Concert Reviews

All photos by Qbertplaya

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks returned with their seventh studio album Sparkle Hard on May 18 via Matador Records. Their tour brought them to New York (where we last saw them in 2015) for a two-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg, with support coming from Lithics.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture the action from night one of the run on June 14. Find her photos from both Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks and Lithics posted below, along with The Jicks’ setlist.


Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks:

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Setlist:

1. No One Is (As I Are Be)
2. Bike Lane
3. Future Suite
4. Post-Paint Boy
5. Shiggy
6. Share the Red
7. Rattler
8. Solid Silk
9. Cinnamon and Lesbians
10. Middle America
11. Witch Mountain Bridge
12. Refute
13. Kite


14. Freeze the Saints
15. In the Mouth a Desert (Pavement cover)
16. No Tan Lines (Pavement cover)
17. Jenny and the Ess-Dog

Of Montreal at Le Poisson Rouge (June 12, 2018)

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2018

All photos by Bryan Lasky

This year the impossibly busy Of Montreal released yet another new album with White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, released back in March via Polyvinyl Records. They played Knockdown Center closer to its release but returned back to New York on June 12 for a performance at Le Poisson Rouge as a part of their LPR X celebration of ten years as a venue.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as openers Locate S,1 and Jennifer Vanilla. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below, along with Of Montreal’s setlist.
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In May Parquet Courts returned with new album Wide Awake! via Rough Trade Records and it’s unsurprisingly yet another fantastic album from the band who are proving to be one of the most reliable bands of this decade. They took part in this year’s Northside Festival in unique fashion dubbing their three shows over the weekend with the marquee of “Land, Sea, and Air.” The land show was at Public Arts, the sea show was on the Liberty Belle Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat, while the air show took place on Elsewhere’s Rooftop space.

We caught the show out at sea on the Liberty Belle on Sunday, June 10 and what an experience this was. Following a performance by Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia, Parquet Courts emerged to bring the rock party to the sea. It didn’t take long for the crowd to turn up the notch on rowdiness with full out moshing taking place by the time they kicked into the new album’s first single “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience.” The band sounded as tight as ever, finding some new avenues along the way with the new direction found on bouncy, and almost danceable cuts such as title track, “Wide Awake.” With plenty of the band’s trademark humor including situational bits about possible mutiny from the crowd, this was every bit as wild of a party as one would expect from a Parquet Courts show on a freaking boat.

Find the full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from both Parquet Courts and Hailu Mergia.

Hailu Mergia:

Parquet Courts:

Parquet Courts Setlist:

1. Total Football
2. Dust
3. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
4. Freebird II
5. Before the Water Gets Too High
6. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World @Cover[d6ed7887-a401-47a8-893c-34b967444d26]
7. Dear Ramona
8. Master of My Craft
9. Borrowed Time
10. Wide Awake
11. Psycho Structures
12. Back to Earth
13. Normalization
14. Outside
15. NYC Observation
16. Extinction
17. Mardi Gras Beads
18. One Man No City
19. Light Up Gold II

Eels at Brooklyn Steel (June 9, 2018)

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2018

All Photos by Dutch Doscher

Mark Oliver Everett returned this year with The Deconstruction, his first new Eels album in four years. He’s been touring hard in support of the new album, including a performance in New York on June 9 at Brooklyn Steel. It had been four years since we last saw him play at The Apollo Theater.

Along with new songs and classics from Everett’s ever-expansive career, Eels also devoted a good chunk of the set to covers of famous tracks such as Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and “When You Were Mine,” along with The Who’s “Out In the Street,” and Brian Wilson’s “Love and Mercy.”

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from his performance at Brooklyn Steel, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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La Luz at Baby’s All Right (June 9, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, July 3rd 2018

With its newest release Floating Features (out via Hardly Art), surf-rockers La Luz released one of the years best albums that is an absolutely stellar follow-up to 2015’s Weirdo Shrine. In fact, the last time we saw the band was earlier this year at Elsewhere where we were expecting to hear more new material but didn’t get much at all. As soon as we heard they were coming back to New York City to play Baby’s All Right as part of this years Northside Festival, we knew exactly where we’d be on June 9th.
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Liz Phair at National Sawdust (June 7, 2018)

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2018

One of the marquee shows of the 2018 Northside Festival was Liz Phair who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her classic album Exile in Guyville. She reissued the album along with her Girly-Sound cassettes via Matador and has been touring in support of the reissue. This included a super intimate performance for her on June 7 at National Sawdust as a part of the festival.
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On the eve of Snail Mail’s first full-length major label debut, Lindsey Jordan and her band made a stop in New York as part of Northside Festival to play an album release show (just two days after opening up for Belle and Sebastian in Connecticut). Her new album Lush (which is out now via Matador) is guaranteed to end up on many ‘best-of’ roundups by years end, so getting to see the band play at Music Hall of Williamsburg was an absolute treat (you know, before she opens up for a small band named Interpol at a small venue called Madison Square Garden next year). Opening the night up was Corridor as well as Lionlimb.
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All photos by Qbertplaya

The talented Kaki King has started her own label Short Stuff Records, bringing on Brooklyn singer Treya Lam as the label’s first signing. On June 7 Kaki King set up a special performance at Joe’s Pub serving as the record release for Lam’s new album Good News, which King also produced.

King kicked things off with a short opening set, before handing the night over to Lam who gave fans a taste of the new album with King sitting in on drums.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.

Kaki King:

Treya Lam:

Scottish indie rock mainstays Belle and Sebastian are on tour in support of How to Solve Our Human Problems, their collection of three EP’s that they’ve released via Matador Records from last December to this past February. Their tour brought them to the tri-state area for a pretty intimate showing at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 6, ahead of a much bigger New York performance at Forest Hills Stadium just two days later.
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