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Tomorrow night Unknown Mortal Orchestra will make their long-awaited live return to New York for a sold out performance at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tomorrow night will feature an opening set from Brooklyn resident Buscabulla

The performance is a part of their tour for their newly released album Multi-Love, which takes their sound to an even new direction than ever before. Hearing Ruban Nielson and the rest of his band play live is a completely different experience than on record. I’ve seen them a few times now, and their live shows always leave me impressed. It will be interesting and exciting to see how he mixes the new material with his old.

If you can find a last minute ticket, you should find your way down to Warsaw tomorrow night, it’s sure to be a good one.
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Temples had a great 2014, releasing their strong and assured debut album Sun Structures via Fat Possum which ended up on many best of lists, even with its early release datre. The band are continuing the momentum, bringing their tour back to New York this Monday for a perfectly booked show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The intimate venue is the perfect size for the English psych-rockers, who last wowed me live when I saw them play Bowery Ballroom back in 2013. That was a wonderful performance, and I’m sure that they’ve improved as performers since it, making me even more excited to return and see what delights await from this gig.

Tickets for the show are still on sale. This will likely be Temples last appearance here until their next album, so if you’re free Monday night, you best find your way to Williamsburg.
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The Tallest Man On Earth

On May 12 Kristian Matsson released Dark Bird Is Home, his fourth album as The Tallest Man On Earth (out via Dead Oceans). It’s It’s his first album with a full band playing behind him, resulting in a rich and fuller record than fans have ever received.

He’s in New York this week to play a set of shows here in support of the record. Tomorrow night he’ll kick off the two night residency with a delightfully intimate showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a much more personal performance than what will likely come at Beacon Theatre the following night, although that’s not to say it won’t be a special show in its own right.
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Tomorrow night the magnificent talent that is Torres will play a sold out Baby’s All Right in celebration of her brand new album Sprinter, out now via Partisan Records.

Her debut album was one of powerful personal material stripped down to a bare folk rock. This time around she pushes the boundaries even further, creating something just as personal and powerful, just in a new light. It’s going to be a treat to see how this translates live, especially in a room such as Baby’s All Right, a seemingly perfect place to catch someone like Torres.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and the show will feature an opening set from Aero Flynn. Tickets for the show have long sold out, but you can always try your luck at the door, and she’ll return to New York in no time for a performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26.

The Juan MacLean

The Juan Maclean, the duo of John MacLean and LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang released new album In A Dream last year.

The group is in the midst of a New York residency, with three shows at Cameo Gallery that took place last week, and three at Union Pool this week, with the first happening tonight, and two more coming Friday and Saturday. Prior to this residency, the group hadn’t played live for six years.

The band has expanded to a four-piece band to re-produce the songs off the album, and each show is supposed to be different than the last, as they work out the new songs. HEIDEMANN will open Fridays show, and Computer Magic on Saturday.

All three of the remaining shows are sold out, but sometimes Union Pool sells some at the door. So best get there early, or call in advance.
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Sufjan Stevens

Tomorrow night Sufjan Stevens makes his live return to New York City for a sold out show at The Beacon Theatre. The show is likely to be one of the best of the entire year, as Sufjan will be playing tracks from his beautiful new album Carrie & Lowell, a likely contender on nearly every best of list this year.

I haven’t seen Sufjan perform live since his performance at Prospect Park in 2011, so it’s been a while. With this album being a return to his stripped-down folk roots, I’m expecting it to be a much different show than the one he presented with the electronic-influenced Age Of Adz.

The show is very much sold out, but there’s always secondary markets. He also plays The Kings Theatre for two nights in a row on May 1 & 2, but something tells me this will be the show to be at.

Diarrhea Planet

If you have yet to see Diarrhea Planet live, you’re doing it wrong. The six-piece Nashville, Tennessee are the definition of what a live rock and roll show should be. One too many guitarists, big guitar riffs, solos galore, and band members climbing parts of the venue that they have no business being near. Every time I see them is a good time.

They make their return to New York City tomorrow night for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom, along with Left & Right, and Slonk Donkerson. This is a strong triple bill that will unleash hours of guitar fury on Bowery Ballroom.

Below, check out a live performance of “Kids” from the Pickathon Music Festival, as released as a part of their split 12″ with Those Darlins. Hope to see you tomorrow night.
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Lady Lamb

This Tuesday Lady Lamb (formerly Lady Lamb the Beekeeper), the project of Brooklyn via Maine resident Aly Spaltro, will release her new album After via Mom + Pop Music. The record sees Spaltro take her folk-rock sound into a bigger, more complete direction, one that has people talking, and for good reason. It’s currently available to stream over at Rolling Stone.

This Tuesday night she’ll celebrate the release of her new album with a sold out show at Rough Trade NYC. This show will be an intimate showing for Lady Lamb, and if AfterRead the rest of this entry »

Parquet Courts

It was just last December that Parquet Courts played to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall. The hard-working band have no plans of stopping, playing the much more intimate Palisades next Monday night (as well as Tuesday). All this after non-stop touring last year, after releasing two albums: Sunbathing Animal + Content Nausea.

Both shows are of course sold out, but keep an eye on the ticket page in case they release more. There’s always secondary markets as well. Chances to see the local rockers play such tiny spaces are probably going to become a rarer thing, so if you can find your way out to one of the shows, I’d definitely recommend making the move. They never disappoint.

In January they stopped by Letterman to play “Bodies Made Of.” Find that posted after the jump.
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Preview: Full Moon Fest 2014

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014


The Full Moon Fest returns to Governor’s Island on August 8 for the fourth installation of the dance beach-themed mini-festival, which takes its inspiration from the full moon parties of Thailand, set beneath an August full moon.

This year the festival sports a lineup that includes Delorean, The Knocks, Son Lux, Le Youth, The Aston Shuffle, Penguin Prison, Wave Racer, Young & Sick, Chela, Emefe, and JDH & Dave P.

Tickets are still available for the fest, and at a limited bargain price of $50. Not bad at all, considering how many acts you would get to see. Don’t wait too long, as the next pricing is set at $125 (but it’s VIP).

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