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All photos by Dana Pacifico

It’s been a wait for the live return of Toronto electronic duo MSTRKRFT, featuring Jesse F. Keeler of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P formerly of Girlsareshort. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been seven whole years since they last played New York City.

They made their long-awaited return this Saturday night (September 10) for a sold out performance as a part of Webster Hall’s Gotham series, with the band playing in the middle of the floor as live acrobatics performed around the venue.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture the bands wild set, which starting late Saturday night and went on into the heart of Sunday morning. Find her shots posted below.

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On June 1, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced on his social media channels that he’d be playing a free surprise show in the middle of New York City at 330 Hudson Street as a part of the grand opening for Cadillac’s Cadillac House. Along with a ceremony for the opening, James performed a mini set around 6pm that was packed to the brim, along with a wide set of confused passerby’s and cars (one bus driver was dancing along when he was stopped at a red light nearby).

His set included his solo offerings, as well as great covers of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.” Find his full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos.

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On May 31 New York rock legends The Strokes made their live return with a intimate (for them) show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, that served as a warm-up for the much bigger performance at Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday night (just like they did in 2014, same date and all). As you can imagine, tickets for the show sold out in the matter of seconds, with those quick or lucky enough to grab a ticket were able to see the return of one of the last true larger than life rock bands that the music industry has left.

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Last year marked the return of beloved New York City rock group Luna, who played their first live show in ten years last summer at McCarren Park for Northside.

Thankfully that wasn’t just a one off show, as they returned for a few select dates, including a sold out performance at The Bell House in Brooklyn on May 27. The performance came in support of their recently released box set of their albums on vinyl.
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On May 26 local math-rock trio Battles stopped in to Music Hall of Williamsburg to play for a sold out crowd. The stop was a continuation of their tour in support of last year’s La Di Da Di, which was released via Warp Records.

Find their setlist from the show posted below, along with photos of their set, as well as composer Steve Moore, who opened the show.

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Wild Chicago rockers Twin Peaks have grown up quite a bit, releasing the rather mature and refined new album Down In Heaven earlier in the year via Grand Jury Music. While that record may be a slightly calmer sound for the Chi-town boys, they still bring their wild stage antics to their live performances, giving us a wild show as usual this May 25 at their Bowery Ballroom show, the night after they played Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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All photos by James Douglas

On May 25 Detroit rapper Danny Brown returned to New York for a special night at House Of Vans in Brooklyn.

Along with the premiere of Andrew Cohn’s new documentary Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic as a part of the Rooftop Films series, Brown also put on a live performance for the crowd.

Find some shots from his performance from our photographer James Douglas.

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Islands have taken quite a few forms since their inception after the band’s brainchild Nicholas Thorburn’s prior band The Unicorns broke up. In 2006 they released their charming debut album Return To The Seam. Since then Islands did a small reunion tour opening for Arcade Fire, and Islands have gone on to release a total of seven albums, including two this year alone, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste, both via their own label, Manque Music.

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On May 20 Parquet Courts headlined Webster Hall in support of their typically well received new album Human Performance, their first full-length album with Rough Trade Records.

The band was chatty and full of banter in between songs, the liveliest I’ve seen them at a show. Musically, they delivered a fiery performance, one that really took shape once the the one-two punch of “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” kicked in and the front of the crowd morphed into a sweaty mosh pit that rarely let up.

Find some shots of their performance along with Brooklyn rockers, and Captured Tracks signees, B Boys, who opened the show.

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