Concert Reviews

Photos by Dave Scholten

New York’s very own Cautious Clay has had a busy 2019, releasing his brand new EP, Table of Context, playing all across the U.S. festival circuit and seeing his song “Cold War” get some pivitol placement in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart (one of the best movies of the year).

On July 16 he returned home for a special performance inside The Guggenheim at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, playing a selection of favorites from across his EPs.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from his performance, all of which can be found posted below.
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Photos by Dutch Doscher

Yeasayer returned with their fifth album Erotic Reruns last month via their own record label, Yeasayer Records. On July 13 the band returned back home to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall in support of the record. This was our first time seeing them since they gave us a sneak peek of the album at Rough Trade NYC back in April.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from their performance last week at Webster Hall, which also featured an opening performance from Steady Holiday.

Find shots of both bands posted in the gallery below.
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Jimmy Eat World

Third Eye Blind

This summer Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind combined forces for a run through amphitheaters throughout the country in a summer tour dubbed “Gods of Summer tour.” This combination was a nostalgia trip for many, including myself who hadn’t seen Jimmy Eat World perform since they opened up for Green Day at Giants Stadium way back in 2005. Meanwhile, I had somehow never seen Third Eye Blind before, something that was long-overdue.

Ra Ra Riot

And opening up for both of them was Ra Ra Riot, a band who we have seen plenty of times throughout the years, although it’s been since their 2015 performance at Baby’s All Right since I caught them personally. With their brief opening time slot, the band, currently operating as an all-male four-piece, mostly stuck to new material from their upcoming album Superbloom, out next month via Rob the Rich Recordings/Caroline.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World was up next and Wasted no time getting the crowd into their performance, kicking things off with a lively performance of “Pain,” as well as “Bleed American.” Their 14-song set was perfectly aware of what fans wanted, staying close to the other expected fan favorites such as “Sweetness,” “A Praise Chorus” and “The Middle,” as well as some deeper cuts like “Lucky Denver Mint.” The band had the crowd with them, singing back every word from the minute they launched into the very first song and made it clear why they have been able to maintain their longevity so strongly after all these years. The band also hinted that they have finished work on a new album that will be released later this year, which means that the touring won’t be stopping anytime soon for Jimmy Eat World.

(Third Eye Blind)

The night acted as a time capsole of sorts which ended with the performance from Third Eye Blind, still going strong after nearly three decades. We all know the hits, they haven’t gone anywhere, and the crowd aptly ate up all of them when they were played and belted out every word accordingly (these songs being “”Never Let You Go,” “Jumper,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Semi-Charmed Life.”) So often when you go to a show with a band known primarily for a set of songs, from a certain period, unfortuantely you can tell that the crowd came for those songs only. This was not the case on this night, as fans were equally passionate for efforts like “Motorcycle Drive By” and “Losing a Whole Year,” a track that actually followed the supposed to be final song of the encore (“Semi-Charmed Life”) but frontman Stephen Jenkins was so impressed with the crowds reaction that they decided to send them off with one final reason to party.

All in all, it was a great night of music that may have been a trip down memory lane, but a perfectly welcome one at that. Not to mention that all three bands have their own brand new albums right on the horizon, with plenty more gas left in their respective tanks.

Find a full photo gallery from all three sets, along with the setlists, posted below.

Ra Ra Riot:

Jimmy Eat World:

Jimmy Eat World setlist:

1. Pain
2. Futures
3. Bleed American
4. Lucky Denver Mint
5. 23
6. Work
7. Love Never
8. Sweetness
9. Always Be
10. Hear You Me
11. Sure and Certain
12. Big Casino
13. A Praise Chorus
14. The Middle

Third Eye Blind:

Third Eye Blind setlist:

1. Screamer
2. The Kids
3. Never Let You Go
4. Back To Zero / Can You Take Me / London
5. Graduate
6. Wounded
7. I Want You
8. Slow Motion (Stephan Jenkins solo)
9. Motorcycle Drive By
10. Company of Strangers
11. Jumper
12. Bonfire / Anything / Crystal Baller / Blinded (When I See You)
13. How’s It Going to Be


14. Waze
15. Semi-Charmed Life
16. Losing a Whole Year

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Australian singer and songwriter Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) returned with his new album Run Fast Sleep Naked back in April via Downtown Records/Future Classic.

Last weekend he brought his tour in support of the new record to Brooklyn for a pair of sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel (his first performances here since he played Sotheby’s back in April).

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was in attendance for his night 2 performance on July 13 and captured photos from his performance, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.
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We last caught Operators last December when the band ran through some old Handsome Furs songs to a sold out audience at Baby’s All Right.

They returned this year with their sophomore album Radiant Dawn, which was released via Last Gang Records. On July 11th the trio of Dan Boeckner, Devojka and Sam Brown returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom in support of the new record.

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Photos by Killian Young

Chvrches are still on tour in support of 2018’s Love Is Dead, which was released via Glassnote Records.

We last saw Chrvches in December when they played as a part of Alt 92.3’s Holiday Show at Barclays Center but the last proper headlining show of their own here was at their pre-Governors Ball underplay at Elsewhere, which made their performance on July 11th at Radio City Music Hall a special one for them and their fans.

Our photographer Killian Young was there to capture photos from their performance, all of which can be found posted below, along with the setlist.
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Monday Morning Matinee

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