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Andrew Bird at Prospect Park (July 28, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, August 21st 2017

One of the coolest things about New York City during the summertime is the full range of free concerts at various venues across the city.  On one of these recent summer nights we were treated to an absolutely beautiful free show from the one and only Andrew Bird at Prospect Park as part of the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

Bird was in New York City earlier this year back in February supporting The Lumineers at MSG but this show marked the first headlining show back in the city for Bird since last April’s Terminal 5 show. Bird is still out on the road in support of one of last years finest and most underrated releases, Are You Serious (via Loma Vista Recordings).  Along for the ride and kicking thing off for the night was the mesmerizing Esperanza Spalding.
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Arcade Fire at Grand Prospect Hall (July 27, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 21st 2017

The pre-release cycle for Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now (via Columbia Records) has been anything but boring. So it makes sense that their intimate release show (much smaller than the last time we saw them) at the Grand Prospect Hall would come with its fair share of drama as well.

It was a free show hosted by Apple Music that you needed to win a contest through 1iota in order to attend. It seems that the companies policy about a strict dress code got mixed up as being directly from the band, so naturally the internet ran wild with it. The band had some fun with the reaction, holding a contest for fans to win entry by showing off their least fashionable entry.

Being that it mainly serves to hold weddings and parties, I had never seen a show at Grand Prospect Hall before, but this seemed as good of any to get my first introduction. The band was set up in the round, with fans surrounding them on all four sides as well as in the balconies above.
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The Analog Girl – “More Than You Know”

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2017

Straight out of The Analog Girl started out as a lo-fi bedroom project using portable synthesizers and cassette tape records. It has since evolved it’s a dreamlike technicolor pop universe, headed by the mind of Singapore musician The Analog Girl.

Take her 80’s indebted track “More Than You Know” a dreamy little electronic excursion that is a pure blissful delight. It’s taken from her new album Golden Sugar Crystals, which was released earlier in the year.

Find it posted below via it’s trippy music video, featuring fashion animation by digital artist LS528 from her virtual fashion fantasy flower show.

The Nude Party have slowly but steadily built a solid local following her in New York and have made Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right their second home of sorts.

This month they have a mini residency at the venue, featuring three nights with very special guests and friends playing alongside them. The first show already went down earlier this week, but night 2 will go down on August 24 with Boytoy, Stuyedeyed and Jonathan Toubin opening the show and night 3 on August 31, with Max Pain And The Groovies and Ghostfunk Orchestra opening things up.

Tickets for both shows are just $5 and are still on sale for now. Both should be a good old time at Baby’s.

Gringo – “Little Spider”

By Will Oliver, August 16th 2017

This June saw Redding, California surf-rockers Gringo release their debut album The Shores (via Hey Amigo Recording Co.). They’re the brainchild of San Diego native Ryan Gillespie and the album is a collection of stories from the past year and a half of his life on the west coast.

Take album cut “Little Spider.” While it may not be re-inventing the genre, there’s an assured confidence in its delivery that just works. It uses it’s lo-fi nature to it’s advantage, sounding raw and gritty in the best way.

Stream “Little Spider” below and head to their bandcamp page to stream/buy the album.
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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Sylvan Esso have been touring non-stop this year in support of their new album What Now which was released earlier this year via Loma Vista Recordings.

We last caught them in May during their sold out two-night run at Brooklyn Steel. They dropped back into New York on July 26 for another headlining performance, this time at Prospect Park for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

Find photos from their performance posted in the gallery below, all taken by our photographer Dana Pacifico.
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Hans Zimmer at Radio City Music Hall (July 26, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2017

Whether you realize it or not, legendary composer Hans Zimmer is responsible for the music of some of your favorite films. Whether it’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lion King, Gladiator or the just recently released Dunkirk (which I reviewed over at Monday Morning Matinee), his scores have brought life and passion to many great films spanning decades, his influence felt throughout the industry. This year he brought these scores together for a world tour, which stopped in to New York for two nights at Radio City Music Hall, where we caught the second show on July 26.

Zimmer started the night off with an intro medley of themes from Driving Miss Daisy, Sherlock Holmes and even Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, gradually warming his way into big time themes from films such as Gladiator and The Lion King, even bringing out singer Lebo M to really bring the “Circle Of Life” to it’s fullest form. Hearing songs like this and the haunting songs from The Gladiator (featuring singer Czarina Russell) really was overwhelming in the best way possible, especially considering the sheer scope and scale of Zimmer’s massive orchestra, which had about 50 members in it.
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Tristen at Berlin (July 22, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2017

All photos by Joe Saturday

Tristen Gaspadarek, the Nashville singer-songwriter who operates as Tristen, released her third album Sneaker Waves in July via Modern Outsider.

On July 22 she dropped in to New York for a performance in support of the new record at Berlin. The show also featured support from Nancy Feast (Teeny Lieberson of Teen) and Skye Steele.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was there to capture the action from all three performances. Find them posted in the gallery below.
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