Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy (the project of songwriter Sophie Allison), are two of the most promising young songwriters that we have at the moment. This year saw the two come together for a tour in support of Bridgers terrific 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps (released via Dead Oceans) as well as Soccer Mommy’s debut album Clean, which was just recently released via Fat Possum.

On February 22 they stopped in for the first of two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg for a great night of music that also served as a showcase for two of the brightest talents to emerge in the past couple of years, both whose paths are steadily moving forward during what is turning out to be a sort of golden age for female-led projects. With all that’s going on in the world, the timing couldn’t be any better.

Up first was Allison, whose personal songwriting talent works its magic on you rather instantly. Live, her songs are given a bit of added weight and punch thanks to her band. The emotion is still very much there, it’s all just adjusted in a way that strongly holds up in a live environment. Her set included a great solo cover of The Boss’ “I’m on Fire,” as well as a solo performance of her own track “Still Clean,” before the band rejoined her for a set-closing performance of “Scorpio Rising.” This was a brief set, but she will be back very soon headlining both Rough Trade NYC and Elsewhere (Zone One).

The mood was set for Bridgers performance with a darkened stage, illuminated mainly by the white Christmas lights that were tightly wrapped around her mic stand. She gently welcomed us to her set with a heartbreaking performance of “Smoke Signals,” which surely set the mood and tone for the rest of the evening. Only four songs in she dropped the first of many surprises of that evening, bringing out Conor Oberst to perform his vocal part on their debut “Would You Rather.”

Oberst would come back out towards the tail end of the set, along with all of Soccer Mommy, to help perform “Scott Street,” with some oversized black balloons that were thrown out to the crowd for good measure. After performing “You Missed My Heart” while sitting on the floor cross-legged during the encore, Bridgers welcomed both Oberst and Soccer Mommy back out to perform a pretty epic cover of Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy,” that had all of the adoring crowd belting it back at them.

Bridgers music has a lot of heavy emotional weight to it, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how often she was able to break out and allow for more grand carefree moments that balanced it out in a celebratory fashion that was certainly most welcome.

Find photos and setlists for both Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers posted below.

Soccer Mommy:

Soccer Mommy Setlist:

1. Henry
2. Try
3. Last Girl
4. Your Dog
5. Cool
6. I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover) (solo)
7. Still Clean (solo)
8. Scorpio Rising

Phoebe Bridgers:

Phoebe Bridgers:

1. Smoke Signals
2. Funeral
3. Georgia
4. Would You Rather (with Conor Oberst)
5. Chelsea
6. Demi Moore
7. Killer
8. Wasted
9. Steamroller (solo)
10. Motion Sickness
11. Scott Street (with Conor Oberst and Soccer Mommy)


12. You Missed My Heart (Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle cover)
13. If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow cover) (with Conor Oberst and Soccer Mommy)

Ginger Root – “Call It Home”

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2018

Ginger Root is Cameron Lew, a film student from Huntington Beach, Calirfornia. He makes chill music that can classify in the early bedroom indie pop/rock of say, Toro y Moi and Mac DeMarco.

We previously shared with you his track “Two Step” from last year and now we are pleased to share his latest single “Call It Home.”

It’s a step-forwarded for Lew, who shows off some pretty impressive vocal range and delights with some undeniably funky and fresh synth ideas that make the track a delight from start to finish.

Enjoy a stream of “Call It Home” below and find the track available to download for whatever price you want on his Bandcamp.
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Last year British indie rockers Flyte released their debut album The Loved Ones, which was far and away one of our favorite albums of the year.

After seven long months on the road touring in support of the record, the band took a break at the Isle of Wight in December, where they wrote and produced two completely new songs (which were produced and mixed by longtime friend and collaborator, Burke Reid). This session resulted in “Moon Unit” and “Victory Girls,” the two songs which we are honored to premiere to you today.

“Moon Unit” chugs along with a soothing energy that effortlessly builds up to deliver a chorus that is every bit charming and addictive as all the best Flyte songs are. Its title is a nod to Frank Zappa’s daughter and an ode to the songs their parents would listen to on cassette during long drives.

Then you have “Victory Girls,” a song that showcases the simple, yet efficient use of just their lush vocals and dreamy guitar work providing something that feels completely timeless.

Most impressively, while both efforts have no problem working their magic on a listener fairly instantly, they also have a special growing power that allows them to sound even better with each subsequent listen.

These two songs will surely be showcased when they finally bring their tour to the United States for the first time for both SXSW, as well as long-awaited headlining performances in both Los Angeles and New York (at Mercury Lounge – grab tickets here)

Enjoy the exclusive stream of both songs below as well as their upcoming U.S. tour dates, posted right after.

Flyte U.S. Tour Dates:

Tue, March 13 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Killing Moon & Reverb Nation w/ Metro UK – Seven Grand
Wed, March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Showcase – Central Presbyterian Church
Fri, March 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW – British Music – Latitude
Sat, March 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Best Lil’ Big Fest – The Tiniest Bar in Texas
Mon, March 19 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night – Bardot
Wed, March 21 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

La Luz at Elsewhere (February 17, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 8th 2018

La Luz will return with new album Floating Features on May 11 via Hardly Art. On February 17 the Los Angeles surf rockers (who formed in Seattle) returned to us in Brooklyn (where we last caught them two years ago) on a snowy night for a headlining performance at Elsewhere as a part of Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off. The main room portion of the show also featured an opening set from the equally rocking The Mystery Lights, while Elsewhere’s smaller Zone One space featured performances from both Bodega and Jane Church, whose members joined The Mystery Sets for a song each.
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All photos by Taryn Alper

This year Minneapolis synth-pop quartet Poliça teamed up with European orchestral collective t a r g a z e to release collaborative album Music For The Long Emergency via Totally Gross National ProductTransgressive Records.

On February 17 the two brought their combined forces for a live performance at the Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Our photographer Taryn Alper was there to capture photos of their performance, find all her shots posted in the gallery below.
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Superchunk at Rough Trade NYC (February 16, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2018

Superchunk returned fully charged on new album What a Time to Be Alive, which was released last month via Merge Records.

On February 16 they celebrated the albums release with an instore performance at Rough Trade NYC that was free to those who had purchased the album directly from the New York store (and they signed copies for everyone after).

The band gave fans a mini-set of 11 songs, six of which came from What a Time to Be Alive, with the others taken from across their expansive catalog of releases. Set closer “Fishing” saw singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan and drummer Jon Wurster switch spots in a pretty epic fashion that sent fans out of the venue happy and eager to meet the band after for the signing.

Find photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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Wye Oak at Symphony Space (February 16, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2018

All photos by Dave Scholten

Wye Oak will return with new album The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs later this year via Merge Records but on February 16 their live performance at Symphony Space came with much different intentions than usual.

For this show the duo were accompanied by the Metropolis Ensemble two perform two special sets. The first set featured songs from their 2014 album Shriek, with the second half was dedicated to the songs of composer William Brittelle.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from the unique performance. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Hater – “Blushing” (Live at Tapetown)

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2018

Last year Swedish indie rock outfit Hater released not only their great debut album You Tried (which made my best albums of the year list) but also an EP with Red Blinders.

The band recently stopped into Danish studio Tapetown to record a Live At Tapetown session, giving us a heavenly version of Red Blinders track “Blushing.” Fans of Alvvays should look no further, these guys will be your new favorite band.

Enjoy their live performance at Tapetown below.
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Dan Lyons – “Big Moon”

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2018

Dan Lyons was previously better known as drummer for South London post-punkers Phobophobes. He has now stepped out on his own as a solo artist, releasing his debut single “Big Moon.”

“Big Moon” has a bit of a a classic 80’s songwriter sound but amps things up with a distinct sound and atmosphere heightened by sharp guitar work, haunting backing vocals and some wonderfully placed violin. There’s a bit of The Cure heard throughout this track and that certainly isn’t a bad thing.

The song is out now via Shaker Records and can be bought over at his Bandcamp, along with b-side “22nd Century Boy”.” Lyons will also be making the trip to SXSW in a few weeks and has a

PledgeMusic for it, which he has reached, but every little bit surely still helps) as well as some of his SXSW dates, which you can find below, along with the song.
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