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St. Vincent at Electric Factory (November 28, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2017 — with 2 comments

This year Annie Clark returned in a big way as St. Vincent, releasing new album Masseduction via Loma Vista Recordings†. The album still has many of her now signature sounds, but also venturing into a poppier, more produced sound. It took some time for me to get used to it, along with the…interesting promotional campaign, but I’ve really come around on the album with each and every listen since its release.
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Bedouine at Joe’s Pub (November 16, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2017

One of the best debut albums of 2017 came from Bedouine, the project of Syrian-born and Los Angeles-based folk singer Azniv Korkejian. Released by Spacebomb Records earlier in the year, it’s remained one of my favorite albums of the whole year.

On November 16 Bedouine made her debut New York performance at Joe’s Pub in an intimate setting that was well suited for her music, aside from the busy wait staff running around the venue. It was just her and her acoustic guitar and although the album benefits from some big-time arrangements, the stripped-down nature suited the songs equally as well.
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Au.Ra – “Set The Scene”

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2017

Australian electro-rock duo Au.Ra is made up of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles and this summer they released their sophomore album Cultivations, which was released via Felte. We previously shared album cuts “Nowhere” and “Applause” and today we are back to share the rich dreamy goodness of “Set The Scene.”

The band themselves say that the track is about heartache, desire, and suicide, influenced by Leo Tolstoy’s The Devil.” “Set The Scene” is really does set a scene of its own upon the listeners head and keep the imagination running wild during its hazy like framework.

Find a stream of “Set The Scene” posted below.

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Crystal Castles at Brooklyn Steel (September 29, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

On September 30 electronic duo Crystal Castles returned to New York for a performance at Brooklyn Steel, oddly enough just one day before former member Alice Glass opened for Marilyn Manson at Hammerstein Ballroom.

The tour was a continuation of support for their 2016 album Amnesty (I) which was released via Fiction Records – and a bit bigger than their show at Warsaw last year.
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It’s safe to say that Arcade Fire’s Everything Now era has been a strange one, from the oddball promotional nature to the first somewhat mixed critical reaction to an album in their career. But if there’s one that thing most can agree on is that the band still thrive in the live format.

This was proven very true at their intimate performance at Grand Prospect Hall back in July, where the band gave us a look at their new live set-up in the round which did serve quite nicely to their live performance. They took this one step further on September 12, when they returned to us in a much larger venue at Madison Square Garden.
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Alice Mary – “Loving Game”

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2017

Hailing from London, Alice Mary is a classically trained, who has caught my ear with a little pop ear-worm by the name of “Loving Game.”

It’s song with an electronic sound but made from the framework of a true songwriter. There are elements of an easy going folk rock nature as well as a simple knack for writing one hell of a pop song. It doesn’t take long for it to warm your heart but tickle the pop sensibilities that we have inside of us, whether we like to admit it or not. There’s a crisp and airiness to this song that feels like it could’ve come from a Swedish artist, which is indeed a compliment.

“Loving Game” is taken from Alice Mary’s debut EP I Am Here which was released via AM Records and can be heard below. The whole EP is available to stream on her soundcloud page and is available to purchase on iTunes as well.
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Los Colognes – “Unspoken”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Nashville, Tennessee rockers Los Colognes warm you right into their track “Unspoken,” a sprawling epic rocker that sits somewhere between acts like The War On Drugs and Dawes. It has a glamorous, yet layered rock track that toys with arena rock, some jammy aspects and classic rock, while maintaining this poised sense of cool that is soothing and confident as all hell.

“Unspoken” is taken from their third album The Wave which was released this May via Big Deal Media/Thirty Tigers. Enjoy the track, which is posted below.
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Taipei – “Flashback Man”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Taipei is a one-man band from Finland from the mind of Henrik Sundström. He strives to create indiepop with “a warm retro-sound” that captures the melancholy vibes of Finland.

It seems that his track “Flashback Man” is the perfect first impression for potential new fans, as it captures all the things that he promises and then some. This is a colorful and rather comforting piece of indie rock that sits somewhere between the world of electronic and indiepop, but never quite on the line of either. But the sense of melancholy is definitely there and it sticks with you. Think of it as a mix between Youth Lagoon and Discovery.

It’s off of a 8-track album also entitled Taipei that may be one of the most overlooked albums of the year. Find that over at soundcloud and stream “Flashback Man” below.
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Blonde Otter – “Siren Song”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

Blonde Otter are a five-piece hailing from The Bronx, crafting a set of rock that sits somewhere between the old fashioned hits of the past, a bit of power pop and modern garage rock.

There’s a sense of nostalgia heard in their track “Siren Song” which has an easy-going natural charm to it that’s hard not to fall in love with. The grooves are easy, the vocals are on point, it just chugs along and doesn’t quite do anything new, but does what it aims to do so damn well you can’t help but be completely won over.

“Siren Song” is off of the group’s debut EP Hello, Bye Bye which is available to stream on their soundcloud page in full. You can directly stream the aforementioned “Siren Song” below.
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Nine Inch Nails at Webster Hall (July 31, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2017

After a headlining performance the night before at Panorama, Nine Inch Nails greeted New York early in the morning announcing a special intimate performance at Webster Hall. This was a special show for obvious reasons, as seeing Nine Inch Nails in a club such as Webster is a rare treat and especially as it is the last show that I will ever see at this version of Webster Hall, which is shutting down to serve for some renovations for a new version that will open in 18 months or so.
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