Concert Reviews

Depeche Mode at Mohegan Sun Arena (September 1, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Legendary new wave rockers Depeche Mode released their new album Spirit this March via Columbia Records/Mute Records. It’s the groups 14th studio album in their nearly 40 year career, an impressive feat no matter how you spin it, especially considering that it’s a rather solid addition to their catalog.

They’ve been touring hard in support of the new album and brought their show to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on September 1 ahead of their shows in New York City.

The career-spanning set saw the group offer sounds from across their expansive discography, from songs off the new record, to bonafide dance-rock classics such as “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Enjoy the Silence,” and “Personal Jesus.” This was somehow my first time catching Depeche Mode live and it lived up to my expectations and then some.

Find photos from their performance posted below along with their setlist.
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Green Day at BB&T Pavilion (August 31, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2017

Green Day have been touring non-stop for the last year in support of their 2016 album Revolution Radio. They were embarking on the end of their U.S. summer tour on August 31 when they stopped in for a performance at the BB&T Pavilion on August 31.

This was a much bigger show than the two smaller shows that we caught from Billie Joe Armstrong and company last year at both Rough Trade NYC and Webster Hall. The band brought out all the stops, bringing up fans of all ages on stage to help sing parts of the song, crowd surf, and even play some guitar. They gave us a typically lengthy setlist featuring greatest hits from all their eras as well as some of the more recent material from Revolution Radio.

Find photos of their performance at BB&T Pavilion posted below, along with the setlist.
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High Waisted At Sea 4 (August 30, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2017

One of the live music gems of the summer is the High Waisted booze cruise, better known as High Waisted At Sea. This year was their 4th edition and featured sets from fellow New York bands Jonny Couch and Hypoluxo.

It was a typically wild time full of free booze flowing and wild antics from all parties involved. Find a photo gallery from all three acts as well as High Waisted’s setlist.
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Washed Out at Brooklyn Steel (August 29, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2017

This year Ernest Greene returned as Washed Out to release his third album Mister Mellow, this time released on Stone Throws Records, his first album not released on Sub Pop.

On August 29 he returned to New York for a sold out performance at Brooklyn Steel in support of the new record. He incorporated the visual elements of the album to his live show with colorful and vibrant images projected behind him and his band, which included two other players, a much smaller group than the one he had the last time we saw him perform live.

This version of Washed Out was tailor made for the more dance and even hip hop elements of the new recorded, and gave the older Washed Out songs that they included in their set a more lively new lease of life.

Find the full setlist posted below along with photos of both Washed Out and Athens, Georgia electronic duo Dega.

Dega:

Washed Out:

Washed Out Setlist:

1. Title Card
2. Burn Out Blues
3. Yeah
4. Olivia
5. New Theory
6. Floating By
7. Luck
8. Zonked
9. Hard to Say Goodbye
10. Don’t Give Up
11. Belong
12. Get Up
13. Hold Out
14. Get Lost @Info[extended outro]
15. Feel It All Around
16. Amor Fati

Encore:

17. Soft
18. Eyes Be Closed

Just a few weeks after playing at The Meadows Festival, Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Brooklyn Steel. They were supported by fellow Canadians The Belle Game who got the show started with a lovely set of their passionate electronic rock.

The Belle Game joined Broken Social Scene for a few tracks where extra female vocals were needed, such as the set highlight that always is “Anthems for A Seventeen Year-Old Girl.” Broken Social Scene’s main focus was the new efforts from their new album Hug of Thunder (released via Arts & Crafts) but they also gave us a healthy dose of older favorites such as “7/4 (Shoreline),” “Almost Crimes,” and “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day).”

Find their full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of both The Belle Game and Broken Social Scene.

The Belle Game:

Broken Social Scene:

Broken Social Scene Setlist:

1. KC Accidental
2. 7/4 (Shoreline)
3. Halfway Home
4. Protest Song
5. Fire Eye’d Boy
6. Texico Bitches
7. Stars and Sons
8. World Sick
9. Stay Happy
10. Hug of Thunder
11. Sweetest Kill
12. Skyline
13. Almost Crimes
14. Major Label Debut (Fast)
15. It’s All Gonna Break

Encore:

16. Lover’s Spit
17. Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
18. Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)

Jay Som at Bowery Ballroom (September 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2017

All photos by Joe Saturday

Jay Som has gone up the ranks in the live New York circuit in support of her debut album Everybody Works (released via Polyvinyl Records) starting out at Baby’s All Right in March and working up to Rough Trade NYC in June. This September she made the jump to play a headliner show at Bowery Ballroom, along with support from Stef Chura and Soccer Mommy.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was at the show and captured shots of all three acts doing their thing. Find all of his photos posted in the gallery below.
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On August 26 I made my first ever trip out to the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York for a great night of classic rock consisting of both Alice Cooper and Deep Purple.

It was also my first time seeing either of these legendary rock artists perform live and what a combination it was. Although Alice Cooper went on first, this was really his show to steal and that he did. His set was totally lived in the old school style of metal theatrics included pyro, fire, a giant frankenstein creature running around the stage and Cooper’s famous beheading. Getting to hear hits like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “School’s Out” was totally fulfilling and a total blast.

It’s a tough act to follow, but Deep Purple were plenty up to the task. While their set was no where near as flashy or theatrical, they let their musicianship and songs do all their talking. It was great to see the interplay between the band as they ripped through tracks such as “Space Truckin’,” and of course, “Smoke On The Water.”

Find the setlists and photo galleries for both Alice Cooper and Deep Purple posted below.
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Photos: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

(Breanna Barbara)

This year saw the Emerging Music Festival return to Bryant Park for it’s second year. The festival serves to showcase some of the best young talent for two days of free music in the city.

Day one was cancelled due to rain but we made it out to day two on August 19 and caught sets from talented artists such as Breanna Barbara, Super Yamba Band, Cassandra Jenkins, RIPS, Space Captain and Maybird.

Find a gallery of photos from the festival posted below.
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Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2017

After a great day one and day two in Queens at the 2nd edition of The Meadows Festival, we returned Sunday for the third and final day of the festival.

This day was the rock heavy day of the festival, right in our wheelhouse. Kicking off the day for us was a set from CRX, the side project of Nick Valensi of The Strokes. We got a little bit of soul up next with a rather triumphant performance from St. Paul and The Broken Bones, which featured an unexpected cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

(Broken Social Scene)

Next was a set from Foster The People, whose rather stiff set was a large departure from the days of their solo debut, which was the last time I had seen them perform live. A much more natural and life affirming performance came after from Broken Social Scene, which featured appearances from collaborators Emily Haines of Metric and Amy Millan of Stars.
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