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Molly Burch at Union Pool (March 3, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2017

There’s no record that I’ve listened to more this month than Molly Burch’s fantastic debut album Please Be Mine, which she released via Captured Tracks. It’s still very early, but it’s already a major contender for one of my favorites albums of the young year.

On March 3 she celebrated the album’s release with a sold out performance at Union Pool in Brooklyn, featuring an all Captured Tracks lineup that also featured opening performances from EZTV and Lina Tullgren.
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The Joy Formidable at Le Poisson Rouge (March 1, 2017)

By Ross Bernhardt, March 16th 2017

Words and photos by Ross Bernhardt

The last time I covered The Joy Formidable for the site, on April 14th, 2016, the show was decidedly different from the one I witnessed on at Le Poisson Rouge on March 1. During that tour, they had alt-rockers Everything Everything opening and displayed their usual rock prowess at Irving Plaza. This tour went in a different, softer direction. Instead of the loud, winding jams most fans have come to know, the trio from Wales did an entirely acoustic tour.
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The always reliable English songwriter Laura Marling is back with her new album Semper Femina, which she recently released via her own label, More Alarming Records. The album is amazingly the sixth album that she’s released in just nine years, a truly impressive ratio.

On March 1 Marling was in New York making the press rounds, concluding a long day of interviews with a special intimate performance at Rockwood Music Hall that was being taped for a live WFUV session. Read the rest of this entry »

Run The Jewels at Terminal 5 (February 27, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2017

With every new album, Run The Jewels, the exciting rap tag-team consisting of Killer Mike and El-P, continue to blow up even further. This was evident when they broke the internet with the early surprise Christmas release of their new album Run The Jewels 3, which they self-released. Near the album’s release, the duo announced a tour including a few shows here in New York at Terminal 5. Usually, a successful band books one or two nights there, maybe three if they’re really in demand. Which makes the fact that Run The Jewels had sold out four nights at Terminal 5, a truly impressive feat, showing how big the group is doing it, all on their own terms.

I caught night three of the four-night run on February 27. Killer Mike and El-P came storming out of the gate celebrating the show with their own “Stay Gold” beer (in partnership with Interboro Brewing), chugging them down as “We Are The Champions” was blasted. They wasted no time, opening with “Talk To Me,” and the atmosphere in Terminal 5 was instantly elevated to something I haven’t seen in quite some time at the venue.

Although technically a “hip-hop” show, the duo created a rock star energy and had their entire crowd celebrating as if it was just one giant party, which in a way, it really was. They delivered ferocious versions of songs from across their trilogy of albums, never slowing down for a breathe. The energy was palpable and it really wore off on you in an infectious manner. There wasn’t anyone in the crowd not with them, no face left without a smile. It was an electric performance, truly one of the best gigs that I’ve ever seen at Terminal 5. Even after already performing two shows, Run The Jewels delivered an unforgettable performance, giving their all. It’s a show I won’t forget anytime soon.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.

Run The Jewels Setlist:

1. Talk To Me
2. Legend Has It
3. Call Ticketron
4. Blockbuster Night, Part 1
5. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
6. Nobody Speak
7. Hey Kids (Bumaye)
8. Stay Gold
9. Don’t Get Captured
10. Panther Like a Panther
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Love Again (Akinyele Back) (feat. Gangsta Boo)
13. Lie, Cheat, Steal
14. Early
15. A Report to the Shareholders
16. Run the Jewels

Encore:

17. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
18. Down

Looking back on the year of music in 2016, one of the clear standouts for me was I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, the debut collaborative album between Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam. The album is still heavily in rotation for me and hasn’t worn out it’s welcome one bit. In fact, the album somehow finds ways to get better and better with every new listen, finding new ways to surprise me.

I saw Hamilton and Rostam’s first performance together last September at Rough Trade NYC. Leithauser has been hard at work on tour in 2017, but mainly operating by himself on tour, as Rostam has been busy with his many other projects. However, Rostam found some free time to join Leithauser just in time for his three sold out performances in New York in February, including two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as well as Bowery Ballroom, which we attended on February 25.
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Vagabon at Baby’s All Right (February 24, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2017

If you don’t know the name Vagabon, it’s time you get acquainted, because it’s going to be one you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2017 and beyond. Vagabon is the project of songwriter Laetitia Tamko, who recently released her debut album Infinite Worlds via Father/Daughter Records. It’s getting a ton of well deserved acclaim, already one of the best reviewed albums of the year.

Vagabon celebrated the release of the album with a sold out release show at Baby’s All Right on February 24, with support from Mal Devisa and Jelani Sei. Mal Devisa impressed me a great deal, performing on her own with just a bass and her voice, yet she had the complete attention of the sold out audience, not an easy task as an opening artist. She definitely gained many new fans that night, including one right here.
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All photos by P Squared

On February 23, psych-rock legend Arthur Brown brought The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown to New York for a wild performance at Le Poisson Rogue. The show came as a part of his current tour, which is amazingly his first in 47 long years.

Below, check out some shots of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown as well as opener Electric Citizen, all of which were taken by our photographer P Squared.
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With the release of Lady Lamb’s new Tender Warriors Club EP (via Mom + Pop Music), Aly Spaltro has been on tour, playing both traditional shows (such as Knitting Factory earlier in February) as well as special living room shows put on by Undertow Music, which organizes special intimate shows for established acts like Lady Lamb to play quite literally, in someone’s living room. The show took place on February 23, and the location was a cozy beautiful apartment in Bed-Stuy that turned out to be the home of one of Spaltro’s friends.
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Kehlani at Playstation Theater (February 22, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 13th 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

R&B singer and budding star Kehlani released her first proper studio album SweetSexySavage on January 27 via Atlantic Records.

The Oakland native recently kicked off her world tour in late February with a few east coast stops. She brought her show to New York for a sold out performance at the Playstation Theater. You get a sense that this is an artist whose going to be dominating much bigger stages in no time.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture Kehlani in action at the Playstation Theater. Find photos from her performance posted below.
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Homeshake at Sunnyvale (February 22, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 13th 2017

Homeshake, the moniker of Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar (who once played guitar in Mac Demarco’s live band), released his new album Fresh Air on February 3 via Sinderlyn. We got our first taste of the new songs from the LP last November when he played the first of two sold out shows that night at Baby’s All Right. He returned to Brooklyn in February for another two show night at Baby’s All Right, as well as a pair of shows at Sunnyvale and Silent Barn.

We caught his performance at Sunnyvale on February 22, marking my first time at the venue. The show featured a very young and diverse audience, who packed in the venue, chilling and vibing hard to the seductive r&b influenced sounds of Sagar and his air-tight live band. The 15-song set was mainly focused on the songs of Fresh Air, but he also weaved in some older tracks that seduced and moved everyone in sight.

Find the full setlist posted below, along with a few more photos from the show.

Homeshake Setlist:

1. Hello
2. She Can’t Leave Me Here Alone Tonight
3. Heat
4. Every Single Thing
5. Faded
6. Getting Down, Pt. II (He’s Cooling Down)
7. Call Me Up
8. Khmlwugh
9. Fresh Air
10. Give It to Me
11. Making A Fool Of You
12. Michael
13. TV Volume
14. This Way
15. Home At Last

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