On May 20 Parquet Courts headlined Webster Hall in support of their typically well received new album Human Performance, their first full-length album with Rough Trade Records.

The band was chatty and full of banter in between songs, the liveliest I’ve seen them at a show. Musically, they delivered a fiery performance, one that really took shape once the the one-two punch of “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” kicked in and the front of the crowd morphed into a sweaty mosh pit that rarely let up.

Find some shots of their performance along with Brooklyn rockers, and Captured Tracks signees, B Boys, who opened the show.

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The name Alexandra Savior may seem unfamiliar to you, but there’s a chance you’ve heard some of her music without evening realizing it. The Los Angeles singer (originally from Portland, Oregon) first teamed up with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner on “Risk” a song that caught some attention for it’s appearance on the soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective.

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On May 18 the soulful Brit James Blake returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall in support of his new album The Colour in Anything which Blake surprised us with at midnight on May 6 (released via Republic Records). Considering that he’s playing Radio City in October, this Webster Hall performance was a now rare chance to see him at a somewhat intimate venue.

Find photos of Blake’s performance posted below.

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Wolf Parade at Bowery Ballroom (May 17, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2016 — with 2 comments Concert Photos Concert Reviews Listen Stream


Wolf Parade will always hold a special place in my heart, as the release of their classic debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary, I discovered the world of indie rock and online music discussion and music blogs. So you could definitely attribute the start of this blog to them and that amazing record.

It goes one step further, as the first show I got offered to officially photograph was their performance at Terminal 5 in 2010. Back then I never even considered that I could possibly be a photographer in the front of the crowd officially allowed to take photographs. I didn’t even own a professional camera. But again, Wolf Parade found a way to once again quite literally change the course of my life.

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Being The Tall Guy At Concerts

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2016 — with 2 comments Editorial


Hey guys, it’s me. The tall guy in front of you at shows (it’s even in my twitter bio). If you’ve seen a show in the city anytime in the past ten years, there’s a decent chance I am somewhere in the bottom frame of your instagram post. Sorry about that. Lots of people express their frustration to me at shows and I can understand why one would be annoyed when they paid good money to see their favorite artist, and then a tree shows up and destroys the entire evening for you. But trust me when I say that I take no pleasure in this, and often wish I could shrink just so I could enjoy a show without waiting to receive that all too familiar shoulder tap.

As I’m sure you’re aware if you read this blog, I go to a lot of shows, and usually have to stand somewhere near the front in order to take photos as a part of my coverage. And there are some people who understand this once they see the camera, and even without it many people are fine with it, as long as I arrived early, am polite and aware of my surroundings. I do feel bad about it, trust me. Half of my time waiting before the act is spent trying not to look anywhere behind me, as I’m sure there is a thousand eyes trying to stare a hole straight through my head. I’ve been told plenty of times about me being too tall to stand there, been asked passive aggressively what I’m doing standing near the front, all that good stuff. Hell, just last year I was shoved by a woman as I was leaving a venue after the show ended. I was quite shocked and confused at what I did to possible piss someone else to warrant it, until I realized that they were the couple who won the lucky lotto of standing behind me. And what could I possibly do about it? In what universe would anyone believe that a 6’6 man was actually the innocent person in this unwarranted physical encounter with a grown woman?
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The unstoppable and lovable Mac DeMarco just connects with young music fans unlike any artist out there (maybe other than Kanye, of course). He thrives off the 16+ crowd, the sort of audience that eat up his cigarette-smoking goofball attitude, the type that will line up for hours beforehand, and try to run onto the stage to take a selfie with him. Luckily for them, Mac is kind enough to kindly reject the selfies, instead of giving them a rough boot, as most artists would, especially with the last name Gallagher or Corgan.

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After catching Yeasayer at Irving Plaza, I headed over to Baby’s All Right, for a late night set from the always wild Aussie’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Not only was it my second show of the night, but it was the 2nd show that they would play that night, following a sold out performance at the larger Bowery Ballroom.

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Brooklyn experimental rockers Yeasayer headlined a sold out Irving Plaza on May 14 along with support from fellow Brooklyn electronic group Young Magic. Both were on tour in support of new albums, with Yeasayer releasing Amen & Goodbye on April 1 via Mute Records, and Young Magic releasing Still Life on the day before the show via Carpark Records.

Find photos from both of their sets that night posted below, along with Yeasayer’s setlist.

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On May 13 the now veteran Oakland indie rock group Rogue Wave returned to New York in support of their new album Delusions of Grand Fur, which was released via Easy Sound Recording Co. The show took place at Bowery Ballroom, the first night of a two-night run that saw them at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night.

Find photos of their performance that night posted below, along with their setlist.

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