Live Performance

Noah Chenfeld – “Give You What I Want”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2016

Noah Chenfeld

New Yorker Noah Chenfeld first caught our attention in early 2014, with his very Strokes-esque single “Get Lost.” A few years have since past, and Chenfeld has returned with a rather beautiful mature offering by the name of “Give You What I Want.”

There’s a loungey jazz quality to “Give You What I Want” that instantly clicks and is smooth sailing all the way. Everything about the recording is a mature step in the right direction, from his vocals to the welcome saxophone appearance towards the end of the song.

Excited to see what else Chenfeld has waiting for is in the near future. For now, enjoy the stream of “Give You What I Want” below, along with a live performance that he did as a part of Kurrent Music’s “Dorm Sessions” below that.
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Introducing: LNZNDRF

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2016

LNZNDRF

At first glance LNZNDRF may look like a jumble of letters, but fans of The National and Beirut should immediately take note. It’s the new project of Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Ben Lanz of Beirut (he also plays with The National live). Together, the trio form LNZNDRF and like Matt Berninger did last year, they look to make a name for themselves in 2016.

The group will release their self-titled debut album via 4AD on February 19. It was recorded over two and a half days at a Cincinnati church, with songs improvised from the old spirit that made them want to make music in the first place,

They’ve given us a preview of what is to come with a set of three live songs from the album (it looks like they’re joined by Beirut’s Aaron Arntz live), and the results are rather stunning. “Beneath The Black Sea” sounds like it could have come from New Order or Joy Division, they dive into dream-laden psych territory that reminds of My Bloody Valentine at times with “Mt. Storm,” and the experimental “King Things” has a experimental world-influence that isn’t easy to pin down to just one idea or genre. It’s safe to say that LNZNDRF isn’t just a one-off solo project, but a fully formed idea ready to take over our minds.

Enjoy all three of the live performances posted below. The album is available to pre-order now, with a limited clear vinyl pressing still available. The band will make their NYC live debut at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, March 5, with an early and late show.
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San Fermin - Wild Honey Pie : Shake Shack

Back in April I had the pleasure of attending an intimate performance from San Fermin at Headroom NYC, who were performing a Buzzsession put on by our buddies over at The Wild Honey Pie. The session was made that much more special as it featured a collaboration with Shake Shack, who made the intimate performance that much better with free burgers and their fine Shackmeister Ale. It’s not often you get to mix the equally great worlds of food and live music.

Today I have the honor and privilege of premiering one of the Buzzsession videos from that evening. It’s their performance of “Emily,” which sounds just as good as I remember it those many months ago. It’s interesting to see the final product after witnessing it all go down live in person. If you haven’t been to one of The Wild Honey Pie’s events or tapings yet, this video will make you want to rectify that immediately.

Enjoy the performance below, and be sure to check out one of the group when they return to New York City for a three night stand at Bowery Ballroom on December 17th, 18th & 19th. Tickets are on sale at the bands website.
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Ty Segall at Mercury Lounge (June 26, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2015

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This summer indie rocks hardest worker Ty Segall returned to New York for 4-intimate acoustic shows across the city, including performances at Baby’ All Right, Bell House, Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade NYC.

I caught his performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26, which was the first of two shows for him that night, with a performance at Rough Trade NYC immediately following. It featured an opening set from Nashville folk artist William Tyler, who warmed up the crowd with a beautiful set of finger-picked goodness.

The last time I saw Segall play was at one of the final Death By Audio performances in November, as well as his absolutely bonkers headlining show at Webster Hall. This time around he went unplugged, playing a set of acoustic songs from all over his catalog, but mostly pertaining to last year’s mega album, Manipulator. Segall had fun with the show, offering lighthearted, and often goofy covers of classic rockers such as Devo’s “Baby Talkin Bitches.”
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Mini Mansions at Rough Trade NYC (June 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2015

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I was introduced to Los Angeles rockers Mini Mansions through various legs of tours spent opening for Arctic Monkeys. It wasn’t until their performance at Rough Trade NYC in June where I was able to finally check out a headlining show of their own.

This year they released their new album The Great Pretenders (via Capitol Records) a record that burst through with large-scale rock anthems. One particular highlight is single “Vertigo” which features vocals from Arctic Monkeys very own Alex Turner. When planning to come to the show I jokingly wondered if Turner could possibly show up, but figured it was just a pipe dream. Yet, the day before the show at Governors Ball I found out Turner was in attendance, which changed my tune completely.

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Midway through the show I spotted Turner standing just a few spots behind me in the crowd. When the time came for him to make his cameo for “Vertigo” the unsuspecting crowd was left stunned by his brief, but memorable cameo, which certainly stole the show.

His appearance aside, Mini Mansions delivered a exciting performance that really is meant for a place much bigger than Rough Trade. They have the tunes for it, more people just need to start paying better attention.

Find more photos from the show posted below, along with a live recordings of their performance of “Vertigo” with Alex Turner.
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Wild Nothing at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 25th 2015 — with 1 comment

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After catching a set from Lightning Bolt at LPR, I bolted over to Brooklyn to catch Wild Nothings’ New York live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The comeback show was a part of a series of show that the band are performing as a part of Converse’s always welcome Rubber Tracks series. The free show sold out pretty much instantly, and featured support from Brooklyn band Journalism.

This was Wild Nothing’s first performance in New York for some time, but they made us feel right at home, opening with their breakthrough single “Summer Holiday.” This live version of Wild Nothing featured DIIV’s synth-player Colin Caulfield (formerly known as Young Man) and EZTV’s drummer Michael Stasiak. They fit in snugly around Tatum and Wild Nothing’s returning members: bassist Jeff Haley and guitarist Nathan Goodman.
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DIIV and Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right (April 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2015 — with 1 comment

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The last time I saw DIIV perform live, it was when they opened for My Bloody Valentine at Hammerstein Ballroom. It wasn’t the ideal atmosphere to catch Zachary Cole Smith’s band live, but they played two new songs that night (one of which was “Dust”), marking it as the beginning of phase two of DIIV’s career.

Here we are in spring 2015, and DIIV have just announced that their anticipated sophomore album is entitled Is the Is Are, and will see a release later this fall via Captured Tracks. Following the announcement, the band played an intimate late night show (starting a little after midnight) at Baby’s All Right to showcase some of the new songs off the album.
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Brandon Flowers at Webster Hall (March 24, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2015

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Earlier in the week The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers returned in a big way with new solo single “Can’t Deny My Love.” It marked a step into a world of big glossy 80s synth-pop, more aligned with The Killers’ Hot Fuss than his debut solo offering Flamingo. “Can’t Deny My Love” is on his new album The Desired Effect, which Island Records will release on May 18. On Tuesday night Flowers played an intimate show at Webster Hall to share some songs, both new and old.
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