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Dana Pacifico

The Head and the Heart celebrated the release of their new album Signs Of Light (via Warner Bros.) with an intimate performance at Rough Trade NYC on September 15.

The show was live streamed on Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco” youtube channel. Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture all of the action. Find her gallery of photos from the show posted below.

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This year was a big one for Will Toledo, as his band Car Seat Headrest has seen their stock grow tremendously with the release of their great new album Teens Of Denial (their first of all original material for Matador Records). It was just last fall that we saw his initial break out at CMJ, and this May that he played Rough Trade NYC.

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On September 13 British shoegaze/Britpop cult legends Lush returned to New York for their first show here in 20 years. To say it was a special show was an understatement, considering it featured the full Lush lineup consisting of Miki Berenyi, Emma Anderson, Justin Welch and Phil King.

Lush dove into all of their records, delighting us with favorites like “De-Luxe,” “Ladykillers,” “Hypocrite” and “For Love.” They also dove into their new EP Blindspot, including the live debut of “Lost Boy.” The sold out Williamsburg crowd gave them a great ovation throughout the show, and you could tell that Berenyi and the rest of the group were humbled by this, after so many years away from the game.

It was special to actually get to see Lush perform live, let alone at the always cozy Music Hall of Williamsburg, a much more intimate show than their show at Terminal 5 the following evening.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of Lush’s set, along with Tamaryn, who opened the show.

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Legendary Brit-rockers Echo and the Bunnymen (who I last saw at All Points West) returned to New York for a sold out performance at Webster Hall on September 12.

Considering that Echo and The Bunnymen (Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant are the only original members that remain) haven’t released an album since 2014’s Meteorites, the group had no album to tour, but were just there to play a good old fashioned rock and roll show. There were quite a few fans outside the venue before the show with signs, desperate to find a ticket. It spoke to the power of the band that they had fans dying to get inside, even though they had no new album to tour (their last album was 2014’s Meteorites).

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On September 9, Grouplove released their new album Big Mess (via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records). To celebrate the albums release, the group performed three pop-up shows across the city. First a matinee performance for free at Washington Square Park, a in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC, and then a full on performance at Baby’s All Right, the first performance there since they began renovations over the summer.

Obviously, it was my first time at Baby’s in a while, and it was one of the more packed shows I can remember seeing there. It was packed out with eager fans who sang in delight to every song, old and new. The group are now able to sell out some pretty major venues, so it was a treat to get to see them play at a place like Baby’s.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.

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On September 9, Kevin Barnes and of Montreal returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall in support of their electronic and dance-friendly new album Innocence Reaches, released earlier in the year via Polyvinyl Records.

As usual with Barnes and his band, this wasn’t your ordinary show. With tons of costume changes, oddball outfits and colors, this was a full on spectacle in the best way possible. The new songs caused a full on dance party within the audience, and their older material was transformed in delightful fashion to something new and exciting.

Find the setlist of their 27-song performance posted below, along with photos from their set, as well as openers Ruby The Rabbitfoot.
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On Sunday night, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James brought his solo tour to New York City for a big time performance at Temrinal 5. He’s played some big time venues throughout the city (and globe) with MMJ, but this was one of his biggest solo performances in the city in quite some time. The tour came in support of his new album Eternally Even, which was released via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

James has this shy, down to earth presence to his personality, but even so, on stage he is able to summon all kinds of feelings and sounds and create a communal like effect with his audience. He shared a good majority of his offerings from Eternally Even, which had much more punch and sonic oomph live than they do on record, brought to life by his backing band which included the members of Twin Limb, who also opened the show. Along with those songs, he gave us memorable material from his debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, as well as a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free,” Monster Of Folk’s “Dear God (Sincerly M.O.F.) and the riveting New Basement Tapes track “Down On The Bottom.”

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On September 8 Sleigh Bells returned for a intimate sold out performance at Le Poisson Rouge to showcase fresh material from their new album Jessica Rabbit, released via Torn Clean. Their typically loud and thrashing live show was on perfect display at the tight quarters of LPR, the place where they got their big break many CMJ’s ago.

Find their setlist, as well as photos of their performance, along with shots of opener Miya Folick, all of which are posted below.

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On September 5 Kanye West kicked off the first of a sold out two-night run at Madison Square Garden for his Saint Pablo Tour. The tour had gotten a lot of initial buzz after his wild floating stage set-up was revealed. The stage hung above fans in general admission, moving back and forth as Kanye hung above them while giving us hit after hit.

The crowd featured fans moshing, dancing, and just going absolutely crazy while the stage hung feet above them. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen at a show before, and surely one of the most unique stage setups that we will see, maybe until his next show.

Find the setlist posted below, along with some more shots from his performance.

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On September 1, Banks and Steelz, the interesting collaboration between Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, stopped in for their first live performance in New York at Bowery Ballroom. The band ran through all 12-songs from their debut album Anything But Words (released via Warner Bros.)

The duo also featured drummer Matt Barrick (of The Walkmen) rounding out the live lineup, and featured opener Kool Keith taking up his feature on “Sword in the Stone” and Joan As A Police Woman filling in for Florence Welch’s feature on “Wild Season.”

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from both Banks and Steelz and Kool Keith.

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