Concert Photos

Morrissey at Kings Theatre (September 25, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016

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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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Courtney Barnett at Rough Trade NYC (June 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 15th 2016

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It was a great disappointment to find out that day 3 of Governors Ball was rained out this year, considering how great the lineup was that day. We were ready to catch sets from the likes of Kanye West, Prophets Of Rage, Eagles Of Death Metal, Whitney, FIDLAR, Bat For Lashes, Day Wave, Death Cab For Cutie, Two Door Cinema Club, and Chvrches, just to name a few. A few artists stuck around to try and make it up to fans, if they were able to find a venue that was able to put on a show under such short notice.
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Governors Ball 2016: Not a Total Washout

By Anthony Bauer, September 13th 2016 — with 1 comment

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When you’re a music festival organizer/promoter, you’re hoping & praying that the chosen weekend will zero chance of rain or severe weather. It’s a huge risk, and as we’ve seen in the past… it can literally go either way. This years Governors Ball Music Festival literally had its fair share of both good and bad weather, but that didn’t stop it from still being a memorable weekend at all.

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Day 1 and day 2 were chock full of outstanding performances, and the standouts for me were Black Pistol Fire, Christine and the Queens, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Beck, Block Party, The Strokes, Torres, Lord Huron, De La Soul, Miguel, Miike Snow, The Killers and M83. Were things started to get a little complicated was during Haim’s set on the main stage when the weather decided to finally turn from questionable to dreadful in literally a split second.

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Let me set the scene: I was standing in the crowd with my raincoat on as well as the rain fly already snapped around my camera bag. A guy standing near me tapped my shoulder and goes “hey man, why are you all decked out in rain gear, the weather is fine! You’re a big baby!” Not even 10 seconds later, the sky turned dark grey and decided to open up and let out a mighty downpour. As I stand there comfortable and 100% dry, I look over to the guy who tapped my shoulder earlier and realized he was gone as he was running sprinting for cover wherever he could find it.

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The rain didn’t let up one bit, and when it did… it was only for a brief moment. It continued into the 8pm – 9pm sets of Miike Snow & Purity Ring and didn’t let up or stop until about 10 minutes into The Killers/M83’s day closing sets. People were scrambling for cover anywhere – under trees, sponsor tents, the Silent Disco, the Bacardi House Stage Tent and even in port-a-pottys (yes, this really happened). Even though the rain let up, it left some not so desirable conditions all over the festival grounds but there was still hope that day 3 would be rain–free.

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Now, for those of you who did not attend this years GovBall or hear what happened, day 3 of the fest got cancelled due to the threat of very severe thunderstorms (w/severe lighting) looming within the tri–state area. This was very disappointing because for me, day 3 was the sleeper day of the festival that was full of amazing acts. Whitney (who has one of my favorite albums of the year) was in an early day kickoff slot, there was Bat For Lashes, Cold War Kids, Vince Staples, Eagles of Death Metal, Chvrches, Courtney Barnett, Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Two Door Cinema Club, Gary Clark Jr., Death Cab for Cutie and of course Kanye West. The day was LITERALLY full from beginning to end of non–stop greatness… and none of it would happen (at least on festival grounds).

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Courtney Barnett

With the announcement of the cancellation of day 3, everyones natural reaction was to jump right online and check venue schedules to see who was open and could take a day 3 performer on as a last minute show. Low and behold, several venues were wide open all day and could accommodate a number of the bands that were scheduled to play day 3. While several shows got booked throughout the city, I converged onto North 9th street in Williamsburg and hopped on line at Rough Trade as Courtney Barnett announced she would be playing a 100% FREE show (no festival wristband required).

Well, I’ll keep this short and sweet: even though she had a good timeslot at GovBall, het set at Rough Trade made up for day 3 and then some. For a free show, it was everything you could have imagined. She played literally everything you wanted her to play, she even threw in and mixed some covers!

For more photos, see below:

Day 1:

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Day 3 (Courtney Barnett at Rough Trade):

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All photos by Qbertplaya

Bat For Lashes new album The Bride (released via Parlophone/Warner Bros Records) was supposed to feature a bunch of early shows in churches, providing a unique environment for her emotive offerings. She was set to play at St. Ann and The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn on June 1, only during soundcheck that morning, a piece of the ceiling fell from the roof.
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On June 2 Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon (both of The Walkmen) played at the intimate Brooklyn venue Union Pool to a sold out attentive audience.

In 2015, the duo released their collaborative album Dear God which for a while was a vinyl only release that the duo actually hand-delivered to fans who purchased it online in their cars. The songs off of it is very reminiscent of the more subdued songs of The Walkmen, as well as Leithauser’s 2014 solo album Black Hours.
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MSTRKRFT at Webster Hall (September 10, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2016

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

It’s been a wait for the live return of Toronto electronic duo MSTRKRFT, featuring Jesse F. Keeler of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P formerly of Girlsareshort. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been seven whole years since they last played New York City.

They made their long-awaited return this Saturday night (September 10) for a sold out performance as a part of Webster Hall’s Gotham series, with the band playing in the middle of the floor as live acrobatics performed around the venue.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture the bands wild set, which starting late Saturday night and went on into the heart of Sunday morning. Find her shots posted below.
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Jim James at Cadillac House (June 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2016

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On June 1, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced on his social media channels that he’d be playing a free surprise show in the middle of New York City at 330 Hudson Street as a part of the grand opening for Cadillac’s Cadillac House. Along with a ceremony for the opening, James performed a mini set around 6pm that was packed to the brim, along with a wide set of confused passerby’s and cars (one bus driver was dancing along when he was stopped at a red light nearby).

His set included his solo offerings, as well as great covers of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.” Find his full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos.
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The Strokes at The Capitol Theatre (May 31, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2016

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On May 31 New York rock legends The Strokes made their live return with a intimate (for them) show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, that served as a warm-up for the much bigger performance at Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday night (just like they did in 2014, same date and all). As you can imagine, tickets for the show sold out in the matter of seconds, with those quick or lucky enough to grab a ticket were able to see the return of one of the last true larger than life rock bands that the music industry has left.
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