Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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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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Glass Animals at BAM Cafe (November 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

On November 29, Glass Animals headlined the first ever “Good Fest,” a new Google-presented festival that took place in various cities, including New York.

The New York version took place at BAM Cafe, and in addition to Glass Animals, featured performances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Shilpa Ray and was emceed by Madame Ghandi.

Our photographer Dana Pacifco was there to capture all the action in photos, which you can find posted below along with Glass Animals’ setlist.
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Nick Murphy at Webster Hall (November 28, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

Formerly known as Chet Faker, Australian producer Nick Murphy returned to New York with his new moniker, for a sold out performance at Webster Hall.

He shared some new songs since the name change, including the newly released Stop Me (Stop You)” and “Fearless,” the first song he released as Nick Murphy. The rest of the set featured favorites from his Chet Faker days, proving that the at the end of the day, all the matters are the songs, and no matter what name he performs under, the songs speak for themselves.

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos of Murphy’s performance, all taken by our very own Dana Pacifico.
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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


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


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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