Sad13 at Baby’s All Right (December 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2017

Sad13 is the pop-minded side-project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis. In November she released her debut album Slugger, via Carpark Records.

She brought the album to Baby’s All Right on December 13 for a stacked show that also included opening performances from three great local acts: Vagabon, Emily Reo and Told Slant.

Find photos from each band’s set posted below, along with Sad13’s setlist.
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Islands at Webster Hall (December 10, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2017

It’s weird that so many albums that came out when I was in high school are celebrating ten year anniversaries, mostly just because it means we’re all just getting that much older. But it’s fun to be nostalgic and tilt out lens backwards, to put our minds back into the mindset of a much simpler, and better time.

My latest nostalgia trip took place on December 10, when Nicholas Thorburn and Islands (who I last saw at Music Hall) celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album Return To The Sea with a performance of the album in full at Webster Hall.
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Preview: Cherry Glazerr at Bowery Ballroom

By Will Oliver, January 17th 2017

Los Angeles indie rockers Cherry Glazerr will release their great new album Apocalipstick this Friday, January 20, via Secretly Canadian.

They are currently on tour in support of the new album, brining the songs to life tomorrow, January 18, for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom. We last saw them open for Best Coast at Terminal 5, and even as the openers they nearly stole the whole damn show. We’re excited to hear all the new songs live, especially at the always wonderful Bowery. Opening the show is Slow Hollows and Mega Bog.

There are still some tickets for the show left, but move quick as I’m sure they won’t last long.

Twin Peaks, Together Pangea and Golden Daze at Webster Hall (December 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 17th 2017 — with 1 comment

Chicago-based rockers Twin Peaks made major strides with their mature and alt-country influenced new album Down In Heaven (released via Grand Jury Music). With it came much bigger performances, including a performance at Webster Hall on December 9, marking their largest NYC performance to date.

The band had the floor literally shaking at Webster Hall, always a sign that a band is doing their job. The show also features some mighty good opening performances from both Together Pangea and Golden Daze.

Find photos of all three bands posted below, along with Twin Peaks’ setlist.
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Andy Shauf at Rough Trade NYC (December 7, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 16th 2017

Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf quietly released one of the best albums of 2016 with The Party (released via Anti- Records). On December 7 he brought the album to life for a sold out crowd in Williamsburg at Rough Trade NYC. Support came from Los Angeles musician Chris Cohen, who released his album As If Apart in 2016 as well (via Captured Tracks).

Find photos of both performances posted below, along with Andy Shauf’s setlist.
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The Hold Steady at Brooklyn Bowl (December 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2017

You realize time is flying by at unfair speed when you’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America. I still remember buying that album on CD at Best Buy (jesus), and spinning it non-stop throughout the rest of that year. It’s an album I’d always come back to throughout the year’s, with the 1-2 punch of “Stuck Between Stations” and “Chips Ahoy!” never losing their luster. The Hold Steady never quite matched the quality of Boys and Girls in America, but honestly, how could they?

To celebrate the albums ten years of drunken life, The Hold Steady brought it home for four straight nights of sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl. Each night had a secret opener that was revealed hours before the show, and on the show I caught on Friday, December 2, local punk rockers The So So Glos took home the honors.

The Hold Steady would deliver all of their trademark album in full each night, but it was the order of the setlist that changed from night to night. They ended up playing it from front to back in order on night 1, but mixed it up every other night, giving each night it’s unique stamp. The crowd was one of the craziest I’ve seen at any of their shows, and certainly one of the wilder Brooklyn Bowl audiences I’ve ever been a part of.
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Mothers at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (December 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2017

Athens, Georgia band Mothers, who released their debut album When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired via Grand Jury Music, have been hard at work supporting the album, playing almost non-stop in 2016. We caught them a few times throughout the year, including one final time at the newly opened Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 2.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was on hand to capture the whole evening in photos, which included opening sets from local Brooklyn bands Patio and Yairms

Find photos of all three bands, posted below.
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Foxygen at Rough Trade NYC (December 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

It’s been a while since we last heard from Foxygen, the eccentric California-based duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The group has stayed quiet since the release of their last album, 2014’s polarizing …And Star Power. But they’re back at it with their follow-up album Hang in January 2017 (via Jagjaguwar).

In December 2016 the group played a few shows to test out the new material and warm up for the much larger tour that awaits in the spring (included a huge show at Terminal 5 in March). This version of Foxygen was much different than the last time I saw them play, with only France, Rado and singer Jaclyn Cohen remaining from their previous incarnation. Replacing the previous lineup is a much larger version of the band that included a five-piece horn section. It makes sense, as the songs are pretty massive in scope, and sound different from anything that they’ve done before.
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The Districts at Mercury Lounge (November 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2017

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts may have released their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil (via Fat Possum) in 2015, but they still got plenty of surprises left in store for us. They’re already hard at work on the follow-up to their debut offering, and embarked on a mini tour in late November to get back to playing live and test out some new songs. They brought their tour to New York on November 30 for a performance at Mercury Lounge.

If you’ve ever seen The Districts play, you know just how massive and energetic that their songs are able to build up to. So it was special to see them rock the hell out of the tiny Mercury Lounge. The new songs had that already trademark stamp on frontman Rob Grote, but they also challenge your expectations, and prove that The Districts are only going to expand on their sounds and embark on many new horizons in the future.

They brought along fellow Philadelphia bands Queen Of Jeans and Tangiers to open the show. Find photos of all three bands posted below, along with The Districts’ setlist.
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Toronto electro-rockeres Metric last played a show back in October during the Meadows Festival in Queens. On November 29 they returned for a very intimate free performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, presented by Steve Madden Music Presents. The show also featured support from great Brooklyn trio New Myths, who opened the show in style.

Find Metric’s setlist posted below, and find some iPhone shots of both Metric and New Myths’ performances posted below.
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