Muse at The Prudential Center (January 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2016

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On January 29, larger than life rockers Muse returned to the tri-state area with a performance at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, just two days after selling out Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show came in support of their latest record Drones, featuring the biggest live show of Muse’s career, which is saying something for a band always known to deliver a bombastic live special.
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London indie-pop duo Oh Wonder have had quite the young career. Staring in Setpember 2014, Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West (a couple in real life) wrote and released a new song every month on the bands soundcloud page. These songs caught the attention of music listeners and publications alike, growing their fanbase tremendously with every new release. In 2015, these songs became the foundation of their self-titled debut album, released via Caroline International.

On January 28 they stopped through Music Hall of Williamsburg for the first of a completely sold out two-night run in New York City (Bowery Ballroom came the next night). It was one of those shows where I, a 25-year-old, felt like one of the oldest members of the audience. There’s a youthful appeal to Oh Wonder, thanks to their modern approach of directly connecting with their fans, and an easy to please songwriting style that captures the best of the pop and r&b genres.
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On January 27, Neon Indian delighted a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg for a free intimate performance put on thanks to Converse Rubber Tracks live series.

Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo and his band sounded as tight as ever ripping through the dance/funk tunes from his slightly underrated new album VEGA INTL. Night School, which Mom + Pop Music released last year. It’s amazing how far he has evolved from his chill wave days, becoming a master of his own craft.

Find the setlist posted below along with some more photos.
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All photos by Emily Lembo

On January 27, Canadian folk group The Weather Station delighted an intimate crowd at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.

The group, fronted by Tamara Lindeman, delivered tracks from their lovely album Loyalty, which was released in 2015 via Paradise Of Bachelors.

Our photographer Emily Lembo was on hand to capture some photos from their performance. Find some more posted below.
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Lucius at Gramercy Park Hotel (January 26, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 23rd 2016

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On January 26 the mesmerizing folk-rock duo Lucius took up shop at the intimate Gramercy Park Hotel, a secret show set to showcase material from their new album Good Grief (out via Mom + Pop Music).

I’ve caught Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig’s group before, but only as openers or brief festival slots. So this performance served as my first proper show from them, and what a performance it was. Mere feet away from the crowd, the ladies and their tight band performed tracks both new and old, delighting the crowd with their timeless sounds of retro-folk rock and soul. Wolfe and Laessig, in matching yellow outfits, command your attention with their powerful voices that are in complete sync, of beauty, power, and grace.

Find a gallery from the performance posted below.
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On January 25 Rough Trade NYC saw two of indie rocks most promising folk-songwriters Julien Baker and Eskimeaux take their stage and break the heart of the sold out audience.

Julien Baker captured my heart last November when she opened for El Vy at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Her haunting debut album Sprained Ankle was as good as it gets, ending up as one of my favorite albums of 2015.
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On a snowy night on January 22, Australian electo-rock group Miami Horror played to packed Bowery Ballroom, just one night after playing Music Hall of Williamsubrg. Their tour came in support of their 2015 sophomore effort All Possible Futures, released via Dine Alone Records.

Led by Josh Moriarty and Aaron Shanahan, the group powered through disco-rock jams that certainly warmed up the crowd through the power of dance. I shouldn’t have been surprised by how well that their sound translated live, but there was a power and tightness to their performance that you don’t necessarily always expect when dance/electronic elements are at play.

The show also featured an opening performance from local act MOTHXR, fronted by actor Penn Badgley, who you may know from his role on Gossip Girl or films like Easy A.

Find photos of both Miami Horror and MOTHXR posted below, along with Miami Horror’s setlist.

Miami Horror Setlist:

1. American Dream
2. I Look To You
3. Real Slow
4. Moon Theory
5. Cellophane (So Cruel)
6. Love Like Mine
7. Strandbar (Todd Terje Cover)
8. Out Of Sight
9. Wild Motion (Set It Free)
10. Echoplex
11. Summersun
12. Who Is Gonna Save Us?
13. Sometimes
14. Holidays
15. Forever Ever?


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Preview: Twin Peaks In NYC Next Week

By Will Oliver, May 19th 2016

Twin Peaks

Chicago rock-outfit Twin Peaks have shown a great deal of maturity on their grown-up new album Down In Heaven, recently released via Grand Jury Music. They’ve honed in on their songwriting craft, proving them to be one of the most exciting bands making their way up the ranks of the current rock and roll scene.

Next week they bring their always energetic and wild live show to New York for a pair of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 24 and Bowery Ballroom‘ on May 25. It will be interesting to see how the more grown-up songs work their way into their typically crazy sets.

Tickets for both shows are currently on sale, but I wouldn’t wait too long on securing yours. They’re bound to sell out closer to the shows.
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Preview: Young Magic at Irving Plaza

By Will Oliver, May 12th 2016

Young Magic

Experimental pop-duo Young Magic will release their brand new album Still Life tomorrow, May 13, via Carpark Records. The album is a special one for Young Magic’s singer Melati Malay, who used these songs to explore her birthplace of Indonesia both culturally and politically, revisiting her family roots and reflect upon where she came from.

The duo is currently on tour with fellow New York experimental rockers Yeasayer, who are also supporting their own new album. The two will bring the tour to us in New York at Irving Plaza on Saturday night, for a sold out show that is sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Tickets are sold out, but keep checking closer to the show. There’s always a chance they sell some at the door as well. For now, enjoy “Lucien” from the album posted below.
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Oakland indie rockers Rogue Wave recently released their brand new album Delusions of Grand Fur, which came out via Easy Sound Recording Co. They’re currently on tour in support of the record, and are making their way to our neck of the woods this weekend.

This Friday and Saturday they have pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which you can still grab tickets for (Bowery here, MHOW here). Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone) will open the Bowery show, while Hey Marseilles will open MHOW.

If you’re still in need of tickets, you’re in luck. I got a pair of tickets for both shows to give away to two lucky winners. To enter to win, simply send me an email at with either Rogue Wave: Bowery or Rogue Wave: MHOW in the subject. In the body, leave the name that you’d want to be left on the will call guest list. Winners will be notified early day of the show.

Good luck!

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