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Yeasayer at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2014

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Yeasayer made their live return last week at the Escape Music Festival, taking a break from the recording of their new album (#4) which we can only hope is coming out sooner than later in 2015.

It’s hard for me to admit that this was my first time seeing Yeasayer perform live, due to conflicts at school and many unfortunate circumstances. But I finally got to see the Brooklyn band, and they were every bit as magical as I expected, and then some.
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Ra Ra Riot at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2014

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Ra Ra Riot were the first band I caught at the inaugural Escape Music Festival, which went down at The Governors Beach Club.

Although the weather was less than ideal, Ra Ra Riot warmed us up with a great set that kicked things off in style. I saw them play last year at Music Hall of Williamsburg where they delighted with both new songs off 2013 album Beta Love, as well as old favorites. This time around it was more old favorites than Beta Love cuts, which was fine with me. It’s always great to hear material such as “Too Too Too Fast” and “Dying Is Fine.” They also kept the mean cover of U2’s “Two Hearts Beat As One,” which they’ve quite perfected by now.

Find a photo gallery of their performance posted below.
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American Football at Webster Hall (October 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2014

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After 15 years, American Football are reunited and playing live shows together again. They brought the reunion tour to New York City last weekend, for three sold out shows in a row at Webster Hall (as well as a tiny late night show at Saint Vitus on Satuday). I was able to catch the first Webster Hall show on Friday, and it didn’t disappoint.

There was a heavy sense of excitement and anticipation in the air before the band took the stage, understandably so. It was a rare chance to see the group live, a first for many of the young fans that were in attendance, many who were only kids when the album came out.
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King Tuff at Bowery Ballroom (October 9, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 18th 2014

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Last Thursday King Tuff stopped in to Bowery Ballroom in support of his new album Black Moon Spell, which he released via Sub Pop last month.

Barely a minute into the set opening performance of the titular track “Black Moon Spell,” seemingly everyone began lighting up, causing the whole room to be a cloud of smoke by the time it was finished. This stoner vibe certainly suits the California stoner-rock of King Tuff and his band, who were full of positive energy and smiles as they rocked on.
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Last Wednesday night Foxygen tour through Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of their new album …And Star Power, which was released this week via Jagjaguwar.

This version of Foxygen is a totally different one than the one that broke out in CMJ 2012. Nowadays they pack a whopping total of nine people on stage, including three female singers/dancers, as well as a few extra guitarists (With Jonathan Rado mostly behind keys now). These days singer Sam France sports long blonde hair, which seems to trail behind him as he frantically runs around the stage jumping all around seemingly never keeping still. He kept this pace from the opening bit of “How Can You Really” all the way through to to the finishing touch of “Teenage Alien Blues.”
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Cloud Nothings at Irving Plaza (October 7, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2014

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Last Tuesday Cloud Nothings headlined Irving Plaza for the final leg of their 2014 U.S. tour in support of Here and Nowhere Else.

It was my third time seeing them this year and as usual, they didn’t disappoint. The first show came at Baby’s All Right in January, where they played the whole album before it was released. Then came their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom which is still one of my favorite shows of the year. Irving Plaza was their biggest show yet, and the band gave yet another powerful performance.

The growth of Cloud Nothings over the years has been one of the best surprises, and it seems like the ascent will keep coming. Their smart heavy and aggressive take on grunge-punk rock is a ferocious beast live, one that you just want to be a part of. They play their songs heavier and faster, taking their time to flesh out the material to its fullest, such as the 10+ minute extended version of “Wasted Days” which is an untamed animal live.

Cloud Nothings have emerged as one of the best rock bands that music has to offer. It’s time that the rest of you get on board.

The night also featured an opening set from Detriot punk group Tyvek. Find photos from both Cloud Nothings and them, posted below.
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EMA at Bowery Ballroom (October 5, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2014

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On Sunday, October 5, EMA wrapped up her tour in style at Bowery Ballroom with a powerful performance that was totally absorbed in the intimate crowd that filled the venue.

Being the last show of her tour for her 2014 album Future’s Void, it was naturally a special show. Erika made note that it would be the last show with the current lineup that plays with her, who are likely to move onto other projects now that the tour is complete.

They made the most of the night, performing powerful versions of tracks such as “Satellites,” “Dead Celebrity,” and “Neuromancer.” Then there was the always emotional and amazing performance of “California” which saw her throw the mic down allowing the power of the song to truly register within me.

The Ballroom should have been packed out more than it was, but Anderson made the best of the night, giving those lucky enough to be there a show that we won’t forget any time soon.

Find some photos from her performance posted below.

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Shuh Tou at Modern Sky Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2014

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Rock group Shuh Tou are a quintet out of China who brought the rock to their midday set at Modern Sky two weekends ago. They added a few metal-influenced punches that were a nice surprise, considering the lighter tone that the rest of the day’s lineup would bring.

Find some photos from their performance below.
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