Post Malone at Pier 36 (December 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 26th 2017 — with 1 comment

All photos by Daniel Topete

On December 5 Pandora put on their fifth annual Pandora Sounds Like You concert free to Pandora listeners. The show featured performances from Post Malone, SZA, Ty Dolla Sign and Cheat Codes.

Our photographer Daniel Topete was there to capture photos of Post Malone’s headlining performance, find his shots posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Australian Alex Lahey churns out some pretty catch power-pop which are perfectly on display on her debut album I Love You Like a Brother (released in October via Dead Oceans).

On November 16 she returned to New York for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the same day she made her late night TV debut on Seth Meyers. The band were jetlagged and hadn’t slept much at all, but still put on an energetic and lively performance. Considering that Lahey started the show with both “Every Day’s the Weekend” and “Wes Anderson”, two of her best songs, put in perspective how many other great songs she has and the type of energy that she brought to the show right from the getgo.
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Bedouine at Joe’s Pub (November 16, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2017

One of the best debut albums of 2017 came from Bedouine, the project of Syrian-born and Los Angeles-based folk singer Azniv Korkejian. Released by Spacebomb Records earlier in the year, it’s remained one of my favorite albums of the whole year.

On November 16 Bedouine made her debut New York performance at Joe’s Pub in an intimate setting that was well suited for her music, aside from the busy wait staff running around the venue. It was just her and her acoustic guitar and although the album benefits from some big-time arrangements, the stripped-down nature suited the songs equally as well.
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Mac DeMarco at Bowery Ballroom (September 23, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

The same night that Mac DeMarco played to a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall – his largest show here to date – he announced that he’d play a much smaller show the very next day back at Bowery Ballroom (where we saw him play just two years ago).

I wasn’t able to attend the show at Radio City but this was a much better option as Mac is really meant to be seen in a room such as Bowery where he can literally use it as his personal playground. The show had a good energy from the very start, with the crowd moving around non-stop and belting back every word.
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The Mattson 2 at LPR (August 25th, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, November 2nd 2017 — with 1 comment

Earlier this year one of the best and maybe most underrated albums of 2017 was released, Star Stuff, a collaborative album (out now via Company Records) between Chaz Bear (formally Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi) and The Mattson 2. The album saw Bear let loose and get jazzy while the Mattson’s get funky, and it truly was a perfect match for both artists. Fast forward a few months and The Mattson 2 made their return back to New York City (sans Chaz) for a small run of shows on the East Coast in support of Star Stuff including a stop at Le Poisson Rogue.

The identical twins Jared (on guitar) and Jonathan (on drums) create stunningly beautiful music rooted in jazz with trace elements of psych rock that creates one hell of a show. A good example of this was the opening song “Yeppers” which also happens to be off of another collaborative effort the Mattson’s have worked on, 2009’s Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2, where they teamed up with skateboarding legend Ray Barbee. “Yeppers” was the perfect way to kick off the night that was filled with both old and new tunes that spanned all of the Mattson’s discography.

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Mew at Bowery Ballroom (August 3, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2017

It still perplexes me that Danish rockers Mew aren’t able to play huge places here in America, despite doing so back at home and elsewhere. Their music just has this natural larger-than-life quality that sounds huge when you’re blasting them at home, but on an entirely different level live. They deserve to be playing much larger places than the likes of Bowery Ballroom (or Webster Hall), but considering I get to see a band of their quality in such a great tiny venue, I really can’t complain.

They have been consistently putting out great, mostly overlooked records (at least here) for 20 years now and returned earlier this year with their seventh album, Visuals (released via Play It Again Sam). They’re currently touring in support of the album and kicked off the U.S. leg of their tour with a performance at Bowery Ballroom on August 3.
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