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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The Kills at Brooklyn Steel (July 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2017

Rock mainstays The Kills have been going at it for 15 years now, building a reputation for one of the fiercest live shows in the game. They celebrated their 15th anniversary with a special one-off show at Brooklyn Steel on July 21, following an opening performance for a special Guns ‘n Roses show at The Apollo the night before.
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Conor Oberst has always kept himself plenty busy, but with the release of both Ruminations last October and Salutations this March (both via Nonesuch Records), the prolific songwriter has outdone himself even by his standards.

He brought his tour to Brooklyn on July 20 for a performance at Prospect Park for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The performance once again saw him backed up by The Felice Brothers as his live band just as they did last year during Northside Festival.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the show featured an outstanding triple threat lineup that included opening sets from both Hop Along and Big Thief.
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Planetarium is the album and collaborative project of Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, and James McAlister. The debut album (released via 4AD) sees them mesh their talents to one unique whole, with an album about the many planets and universes, connected to universal human themes as well.

This summer only saw a few select live tour dates for the group, which included a performance in Brooklyn on July 18 at Prospect Park for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
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