Concert Reviews

(All photos by Anthony Bauer)

On the second night of the 2017 Northside Festival, we were treated to a special performance at Rough Trade from Brooklyn’s own Big Thief.┬áNot only was this a special show for Northside, it was a special show in that it was the unofficial album release show for the band who put out their absolutely fantastic new album Capacity (out now via Saddle Creek), which is bound to end up on many year end lists. Along for the ride and kicking things off were openers Really Big Pinecone and Mega Bog.
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All photos by Jayson Yee

On June 10, City and Colour, the project of Canadian musician Dallas Green, returned to New York for a performance at Hammerstein Ballroom. The show came in support of their 2015 album If I Should Go Before You (which was released via Dine Alone Records).

Our photographer Jayson Yee was there to capture some shots from their performance. Find the photo gallery posted below, along with their setlist.
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The War On Drugs will release their new album A Deeper Understanding (their first for Atlantic Records) on August 25, so they’ve been hard at work doing the rounds of promotion, including a stop at Colbert where they performed current single, “Holding On.” While they were in town they announced a last minute intimate performance at Bowery Ballroom, much smaller than their upcoming show at Central Park.
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The Drums at House Of Vans (June 7, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2017

The Drums have endured many changes over the years, but recently suffered it’s most significant loss with the departure of founding member Jacob Graham. With the release of fourth album “Abysmal Thoughts” (released via Anti- Records), The Drums now operates as the solo project of Jonny Pierce.

Pierce wrote and played every instrument on the album, resulting in one of the most personal recordings of his career. There is the sense that this is a very different album from him, but it has that signature summer-misery hybrid that he could make in his sleep at this point.


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Portugal. The Man at Terminal 5 (June 6, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2017

Four years has passed since Alaska rockers Portugal. The Man released Evil Friends, making the arrival of new album Woodstock (via Atlantic Records) the longest wait between albums of their career. But it seems to have paid off, as current single “Feel It Still” has done extremely well, landing a #1 placement on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart as well as #2 on the Alternative songs chart.


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Franz Ferdinand at Warsaw (June 6, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2017

It seems like everyday I read a new think-piece or drab facebook status about how rock is dead. Yet, half of the reason I’m still going with this here blog and life in general is because of getting to see rock bands like Franz Ferdinand put on great rock shows that prove that the genre is anything but dead.

On June 6 they performed to a sold out crowd at Warsaw, as a part of an intimate Governors Ball after dark performance, just one day after performing at the festival.


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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

(Tool)

The third final day of Governors Ball (Day 1 coverage, Day 2 coverage) had the strongest chance of rain out of the entire weekend, but aside from some light drizzle early on in the day, the weather held out. Based on the acts that I caught on Sunday, this was the “rock day” of the festival, featuring a heavy dose of bands with guitars. There was still of course plenty to see in other genres, but it’s safe to say that any day that is headlined by Tool is probably heavy on the rock.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

(Childish Gambino)

After an exhausting but fun first day of Governors Ball, I grabbed my usual pregame fuel of a bacon egg and cheese and iced coffee and descended backed to the hollow grounds of Randalls Island for Day 2 of the festival.

(Car Seat Headrest)

What better way to start than to see a midday set from Car Seat Headrest. I saw them quite a few times over the past year (Bowery Ballroom in September ’16 being the last time) yet I’m still not tired of seeing Will Toledo and the rest of the band rock out.
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