Preview: Cass McCombs at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2016


(Photo by Rachael Cassells)

Cass McCombs continue to prove he’s simply one of the best songwriters that we got around right now with every release. Even so, even I was taken aback by how good and varied that his new album Mangy Love is (which was his first release on Anti-

His live show is not to be missed, and this show will be all about the gems off of Mangy Love. As he proved at his Bowery Ballroom show back in January, McCombs live show is as seasoned and effective as you’d expect. He’s back at it this Friday when he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it’s no surprise that the show is completely sold out.

There may be some at the door, so if you’re dying to go, swing by the venue ahead of doors. His shows are not to be missed, especially when McCombs us touring such a strong album.
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Preview: Temples at Bowery Ballroom

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2016


With the release of the very Tame Impala-ish new single “Certainty,” psych-rockers Temples are gearing up for a new album. They’ll return to us in New York tomorrow for a show at Bowery Ballroom, the place that they played their very first “official” New York show in November 2013 (you can find our coverage of that show here).

There are still some tickets available, but something tells me that they won’t last until the show tomorrow night. Support comes from Los Angeles’ Vinyl Williams. It should be a good one. If you haven’t already heard “Certainty,” I’ve embedded it below:

Preview: Alex Cameron at Baby’s All Right

By Will Oliver, September 22nd 2016


It’s hard to describe the music of Australian songwriter Alex Cameron in terms of just one genre. This year saw the release of his most memorable debut album Jumping The Shark, which is out via Secretly Canadian. And just this past Sunday I saw him dazzle a sold out crowd at Warsaw while opening for Angel Olsen.

He’s back in town on Friday night for a show of his own at the more than appropriate Baby’s All Right. Getting to see him up close and person in a place like Baby’s is the ideal setting for his style of music, and for $10 it will be hard to find a better deal for a show this entire weekend.

Tickets are still for sale right here, and stream a track from his record below.
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Preview: Basilica SoundScape 2016

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2016

Basilica Soundscape

Every year in upstate New York, Basilica Soundscape reminds us that festivals don’t have to be overwhelming events that you can barely find reasons to enjoy. The festival, which is returning for it’s fifth year in Hudson New York, offers a unique festival experience in the industrial surrounding that is Basilica Hudson. The lineup is always carefully curated by Basilica Hudson Creative Directors Melissa Auf Der Maur and Tony Stone, along wwith Pitchfork Senior Editor/Director of Events Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Leg Up! Management to program a creative and exciting lineup that is unlike any other festival that you’ll find not only on the East Coast, but probably across the country.

This year’s festival takes place from September 16-18 (music takes place only 16-17) and the lineup is as interesting and eclectic as ever. Angel Olsen, Explosions in the Sky, and Wolves in the Throne Room are headlining, with Deradoorian, Cobalt, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Edley O’Dowd (Thee Majesty), Deantoni Parks, Bell Witch, The Utter Nots, Uniform, Youth Code, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Xylouris White, Saviour Self, Mary Lattimore and Amber Tamblyn rounding on the rest of the lineup.

Tickets are still available for both a weekend pass, single days, and camping. Be sure to check back during the festival, we’ll have full coverage coming here, as well as on our instagram and twitter accounts.

Preview: Weaves at Mercury Lounge

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2016


Last fall during CMJ (rip?) I caught a band from Toronto by the name of Weaves that showed some promise during the showcase at Pianos that I caught them playing at. Here we are a year later and the group has released their well received debut self-titled debut album via Kanine Records.

They return to us in New York this week for a pair of shows. Tomorrow they’ll take over Mercury Lounge, and on Thursday they’ll head to Baby’s All Right. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

It’s a good chance to catch the group while they’re still playing these small venues. We’ll be at the Mercury Lounge show ourselves, but you can’t go wrong either way. Both shows will also feature Cayetana.

Preview: Full Moon Fest 2016

By Will Oliver, August 15th 2016

Full Moon Fest 2016

Returning for it’s sixth straight year, MATTE Projects Full Moon Fest is back in a big way this year. Returning to Governor’s Island, the festival has now expanded to two days, and features its most diverse lineup yet. With headlining sets from Santigold, Pusha T, SBTRKT, and Allah-Las, this is easily their most exciting and eclectic lineup to date, with the return to Governors Island an always welcome escape.

Stretch over two days this will over fans a different experience, with more spread out action throughout each day, and giving each artist more time to shine. We’ve covered the festival for the past two years (find our 2015 and 2014 coverage) and look forward to seeing what this years edition has to offer.

Tickets for the festival are still available as single day or two-day packages. In the meantime, check out Billboard’s interview with the festivals founders about this years fest, and head to the Full Moon site for more information.


If Ruban Nielson and his fantastic genre-defying band Unknown Mortal Orchestra are playing live in New York, you can bet on me being in attendance. The band seem to find new avenues and sounds on every album, and expand upon them even further during their exciting live shows. They’re performance at Irving Plaza earlier this year was an early highlight during the first quarter of the year.

They’re still hard at working touring last year’s Multi-Love (released via Jagjaguwar), and return to us in New York for a free performance tomorrow evening at Central Park Summerstage. As if they aren’t enough of a draw, we also get opening sets from Empress Of and Klaus Johann Grobe. It will be a great night for music of all different sorts of genres, now lets hope the weather holds out for us.
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Preview: Julianna Barwick at Bowery Ballroom

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2016

Julianna Barwick

Tomorrow night Julianna Barwick will take her gorgeous sounds to the always reliable show space that is Bowery Ballroom for a performance with MAS YSA.

The show comes in support of Barwick’s new album Will, which was released in May via Dead Oceans. The record sees Barwick take her sound in a haunting new direction, one that will no doubt be beautiful to watch unfold in the live setting.

Tickets for the show are currently still for sale, not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.
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Preview: Mutual Benefit at Mercury Lounge

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2016

Mutual Benefit

Mutual Benefit, the project of Jordan Lee, released their beautiful sophomore record Skip a Sinking Stone last month via Mom + Pop Music.

He’s returning to New York for a pair of lives show this week, with the first show coming tomorrow evening at Mercury Lounge.

This will be New Yorkers first chance to catch these new songs in what is sure to be lovely live arrangements that will sound great in the intimate setting that is the Mercury Lounge. This is actually an early show, with openers Florist kicking things off around 7:30 (doors at 6:30). The very next night they’ll head to Brooklyn for a show at Baby’s All Right.

Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

Preview: Whitney In NYC This Weekend

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2016


Tomorrow rising Chicago indie rockers Whitney (featuring Max Kakacek formerly of Smith Westerns and Julien Ehrlich formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) release their debut album Light Upon The Lake via Secretly Canadian. It’s already one of my favorite albums of the year so far, and it won’t be long until everyone else is captured by their lush summer sounds.

To celebrate the albums release, the group is in town for a trio of shows, both big and small. They’ll play an early afternoon set at Governors Ball on Sunday, but before that they’ll do some intimate performances in Brooklyn, playing Baby’s All Right tomorrow night, and Market Hotel on Saturday.

Unfortunately both shows are sold out, but there may be a select amount of tickets available at doors day of show. It’s a matter of time until they play bigger shows at venues like Bowery, MHOW and maybe even Webster Hall, so these are definitely the shows to see.
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