Concert Reviews

Words + Photo by Qbertplaya

As someone who has witnessed Nick Cave in person upfront and center at a number of his concerts, I can attest that it is a most intense experience, nearly religious for some. Not only does his music move me lyrically and dramatically, but the way he prowls on the edge of the audience, extends his hand to grasp those reaching out to him, and stares back into those eyes meeting his gaze – all these interactive elements combine to make him one of the best live performers that I’ve seen. But he is not content to let the performance speak for itself. Since the spring of last year, Cave has sought to deepen that connection with his fans by conducting a series of events billed as conversations with him.
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Photos by Qbertplaya

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard released her lovely debut solo album Jaime earlier this month via ATO Records. She’s been touring in support of the album, which brought her back to New York on September 24th for a big-time headlining performance at Beacon Theatre.

Along with the personal offerings from her album, she played “Bring Your Love to Me,” an unreleased Bermuda Triangle offering, along with covers of Prince’s “The Breakdown” and Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” to help keep the soulful vibes spread strong throughout the evening along with her own material.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from her performance, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.

He Loves Me
Georgia
Presence
Stay High
The Breakdown @Cover[070d193a-845c-479f-980e-bef15710653e]
Tomorrow
Short and Sweet
@Unknown
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher @Cover[f0bf4fa0-028e-452f-82d3-7d4375e105dd]
Baby

Bring Your Love to Me
13th Century Metal
History Repeats
Run to Me

Words + Photos by Anthony Bauer

Last December, Vulfpeck released the stellar Hill Climber (via its own Vulf Records) right before the end of the year and the band hit the road in 2019 for a handful of dates in support of its release. While no full-fledged proper tour happened, the tour seemed to move full steam ahead with all roads leading to their biggest show yet: headlining a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden. Along for the ride and kicking things off for the night was fellow Vulf Records bandmates The Fearless Flyers, who released The Fearless Flyers II earlier this past May that created a night of “Olympic Levels of Funk” that I’m sure Madison Square Garden has never seen before.

Vulfpeck

Vulfpeck

Vulfpeck

Vulfpeck

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Photos by Will Oliver

Stereolab has been reissuing their amazing collection of records which has brought them back on tour for the first time in many years. On Friday and Saturday, the band performed two sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel, which was their first show in New York City in eleven years.

We caught the night 1 performance on September 27th, which saw the band marvelously weave through all the expected classics from their albums, which had the sold out crowd in the palm of their hands the entire way through. They were pretty balanced in the amount of material pulled from each of their records, which kept a good vibe going throughout the building as they kept us all enthralled with their lovely and thrilling performance.

They seem to be in great spirits and having a lot of fun playing these shows, let’s hope it’s not another decade before they return to us here.

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

Stereolab setlist:

1. Brakhage
2. French Disko
3. Baby Lulu
4. Miss Modular
5. Vonal Declosion
6. Metronomic Underground
7. Need to Be
8. Anamorphose
9. Ping Pong
10. Percolator
11. Crest
12. Lo Boob Oscillator

Encore:

13. Brigitte
14. Rainbo Conversation
15. Jenny Ondioline

Photos by Will Oliver

Britain’s Massive Attack made their long-awaited return to New York to play two sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall that were originally supposed to take place back in March. This tour – which began last year – has seen them celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album Mezzanine. Not only that, but the tour has seen the band joined by Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser as well as reggae singer Horace Andy to help bring the songs of Mezzanine back to life in glorious fashion, as they did on September 26th during night one of the two-night run.
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Tycho

Words + Photos by Anthony Bauer

There are always shows you imagine happening at certain venues that are what you think is the perfect match of artist and venue. Ever since we’ve become fans of Tycho here on the site, it’s always been one of those “I wonder if…” thoughts that, will we ever see Tycho play an outdoor venue in New York City? Well, on an absolutely gorgeous mid-September evening, we were treated to just that: a full set from Tycho at SummerStage in Central Park for an absolutely brilliant evening of music. The band is out on the road in support of their fantastic new album Weather (out via Mom+Pop & NinjaTune) and along for the ride and kicking things off for the night was Poolside.

Tycho

Tycho

Tycho

Tycho

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Andrew Bird

Words + Photos by Anthony Bauer

Andrew Bird released his stellar latest album My Finest Work Yet (via Loma Vista Records) earlier this year in March and has been out on the road in support of its release ever since. We caught his album release celebration at National Sawdust back in April of this year so we were very eager to see what the full tour had in store for us. While he was over at Kings Theatre the night before, we saw his second night in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Steel along with openers Chicano Batman (who also opened the Kings show).

Chicano Batman


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Words + Photos by Omar Kasrawi

There’s something magical about watching an artist create right in front of you eyes. Whether it’s the paint splashing on the canvas to match the sounds echoing around them, or vice versa, seeing the visions and stream of consciousness come to life before your eyes is a truly singular experience. And that’s the moment that Mike McCready and Kate Neckel are taking around the country in a handful of intimate shows of their “Infinite Color and Sound” mixed media project.


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Photos by Will Oliver

Friendly Fires have been gone for a long time but thankfully returned to us this year, going on to release their new album Inflorescent (released via Polydor Records), their first album in eight years. Last night the band returned to New York for the first time in that same time span, performing a sold out intimate performance at Elsewhere.
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