Concert Reviews

One of my biggest regrets was never getting a chance to see Handsome Furs perform live as the band ceased to exist following the divorce of Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry. In the years following their breakup, Boeckner soon formed Operators in-between Wolf Parade’s hiatus and soon that synth-led rock void was filled his new partnership with Devojka and Sam Brown.
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Darlingside at Bowery Ballroom (December 13, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 21st 2018

All photos by Anthony Mulcahy

Boston folk quartet Darlingside released their delightful third album Extralife back in February via More Doug Records. We caught them earlier this summer when they performed at Newport Folk Festival.

On December 13th the band returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom.

Our photographer Anthony Mulcahy was there to capture photos from their performance, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Curls at Elsewhere (Zone One) (December 12, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2018

All photos by Dave Scholten

Curls, the latest project of former Girls frontman Christopher Owens, released their debut EP Vante last year via Urban Scandal Records.

On December 12, the trio came to New York for a performance at Elsewhere’s Zone One space.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from the performance all of which can be found in the gallery below.
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Gang Of Youths at Irving Plaza (December 11, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2018

One listen to Australian rockers Gang Of Youths’ 2017 sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness and you wonder why they haven’t blown up more here than they have. It seems they have all the ingredients for success and based on their sold out performance in support of the album at Irving Plaza on December 11th, the band is slowly but surely on the way (they also sold out Bowery Ballroom in March).
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Stars at Brooklyn Steel (December 10, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 18th 2018

All photos by Qbertplaya

Last year saw Canadian indie rockers Stars return with new album There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light via Last Gang Records (they stopped into Rough Trade NYC last November). They recently finished up a set of tour dates still in support of the album, which included a New York stop on December 10th for a performance at Brooklyn Steel.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as opener My Brightest Diamond, all of which can be found in the gallery below along with the setlist.
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Maxwell at Beacon Theatre (December 9, 2018)

By Will Oliver, December 17th 2018

Maxwell’s “50 Intimate Nights” tour saw the singer play some of the most prestigious theatres in the country. On December 9th he closed out the tour in fashion by bringing it home for a sold out performance at Beacon Theatre. What better place to wrap up the tour than with an adoring hometown crowd, who were with him every step of the way?

As his band started into their first notes, a sphere that sat perched on top of the stage rotated until Maxwell was revealed inside of it, kicking into “Pretty Wings.” From there, he navigated the stage with a smile on his face the entire time. You can’t blame the man, when he’s welcome to the stage with a verity of bright-colored panties being flung at him from the adoring females in the crowd. I’ve seen a lot of shows, but that was a first for me.

It was clear that this show was a special one for him, one that he gave his very all to and one that the crowd did the very same thing.

Find a gallery of photos from his performance below, along with the setlist.
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Parquet Courts spent all of 2018 touring support of their typically fantastic new Danger Mouse-produced album Wide Awake!, which was released via Rough Trade Records.

We last caught the group in June when they played on a boat as a part of their “Land, Sea, and Air” trio of shows at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. That was some feat but it was nothing compared to the big time headlining performance that they booked at Hammerstein Ballroom on December 8th, their largest headlining show in New York to date.
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Khruangbin at Brooklyn Steel (December 8, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, December 17th 2018

All photos by Anthony Bauer

On the second Saturday of December, Houston, Texas-based trio Khruangbin made their triumphant return to New York City for not one, but two sold out nights at Brooklyn Steel. We caught night one of their epic two-night run, which also marked the biggest headlining show yet for the band in the city who has been on an absolute tear this year. Not only did they release their fantastic second full-length album, Con Todo El Mundo (via Dead Oceans) back in January, they also have been touring non-stop in support of the release playing bigger and bigger shows. Their return to Brooklyn Steel was in grand fashion and along for the ride and opening things up for them was their friend and fellow Texan, Will Van Horn.

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