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Wolf Alice at Warsaw (October 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015

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Brit-rockers Wolf Alice had some year. With every step along the way, their popularity and acclaim seemed to grow tenfold. Their debut album My Love Is Cool ended up being one of my favorite albums this year, and I saw nearly every single NYC performance that they offered to us, including the last one of the year on October 2 at Warsaw Ballroom.

It seems like I’m not the only one in love with the sounds of Wolf Alice, they were nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Rock Performance with “Moaning Lisa Smile.” They’ll be back in New York next April for a performance at Irving Plaza. Don’t miss it.

Find some shots from their show at Warsaw posted below.
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Beirut at Radio City Music Hall (October 1, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015

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Being from New York, Beirut certainly don’t short New York of any hometown love. They gave us a last minute show earlier in the summer at Bowery Ballroom, a free NPR First Listen show at The Bell House, as well as a proper big-time show at Radio City Music Hall on October 1. All for the release of their new album No No No (out via 4AD)

While Radio City is always a daunting task, Beirut had no problem filling out the space with their gorgous horns and melodies, producing sweeping results. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they handled the big space and delivered a winning performance with full confidence.

Find a gallery of photos from the performance posted below.
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1_CHVRCHES_Central Park Summerstage

On a breezy night at September 29, Glasgow synth-pop trio CHVRCHES made their proper return to New York for a sold out performance at Central Park for one of the final Summerstage shows of the year. Although the group stopped in to the city for a smaller performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in July, this was their first proper show in support of their sophomore record Every Open Eye, which was released via Glassnote Records.

This performance came only days after catching them at the Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC, but definitely was more passionate with the energy raised by a crowd full of real fans, through and through. Every time I look and CHVRCHES just seem to be getting bigger and bigger. You got to wonder what will come next for these guys. The sky is the limit.

Find some photos from their Summerstage performance posted below, along with Australian group and fellow Glassnote labelmate Mansionair, who opened the show.
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1_Tears For Fears_The Capitol Theatre

When 80’s legends Tears For Fears were announced as one of the headliners of Bonnaroo this summer, I was jealous. I didn’t think we’d get a show from them anytime soon in New York, and they were one of those bands I never even considered being possible to see live. Thankfully they brought their comeback tour to New York for a performance at Port Chester’s historic Capitol Theatre.

It was an unforgettable night of nostalgia-drunk sing-alongs of 80’s favorites such as “Mad World,” “Everbody Wants To Rule The World,” and “Shout.” The duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith looked and sounded great, fully fueled by the energetic crowd, who completely lost themselves for a good two hours straight.

Find photos from their performance below, along with opener Carina Round, who also sang with Tears For Fears.
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Lower Dens at The Bowery Ballroom (September 29, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, December 31st 2015

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On a late September night, Lower Dens made their return to New York for a show at The Bowery Ballroom. Along for the ride and opening the show was Abdu Ali, who also hails from Baltimore (just like Lower Dens). 2015 has been a fantastic year for Lower Dens – they released their absolutely amazing third album, Escape from Evil back in March via Ribbon Music and have stopped in to New York for a bunch of shows, including an album release show at Baby’s All Right and a Northside Festival performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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Photos: Landmark Music Festival 2015 (Day 2)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015 — with 1 comment

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[The Strokes]

After a great first day of of the inaugural Landmark Music Festival, there was a different feeling in the air with a rare performance from The Strokes looming. It helped that the rest of the day featured a great lineup that included CHVRCHES, Alt-J, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Lord Huron and Houndmouth. It was a great day of music, and a great finish to what was ultimately a very successful first year for the new festival. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for next fall.

Find photo galleries of all the sets I caught on day 2 below, in order of appearance.
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Photos: Landmark Music Festival 2015 (Day 1)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015

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[The War On Drugs]

This September marked the first ever Landmark Music Festival in historic Washington, DC over the course of two days on September 26 and 28 The festival came in support of the Trust’s Landmark Campaign for The National Mall. Although it was the first year of the festival, everything was run smoothly. The lines for food and beer were a mess on day one, but were immediately fixed by day two. There was a great deal of music to enjoy across a variety of stages with the scenic history Washington DC providing a wonderful backdrop. I hope it returns again next year.

On Day 1 I caught performances from War On Drugs, Miguel, The Lone Bellow, Band Of Horses, Albert Hammond Jr, Twin Shadow, Ex Hex, and local act U.S. Royalty. Find photo sets from all the bands below, in order of their scheduled sets during the festival.
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