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1_The Last Shadow Puppets_Webster Hall

Over the past few years, I began to wonder if we’d ever get new music again from The Last Shadow Puppets. Getting new material would have been enough for me too. But the fact that they returned to not only give us Everything You’ve Come To Expect, one of the best albums of the year so far (the thing continues to grow and grow on me), but also some new live dates – well that’s just the cherry on top.

On April 11 they return to New York for a performance at Webster Hall, a very intimate venue for the group, whose stock has risen considerably just based on the fact that Arctic Monkeys grew so much with the release of AM, and the name of Turner has to be one of the most searched terms on tumblr. All jokes aside, the absence of Alex Turner and Miles Kane from the music scene as The Last Shadow Puppets only made the people crave a live show that much more, and the fact that it was held at Webster Hall made tickets that harder to get.
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Brooklyn’s Chairlift have released on of the finer pop albums this year with their breezy delight Moth, which was released much earlier this year via Columbia Records. Back in January they played a show at the beautiful National Sawdust to celebrate the release of the album, check out Bauer’s coverage of that show here. They then returned in April for both an early and a late show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and we were able to catch the latter show.

It had been a few years since I last saw Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly perform as Chairlift, and what a ways they have come. They’ve expanded their lineup, creating a tighter and much larger scale live show that goes well with their punchier, electro-pop infused sound. The new songs off of Moth sounded truly larger than life at the always cozy MHOW, and old favorites like “Sidewalk Safari,” “Amanaemonesia,” and of course, their trademark track, “Bruises” sounded better than ever.

Chairlift have become a powerful force live, one that I can’t wait to catch again. Find some photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.

Chairlift Setlist:

1. Look Up
2. Polymorphing
3. Sidewalk Safari
4. Show U Off
5. Romeo
6. Ottawa to Osaka
7. Amanaemonesia
8. I Belong in Your Arms
9. Unfinished Business
10. Crying In Public
11. Bruises

Encore:

12. Moth to the Flame
13. Get Real
14. Ch-Ching

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1_Andrew Bird_Terminal 5

On April 8, the ever-talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird finished his two-night run in New York at Terminal 5, in support of his very delightful new album Are You Serious, which was released via Loma Vista Recordings. Bird and his band combined their heightened orchestra sound to something more contemporary and rock-based, finding a strong middle ground between the two.

Opening the show was delightful Brazilian psychedelic rock band Boogarins, who kicked things off with a thunderous performance of tight musicianship and groovy, powerful rhythms, were an appreciated kick-off to a great night of music.

Find Andrew Bird’s setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of both his set and Boogarins.
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Preview: Weaves at Mercury Lounge

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2016

Weaves

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.

1_Frankie Cosmos_Bowery Ballroom

Last weekend New York’s very own Frankie Cosmos headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom along with support from soon to break out Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, Detroit’s Stef Chura, and Brooklyn’s Cende. It was a full bill of various sorts of indie rock, with each artist offering something uniquely their own.

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This show served as my introduction to Warehouse, who are being highly touted for a big breakout with their soon to be released sophomore album Super Low, which will be released via Bayonet Records on September 30. Their sound was an encouraging one, full of eclectic offerings mixed smoothly with classic rock sounds. There’s a sense of urgency that strikes while watching them live. Based on what I heard that night, Super Low is not to be missed.
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1_Everything Everything_Music Hall of Williamsburg

On August 4, English indie-rock group Everything Everything made their return to Brooklyn for a packed performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The return trip came in support of their last year’s massive sounding Get To Heaven, which was one of the more overlooked records of the year (at least stateside).

This was my first time catching the group live, and they didn’t disappoint. Their unusual blend of rock and other genres absolutely shines through in the live setting. The crowd was as good as one can ask, loud and vocal, singing along to every song and then some. It’s amazing that they aren’t playing venues like Terminal 5, but hey, I’m not complaining getting to see them at MHOW.

Find some photos of their performance posted below, along with their setlist, and shots of openers Elijah
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Ramsey – “The Garden”

By Will Oliver, August 15th 2016

Ramsey

Months ago we debuted shared with you a song called “See You Bleed” by Los Angeles experimental singer-songwriter Ramsey.

She’s recently returned with an equally promising song by the name of “The Garden” that captures a haunting aesthetic through it’s icy electronic waves or Ramsey’s strong vocal performance. Although she’s an artist on the rise, she’s already marked her territory with what sounds like a focused and sharp sound that she’s bound to make her signature. If she can keep up this quality with her eventual full-length, it’s bound to be unforgettable.

Stream “The Garden” below, and head to iTunes to give it a purchase if you like what you hear.
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1_Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros_St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church

On April 6, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros returned to New York for a rare performance at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. The show served as a preview of their new album Person A, which they played in full, returning with an encore performance of old favorite “Man On Fire.” It was great to see the band in the church setting, with frontman Alex Ebert eager as ever to venture through the aisle and bring the sermon directly to the people.

The opening set featured open-mic style performances from regular people who were selected ahead of the show to come out and play. This was a refreshing alternative to the usual opening performances we are treated two and was a nice gesture by the band.

Find the setlist below, along with photos of both Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and some of the open-mic musicians.
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Daughter at National Sawdust (April 4, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2016

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One of the first releases of 2016 was Not To Disappear the sophomore album from indie folk trio Daughter (which Glassnote Records released). They played their first New York City show for the tour in support of the new record on April 4, when they played a rather intimate performance at the beautifully fitting National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Find some shots of their performance posted below, along with New York singer-songwriter Wilsen who opened the show.
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Post Death Soundtrack

Canadian music collective Post Death Soundtrack consists of Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson. While the group live separately spread out between Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, they use the power of the internet to stay connected and able to collaborate.

Late last month the group released The Unlearning Curve, an album about eclectic narratives and dropping concepts, taking some risks and venturing into the unknown. One of these risks is a remix of their track “Beauty Eyes I Adore” remixed by Post Death member Jon Ireson, under the name giving it a dark electronic remix dubbed “the dark highway mix.”

It’s definitely best suited for a long drive out on a dark road, or highway, allowing the music to provide the soundtrack for the atmosphere of a late night on the town.

Stream the remix below, and grab the full album at bandcamp (pay what you want) or support the artists over at their CDBaby site.
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