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Sleigh Bells at Le Poisson Rouge (September 8, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2016

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On September 8 Sleigh Bells returned for a intimate sold out performance at Le Poisson Rouge to showcase fresh material from their new album Jessica Rabbit, released via Torn Clean. Their typically loud and thrashing live show was on perfect display at the tight quarters of LPR, the place where they got their big break many CMJ’s ago.

Find their setlist, as well as photos of their performance, along with shots of opener Miya Folick, all of which are posted below.
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Kanye West at Madison Square Garden (September 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2016

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On September 5 Kanye West kicked off the first of a sold out two-night run at Madison Square Garden for his Saint Pablo Tour. The tour had gotten a lot of initial buzz after his wild floating stage set-up was revealed. The stage hung above fans in general admission, moving back and forth as Kanye hung above them while giving us hit after hit.

The crowd featured fans moshing, dancing, and just going absolutely crazy while the stage hung feet above them. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen at a show before, and surely one of the most unique stage setups that we will see, maybe until his next show.

Find the setlist posted below, along with some more shots from his performance.
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Banks and Steelz at Bowery Ballroom (September 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2016

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On September 1, Banks and Steelz, the interesting collaboration between Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, stopped in for their first live performance in New York at Bowery Ballroom. The band ran through all 12-songs from their debut album Anything But Words (released via Warner Bros.)

The duo also featured drummer Matt Barrick (of The Walkmen) rounding out the live lineup, and featured opener Kool Keith taking up his feature on “Sword in the Stone” and Joan As A Police Woman filling in for Florence Welch’s feature on “Wild Season.”

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from both Banks and Steelz and Kool Keith.
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Preview: Mitski In NYC This Week

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2016

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With the release of her fantastic new record Puberty 2, singer-songwriter Mitski has had quite a year. She’s played New York a few times already (including a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom) and will return early this week for a pair of sold out shows.

On Monday she plays her largest New York show to date at Webster Hall along with Fear of Men and Weaves, and on Tuesday she plays the smaller Villain (which was moved from Market Hotel) along with Nick Hakim and Mal Devisa. Both shows are sold out, but keep an eye for last minute tickets drops, or even try your luck early at doors.
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Prophets of Rage is the politically charged supergroup consisting of Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine (no Zack de la Rocha), Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill. On August 26 the group brought their tour to PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey for a night of rap-rock with a side of political angst.
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Hideout – “Doctor”

By Will Oliver, November 16th 2016

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(Photo by Scarlett Connolly)

Hideout is the project of Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez, who has been a long-time member of Cults. He released his debut album Rookie in 2014, and will return with his sophomore album So Many Hoops/So Little Time on February 3, 2017 via Small Plates Records.

Rodriguez has given us a taste of the album with the warm and welcoming “Doctor.” Although the sounds are warm, there’s a lingering feeling of nostalgia on the track that digs deep. This is no mistake, as the album is a bit of personal reflection for Rodriguez, who tragically lost his brother.

It’s a strong offering from Hideout, definitely one of the first under the radar projects to keep an eye on early next year. You can pre-order the album now, and enjoy a stream of “Doctor” posted below.
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CRX and Hideout at Mercury Lounge (August 24, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 16th 2016

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On August 24, CRX, the new solo project led by The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi (also featuring Guards’ Richie Follin, along with Jon Safley, Ralph Alexander and Darian Zahedi), made their Manhattan live debut, with their “proper” New York debut coming a few days earlier at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn.

The group ran through tracks from their upcoming debut album New Skin, which was released in October via Columbia Records. It was unusual to see Valensi taking the center-stage role, after so many years of seeing him playing guitar with The Strokes. Stylistically, there were elements of The Strokes in his songs, but they also were varied and dove into other genres.
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Full Moon Fest 2016: Day 1

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On August 20, the first day of MATTE Projects’sixth annual Full Moon Fest took place at its old stomping grounds of Governors Island (it was held at the Brooklyn Mirage in 2015) for a fun day of music, food, arts, and beach-inspired vibes.

With day 1, we caught a a fiery set from Pusha T, and early set from Lolawolf, the project of Zoë Kravitz (Lenny’s daughter), and closed out the night with a DJ set from SBTRKT.

Find some photos of their performances posted below, along with Pusha T’s setlist, and stay tuned for our coverage of Day 2 coming soon.
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High Waisted At Sea 3 (August 17, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2016

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On August 17, New York surf-rockers High Waisted returned to the NY Skyport Marina where their 3rd annual High Waisted At Sea drunk boat concert took off into the East River for a night of music, fun, and plenty of free PBR.

The night started off with a set of Brooklyn acts Roya and Joseph King was of course capped off with a wild set by High Waisted that ended with frontwoman Jessica Louise Dye smashing her guitar. It was that kind of night.

Find a gallery of photos from the wild night posted below.
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