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Believe it or not, Wilco have been around for 20 years. It’s been a long and healthy career for one of America’s best bands (if not the best), and late in October they brought the celebration to New York for a completely sold out three night one at the prestigious Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

The one and only time I saw Wilco previously was at Terminal 5 in 2012. So this was a step up in every way. The show was billed as “An Evening With Wilco” which meant no openers, and an epic 30-song performance that flirted with three hours in length. If you’re a Wilco fan, this was pretty much a dream come true.

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

With only a week or so of shows left, each show at Death By Audio is becoming more and more of a rare treat. The first show of the Brooklyn DIY venues last month featured a pretty stacked bill comprised of 4 bands who were reuniting to say goodbye to the venue. The lineup featured sets from: Dirty On Purpose, Sisters, French Kicks, Travis Johnson and Darlings.

Andrew St. Clair was there to capture the evening in photos. Find his photo gallery of all five artists posted below.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

It’s been great to see how far British band Temples have come in the quick year that has passed since I saw them at Bowery Ballroom last November. They’ve since let go of their terrific debut LP Sun Structures and have been touring like mad men.

On October 27 they brought their tour back to New York City for a performance at Irving Plaza, their largest show here to date. It also featured an opening performance from Pennsylvania-based youngsters The Districts, who I saw last year, and are ones to watch for sure.

Our very own Dana Pacifico was there to capture the evening in photos. Catch her shots of both Temples and The Districts posted below.

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I’ve now seen Weezer play Pinkerton, music festivals and at a Casino Resort. But now I can say that I saw them play an intimate club show at Bowery Ballroom, which was as cool as it gets.

They stopped by the Bowery on October 27 as a part of the first leg of the tour for new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. This tour featured intimate club shows that would feature the new album played from front to back. But as it turned out, they would start the show with a 9-song acoustic offering of greatest hits and some rarities.

The acoustic set began with Rivers Cuomo performing “El-Scorcho” b-side “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly.” Guitarist Brian Bell came out next for “Why Bother,” bassist Scott Shriner for Red Album bonus track “King,” and then finally drummer Pat Wilson joined everyone for a triumphant performance of “El Scorcho.” They gave the crowd the option of hearing “beloved b-side “Susanne” (which they played the night before in Boston) or “No One Else.” It was a close call, but “No One Else” ended up being the winner. The acoustic performance was basically a open sing-along with the fans. With the crowd filled with only the most die-hard Weezer fans, it was a cool experience to be a part of.

The band went to change and came back ready to chug through the new album. The album is one of the best from Weezer in some time, and the band seemed pretty passionate about playing its tracks. They were joined by Lizzy Plapinger from MSMR for “Go Away” (Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino sings on the album), which was a nice touch.

They returned with a one-song encore of “Tired Of Sex”, which was the only old-school Weezer track treated with a full electric version. It was a perfect send-off to what will probably be the most intimate Weezer experience one could possibly hope for.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of the night.

Setlist:

Acoustic:
1. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly (Rivers Solo)
2. Why Bother? (Brian Introduced)
3. King (Scott Introduced)
4. El Scorcho (Pat Introduced)
5. The Other Way
6. The Good Life
7. Island in the Sun
8. No One Else
9. Buddy Holly

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10. Ain’t Got Nobody
11. Back to the Shack
12. Eulogy for a Rock Band
13. Lonely Girl
14. I’ve Had It Up to Here
15. The British Are Coming
16. Da Vinci
17. Go Away
18. Cleopatra
19. Foolish Father
20. The Waste Land
21. Anonymous
22. Return to Ithaka

Encore:
23. Tired of Sex

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

This October SBTRKT released his sophomore album Wonder Where We Land. He’s been on tour in support of the album, including a two-night run at Terminal 5 that went down later that month.

On Sunday October 26 SBTRKT performed the first of the two shows, and it included a early cameo from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig who performed “New Dorp. New York,” as he does on the new record. SBTRKT has expanded his band and it does wonders for him live, working well alongside the impressive visuals that colored the stage. Aaron Jerome still performs with his trademark mask, keeping the identity and spirit of SBTRKT alive, and well. He also brought out Denai Moore to perform on “The Light.”

SBTRKT also performed their remix of Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower,” which was an unexpected highlight of the night. SBTRKT captures the essence of old-school soul and r&b, but with a modern twist. He clearly has a passion for what he’s doing, so it’s great to see that he can capture large audiences with such grace.

Find some photos from the performance below, all taken by Dana Pacifico

Setlist:

1. Highs and Lows
2. Never Never
3. New Dorp. New York (with Ezra Koenig)
4. Hold On / Migration
5. Look Away / Osea
6. Pharaohs
7. Temporary View
8. War Drums
9. Higher
10. Wildfire

Encore:
11. The Light (with Denai Moore)
12. Something Goes Right
13. Lotus Flower (Radiohead Remix/Cover)
14. Right Thing to Do

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This year’s CMJ came and went as fast as ever. Going into the fest, I didn’t know what to expect. I ended up leaving pretty surprised about how much great music I saw. (Hell, we even threw our own showcase)

Somewhere in between the various free drinks of alcohol and catch up sessions with friends and fellow music lovers, I found time to catch a bunch of sets of music (almost 40 to be exact). From fresh-faced bands trying to make it, to the more established acts who just happened to be in town for more “official” showcase. From the insanity of Fat White Family’s live show, to the return of Slowdive, there was no shortage of quality music being performed live.

You can find all the show coverage sprinkled through the last few pages of the blog, but here were some of my favorite performance from CMJ 2014, as well as some of my favorite photos that resulted.
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It was only 11 hours or so that I caught Fat White Family at Baby’s All Right during the day, yet I found myself catching another set from them at nearly 2 a.m.

The daytime set was absolutely insane, with frontman Lias Saoudi crowd-surfing to the ceiling, and halfway masturbating while performing. Yet, all that was somewhat contained to the band’s part 2 effort at Baby’s. With the sun down, all bets were off. The show featured some half naked crowdsurfing from Lias, which eventually led to him stripping his boxers off, and jumping back into the crowd. During all this madness Har Mar Superstar suddenly showed up on stage, in a rather fitting turn of events. It would seem random, but at a show like this, it made way too much sense.

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Throughout this year’s CMJ Festival, I heard plenty of good praise from many people I trust about a band called Sunflower Bean. As it turned out they were a Brooklyn band who had taken full advantage of their surroundings to create quite a stir during the fest.

I caught a late night set from the group on Saturday night at Baby’s All Right, and as it turned out, everyone was right: these guys ruled. The three-piece of Julia Cumming (vocals/bass), Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitar) and Jacob Faber (drums) delivered gritty fuzz guitar riffs that meant business. Sunflower Bean delivered the kind of dirty punch that I hoped for during a late night set that bled into the early morning.

They got a whole bunch of upcoming live dates around the city, be sure to check them out if you can.

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What a better way to head towards the finish line of the epic marathon that is CMJ than with the NYC live return of beloved British shoe-gaze rockers Slowdive? Add on an opening set from Low, and you had one of the best bills that you would find during the entire CMJ festival. The epic double bill went down at Terminal 5 on Saturday October 25, for a truly unforgettable live experience.

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