Temples

Temples had a great 2014, releasing their strong and assured debut album Sun Structures via Fat Possum which ended up on many best of lists, even with its early release datre. The band are continuing the momentum, bringing their tour back to New York this Monday for a perfectly booked show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The intimate venue is the perfect size for the English psych-rockers, who last wowed me live when I saw them play Bowery Ballroom back in 2013. That was a wonderful performance, and I’m sure that they’ve improved as performers since it, making me even more excited to return and see what delights await from this gig.

Tickets for the show are still on sale. This will likely be Temples last appearance here until their next album, so if you’re free Monday night, you best find your way to Williamsburg.

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1_Tame Impala_Boston Calling 2015

The countdown begins for Tame Impala’s highly anticipated new album Currents, due to be released on July 17 via Interscope Records. It’s been one of my most anticipated records of the year, and I’m sure I’m not alone on that.

The Australian band, led by modern day genius Kevin Parker, took the Boston Calling stage with a bit of daylight left over from the sunset. This gave viewers a rare look at the group without their trippy light show as camouflage. Their amazing visual backdrop remained present for their tremendous set, filled of favorites from their first two albums, and a bunch of the songs released so far from Currents.

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1_Sharon Van Etten_Boston Calling 2015

The spring 2015 edition of Boston Calling got off to an extremely strong start on Friday, with sets from Sharon Van Etten, Tame Impala, and Beck. It was a short day, but one packed with a trio of incredible performers.

Van Etten was as good of anyone to kick off the weekend of music in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. It was my second time catching Sharon this year, with her utterly fantastic performance at Warsaw coming earlier in the year. She managed all the same in the larger environment of a festival stage, kicking things off confidently with a performance of “Serpents” leading things off and setting the tone for a great set full of all her best cuts. It was likely the first that many in the crowd heard of Van Etten, but she surely left with many news fans at her side.

Van Etten will make her return to New York this weekend for a performance at Governors Ball. Stay tuned for more on that performance as well. Find more photos from her set posted below.

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The Tallest Man On Earth

On May 12 Kristian Matsson released Dark Bird Is Home, his fourth album as The Tallest Man On Earth (out via Dead Oceans). It’s It’s his first album with a full band playing behind him, resulting in a rich and fuller record than fans have ever received.

He’s in New York this week to play a set of shows here in support of the record. Tomorrow night he’ll kick off the two night residency with a delightfully intimate showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a much more personal performance than what will likely come at Beacon Theatre the following night, although that’s not to say it won’t be a special show in its own right.

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1_TV On The Radio_Kings Theatre

On May 20 TV On The Radio made their return to New York for a performance at the beautiful Kings Theatre, right up there with Baby’s All Right as my favorite new venues in New York. The show was the first of two for them in the city last week, with a night at Terminal 5 in Manhattan coming the following night.

The show came in support of their 2014 album Seeds, and was much different from when I saw them last winter at a much smaller performance at at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No matter, as the group filled out the much larger Kings Theatre with the level of finesse and intensity that you come to expect from the talented group.

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1_Courtney Barnett_Bowery Ballroom

Last Tuesday night, I caught the first of Courtney Barnett’s completely sold out three-night run at Bowery Ballroom. Her first proper album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (out via Mom + Pop Music) is one of the year’s best records. I don’t know if there’s any artist hotter than Barnett at the moment, and mind you, it’s not the type of buzz that comes and goes like a passing phase. This is the sustainable, real deal sort of excitement that has pegged Barnett as one of the brightest voices in music. It’s scary to think that she’s only getting started.
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Torres

Tomorrow night the magnificent talent that is Torres will play a sold out Baby’s All Right in celebration of her brand new album Sprinter, out now via Partisan Records.

Her debut album was one of powerful personal material stripped down to a bare folk rock. This time around she pushes the boundaries even further, creating something just as personal and powerful, just in a new light. It’s going to be a treat to see how this translates live, especially in a room such as Baby’s All Right, a seemingly perfect place to catch someone like Torres.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and the show will feature an opening set from Aero Flynn. Tickets for the show have long sold out, but you can always try your luck at the door, and she’ll return to New York in no time for a performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26.

1_Palma Violets_Bowery Ballroom

Last Monday Palma Violets returned to New York for a performance at Bowery Ballroom (they also played MHOW two days later) in support of their new record Danger In The Club, out now via Rough Trade Records. This show followed their smaller performances at Shea Stadium and Baby’s All Right back in March, when they were just testing out some of their new material. You can find my interview with bassist and vocalist Chilli Jesson from before their Baby’s show right here.

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1_Tennis_Mercury Lounge

The last time that Tennis played Mercury Lounge was in December 2010, almost an now inconceivable five years ago. That show was before the Denver duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley even released an album. Back then, they were just a hot duo riding high off the sudden blog buzz that helped get their career off the ground. Since then, Tennis have released three albums, and EP, and toured the world, finding their fanbase and building on it the right way gradually.

Earlier this month they returned to New York for a pair of small scale shows. The first went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg (find Bauer’s post here), with an even smaller show at Mercury Lounge coming just a few days later.

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1_Wild Nothing_MHOW

After catching a set from Lightning Bolt at LPR, I bolted over to Brooklyn to catch Wild Nothings’ New York live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The comeback show was a part of a series of show that the band are performing as a part of Converse’s always welcome Rubber Tracks series. The free show sold out pretty much instantly, and featured support from Brooklyn band Journalism.

This was Wild Nothing’s first performance in New York for some time, but they made us feel right at home, opening with their breakthrough single “Summer Holiday.” This live version of Wild Nothing featured DIIV’s synth-player Colin Caulfield (formerly known as Young Man) and EZTV’s drummer Michael Stasiak. They fit in snugly around Tatum and Wild Nothing’s returning members: bassist Jeff Haley and guitarist Nathan Goodman.

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