All photos by Dana Pacifico

R&B singer and budding star Kehlani released her first proper studio album SweetSexySavage on January 27 via Atlantic Records.

The Oakland native recently kicked off her world tour in late February with a few east coast stops. She brought her show to New York for a sold out performance at the Playstation Theater. You get a sense that this is an artist whose going to be dominating much bigger stages in no time.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture Kehlani in action at the Playstation Theater. Find photos from her performance posted below.

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Homeshake, the moniker of Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar (who once played guitar in Mac Demarco’s live band), released his new album Fresh Air on February 3 via Sinderlyn. We got our first taste of the new songs from the LP last November when he played the first of two sold out shows that night at Baby’s All Right. He returned to Brooklyn in February for another two show night at Baby’s All Right, as well as a pair of shows at Sunnyvale and Silent Barn.

We caught his performance at Sunnyvale on February 22, marking my first time at the venue. The show featured a very young and diverse audience, who packed in the venue, chilling and vibing hard to the seductive r&b influenced sounds of Sagar and his air-tight live band. The 15-song set was mainly focused on the songs of Fresh Air, but he also weaved in some older tracks that seduced and moved everyone in sight.

Find the full setlist posted below, along with a few more photos from the show.

Homeshake Setlist:

1. Hello
2. She Can’t Leave Me Here Alone Tonight
3. Heat
4. Every Single Thing
5. Faded
6. Getting Down, Pt. II (He’s Cooling Down)
7. Call Me Up
8. Khmlwugh
9. Fresh Air
10. Give It to Me
11. Making A Fool Of You
12. Michael
13. TV Volume
14. This Way
15. Home At Last

Dams Of The West is the solo project of Chris Tomson, best known as the drummer of Vampire Weekend. Keeping busy in-between the eventual recording and release of a new Vampire Weekend record, Tomson embarked on some of his own material that he created under the moniker Dams Of The West. He recently released his debut album Youngish American via 30th Century Records, the label headed by Danger Mouse.

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The Lemon Twigs experienced a full on breakthrough last year with the release of their debut album Do Hollywood, which was released via 4AD. Led by the teenage duo of brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the groups success continues to spill over into 2017, with the band coming back to New York for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 21.

Considering that the band (which also features Danny Ayala on keys and Megan Zeankowski on bass) are still teenagers, all that they’ve already accomplished in quite an amazing feat (not to mention both brothers were child actors growing up). The album is a wonderful collection of various sounds and influenced from classic rock, giving their own modern spin, with plenty of finesse and energy. This was felt throughout their live performance at Bowery, which began with Brian playing guitar and singing his songs, while Michael holds down the drums (and constantly twirling the sticks between his fingers), and then sees them trading spaces after the beautiful centerpiece ballad “How Lucky Am I?,” where it becomes Michael’s turn to lead the way.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Last year the Nashville-based electronic/rock duo Cherub released their fourth album Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence via Columbia Records. They continued support of the new album this year with a tour that brought them to New York for a performance at the Playstation Theater on February 19.

Find some photos from their performance by our photographer Dana Pacifico posted below.

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On February 17 Ryan Adams released his new album Prisoner via his own Pax-Am Records. To celebrate the release, Adams announced a very intimate performance at Rough Trade NYC the very next day on February 18 (he also played a much bigger show at The Apollo a few days before). Of course, the show sold out in seconds, so Adams added an acoustic instore performance that would take place a little earlier on the same night, all fans had to do to get in was buy the record from the store.
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All photos by Joe Saturday

This is not a Rickroll. Rick Astley, the 80’s singer who regained some newfound notoriety in recent years thanks to the internet and “rickrolling,” recently embarked on his first proper tour since 1989. In 2016 Astley released his new album 50 via BMG and just recently brought the tour to New York, for a performance at Webster Hall on February 17.

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Chicago garage rockers The Orwells returned last month with their brand new album, Terrible Human Beings, which was released via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records on February 17. Just one day ahead of the album’s release, the band played a special instore performance at Rough Trade NYC for fans who bought the album from Rough Trade.

Unlike many instore performances at Rough Trade which can be as brief as 30 minutes, this was more or less a full show from the group who played a 14-song set, encore and all. They played most of the new album, as well as favorites such as “Let It Burn” and “The Righteous One” from their 2014 breakthrough album Disgraceland, the latter of which also included a bit of The Raconteurs’ “Steady as She Goes” to end the show.

Find the setlist posted below, along with some more photos from their performance.

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All photos by Joe Saturday

Last year singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy released her debut album Emotions and Math via ATO Records. Since then, she has been hard at work still supporting the album, bringing her tour to New York on February 16 for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom.

Along with tracks from the record, she included a wide array of covers into her performance (including Neil Young, Björk, and Lucinda Williams) to help expand her set, and was joined by guitarist, and her boyfriend Julian Lage. She also joined openers Cuddle Magic, during their opening performance.

Our photographer Joe Saturday was on hand to capture all the action. Find photos of both her set and Cuddle Magic’s posted below, along with the setlist.

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For those of us who have to mark “single” on the status section of documents such as the pesky W4, Valentine’s Day is the sort of nightmare so real that you can’t even escape it at White Castle. So when Future Islands announced that they would be playing a special Valentine’s Day show for us at Bowery Ballroom, it was clear that this was going to be the best Valentines Days ever.

With new album The Far Field set for a release on April 7 via 4AD, Future Islands have looming tour dates including festival slots such as Panorama here in New York. To warm up for these much larger gigs, the band set out to play some intimate shows in the sort of rooms that they started out in, such as Bowery Ballroom.

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