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Sad13 at Baby’s All Right (December 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2017

Sad13 is the pop-minded side-project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis. In November she released her debut album Slugger, via Carpark Records.

She brought the album to Baby’s All Right on December 13 for a stacked show that also included opening performances from three great local acts: Vagabon, Emily Reo and Told Slant.

Find photos from each band’s set posted below, along with Sad13’s setlist.
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Day Wave at Baby’s All Right (November 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2017

Jackson Phillips’ Day Wave made their return to New York for a sold out performance at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on November 14.

They’re hard at work on their first proper full-length debut, which will be released via Harvest Records sometime in 2017. They played all the material they’ve released so far via their 2-EP combo release Headcase / Hard To Read, as well as their most recent single “Wasting Time.”

Find their full setlist posted below, along with photos of both Day Wave’s set, as well as local band Future Generations, who opened the show.
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Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom (November 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2017

Thee Oh Sees have a hard-earned reputation not just as one of the hardest working bands of the game, but one of the best live bands out there. John Dwyer and his current live incarnation of Thee Oh Sees continues their two-drummer and one bassist lineup, and boy do they shred as hard as ever. This part of the tour was still technically in support of A Weird Exits (via Castle Face Records) even though their second album of the year, An Odd Entrances, would be released one week later. Dwyer operates like no other (with only Ty Segall and King Gizzard rivaling him)

This wasn’t the craziest show I’ve seen from Thee Oh Sees, and even so it will end up one of my favorite shows of 2016. Their set was yet another pummeling live performance that had me drained with sweat (most of it my own) and absolutely blown away. It’s everything live music is about, and one of the main reasons rock and roll will never die. The experience of seeing a band like Thee Oh Sees perform live is enough to keep it alive.

Find photos of their terrific performance posted below, along with Brooklyn openers Surfbort and Thee Oh Sees setlist.
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Tom Misch at Baby’s All Right (November 5, 2016)

By Alex Ebron, January 3rd 2017

(Photo by Phillip Kim)

The crowd for young English musician Tom Misch was what I had expected; highly fashionable millennials all rocking dark colors that could be confused for black if disrupted by dim lighting, plenty of hoods over the head as they bobbed in a melancholy unison.

Opening the show was Carmody, whose set I thoroughly enjoyed. I had no clue what to expect going in, perhaps something in the vein of Misch’s genre? Their style of music is heavily influenced by The xx and the ongoing trend of dub beats over properly timed strums of the guitar and sharp bass work. The anomaly was their saxophone player which tastefully chimed in at proper moments. Carmody’s opening set ended up being the perfect set up.
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Beach Slang at Rough Trade NYC (September 27, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2016

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After catching Metallica’s intimate show at Webster Hall, I made my way to Williamsburg to catch Beach Slang’s sold out show at Rough Trade NYC (they also did a free acoustic show earlier in the day). The shows came in support of their new album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, which was released a few days earlier via Polyvinyl Records.

The band extended the set past cuts from their two albums, divulging in full and snippet covers of various influencers, creating a fun night of rock and roll.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.
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Jim James at Terminal 5 (November 20, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 22nd 2016

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On Sunday night, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James brought his solo tour to New York City for a big time performance at Temrinal 5. He’s played some big time venues throughout the city (and globe) with MMJ, but this was one of his biggest solo performances in the city in quite some time. The tour came in support of his new album Eternally Even, which was released via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

James has this shy, down to earth presence to his personality, but even so, on stage he is able to summon all kinds of feelings and sounds and create a communal like effect with his audience. He shared a good majority of his offerings from Eternally Even, which had much more punch and sonic oomph live than they do on record, brought to life by his backing band which included the members of Twin Limb, who also opened the show. Along with those songs, he gave us memorable material from his debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, as well as a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free,” Monster Of Folk’s “Dear God (Sincerly M.O.F.) and the riveting New Basement Tapes track “Down On The Bottom.”

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On a gorgeous summers night in August, Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog returned back to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to play a free show at the bandshell for the first time since 2009 as part of the 2016 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.  The band has been touring in support of their fantastic ‘new’ album which came out earlier this year, The Psychadelic Swamp (out via Anti).  I say ‘new’ as some of the material on the album was written by both Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman before Dr. Dog was even known as Dr. Dog.  The material was scraped and swept under the rug until they revisited the songs and brought them all back to life (and we’re thankful they did).

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Nice As Fuck at Rough Trade NYC (July 31, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2016

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On July 31, Nice As Fuck, the power super-trio of Jenny Lewis, Tennessee Thomas, and Erika Spring, returned to New York for a sold out performance at Rough Trade NYC (they’d do an early and late show the next day at Bowery Ballroom).

As they did at Webster Hall for their NYC live debut opening for M Ward, NAF opted to come into the crowd to make their stage surrounded by the audience. They ran through a brisk 9-song set (that ran about 28 minutes) consisting of the entirety of their enjoyable self-titled debut album that they released this summer via Lewis’ own Love’s Way Records.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a few more photos from the show.
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Gøggs at Rough Trade (July 22, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, November 4th 2016

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On a hot summer night this past July, Ty Segall and his other, other new band Gøggs rolled through New York City for a show at Rough Trade in Williamsburg in support of their new album which came out on July 1st titled Gøggs (out via In the Red Records).

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Gøggs features Ex–Cult’s Chris Shaw on vocals, fellow Fuzz member Charles Moothart on drums and Ty Segall on guitar (…and more, but we’ll get to that in a minute).  The band only played a handful of shows this summer which made their stop in New York City that much more special.

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As soon as the band took the stage I knew this show would be different, but different for all the right reasons.  I decided to take the high ground to get photos from above as I knew there would be a mosh pit a few songs into the set (…and without fail, a mosh pit formed minutes after they began their set).

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As with most garage rock, Gøggs’ sound was absolutely massive – it was loud, brash and everything you’d want from a Ty Segall side project.  With Ty’s tour earlier this year with The Muggers, he was a full on frontman and wasn’t playing guitar so seeing Ty get back in the saddle and let loose playing guitar again was refreshing.  He wasn’t holding anything back either – the night was full of epic guitar god–esque poses throughout the entire set.

What was even more impressive than Ty’s poses was just how quick the set was.  Even with a few interment changes (Ty and Moothart switched guitar & drums for a few songs), the set was all rock, and absolutely no bullshit.  All in all, the set was an exhilarating and blistering 24 minutes, which easily wins the quickest show of the year award by far.  One thing is for sure, it left us wanting more and we can’t wait to see what Ty and friends cook up for the next album (…or other side, side, side project band).

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On June 14 Florence and the Machine returned to New York for a sold out show at Barclays Center, the first of a two-night run there. This was a much bigger show than the last time she was her, when she did a very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows came in support of her 2015 album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which was released via Island Records.

Right from the start Florence Welch and her band aimed for the stars, delivering a big performance that was well suited in the cavernous space that is Barclays Center. The show was only two days following the horrific tragic shooting in Orlando, and Welch dedicated a few moments of the show in memory of the victims of such a hideous act. It was one of the many positive messages that Welch helped spread during the duration of the show, which all in all was a great exercise in positivity and celebration of life.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a few more photos from her performance.
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