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All photos by Dana Pacifico

On Saturday night German folk-duo Milky Chance stopped by Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of their giant U.S. tour which includes two more upcoming sold out shows at Webster Hall this week (Tues, March 31 + Wed, April 1), and eventually a much less intimate Central Park SummerStage later this summer.

Dana Pacifico was in attendance on Saturday night for the hot-rising band’s set, and will actually be returning for a second dose tomorrow night. Enjoy the photos from Saturday night below, and stay tuned for more photos from their Webster Hall show later in the week.
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Diamond Rugs at Bowery Ballroom (March 27, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 30th 2015

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On Friday night indie-supergroup Diamond Rugs stopped in to Bowery Ballroom for a night of rock along with New Madrid and Justin Collins, who opened the show. The stop came as a part of their tour for new album Cosmetics, which was released in February via Sycamore Records/Thirty Tigers/RED.

Diamond Rugs flashes an impressive lineup featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick, Ian St. Pé formerly of Black Lips, T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Bryan Defresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Live, the group tore through a beer-soaked set of tunes from both Cosmetics and their 2011 debut album.

The crowd at Bowery Ballroom was a much older one than I usually see, all with a drunken energy that saw them singing along all the way, while the band rocked out earnestly. The refreshing thing about Diamond Rugs is that even with all the rock and roll talent up there, they played as a real band, not as a super group with various leading egos. It was good to see, and really makes a huge difference. The end of the set saw them joined by opening act Justin Collins (and producer of both their albums) who helped elevate the finale of the show even further.

If you’re looking for a good old fashioned rock and roll show, go find Diamond Rugs when they stop into a city near you. Good thing for you New Yorkers, they’re coming back on April 11 for a show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale for that show, which is bound to be a party.

Find more photos from their show posted below along with the setlist:

Diamond Rugs Setlist:

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You don’t see the sort of instant success that Canadian artist Tobias Jesso Jr. is currently experiencing all that often. What makes his quick rise among the ranks so amazing is how naturally it unfolded. He released a few songs last year, which got heavy praise from publications and blogs alike. He played Pitchfork Paris, and soon was playing late night TV with The Roots. For those knew to Jesso Jr. it probably seems like he came out of no where and is suddenly everywhere all at once.

Jesso Jr.’s songs are instantly contagious, memorable, and likable. The thing is, 6’7 tall Jesso Jr. is an extremely pleasant and likable presence, quick to tell a joke and always sporting a contagious smile. You can’t help but take a liking to Jesso Jr., it also helps that he’s releasing some great tunes along the way.

He just released his debut album Goon on True Panther Sounds, and it’s been one of the best reviewed albums of the year so far (rightfully so). This week he made his return to New York City for his first set of official New York City performances (we saw him play a show at a loft last November). On Thursday night he played Mercury Lounge, and last night he played Baby’s All Right, selling out both shows with relative ease.
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Villagers at Union Pool (March 25, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2015

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After only a few listens to Villagers’ new album Darling Arithmetic, I’m positive it’s going to end up as one of my favorite albums of the year. It’s not a surprise, as Irish native Conor O’Brien has given us nothing but great folk-records in his short, but impressive career. Darling Arithmetic will be released next month (April 13 via Domino Records), so O’Brien is in town to start the promotion of the new record, which included two shows in New York. The first came on Monday where he opened for Laura Marling at Warsaw. The second came on Wednesday night where he headlined the intimate Union Pool.

Union Pool was the perfect venue for a intimate performance from O’Brien, who was accompanied by only a harpist, who also played keys and added backing vocals. His new album is his most sparse and bare yet, which he wrote, recorded and produced at home. It resulted in some of his most personal and affecting recordings to date, which you can feel pouring out him with every lyric shared. New songs such as “Courage” and “Everything I Am” fit snugly alongside cuts from previous albums like show-opener “Nothing Arrived” and “Ship Of Promises.”

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The 2-song encore of “27 Strangers” and Darling Arithmetic was a gut-wrenching finale, with a good bit of humor involved for the former, when O’Brien realized that he unintentionally wrote in a sexual innuendo (“So I walked home / Just feeling nothing on my own / noticing that tree of yours / I’ve been watching it grow”). He paused in the middle of the “tree” line, laughed and explained: “Every time I sing it now, I realize it’s an euphemism for a penis. There goes that song…bye bye.” After both the crowd and he recovered from a shared laugh, he kicked back into gear and somehow managed to finish the song, with some help from the crowd during the sing-along bit of “oooohs.”

It was great to be able to see Villagers play in what felt like a one-on-one experience rather than a show. He’ll be back soon for a proper tour for the new record, and while I’m sure the shows will be great, I doubt they will be able to reciprocate the personal nature of his Union Pool performance from Wednesday night. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Brooklyn folk-artist Zachary Cale opened the show. I just saw him a few weeks ago when he opened for Kevin Morby at Baby’s All Right.

Find photos of the show posted below, along with Villagers setlist. Be sure to pre-order Darling Arithmetic, it’s fantastic.

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Villagers Setlist:

1. Nothing Arrived
2. Everything I Am
3. Dawning On Me
4. So Naive
5. My Lighthouse
6. Hot Scary Summer
7. The Soul Serene
8. Ship Of Promises
9. Memoir
10. Darling Arithmetic
11. Courage
12. The Waves
13. That Day

Encore:

14. 27 Strangers
15. No One To Blame

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Kate Tempest at Rough Trade NYC (March 25, 2015)

By Rachel Barrish, March 27th 2015

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All photos by Rachel Barrish

UK spoken word/rapper/poet extraordinaire, Kate Tempest joined us in Brooklyn Wednesday night at Rough Trade NYC. She walked on to stage looking completely nonchalant, like any other person you would see walking down the street and not take a second glance at. In fact, I saw her standing in the audience prior to her performance and didn’t realize at first that was her. Later she mhe made that fact known as she spoke out numbers from her 2014 debut album Everybody Down.
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Brandon Flowers at Webster Hall (March 24, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2015

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Earlier in the week The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers returned in a big way with new solo single “Can’t Deny My Love.” It marked a step into a world of big glossy 80s synth-pop, more aligned with The Killers’ Hot Fuss than his debut solo offering Flamingo. “Can’t Deny My Love” is on his new album The Desired Effect, which Island Records will release on May 18. On Tuesday night Flowers played an intimate show at Webster Hall to share some songs, both new and old.
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Laura Marling and Villagers at Warsaw (March 23, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Laura Marling has established herself as one of the best folk-rock artists that Britain has to offer. Her latest album, Short Movie (released yesterday via Ribbon Music) is a testament to that. It’s very much a Laura Marling record, but it takes a new, more rock and roll infused approach to bring its ideas of self-discovery to life. On Monday night she played to a sold out crowd at the always wonderful Brooklyn venue Warsaw, leading the way for a totally enchanting night of music.
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All photos by Ian Perlman

On March 15 Kindness took over Rough Trade NYC for a sold out show in support of his 2014 album Otherness (out via Mom + Pop Music). Kindness is the project of British singer Adam Bainbridge, who was backed by members of Blood Orange’s band. The show also featured support from rising rapper Pell as well as producer Obey City.

Ian Perlman was at the show and was able to take some great snaps of Kindness’ set. Find all the action posted below:
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San Cisco at Baby’s All Right (March 22, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2015

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On Sunday night Australian pop-rock group San Cisco brought the fun to Baby’s All Right in support of their new album Gracetown, out now via Fat Possum Records/Island City Records. The show was the first of a three night New York City, which included a show at Mercury Lounge yesterday, and a free all ages show at Rough Trade NYC tonight at 7. Support at the Baby’s show came from fellow Australian Cam Avery and NYC’s very own, The Prettiots.

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Even if you don’t know Cam Avery, you may recognize him. He’s a member of Tame Impala (he replaced Nick Allbrook), Pond, and has his own group, The Growl. His solo set was a mesmerizing performance of personal songs were folk-rock at heart, but performed with a rock and roll swagger. He captivated the already packed Baby’s All Right with a bold and confident set that made it clear that he has the talent to make it on his own as a solo artist, when he’s not rocking out with his many other projects. The crowd ate up his performance and bonded with him from start to finish. It’s a rare thing to see an opener do, but then again, Mr. Avery nearly stole the whole damn show.

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Female trio The Prettiots made their return from New York City but still powered through a fun set that fit more along-side San Cisco’s vibe that Avery’s did. The girls leaned towards an indie-rock sound with plenty of witty, tongue-in cheek lyricism from singer Kay Kasparhauser. Such an example is the group’s most memorable offering, the undeniable catchy “Boys I Dated in High School,” a song about all the boys Kasparhauser has been romantically involved with. Bassist Lulu Prat and drummer Rachel Trachtenburg keep the rhythm section intact, while Kasparhauser holds down the ukulele, an unusual sight which adds to their playful approach.

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San Cisco’s set at Baby’s on Sunday marked my first time seeing a proper show from the Aussie’s, although I caught them briefly at Lollapalooza in 2013. That was a bit less intimate then their showing at Baby’s, which was nearly half-full only 20 minutes after doors, packed with young fans of all ages, as the show was 16+. They too just returned from SXSW, and were noticeably without their normal bassist, Nick Gardner. Unfortunately, Gardner shot himself in the foot (literally) and was unable to join them on their current run of U.S. dates. A more than capable replacement bassist by the name of Jen Aslett filled in for him, and actually fit in quite well to the group. If you hadn’t known otherwise, I would have thought that she was an original member of the band.

San Cisco’s best moments are where they’re able to find a pop-hook and combine it with an youthful, energetic rock riff and just run rampant with it. That’s what the best songs from their 2012 debut album did (those being “Awkard” and “Fred Astaire”). The formula is still at work with the album’s catchy first single “Too Much Time Together,” which was as delightful live as I would have hoped. Frontman and lead singer Jordi Davieson’s vocals have a clearness to them that really does call to mind Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, if not a bit more shiny around the edges.

The group’s brisk 45-minute set closed with a solo performance of “Skool” by Davieson, and a playful finish of “Fred Astaire” that sent the crowd home happy, screaming for more. The group seem to have a dedicated young fanbase, always a sign that lots of success is on the way.

San Cisco Setlist:

1. Nepal
2. Golden Revolver
3. About You
4. Bitter Winter
5. Awkward
6. Too Much time Together
7. No Friends
8. Beach
9. Snow
10. Run

Encore:

11. Skool
12. Fred Astaire

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