Concert Reviews

The Go! Team at Brooklyn Bowl (January 21, 2016)

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2016

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On January 21, the multi-genre collective from Brighton, England The Go! Team made their live return to New York with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl. The show came in support of their 2015 release The Scene Between, released via Memphis Industries.

The beauty of The Go! Team is their ability to combine practically every genre in the game and create a sound best described simply as joyous. During live performances, the group takes turns on vocals or leading the performance centerstage, allowing everyone to take a turn to shine, just like the various of genres and sounds that shine a little bit more than others on certain tracks.

Seeing them perform live is as positive of an experience as one could hope to get out of a live performance, one that still has me smiling when thinking back to it.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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1_Brian Fallon and the Crowes_The Marlin Room at Webster Hall

Brian Fallon is best known as the frontman of New Jersey rock group The Gaslight Anthem. He keeps plenty busy inbetween album releases, also spending time with sideprojects of his such as The Horrible Crowes and Molly and The Zombies. Now with The Gaslight Anthem on indefinite hiatus, Fallon has used the time to finally release his first solo album, Painkillers, which was released via Island Records on March 11.
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Chairlift at National Sawdust (January 26, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, April 5th 2016


Just a few days after the historic blizzard that hit New York City in late January, Brooklyn duo Chairlift, consisting of Caroline Polacheck and Patrick Wimberly returned home after a quick show in Los Angeles to play a show for their hometown crowd. They were playing in celebration and launch of their wonderful new album, Moth which is out now via Columbia Records and what was their venue of choice? Well, it was one of New York City’s most beautiful new spaces (and one of my new favorites): National Sawdust.


As the crowd started to fill out the space, they seemed to kick on the fog machines full blast helping to create an atmosphere within the venue that truly could only be experienced being there (no photos can really do it justice). The angular shapes within the venue being enveloped in fog with their lighting is something you simply can’t get anywhere else at any other NYC venue and seemed like the perfect backdrop for Chairlift’s synth–pop goodness.

Just when it appeared they were going to jump into the opening song, the fire alarm went off inside the venue (but there was no visible fire anywhere – this was probably due to the amount of fog within the venue). Along with the band, the crowd all looked around confused like “uh, should we leave? Whats going on?” This continued for roughly 10 or so minutes and during those 10 or so minutes the band left the stage as nobody really knew what to do.
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1_Ratatat_Hammerstein Ballroom

On January 14 Ratatat once again returned to New York for a big-time performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in support of last year’s Magnifique (released via XL Recordings). It was their third New York stop in the past year, with the previous shows coming at Governors Ball as well as Webster Hall.

The night featured their trademark stunning visuals and light show, featuring those always jaw-dropping laser beams that never cease no amaze. The songs off Magnifique worked well amongst the tried and true Ratatat favorites such as “Wildcat” and “Seventeen Years,” providing a night of non-stop grooves and dancing from start to finish.

Find a photo set posted below, along with the setlist.
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Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom (January 7, 2016)

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Cass McCombs delivered one of the first great shows on 2016 with his performance at Bowery Ballroom on January 7. The show served as both a support run for his 2015 compilation release A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc., as well as a chance to share some new songs.

I anticipated a set that leaned towards mostly new material, but no my surprise only three new songs were played (“River Of Blood,” “I Want To Know,” and “Why Does It Rain”). The rest of the set was classic Cass, which he and his band (now featuring two drummers) delivered with the precision and finesse that you come to expect.

The night come to an epic conclusion with a 13-minute delivery of “County Line” and then an even more epic 14-minute encore performance of “Dreams Come True Girl,” dual drum solo and all. The way he was able to stretch these songs into completely new arrangements was truly a thing of beauty, a testament to the power of live music.

You can find some more photos from the performance below, and stream the performance thanks to our friends at NYC Taper who recorded the entire show.
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Hinds at Palisades (January 6, 2016)

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2016


On January 6, the ever-rising Spanish rock group Hinds kicked off my year of concerts with an intimate record release show at Brooklyn venue Palisades. The show was put on by Hype Machine’s “Stack Live” in celebration of the release of Hinds’ fun debut album Leave Me Alone, released via Mom + Pop Music. Admission broke the bank at a truly unreasonable $3 at the door.

Half a show, half a release party, the first half of the show featured a performance from Hinds, while the second invited fans to join them on stage to sing their songs karaoke style, all while the band was playing behind them. This loose atmosphere definitely fit the stylings of Hinds, who have won so many fans over with their live life by the moment atmosphere and raw style of garage rock.


Their regular set got the (very) young crowd going wild, doing a bit of mosh-shoving (not quite moshing) to the front, something I didn’t expect, as it didn’t occur when I saw Hinds at Baby’s All Right last April. The night was definitely a shared celebration, with the band bringing out guests such as John Eatherly of Public Access T.V., Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, and Shamir.

The karaoke section of the show didn’t quite work out as they hoped, as not all of the young intoxicated fans who snuck up on stage actually sang along, or knew the actual words. But as with most things, it was the thought that counted, and Hinds set out to give their fans a memorable night, and ultimately succeeded.

Find some shots from the performance posted below.
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On February 29 Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) launched their spring tour together at Webster Hall. It was a perfect combination, as both Titus’ Patrick Stickles and Finn know a thing or two about keeping rock and roll alive.

Finn shared tracks from his new album Faith in the Future (released via Partisan Records) backed up by a three-piece band. The tracks take a more mellow, alt-country form than the bar-rock anthems that he pumps out with The Hold Steady. Its a different side to Finn, a bit of a more vulnerable take live, but one that is surely welcome. He delighted fans of his other bands towards the end of the set with takes on The Hold Steady’s “Certain Songs” and Lifter Puller’s “Nassau Coliseum.”
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Big Grams at Irving Plaza (December 21, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On December 21 I took in my final show of the year, with the debut NYC performance from Big Grams, the new collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram. The show went down at Irving Plaza, and was an intimate first look at the new group that set out to mix both hip-hop with electronic pop/rock.

The Big Boi/Phantogram partnership was first revealed on Big Boi’s 2012 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which featured three collaborations between the two. With the Outkast reunion and Phantogram’s own new material their collaboration took longer than we anticipated, but last September saw the released of their debut self-titled EP via Epic Records.

Their Irving Plaza show featured all of the EP plus a few as well as favorites from both artists catalogues, such as Phantogram’s “Black Out Days” and Big Boi’s “CPU.” The latter being one of the earlier collaborations between the two, paved the way for mash-ups of sorts of both artists tracks, such as “Ms. Jackson” being teamed up with “Mouthful of Diamonds” and “The Way You Move” tied into “Don’t Move.” It was great to hear both artists material turned into something completely new and exciting.
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Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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One December 18, Foals made their return to New York City for the first time in 2015 in support of their new album What Went Down. Although the show their third consecutive time at Terminal 5 (can we get a bunch of intimate dates next time lads?), they still managed to throw down as hard as ever, delivering every bit on their rising ranks as one of the best live bands in the game at the moment.
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