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STS9 at Best Buy Theater (October 17th, 2014)

By Dana Pacifico, October 20th 2014

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

This past Friday STS9 brought their live show back to Best Buy Theater. However, this time, the line-up was different. Newest member and bassist Alana Rocklin had some shoes to fill, and she absolutely did, bringing her own style and energy.

One of the most wonderful things about seeing STS9 live is that no matter how many times you see them it is never the same show. They have a cult following and whether this would be your first time or if you’re a member of “the tribe” and seen them over 30 times, there is always this incredible sense of anticipation before they hit the stage. The camaraderie radiating from everyone is second to none and the bonding that happens between strangers at an STS9 show is like nothing i’ve ever experience before.

STS9 are known to play lengthy sets because they go on these long intricate jams that are easy to get lost in. I was expecting a long show however, at Best Buy Theater they played for an hour and a half, had a twenty minute intermission, and they played for another hour and a half. The chance to grab a drink or two and recharge without missing a beat was a nice surprise.

All members seemed to be having a great time up their together. Alana looked comfortable and confident, it was great to see her embraced with open arms by the band and the fans.

STS9 will continue to mesmerize and keep everyone dancing. It is a show that no matter how many times you see it, you’ll be coming back for more.

 

Set1:
1. Native
2. ReEmergence
3. Vapors
4. Only Light Remains
5. Equinox
6. Golden Gate
7. Four Year Puma
8. Totem

Set 2:
9. Oil & Water
10. Walk To The Light
11. Blu Mood
12. Scheme Reprises
13. Kamuy
14. When The Dust Settles
15. Ramone & Emiglio
16. World Go Round
17. Human Abstract
18. Potamus
19. Gobnugget

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Tiny Ruins at Mercury Lounge (October 5, 2014)

By Rachel Barrish, October 16th 2014

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All photos (and words) by Rachel Barrish

England born and New Zealand bred singer/songwriter, Tiny Ruins is the project of Hollie Fullbrook. She has released two EP’s and two full length albums, the most recent being Brightly Painted One out on Flying Nun Records.

I originally discovered Tiny Ruins last year during CMJ where she played a solo set. While beautiful, it definitely works better with a full band. On Sunday October 5 she played along with her bandmates, bassist/back up vocalist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.

It was indeed a perfect Sunday evening for a Tiny Ruins performance. It’s the kind of music you would expect to hear while enjoying a coffee and a novel inside a vintage bookstore. The room at Mercury Lounge was just quiet enough for people to hear a whisper or a cell phone buzz. They played an hour long set featuring songs from all previous albums, including a cover of Toy Love’s song, “Rebel”. Fullbrook’s tame but enduring stage personality set the mood for sweet enjoyment and romance, with couples swinging and rocking back and forth to the sounds of her acoustic guitar.

Find a photo gallery of her performance posted below (all via Rachel Barrish). Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: STS9 at Best Buy Theater

By Dana Pacifico, October 16th 2014

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Photography by Dana Pacifico

This Friday STS9 are making their return to the Best Buy Theater with a show that is sure to have everyone moving.

Marking their first show back in NYC since disbanding with founding member and bassist David Murphy. Murphy was an fundamental component of STS9. However, as a fan, I’m not worried about what they can do musically and in the live setting without him there. No matter what, it will be a captivating experience.

STS9 have headlined some of the biggest festivals, so being able to catch them at the Best Buy Theater is going to be surreal. Make sure you grab tickets before its too late.

Simian Mobile Disco

As we mentioned in our show preview a few days ago, English electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco will be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg this Sunday night.

Well I got good news, I got a pair of tickets to give away to one of you guys. To enter for a chance to win, follow me on twitter and send me a tweet with your favorite SMD song. I’ll chose a winner and contact them the night before.

Good luck!

Guardian Alien at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014

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Guardian Alien is the project of Brooklyn-based drummer Greg Fox, as well as vocalist Alex Drewchin. Their set at Basilica Soundscape yesterday served as my introduction to their work. All I can say is damn, Fox is one hell of a drummer.

Their songs are of the experimental/avant-garde world, with Drewchin’s vocals and electronic work built around the unstoppable steady force that is Fox behind the kit. Their songs took a while to get going, but once they hit that groove, it was hard not to be taken over by what they were doing.

Fox is so good behind his kit that Basilica brought him back out to play solo from an elevated area above the stage to warm the crowd before Swans took the stage. Now that’s saying something.
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Spoon at Central Park Summerstage (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2014

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Last night Spoon commanded a crowd at Central Park Summerstage for their first offical headlining NYC show while on tour for new album They Want My Soul. Sure they played Governors Ball, and a secret NPR show at Le Poisson Rogue (as well as McKittrick) over the summer, but this was the first headlining show of their own for the general public. They made it count, bringing along a terrific pair of headliners in !!! and Operators.
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Avi Buffalo – Memories Of You

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Next week (September 9) Avi Buffalo will return with their long-awaited new album At Best Cuckold, which will be released via Sub Pop.

We already heard the fantastic first single “So What”, and they’ve since followed that up with another album track, this time titled “Memories Of You.”

It’s a wondrous trip that dazzles with psychedelic elements, along with frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg sounding eerily like Elliot Smith. It’s another encouraging sign for the new record.

Stream “Memories Of You” below. Read the rest of this entry »

J Mascis – Wide Awake (Feat. Cat Power)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last week Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released his new album Tied To A Star via Sub Pop. One of the album highlights is “Wide Awake,” a love-sick duet with Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.

It features a sensitive sounding Mascis who sings over a gently finger picked acoustic guitar. Marshall’s vocals come in and the two delight in an entrancing fashion showing all kinds of emotional vulnerability. I never would have seen this collaboration coming, but I’m very glad that it exists.

Stream “Wide Awake” below.
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SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

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SBTRKT will return with new album Wonder Where We Land on September 23 via Young Turks.

“New Dorp. New York” is the album’s fantastic first single, and it features vocals from Ezra Koenig, of Vampire Weekend. It’s a tight funky track which uses Ezra’s distinctive vocals to its advantage. It’s a wonderful collaboration that is oddly seductive and a shit ton of fun. I’m loving it.

Stream it below, along with a live version that they performed live at Maida Vale for BBC.
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