Lucy Dacus has given us one of 2018’s finest releases so far with her breathtaking sophomore album Historian, released on March 2 via Matador Records. She celebrated release day with a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also kicked off her tour in support of the album.

Kicking off the night was Adult Mom and And The Kids, with And The Kids’ Hannah Mohan pulling double duty in both sets. It was my first time seeing either act (although Joe caught them for us last March) and I was quite impressed by the live presence of both, especially And The Kids who effortlessly won over the crowd from the very first song and kept the momentum going throughout their set.

And The Kids

It was then time for Lucy Dacus to take the stage and being the release show for Historian, she rifled through nearly all of the album. The last time we saw her was a year ago when she was testing out songs from the new album during her opening slot for Sylvan Esso. It was rewarding to hear these songs at their final point on both the album and in person.

She and her band began with the albums second track “Addictions” and they continued in order all the way to “Pillar of Truth,” leaving it’s lead single “Night Shift” to close the regular set and fittingly using album closer “Historians” to close the show during the one-song encore. Only three songs from her debut album No Burden were played (“I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” “Map On A Wall” and “Dream State…”), but considering how great the new record is and her mighty evolution, it was understandable.

This was an attentive audience (one that included her father) that was left completely in awe by the magical spell that Dacus cast upon us. It was the sort of show where you are afraid to shift your weight, as the slightest noise would be a disruption.

It won’t be long before seeing Dacus play small rooms like this will become a rare commodity. She’s going places and it’s going to be a pleasure to see her achieve all of her well-deserved success.

Find photos from Adult mom, And The Kids and Lucy Dacus posted in the gallery below (along with Dacus’ setlist).

Adult Mom:

And The Kids:

Lucy Dacus:

Lucy Dacus Setlist:

1. Addictions
2. The Shell
3. Nonbeliever
4. Yours & Mine
5. Body to Flame
6. Timefighter
7. Next of Kin
8. Pillar of Truth
9. Map on a Wall
10. Dream State…
11. Familiar Place
12. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
13. Night Shift


14. Historians

Diet Cig at Elsewhere (March 1, 2018)

By Joe Saturday, March 19th 2018

The self-proclaimed slop pop duo Diet Cig have been steadily touring since releasing their debut LP Swear I’m Good At This in April of 2017 (via Frenchkiss Records). For the band’s latest tour, singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman were joined by Anna Cory of tourmates The Spook School on bass and Karli Helm of Pllush on keyboard. This fuller-sounding incarnation of Diet Cig found themselves playing in front of a sold out crowd at Elsewhere on March 1st and, as is customary at Diet Cig gigs, the band ensured that the show would be a safe space where nobody should ever feel uncomfortable.

Alex Luciano’s trademark showmanship was on full display that night; when she wasn’t singing, she could be seen bouncing around the stage, spinning with her guitar raised high, kicking her leg as high as her head, or even trust falling from the stage into the crowd. The setlist mostly comprised of songs from Swear I’m Good At This as well as selections from their earlier EP and 7” single. To close out the show, the band broke out into the chorus of Semisonic’s Closing Time as friends and members of the opening acts jumped around joyously on stage.

Photos of opening acts The Spook School and Great Grandpa, as well as more photos of Diet Cig’s performance (plus their setlist) can be found below.
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The Dandy Warhols at Warsaw (February 25, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2018

All photos by Adam Heller

The Dandy Warhols stopped into New York City for a few shows in late February, still in support of their 2016 album Distortland. The visit included a performance at Warsaw on February 25, along with local act Uni who got things started with an opening set.

This was our first time seeing The Dandy Warhols since their performance at Bowery Ballroom two years ago. Our photographer Adam Heller was there to capture photos from both Uni and The Dandy Warhols’ sets. Find them posted in the gallery below.
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It’s hard to believe that this year is the 10th anniversary of Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit’s breakthrough album The Midnight Organ Fight. I distinctly remember that album accompanying me during my first few months in college at Binghamton when I was experiencing a few rough moments in my own personal life due to the loss of my grandfather and a particularly rough breakup all in the span of a couple weeks. The weather was cold up there but life was even colder, but this album and the words of frontman Scott Hutchison provided some much-needed warmth.

It’s been great to see just how well the guys have done in the ten years that have since passed, including singing to major label Atlantic Records and releasing three more albums along the way. They clearly realize the importance of The Midnight Organ Fight and announced that they’d be touring in select cities in celebration of the album’s tenth anniversary. This tour included two intimate performances at the venues that they once started out at, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both were very much sold out and we caught their performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on a fittingly brisk night on February 24.
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It was just last fall that I caught solo sets from both Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples at Terminal 5. Both came in support of their equally sharp new albums Flower Boy and Big Fish Theory, two of the best albums of 2017.

Not too long after their performances a joint tour between the two was announced, which included two nights at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We were able to attend night one of the two-night run, which took place on February 23.
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Preview: Buffalo Tom at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2018


Longstanding Boston indie rockers Buffalo Tom are back at it with new album Quiet And Peace (via Schoolkids Records), their first album in seven years. The album features a pretty cover of “Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Only Living Boy in New York.”

Tomorrow night they return to New York for a headlining performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of the new record. Opening up the show will be locals Valley Lodge.

Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here. You can also find the video for their cover of “The Only Living Boy in New York” posted below.
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Preview: Kelly Lee Owens at Elsewhere

By Will Oliver, March 14th 2018

London producer and singer Kelly Lee Owens released her great self-titled debut album last year via Smalltown Supersound. She came to New York in support of the record last year but we sadly missed that performance.

If you too missed her last stop, you’ll be happy to know that Owens will be back in New York this Friday for a performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. Support comes from both Ela Minus and Carmen Villain.

Tickets for the show are still currently on sale but don’t wait too long on scooping them up. We’ll have coverage of the show coming very soon as well.
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All photos by Dave Scholten

Twin Peaks and The Districts were the touring partners that we didn’t know we needed to see together but oh man, does it make sense. Both are two of the brightest young rock bands we have at the moment and both are known for putting on pummeling live performances.

While the tour didn’t come into New York City, there was still an area stop at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on February 23. This sold out show was packed with the young and feisty audience that you’d come to expect and had the whole place going wild.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture the action from both performances. Find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy (the project of songwriter Sophie Allison), are two of the most promising young songwriters that we have at the moment. This year saw the two come together for a tour in support of Bridgers terrific 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps (released via Dead Oceans) as well as Soccer Mommy’s debut album Clean, which was just recently released via Fat Possum.

On February 22 they stopped in for the first of two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg for a great night of music that also served as a showcase for two of the brightest talents to emerge in the past couple of years, both whose paths are steadily moving forward during what is turning out to be a sort of golden age for female-led projects. With all that’s going on in the world, the timing couldn’t be any better.

Up first was Allison, whose personal songwriting talent works its magic on you rather instantly. Live, her songs are given a bit of added weight and punch thanks to her band. The emotion is still very much there, it’s all just adjusted in a way that strongly holds up in a live environment. Her set included a great solo cover of The Boss’ “I’m on Fire,” as well as a solo performance of her own track “Still Clean,” before the band rejoined her for a set-closing performance of “Scorpio Rising.” This was a brief set, but she will be back very soon headlining both Rough Trade NYC and Elsewhere (Zone One).

The mood was set for Bridgers performance with a darkened stage, illuminated mainly by the white Christmas lights that were tightly wrapped around her mic stand. She gently welcomed us to her set with a heartbreaking performance of “Smoke Signals,” which surely set the mood and tone for the rest of the evening. Only four songs in she dropped the first of many surprises of that evening, bringing out Conor Oberst to perform his vocal part on their debut “Would You Rather.”

Oberst would come back out towards the tail end of the set, along with all of Soccer Mommy, to help perform “Scott Street,” with some oversized black balloons that were thrown out to the crowd for good measure. After performing “You Missed My Heart” while sitting on the floor cross-legged during the encore, Bridgers welcomed both Oberst and Soccer Mommy back out to perform a pretty epic cover of Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy,” that had all of the adoring crowd belting it back at them.

Bridgers music has a lot of heavy emotional weight to it, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how often she was able to break out and allow for more grand carefree moments that balanced it out in a celebratory fashion that was certainly most welcome.

Find photos and setlists for both Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers posted below.

Soccer Mommy:

Soccer Mommy Setlist:

1. Henry
2. Try
3. Last Girl
4. Your Dog
5. Cool
6. I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover) (solo)
7. Still Clean (solo)
8. Scorpio Rising

Phoebe Bridgers:

Phoebe Bridgers:

1. Smoke Signals
2. Funeral
3. Georgia
4. Would You Rather (with Conor Oberst)
5. Chelsea
6. Demi Moore
7. Killer
8. Wasted
9. Steamroller (solo)
10. Motion Sickness
11. Scott Street (with Conor Oberst and Soccer Mommy)


12. You Missed My Heart (Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle cover)
13. If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow cover) (with Conor Oberst and Soccer Mommy)

Ginger Root – “Call It Home”

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2018

Ginger Root is Cameron Lew, a film student from Huntington Beach, Calirfornia. He makes chill music that can classify in the early bedroom indie pop/rock of say, Toro y Moi and Mac DeMarco.

We previously shared with you his track “Two Step” from last year and now we are pleased to share his latest single “Call It Home.”

It’s a step-forwarded for Lew, who shows off some pretty impressive vocal range and delights with some undeniably funky and fresh synth ideas that make the track a delight from start to finish.

Enjoy a stream of “Call It Home” below and find the track available to download for whatever price you want on his Bandcamp.
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