Concert Reviews


All photos by Anthony Bauer

Last Monday we threw a CMJ Warmup Party/Showcase along with our pals The Needle Drop and We Listen For You. The event was free, and went down at Pianos. The night featured an eclectic lineup that included Oscar, Sharpless, White Reaper, Cakes Da Killa, Uncommon Nasa and Machine Girl.

If you were there, you know what went down. If you weren’t you missed one hell of a night. I know that I speak not only for myself, but for both Anthony and Zach, when I say that we were incredibly impressed, and humbled, by the turnout and the great performances by each of the talented artists who played. Thanks so much for coming out and supporting some great new artists that truly deserve it. We hope to do it again next year.

Thanks to my man Anthony Bauer, we got some awesome photos of all the great artists who performed. Find all of them in the photo gallery posted below.
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Zola Jesus at Webster Hall (October 19, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2014

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Zola Jesus has proven time and time again that she’s one of the most prominent female voices in music today. Her latest album Taiga, just reinforces this point. The first time I saw her live was when she opened for Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 in 2010 (I think it was my first time in a photo pit ever, ha), and even then I knew that she was a real talent. Here we are four years later, and she’s certainly proven that she is here to stay.
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Damien Rice at The Box (October 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014

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On November 10 beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will release his new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy. It’s a big deal, because it’s the first album that Rice has released in eight years.

Earlier this month Rice embarked on a small tour of tiny, intimate venues to serve as warm up shows for the bigger ones that will soon follow when he goes on a full national tour. This included a few stops in New York that included Warsaw and two nights at the tiny hole in the wall known as The Box. The venue fits maybe 150 people at most, so it was an exclusive, once in a lifetime sort of place to catch an artist as admired as Rice.
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Back when I was in middle school, Myspace was the go-to social network. One of the main components of the site was to publicly share what bands your liked. I have distant memories a lot of my classmates who showcased a delicate passion for music listed Minus The Bear as one of their favorites. This served as my introduction to the band in a way, as back in middle school, I was stuck in a world that only included Green Day, Foo Fighters and Weezer. It could have been a lot worse for sure, but a band like Minus The Bear was a revelation to me. I soon grew into quite the fan of the group, and have seen them experience quite the career. Read the rest of this entry »

The Orwells at Irving Plaza (October 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

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A few weeks ago The Orwells played their biggest show in New York City to date, a headlining gaunt at Irving Plaza. It was a great bill, rounded out by Skaters, as well as relatively newcomers The Johnnys.

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The Johnnys were up first. They’re a fairly new 4-piece out of New York who warmed up the very young crowd that filled in early for the show. There set breezed on by, but showed promise for sure. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from these guys very soon.


It seems like Skaters have been touring non-stop all year, already playing New York at Bowery Ballroom in February, and Governors Ball in June. This time around Kirk Schoenherr has replaced Myles Matheny in the live lineup, and the band had a few new songs to share. Otherwise, they delighted with the best cuts from their debut album Manhattan, which has been one of the more delightful rock offerings of the year.

Until this show, I somehow had never seen The Orwells live (but we’ve covered them on here, Daniel Topete shot them last year at Shea Stadium). It was long overdue, but worth the wait. The show was a part of the final leg of their tour for Disgraceland, which is one of the better rock albums 2014 has seen.

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Live, the group chug along with a youthful intensity, led by frontman Mario Cuomo. The band’s young spirit is seen through their dirty garage-rock licks which can go from chugging riffs to an almost blues-like saunters. Cuomo doesn’t hold back his goofy side on stage, when he’s not climbing speakers or going into the crowd. These guys are young, and do show their age at times, but do more than enough to put their talent on display, proving that the future of rock and roll is that much brighter with bands like The Orwells coming around.

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