TV People are a four-piece indie rock band hailing from Dublin led by the dueling vocals of Paul Donohoe (lead guitar) and Len Rochford (rhythm guitar) featuring the drum work of Brendan Clarke and the bass riffs of Rob Kavanagh.

Only forming this year, the band have already released their debut single “Healthier Days.” The track featured a confident early 2000s New York swagger to it that seems like the work of a band whose been around for much longer. But the band sound tight and know how to put together a tight track that brings in plenty of classic rock influences, while also injecting it with a bit of their own DNA.

Enjoy a listen to “Healthier Days” below and find the track available to purchase at your own price at their Bandcamp.

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Photos by Dana Pacifico

Ibeyi, the French duo of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, returned to us here in New York on June 8th for a performance at Prospect Park as a part of the free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival show series. This was our first time seeing them since their performance at Brooklyn Steel back in 2017.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from their performance, all of which can be found in the photo gallery below.

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In April California indie rockers Local Natives returned with their fourth album Violet Street via Loma Vista Recordings and have been touring hard in support of the new record. Touring with them in support is Australia’s Middle Kids, who released their new EP New Songs For Old Problems last month via Domino Records. On June 7th the two performed for the second straight night at a sold out Brooklyn Steel, our first time seeing them since they played Terminal 5 back in 2016.

Following the triumphant opening performance from Middle Kids who are quickly making a case for one of the most exciting young bands on the scene, it was time for the headlining set from Local Natives. With four albums now under their belt the band has plenty of material to choose from. A good chunk of the setlist was comprised of new material off of Violet Street, but they still gave plenty of time to old favorites from their debut album Gorilla Manor such as “Wide Eyes,” “World News,” and “Sun Hands,” which still soared every bit as much as we remember. They upped the ante with their touring production, giving fans not one, but two confetti blasts, with the first coming at the end of the regular set’s performance of new single “When Am I Gonna Lose You,” and then again to close out the encore with the old staple, “Who Knows, Who Cares.”

Find a full photo gallery from both Middle Kids and Local Natives performances posted below, along with their setlists.

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Photos by Killian Young

On June 7th Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon brought their The Unheavenly Skye Tour to New York for a performance at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

Our photographer Killian Young was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which can be found in the gallery below along with their setlists.

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Photos by Taryn Alper

British rockers Band Of Skulls returned with their new album Love Is All You Love via SO Recordings.

On June 5th the band returned to New York for a performance at Mercury Lounge along with Chorizo who opened things up with a DJ set.

Our photographer Taryn Alper was there to capture photos from both performances, find all her shots posted in the gallery below.

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Photos by Nick Karp

Calpurnia, the band led by Stranger Things‘ and It‘s Finn Wolfhard released their debut EP Scout last year and followed that up this year with new single “Cell.”

They performed an early day set at Day 2 of Governors Ball and a few days earlier played a smaller Governors Ball After Dark show at Irving Plaza on May 30th.

Our photographer Nick Karp was there to capture photos from their performance, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below along with the setlist.
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Photos by Brianna DiGioia

Mountain Man, the trio of Amelia Randall Meath (of Sylvan Esso), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Molly Erin Sarle, returned last year with their new album Magic Ship, which was released via Nonesuch Records.

On June 5th, the trio returned for an intimate performance in Brooklyn at National Sawdust, which featured an opening performance from William Tyler.

Our photographer Brianna DiGioia was there to capture shots from both performances, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.

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Legendary riot grrrl girl punk rockers Bikini Kill surprised us all this year with the announcement of reunion shows, which would bring them back on tour for the first time in a long time. For New York, this was their first time playing shows here in 20 years. Their New York-run began with a pair of sold out shows at both Brooklyn Steel and Terminal 5 and then brought them back to Brooklyn again for a sold out two-night stand at the beautiful Kings Theatre.

I was too young to ever catch the band in their heydey, which made the chance to see them perform live after all these years a can’t miss opportunity. So I have no prior performances to compare, but based on what I witnessed on June 4th, the first night at Kings Theatre, the band were back and operating confidently with their new lease of life.

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Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe released his gorgeous debut solo album Diviner earlier on May 24th via Domino Records and on June 4th he performed a special intimate performance at The Bridge Studio to a crowd of fans, press, and music industry. Those lucky enough to be there got to hear 9-songs of the album in as intimate a setting as one can imagine, with a lovely baby grand piano at Thorpe’s disposal.

We can’t wait for Thorpe to return soon for another proper live performance but it will be pretty hard for him to top this one.

Hayden Thorpe setlist:

1. Diviner
2. Straight Lines
3. Earthly Needs
4. Love Crimes
5. Stop Motion
6. In My Name
7. Anywhen
8. Human Knot
9. Impossible Object

The Distillers

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Photos by Dutch Doscher

The Distillers returned last year with brand new music and their first tour in a long time. On May 29th the band returned to New York for the first time in 15 years for a performance at Brooklyn Steel. The show began with an opening performance from California punk rockers Starcrawler who we caught last year at Rough Trade NYC.

Both bands powered through the night and our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from both performances. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.

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