Concert Reviews

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Last night Museum Of Love, the DFA-related duo of former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany, took over Bowery Ballroom for a night of disco-influenced electronic dance-rock. The show came in support of their tour for their self-titled debut album, which they released last year.

Our very own Dana Pacifico was there and got some wonderful photos of their performance. Find all her shots posted below.
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Sleater-Kinney at Terminal 5 (February 26, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

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Last night Sleater-Kinney took over Terminal 5 for the first night of a very sold out two-night run in support of their new album No Cities to Love. It was their first live performance in New York since 2006 (at Webster Hall). I never expected that the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss would reunite for a new album, let alone return to play live shows again. This made the night one of those “pinch me,” “is this really happening sort of shows,” with a special feeling lingering throughout the air of the very sold out Terminal 5, and when I say sold out, it was probably one of the most packed crowds that I’ve ever seen at Terminal 5, with no room to spare.

I was too young to ever see Sleater-Kinney perform live during their heyday, which made catching one of the two shows a top priority that I planned to take complete advantage of. And so did the trio (who are joined by new member Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin, adding guitars and keys) who tore through a phenomenal 23-song set of songs both old and new.

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For shows like this it’s hard to find a good complete balance when returning to the stage after so long. You know people are yearning to hear the older stuff, but you’re also excited to finally share the new material that you’ve been working hard on for so long. Thankfully the girls of Sleater-Kinney are masters of their craft, and delighted the crowd with an equal filling of each. It also helps that the new songs off of No Cities to Love are of the same quality as their previous work, if not better.

It was a thing of beauty to watch the girls work together to bring these songs to life, as their interplay is a wonderful thing to watch. The vocals of lead singer Corin Tucker are a powerful force of work, while now TV comedy star Carrie Brownstein added timely backing vocals when she wasn’t flashing out some true rock star moves. The power and force was honed in and kept at a steady pace thanks to the powerful and steady percussion from Janet Weiss behind the drumkit. Harkin was only on stage when the new material was played, disappearing and reappearing at cosntsnt intervals. While the new songs felt impressively familiar and well suited within the grand scheme of their career-spanning set, it was songs pulled from The Woods that got the most out of the crowd. Take “Entertain” or the thrilling one-two punch of “What’s Mine Is Yours” and “Youth Decay,” either way, you had people of all ages belting out the lyrics, if not adding in some head-banging for good measure.

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Most comebacks and reunions are just for a quick cash grab to capitalize on the flurry of bands that seem to be getting back together. But not Sleater-Kinney. Not that they have anything left to necessarily prove, but they got plenty of gas in the tank, and aren’t letting it to go to waste. They’re back and better than ever. They’re back it at making great music simply because they can. Rock and roll will never die as long as we are lucky enough to have bands like this.

If you’re not at Terminal 5 tonight for the second show, than you screwed up. These are surely two of the best shows that New York will see all year.

Setlist and photos posted below, including Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo, who offered a fun entertaining opening set, that wasn’t quite what most Sleater-Kinney fans expcted

Sleater-Kinney Setlist:

1. Price Tag
2. Start Together
3. Fangless
4. Get Up
5. Surface Envy
6. Oh!
7. No Anthems
8. What’s Mine Is Yours
9. Youth Decay
10. No Cities to Love
11. A New Wave
12. The End of You
13. One Beat
14. Words and Guitar
15. Bury Our Friends
16. Entertain
17. Sympathy
18. Jumpers


19. Gimme Love
20. Turn It On
21. One More Hour
22. Modern Girl
23. Dig Me Out


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Ariel Pink at Terminal 5 (February 25, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

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On Wednesday night Ariel Pink brought his Pom Pom tour to New York for a show at Terminal 5. It seemed like a strange booking when it was announced, as the space seemed a little bit too big and wrong for the weirdo-pop of Pink. As it turns out, my skepticism was right as the show was slightly undersold, with only the main floor available to attendees (balconies were VIP only). I think a show at Webster Hall would have been a better fit.

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1_The Twilight Sad_Baby's All Right

On Tuesday night Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad brought their current tour with Brooklyn’s Port St. Willow to Baby’s All Right. Considering The Twilight Sad just played Webster Hall last November with We Were Promised Jetpacks, getting to see them play the more intimate Baby’s All Right was the perfect way to take in their set of awe-inspiring tunes.
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All photos by Rachel Barrish

On Friday night Orlando rockers You Blew It! stopped by The Studio at Webster Hall on tour in support of new EP Pioneer of Nothing. The show also featured opening set from Tiny Moving Parts, Sorority Noise and Rozwell Kid.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was on hand, capturing photos from all four sets. Find all her shots posted below.
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1_Kishi Bashi_Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Last Friday night, Kishi Bashi’s sold out show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple almost didn’t happen. It was the coldest day in New York in nearly 65 years, so cold that it actually caused a pipe to burst at the venue, nearly flooding the stage. It probably didn’t help that the venue had literally no heat. Bashi would later inform us that there was a point that the show was in jeopardy of even happening, but thankful the staff worked hard to clean up the stage, and the show went on.
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Last night Sharon Van Etten played the first of a sold out two night run at Warsaw, in support of last year’s tremendous album Are We There. As if getting to see Sharon play wasn’t enticing enough, there was also the opening set from the next big thing, Leon Bridges. It was a great night of music and it gave me a reason to catch a show at Warsaw, which is something that I need to do more (this was only my 3rd show there).
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Leon Bridges at Mercury Lounge (February 17, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Fort Worth musician Leon Bridges has already amassed quite a dedicated following even though he’s only released a handful of songs. And at just 25-years-old, he’s doing it by making smooth retro rhythm and blues, a sound way beyond his years. In less than a year, he went from playing local coffee houses, to being snagged by Columbia Records. By turning back the clocks during a time period where everyone is too busy looking ahead, Bridges is ironically doing something much different, and people are rightfully falling in love.
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