(Photo by Phillip Kim)

The crowd for young English musician Tom Misch was what I had expected; highly fashionable millennials all rocking dark colors that could be confused for black if disrupted by dim lighting, plenty of hoods over the head as they bobbed in a melancholy unison.

Opening the show was Carmody, whose set I thoroughly enjoyed. I had no clue what to expect going in, perhaps something in the vein of Misch’s genre? Their style of music is heavily influenced by The xx and the ongoing trend of dub beats over properly timed strums of the guitar and sharp bass work. The anomaly was their saxophone player which tastefully chimed in at proper moments. Carmody’s opening set ended up being the perfect set up.

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On November 2 Animal Collective stopped back in New York for a sold out performance at Terminal 5. This was their second NYC stop in 2016, with the first coming back in 2016. Both were in support of their 2016 album Painting With, released via Domino Records.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance, as well as opener Actress.

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Daughter, who released their sophomore album Not To Disappear earlier in the year via Glassnote Records, returned to New York for a headlining performance at Terminal 5. This was a much larger stop than their last show here, a rather intimate performance at National Sawdust back in April.

Support came from Vancouver Sleep Clinic, the project of young Australian Tim Bettinson, already signed to Sony Music Entertainment.

Find photos of both their performances posted below, along with Daughter’s setlist.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Japandroids released Celebration Rock, their big breakthrough sophomore release. The band has been quiet in the years since their extensive touring of that album, but back in late October the duo returned to New York for a pair of very intimate shows at Knitting Factory to warm up their live show, and to test out some new songs off their long-awaited follow-up album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, coming out in January 2017 via their new label, Anti- Records.

Seeing the garage rock duo in such a small room was quite an experience, as they pummelled through songs old and new, causing the entire room to become one collective mosh pit with sweat and beer mixed in. The group were a bit shy about sharing the new material, but the crowd took to it as if it was material that we had already known for years. Getting to hear older material thrown in there only added to the feverish nature of the crowd, resulting in one of the wilder shows I saw all year.

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Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is one of the most reliable songwriters that American music has going right now. His new album Mangy Love is a testament of that, one of his very best to date (his first for Anti- Records), and one of my favorite albums of the year.

He brought the album to life with style and passion on October 28, at a sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Find photos of his performance posted below, along with the equally excellent opening set from Delicate Steve.

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All photos by Joe Saturday

Madrid indie-rockers Hinds continued their rapid ascent towards stardom in 2016 with a performance at Warsaw, their largest headlining show in New York to date. They’ve been touring their debut album Leave Me Alone none stop since its release, and it’s clearly done wonders for the band who are becoming one of the biggest live draws in the scene.

Find some photos from their performance at Warsaw posted below, along with openers Cold Fronts and Navy Gangs, all of which were taken by our photographer Joe Saturday.
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On October 26 British psych-rockers Temples made their way back to New York for a packed performance at Bowery Ballroom, the place where they made their “official” NYC debut in 2013.

They’re gearing up to release their new album Volcano next year via Fat Possum. They shared a few new songs from the record such as their great new single “Certainty,” as well as a couple of other unreleased tracks that mixed in wonderfully with older material from their debut.

The show was opened by Los Angeles psych rockers Vinyl Williams who released their new record Brunei this August via Company Records.

Find photos of both their performances posted below, along with Temples’ setlist.

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Local Natives @ Terminal 5 (October 25, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2016 — with 1 comment Concert Photos Concert Reviews Listen Stream

Local Natives returned to New York in a big way with a headlining performance at Terminal 5, in support of their new album Sunlit Youth (released via Loma Vista Recordings).

The show was a much bigger task than their stop at Rough Trade NYC over the summer, but the band were up to the task, well equipped to turn the songs off the new album, as well as old favorites, into big time anthems that had the crowd with them all the way.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of their set as well as opener Charlotte Day Wilson.

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On October 24, Deerhunter returned to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall, still in support of their 2015 album Fading Frontier, released via 4AD.

Kicking things off was New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, whose self-titled debut album flew under the radar in 2014, but was scooped up and re-released this year via Flying Nun Records. She opened the night up with a fragile set of quiet but beautiful songs, a bit of an odd fit with Deerhunter, but still totally welcome.

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