Concert Photos

Just a few weeks after playing at The Meadows Festival, Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Brooklyn Steel. They were supported by fellow Canadians The Belle Game who got the show started with a lovely set of their passionate electronic rock.

The Belle Game joined Broken Social Scene for a few tracks where extra female vocals were needed, such as the set highlight that always is “Anthems for A Seventeen Year-Old Girl.” Broken Social Scene’s main focus was the new efforts from their new album Hug of Thunder (released via Arts & Crafts) but they also gave us a healthy dose of older favorites such as “7/4 (Shoreline),” “Almost Crimes,” and “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day).”

Find their full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of both The Belle Game and Broken Social Scene.

The Belle Game:

Broken Social Scene:

Broken Social Scene Setlist:

1. KC Accidental
2. 7/4 (Shoreline)
3. Halfway Home
4. Protest Song
5. Fire Eye’d Boy
6. Texico Bitches
7. Stars and Sons
8. World Sick
9. Stay Happy
10. Hug of Thunder
11. Sweetest Kill
12. Skyline
13. Almost Crimes
14. Major Label Debut (Fast)
15. It’s All Gonna Break

Encore:

16. Lover’s Spit
17. Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
18. Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)

Jay Som at Bowery Ballroom (September 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2017

All photos by Joe Saturday

Jay Som has gone up the ranks in the live New York circuit in support of her debut album Everybody Works (released via Polyvinyl Records) starting out at Baby’s All Right in March and working up to Rough Trade NYC in June. This September she made the jump to play a headliner show at Bowery Ballroom, along with support from Stef Chura and Soccer Mommy.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was at the show and captured shots of all three acts doing their thing. Find all of his photos posted in the gallery below.
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On August 26 I made my first ever trip out to the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York for a great night of classic rock consisting of both Alice Cooper and Deep Purple.

It was also my first time seeing either of these legendary rock artists perform live and what a combination it was. Although Alice Cooper went on first, this was really his show to steal and that he did. His set was totally lived in the old school style of metal theatrics included pyro, fire, a giant frankenstein creature running around the stage and Cooper’s famous beheading. Getting to hear hits like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “School’s Out” was totally fulfilling and a total blast.

It’s a tough act to follow, but Deep Purple were plenty up to the task. While their set was no where near as flashy or theatrical, they let their musicianship and songs do all their talking. It was great to see the interplay between the band as they ripped through tracks such as “Space Truckin’,” and of course, “Smoke On The Water.”

Find the setlists and photo galleries for both Alice Cooper and Deep Purple posted below.
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Photos: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

(Breanna Barbara)

This year saw the Emerging Music Festival return to Bryant Park for it’s second year. The festival serves to showcase some of the best young talent for two days of free music in the city.

Day one was cancelled due to rain but we made it out to day two on August 19 and caught sets from talented artists such as Breanna Barbara, Super Yamba Band, Cassandra Jenkins, RIPS, Space Captain and Maybird.

Find a gallery of photos from the festival posted below.
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Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2017

After a great day one and day two in Queens at the 2nd edition of The Meadows Festival, we returned Sunday for the third and final day of the festival.

This day was the rock heavy day of the festival, right in our wheelhouse. Kicking off the day for us was a set from CRX, the side project of Nick Valensi of The Strokes. We got a little bit of soul up next with a rather triumphant performance from St. Paul and The Broken Bones, which featured an unexpected cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

(Broken Social Scene)

Next was a set from Foster The People, whose rather stiff set was a large departure from the days of their solo debut, which was the last time I had seen them perform live. A much more natural and life affirming performance came after from Broken Social Scene, which featured appearances from collaborators Emily Haines of Metric and Amy Millan of Stars.
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As The Cribs, English brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman have shown longevity and consistency that not many of their contemporaries in the early 2000s NME buzz area have shown. While most bands have faded into obscurity or just given up altogether, The Cribs have found a new lease of life, still maintaining their core sound, while also incorporating new styles of rock to keep things fresh and exciting. They dig into a 90s grunge and garage rock sound on their latest album 24-7 Rock Star Shit, released this year via Sonic Blew.

They’ve returned to us stateside for a tour in support of the new album, which included a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21, along with Scottish openers PAWS. Minutes into set opener “Our Bovine Public,” the young crowd lost its mind and the front section of the floor became a place for bodies to fly and crash into one another. The crowd kept this up for nearly the entirety of the bands set and were so wild that even Ryan Jarman took part in some crowd surfing.
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Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2017 — with 1 comment

With summer making the inevitable transition to fall, we celebrated the final days of summer 2017 with one final music festival, The Meadows. This was our first year at the festival, which takes place in the parking lot outside of Citi Field in Queens. Think of it as Governors Ball in the fall, located in a parking lot in Queens. Logistically the festival features a convenient set-up that has the stages placed spread out in a circular format to help prevent any sound-bleeding. This format worked like a charm and actually made getting around quite easy.

We started the day with a comeback performance from Sky Ferreira who ran through material from her 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time, as well as a few new songs, including “Easy,” a song featured on the soundtrack for Baby Driver one of my favorite films of 2017. Following her set we caught some more pop in the form on Tegan and Sara, who delighted with a high-energy set of their brand of sugary pop.


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John Maus at Baby’s All Right (August 18, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2017

John Maus has been out of the picture for nearly all of this decade, with his last album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves released all the way back in 2011.

He’s set to release his comeback album Screen Memories on October 27 via Ribbon Music and has been playing a small set of intimate dates to share some of the new songs and get his feet wet again performing some older material.
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