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All photos by Omar Kasrawi

On the Mount Rushmore of great American songwriters, some names are given, like Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, and the likes. You know the ones, the musicians that craft Americana into a sound wave of struggle, earth, and deconstructed ideals. No one can argue that the lens they shine on the history and lore of this nation bring out all its beauty and flaws, its rust and shine, its triumphs and tragedies, but it’s all done along the sonic highway of America’s past, present, and future. And one name that deserves to be right there alongside them, is Grant-Lee Phillips, whose music evokes a fever dream melding of Rockwell and Wyth set to steely strings. And he brought his latest and timely tunes to a filled out Rough Trade on March 13 (in support of Kristen Hersh’s solo tour).
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Bully at House Of Vans (March 16, 2018)

By Will Oliver, April 8th 2018

All photos by Qbertplaya

On March 16 House Of Vans held a workshop dedicated to woman and girls and teaching them how to build a skate deck as well as private skate lessons with Vans global skate team athlete Lizzie Armanto. Following the workshop, the rest of the evening was dedicated to an open skate jam and then a live performance from Nashville rockers Bully, who we caught last November at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from the skate lessons and skate jam as well as Bully’s live set. Find all the photos posted in the gallery below.
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OMD at Terminal 5 (March 10, 2018)

By Ellen Qbertplaya, April 4th 2018

All photos by Qbertplaya

On a recent Saturday night, I had an opportunity to catch a favorite band from my teenage years for the first time, and I had an amazing time. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, otherwise known as OMD, came to New York City’s Terminal 5 and played a tight, nearly two-hour set that appealed to the sentimental, but also demonstrated why they continue to be influential on synth pop music today.

The band came out on stage right at 9:00 p.m. and kicked off the evening with two tracks from their latest album, The Punishment of Luxury, released last September via White Noise Records. The audience of all ages roared upon their arrival and you would never guess that this band has been around in some shape or form for nearly 40 years. Lead singer and founding member Andy McCluskey bounced and danced around the stage with an impressive energy of which I am quite envious. He said something to the effect of, “I just dance like no one is watching,” and that attitude has served him well. He is a tremendous performer, even when weighed down occasionally by the bass guitar for older songs. His longtime bandmate, Paul Humphreys, spent much of the show stationed behind his synthesizer set up, but traded places with McCluskey a number of times, taking lead vocals up front on some songs, including one of my favorites, “Souvenir.” It was a good ebb and flow between these two gents.

We got a setlist that nicely spanned their discography. I was fortunate that once I finished taking photos from the pit, I was able to remain on the sidelines not far from the stage and had a good view of the band. If you glanced over in my direction, you probably would have seen me dancing like an idiot. It is easy to understand why their music still has longevity, and the new stuff fits in seamlessly. And yes, they did play their best-known hit “If You Leave,” after making reference to John Hughes. Everyone went absolutely nuts when band member Martin Cooper picked up the saxophone and blazed through the familiar solo. Drummer Stuart Kershaw was the model of precision as well.

Finishing short of 11 p.m., it seemed like OMD enjoyed the show as much as the audience did. I’m so happy I was able to attend.

Opener GGOOLLDD is touring with OMD throughout their North American tour, and it’s plain to see why they were selected as support. Singer Margaret Butler is immensely talented as a performer with a level of energy that rivals McCluskey’s. Her vocals coupled with the band’s infectious synth pop sounds complement OMD’s music very well. Visually speaking, I really enjoyed taking photos of Butler in her ornate outfit as she raced around the stage. GGOOLLDD did a great job of getting the crowd ready for the headliner.

Find the setlist posted below, along with more photos of opener GGOOLLDD and OMD.

GGOOLLDD:

OMD:

OMD Setlist:

1. Ghost Star
2. Isotype
3. Messages
4. Tesla Girls
5. History of Modern (Part I)
6. One More Time
7. (Forever) Live & Die
8. If You Leave
9. Souvenir
10. Joan of Arc
11. Maid of Orleans
12. Time Zones
13. Of All the Things We’ve Made
14. What Have We Done
15. So In Love
16. Locomotion
17. The Punishment of Luxury
18. Sailing on the Seven Seas
19. Enola Gay

<u.Encore:

20. Dreaming
21. Secret
22. Electricity

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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