On the night before their performance at Panorama, Canadian greats Broken Social Scene made their live return to New York for a very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first live show in New York in years since their hiatus. The show was opened by Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, who also were performing at Panorama.

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Eagulls at Rough Trade NYC (May 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2016 — with 1 comment Concert Photos Concert Reviews Listen Stream

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On May 9th I started my Brooklyn double header with a performance from English rockers Eagulls, who stopped in to preview tracks from their new album Ullages, which was released via Partisan Records.

The groups performed was locked in and heavy with English punk vibes, punctuated by the heavy saturation of Rough Trade’s lights (as usual) as classic film Metropolis was projected behind the group, only heightening the brooding vibe of the band. They’re a band meant to be seen live, where their sound is taken to new heights.

Find photos of their performance below, along with local New York rockers The Britanys, who opened up the show.

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May 8 may have been Mothers Day, but it was also the date of Wild Nothing’s show at Webster Hall. The day was for our moms, but the night was made for some 80s-inspired rock and roll. Jack Tatum and Wild Nothing came in to support their new album Life of Pause, which was released this spring via Captured Tracks. Support came from labelmates Charlie Hilton.

Find photos from both performances posted below, along with Wild Nothing’s setlist.

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Vancouver punk group White Lung made their return to New York with a sold out performance at Baby’s All Right on May 7. The show came in support of their polished new album Paradise, which was released via Domino Records.

Find photos from their performance, along with their setlist, posted below, along with photos of Wives, a Queens-based group that opened the show.

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If you look back on almost any list of the best albums of the 2000s, you’re bound to find a majority of the albums include Boy In Da Corner, the landmark album released by a then rising British rapper Dizzee Rascal.

It’s hard to imagine it’s been 13 whole years since the release of Boy In Da Corner, an album that was way ahead of its time. Rascal has never been able to recapture the sound, floating towards more pop sounds in his later years. But on May 6 he returned to New York for a now rare live performance. As a special event for Red Bull Music Academy, Rascal played all of his classic album from start to finish, in all its grimey glory.
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Whenever I think of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, I think of the early days of both this blog, and them as a band, just releasing their breakthrough album The Midnight Organ Fight in 2008. Here we are eight years later and the band sit nice and snug on the Atlantic Records roster, and able to play a place such as Terminal 5.

The show came in support of their new album Painting Of A Panic Attack, a huge sounded record from the group, but one that still maintains that raw sense of emotion that the band made their name from. They were able to fill out the room no problem with their sounds, not always the easiest feat at Terminal 5.

The show also featured an opening set from local New York band Caveman, who recently released their new album Otero War via Cinematic Music Group

Find photos of both sets posted below.

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[new]: Sam Seeger – “It’s Alright”

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2016 Listen New Rock Stream

Sam Seeger

Sam Seeger has returned once again with “It’s Alright,” the latest vicious ripper of a track from Rockland County’s finest.

It’s one of Seeger’s more experimental jams to date, with some futuristic synth and electronic sounds making their way with his already signature riffs, and some chilled out 90s-minded vocals on top of it all. It’s another winner, and it has us wondering when he’s going to drop a full album of material soon.

Not only did Sam play everything on “It’s Alright” (guitar, drums, bass, drum machine, and synth) but he also recorded, mixed, and mastered it on his own. Well now I feel even more lazy about what I did today.

You can stream the track below, but if you like what you hear, head over to the track’s bandcamp page to purchase it for $1.

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This year the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returned to Brookfield Place for two great days of free music. Night one featured a headlining performance from hip-hop legends, and Jimmy Fallon’s backing band, The Roots. Support came from world music and Afrobeat collective Antibalas.

As always, The Roots delivered an electric and high-energy performance of all their classic jams, as well as a few covers of some classic songs. They remain one of the few bands who can really get the crowd involved in such a way. The same can be said about Antibalas, who transcend genre and just connect on such a universal human nature.

Find photos of both The Roots and Antibalas posted below.

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