On December 8, The Drums, a duo version of Polica (featuring Channy and Ryan from the band) and It Will (Ian Williams from Battles) will come together for a benefit show at Saint Vitus. All proceeds from the show will benefit the ACLU.

Not only will it feature performances in such an intimate space, but it also features a raffle with prizes from great labels such as Merge Records and Mom + Pop. Not to mention the show is for a great cause.

Tickets for the benefit are still on sale, but don’t wait too long as this show will sell out very soon.
Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Mitski In NYC This Week

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2016


With the release of her fantastic new record Puberty 2, singer-songwriter Mitski has had quite a year. She’s played New York a few times already (including a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom) and will return early this week for a pair of sold out shows.

On Monday she plays her largest New York show to date at Webster Hall along with Fear of Men and Weaves, and on Tuesday she plays the smaller Villain (which was moved from Market Hotel) along with Nick Hakim and Mal Devisa. Both shows are sold out, but keep an eye for last minute tickets drops, or even try your luck early at doors.
Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Frankie Cosmos at Webster Hall

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2016

1_Frankie Cosmos_Bowery Ballroom

(Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom)

This Sunday Frankie Cosmos will return home for her largest headlining show yet at Webster Hall. The performance wraps up quite a year for Greta Kline, who released a great record with Next Thing (released via Bayonet Records), and has only been getting bigger and bigger as the year has gone on.

We first caught her this year at Shea Stadium, and then Bowery Ballroom. Now at Webster Hall, with support from the equally terrific Big Thief as well as Vagabon. It will be a great night of music across the bill.

Tickets for the show are currently still on sale, but don’t wait until Sunday, as it may be sold out by then.
Read the rest of this entry »


Day Wave, the Oakland-based group led by Jackson Phillips, have signed to Harvest Records, who will released their debut album sometime next year. It doesn’t seem like we will have to wait all that long, as they have shared the album’s first single, the ultra-dreamy “Wasting Time.”

Phillips continues to embark on his signature bliss-filled dreamscapes that just leave your mind at ease. Even so, the group showcases flashier production on the new single, with a guitar solo to boot and all.

Day Wave will be back in New York next Monday, November 14, for a show at Baby’s All Right. This may be the last time you see them at such an intimate venue at Bowery, with Bowery/MHOW probably on the horizon next. We can expect some new songs are bound to be tested, so this will be your first taste of their album. Tickets are currently still on sale for now.
Read the rest of this entry »

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

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.

blog advertising is good for you

Monday Morning Matinee

midwest sunglasses