The National’s hometown festival Homecoming will return to Smale Park on the Cincinnati waterfront for its second year after one year off (the first one took place in 2018 – find our coverage here), where the band will play two unique sets including High Violet in full in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Today the full lineup for Homecoming 2020 has been revealed featuring a lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe.

2-day General Admission, VIP, and Platinum tickets for Homecoming will be on sale Friday, November 22, 10:00am EST at ntlhomecoming.com.

Homecoming will run alongside MusicNOW, the renowned contemporary music festival founded by Bryce Dessner in 2006, now in its 14th edition. Taking place at venues throughout downtown Cincinnati, MusicNOW will present separately ticketed late night events on May 8 and 9, and a full program of events on Sunday, May 10. The lineup will be announced shortly, and will feature world-class contemporary classical music and beyond, with special exhibitions and talks throughout the festival weekend. Ticketing details for MusicNOW will be announced shortly.

Stay tune for more on the festival coming very soon.

Photos by Dutch Doscher

Charly Bliss returned this year with their sophomore album Young Enough, but also a new EP Supermoon, both of which were released via Barsuk Records. Last week the band returned home for a performance at Webster Hall on November 13th, their largest headlining show to date.

As lead singer and frontwoman Eva Hendricks told the crowd that she used to dorm across the street while a student at NYU and told herself that someday her band would play there. And that they did, which made it a personal and celebratory night for her and the rest of the band. This was felt throughout the show including a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” at the start of the encore.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as both openers Samantha Urbani and Chloe MK. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.

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Photos by Brianna DiGioia

San Francisco psych-rockers Moon Duo returned this year with their new album Stars Are The Light, which was released via Sacred Bones Records.

On November 12th they brought their tour in support of the new album to New York for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This live show features the band immersed inside screens set up as a box that allowed for the band to play surrounded by a vast array of colorful sights.

Our photographer Brianna DiGioia was there to capture photo from their set, along with opener Taraka (formerly of Prince Rama). Find all of her shots posted in the gallery below, along with Moon Duo’s setlist.

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Article + Words by Will Oliver

Black Midi have had a whirlwind of a year with the release of their excellent debut album Schlagenheim (released via Rough Trade Records). Back in March, they took SXSW by storm and then performed two intimate shows in New York, one of which we caught at Alphaville. They returned later in the summer to play to a sold out Bowery Ballroom and as if that wasn’t enough, returned to Brooklyn last week on November 11th for an even bigger performance at Warsaw.

Not only did they pack out the entire room but this predominantly young audience went absolutely nuts from the very first seconds of the opening kickoff of first song “Near DT, MI,” till the closing minutes of set-finisher “bmbmbm,” which featured a surprising guest verse from rapper Fat Tony. Although I had seen the band two times prior this year, they got even sharper and never performed a song that same way twice. They are continuing to evolve along with their audience, which is an amazing feat considering they’re only just getting started. Not to mention having a bit of fun at the same time, going into a brief unexpected cover of The Champs’ “Tequila,” yes, that one.

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

Black Midi setlist:

1. Near DT, MI
2. Speedway
3. Reggae
4. Western
5. Crow’s Perch
6. Tequila (The Champs cover)
7. 953
8. Talking Heads
9. Years Ago
10. Ducter
11. bmbmbm (feat. Fat Tony)

The always reliable Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John will return with their new album Endless Dream on March 13th via Ingrid. Last month they shared first single “Rusty Nail” and they have since returned with second single “Reason To Be Reasonable.”

The track instantly hits you with that vintage melancholic Peter Bjorn and John feeling that feels instantly warm and familiar with that sweet pop groove buried beneath the glorious feeling of melancholy. When asked about the track, Peter went on the explain:

Enjoy a stream of “Reason To Be Reasonable” below and stay tuned for more on the new album very soon.

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Cassidy King – “Polaroid”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019 Listen Pop Stream

Hailing from Chardon, Ohio, singer-songwriter Cassidy King has returned with her new single “Polaroid,” following her previous release “Professional Smiler.” The track features a free-floating pop sensation that reminds a lot of some of the work of recent rising pop stars such as Maggie Rogers.

Of the track, Cassidy notes:

“Polaroid” is about realizing you have every right to let go. That it’s ok to separate yourself from toxic relationships, whether that be familial or romantic. You’re under no obligation to maintain a relationship for the needs of someone else, if it’s breaking you in the process.”

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Safer – “Countercultural Savior”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019 — with 1 comment Indie Listen Stream

Safer, the project of Mattie Safer (formerly of The Rapture), has returned with his new single “Countercultural Savior” following the previously released “Leave Me Alone,” which we shared earlier this year and was taken from his debut EP Sleepless Nights.

The atmospheric offering has an old school post-punk spirit to its production and sound, one that he wrote about “the rock ā€˜nā€™ roll mystique and the ways our heroes pimp that image to lead their fans toward self-destructive behavior and empty consumerism, all in the name of profit.”

It’s a groovy number that perfectly balances on the line of dance-rock and NYC punk, creating something that feels like a mix between LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes.

Enjoy a listen to “Countercultural Savior” below.

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UK based singer-songwriter Chloe Foy will return with a brand new EP next year and has returned with a brand new single entitled “Never Be the Same Again.” Armed with her strong and passionate vocals and some well-placed strings, the track has that sweeping melancholic feeling that has shined through on all her previous offerings.

With “Never Be the Same Again,” Chloe explains:

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Andy Shauf – “Try Again”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019 Indie Listen Stream

Andy Shauf will return with his new album The Neon Skyline on January 31 via ANTI- Records. Following the lovely first single “Try Again,” the narrator, his friends, and his ex find themselves at a new bar. On the second single “Try Again,” follows the awkwardly funny and sweets reunion of these former lovers.

The track shines through with Shauf’s signature raconteur-style storytelling painting a vivid picture that feels all too real and true. It’s one of his more upbeat songs too, which captures the happy-sad spirit of the track.

Based on the first two offerings from the album, 2020 is going to get off to a fantastic start with The Neon Skyline.

For now, enjoy a listen to “Try Again” below.

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