Concert Reviews

Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Plain and simple, The Joy Formidable are one of the best live bands out there right now. Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies and Matt Thomas have honed and perfected their blistering live set over the years into something that anyone can enjoy. There’s so much ferocity, intensity and fun that their band name really comes to life. They make joy look incredibly formidable, but in an inviting and engaging way. Read the rest of this entry »

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One of my perks of covering so much live music is introducing people to new bands and fantastic performers. That’s what happened on March 31 at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room. I’ve known how amazing local groups Great Caesar and Parlour Tricks are for a couple years now, but seeing someone else experience them for the first time (or the first time live) is always extremely gratifying. This particular show was an exceptional showcase for both bands, as well as supporting acts Flint Eastwood and Danielle Grubbs (who I unfortunately missed but did catch when she joined Great Caesar for their rousing finale). Read the rest of this entry »

Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl (June 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

You know when Diarrhea Planet come rolling into town, you best find a ticket. The Nashville rockers always deliver some of the craziest live shows that you’ll find anywhere (right alongside Ty, Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard).

They just released their brand new album Turn To Gold via Infinity Cat Recordings/Dine Alone Records, and played a big time late night TV performance on Seth Myers. After taping that, they went over to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of sweat, rock and roll, and destruction.

Find some photographs from their performance at Brooklyn Bowl below via our photographer Andrew St. Clair
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We Are Scientists at Irving Plaza (May 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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On May 11 hometown boys We Are Scientists played a special show at Irving Plaza that served two purposes. Firstly, it was in support of their newly released album Helter Seltzer (via 100% Records). Secondly, it served to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their breakthrough record With Love and Squalor. To celebrate this, the first set from the band (Keith Murray and Chris Cain) featured the groups previous drummer Michael Tapper to resume his old duties on the songs that he helped create.

Getting to see the old trio back together again, delivering all these crowd-pleasing rockers took me back to 2006, when I saw We Are Scientists open up for Arctic Monkeys at Roseland Ballroom, one of my earliest concert memories. Some songs such as “Worth The Wait” and “What’s The Word” haven’t been played in many years (since 2007 and 2006, respectfully). They nailed each and every song, proving that sometimes it’s perfectly fine to revel in nostalgia.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full five years since the last album (Gimme Some) from Swedish rockers Peter Bjorn and John. Which also means that it’s been quite a while since they last toured their live show in the United States.

This May they returned stateside for a mini tour that including two intimate Brooklyn shows at Rough Trade NYC and Baby’s All Right (on May 2 & 3 respectively). I made it out to the show at Baby’s All Right, which also happened to be the first time I’d ever catch PB&J live, as surprisingly as that is.
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All photos by Emily Lembo

On February 18 Eleanor Friedberger returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom in support of her new album New View, which was released on January 22 via Frenchkiss Records. Friedberger was backed by Icewater (just as she was at her show at Pianos last November), who also opened the show along with Big Thief.

Find some shots from her performance below, taken by our photographer Emily Lembo.
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On February 17, London-based multi-talented artist Benjamin Clementine played to a packed sold out crowd at Brooklyn venue Rough Trade NYC. There was a buzz in the air ahead of this performance after his huge win at the always prestigious Mercury Prize last year for his 2015 debut album At Least for Now (released via Virgin EMI). Well familiar to the album by now, you could sense that everyone in the room was curious to see what Clementine would bring to the table in the live setting.
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Eric Prydz at Terminal 5 (February 13, 2016)

By Dana Pacifico, May 31st 2016

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Over the years Eric Prydz had adapted his live EPIC show into an awe-inspiring experience that any true electronic music fan should never miss out on. Prydz has remained a consistent and heavy hitting producer for decades and is at the top of the game in regards to a visually stunning and technologically advanced live show.

With each passing “update” a new version of EPIC is birthed. The latest incarnation of his live experience brought along a completely different setup. At MSG, 3.0 was long and all encompassing and felt like arms reaching out for a hug, while 4.0 lends itself to a box like structure. Initially, I was confused as to why Terminal 5 was chosen as the venue for this show but upon its start it was clear that the giant cube had a cozy home upon their stage.
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