Sleater-Kinney at Terminal 5 (February 26, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

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Last night Sleater-Kinney took over Terminal 5 for the first night of a very sold out two-night run in support of their new album No Cities to Love. It was their first live performance in New York since 2006 (at Webster Hall). I never expected that the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss would reunite for a new album, let alone return to play live shows again. This made the night one of those “pinch me,” “is this really happening sort of shows,” with a special feeling lingering throughout the air of the very sold out Terminal 5, and when I say sold out, it was probably one of the most packed crowds that I’ve ever seen at Terminal 5, with no room to spare.

I was too young to ever see Sleater-Kinney perform live during their heyday, which made catching one of the two shows a top priority that I planned to take complete advantage of. And so did the trio (who are joined by new member Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin, adding guitars and keys) who tore through a phenomenal 23-song set of songs both old and new.

For shows like this it’s hard to find a good complete balance when returning to the stage after so long. You know people are yearning to hear the older stuff, but you’re also excited to finally share the new material that you’ve been working hard on for so long. Thankfully the girls of Sleater-Kinney are masters of their craft, and delighted the crowd with an equal filling of each. It also helps that the new songs off of No Cities to Love are of the same quality as their previous work, if not better.

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It was a thing of beauty to watch the girls work together to bring these songs to life, as their interplay is a wonderful thing to watch. The vocals of lead singer Corin Tucker are a powerful force of work, while now TV comedy star Carrie Brownstein added timely backing vocals when she wasn’t flashing out some true rock star moves. The power and force was honed in and kept at a steady pace thanks to the powerful and steady percussion from Janet Weiss behind the drumkit. Harkin was only on stage when the new material was played, disappearing and reappearing at cosntsnt intervals. While the new songs felt impressively familiar and well suited within the grand scheme of their career-spanning set, it was songs pulled from The Woods that got the most out of the crowd. Take “Entertain” or the thrilling one-two punch of “What’s Mine Is Yours” and “Youth Decay,” either way, you had people of all ages belting out the lyrics, if not adding in some head-banging for good measure.

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Most comebacks and reunions are just for a quick cash grab to capitalize on the flurry of bands that seem to be getting back together. But not Sleater-Kinney. Not that they have anything left to necessarily prove, but they got plenty of gas in the tank, and aren’t letting it to go to waste. They’re back and better than ever. They’re back it at making great music simply because they can. Rock and roll will never die as long as we are lucky enough to have bands like this.

If you’re not at Terminal 5 tonight for the second show, than you screwed up. These are surely two of the best shows that New York will see all year.

Setlist and photos posted below, including Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo, who offered a fun entertaining opening set, that wasn’t quite what most Sleater-Kinney fans expcted

Sleater-Kinney Setlist:

1. Price Tag
2. Start Together
3. Fangless
4. Get Up
5. Surface Envy
6. Oh!
7. No Anthems
8. What’s Mine Is Yours
9. Youth Decay
10. No Cities to Love
11. A New Wave
12. The End of You
13. One Beat
14. Words and Guitar
15. Bury Our Friends
16. Entertain
17. Sympathy
18. Jumpers


19. Gimme Love
20. Turn It On
21. One More Hour
22. Modern Girl
23. Dig Me Out


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[new]: Wolf Alice – “Giant Peach”

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

Wolf Alice

Hot rising London four-piece Wolf Alice have revealed that their debut album is entitled My Love Is Cool, and will be released on June 23 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records.

The announcement came with the release of the hard-hitting first single, a scorcher by name of “Giant Peach.” Naturally we assume its a reference to Roald Dahl’s beloved book, but according ot the band it’s a track about growing up in London. It doesn’t take time for the track to lift off and settle into a comfy groove, but it’s towards the end where it picks up some real steam and lets loose of a lot of aggression.

If you’re in the area, Wolf Alice will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tomorrow night along with Sunflower Bean (who were saw earlier in the month). For more info on that show head here.

Find “Giant Peach posted below, along with all of Wolf Alice’s upcoming tour dates.
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Ariel Pink at Terminal 5 (February 25, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

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On Wednesday night Ariel Pink brought his Pom Pom tour to New York for a show at Terminal 5. It seemed like a strange booking when it was announced, as the space seemed a little bit too big and wrong for the weirdo-pop of Pink. As it turns out, my skepticism was right as the show was slightly undersold, with only the main floor available to attendees (balconies were VIP only). I think a show at Webster Hall would have been a better fit.

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On Tuesday night Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad brought their current tour with Brooklyn’s Port St. Willow to Baby’s All Right. Considering The Twilight Sad just played Webster Hall last November with We Were Promised Jetpacks, getting to see them play the more intimate Baby’s All Right was the perfect way to take in their set of awe-inspiring tunes.
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Passion Pit – “Where The Sky Hangs”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2015

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Passion Pit are wasting no time returning to the game. With new album Kindred set to be released this Spring (April 21 via Columbia Records, they have already given us our taste of the album with lead-track “Lifted Up (1985).” They followed that up the very next day with yet another album offering: “Where The Sky Hangs.”

While that was a more excitable release, “Where The Sky Hangs” takes things a bit slower, a more drawn out chill track that wouldn’t be too out of place on Gossamer. It’s a bit of a grower, so hang tight and give it some time to work its magic on you.

Check it out below.
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Guantanamo Baywatch – “Too Late”

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2015

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Portland rockers Guantanamo Baywatch do something real interesting on their track “Too Late,” which they give a classic, 50s sounding slow dance and give it a surfy/garage spin that is something exciting and ultimately refreshing.

It’s taken from their new album, Darling… It’s Too Late, out May 12 via Suicide Squeeze Records. Based on what I saw when I saw them open for Ty Segall at Death By Audio last November, it’s going to be a good one. Enjoy it below.
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Bang Gang – “Out Of Horizon”

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2015

Bang Gang

After spending some time making music with Starwalker along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson is returned with new music plans for his main project, Bang Gang.

He’ll release their new album this spring, and based on the album’s first single “Out Of Horizon,” it’s looking good. It’s an icy track, full of chilly moments of pop bliss, perfect for this winter daze we seem eternally stuck in.

Stream it below and keep an eye out for more news on the upcoming album.
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[new]: Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2015

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Brit-rockers Palma Violets will return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5 via Rough Trade.

They’ve let go of the first single and title track “Danger In The Club” in the form of a rather epic music video shot showing the band playing in a rowdy pub. This is a rowdy little anthem that quickly builds up steam and lets loose in a big, big, way. I’m already looking forward to hearing this one live when they return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right, which tickets are still on sale for.

Check out the video below and check out their mini leg of U.S. dates and the album’s tracklisting.

1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, you couldn’t do much better (On The Beach)
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
8. Matador
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue

Tour Dates:

March 16th – NYC – Baby’s All Right
March 18th-21st – SXSW
March 24th – SF – Rickshaw Stop
March 25th – LA – Echo
March 28th – Burgerama Fest

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