Concert Reviews

Phantogram, the New York-based electro-rock duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are back on tour this year, despite not releasing a new album since 2016’s Three (we last saw them play at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2016). On September 5th they returned back to New York City for a performance at Kings Theatre where they gave fans a good mix of old favorites as well as a hint of what is to come.

Their set began with the duo performing behind the veil of a see-through curtain as fog surrounded the floor and their set-up. Along with newly released singles such as “Into Happiness” and “Mister Impossible,” the duo gave fans a preview of some of the new material that should show up on their eventual next album. When a fan asked when it would come out, Barthel hinted that it would be coming out sometime in the next year.
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Photos by Anthony Mulcahy

The talented Tash Sultana brought her live show back to New York on September 4 for a performance at Summerstage in Central Park. The show came in continued support of her 2018 debut album Flow State, which was released via Mom + Pop Music. This was our first time seeing her perform since she played Terminal 5 last November.
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This year saw Australian dream-pop artist Hatchie release her wonderful debut album Keepsake via Double Double Whammy. It has been a staple of our summer listening over the past few months, which made me excited to see her kick off her U.S. tour in support of it earlier this year when she performed in front of a sold out crowd at Rough Trade NYC on September 4th.
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Hot Chip have been touring in support of their new album A Bath Full of Ecstasy, which they released on June 21st via Domino Records. We caught them back in April when they gave New York a preview of the new album with an intimate performance at Elsewhere, a much smaller performance than their three-night run at Brooklyn Steel that kicked off their U.S. tour in support of the album. We caught night 1 of the 3-night run on September 3rd, which kicked off with an opening performance from Holy Fuck, who at one point in their set were joined by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.
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Photos by Qbertplaya

This year saw legendary composer Philip Glass release The Spirit of the Earth, his new collaborative album with father and son duo of Daniel Medina de la Rosa and Erasmo Medina Medina, which was released via Orange Mountain. Last night (September 4th) Glass and the duo brought the album to life for an audience at Le Poisson Rouge, the first of two nights there.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there last night to capture shots from night 1. Find all of her shots posted in the gallery below, along with a photo of the setlist.
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Photos by Joe Saturday

While still enrolled at Northeastern University, singer-songwriter Sidney Gish self-released her second album No Dogs Allowed on New Year’s Eve 2017. It was well-received by both music fans and critics alike, even winning Album of the Year honors at the 2018 Boston Music Awards. She played two all-ages shows at Elsewhere Zone One on the 19th and 20th of August. We were there to cover the first of the two sold out nights.

With just her voice, a guitar, a drum machine, and a loop pedal or two in tow, Sidney Gish wowed the capacity crowd. Occasionally referring to the setlist written on her forearm, Gish would introduce songs with a little background information, such as mentioning that Allston, Massachusetts has the nickname Rat City before playing her song “Rat of the City.” Aside from her own compositions, Gish also threw in her own interpretation of “Time of the Season” by The Zombies. Singalongs were plentiful and adulations from the crowd only escalated as the night went on.

Continue below for the Sidney Gish setlist and a photo gallery of Sidney Gish as well as supporting acts Ben Special (Ben Guterl of Forth Wanderers) and Lunar Vacation.
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[Photos]: Barrie at Rough Trade NYC (August 14, 2019)

By Will Oliver, September 5th 2019

Photos by Dave Scholten

Brooklyn-based band Barrie returned home on August 14th, for a performance at Rough Trade NYC in support of their debut album Happy To Be Here, which was released in May via Winspear.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as shots of openers Sedona.

Find his shots of both bands posted in the gallery below.
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Future Islands have been pretty quiet in 2019, having not played a show since February, taking a more than well-deserved rest following a good chunk of time on the road following their 2017 album The Far Field. Which made the surprise announcement last month that they were embarking on a small run of intimate Northeast shows to road test some new songs such a pleasant surprise.

The tour dates don’t include a stop into New York City but instead saw them play across the river for two sold out nights in Jersey City, New Jersey at White Eagle Hall. Considering the last headlining show of theirs we caught was at Brooklyn Steel, this was a welcome chance to see them play in a smaller setting, all the better to absorb the new material.

The ever charismatic frontman and singer Sam Herring seemed eager to share this new material and excited to shake off any rust. After seeing them perform on countless occasions throughout the years, it’s not a surprise that there was no rust to be found. The band came out as confidently as ever and tore through material both old and new with the immense stage presence and confidence that they’ve built their name on.

Plenty of new songs were shared, from an album that we hopefully can expect sometime early next year and sounds like the natural continuation from what they built with The Far Field. A mix of songs that will make you want to get up and dance with all the rage, with a few moody more atmospheric pieces that definitely tapped into that emotional core that always rings true from Herring’s writing, as well as his dedicated theatrical performance that was on point and received with all the fervor that never gets old at one of their shows. Just as confidently as he navigated the front end of the stage with the crowd, keyboardist Gerrit Welmers, bassist William Cashion and drummer Michael Lowry held down the fort creating the thumping rhythms and layered textures that set the foundation for their sweeping anthems.

They did give us a ton of new material together but also played all the expected classics, from the more recent era (“A Dream of You and Me,” “Beauty of the Road,” and “Seasons (Waiting On You)”) to their earlier days (“Balance,” “Vireo’s Eye,” “Tin Man”). This particular crowd seemed to favor the newer material, but also couldn’t help but let the overwhelming presence and energy override them and send them into a feverish state whenever it called for it.

We’ll have to stay tuned for more about the potential new album but based upon what I heard last night, it’s going to be yet another good one from Future Islands.

For now, enjoy a gallery of photos from last night’s performance posted below.

Future Islands setlist:

1. [New Song]
2. Beauty of the Road
3. A Dream of You and Me
4. [New Song]
5. [New Song]
6. Time on Her Side
7. Walking Through That Door
8. [New Song]
9. Long Flight
10. Balance
11. Plastic Beach
12. [New Song]
13. [New Song]
14. [New Song]
15. Ancient Water
16. Seasons
17. Tin Man
18. Spirit


19. North Star
20. Inch of Dust
21. Vireo’s Eye

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The prolific Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have been busy as ever this year, releasing two very different albums. First, with the much chiller Fishing For Fishies released back in April and then going to the complete opposite end of the spectrum with the thrash metal album Infest the Rats’ Nest (both released via Flightless Records/ATO Records).


Last night (August 28th) the band’s tour dropped them into New York for a performance at Summerstage in Central Park as a part of their tour in support of the new albums. Kicking things off was fellow Australian rockers and Flightless Records signees Stonefield, a quartet of four sisters who were a perfect bill with their vintage-sounding psych-rock that fits right alongside King Gizzard.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

This was our first time catching the band since their run at Webster Hall in 2017 and the band has continued their evolution as not only creatives but players and last night they put it on full display with a set that mostly leaned on the two new records. While I personally wish a few more earlier cuts were performed, I understand the band’s reasoning for sticking to mostly newer material, which still was executed with the usually pummeling energy that they’ve made their bread and butter. There was a bit of rain but it never was enough of a force to detour anyone from the main attraction of the evening. Stu Mackenzie and the rest of the band held our attention completely throughout the duration of the show.

Right from the getgo, their performance had the bodies of the young crowd (including a pretty badass young kid in the front row) smashing into one another at a frantic pace and almost never let up except for some of the chiller numbers that found their way into the set. The highlight of the show came following the funky live performance of “Cyboogie” – which works tremendously well live – but the super-medley of “Altered Beast,” “Rattlesnake,” and “Cellophane.” Based on the crowd’s reaction of hearing these familiar riffs, you couldn’t help but wish they allowed some time to tear into them fully, as the crowd would have erupted even more.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

It was not long ago that King Gizzard was opening up for bands playing at these venues which they’re now playing to capacity crowds, making their journey a remarkable one that we have enjoyed watching tremendously. Who knows, we still have a few months of 2019 left, they could drop another album or two on us in the meantime.

Find a full gallery of photos from their performance and the setlist posted below, along with shots of Stonefield.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard setlist:

1. Self-Immolate
2. Perihelion
3. The Great Chain of Being
4. Plastic Boogie
5. Inner Cell
6. Loyalty
7. Horology
8. Boogieman Sam
9. Evil Death Roll
10. Digital Black
11. Vomit Coffin
12. Murder of the Universe
13. This Thing
14. The Bird Song
15. Planet B
16. Mars for the Rich
17. Cyboogie
19. Am I in Heaven? (Medley with Altered Beast, Rattlesnake, Boogieman Sam, Cellophane)

Photos by Killian Young

Brooklyn’s Moon Hooch have returned with a few new singles this year and on August 23rd performed a hometown show at Rough Trade NYC. Opening the show was rapper/spoken word artist Gaia Earthpeace, as well as scientist Donald D. Hoffman, who the band did a Q&A with onstage with sound effects playing over their talk.

Our photographer Killian Young was there to capture photos from all three performances, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.
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Monday Morning Matinee

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