Editors at Irving Plaza (May 15, 2018)

By Will Oliver, June 23rd 2018

Back in 2005 when I relied far too heavily on NME to help me find new bands that I never would’ve found on my own as a clueless 14-year-old, I discovered a song called “Munich” by a British rock group named Editors. Not long after I begged for a ride to my local Best Buy to immediately pick up a copy of their album The Back Room and soon found myself hooked to every track on this album. Eventually, the album led to discovery of many bands like them from both past and present.
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In case you missed it, one of the best EP’s released last year was The French Press by Australia’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (and we saw them play its songs when they opened for Tennis last year at Bowery Ballroom).¬†We here in New York City lucked out with not one, but two chances to see the band play when the stopped in a Rough Trade last month for both an early and late show (both sold out). Along for the ride and kicking things off was New York City’s own The Britanys.

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Lake Street Dive at Brooklyn Steel (May 10, 2018)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2018

On May 4 Lake Street Dive returned with their new album Free Yourself Up via Nonesuch Records. We caught them last year at BRIC Celebrate! Brooklyn and while these days you can usually find them at much bigger rooms like Radio City Music Hall or Beacon Theatre (where they’ll play in November) I had yet to personally see the group play and jumped at the chance to see them at a sold out Brooklyn Steel.
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Mother Feather at Knitting Factory (May 9, 2018)

By Dutch Doscher, June 13th 2018

All photos by Dutch Doscher

On May 9 Brooklyn’s Mother Feather headlined Knitting Factory along with support coming from local openers Villins.

I hadn’t heard of Villins before they opened for Mother Feather. For the most part, Villins is a due of Jesyka and Jesus. Their chemistry on stage is electric and their songs have a catchy glam pop vibe and hooks. They give all they have on stage, never leaving a dull performance moment. They play the last Monday night of every month at Arlene’s Grocery and are well worth going out of your way for.
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Panda Bear at Brooklyn Steel (May 5, 2018)

By Will Oliver, June 12th 2018

Earlier this year Panda Bear released his new EP A Day With The Homies as a vinyl-only release via Domino Records. He previously played four of the five songs from the EP last year during Desert Daze but with the release of the EP he brought the new songs to more audiences as a part of his most recent tour.

This included a performance in New York on May 5 at Brooklyn Steel, which featured the usual trippy projections and lighting that one would expect from both Panda Bear/Animal Collective. Along with all five of the songs off the new EP, Panda Bear gave us five new songs that were perfectly mixed in along with older favorites such as “Last Night At The Jetty” and “Tropic Of Cancer.”

Find a full photo gallery from his performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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All photos by Dutch Doscher

Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) released his fifth solo record To The Bone last August and has been touring hard in support of the record. This included a pair of shows at the Playstation Theater on both April 28 and 29.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture shots from the performance, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below, along with
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Matt and Kim at Brooklyn Steel (April 29, 2018)

By Dana Pacifico, June 8th 2018

All photos via Dana Pacifico

The always enthusiastic duo of Matt and Kim returned with new album Almost Everyday on May 4 via Fader Label.

On April 29 the duo played their second straight show at Brooklyn Steel in support of the new album. Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos of their performance, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat returned in March with new album Riddles, which was released via Carpark Records. Produced by Dan Deacon, it’s their most polished and fully realized record to date. On April 15 they finished up their U.S. tour with a performance in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.

This was my first time seeing the duo since they opened for Future Islands at Webster Hall back in 2014. While the songwriting style is still very much in their own world of indie art-rock, there’s definitely a more polished nature to these new songs that definitely works well in their favor. The previous time I saw them, Schrader would sing while also beating the hell out of a drum while Devlin Rice handled the heavy basslines. This time around Schrader went full-on frontman just managing the vocals as Rice took care of the bass as well as the backing tracks.
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Meghan Remy has continued to evolve her band U.S. Girls into something new and different with every new release and her latest album In a Poem Unlimited (released via 4AD) may just be her strongest work to date. Collaborating with Toronto jazz/funk collective Cosmic Range, she goes full-on indie dance rock with that enough of a weird edge of it that provides that familiar spark.

The reception to the new album has been justifiably very strong with fans dying to catch this current version of her live show. When her scheduled show at Baby’s All Right on April 13 sold out quickly, they added not one, but two shows at the venue that night, with one coming in earlier in the night, one at a normal time, and another just past midnight. After catching Khruangbin over at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I made my way to Baby’s to catch their third and final performance of the evening.
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The Mattson 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (April 13, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, May 14th 2018 — with 1 comment

The Mattson 2 have been unstoppable this past year touring in support of one of 2017’s finest albums, Star Stuff (the collaborative album with Chaz Bundick, aka Chaz Bear, aka Toro y Moi). We we there for their Bowery Ballroom, LPR and Baby’s All Right show, so when we found out they were coming back to New York City, we knew where we were going to be on April 13th. The twin brother duo was opening the night up for Khruangbin, the 3-piece Thai-funk infused band that hails from Texas.
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