Concert Reviews

Christine and the Queens released new album Chris on September 21 via Because Music. On Halloween, they returned to New York for the first of two sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel in support of the album.

Chris was backed by a team of talented dancers who engaged in some rather incredible choreographed dance routines that were specific to each song. Not only a dance routine but each song had its own story arc to go along with each song that made this a true performance in every sense of the word.

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Gus Dapperton at Bowery Ballroom (October 31, 2018)

By Dana Pacifico, November 7th 2018

All photos by Dana Pacifico

Rising artist Gus Dapperton is rising in the world of pop with the release of his EP You Think You’re a Comic!. He’s been playing sold out shows across the United States in support of it, which included a performance at Bowery Ballroom on October 31.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from his performance, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.
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Minus The Bear @ Irving Plaza (October 28, 2018)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2018

When Minus The Bear announced that they were breaking up after a round of final farewell shows, I instantly recalled my days as a clueless teenager who only knew whatever modern rock radio told me to listen to. I remember finding this world of indie rock and specifically finding a band named Minus The Bear and their song “Pachuca Sunrise” (sorry that is a boring pick there) and soon became fascinated by their unique sound and especially their hilarious and super long song titles.

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Avi Buffalo at Union Pool (October 28, 2018)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2018

All photos by AnnaLee Barclay

Avi Buffalo hasn’t released a new album since 2014’s At Best Cuckold but in October he returned with new single “Panegyric” and has been playing intimate solo shows across the states.

This included a performance at Union Pool on October 28 which featured opening performances from both Haunted Summer and Vlad Holiday.

Our photographer AnnaLee Barclay was there to capture photos from all the performances, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.
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Photos + Interview by Joe Saturday

The last time we saw Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Holly Miranda, she was celebrating the release of her third LP Mutual Horse (released via Dangerbird Records) at the Park Church Co-Op back in March.

Her next headlining show would have taken place in August at The Loft at City Winery, but illness forced that show to be rescheduled for October 25th. Before taking the stage that evening, I briefly had the opportunity to catch up with Holly to discuss topics like the making of her album, her Patreon, and even her plans for the future, among other subjects. Continue below for excerpts from that discussion, Holly’s setlist, and a photo gallery of Holly’s guest-filled performance that evening as well as photos of opening act Tim Mislock.
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Western Australia’s Stella Donnelly, who we last caught in March for her New York debut, returned to Brooklyn’s Elsewhere (Zone One) for another headlining show. In addition to selections from her superb Thrush Metal EP (recently reissued via Secretly Canadian), she showcased some newer material that, presumably, will be included in an upcoming full-length debut LP. Suffice it to say, we’re eagerly awaiting that album’s release and her eventual return stateside.

For the Stella Donnelly setlist—as well as a photo gallery of Stella Donnelly and openers Human People, and Fits—continue below.

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On October 22, Mom + Pop celebrated their 10th anniversary with a party at Brooklyn Steel, celebrating six artists on their roster. The stacked lineup featured performances from Courtney Barnett, Tom Morello, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Alice Merton, and Sunflower Bean.

This was a party featuring many of the labels friends and other figures of the music industry, mixed with fans of all of the acts. The night felt like a mini-festival of sorts, with bands given short but efficient performances that gave fans a quick but thrilling run through of each artist. A highlight of the night was when Tom Morello joined Sleigh Bells for a performance of “Bitter Rivals,” provided guitar overload in the best possible way.

Being the headliner, Courtney Barnett got to play a 8-song set that just about lasted an hour, giving fans a set of all her past favorites, as well as selections from her newly released Tell Me How You Really Feel, with a balloon drop coming during her set-closing performance of “Pedestrian at Best,” that was the exclamation point on a fun night celebrating all things Mom + Pop.

Find a full gallery of photos from all the performances posted in the gallery below.

Sunflower Bean:

Sunflower Bean setlist:

1. Twentytwo
2. Crisis Fest
3. I Was a Fool

Alice Merton:

Neon Indian:

Sleigh Bells:

Tom Morello:

Courtney Barnett:

Courtney Barnett setlist:

1. Small Talk
2. History Eraser
3. Nameless, Faceless
4. I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
5. City Looks Pretty
6. Avant Gardener
7. Charity
8. Pedestrian at Best

On October 26 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds set up shop for a big-time performance at Barclays Center, quite a large place to see Cave and his band put in work (we last caught him in 2014 at Prospect Park). Although they last released an album in 2016 with Skeleton Tree Cave & The Bad Seeds are still hard at work touring, which helps explain how even after all these years they’re able to occupy a space such as Barclays when so many of his peers from his era are at rooms such as Irving Plaza or Bowery Ballroom.
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