Concert Reviews

Sales at Baby’s All Right (April 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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All photos by Rachel Barrish

Baby’s All Right always offers the best and brightest live music in not only Brooklyn, but New York in general. Need proof? Look at the lineup that Baby’s had the night of April 30, featuring a headlining performance from Orlando, Florida duo Sales, who celebrated the release of their self-titled debut album which they self released this past April. The show also featured opening sets from rising Philadelphia act Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zaune of Little Big League) and Brooklyn’s Leapling.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was at the show and got some photos of all three bands, all of which are posted below.
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Santigold at Hammerstein Ballroom (April 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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On April 30 the always delightful Santigold made her awaited return to New York for a performance at Hammerstein Ballroom. The show was a part of her We Buy Gold Tour, in support of ther new album 99¢, which was released earlier this year via Atlantic Records.

With her trademark dancers by her side, Santigold led them through colorful dance routines and costume changes of various sorts that changed for each portion of the set. We got a bit of the old, a bit of the new, but it was all a colorful and entertaining spectacle that had all of Hammerstein Ballroom dancing and singing alone with her.

Find photos from her performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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Laura Stevenson @ Shea Stadium (April 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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All photos by Joe Saturday

Brooklyn native Laura Stevenson didn’t have to stray too far for her show at hometown venue Shea Stadium on April 29. The show was continued support for her well received 2015 album Cocksure (which Don Giovanni Records released). Support came from fellow New Yorkers Crying and Florida-native Chris Farren

Our photographer Joe Satuday was on hand to capture all the action. Find his photos of all three acts posted below, along with Laura Stevenson’s setlist.
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Mothers at Baby’s All Right (April 28, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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All photos by Rachel Barrish

Mothers are the sort of band who thrive in the live setting. Their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired (which was released earlier this year via Grand Jury Music) makes an impact, but it’s a more delicate, hushed tone that what you get from their live performance, which has much more bite.

We saw them earlier in the year at Berlin, as well as CMJ last year. They stopped back in New York on April 28, for a sold out performance at Baby’s All Right. Our photographer Rachel Barrish was there to capture all the action. Find her photos of Mothers performance that night posted below, along with openers Palm and Vundabar.
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The Thermals at Market Hotel (April 28, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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After catching The Thermals a few days earlier at Bowery Ballroom, the Portland-trio returned for a show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Being a slightly smaller venue only added to the craziness of the enthusiastic Brooklyn crowd who were moshing and singing along to every word that Hutch Harris shouting at them throughout the night. The songs off The Body, the Blood, the Machine sounded even more urgent and athematic than they did at Bowery, making this the clear winner out of the two shows. I ended up speaking to Harris after the show, and he said it was the best Brooklyn crowd that they’d ever played to. Enough said.

Find some shots of their performance below, along with Summer Cannibals and Amanda X, who opened the show.
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White Denim at Bowery Ballroom (April 26, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2016

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We’ve entered a new age of White Denim. The only founding members of the Austin, Texas band left are James Petralli and Steve Terebecki. Former members Joshua Block and Austin Jenkins helped produce Leon Bridges’ debut album and have left to continue to work with him and pursue other projects on the production side of things (such as Nicole Atkins new album). The show must go on, and White Denim now includes guitarist Jonathan Horne, drummer Jeff Olsen and multi-instrumentalist Mike St. Clair. They wasted no time re-introducing themselves, releasing their new album Stiff via Downtown Records this March.
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Operators at Baby’s All Right (April 21, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, August 30th 2016

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On an absolutely gorgeous Thursday night in April, Dan Boeckner and his band Operators rolled through Brooklyn to play one of the best venues the city has got to offer, Baby’s All Right, delivering one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. Opening up and kicking the night off was the synth–pop duo Bogan Via.

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This was my first time catching the Bogan Via, the duo consisting of Madeleine Miller & Bret Bender that hail all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. They’ve opened up their set with an instrumental jam of piano driven synth–pop goodness and then dove right into the rest of their set and kept the crowd moving & grooving. Both Miller and Bender sing and take turns alternating vocals from song to song with the occasional harmony seamlessly mixed in. One easy comparison is that they sound very much like Beach House, while not directly sounding like them (if that makes any sense – maybe heavily influenced is a better term). They played their entire set masked in projections with some fun graphics which brought another element to their set that I wasn’t expecting. I’m excited to see what else they’ll be cooking up in the future, as it’s going to be good.
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