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On October 4, Nashville rockers Diarrhea Planet stopped in for a typically wild show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a part of their two-night run in New York City (they’d play Bowery Ballroom on October 6) in support of their new album Turn To Gold, which was released in June via Infinity Cat Recordings.

The band ripped through a 16-song set that fell just shy of an hour. It was a joyful exploration of garage rock gold with tons of bodies and beer flying through the air (sometimes simultaneously) as they ripped through their jams as only a four-guitar band can. These guys are always a good time live, and I’m already looking forward to the next time they’re back here.

Find photos from the show posted below, along with the setlist.

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On October 3, James Blake returned to New York in support of his new ablum The Colour In Anything (released via Polydor Records) for a huge show at Radio City Music Hall, his largest headlining show in the city to date (much bigger than the last time he played here – at Webster Hall).

Find some photos from his performance posted below, along with his setlist.

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On the first Sunday night in October, Kishi Bashi rolled through Webster Hall and played one of the best shows I’ve seen at the venue as well as one of the best shows I’ve seen in all of 2016.  Bashi was touring in support of his absolutely fantastic new album which came out in September titled Sonderlust (via Joyful Noise Recordings).  Along for the ride and kicking things off was Brooklyn’s own, Twain.

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Performing solo, Twain was a perfect fit for an opener.  He kept things quiet during his set and didn’t talk much, but at one point mentioned that he never played a venue the size of Webster ever before. The way he kept his composure on stage was telling a different story as his bluesy–folk style was on full display without an ounce of any nervousness at all. He started with an acoustic guitar and switched to an electric guitar midway through his set with ease and we’re excited to hopefully see more of him soon.

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As soon as Twain finished his set, there was a sense of anticipation in the venue, as Bashi’s fan base is a very dedicated one. We were there back in November of last year when he played the much smaller McKittrick Hotel so getting to see him in the much larger space of Webster Hall was an absolute treat.

Slowly, the lights began to dim inside the venue as well as on stage as a deep red hue in the lighting slowly began to emerge from behind all the instruments. One by one, the band all took the stage to – of all things – the Stranger Things theme song (the red lighting was very fitting) which gained some cheers and a few chuckles from the crowd.  As soon as Bashi took the stage, we all knew we were in for an exciting night.

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Earlier this year Devonté Hynes gifted us with a brand new Blood Orange album titled Freetown Sound (out via Domino Records) and was instantly on everyone’s radar for top albums of the year (..and that was back in June!).  If you haven’t already listened to it, I’d highly recommend listening to it as the album lives up to the hype and claims of being one of the years best.  When Dev & Blood Orange returned back to New York City for a sold out hometown show at Terminal 5 in support of the fantastic Freetown Sound, anticipation was very high to say the least.

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(Wu-Tang Clan at Roots Picnic NYC)

After a great first day at the inaugural Roots Picnic NYC, we returned for an even larger day 2, with some big time headliners (with The Roots as the backing band) that ended things on a huge note. The shared finale featured performances from Wu-Tang Clan (who was introduced by Amy Schumer), Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers (who was joined by Sugarhill Gang) and the legendary David Byrne.

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(D’Angelo at Roots Picnic NYC)

This year The Roots brought out their Phill-based Roots Picnic festival over to New York for the inaugural edition of Roots Picnic NYC.

Of course The Roots headlined, but on day 1 of the festival they only played a few songs before being joined by special headlining sets by D’Angelo (who was introduced by Dave Chappelle), John Mayer, and Common.

The diverse lineup also features sets from Everyday People feat. DJ Moma, X Ambassadors, Stretch and Bobbito, DJ Questlove, Lady Leshurr, Kevin Gates, Neal Brennan, co-creator of The Chappelle Show, who also brought out Chappelle for a quick bit.

Find a photo gallery of day 1 of Roots Picnic NYC posted below.
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All photos by Dana Pacifico

On September 30, Canadian electronic-rock duo Bob Moses stopped in to New York for a performance at Terminal 5, in support of the “Never Enough Edition” reissue of their debut album Days Gone By, released via Domino Records.

Find some shots of their performance that night taken by our photographer Dana Pacifico posted below, along with their setlist.

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On September 30 (this guys birthday), The Growlers finished off a sold out two-night run in New York with a performance at Webster Hall (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before). The stops came in support of their new Julian Casabalancas produced album City Club, which was also released via Casabalancas’ Cult Records.

The groups lineup has changed quite a bit on this tour, with only Brooks Nielsen, Matt Taylor and Kyle Straka remaining in the core lineup live. It was a bit jarring to see at first, but the new lineup did fill in just fine, and delivered a fine set of groovy beach goth that they’ve made their name with.

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

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(The Lemon Twigs)

On September 28, 4AD hosted a special revue concert at Irving Plaza in order to share some of the label’s fresh signings in one convenient live setting (they hosted a London edition on September 22 at the ICA). The night featured sets from The Lemon Twigs, Methyl Ethel, and Pixx.

Find some shots from all three emerging talents posted below.

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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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