Beach House at Webster Hall (March 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On March 14 Beach House kicked off their sold out three-night run at Webster Hall, in support of Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, the two albums they released in 2015 (both via Sub Pop).

The set featured a good mix of songs form both albums, plus a fair share of fan favorites, both old and new. Find the setlist posted below, along with photos of Beach House’s set and Moss Of Aura, the electronic solo project of Future Islands’ bassist Gerrit Welmers oepned the show.
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Shearwater at The Bell House (March 12, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2016

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With their rather under-appreciated new album Jet Plane and Oxbow released via Sub Pop earlier this year, Shearwater returned to New York for a sold out performance at Brooklyn venue The Bell House.

The performance included some of their covers from David Bowie’s Lodger, which they’d cover in its entirety a few days later for free at Rough Trade NYC.

Find a few shots from their stop at The Bell House posted below.
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On March 10 British new-wave legends New Order descended upon New York for a sold out performance at Radio City Music Hall. The show kicked off their small run of dates in March and their first stop back here since the release of their solid new album Music Complete (which was released via Mute Records last year).

The set featured half of the new album as well as all the expected New Order favorites such as “Bizarre Love Triange,” The Perfect Kiss,” and “Ceremony.” They else gave us a few Joy Division tracks in the encore (“Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart”), but unfortunately it was between “Love” and “Blue Monday,” as their set was inexplicedly cut short (one of the pitfalls of playing at these theaters).

All in all, Bernard Sumner and the rest of New Order still have plenty of gas left in the tank, and proved it at this more than memorable Radio City show.

Find some photos from their performance posted below.
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Hinds at Bowery Ballroom (March 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2016

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All photos by Daniel Topete

Not too many new bands have had the instant success that Spanish natives Hinds have had since last year. It only intensified this year with the release of their easy-breezy debut album Leave Me Alone, which was released in January via Mom + Pop Music.

They continued their non-stop touring with a sold out headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on March 9. Our pal Daniel Topete was there to hang out and capture some great behind the scenes footage both before and after the show, as well as some pics of them stage-side as they were performing. Find all his great shots posted below.
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Local Natives at Rough Trade NYC (July 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2016

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It’s been amazing to watch the rise of Silver Lake, California band Local Natives throughout the year. It’s hard to remember a time where they were pitching songs themselves to blogs like this one right here, but that hard work has paid off, and their popularity has grown tenfold since the release of their debut album Gorilla Manor.

It’s been three years since we last heard from Local Natives with 2013’s Hummingbird, but they’ve thankfully returned to us in full force. They have been slowly sharing new songs from their new album Sunlit Youth (out on September 9 via Loma Vista Recordings), and playing last minute pop up shows in various cities, starting in Los Angeles, and spreading to the East Coast. It was New York’s turn on Wednesday, when the group returned to us for a very sold out intimate show at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn.
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The Snails at Baby’s All Right (March 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2016

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Even if you know Baltimore, Maryland group The Snails, there’s a chance you know a few of the members. Led by Sam Herring and William Cashion of Future Islands, the Snails acts as a fun side-project for them that Future Islands fans will have no problem adoring in similar fashion. They released their debut album Songs From the Shoebox earlier this year via Ideas For Housecrafts, and came to New York on March 9 for a headlining performance at Baby’s All Night (they’d play Mercury Lounge the following evening).
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LNZNDRF at The Greene Space (March 7, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2016

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LNZNDRF is the collaboration between Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National, as well as Ben Lanz of Beirut, who also plays live with both The National and Sufjan Stevens (the live lineup also includes Aaron Arntz of Beirut). Earlier in the year the group released their self-titled debut album on 4AD, full of improvised Kraut-inspired psych-rock with elements of new wave as well.

On March 7 the group stopped in to The Greene Space for a free show for WNYC’s Soundcheck live series, delivering a powerful set that featured even more fully realized versions of their songs. The night featured a intermission which featured a short but fascinating interview with the band giving some insight into their formation, and the recording of the album.

The entire show was recorded with the live video posted on The Greene Space’s site here. I’ve also embedded the stream below, where you can also find a photo gallery of some of my pictures taken from the show.


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4Knots Music Festival 2016

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2016

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Guided By Voices at 4Knots Music Festival 2016

As a avid concert goer in New York, the Village Voice’s annual 4Knots Music Festival is one of the highlights of my summer. It brings along a mix of established and new talent, as well as tons of my fellow music lovers/bloggers/photographers. This year was the 6th edition of the festival, and saw it return to its old stomping grounds at South Street Seaport, after a one-off last year at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. The return to South Street (as well as free admission) was more than welcome, as it resulted in a packed capacity crowd who was enthusiastic from start to finish.
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DIIV at Market Hotel (March 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 6th 2016

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On March 5 indie rockers DIIV wrapped up their sold out three-night run at Market Hotel, marking my first time at the venue since the beyond insane Sleater-Kinney show last December.

The group tore through both tracks from their new album Is The Is Are (released via Captured Tracks) as well as their 2012 debut, Oshin. The set also included a cover of Cat Power’s “Nude As The News.”

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos of DIIV’s performance, as well as openers Painted Zeros and Surfbort.
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