All photos by Joe Saturday

English pop-singer Charli XCX returned earlier this year with a new mixtape entitled Number 1 Angel, which was released on March 10 via Asylum Records. This came ahead of the eventual release of her third album, which is still reported to be released sometime this year.

This Wednesday she brought her big-time live show to Le Poisson Rouge, for a very sold out intimate experience with her fans. The show featured support from Cupcakke and Brooke Candy.

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All Photos by Bryan Lasky

Wild Adriatic, the three-piece rock and soul outfit out of Saratoga Springs, brought their high-energy show to Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 11, for their debut performance at Baby’s All Right.

The band’s new album Feel was released in February and a majority of the show came from it. The new songs are kept tight by the attack of Mateo Vosganian on drums and Rich Derbyshire on bass, while Travis Gray’s vocals and guitar frantically work about them. They are touring throughout the year, so you can expect more New York City dates before the year is up.

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Maggie Rogers was just a student at NYU last year when her entire life changed in an instant. As a student at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, she became a viral sensation overnight after Pharell Williams surprised the class, critiquing the songs that the students brought that day. He offered honest critiques to all the students, but when Rogers came up and played him a song called “Alaska,” Pharrell was caught off guard, immediately impressed, offering no notes, just left there in awe. He was spot on, as the song became a legit hit and got her a record deal with Capitol Records.

Since then, Rogers has become a rising pop star, going on to release Now That The Light Is Fading, her first big-time EP on Captiol, which she has been touring hard in support of since the second week of January. Last night she brought it all back to where it all started in New York, playing to a sold out Bowery Ballroom, which sold out in mere hours, just like Music Hall of Williamsburg, which she plays tonight.

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All photos by Jayson Yee

Cold War Kids, one of the only real survivors of the blog-buzz era, are still going strong and steady. Last Friday, the Long Beach, California, group released their sixth album, L.A. Divine, via Capitol Records.

They celebrated the release of the new album here in New York with a special intimate in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC for fans who purchased the album from the store. They performed a seven-song set that included a few songs from the new record, a few older cuts like “Something Is Not Right With Me,” as well as a cover of Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain.”

Our photographer Jayson Yee was at the show and captured some shots of the bands performance. Find the photos posted below, along with the setlist.

Cold War Kids Setlist:

1. Love Is Mystical
2. Miracle Mile
3. Can We Hang On
4. So Tied Up
5. First
6. Love on the Brain (Rihanna Cover)
7. Something Is Not Right With Me

Norwegian (but now Brooklyn-based) singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche recently returned with his new album Pleasure via PLZ in March.

He’s on tour in support of the new record, and will be coming to us here in New York for a performance at Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, April 15. Support will come from Ice Choir and Alexander Von Mehren. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.

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All photos by Jayson Yee

Chicago-based hip-hop mashup duo The Hood Internet have now been at it for a decade. They’ve been celebrating their 10th anniversary with a tour, which brought them back to their frequented live venue, Brooklyn Bowl this past Saturday, April 8.

Our photographer Jayson Yee was at the performance and captured all the action, which you can find posted in the photo gallery below.
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Last Friday saw the long-awaited release of New York duo Diet Cig’s debut album Swear I’m Good At This (released via Frenchkiss Records). They celebrated the release with two sold out performances at Baby’s All Right, an early and late show.

I caught the early show (we also got pictures from the late show coming), which was an all ages performance. This is important for a band like Diet Cig, who are all about inclusion and creating a safe space for all to enjoy music. This was very much the case at the show, which saw two young fans accompanied by their parents at the front of the stage, watching the duo rock out in sheer awe. The fact that they can draw young fans, and then a row of fans of all different ages, is a rare feat.

That’s because fans of all ages can be swept up by the joyful garage-pop that the duo of singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman deliver so effortlessly. The show may have been over way too soon, but the same can’t be said for their blossoming career, which is only getting started.

Find photos of their performance posted below, along with shots of Nashville, Tennessee garage rockers Daddy Issues, who opened the show.

Daddy Issues:

Diet Cig:

Dan Boeckner is the Canadian Ty Segall (I’m aware that he’s been at it long before Ty), a man who won’t tire at all, constantly releasing new music with various projects, seemingly never taking a break. After the big-time return for Wolf Parade last year, he’s back at it with Operators, his electronic-rock band that also features multi-instrumentalist Devojka and drummer, Sam Brown.

A new Operators album is on the horizon via Last Gang Records, hinted by their new tour this year that saw them return to New York earlier this week to play a pair of shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge, the latter of which was sold out and the one I caught.

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