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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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All photos by Dave Scholten

On June 16 experimental indie rockers Deerhoof played two shows at The Bell House, an early and late show. They played a few new songs off of their new album Mountain Moves, which they will release via Joyful Noise Recordings on September 8.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was at the late show (Deerhoof began their set around midnight) at The Bell House and captured photos of Deerhoof’s set. Find some photos posted below, along with the setlist.
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The Drums at House Of Vans (June 7, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2017

The Drums have endured many changes over the years, but recently suffered it’s most significant loss with the departure of founding member Jacob Graham. With the release of fourth album “Abysmal Thoughts” (released via Anti- Records), The Drums now operates as the solo project of Jonny Pierce.

Pierce wrote and played every instrument on the album, resulting in one of the most personal recordings of his career. There is the sense that this is a very different album from him, but it has that signature summer-misery hybrid that he could make in his sleep at this point.


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Oh Wonder at Rough Trade NYC (May 25, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2017

London indie-pop duo Oh Wonder (the duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West) are returning in July with new album Ultralife (via Republic Records). The record isn’t out for another month, but the duo have been out on the road sharing some of the new material in-between their many festival dates. This included a small show on May 25 at Rough Trade NYC, the same place that they made their live debut here back in 2015.

A lot has changed for the group since then, included a much bigger audience (they last played T5 and will return to Brooklyn Steel this fall), so to see them delight the sold out crowd in a space like Rough Trade was a real treat (we previously caught them at MHOW). I am not normally into pop music (as anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows) but the joyous and infectious music that Vander Gucht and West churn out is infectious and undeniably wins you over in no time.

Find photos from their performance, as well as opener Charlotte Cardin, posted below, along with the setlist.

Oh Wonder Setlist:

1. Livewire
2. Without You
3. Shark
4. Dazzle
5. Lose It
6. Ultralife
7. All We Do
8. Landslide
9. High on Humans
10. Body Gold
11. Lifetimes
12. Drive

Encore:

13. Midnight Moon
14. Technicolour Beat

Charlotte Cardin:

Oh Wonder:

Marian Hill at Brooklyn Steel (May 22nd, 2017)

By Dana Pacifico, June 13th 2017

(All photos by Dana Pacifico)

Marian Hill have had themselves a whirlwind of a year, being the most Shazam’d artist of 2016 after the release of their debut album Act One, which was released via Republic Records. But this Brooklyn born duo haven’t seemed to let it get to their heads. Earlier this year they played a Steve Madden show at Music Hall of Williamsburg to a sold out crowd and they have returned to Brooklyn just two months later for a performance at the gorgeous new venue, Brooklyn Steel.
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Metallica at Nassau Coliseum (May 17, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2017

All photos by Bryan Lasky

Metal greats Metallica have been touring hard non-stop as a part of their “Worldwired Tour” following the release of their 2016 album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.

Following a show at MetLife Stadium, Metallica played to a sold out crowd at Nassau Coliseum, actually the only show of the tour not played at a stadium (but still not quite as small the last time we saw them). This made it something pretty special for those die-hard fans who were able to grab a ticket.
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[Contest]: Win A Northside Festival 2017 Badge

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2017

Summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing in Brooklyn: the Northside Festival is coming up. Over the year the Brooklyn festival has gotten bigger and better, putting on some major paid and free performances of both established acts as well as new up and comers at more intimate showcases.

This year the festival is sporting an impressive lineup featuring headlining spots from Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washinton, Thursday, Aldous Haring, Big Thief, Girlpool, Hoops, Jay Som, Lower Dens and many more.

The kind team at Northside has graciously given us a badge to giveaway to one luck reader. To enter to win, simply send us an email at [email protected] with NORTHSIDE as the subject, and let us know who you’re most excited excited to see at Northside this year.

If you’re not our lucky winner (apologies in advance) we can still hook you up with a 15% discount off a badge by using the code WEALLWANTSOMEONE17 at checkout for 15% off your badge. Good luck to everyone who enters!

If Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are in town and you’re not seeing them perform, you’re missing out on one of the best live forces that rock and roll has to offer. Not only that, but they’re only starting to truly reach their peak, getting more powerful with every new tour. It seems like others are really starting to take note, as the entire show was streamed live on facebook by Pitchfork.
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