Concert Reviews

Earlier this year saw Peter Sagar return with Helium, his brand new album as Homeshake, released via Captured Tracks.

The last time I saw Homeshake was two years ago at the tiny Brooklyn venue Sunnyvale, a far cry from his sold out show last night at Brooklyn Steel. Originally considered by many as an “offshoot from the former Mac DeMarco guitarist,” Sagar has proven that he is here to say and has built up a passionate audience of his own that has grown bigger and bigger with every new release.

The packed crowd at Brooklyn Steel visibly leaned young and the passionate fans were certainly vocal about their adoration of the smooth jams delivered by Sagar and his bandmates. They ran through many tracks not only from Helium but all of Homeshake’s previous releases that snugly blended into one sweet groove all night long.

Find a full photo gallery of photos from last night’s performance posted in the photo gallery below.

Glen Hansard was in town for the Van Morrison celebration at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night and the very next night gave fans an intimate experience at Strand Book Store.

The night served as a chance for fans to listen in on an illuminating chat with journalist Alan Light to discuss his upcoming album This Wild Willing, out on April 12th via ANTI- Records. Following the chat and a q&q with fans, Hansard gave us an intimate performance of some of the new material off the album. Following his performance, he invited some young musicians from the Little Kids Rock program who performed with Hansard at Carnegie Hall, allowing them the chance to perform center stage for the very first time.

What was supposed to be a chat and quick performance turned into something much more and it just illustrates the sort of person that Hansard is, who certainly brings much more to the table than just his beautiful music.

Enjoy a gallery of photos from last night’s performance, along with the setlist.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, March 23rd 2019

Santigold (and Olivia Wilde)

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

So on the third day of SXSW I decided to take it extremely easy. I walked around, found free food at the Land O’ Lakes pop up, the Amplify Philly House, and Uber Eats. I saw a few friends and relaxed and it was a nice way to make nonsense lost hour with the time change non-sense.

Tameca Jones

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Young British outfit Black Midi took Austin by storm last week during SXSW and rode the wave of buzz straight to New York where they played a pair of sold out shows in Brooklyn. Two nights ago they played at Union Pool and last night Alphaville, where we caught them alongside opener Eartheater.

On the strength of their live shows and single “bmbmbm” Black Midi has signed to Rough Trade Records and already opened for the likes of Shame back at home. You get a sense of just how young they are seeing them in person, with black x’s on their hands. They’re certainly still finding their sound, but live theirs something both erratic and unique about the sound they’re creating that pulls from so many different places but also feels like very much their own. They had the sold out Alphaville crowd with them the entire way, ending the show in triumphant fashion with “bmbmbm,” which got a bit of a mosh pit going during the closing moments.

We’re interested to see how their debut album turns out, as there’s a lot to unpack and digest after seeing them live, but it seems clear that these guys are going to have an adventurous next couple of years.

Find a full set of photos from both their set and Eartheater posted below.
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Photos by Dutch Doscher

Last night saw Canadian acts Dilly Dally and Chastity bring their tour to Brooklyn for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Both bands are touring in support of their 2018 albums, with Chastity’s Death Lust released via Captured Tracks and Dilly Dally’s Heaven released via Partisan Records

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was in attendence and captured shots of both acts, all of which can be found in the photo gallery below.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 2]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Photos and Words by Bryan Lasky

A slightly slow start as panels and movies aren’t being looked into on my trip due to my badge, but also there is so much going on outside. There were plenty of activation spots to look into. Viceland’s roller rink saw a ton of people having a blast and looking like there were right out of the ’70s. Free food and drinks were plentiful all over the city. The Daily Show’s Presidential Twitter Library was just as hilarious, but also as frightening as you would think. As I was there, the President tweeted twice, and as it happened an alarm went off and everyone in the library rushed over and laughed uncontrollably. Again, it was hilarious, but also ridiculous that this is our current state of affairs.
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Photos by Qbertplaya

Last night saw Jose Gonzalez & The String Theory bring their tour together for the first of two nights at The Apollo Theater. The shows are in support of the release of their double live album Live In Europe, which captured their 2017 tour together.

Gonzalez, accompanied by a 20+ member orchestra and conductor, ran through songs throughout his career, spruced up with new arrangements that worked beautifully in the historic space of The Apollo.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was in attendance for night one, find all of her shots from the performance posted in the gallery below along with the setlist.
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Recap: SXSW 2018 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Bishop Briggs

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, I got down to Austin a little early to hang with friends and get my badge. It was the right move as I had a literal zero minute wait time to get my credentials and then I saw some of the art exhibits and saw the city gearing up for the oncoming storm. East 6th was already shut down and people were definitely already in full festival mode. The mood was ecstatic.

As for the art installations, I saw Weaving by Cocolab, APPARATUM and hash2ash by panGenerator (Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Golinski, Jakub Kozniewski), and EVERY THING EVERY TIME by Naho Matsuda. Each exhibit was very engaging and I love that the arts are represented very well here at SXSW.

A Giant Dog

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English singer-songwriter Sam Fender made his U.S. debut last week in Austin for SXSW and this week came to us here in New York for his live debut here, with a performance last night at Rough Trade NYC. It was clear that Fender was one to watch from his early singles, songs that immediately strike a chord and leave an impression. Getting to the venue before opener Chloe Lilac, there was already a sizeable crowd set-up in front of the stage, a majority of who were young female fans, usually a telltale sign of an artist whose career is about to take off.
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Photos by Killian Young

This weekend saw Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor play a pair of “intimate electro-acoustic” shows at The Met Cloisters. The performances featured Taylor joined by special guests, including visual artist Nick Relph, Beastie Boys keyboard player Money Mark, Annie Hart, and Jonny Lam.

The performance saw Taylor run through tracks from his solo output, including his latest album Beautiful Thing, released last year via Domino Records.

Our photographer Killian Young was there for Night 2 on March 16th. Find a shots from that performance posted in the photo gallery below.
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Monday Morning Matinee

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