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Preview: Who To See Early At Governors Ball 2018

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2018

It’s hard to believe how fast 2018 has gone and that it’s nearly June. This means one thing, Governors Ball is right around the corner. I’m confident that you guys are already sure of a few big-time headlining acts that you are locked in to see. I don’t need to tell you to see Eminem or Jack White. But what I can do is highlight a few bands of various style and degrees of success who are playing earlier in the day that I recommended you ignore your hangover and get to Randall’s Island Park a little bit earlier in the day to make your festival experience that much fuller.

Here are a few of those artists that we hope you get to the grounds a little bit earlier to catch next weekend:
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Preview: France Rocks Summerfest 2018

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2018

France Rocks Summerfest will return for its third annual year from June 1-July 5, allowing music lovers in New York City a chance to show off an expansive collection of talented French musicians as well as International artists who draw inspiration from France.

Presented by France Rocks and the Bureau Export (the French Music Export Office), along with support from New York Music month and Lacoste, the lineup includes over 25 artists across genres spanning from rock, indie pop, world and electronic, that will take place in over 25 venues across the city from Central Park Summerstage and Lincoln Center to Brooklyn’s Northside Festival and Brooklyn Steel and intimate venues as well.

There’s always a wealth of great music in New York City, especially in the dead of summer, but France Rocks will provide fans with something a little different and bring some fresh sounds and even more culture to the best city in the world with plenty of fresh and established talent that deserves to be discovered.

Find the full lineup on the website or posted below:

June 1- Zimmer @ Elsewhere – Presented by Pop Gun | 6PM
 June 1- Louisahhh @ The Good Room | 10PM
June 2- Gregory Porter @ Central Park SummerStage | FREE | 7PM
 June 3- The Blue Dahlia @ The Loft at City Winery | FREE| 11AM
 June 3- Yuksek @ Elsewhere – Presented by Pop Gun | 2PM 
June 6- Amadou & Mariam @ Brooklyn Steel – Presented by The Bowery Presents | 8PM 
June 6- Dirty Deep, Datcha Mandala @ DROM | FREE
 June 9- Michelle Blades @ Northside Festival | 12PM
 June 12- Polo & Pan @ Bowery Ballroom | 9:30PM
 June 13- Juniore @ Piano’s | 7PM
 June 14- Piers Faccini @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center | FREE | 7:30PM
 June 15- Piers Faccini @ The Loft at City Winery | 8:30PM
 June 16- Son Little @ Central Park Summerstage | FREE | 7PM
 June 19- Matmatah @ DROM | FREE
 June 19- Itamar Borochov @ Nublu
J une 20- Joakim, Chassol, Vianney @ Central Park Summerstage | FREE | 6PM 
June 21- Elida Almeida @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center | FREE | 7:30PM 
June 25- Timsters @ The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village | FREE | 7PM
 June 26- Meshell Ndegeocello @ Murmrr Theatre | 8PM
 July 1- BONOBO, St Germain @ Brooklyn Mirage | 8PM
 July 2- Pilc Moutin Hoenig Trio @ Blue Note | 8PM & 10:30PM 
July 5- Melissa Laveaux, Delgres @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center | FREE | 7:30PM

Preview: Ash at Baby’s All Right

By Will Oliver, May 22nd 2018

Longstanding Irish indie rock trio Ash recently returned with their seventh studio album Islands on May 18 via Infectious Music. The trio of Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray will bring the tour to us on May 30 for a performance at Baby’s All Right, along with Beverly, who will open the show.

The band have decades worth of great material to play, as well as a first look at some of the fresh-faced material off of Islands. Getting to see them in a room like Baby’s All Right (I last caught them at Bowery Ballroom way back in 2012) will be a special treat and shouldn’t be missed.

There are still some tickets available for the performance but we recommend you get them soon as they’re bound to sell out any minute. Head back here for coverage from the performance coming very shortly.

Preview: Jon Hopkins at Elsewhere

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2018

English producer Jon Hopkins recently returned with his beautifully stunning new album Singularity, released earlier this month via Domino Records.

He’ll stop into New York next Tuesday, May 22, for a performance at Elsewhere featuring an opening performance by Beta Librae.

Tickets are sold out for the show but you can enter the waitlist when some tickets do become available. If you have yet to do so, you best do it quick as this show is not one to miss.

Stay tuned for coverage of the show coming soon after.

Courtney Barnett returns this Friday with her highly anticipated new album Tell Me How You Really Feel which will be released via Mom + Pop Music. She’ll celebrate the release with us here in New York this weekend with an intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday that is very much sold out.

The show will also feature an opening performance from Palehound, which sets this up to be one hell of a 1-2 punch. As I said tickets are sold out, but keep an eye on the ticket page for any last minute drops, or potentially some tickets that may be available at the door (though, not likely). This is not a show to be missed, that much is for sure.

Liam at Terminal 5 last year

I don’t know many fans of rock and roll that I will need to sell on this one. This Wednesday former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, two of the biggest leading men in 90s Brit Rock, are combining forces to give us one of the first memorable outdoor shows of this entire summer season at Summerstage NYC in Central Park.

If it’s anything like the last time Liam was in town it’s sure to be a wild one.

Some tickets do remain for the show but I reccomend not waiting too long to grab these as they’re sure to be gone once Wednesday arrives. Stay tuned for coverage from the show coming right here very soon.

Melbourne, Australia rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will return this year with new album Hope Downs via Sub Pop. This weekend they are stopping into Rough Trade NYC for not one, but two performances at the venue to give fans a taste of the new material and old favorites as well. We caught them last year when they opened for Tennis and they were easily one of the better opening bands I saw the entire year.

The early show is sold out but there are still some tickets remaining for the late performance that evening. These guys are bound to soon be headlining much bigger venues someday so you best catch them at a room like Rough Trade while you still can.
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Preview: Steven Wilson at Playstation Theater

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2018

Steven Wilson is best known as the founder of English psych rockers Porcupine Tree. Also operating on his own, he released his fifth solo album To The Bone last August and is currently on tour in support of the new record.

The tour brings him to us here in New York this weekend for a pair of shows at Playstation Theater on April 28 and 29. There are still some tickets remaining for both nights, but don’t wait too long as you don’t want to miss your chance to be taken away by Wilson’s psych-rock grooves.

Stay tuned for coverage from one of the shows coming here very soon.

Preview: Peter Hook and The Light at Brooklyn Steel

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2018

Peter Hook and The Light will bring his Substance tour back to New York on April 27 when he and his band The Light perform at Brooklyn Steel.

The tour sees him and the band perform various classics from both Joy Division and New Order from both of their Substance albums

There are still some tickets for the show on sale but with it only a few days away, I wouldn’t wait too much longer to grab them. Stay tuned for coverage from the show coming very soon.

Preview: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Brooklyn Steel

By Will Oliver, April 20th 2018

The always reliable Ruban Nielson returned this year with Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s fourth album Sex & Food, released via Jagjaguwar. He will bring the new tour back to New York next week for a pair of shows at where else but Brooklyn Steel on April 25 and 26.

Tickets are still available for both shows but don’t wait too long as they’re bound to sell out very soon. If you’ve ever seen an UMO show you know just how great of a performance that Nielson and co. put on and these new songs are going to sound pretty epic within Brooklyn Steel.

Stay tuned for coverage of one of the shows coming from us right here very soon.