Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf quietly released one of the best albums of 2016 with The Party (released via Anti- Records). On December 7 he brought the album to life for a sold out crowd in Williamsburg at Rough Trade NYC. Support came from Los Angeles musician Chris Cohen, who released his album As If Apart in 2016 as well (via Captured Tracks).

Find photos of both performances posted below, along with Andy Shauf’s setlist.

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You realize time is flying by at unfair speed when you’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America. I still remember buying that album on CD at Best Buy (jesus), and spinning it non-stop throughout the rest of that year. It’s an album I’d always come back to throughout the year’s, with the 1-2 punch of “Stuck Between Stations” and “Chips Ahoy!” never losing their luster. The Hold Steady never quite matched the quality of Boys and Girls in America, but honestly, how could they?

To celebrate the albums ten years of drunken life, The Hold Steady brought it home for four straight nights of sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl. Each night had a secret opener that was revealed hours before the show, and on the show I caught on Friday, December 2, local punk rockers The So So Glos took home the honors.

The Hold Steady would deliver all of their trademark album in full each night, but it was the order of the setlist that changed from night to night. They ended up playing it from front to back in order on night 1, but mixed it up every other night, giving each night it’s unique stamp. The crowd was one of the craziest I’ve seen at any of their shows, and certainly one of the wilder Brooklyn Bowl audiences I’ve ever been a part of.

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Athens, Georgia band Mothers, who released their debut album When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired via Grand Jury Music, have been hard at work supporting the album, playing almost non-stop in 2016. We caught them a few times throughout the year, including one final time at the newly opened Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 2.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was on hand to capture the whole evening in photos, which included opening sets from local Brooklyn bands Patio and Yairms

Find photos of all three bands, posted below.

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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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All photos by Dana Pacifico

On November 29, Glass Animals headlined the first ever “Good Fest,” a new Google-presented festival that took place in various cities, including New York.

The New York version took place at BAM Cafe, and in addition to Glass Animals, featured performances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Shilpa Ray and was emceed by Madame Ghandi.

Our photographer Dana Pacifco was there to capture all the action in photos, which you can find posted below along with Glass Animals’ setlist.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Formerly known as Chet Faker, Australian producer Nick Murphy returned to New York with his new moniker, for a sold out performance at Webster Hall.

He shared some new songs since the name change, including the newly released Stop Me (Stop You)” and “Fearless,” the first song he released as Nick Murphy. The rest of the set featured favorites from his Chet Faker days, proving that the at the end of the day, all the matters are the songs, and no matter what name he performs under, the songs speak for themselves.

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos of Murphy’s performance, all taken by our very own Dana Pacifico.

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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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