All photos by Dave Scholten

Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces kept plenty busy in 2017, releasing not one, but two albums with Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines (both released via Sub Pop).

On March 19 they stopped into Brooklyn for a performance at Elsewhere. Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as local opener Oyinda. Find all the photos posted in the gallery below.


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Last year Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly released her debut EP Thrush Metal, getting well deserved praise for her clear songwriting ability. Donnelly caught the attention of Secretly Canadian who will re-release the EP here in the U.S. this summer. Following a week of shows at SXSW, Donnelly came to New York to make her live debut here at Elsewhere (Zone One).

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DEGA – “Ocean Love”

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2018 Electronic Indie Listen Stream

DEGA is the Athens, Georgia husband and wife duo of Aslyn and Kalen Nash. We first caught them just last summer when they opened up for Washed Out at Brooklyn Steel. The duo impressed me with their immediately hooky electronic music and the large scale sound they were able to create as just as duo.

The band are back with a new self-titled album that they released back in February via Lemonade Records. Today we are eager to share with you the record’s great single “Ocean Love,” a track that does remind a great deal of the dreamy goodness created by fellow duo Beach House, with a bit more of an electronic synth spin to give them a different dimension. They knock this one out of the park, delivering something with an emotional center but also an addictive outisde finish.

You can find a stream of “Ocean Love” below and buy the album now over at iTunes.

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Boston rock trio Buffalo Tom has been around since the late 80s and are still going strong. This year saw them release their new album Quiet and Peace, their first LP in seven years. Their tour brought them to Brooklyn on March 17 for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

They found a good balance between the new songs and giving fans what they wanted with old favorites such as “Sodajerk,” “Tangerine” “Birdbrain,” and of course, “Taillights Fade.” The band chugged along with passion and energy that not only matched but exceeded many of todays bands and it was infectious on the crowd who kept up with them every step of the way.

Find the setlist posted below along with a gallery of photos from their performance.

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Last year saw London producer and singer Kelly Lee Owens release her self-titled debut album via Smalltown Supersound. She brought the album to life in gorgeous fashion on March 16 at a sold out performance in Brooklyn at Elsewhere.

The show was originally booked for the much smaller Zone One space at Elsewhere but due to high demand, they moved it to the main stage where Owens absolutely packed it in. The crowd was left in an absolute trance by Owens mix of swaying beats and ethereal vocals and atmosphere that left us all in a dazzling dream state.

Find photos from Owens set posted below along with the setlist.
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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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German composer and producer Nils Frahm returned to New York on March 15 for a sold out performance at Queens venue Knockdown Center. The show came in support of his lovely new album All Melody, released earlier this year via Erased Tapes.

Playing a mix of All Melody and a various assortment of material from his career, it was amazing to see Frahm work the magic behind his insane set up of analog equipment and electronics that he worked like an absolute wizard.

Find some photos from his performance posted in the gallery below.

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Emma McGrath – “Butterfly”

By Will Oliver, April 7th 2018 Indie Listen Stream

At only 18-years of age, London singer-songwriter Emma McGrath has a ton of talent already bursting out of her. We first discovered her through her latest single “Love You Better,” taken from her sophomore EP Silent Minds.

“Butterfly,” also taken from the EP, is another promising slice of indie rock that has some elements of pop mixed with delicate traces of folk-rock that give it a good ebb and flow. You can find a video of McGrath performing “Butterfly” live at Urchin Studios below, along with an official stream of the studio version.

Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene are still hard at work touring in support of their 2017 album Hug Of Thunder.

We caught them last year at Brooklyn Steel and they are back in the area for a pair of shows this weekend. On Saturday night they will perform at Long Island venue The Paramount and on Sunday they will play New Jersey venue The Wellmont Theatre.

Tickets are available for both shows still and may be your last chance to see the group here for a little while.

Stay tuned for coverage from their performance at The Wellmont coming very soon.

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