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Jamie Woon at Bowery Ballroom (February 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 30th 2016

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On February 5 the talented British singer/producer Jamie Woon made his return to New York for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom. This was Woon’s first New York so in some time, as there was a four year gap between his 2011 debut album Mirrorwriting and last year’s follow-up Making Time (out via Polydor Records). This was my first time seeing Woon since his much more intimate performance at Glasslands in 2011, which featured only Woon.

This time around Woon had a full band backing him up, which included two male backing singers, delighted the capacity audiences with lively takes of tracks from both albums, effortlessly blending the stylings of pop, r&b, electronic dance. Tracks like “Lady Luck” and “Night Air” sounded as magical as ever, if not more so than on record. Woon’s voice is one that is meant to be heard live, shared in the largest way imaginable.

Find some more shots from Woon’s performance posted below.
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In 2006 Jenny Lewis released Rabbit Fur Coat, along with her companions for that record, The Watson Twins. It was an important album for her as it marked her first solo endeavor away from Rilo Kiley, who would go on to release their final album together the very next year. Rabbit Fur Coat saw Lewis dive headfirst into lovely alt-country arrangements that signaled a start of a great solo career just as prolific as with her previous group. While all of us still miss Rilo Kiley dearly, having her solo work around makes it a little bit easier to swallow.

On February 3 Lewis and The Watson Twins kicked off a sold out two-night run at Beacon Theatre, celebrating the ten year anniversary of the record. Her and The Watson Twins dove into the album in order from start to finish, with opener M Ward joining her for some extra guitar work, just as he did on the record. It was a trip down memory lane to her these lush arrangements brought to life once again, only this time both her and the twins have had a decades worth of experience under their belt, making them much more seasoned performers which resulted in a pitch perfect performance.

After a brief intermission, Lewis returned delighting the attentive Beacon Theatre audience with some of her more recent solo highlights as well as a few Rilo Kiley favorites such as “Silver Lining” and “I Never.” If you were a fan of Jenny Lewis, Beacon Theatre was the place to be that night. But if you weren’t, find some photos of both her and M Ward’s sets below.

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins Setlist:

[Rabbit Fur Coat]

1. Run Devil Run
2. The Big Guns
3. Rise Up With Fists!!
4. Happy
5. The Charging Sky
6. Melt Your Heart
7. You Are What You Love
8. Rabbit Fur Coat
9. Handle With Care
10. Born Secular
11. It Wasn’t Me
12. Happy (Reprise)

[Voyage through the past, present and future]

13. Head Underwater
14. Silver Lining (Rilo Kiley)
15. Just One of the Guys
16. See Fernando
17. I Met Him on a Sunday (The Shirelles Cover)
18. The Voyager
19. Pretty Bird
20. Red Bull and Hennessy
21. I Never (Rilo Kiley)
22. She’s Not Me

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Mothers at Berlin (February 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 30th 2016

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What started as a solo musical endeavor of Athens, Georgia native Kristine Leschper has turned into a promising band that we now know as Mothers. Earlier this year they released their rather lovely debut offering, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, via Grand Jury Music.

The group first caught my attention last year during CMJ, where their powerful and emotive live show caught my attention. They returned to New York on February 1 for a performance at Berlin, giving us a taste of what was to come on the soon to be released album.

The group sounded every bit as strong as I recalled, powerfully going through the shape-shifting stop-start sounds off the album, offering emotional insight that connected at all angles. As great as their record is, there’s just something special about this band live that is sort of missing on recordings. Mothers are a band that will continue to grow and evolve over the years, with every show providing as unique opportunity as the next. I’m already waiting to catch them again the next time they return to us.

Find some photos from their performance posted below.

Mothers Setlist:

1. Hold Your Own Hand
2. Copper Mines
3. It Hurts Until It Doesn’t
4. Lay Down
5. Lockjaw
6. Fat Chance
7. No Crying in Baseball

Mothers:

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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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1_Julien Baker_Rough Trade NYC

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?

MOTHXR:

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