Concert Photos

Bahamas at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2015

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Congrats Bahamas, you’re the first act I ever saw at Newport Folk Festival (for whatever thats worth). The group is the project led by Toronto native Afie Jurvanen, who delighted the crowd with offerings from his new album Bahamas Is Afie, which he released last year via Brushfire Records.

His take on folk-rock was a pitch perfect fit for the laid back, stripped down nature of the festival, playing a low stage that featured a seating area with folding chars in front of the stage. As a result, all the photographers in the photo pit shot their set from their knees, or sitting down. This was a first for me, but it’s the approach of Newport not to disturb fans enjoying the music, something we can all certainly get behind.

This was my first time seeing Bahamas live, and I enjoyed what I was able to catch from the set. Hopefully I’ll catch a full set from him back here in New York sooner than later.

Find some more photos from his performance posted below.
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Words and photos by Anthony Bauer

On a summers night back in late July, we had the pleasure of being on hand for the Moon King and Mr. Twin Sister’s show at the Bowery Ballroom, and boy was it a good one.

Kicking things off were Toronto’s own Moon King, who were out in support of their dazzling new album, Secret Life that came out this past April. They wasted no time raising the energy level up inside the Bowery, and by the middle of their set, the place started really filling out giving Moon King a surge in energy (even though they didn’t need it – they were on another level). Guitarist Maddy Wilde powered through songs with ease, and showed no signs of slowing down the entire night. Lead singer Daniel Benjamin jumped around the stage from side to side, lunged into the crowd and was really feeding off the energy of everybody in the room. Their songs command your attention live, and with the energy they brought to the songs, you really couldn’t ask for anything more (well… maybe a few more songs, but we’ll have to wait till they’re back in NYC).

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Chvrches at Music Hall of Williamsburg (July 23, 2015)

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2015


On July 21 Glasgow synth-pop trio Chvrches made their live return to New York City for a last minute intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show was announced along with their new album Every Open Eye, which will finally be released this Friday, September 25, via Glassnote Records.


The night featured an opening set from fellow Glassnote artist Baio, better known as Vampire Weekend’s very own Chris Baio. Read the rest of this entry »

Courtney Barnett at Terminal 5 (July 22, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, September 21st 2015


Words and photos by Anthony Bauer

July 22nd marked the return of Courtney Barnett back to New York City, just a few short months after her completely sold out three night run at the Bowery Ballrom this past May. It was her biggest New York gig to date (that is, until she opens for Blur at the slightly larger MSG later this year). Along for the ride and kicking things off were Torres and Speedy Ortiz, which truly made this show a an absolute triple threat from start to finish.

To say there wasn’t any anticipation leading into the show would be a complete lie, as this show was on everybody’s radar for months now. Opening and and setting the tone for the night was New York’s own Torres, who is hot on the heels of her latest release Sprinter, that came out this past May. I had no doubts that her sound would fill out T5, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did. Although Torres’ set seemed to be on the shorter side, we’re excited knowing that she’ll be back playing in the New York City this fall as an opener at The Kings Theater in October.
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Todd Terje and The Olsens at Terminal 5 (July 21, 2015)

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2015

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Back in late July Norwegian producer and songwriter Todd Terje returned to New York for a big time performance at Terminal 5. He was backed up by The Olsens, who served as his backing band, along with Lars Horntveth, Martin Windstad, and Todd’s brother Olaf.

Find some photos of their Terminal 5 takeover posted below, all taken by our photographer Dana Pacifico, who was on hand to capture all the glorious action.
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In late July Interpol and Cosmicide came together for a sold out performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn. The evening was their final New York City performance of the victory lap portion of their tour for last year’s El Pintor.

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Opening the show was Cosmicide, the band of Brandon Curtis, formerly of the group Secret Machines, as well as a live member of Interpol. This was their first live performance, although you wouldn’t have known it based on how tight sounded diving into their hypnotic brand of synth-rock. Their set easily kept the attention of the capacity crowd at hand.

At the moment, Cosmicide only have a few songs available to stream on their soundcloud, but the promise is there. Here’s to hoping that we get an albums worth of material sometime next year.

Getting to see Interpol perform live is always a good time, but it becomes that much more of a treat being a hometown show in New York. The band always bring it live, but they bring it just that much more for the hometown crowd. They will always give New York a memorable set, usually with an expected, but still appreciated, double encore.
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U2 at Madison Square Garden (July 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2015

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One of my earliest concert memories as a teenager was going to see U2 with my mom in 2005, during the Vertigo tour. At the time, the prospect of seeing one of the biggest bands on earth at Madison Square Garden was beyond comprehension. Back then going to a show was a rare treat, something I definitely am spoiled with now. But I remember being completely left in awe, admiring the band for being able to recreate their sound in such a large space, so damn well.

Here we are a decade later, and U2 are still kicking. Sure, their newest output hasn’t been their best, and they certainly screwed up with the handling of having their new album, Songs of Innocence, automatically placed on millions of apple accounts across the globe. In 2015, it’s certainly not cool to like U2, and it’s even easier to hate on them. But at the end of the day, this is one of the all time great bands, with a deep catalog rivaled by very few bands. The fact that they sold out eight nights at Madison Square Garden speaks for itself.

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Back in July I saw night two of the eight night run, and it was everything I hoped it would be, and then some. Not only do U2 still sound as powerful and essential as ever before, but their new stage setup was an added bonus. There was no bad seat in the house, as the band went from regular stage to a catwalk stage at the opposite end of the garden whenever the show called for it. And if that wasn’t enough, Bono spent some time elevated above the regular stage, actually going inside the display screen that hung across the venue, making full use of the technology that allowed him to literally become immersed in the images that hung above them as they played.

The 25-song setlist saw old rarities like “Gloria” and “October” played, alongside more familiar favorites like “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Mysterious Ways” and “City Of Blinding Lights.” New material from Songs of Innocence weren’t particular highlights, but they made full use of the arena show at hand to keep fans entertained (although many used the new songs as a chance to run to the bathroom). One particular highlight was that they brought up a fan (Diana from Brooklyn) to stick around on stage during “Mysterious Ways” and then she even helped record them on stage for a live stream during their performance of “Volcano.” For a band who has been doing this for 35 years, it’s impressive to see them find new ways to keep their live show modern and fresh.

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I was surprised that they didn’t end up playing fan favorite “One,” but considering the 4-song encore of “Beautiful Day,” “Bad,” “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” there was simply nothing to complain about. It was an unforgettable night, and a reminder that U2 are still putting on one of the best live shows you’ll see.

Find the setlist and some (iphone) photos posted below.
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Recap: Eaux Claires 2015, Day 2

By Collin Quinlivan, September 2nd 2015

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Bon Iver

I got to the woods earlier in order to peruse the wares and marvels of Eaux Claries’ food and shops. Almost all of the offerings were from local proprietors, including the beer. There were a wealth of options to choose from, favoring any palate. A number of art installations scattered about the grounds drew in curious patrons in between sets. I was really stunned at how beautiful the location was, set amongst the forest and against the banks of the Chippewa. And thankfully, the rain held off and the day ended up being perfect.

One thing I was very enthused with was the demographics of the attendees. Music festivals tend to be populated with (post) college-aged people, but I saw many different ages meandering around, both young and old. A dedicated area for children under a shaded tent was provided, along with performances by Grandma Sparrow to entertain them. Well, that’s what was intended, but it seemed like a lot of twenty-somethings stopped to watch the bizarre, yet catchy show. Everyone I met was extremely friendly, varying from locals, to Minnesotans, to people from far far away. A favorite moment was overhearing a couple ripping on Terminal 5, and instantly befriending them (No hard feelings).

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Elliot Moss

I first headed to the Dells to watch Elliot Moss, another New York native, who absolutely killed his set. He only has a freshman album out, but everyone in the audience knew all the lyrics and were treated to a soulful show. I then headed back down the hill to catch Haley Bonar’s set, which suffered from some technical difficulties at the start, but came out to end strongly. I had heard from a local that Phox was a must-see, so I made it my next show. The band originates from Wisconsin, and actually recorded their first album at Justin Vernon’s home studio in Eau Claire. In addition to playing a set, their short film ‘Amor Fati’ premiered in an artful projection–a hybrid documentary and fictional narrative about the band’s beginnings. I have to say, I was very impressed with their show. They probably should have been booked on one of the larger stages at the festival. Afterwards, I stayed put to see Sylvan Esso, another crowd favorite. While their setup is fairly minimalistic, Amealia Meath’s sick dance moves had the audience on their toes.
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Recap: Eaux Claires 2015, Day 1

By Collin Quinlivan, September 1st 2015


Exit the suburbs of New York, and enter the long, straight roads banked by endless fields of crops and forests. Not a few hundred miles from my destination, I already saw hints of festival-goers on the road and at rest stops. Cars packed with people and things, “Eaux Yeah!” painted on the rearview window. We were all descending upon the little city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Eaux Claires is the brainchild of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, an Eau Claire native himself, and Aaron Dessner of The National. Being the inaugural year of the festival, expectations were tall and wide. We were not disappointed.

Many festivals today have become so large that they’ve lost sight of what the experience should be about. Maybe it’s selling out, maybe it’s an inevitability of the medium. So many things try to promote authenticity, but end up merely emulating it. Eaux Claires didn’t have this problem. The very foundation of the festival was about collaboration, with multiple artists bring other artists onto the stage to perform with them. I’ve been to other, larger events where the sets have become carbon copies and non-engaging. No, this was as refreshing as the clear waters of the Chippewa River.

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I started off my day with The Lone Bellow, the alt-country/indie folk band from Brooklyn. It was sort of impromptu, but I was very impressed with their set. I then caught Sturgill Simpson before camping out at the Lake Eaux Lune stage for The Staves, Spoon, and finally The National. This was pretty much the universal idea in the crowd. Once again, The National put on a powerful, raw show that had the audience traveling through a range of emotions. During ‘I Need My Girl’, a very quiet moment in the set, I noticed a nearby man turn around and drop to one knee in front of his girlfriend. I’ve seen a lot of things in festival crowds, but never a marriage proposal…it was a perfect moment. Continuing with the theme of collaboration, Matt Berninger brought out multiple artists throughout the set: Sufjan Stevens, Justin Vernon, members of The Staves to name a few. I’m not sure how much planning went into this, but it worked out beautifully. Afterwards, I walked through the woods to the Dells stage, hoping to catch Boys Noize, but found it so packed that I abandoned the idea.

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I left the grounds feeling completely satisfied with the first day, and praying that the following day’s rain would hold off.

Find some photos of the performances below, as well as shots throughout the festival grounds.







The Lone Bellow:

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Sturgill Simpson:

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The National:

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Reptar at Rough Trade NYC (July 17, 2015)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2015

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On July 17 Athens, Georgia rockers Reptar played a late night set at Rough Trade NYC, showing off some of the material from their most recent release, Lurid Glow, which was released earlier this year via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Their unique and energetic blend of weirdo rock was a unstoppable ball of energy live. Their sound was raised to another level live thanks to a horn section that played by their side, which sometimes included members of Rubblebucket, who occasionally joined to add on to the already stacked arsenal. It was a delightfully fun set that was perfectly appropriate to let out past midnight.

Find some photos from their performance posted below.
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