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Muse

Florence and the Machine

All photos by Dana Pacifico

On Thursday night, New York-based rock station ALT 92.3 hosted a holiday concert dubbed Not So Silent Night, featuring a mini-festival lineup of some big names in the world of indie and mainstream rock. The lineup featured the likes of Muse, Florence and The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster The People, CHVRCHES and Bastille.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from their performances, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.
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Cloud Nothings at Warsaw (December 1, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2018

Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings don’t get nearly enough credit for how hard working of a band that they are. They’ve released five albums in the past seven years, with each one taking a new shape. It’s hard to imagine the more power-pop days of their debut when you hear the punishing rock sounds that make up their new album Last Building Burning, which was released on October 19 via Carpark Records.
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Peter, Bjorn and John

Georgi Kay

On November 30 Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John returned to New York for a pair of shows in New York that kicked off with a slightly more intimate performance at Rough Trade NYC (they played Bowery Ballroom the next night).

Georgi Kay

Night 1 featured an opening set from Australian indie pop musician Georgi Kay, who is supporting her debut album Where I Go to Disappear, which she recently released via Monoki Records. Kay performed just by herself and commanded the room with her performance, featuring just a laptop, an electronic drum pad, and her strong vocals. In-between her anthemic electro-pop songs, Kay engaged with some information about herself and the songs off her album which she shared with us in a lively fashion that night. Admittedly, Kay’s sound was not one that you’d automatically pair with an opening slot for Peter, Bjorn and John, but the fact she not only warmed up the crowd but won them over, speaks to her talent as an artist.

Peter, Bjorn and John

Up next was Peter, Bjorn and John, who we last saw in 2016 at Webster Hall (as well as Baby’s All Right), who are currently touring America in support of their new album Darker Days, which was released in October via Ingrid.

Getting to see the band operate in the confines of a room like Rough Trade NYC was a real treat, with all the new songs blending so well with older material, especially now-classic material like “Teen Love,” “Up Against The Wall,” and of course, “Young Folks.” Singer and guitarist Peter MorĂ©n had total command of the room, not only navigating the stage with confidence, but also bringing the show into the audience on multiple occasions.

Between the performances from both Kay and PB&ampJ, it was a picture-perfect night of music

Georgi Kay:

Peter Bjorn and John:

Peter Bjorn and John setlist:

1. Call it off
2. Far Away, By My Side
3. Do-Si-Do
4. Living a Dream
5. Gut Feeling
6. Amsterdam
7. In This Town
8. Wrapped Around the Axle
9. One for the Team
10. Dig a Little Deeper
11. Teen Love
12. Second Chance
13. Down Like Me

Encore:

14. Breakin’ Point
15. Young Folks
16. Up Against the Wall
17. Lies

Middle Kids at Bowery Ballroom (November 30, 2018)

By Dutch Doscher, December 8th 2018

All photos by Dutch Doscher

Austrialian indie rockers Middle Kids have been touring hard this year in support of their debut album Lost Friends, which was released via Domino Records. We previously caught a pre-release show back in May at Public Arts but really the group have been touring seemingly nonstop going way back to last April when we caught them at Baby’s All Right.

They’re at the tail end of the U.S. tour in support of the record this year, which brought them back to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on November 30th along with openers The Shacks.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which you can find posted in the photo gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Steel (November 29, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2018

Kurt Vile returned this year with new album Bottle It In (released via Matador Records), yet another mighty fine effort from the ever-reliable Philly singer-songwriter. He’s currently on tour in support of the new record, which included a two-night run at Brooklyn Steel.

Frankie Cosmos

We caught night two of the run on November 29th, which featured an opening performance from Frankie Cosmos, who we just saw at Bowery Ballroom back in October. They too are touring in support of their new album, Vessel, which was their first release for Sub Pop. They shared a handful of those songs during their set, along with a few new songs that they tested on the audience.

Kurt Vile

It was a year ago that we last caught a live performance from Vile, during his tour with Courtney Barnett, but it has been nearly two years since we’ve caught a performance from him along with The Violators. As Vile’s career has grown, he and the band’s live chops have only grown along with it, finding a strong balance between sounding loose and free, yet impeccably tight musicianship.

The setlist was mainly split between new offerings from Bottle It In as well as B’lieve I’m Goin Down…, with a few welcome old favorites for diehards thrown in-between to give the setlist a nice balanced feel. It’s quite remarkable how he and the band are able to shift gears between rocking guitar rock and some more jammy aspects that the lines almost become blurred between the two once you get lose and in the zone at his shows.

Find a full set of photos from both Kurt Vile and Frankie Cosmos below.

Frankie Cosmos:

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Protomartyr

Preoccupations

Protomartyr and Preoccupations are currently on the homestretch of their tour together, a fitting one considering they put out a split 7″ single together where they covered each other’s songs. On November 28th their tour came to Brooklyn for a performance at Warsaw.

Preoccupations

Preoccupations, who released their third album New Material back in March via Jagjaguwar, kicked things off and it just so happens that Warsaw was where we last caught the band play, back in October 2016. Their brand of post-punk sounded tight as always, definitely a good fit alongside Protomartyr.
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The Hold Steady at Brooklyn Bowl (November 28, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2018

All photos by Brianna DiGioia

The Hold Steady hosted their third annual Massive Nights post-Thanksgiving set of sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl, kicking things off on November 28th with an opening performance from Ted Leo who also joined them during the encore for a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Cowboy Song.”

The show was a continuation of their 10th-anniversary celebration of Stay Positive, which they played in full (just like they did when we caught them at White Eagle Hall this summer) along with all the expected The Hold Steady classics you would expect.

Our photographer Brianna DiGioia was there to capture photos from both The Hold Steady and Ted Leo, all of which can be found below along with the setlist.
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Andy Shauf at National Sawdust (November 27, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, December 6th 2018

On November 27th, Andy Shauf made his return to New York City for the second of a two night sold out run at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. Shauf has been on the road for a small stretch of solo acoustic dates in which he’s been playing a mix of old songs, new songs and more. Along for the ride and opening things up for the night was Fenne Lily.

Fenne Lilly

The last time we saw Shauf was back in May of 2017 at Music Hall of Williamsburg when he was on the road in support of his last fantastic full length from 2016, The Party (released via ANTI-). What made this show a little different was that it was just him, so he had to rework a handful of the songs for a solo acoustic setting. Speaking of setting, I couldn’t have pictured a more perfect pairing of artist and venue than this one. National Sawdust is a stunning venue with impeccable sound, and getting to hear just one voice and one instrument in that space was something truly special. So special that at one point someone’s camera flash went off  in between songs while Shauf was tuning, the person yelled “sorry about the flash!” to which Shauf replied back “its okay, I didn’t notice, I was in the zone.”
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It’s been a long year for Evan Stephens Hall and Pinegrove, returning into the spotlight after coming out publicly about accusations made against him and took some time away from the spotlight. It was a confusing time indeed as it seemed Pinegrove were on the brink of some pretty big breakout success that would’ve tied into the release of their new album Skylight.

A year later, Pinegrove slowly returned to the limelight, announcing the delayed release of the new album and some select tour dates, including two sold out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where we caught them just last year (along with Newport Folk Festival).
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