chances are very high that you’ve come across young local trio Sunflower Bean. The rock group has made quite the name for themselves here based on a hard work ethic, and of course, a great set of tunes.

They started 2016 off right with the release of their strong debut album Human Ceremony, released via Fat Possum Records. They came back home on February 25 to celebrate the release of the album, with a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, along with fellow New York groups Honduras and Future Punx.

It was a great night of rock and roll that also acted as a showcase for the future of the local scene. With bands like Sunflower Bean rising up the ranks, things are going to be alright.

Find photos of all three acts posted below.
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1_Animal Collective_Irving Plaza

It’s hard to believe that this year’s Painting With is Animal Collective’s tenth studio album. The record is a solid return to form after the somewhat lacking Centipede HZ.

The band which is back to the trio of Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist, returned to New York to share tracks from the Domino Records released album, as well as the typically off-beat selections throughout their eccentric career. Sure we got “Daily Routine,” and “FloriDada,” but there were also cuts such as “Alvin Row” and “Loch Raven.” Animal Collective always play what they want, and not the hits, which at the very least always makes for a well delivered performance.

Find some photos from their set posted below, and go grab a download of NYC Taper’s typically great recording of the entire show right here.
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1_Julia Holter_Bowery Ballroom

Last fall Los Angeles’ Julia Holter released her breathtaking fourth album Have You in My Wilderness (released via Domino Records). It was as gorgeous of an effort as she’s ever released, landing high on many best of 2015 year end list, including our own.

She returned to New York earlier this year on February 23 for a stunning performance at Bowery Ballroom that perfectly captured all the passion and otherworldliness of her music. It was true escape from real life for a solid 90 minutes of pure bliss. Not to mention a lovely opening performance from from harpist Mary Lttimore

Find photos of both artists performances that night posted below.
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1_Unknown Mortal Orchestra_Irving Plaza

On February 19, New Zealand rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra returned to New York for a sold out performance at Irving Plaza.

The show came in support of their typically terrific new album Multi-Love, released via Jagjaguwar. The bands funk-inspired rock jams sounded larger than ever before. Somehow frontman Ruban Nielson and the rest of the expanding live lineup continue to get tighter and find new ways to impress.

Find photos of their performance posted below, along with Lower Dens, who opened the show with an abbreviated lineup featuring just frontwoman Jana Hunter and drummer Nate Nelson.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Ritzy 1

Plain and simple, The Joy Formidable are one of the best live bands out there right now. Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies and Matt Thomas have honed and perfected their blistering live set over the years into something that anyone can enjoy. There’s so much ferocity, intensity and fun that their band name really comes to life. They make joy look incredibly formidable, but in an inviting and engaging way. Read the rest of this entry »

Caesar 1

One of my perks of covering so much live music is introducing people to new bands and fantastic performers. That’s what happened on March 31 at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room. I’ve known how amazing local groups Great Caesar and Parlour Tricks are for a couple years now, but seeing someone else experience them for the first time (or the first time live) is always extremely gratifying. This particular show was an exceptional showcase for both bands, as well as supporting acts Flint Eastwood and Danielle Grubbs (who I unfortunately missed but did catch when she joined Great Caesar for their rousing finale). Read the rest of this entry »

Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl (June 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

You know when Diarrhea Planet come rolling into town, you best find a ticket. The Nashville rockers always deliver some of the craziest live shows that you’ll find anywhere (right alongside Ty, Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard).

They just released their brand new album Turn To Gold via Infinity Cat Recordings/Dine Alone Records, and played a big time late night TV performance on Seth Myers. After taping that, they went over to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of sweat, rock and roll, and destruction.

Find some photographs from their performance at Brooklyn Bowl below via our photographer Andrew St. Clair
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