Concert Reviews

All photos by Taryn Alper

This year Minneapolis synth-pop quartet Poliça teamed up with European orchestral collective t a r g a z e to release collaborative album Music For The Long Emergency via Totally Gross National ProductTransgressive Records.

On February 17 the two brought their combined forces for a live performance at the Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Our photographer Taryn Alper was there to capture photos of their performance, find all her shots posted in the gallery below.
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Superchunk at Rough Trade NYC (February 16, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2018

Superchunk returned fully charged on new album What a Time to Be Alive, which was released last month via Merge Records.

On February 16 they celebrated the albums release with an instore performance at Rough Trade NYC that was free to those who had purchased the album directly from the New York store (and they signed copies for everyone after).

The band gave fans a mini-set of 11 songs, six of which came from What a Time to Be Alive, with the others taken from across their expansive catalog of releases. Set closer “Fishing” saw singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan and drummer Jon Wurster switch spots in a pretty epic fashion that sent fans out of the venue happy and eager to meet the band after for the signing.

Find photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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Wye Oak at Symphony Space (February 16, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2018

All photos by Dave Scholten

Wye Oak will return with new album The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs later this year via Merge Records but on February 16 their live performance at Symphony Space came with much different intentions than usual.

For this show the duo were accompanied by the Metropolis Ensemble two perform two special sets. The first set featured songs from their 2014 album Shriek, with the second half was dedicated to the songs of composer William Brittelle.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from the unique performance. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.
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All photos by Adam Heller

Rising Irish quartet The Academic released their debut album Tales from the Backseat this January via Downtown Records / Interscope Records.

On February 15 they played one of their very first headlining shows in America with a performance at Mercury Lounge along with local openers Friends At The Falls.

Our photographer Adam Heller was there to capture all the action from both performances and caught up with the band to grab some portraits with The Academic.

Find all the photos posted in the gallery below.
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Black Pistol Fire

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

There are some bands that you drop everything you’re doing to go see. I don’t care what it is, you stop watching the Olympics, you put off doing laundry, you leave the kids waiting after soccer practice in the rain…ok, maybe not that one – I’m pretty sure that the band I’m talking about wouldn’t want you having to talk to child protective services. The band, that you have to see, in this case, is none other than Black Pistol Fire. A band, that for my money (and no, I’m not giving up any money if you disagree), is probably the best rock duo out there. And they proved it once again at Irving Plaza on Thursday, with yet another signature show full of leaps, dives, more leaps, whiplash moves, Delta blues-inspired riffs, and some of the most madcap drumming you’ll ever see.
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John Maus at Elsewhere (February 14, 2018)

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2018

Last year John Maus returned with some of his first live shows in some time (including a show at Baby’s All Right) which were a preview for his first new album in six years with Screen Memories (via Ribbon Music).

Maus has continued to tour during the early parts of 2018, which included a return to Brooklyn on February 14 for a sold out Valentine’s Day performance at Elsewhere.

Always a theatrical performer, Maus was typically full of raw emotion, putting himself of full display with screams, jumps, hard self-inflicted thumps to the chest and face and sometimes a combo of all three at once. His tight live band made all the difference and brought all of these energetic tracks to life with an unstoppable energy.

Find a whole gallery of photos from his performance at Elsewhere posted below.
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Robert Plant at Beacon Theatre (February 14, 2018)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2018

The legendary Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters played to a sold out crowd at Beacon Theatre on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

The tour came in support of Plant’s 2017 album Carry Fire (released via Nonesuch Records) and featured a selection of new album cuts as well as some expected Led Zeppelin classics, as well as a few covers.

Find some photos from his performance posted in the gallery below.
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All photos by Taryn Alper

Pow Pow Family Band, the project of Miles Robbins (the son of Susan Sarandon) and Nara Shin, celebrated the release of their debut album All Right (via Modern Sky USA) with a release show at The Park Church Co-Op on February 10.

The show also featured opening performances from both Cotillon and Navy Gangs. Find photos from all three performances below, all taken by our photographer Taryn Alper.
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Palm at Market Hotel (February 9, 2018)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2018

Experimental art-rockers Palm returned with their new album Rock Island (via Carpark Records) and it’s safe to say it’s one of our favorite records in this very early first quarter of 2018. The band sound even more confident in their sonic explorations with a mix of a more polished approach that works to their advantage.

On February 9 they celebrated its release with a sold out performance in Brooklyn at Market Hotel. The show featured opening performances from both Melkbelly and Sammus.
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