It’s been a while since we last heard from Foxygen, the eccentric California-based duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The group has stayed quiet since the release of their last album, 2014’s polarizing …And Star Power. But they’re back at it with their follow-up album Hang in January 2017 (via Jagjaguwar).

In December 2016 the group played a few shows to test out the new material and warm up for the much larger tour that awaits in the spring (included a huge show at Terminal 5 in March). This version of Foxygen was much different than the last time I saw them play, with only France, Rado and singer Jaclyn Cohen remaining from their previous incarnation. Replacing the previous lineup is a much larger version of the band that included a five-piece horn section. It makes sense, as the songs are pretty massive in scope, and sound different from anything that they’ve done before.

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The new and revamped Boston Calling is back in a big way. Not only will it take place at a much larger space with Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts over the weekend of May 26-28 (it’s now a 3-day festival too), but it sports a very impressive lineup.

Headling the festival is Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper. Then there’s Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Weezer, The 1975, Major Lazer, Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest, Mitski, Deerhoof, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus, Solange, Cage The Elephant, Nataniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Pup, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stand Of Oaks, and many more, including a film experience with Natalie Portman.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early bird 3-day passes still available.

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts may have released their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil (via Fat Possum) in 2015, but they still got plenty of surprises left in store for us. They’re already hard at work on the follow-up to their debut offering, and embarked on a mini tour in late November to get back to playing live and test out some new songs. They brought their tour to New York on November 30 for a performance at Mercury Lounge.

If you’ve ever seen The Districts play, you know just how massive and energetic that their songs are able to build up to. So it was special to see them rock the hell out of the tiny Mercury Lounge. The new songs had that already trademark stamp on frontman Rob Grote, but they also challenge your expectations, and prove that The Districts are only going to expand on their sounds and embark on many new horizons in the future.

They brought along fellow Philadelphia bands Queen Of Jeans and Tangiers to open the show. Find photos of all three bands posted below, along with The Districts’ setlist.

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Toronto electro-rockeres Metric last played a show back in October during the Meadows Festival in Queens. On November 29 they returned for a very intimate free performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, presented by Steve Madden Music Presents. The show also featured support from great Brooklyn trio New Myths, who opened the show in style.

Find Metric’s setlist posted below, and find some iPhone shots of both Metric and New Myths’ performances posted below.

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Homeshake is the Montreal-based project of Peter Sagar, who many may best recognize as Mac Demarco’s old guitarist (during the 2 era). Since he left the band he’s gone on to release a bunch of sexy bedroom electronic music as Homeshake. On February 3, 2017 he will release their new record Fresh Air via Sinderlyn.

Sagar and his band stopped into Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on November 26 (for the first of two shows that night) to test some songs off the record, and seduce the crowd with offerings from their previous two albums. The set was short and sweet, with no encore (which Sagar explained they just don’t do), but they had the crowd in a trance like state from start to finish. When it was all said and done, they were backstage preparing for round 2.

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos from their performance, as well as opener Rivergazer

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On November 25 STRFKR kicked off the first of a two-night run in New York with a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg (they headed to Manhattan’s Webster Hall the next night). The tour came in support of their 2016 album Being No One, Going Nowhere which was released via Polyvinyl Records. They were supported by local Brooklyn group Psychic Twin, who also released their new album Strange Diary via Polyvinyl.

This was my first time seeing STRFKR perform live. I suspected it would be a fun show, but I’ll be honest when I say I was in no way prepared for the craziness that their performance brought. Their show consisted of costumed members in astronaut gear (including members of Psychic Twin), confetti, and even blow up flamingo that they eventually crowdsurfed with over the audience. It was a wild good time, that at 26-songs was perfectly extend well into the wee hours of the night.

I’ll tell you this much, this certainly won’t be the last time I see STRFKR live.

Find photos of both STRFKR and Psychic Twin posted below, along with STRFKR’s setlist.
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Today Panorama announced its lineup for this year edition of the festival (their second). This year the festival sports a group of headliners consisting of Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Alt-J and Solange.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by MGMT, Future Islands, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Justice, Glass Animals, Angel Olsen, Tyler The Creator, Girl Talk, Mitski, Jagwar Ma, Vince Staples, Cloud Nothings, Proccupations, Foxygen, DJ Shadow, S U R V I V E, MØ, Cherry Glazerr, Pinegrove, and Bleached.

The fest once again takes place at Randall’s Island Park from July 28-30 and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

On November 18, CRX, the new side-project fronted by The Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom. This followed their Mercury Lounge performance over the summer.

This show came after the release of their debut album New Skin, which was released in October via Columbia Records, and produced by Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. CRX sounded much more confident and tighter this time around, with much more shows under their belt.

The night also featured opening performances from Streets Of Laredo and The Gloomies. Find photos of all three bands posted below, along with CRX’s setlist.

CRX Setlist:

1. On Edge
2. Give It Up
3. Broken Bones
4. One Track Mind
5. Unnatural
6. Slow Down
7. Ways To Fake It
8. Monkey Machine
9. Walls

The Gloomies:

Streets Of Laredo:

CRX:

Wild Beasts returned to New York once again for a pair of shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Le Poisson Rouge in support of their 2016 album Boy King which was released via Domino Records. I caught the band at LPR on November 16, and it although it was a similar setlist to the one they played at Baby’s All Right earlier in the year, it was a very different performance.

The band were more mobile, with vocalists Tom Fleming and Hayden Thorpe eager to come into the crowd and perform songs on the cusp of the audience, and even within it. They were less tolerant of photographs of every kind, telling photographers and fans to put them away early into the show. Even after a few fans got scolded by Fleming for ignoring their wishes, one inebriated fan didn’t get the message, but instead of further scolding the ignorant drunk, Thorpe took the fans phone and took an on-stage selfie video of himself and the band during a song. Kind of a weird reward that sent a mixed message to the rest of the audience.

But the band sounded great as always, performing a mix of newer Boy King songs that are able to truly shine in a live environment, as well as a flury of old favorites such as “Hooting & Howling” and “All The King’s Men.”

Find photos of their performance posted below, along with opener Porcelain Raft, and Wild Beasts’ setlist.

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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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