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On Sunday night Australian pop-rock group San Cisco brought the fun to Baby’s All Right in support of their new album Gracetown, out now via Fat Possum Records/Island City Records. The show was the first of a three night New York City, which included a show at Mercury Lounge yesterday, and a free all ages show at Rough Trade NYC tonight at 7. Support at the Baby’s show came from fellow Australian Cam Avery and NYC’s very own, The Prettiots.

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Even if you don’t know Cam Avery, you may recognize him. He’s a member of Tame Impala (he replaced Nick Allbrook), Pond, and has his own group, The Growl. His solo set was a mesmerizing performance of personal songs were folk-rock at heart, but performed with a rock and roll swagger. He captivated the already packed Baby’s All Right with a bold and confident set that made it clear that he has the talent to make it on his own as a solo artist, when he’s not rocking out with his many other projects. The crowd ate up his performance and bonded with him from start to finish. It’s a rare thing to see an opener do, but then again, Mr. Avery nearly stole the whole damn show.

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Female trio The Prettiots made their return from New York City but still powered through a fun set that fit more along-side San Cisco’s vibe that Avery’s did. The girls leaned towards an indie-rock sound with plenty of witty, tongue-in cheek lyricism from singer Kay Kasparhauser. Such an example is the group’s most memorable offering, the undeniable catchy “Boys I Dated in High School,” a song about all the boys Kasparhauser has been romantically involved with. Bassist Lulu Prat and drummer Rachel Trachtenburg keep the rhythm section intact, while Kasparhauser holds down the ukulele, an unusual sight which adds to their playful approach.

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San Cisco’s set at Baby’s on Sunday marked my first time seeing a proper show from the Aussie’s, although I caught them briefly at Lollapalooza in 2013. That was a bit less intimate then their showing at Baby’s, which was nearly half-full only 20 minutes after doors, packed with young fans of all ages, as the show was 16+. They too just returned from SXSW, and were noticeably without their normal bassist, Nick Gardner. Unfortunately, Gardner shot himself in the foot (literally) and was unable to join them on their current run of U.S. dates. A more than capable replacement bassist by the name of Jen Aslett filled in for him, and actually fit in quite well to the group. If you hadn’t known otherwise, I would have thought that she was an original member of the band.

San Cisco’s best moments are where they’re able to find a pop-hook and combine it with an youthful, energetic rock riff and just run rampant with it. That’s what the best songs from their 2012 debut album did (those being “Awkard” and “Fred Astaire”). The formula is still at work with the album’s catchy first single “Too Much Time Together,” which was as delightful live as I would have hoped. Frontman and lead singer Jordi Davieson’s vocals have a clearness to them that really does call to mind Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, if not a bit more shiny around the edges.

The group’s brisk 45-minute set closed with a solo performance of “Skool” by Davieson, and a playful finish of “Fred Astaire” that sent the crowd home happy, screaming for more. The group seem to have a dedicated young fanbase, always a sign that lots of success is on the way.

San Cisco Setlist:

1. Nepal
2. Golden Revolver
3. About You
4. Bitter Winter
5. Awkward
6. Too Much time Together
7. No Friends
8. Beach
9. Snow
10. Run

Encore:

11. Skool
12. Fred Astaire

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1_Cashmere Cat_Webster Hall

All photos by Dana Pacifico

On Saturday night Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat took over Webster Hall after a show (the second of two) with collaborator Ariana Grande at Madison Square Garden. Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture the action and told us he of course worked in some Grande into his performance as well as Ryn Weaver and Spice Girls.

Find some more of Dana’s photos of his performance posted below.

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One of the reasons We All Want Someone exists is because of bands like Cold War Kids. Looking back at the California band’s now impressive ten year history, they got a big boost from music blogs that helped jump start their young career. Watching the effect that blogs had on bands like Cold War Kids made me want to be a part of this culture. Ironically enough, one of the first posts that I did was about the release of “Something Is Not Right With Me.” It was the first post to garner even the slightest bit of attention, and gave me a well needed push to believe that I could actually do something with the blog, and here we are today.

Somehow seven years have passed since that moment, and Cold War Kids are still very much alive and kicking. Last night they sold out Terminal 5 along with tourmate Elliot Moss and showed that there’s plenty of gas left in the tank.

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It takes a band like Modest Mouse to make a venue like Webster Hall feel tiny. It’s no small venue by any means, but when a group like Isaac Brock’s indie-rock mainstay come to play, it makes the venue seem way too small for a band of their size, because it really is.

Last night’s sold out show (the second of two consecutive nights) came in celebration of the release of Strangers To Ourselves, their first album in eight years. Even during such the long period of time in between records, the band would tour semi-regularly, mostly odd dates and select festival performances. Which were the only way I’ve seen Modest Mouse live prior to last night’s showing. Those dates were Governors Ball 2012 and last summer’s inaugural Hudson Project. They delivered memorable performances at those festivals, but seeing them at their own club show was a different beast entirely.

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Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie have shared quite a bit of their new album Kintsugi, whose March 31 (via Atlantic Records) release date is just around the corner. The trio have already shared three tracks from the album (“Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”). These also happened to be the first three songs on the record. They’ve kept the timeline going with the 4th track of the album being released, “Little Wanderer.”

While mostly pleasant, it’s somewhat of a come down from the previous songs, making it my least favorite of the songs released far. Maybe it will work better with the rest of the album as context. We’ll see.

Stream “Little Wanderer” below.

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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket look to return in a big way with new album The Waterfall, which will be released on May 4 via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

Earlier in the month they announced the album and released first single “Big Decisions.” Today they’ve released a special preview video called “Under The Waterfall” giving us some behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions, all set to mini previews of new songs from the album, which include: “Spring (Among the Living)”, “Compound Fracture”, “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, “Get the Point,” as well as “Big Decisions.”

Enjoy the video below.
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Surfer Blood

Florida based rockers Surfer Blood will return with new album 1000 Palms on May 12 via Joyful Noise Recordings. This is the band’s first record on Joyful Noise, and it marks their return to their DIY ethos. They abandoned the big time studio recordings of their last record and returned home to Florida to self-record and self-produce the record.

They’ve released a few cuts from the album ahead of it’s release, and the latest is the first official single,”I Can’t Explain.” Written by their bassist Kevin Williams, “I Can’t Explain” tells a story about a romantic encounter on New Years Eve, and takes its time to really deliver its big punch, a big instrumental outro that is Surfer Blood in their wheelhouse.

“I Can’t Explain” is posted below, along with a recent live acoustic performance that they did for for 91x San Diego. You can also find “Dorian” and “Grand Inquisitor,” the two other songs shared so far from 1000 Palms
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Mikael Cronin

Mikal Cronin will release his third album this year, the appropriately titled MCIII. It will come out on May 5 via Merge Records.

He’s let go of a new cut from the album called “ii) Gold” with explodes out of the gate with big guitar riffs that definitely calls to mind many of Cronin’s work with Ty Segall. Cronin puts his own signature style to work with those breezy chorus’ that are perfect for summertime listening in the car with the windows down.

Stream “ii) Gold” below, along with “Made My Mind Up,” the first single released from the record.

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Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens just knows how to speak to something deep within. His music always finds a way to break through any and all emotional boundaries, finding those deep hidden emotions that you thought you had tucked away from plain sight. Then you hear those poetic lyrics sung with his unbelievable vocals and stirring arrangements. You just can’t help it. You can’t fight it. It just takes over.

This feeling is basically the experience of “I Should Have Known Better,” the second track officially released from his soon to be released new album Carrie & Lowell, a record that we’ve been impatient;y waiting nearly half a decade for. It begins with a beautiful stirring whisper, but soon transforms into something a bit more exploratory, like something off of Illinois (the vocal arrangements) and Age Of Adz (the electronics).

It’s the sort of song that reminds us why Sufjan Stevens is one of the best artists of this era. It’s currently my favorite song off of Carrie & Lowell, but that may very well change over time. Either way, enjoy the song below and make sure you purchase this album from Asthmatic Kitty.

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While We're Young

James Murphy has a good relationship with director Noah Baumbach. Murphy scored Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg, and collaborated with him again for his latest film, the soon to be released While We’re Young (which I caught at New York Film Fest last year and reviewed for Monday Morning Matinee).

A lovely piece from the score called “We Used To Dance” has been released and shared via Indiewire. It perfectly captures the mood of the film (about middleage and finding youth in your adulthood) you and is just as lovely as a standalone piece of its own.

Stream “We Used To Dance” below, as well as “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home,” another song from the soundtrack that was previously released. Be sure to check out While We’re Young when it’s released in theaters on March 27. The soundtrack is released on March 24 via Milan Records.

Here’s “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home”:

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