Concert Reviews

Wilco at The Capitol Theatre (February 2, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, February 4th 2016

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This past Tuesday night brought the return of Wilco to one of the best venues the tristate has to offer, their return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. We were there night one & night three of their masterful performances at The Cap back in 2014 during their 20th anniversary tour and were very excited that they were coming back for a two night run in 2016. Tweedy himself even acknowledged the venue saying “It’s great to be back here, this is an amazing place” in the middle of their set.

Kicking off the first night of this two night run, Wilco brought along Nashville’s own William Tyler to open the show. We’ve had the privilege to see Tyler play before in a much smaller and intimate venue, so we were really excited to catch him in a larger venue and he did not disappoint at all.

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Promptly after Tyler’s set was finished, Wilco’s roadies came out and started their final prep – running some wires, last minute sound checking, placing set lists, etc. One of my favorite touches to the stage was the cat that was perched up on John Stirratt’s amp (a very nice tie in with the album cover of Star Wars). It was glorious.

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After all that final prep Wilco took to the stage as the opener from their latest release, Star Wars, “EKG” played over the sound system while their beautiful LED light curtains flipped on. They then kicked things off by playing Star Wars in its entirety from start to finish, 10 songs that seemingly flew by in only 35 short minutes. “Thats Star Wars fuckers!” proclaimed Jeff Tweedy after finishing playing the album.

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Mew at Webster Hall (October 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2016

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In 2005, while browsing music blogs, I discovered a bunch of wonderful tracks called “Apocalypso,” “The Zookeeper’s Boy” and “Special.” It turns out they were from a Danish rock group known as Mew, from an album called And the Glass Handed Kites. I instantly fell in love with the group and haven’t looked back since.

Since then, I made it a mission to see the group live, but timing just never quite worked out, and I never got the chance to catch them live.

I finally got my moment with them this year, with the release of their somewhat underappreciated new record + – (released via Play It Again Sam). They stopped into New York for a performance at Webster Hall on October 10 and it was a special night indeed. As if getting to see them wasn’t enough, the show featured an opening set from The Dodos. Safe to say, it was a good night.

Find shots of both Mew and The Dodos posted below.
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The Growlers at Irving Plaza (October 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2016

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In October The Growlers returned to New York for a two-night stand at Irving Plaza, continuing support for their great 2014 release, Chinese Fountain.

The groups popularity has been steadily on the rise for years now, and the sold out crowd on hand for the October 9 completely ate from their hand proving that the momentum is still going strong. It was an impressive showing, one that has me excited for their new album and eventually more live shows in this new year.

Find some shots from their performance below.
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On October 8 House Of Vans delivered a fantastic post-summer concert featuring a stacked triple bill. New York’s very own Television headlined, while Viet Cong and Lower Dens offered strong support. It may have been Viet Cong’s last show here under that name since they’re in the process of changing it, which made their perforamnce a little bit more special.

Find some shots of all three bands posted below.
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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (October 7, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2016

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The stock of Tame Impala continued to rise in 2015, with their mega-successful album Currents taking them to impressive heights. After a year of seemingly playing every festival on this planet, they wrapped up their impressive U.S. tour with another visit to New York City, with a shows at Radio City Music Hall, and then Terminal 5.

I caught their Terminal 5 show on October 7, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the venue as cramped as I did that night. There was no space to move in the crowd, but that was forgiven considering this was one of the best crowds I ever saw at T5. The energy level was off the charts and Tame Impala used every ounce of it to deliver as massive performance as they’ve offered yet. Somehow, they keep on getting better and better.

Find some photos from this performance posted below.
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On October 7 The War On Drugs played a now very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of Jukely’s member only series. The performance came one day ahead of their huge show at Radio City Music Hall, one of their biggest moments as a bad to date for sure. Considering their recent signing to Atlantic Records, and their ever growing popularity, I made sure that I took full advantage at chance to see them play at a club like MHOW in New York City. The stages are only going to keep getting bigger from here on out.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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FFS at Terminal 5 (October 6, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

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Last year Franz Ferdinand and Sparks surprised us all with their fantastic collaboration FFS. Their self-titled debut record (released via Domino Records) is a smash combination of both sands wonderful sounds, creating something new along the way.

On October 6 the super-group descended upon New York City for a performance at Terminal 5. They played tracks off the album as well as various highlights from both bands catalogs, offering new collabrative twists of both of their treasured classics.

Find some photos of their performance below, along with openers, The Intelligence.
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The Arcs at Housing Works (September 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015

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Say what you will about Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys, but no one can deny their work ethic. The guys seem to be constantly churning out new records, and then touring relentlessly nearly two years following them. So it’s amazing to be that Auerbach has started a new band with The Arcs, and that it’s another winning effort. Their debut album Yours, Dreamily isn’t too much a departure from his work with The Black Keys, but there are enough explorations towards different sounds and ideas to make it worthwhile.

On September 9 the group played a special show NPR First Listen show at the bookstore Housing Works for their first official show as a band. As you can imagine, it was a special show. The band played most of the album within the confined space of the bookstore, mere inches away from the band. It was a once and a lifetime oppurtuity, a cool experience to see an arena rockstar play at a freaking bookstore. You got to love New York.

Find some photos from their performance posted below.
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