The Go! Team at Brooklyn Bowl (January 21, 2016)

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2016

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On January 21, the multi-genre collective from Brighton, England The Go! Team made their live return to New York with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl. The show came in support of their 2015 release The Scene Between, released via Memphis Industries.

The beauty of The Go! Team is their ability to combine practically every genre in the game and create a sound best described simply as joyous. During live performances, the group takes turns on vocals or leading the performance centerstage, allowing everyone to take a turn to shine, just like the various of genres and sounds that shine a little bit more than others on certain tracks.

Seeing them perform live is as positive of an experience as one could hope to get out of a live performance, one that still has me smiling when thinking back to it.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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1_Brian Fallon and the Crowes_The Marlin Room at Webster Hall

Brian Fallon is best known as the frontman of New Jersey rock group The Gaslight Anthem. He keeps plenty busy inbetween album releases, also spending time with sideprojects of his such as The Horrible Crowes and Molly and The Zombies. Now with The Gaslight Anthem on indefinite hiatus, Fallon has used the time to finally release his first solo album, Painkillers, which was released via Island Records on March 11.
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1_DIIV_Webster Hall

On November 8, DIIV returned to New York for their first performance since Governors Ball over the summer. I also caught them earlier in the spring when they played a surprise show at Baby’s All Right. At the time they were still fleshing out the new songs that would make up their new album Is The Is Are, which Captured Tracks released a few weeks ago. The group shared some more new songs off the album, as well as more familiar material from their debut Oshin.

The night also featured an opening performance from Sunflower Bean, which would end up being their last New York performance before their own big headlining show at Bowery Ballroom, which goes down later this week. They also tested new material from their fantastic debut album Human Ceremony, which is out now via Fat Possum Records.

Hit the jump for a full photo gallery of DIIV, Sunflower Bean, as well as Montreal outfit No Joy, who also opened the show.
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Elliot Moss at Mercury Lounge (November 5, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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All photos by Collin Quinlivan

On November 5 experimental New York rocker Elliot Moss returned to New York for a performance at Mercury Lounge in support of his debut album Highspeeds, which was released earlier in the year via Grand Jury Music. We caught him earlier in 2015 when he opened for Cold War Kids and played at the inaugural Eaux Claires Festival last summer.

Our photographer Collin Quinlivan caught his performance at Mercury Lounge. Find his photo gallery posted below, along with openers Skyes.
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Ra Ra Riot at Baby’s All Right (November 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Last November Syracuse, New York rockers Ra Ra Riot embarked on a mini-tour full of small venues that allowed them to test some new material. Their New York show came on November 3 at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg. The songs ended up being off of new album Need Your Light, which was released last Friday via Barsuk Records.

Getting to see Ra Ra Riot perform up close and personal at a venue like Baby’s All Right was a real treat. They will be headlining the larger Webster Hall this Friday, March 4, so this was a rare chance to get to see them in a super tiny club, and it didn’t disappoint. They surprisingly dabbled light with the new material, only playing a couple of songs that would be on the new record. Instead they stuck to crowd favorite such as “Can You Tell,” “Oh, La,” “Ghost Under Rocks,” and “Boy.” There was even a sly cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” thrown in there.

I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves for the Webster Hall performance this week. For now, enjoy some photos of the Baby’s All Right performance posted below, along with the setlist:
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Youth Lagoon at Webster Hall (October 29, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On October 29, Trevor Powers’ Youth Lagoon returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall. This was his second return trip to New York since September, when he played a much more personal show at Rough Trade NYC in support of his new album Savage Hills Ballroom (released via Fat Possum Records).

Little did I know that months later Powers would announce that his time as Youth Lagoon is coming to an abrupt end with his remaining 2016 tour dates (most are which in Europe or in his hometown of Boise, Idaho) acting as the final shows. So fans who attended the Webster Hall thinking it was just another chance to see the band were mistaken. It was actually the last time we will get to see the band perform.

Like Rough Trade, the show featured almost only new material from Savage Hills Ballroom. Even without knowing it would be their final show I was hoping that they would’ve played some more older material, but now with his intention to end Youth Lagoon, it’s pretty clear why he decided to limit how much he took from his earlier days with the group.

I’m sad to see Youth Lagoon go, but glad I got to see him one last time.

Find some photos from the performance posted below, including shots of opener Moon King, who we saw a few times earlier last year.
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The Drums at Baby’s All Right (October 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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Last fall The Drums returned to New York for a three-show residency at the intimate Baby’s All Right. The band have no new album (2014’s Encyclopedia was their last) looming, so I was interested to see how the set list would be divided up, and if we’d get to hear any new songs.

The Drums lineup has been somewhat tumultuous over the years, with founding members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham remaining the only constants. However former guitarist/drummer Connor Hanwick returned to play guitar for these shows, a promising sign that helped beef up a live rotation that also features bassist Johnny Aries and drummer Danny Lee Allen.

They played two shows at Baby’s the day before (October 27) and finished off the mini-residency with on October 28, with an opening performance from The Yetis. The setlist wait faithfully devoted to favorites both old a new, provided plenty of highlights from each of their three albums. When a setlist features songs like “Best Friend,” “Me and the Moon” and “Money” only six songs into the night, you know it’s going to be a good one. Jonny was as dramatic as every with his Morrissey-like movements, delightfully playing with the intimate fans that huddled mere inches from the frontman as he did his thing.

The group are currently hard at work on their new album which I’m most excited to hear, especially if it means some more live shows.

Find some photos from both The Yetis and Drums posted below, along with The Drums setlist.
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1_The War On Drugs_Music Hall of Williamsburg

On October 7 The War On Drugs played a now very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of Jukely’s member only series. The performance came one day ahead of their huge show at Radio City Music Hall, one of their biggest moments as a bad to date for sure. Considering their recent signing to Atlantic Records, and their ever growing popularity, I made sure that I took full advantage at chance to see them play at a club like MHOW in New York City. The stages are only going to keep getting bigger from here on out.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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1_The Decemberists_The Capitol Theatre

After catching The Decemberists at multiple festivals this year (Governors Ball and Newport Folk Festival) it was nice to catch a proper headlining show of their own. This happened on September 24, at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The group delighted with tracks from all over their now expansive catalog, including a few unexpected gems such as The Hazards Of Love cuts “The Rake’s Song” as well as “The Hazards Of Love” 1 & 4.

The always impressive Lucius opened the show, sharing some new songs that sounded amazing.

Find some (iPhone) shots of both bands posted below.
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Julian Casablancas and the Voidz at House of Vans (August 14, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, December 23rd 2015 — with 1 comment


On a summer night back in August, we were treated with the first of three free summertime shows at the House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. All three shows were very much New York City centric in that all three shows featured headlining act’s that all reign from NYC itself. First up was no stranger to the NYC music scene – it was The Strokes’ very own Julian Casablancas with his other band, The Voidz. Along for the ride and opening the show up was LA’s Cherry Glazerr.

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