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With the release of Hurray For The Riff Raff’s sixth album The Navigator (released in March via ATO Records), the band’s Alynda Segarra has expanded the folk rock sound found on their earlier releases into something more. Part concept album, part political, and very much still a folk album that you’d come to expect from the talented Segarra, just with a lot more influences and a natural evolution of an artist with something to say.

On April 20, she brought the album to life for a sold out audience at Bowery Ballroom. Kicking off the show was Brooklyn artist Breanna Barbara and Nashville’s Ron Gallo. Gallo, who released his debut album Heavy Meta earlier this year as well (via New West Records). He performed the garage rock scorches in epic fashion, certainly doing his job of warming up the crowd.

Hurray For The Riff Raff gave us a passionate set of songs mainly from the new record, giving us some insight about their backstory as well as some of the political ideologies behind the messages found on them. It was never preachy, but rather enlightening and inspiring. She invited Ron Gallo and his band to join during the performance of “Living In The City” and once again for the great encore finale of John Lennon’s “Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple).”

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos from all three performances.

Hurray For The Riff Raff Setlist:

1. Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl
2. The Navigator
3. Rican Beach
4. Hungry Ghost
5. Lake of Fire
6. Settle
7. Life To Save
8. Blue Ridge Mountain
9. The Body Electric
10. Good Time Blues (An Outlaw’s Lament)
11. Fourteen Floors
12. Living in the City (with Ron Gallo)
13. Pa’lante

Encore:

14. St. Roch Blues
15. Bring On the Lucie (Freda Peeple) (John Lennon Cover with Ron Gallo)

Breanna Barbara:

Ron Gallo:

Hurray For The Riff Raff:

Moderat at Terminal 5 (April 19, 2017)

By Dana Pacifico, April 27th 2017


 

All photos by Dana Pacifico

Smack dab between Coachella weekends German electronic group Moderat (the collaboration between Modeselektor and Apparat) returned to NYC to finish out a tour that supposedly will be the last for a long time, as explained by the band in a recent post on their Facebook page. After spending the weekend in Indio and experiencing Moderat melting faces with one of my favorite sets of the weekend, I was giddy with excitement to get them in my hometown just a few days later to ease all my post-festival blues.
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Chairlift at Baby’s All Right (April 19, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2017

New York synth-pop rockers Chairlift, consisting of ‎Caroline Polachek‎ and ‎Patrick Wimberly, have called it quits, and gave fans one last chance to see them live with a final farewell tour. Naturally, the tour concluded in New York with a performance at Brooklyn Steel last Saturday. They also added a few more New York shows a few days before to meet the New York demand, playing both Bowery Ballroom and Baby’s All Right.

We caught the penultimate performance at Baby’s All Right on April 19, which started with a special karaoke performance from friends of the band, and then a career spanning 20-song set that featured just about every song that fans wanted to hear before saying farewell (at least for now).

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos from Chairlift’s performance.
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Sam Levin – “Hide and Seek”

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2017

Sam Levin has released his first album at the young age of 15 years old. In a time where so many young artists that make it big in music are doing pale imitations of pop stars like Justin Bieber, it’s refreshing to see a young artist come up who grew up listening to artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stone and Joni Mitchell.

His debut album is entitled Frame Of Mind and as described by Levin, is an album “about the last year and a half of my life.” At such a young age you’d wonder what he’d have to say, but based on one listen to single “Hide and Seek,” any doubts you had a quickly erased.
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Audio Jane – “High On You”

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2017

Audio Jane is a indie rock group from Hartford, Conneticut led by the vocals of singer Sarah Pech. The group released their new album Naive earlier in the month, packed with songs that should make fans of the 90s smile with glee.

Take for example the album’s lead single “High On You.” There’s a feeling of loss and nostalgia surrounding it, all while packing a nice light garage rock sound that is familiar but still ever so welcome.

Take a listen to “High On You” below and if you like what you hear, grab the album here.
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Maryama – “Where The Mermaids Are”

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2017

Maryamais an artist who grew up in Iran, studying guitar with Iranian rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh.

She’s now a resident on Los Angeles, and has since encorporated sounds of jazz, soul, and world music to her rock roots. She’s recently released her new single “Where The Mermaids Are,” a lush song with an dreamy ambiance to it, a song that is accurately self-described as “weightless” and as if you are “floating in a sea of serenity.”

It’s a rather lovely song, a perfect listen for a chill Sunday afternoon. Find it posted below.
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Yoke Lore – “Only You”

By Will Oliver, April 20th 2017

Yoke Lore, is the Brooklyn-based project of Adrian Galvin, previously of groups like Walk The Moon and Yellerkin. He’s preparing to release his sophomore EP Goodpain on June 16, and is going to be playing a few shows in New York City in support of The Overcoats (Rough Trade NYC on 4/20, Mercury Lounge on 4/21), and Shura (Bowery Ballroom on 4/25).
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With the opening of the highly anticipated new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel, the venue has locked in an impressive lineup of shows that have put them on the map in a big way. One of the first batch of shows for the venue – which holds about 1,800 people – features three sold out performances from The Decemberists, as a part of their “The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök” tour, which included Julien Baker as the opening act. We were in attendance for night two of the run on April 18.
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Sondre Lerche at Bowery Ballroom (April 15, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2017

I don’t know how I made it all the way to 2017 without ever seeing Sondre Lerche perform live. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as I’ve always tried to find a way to see him perform, but it just never quite worked out. Well that finally changed this Saturday, April 15, when Sondre Lerche brought his tour to New York, where the Norwegian singer now resides (in Brooklyn to be exact).

The show came in support of his new album Pleasure, which he released earlier in March via PLZ. In fact, the show (and US portion of the tour) almost didn’t happen after Sondre’s keyboardist and bassist were denied entry to the country due to visa issues (this will sadly be a trend over the next four years). But Lerche’s drummer David Heilman quickly found two great musicians in Jordan Brooks and Alan Markley to fill in for them with only a few days notice. It was only the third show for this version of the band, but if Lerche hadn’t told us, you wouldn’t had been any the wiser.
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