Concert Reviews

Montreal’s Men I Trust have gone about their business their own way, self-releasing their own music and answering press requests themselves, the Canadian three-piece are very much DIY. Which makes their rise in the past year all the more impressive, especially considering it happened without them releasing a new album to rally behind. But instead, they toured hard after the glowing reviews from their irresistible single “Tailwhip.” This included a tour last Spring that saw them sell out smaller rooms like Mercury Lounge and returning in the fall in support of Wild Nothing.


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Photos by Joe Saturday

Sir Babygirl, the pop project of Kelsie Hogue, released their debut album Crush On Me on February 15th via Father/Daughter Records. Just before heading out to SXSW, Sir Babygirl played a mini tour of headlining dates—a first for the artist—which included a show Baby’s All Right on March 8th.

Lee Schuna, who assisted in engineering Crush on Me, joined Sir Babygirl on stage providing electronic accompaniments. The show was a celebration of the album’s release and truly felt like a party with the capacity crowd dancing and singing along, culminating in Sir Babygirl inviting anyone and everyone to come on stage during the final song “Heels.”

For a photo gallery of Sir Babygirl as well as supporting acts Sunspeaker and comedian Cat Cohen, continue below.
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[Photos]: Daughters at Warsaw (March 13, 2019)

By Will Oliver, March 14th 2019

All photos by Brianna DiGioia

Last year Daughters returned with their first album in eight years, entitled You Won’t Get What You Want and released via Ipecac Recordings.

The band are currently on tour in support of the record and last night brought their show to Brooklyn for a performance at Warsaw.

Our photographer Brianna DiGioia was there to capture photos from their performance, along with openers Big Brave and Container. Find all of her shots posted in the photo gallery below.

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Photos by Dutch Doscher

Jordan Cook’s Reignwolf released their debut ablum Hear Me Out on March 1st and is currently on tour in support of the new album.

This included a pair of New York shows at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right, with our photographer Dutch Doscher in attendence for the show at Baby’s All Right on the night of March 10th.

Find all of his shots from their performance posted in the gallery below, along with openers Them Fangs.

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Editors Note: Our own Dutch Doscher spoke with Liz Cooper following her show at a sold out Rough Trade NYC on February 27, where he was also in attendence for and caught live photos from her set. Find their discussion posted below, along with a photo gallery from her performance at Rough Trade.

Brooklyn Steel: A cavernous building that can hold up to almost 2000 people, who are waiting to see Phosphorescent and the night started like any other. The opening band takes the stage as people filter in through the pat downs, bag check, ticket scanning and grabbing a drink, but something was in the air.

Liz Cooper and the Stampede were on the stage. From the opening note echoing through the halls and filtering through the closed doors to the bar, people were looking at each other. There was music that you couldn’t ignore bleeding out of the doors of the main hall.

People started to filter in as Liz moved onto her next song and you saw people looking at each other and enjoying the music. By the end of her set, the room was almost filled and there was a buzz in the air about this little unknown opening band. Liz Cooper and the Stampede.

This is no accident. This was years of hard work paying off in real time.

Liz Cooper a 26-year-old songwriter and guitar player has been playing these songs from her second album Window Flowers for three years. Window Flowers, which was released in 2018 to critical acclaim, feels both respectful to its roots and new at the same time. She’s has been influenced by everything from “Folk, bluegrass, rock n roll and classical.” She clearly absorbs anything she listens to and you can hear it in the music.

Liz grew up in Baltimore and had a full college scholarship to play golf, a sport which she won her county championship four years in a row. She first picked up the guitar because her cousin “looked cool.” and gave up golf for Nashville when she was 19.

While in Nashville, she started writing her own songs and playing “in a million coffee houses.” Liz just loves to play and will play anywhere. She went on to record her first EP built around traditional folk themes and cords called Monsters. Recorded in a basement and with the help of the band Future Thieves. She then met Grant Prettyman, her bassist and finally convinced him to play with her.

Then came her first full-length record and something changed. She parted ways with the traditional and found her art. Window Flowers has loops, beats and feedback not normally heard in the Nashville scene. The sound is distinctly Liz Cooper. She’s clearly been listening and absorbing all kinds of music.

They have now been on the road for four years straight supporting the songs from Window Flowers. Like any tour “There are ups and downs, but touring is the most fun in the world.”

Four years playing these songs. Perfecting these songs, building these songs.

It’s that moment when it all comes together for the band, people hear it and connect to it. It was that night at Brooklyn Steel opening for Phosphorescent for the crowd.

Ten weeks after that show Liz is headlining her own tour, circling back through NY with her support band Harpooner.  This time she’s playing Rough Trade on a cold night in Brooklyn and it’s no surprise she sells it out. About a third of the people in the audience were people blown away by Liz’s opening set 10 weeks earlier and wanted to see more. The audience knew the songs and singing the songs back to the band.

Liz doesn’t want her live shows to sound like the album, she wants the live shows to be a “different experience.”  

When you listen to “Hey Man” on the album it’s 4 minutes long. It feels like a bluesy soulful song about meeting a guy one night. When Liz Cooper and the Stampede get a hold of the song in their live show, they expand the song into an 8-minute psychedelic jam building in guitar loops and feedback that reach a crescendo. Liz Shines on her guitar because she trusts her bandmates, Grant Prettyman and Ryan Usher. They are having fun and the audience can feel it.

Grant’s driving bass lines give Liz the freedom show her gifts as a storyteller, songwriter and guitar player. Ryan Usher, the drummer, who joined the three-piece band last year is still clearly having fun adding his own clever drum fills to songs that Liz is fearless enough is to keep open to show off her band.

She opened her show with a song called “Sleepyhead.” It almost feels like a challenge. The Stampede wins that challenge. Liz has started adding in new songs into her sets. This night she added a song called “Jet’aime.”

This Rough Trade show was a special night for Liz, Grant, and Ryan. They had many friends in the audience and are close with Harpooner. Members of the bands played in each other’s sets. “It was experimental” for them.

Liz told me she’s “feeling confident with herself and growing as a human.” She is going to keep writing and see where that takes her and who that leads her to. There are some big opportunities ahead of her as she continues to tour through the spring into the summer then into the Fall. One of those opportunities comes with playing the historical Newport Folk Fest.

“The most rewarding thing is that people are coming to our shows and that really is amazing and see people sing our words and just reacting to the music in a positive way makes me happy,” Liz said.

Liz Cooper and the Stampede deserve the best coming to them, keep an eye out in the fall when they tour with Dr. Dog.

Come the end of 2019, they will have been touring straight for almost five years. Listen to Window Flowers. Catch a show.

“This life it can swallow you up whole

Just keep your head down and do as you’re told

Or you can live the wildest of dreams

Come lose yourself and dance with me.” 

-“This night”. Liz Cooper

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Weezer and Pixies have been touring with each other since last summer (we caught them at PNC Bank Arts Center in July) and have brought the tour into 2019, with a big time stop in New York last night at a packed Madison Square Garden.

Weezer has kept plenty busy this year, following the release of their cover albums The Teal Album as well as their new album The Black Album, not to mention a pretty big sketch on SNL during the Holiday season. Meanwhile, last year saw the Pixies released their reissue of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, which brought them to Brooklyn for a three-night run when they performed both albums at Brooklyn Steel back in November.

Pixies started their set last night extremely strong, with two of their biggest hits “Here Comes Your Man” and “Where Is My Mind?” placed into the first three songs of the set. They always deliver the goods live but seemed to be on a particularly strong wavelength last night, where their 16-song set received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Although Weezer are touring in support of The Black Album, only one song (“Can’t Knock the Hustle”) was played from it, smartly leaving plenty of room on the set list for older favorites mainly pulled off of The Blue Album. While Matt Damon and Leslie Jones can continue to argue for all of us about how we feel about old and new Weezer, the band seem to know what fans really want and delivered all of the expected favorites like ”

“Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” and “Hash Pipe,” some more recent new favorites like “Perfect Situation,” “Pork and Beans,” and of course their covers of Toto’s “Africa,” as well as A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and the first live performance of their cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” that Rivers performed solo in the middle of The Garden, following an acoustic performance of “Island in the Sun.”

With the strict 11 p.m. curfew, the band didn’t waste any time and chugged along giving us yet another memorable live performance that proves that despite what you think of their new efforts, they still know how to deliver the goods live.

Find a full gallery of photos of both Pixies and Weezer’s performances below, along with their setlists.

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Pixies setlist:

1. Nimrod’s Son
2. Here Comes Your Man
3. Where Is My Mind?
4. Death Horizon
5. Motorway to Roswell
6. Gouge Away
7. Classic Masher
8. Monkey Gone to Heaven
9. Gigantic
10. Rock Music
11. Isla de Encanta
12. In the Witching Hour
13. Caribou
14. Hey
15. Winterlong (Neil Young cover)
16. Vamos

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Weezer setlist:

1. Buddy Holly
2. My Name Is Jonas
3. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
4. El Scorcho
5. Buddy Holly
6. Undone (The Sweater Song)
7. Africa (Toto cover)
8. Surf Wax America
9. Pork and Beans
10. Can’t Knock the Hustle
11. Island in the Sun
12. No Scrubs (TLC cover)
13. Up the Beach (Jane’s Addiction cover)
14. Beverly Hills
15. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly
16. Perfect Situation
17. Hash Pipe

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18. Take On Me (A-Ha cover)
19. Say It Ain’t So

Photos by Anthony Mulcahy
On Friday, March 8th, singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou released her debut album Paper Castles. She celebrated the release of the album with a sold out performance at Rough Trade NYC.

Our photographer Anthony Mulcahy was there to capture photos from her performance, as well as opener LA Salami. Find all of his shots from both performances found in the photo gallery below.
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We’ve had our eye on rising Glasgow indie rockers The Ninth Wave, which made them a must-see act at this weekend’s inaugural New Colossus Festival, taking place across venues mainly on the Lower East Side. They were in town for a few sets before they head down to Austin for SXSW and we caught their brief but attention-grabbing set last night at Arlene’s Grocery where they easily won over everyone fortunate enough to find themselves in the room.

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