Concert Reviews

Timothy Showalter’s Strand of Oaks returned with new album Eraserland earlier this year via Dead Oceans. Showalter recorded the record with all of My Morning Jacket (sans Jim James) and it helped give his sound a little extra new oomph that I was excited to see live.

Showalter brought the tour to Brooklyn on May 9th for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the same place where we last caught them back in 2017. They ran through eight tracks from the new record, with “Hyperspace Blues” emerging as a particular highlight as it does on the record.

Find a full gallery of photos posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Photo by Killian Young

Katie Toupin, formerly of Houndmouth, is preparing for the release of her debut album Magnetic Moves (we shared its title track earlier this month). on June 14th via Symphonic Distribution.

She’s currently on tour giving fans a preview of some of the album as well as her debut EP Moroccan Ballroom and brought the tour to New York on May 9th for a performance at Baby’s All Right.

Our photographer Killian Young was there to capture photos from her performance, all of which can be found in the gallery below.
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It’s been a long time coming but last week Imogen Heap finally made her long-awaited return to American this year as a part of her Mycelia tour. This included a two-night run in New York at Town Hall, where we caught night 2 on May 8th, 2019.

Not only were fans going to finally get to see Heap perform her own material again live but the show also featured her Frou Frou partner Guy Sigsworth as a part of her band on the tour, allowing her to freely switch between their material and her own, which was a nice little cherry on top.
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Photos by Matt Esposito

California indie rockers Film School returned last year with new album Bright To Death, which was released via Hauskat Records.

Their currently on tour in support of the album, which brought them to Brooklyn on May 7th for a performance at Baby’s All Right along with openers Mint Field and Rich Girls.

Our photographer Matt Esposito was there to capture photos from all three performances, find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Vampire Weekend has finally returned to us with new album Father Of The Bride, their first for Columbia Records and without founding member Rostam Batmanglij. It has been a long six years since the release of their previous album Modern Vampires of the City and the band have not disappointed with their newest effort, one that seemingly grows with every new listen.

Since last summer the band has been playing a variety of smaller shows to break-in their new lineup consisting of guitarist Brian Robert Jones, keyboardist/guitarist Greta Morgan (aka Springtime Carnivore), keyboardist Will Canzoneri and second drummer Garrett Ray, in addition to core members singer/guitarist Ezra Koenig, bassist Chris Baio and drummer Chris Tomson. But prior to earlier this month, the band had yet to perform live in their hometown of New York during this newfound era, which changed on Sunday, May 5th with a unique performance at Webster Hall.

Kicking off with doors at 10 am, the show began with a pre-show breakfast of bagels and featured not one, not two, but three different sets throughout the day, with a pizza lunch in-between all the music. Now that’s how you throw a homecoming show.
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Sharon Van Etten continued her impeccable winning album streak with the release of Remind Me Tomorrow earlier this year via Jagjaguwar. She’s been touring hard in support of the album all year and returned for another headlining show (following Beacon Theatre earlier this year), this time at Webster Hall on May 4th. This was our first time seeing the singer-songwriter perform since her performance at Governors Ball back in 2015 and our first time back to the newly reopened and renovated Webster Hall.
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Photos by Michael Gebhardt

Canadian band The Strumbellas returned to New York on May 2nd for a performance at Brooklyn Steel that came in support of their new album Rattlesnake, released earlier this year via Glassnote Records.

Our photographer Michael Gebhardt was there to capture photos from their performance, along with openers The Moth & The Flame.

Find all of his shots of The Strumbellas posted in the gallery below, along with openers The Moth & The Flame.

The Moth & The Flame:

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