Joywave

Tomorrow night Rochester elctronic-rockers Joywave will play one of the biggest New York shows to date when they play Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Metric.

Their opening slots across the country with Metric comes in support of their debut album How Do you Feel Now? which was released in 2015 via Cultco Music/ Hollywood Records. The group, led by singer Daniel Armbruster had quite the rise in 2015, and look to extend their reach even further while opening for Metric.

Get a taste of what their live show is like below, watching their live video of “Destruction” taken from their performance at Bowery Ballroom last October. There are still remaining tickets for their show with Metric tomorrow. You can find those right here.

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Nova Scotia rockers Nap Eyes will bring their tour to Brooklyn tomorrow night for a performance at Union Pool. The stop comes in support of their new album Thought Rock Fish Scale, out now via Paradise of Bachelors.

I have yet to personally see the group live, but based on the record and live sessions such as their performance of “Stargazer” for Coach House Sound, it’s sure to be a good show. Union Pool is as intimate of a chance to see them as they come, so you won’t want to miss it.

Tickets are still for sale at the moment. Find their performance of “Stargazer” posted below.

Great Good Fine Ok

Brooklyn synth-pop duo Great Good Fine Ok just recently released their chilled out new single “Already Love,” a fresh cut of soul-filled electro pop that will surely warm you up.

The group will stop in for a headlining spot at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday night where they will take over the room with their delightful jams.

There are still some remaining tickets for the show, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To enter to win, simply send us an email at weallwantsomeone@gmail.com with “Great Good Fine Ok” as the subject. Leave your full name in the subject, as that will be used at will call to pick up your tickets.

Good luck and enjoy a stream of “Already Love” posted below, as well as a stream of openers Paperwhite’s new single “On My Own.”

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(Blur at Madison Square Garden)

2015 was one hell of a year for music. Naturally, there were a ton of great shows to be found. We saw as many as ever last year, and we look to attend even more shows in 2016. With that said, we’re finally giving a look back to 2015, selecting some of our favorite moments from the year.

Along with my small but trustworthy team of friends who happen to also be photographers, we took hundreds if not thousands of photos last year. I went through the ever-growing archives and selected just a handful of favorite photos taken throughout the year. It was hard and nearly impossible to narrow it down, but here are just some of my favorite photos that we shared on this blog in 2015, in chronological order taken throughout the year. If not taken by me, credit is given along with the posted caption below the photo.

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On February 29 Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) launched their spring tour together at Webster Hall. It was a perfect combination, as both Titus’ Patrick Stickles and Finn know a thing or two about keeping rock and roll alive.

Finn shared tracks from his new album Faith in the Future (released via Partisan Records) backed up by a three-piece band. The tracks take a more mellow, alt-country form than the bar-rock anthems that he pumps out with The Hold Steady. Its a different side to Finn, a bit of a more vulnerable take live, but one that is surely welcome. He delighted fans of his other bands towards the end of the set with takes on The Hold Steady’s “Certain Songs” and Lifter Puller’s “Nassau Coliseum.”

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Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot make their return to New York this Friday night, taking the stage at Webster Hall. The show is in support of their new album Need Your Light, which was recently released via Barsuk Records.

The new material goes over even better live, as evident to their performance at Baby’s All Right last November, where they shared a few Need Your Light offerings. The group always offer a tight performance live and I’m sure this performance will be no different.

Add opening performances from both Sun Club and PWR BTTM and you got a great bill that will get your weekend started off right.

Tickets for the show are currently still on sale.
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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

Quilt

Boston quartet Quilt have released their terrific new album Plaza last week via Mexican Summer. They’ll bring the record live to New York for a performance at Baby’s All Right tomorrow night that is sure to be one of the best shows of the week.

Not only will we get to hear the new album as well as some old favorites from Quilt, but the show will also featuring opening sets from Lionlimb and Cut Worms. It’s sure to be a good night.

Tickets just sold out today for the show, but if you head to the venue early enough, you just may be able to score one last minute. Keep checking throughout the day as well.

You’re not gonna want to miss this one.

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On December 21 I took in my final show of the year, with the debut NYC performance from Big Grams, the new collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram. The show went down at Irving Plaza, and was an intimate first look at the new group that set out to mix both hip-hop with electronic pop/rock.

The Big Boi/Phantogram partnership was first revealed on Big Boi’s 2012 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which featured three collaborations between the two. With the Outkast reunion and Phantogram’s own new material their collaboration took longer than we anticipated, but last September saw the released of their debut self-titled EP via Epic Records.

Their Irving Plaza show featured all of the EP plus a few as well as favorites from both artists catalogues, such as Phantogram’s “Black Out Days” and Big Boi’s “CPU.” The latter being one of the earlier collaborations between the two, paved the way for mash-ups of sorts of both artists tracks, such as “Ms. Jackson” being teamed up with “Mouthful of Diamonds” and “The Way You Move” tied into “Don’t Move.” It was great to hear both artists material turned into something completely new and exciting.

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Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment Concert Photos Concert Reviews Listen Stream

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One December 18, Foals made their return to New York City for the first time in 2015 in support of their new album What Went Down. Although the show their third consecutive time at Terminal 5 (can we get a bunch of intimate dates next time lads?), they still managed to throw down as hard as ever, delivering every bit on their rising ranks as one of the best live bands in the game at the moment.

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