Concert Reviews

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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Jenny Hval at National Sawdust (December 19, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

All photos by P Squared

Norwegian singer Jenny Hval returned for a performance in Brooklyn at National Sawdust on December 19. The tour is still in support of her well-received 2016 album Blood Bitch, which was released via Sacred Bones Records.

The stop came following her performance at the Day For Night Festival in Houston and featured some interesting use of technology and visuals to create something visually interactive.

Our photographer P Squared was there to capture photos from the performance, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.
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Yo La Tengo at Bowery Ballroom (December 16, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

2017 saw Yo La Tengo bring back their Hanukkah shows for the first time in five years. Following the closure of their usual location at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, the shows took place at Bowery Ballroom for their usual eight night run, with all proceeds donated to charity.

While we just saw them over the summer when they played a free show at Central Park Summerstage, I was eager to catch one of the shows as I had never gotten the chance to see one of the Hoboken shows as they were no longer around by the time I really started going to shows as insanely actively as I do now.
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Superorganism at House Of Yes (December 12, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

Much earlier this year, a mysterious band named Superorgansim sent us a track called “Something For Your M.I.N.D,” which went on to be something of a music blog sensation and slowly trickled out to become a minor hit on the internet. Strangely enough, the track went missing one day and all uploads were then deleted. Was it a ploy to garner more interest in the already very mysterious group?

Slowly but surely as the months have gone on since then, we have not only gotten a few new songs from the group, but found out that they’re a collective who met on music forums online and eventually came together to create music, even though some members were across the globe. These days some of them are holed up together in a four-bedroom house in London, while other members such as teenage singer Orono were located in Maine as they sent each other recordings that would eventually become songs.
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Perfume Genius at Bowery Ballroom (December 11, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

With No Shape, Perfume Genius has released not only one of the best albums of the year, but possibly the strongest album from Mike Hadreas already-great discography.

We caught his performance at Brooklyn Steel back in May and this December he returned back to New York for a series of intimate performances at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. We caught night two of his run at Bowery Ballroom on December 11, featuring a lovely opening set from DM Stith.
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Beck at Spring Studios (December 9, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2017

This year saw Beck release his new album Colors vis Capitol Records. His tour didn’t come around this year for a proper New York show of his own, but on December 9 Beck played a special intimate show at Spring Studios for members of Hilton Honors program.

Prior to the show, guests were invited to enjoy an open bar as well as h’orderves and other snacks before Beck took the stage. Although Spring Studios is a decent sized room, it was modestly packed and still, getting to see Beck in a place like this was a treat.
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