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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 — with 1 comment

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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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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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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It’s been a big year for Shreveport Louisiana soul rockers Seratones, who released their great debut album, Get Gone, via Fat Possum. They’ve been touring non-stop all year, and return to us here in New York for a show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.

Back in May, after catching their more than memorable opening performance for The Dandy Warhols at Bowery Ballroom, we spoke over e-mail with frontwoman AJ Haynes, about the bands success so far, the history of the band, and some of their influences. We are proud to share our chat with AJ with you, find the entire conversation posted below:
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Last weekend New York’s very own Frankie Cosmos headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom along with support from soon to break out Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, Detroit’s Stef Chura, and Brooklyn’s Cende. It was a full bill of various sorts of indie rock, with each artist offering something uniquely their own.

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This show served as my introduction to Warehouse, who are being highly touted for a big breakout with their soon to be released sophomore album Super Low, which will be released via Bayonet Records on September 30. Their sound was an encouraging one, full of eclectic offerings mixed smoothly with classic rock sounds. There’s a sense of urgency that strikes while watching them live. Based on what I heard that night, Super Low is not to be missed.
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