Concert Reviews

San Fermin at Brooklyn Steel (May 13, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 23rd 2017

All photos by Adam Heller

Brooklyn chamber-pop group San Fermin returned this April with their new album Belong, which was released via Downtown Records.

They’ve been touring in support of the new record, and brought the show home for a performance at Brooklyn Steel on May 13.

Our photographer Adam Heller was there and captured some shots of the bands performance, which you can find posted below, along with the setlist.
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Midnight Oil at Webster Hall (May 13, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 23rd 2017

Prior to their recent return, it had been 15 years since the last time legendary Australian rockers Midnight Oil embarked on a full out world tour. This included their long-awaited return to New York, for two very small shows for them at Webster Hall.

We caught night one on May 13, featuring a packed room of older fans, many of which were pridefully rocking Midnight Oil shirts, both old and new. The passionate crowd were eager to see Peter Garrett and the rest of Midnight Oil, and rightfully so, they waited nearly two decades to do so again.
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The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach is releasing his new solo album Waiting on a Song on June 2 via Auerbach’s new label, Easy Eye Sound (Easy Eye is also the name of his Nashville recording studio).

On May 12, Auerbach came to New York for a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The intimate show, which was also streamed live on SiriusXM, served as the first preview of the new album. Not only did he play the entire record for those lucky enough to grab a ticket, but he even played some stuff newer than the record.
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One of the amazing things about Josh Tillman’s work as Father John Misty, is that with each newfound level of well-deserved success, he’s taken his sound to a new level and direction, challenging his ever-growing fanbase to keep up. Sure, each new album still maintains many of the elements from his previous work, but it’s undeniably a step-forward and a showcase of growth. His latest album, Pure Comedy (released in April via Sub Pop) is his most challenging work to date, but also, his most rewarding.

With a lengthy runtime of 74-minutes, Tillman asks his listeners to go on a journey with him, with plenty of of the tongue-in-cheek comedy that his “character” is practically built on, along with spot-on political sentiments and thought-provoking ruminations. It’s the sort of album that sounds good upon first listen, but that sounds magnificently great half a dozen listens later.
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Pond at Bowery Ballroom (May 10, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 23rd 2017

Australian rockers Pond returned earlier in the month with their new album The Weather, which they released via Marathon Artists. The album takes their sound to an even bigger and more ambitious direction. On May 10 they brought their U.S. tour in support of the album to Bowery Ballroom, following a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before.

The connection to Tame Impala will always be there with former bassist Nick Allbrook leading the charge, along with Jay Watson, who plays full-time for both. Then there’s always Kevin Parker, who used to play drums for them, and although he’s a bit too busy with Tame Impala to do both, he still helped produce The Weather at his home studio.
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Earlier this year Tim Showalter released Hard Love, his latest album as Strand Of Oaks (which Dead Oceans released). He was supposed to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 14, but that just happened to be the day of that pesky blizzard, forcing the show to be rescheduled for May 8.

Showalter joked about the blizzard trying to stop the show from going on, and cheekily told the blizzard to fuck off. He and his band quickly made up for the lost time by opening with “Taking Acid and Talking To My Brother,” one of the standouts on Hard Love. Now with months of touring under their belt, Strand Of Oaks played even tighter performances of these songs than I heard them play at Union Pool back in February, as a warm-up show of sorts for this very tour.
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The Black Lips at Webster Hall (May 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 16th 2017

All photos by Daniel Topete

On May 5, the always reliably wild The Black Lips returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall. The show came in support of their new album Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, which was recently released via Vice Records.

Daniel Topete was there to capture the action for us. Check out his shots from The Black Lips set posted in the gallery below, along with their setlist.
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