Concert Reviews

Hot Chip at Webster Hall (August 4, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 17th 2015

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After catching a rare an unforgettable performance from Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right the night before, I caught them again the next night at Webster Hall. Obviously it was going to be impossible for the show to match the one at Baby’s considering the intimacy of the show, but I was still excited to see Hot Chip again, especially with the prospect of a large and excited crowd to amp up the atmosphere of the room. I’ve seen the British electronic rockers plenty of times now, and there hasn’t been one performance that didn’t leave me blown away, and I went into this show expecting no different, even if the show at Baby’s was a tough act to follow.

Once again opening was Georgia, who played a quick one-woman set the night before. This time around she had a full band with her, and delivered an impressionable performance that lived up to the hype that surrounded her, and then some. She’s only getting started, but based off her performance, and her rock solid debut album (out via Domino Records), she’s got quite a career laid ahead of her.

It was the first night of a two night run, and Hot Chip were clearly feeding off of the energy of the capacity crowd. Getting to see them spread out on a larger space this time around gave them a whole new dynamic and flexebility to deliver a looser performance that gave the band freedom to roam the stage. No matter how many times I see them, I’m always left in awe about how they’re able to blend the worlds of dance/electronic in awe in such a dominant fashion. There’s no way that you can go into a Hot Chip show without jouyously dancing and singing along, once they have you, they have you for good.

We may not get to see them in New York again for a little while, but you can bet I’ll be there whenever they do return.

Find photos of both Hot Chip and Georgia posted below.
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The Oh Hellos at Bowery Ballroom (November 9, 2015)

By Ross Bernhardt, November 11th 2015

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All words and photos by Ross Bernhardt

Earlier this summer, when Texas folk band The Oh Hellos released the first single off their upcoming second full-length album Dear Wormwood, a lofty comparison entered my mind. Sonically, the group reminds me of Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men, a band that is a folk-giant at this point. But both groups have a lot of similarities beyond their epic sounds. Both released their debut albums in 2012. Both of those first releases were jubilant efforts that had more joyous fare. Both released their follow-ups in 2015. Both albums explored darker themes than the first, and both offered up a much more diverse array of sonic landscapes.

When The Oh Hellos travelled to New York City for a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 9, with support from acts Family and Friends and Cereus Bright, I was anxious to see how the stage show might change for the group with the new music. I was introduced to this band’s music at the Newport Folk Festival in 2014. Their set was one of the highlights of the entire weekend, a joyful, raucous hootenanny filled with leaping, dancing, harmonizing and beautiful music.

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Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Baby’s All Right has not so quietly become the place to see shows in New York. I’d even go so far as to crown it as the best venue in New York at the moment. So when I saw that Hot Chip were playing the amazing and intimate Baby’s, I knew that it was going to be one of the most unforgettable shows of the year (I last saw them this summer at Governors Ball). The performance was a special Jukely Members Only performance, available only to members of the show subscription service whose presence has grown tremendous lengths over the past few months. It also came the day before the first of two sold out shows that the band had booked at the much larger Webster Hall.

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Opening the show, just like the shows at Webster, was young rising English artist, Georgia. The multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter release her self-titled debut album on Domino the week of the show, and has received well deserved acclaim for both her album and live show throughout the year. Strangely her set was limited to just a couple songs and just her on stage, as Hot Chip’s gear simply didn’t allow for much else due to the limited size of Baby’s stage. But she left a memorable impression, and thankfully I was able to catch a full set from her the next night at Webster.

Getting to Baby’s, I saw a giant truck and a mini bus sitting outside of Baby’s, which I only assumed was Hot Chips. Seeing the massive truck sitting outside the venue was an unforgettable image, one that summed up the concept of Hot Chip playing a 280-person capacity venue in Brooklyn. Taking the stage, the group had to squeeze into their positions, between the limited space not taken up by their various instruments, and of course, themselves. They found it just as funny as we did, and used the intimate nature to help them launch into the larger than life opening bits of “Huarache Lights.”

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Being a somewhat “private” show, I was wondering if we’d get a somewhat truncated set, as that sometimes is the case. Thankfully the group were kind enough to give us a a full 15-song set, full of favorites both old and new, such as “One Life Stand,” “Flutes,” “Over and Over,” “Ready For The Floor” and “I Feel Better.” They even played their incredible cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” with a little bit of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” mixed in there, led by former LCD Soundsystem member Al Doyle.

As I look back on 2015 I have no doubts that seeing Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right was a special treat, one that will go down as one of the best memories of the entire year. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see them play at a more intimate place ever again.


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10. Need You Now
11. Ready for the Floor
12. I Feel Better


13. Look at Where We Are
14. I Was a Boy from School
15. Dancing in the Dark (w/ “All My Friends”)


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Back on a Sunday night in September, seemingly most of the musical talent that happened to be in New York that weekend converged to Bowery Ballroom for the first night of Neilfest, a tribute to the great Neil Young put on by The Best Fest. Not only was it a grand old celebration of a musical genius, but it served as a benefit to the Sweet Relief charity. So not only did you get some amazing artists, old and new, covering Neil Young, but it was all for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Cabin Down Below Band served as the backing house band for all the guests, and these guys are veterans of these sort of things by now, also serving as the backing band for the previously held Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest. They kicked things off with “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown,” and then handed the torch to a different band or artist to take over the song, and then pass the torch down the respective line.
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It’s hard to believe it’s been a full decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their unforgettable, and still phenomenal, self-titled debut album. I was about 15 years old at the time, just beginning to discover music blogs, as well as the depths of the indie music world. Seeing the reaction and general excitement that blogs had surrounding the release made me interested in this world, and was a definite influence in starting a blog of my own. So in many ways, I owe a lot of what has happened with We All Want Someone to Alec Ounsworth and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

This summer Clap Your Hands Say Yeah toured in support of their debut album, playing the entire album from start to finish, and then finishing off with other favorites from their career, both old and new. They stopped in to play the album in early August, with a pair of sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom.

I caught the second show, which was opened by Wilmington, Delaware group Teen Men, the new group of The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill (as well as former members Joe Hobson and Albert Birney, along with Krill’s wife Catharine Maloney) who also happens to play guitar and keyboards these days in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. These days, Ounsworth is the only original member from the band’s debut album days, with the rest of the group filled out by Matt Wong (bass) and Patrick Berkery (drums)
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Alex G at Brooklyn Flea (August 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 2nd 2015

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In early August, the hardworking Alex G returned to New York for a free performance at 50 Kent in Williamsburg, as a part of the free concert series put on by Brooklyn Flea. The show also featured opening sets from both Pinegrove and Snoozer.

It was one of my his many New York performances this year, yet another enjoyable set of raw songwriting that hit home. He returned a few more times later in the year in support of his newly released Beach Music, his first release on Domino Records.

Find some photos from his performance posted below.
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Photos: Full Moon Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2015

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On August 1 the Brooklyn Mirage was turned into a beach scene ready to celebrate electronic music for the fifth annual Full Moon Festival. This was the festival’s first time in Bushwick, after previously been held at Governors Island for four years.

Photographer Leah Runyon was on hand that day capturing some of the sweaty electronic action on our behalf. Find some belated photos from the festival posted below.

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In early August Springfield, Missouri rockers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned to New York for an intimate performance at The Studio at Webster Hall (I last saw them here in 2013, upstairs at The Marlin Room). Also opening the show were Philadelphia’s Joy Riding and local Brooklyn group Portuguese Bend.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned with new album The High Country in May, released via Polyvinyl Records. The group, led by frontman Philip Dickey, powered through an energetic performance of their indie-pop gems, consisting of songs both old and new. Although the presence of former singer and bandmate John Robert Cardwell was missed at moments, the return of founding member Tom Hembree is certainly welcome.
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By far one of 2014’s most under appreciated and underrated releases was Springtime Carnivore’s self titled that was released in November via Autumn Tone Records. When it was released, we were instantly in love with it (and still are). This past summer the group were out on tour in support of said fantastic album, and on the last Friday of July they made there way back to New York City for an absolute stellar show at the Mercury Lounge.


We were there earlier this year back in February when they opened for The Dodos at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but we were excited to see Greta Morgan and company in a headlining slot of their own. They honestly should be playing sold out crowds at the Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg themselves, so seeing them at the more intimate Mercury Lounge was an absolute treat. Their sound is a wonderful combination of dreamy, fuzz–infused indie pop with hues & hits of psychedelia that truly puts them into a class of their own. If you haven’t heard their album, I highly suggest doing so immediately (as you won’t be disappointed).


It honestly surprises me at just how under the radar Springtime Carnivore has flown in that, whats not to love? Greta is an absolutely infectious front woman who owns the stage with ease (in the most beautiful way possible).  She includes friendly banter throughout the whole show too. “How about this AC? It’s like an icebox in here!” proclaimed Greta, just before jumping into their eight ten song set (more on this in a minute). Halfway through the show Greta had mentioned life problems, and somebody in the crowd shouted “runaway!!” which froze Greta in her tracks – “Did somebody just say runaway? Thats always how you deal with a challenge!”


As mentioned above (and seen on their setlist – see photo below), their set was a relativity short 8 songs, but was extended by 2 more songs after Greta told the crowd, “This is our last song, unless you cheer for us to come back!” … to which the crowd obliged and they came back for two more songs. After the encore break, Greta took to the stage and performed a song solo, then the rest of the band came out and they powered through an amazing cover of Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark to an interesting lighting arrangement. What I mean by that is, the lighting guy thought it would be funny to turn on the strobe lights early on in the song and until they finished, which led to Greta and the rest of the band to start cracking smiles mid performance (considering the lighting was pretty stagnant the entire show).

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Veruca Salt at Webster Hall (July 31, 2015)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2015

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90s alt-rockers Veruca Salt returned to New York this summer for a performance at Webster Hall. This was a return trip for the group, who have been reunited for a year now with their original lineup. So serious is this reunion that Veruca Salt went in the studio and recorded a brand new album titled Ghost Notes that was released on July 10 via El Camino Records

I caught them last year at the slightly smaller Bowery Ballroom and was more than happy to go for another round at Webster Hall. With songs both new and old, the band was ready to delight their fans as if they had never left. The reunited quartet of Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Jim Shaprio, and Steve Lack sounded just as sharp as they did at Bowery, if not more so with plenty of shows under their belt during this tour. Their new material meshed quite well alongside well established 90s classics like “Forsythia,” “Spiderman ’79,” and of course, “Seether.”

The group had their differences in the past, but it seems like this reunion isn’t just a quick cash grab. Seeing Post and Gordon smiling while hitting dual notes makes me believe that the group is back, and for the long haul.

Find some shots from the show posted below.
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