Photos by Brian Berson

In these divided political times we should be glad to have someone like Billy Bragg that can sell out three consecutive nights at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom and share his far-left political songs. For nearly forty years Billy Bragg has written powerful songs to change the political landscape and tackle activism while also sprinkling in the occasional love song.

Without being overly preachy Bragg speaks to the crowd between songs with humor and jokes while sharing his thoughts about the prime minister of England or the president of the United States whose very names elicit sounds of boos and hisses throughout the crowd.

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Photos by Anthony Mulcahy

This year saw Josh Ritter return with his tenth studio album Fever Breaks, which was released on April 26th via Pytheas Recordings. He’s been touring hard in support of the new record, which included a headlining performance at Beacon Theatre on September 22nd. This was our first time seeing Ritter perform since his performance at Brooklyn Steel in 2017.

Our photographer Anthony Mulcahy was there to capture photos from Ritter’s performance, all of which can be found posted below along with the setlist.

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Birmingham-born, Nashville-based indie rock outfit The Brook & The Bluff will release their debut album First Place on October 25th. They’ve recently released a video for their new single “Everything Is Just A Mess,” a tender offering with some souful vocals that pair nicely with the tracks elegantly built instrumentation which taps into a smooth summery offering that is an easy and pleasant listen all the way through.

You can find the music video for “Everything Is Just A Mess” below and stay tuned to check out the album later this month.

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Tummyache – “Commonplace”

By Will Oliver, October 7th 2019 Indie Listen Stream

Tummyache, the indie rock project of Nashville’s Soren Bryce, are preparing to release their debut EP Humpday, on October 29th. We previously shared with you last single “Median,” and today we give you the final preview of the EP with 3rd single “Commonplace.”

The track hits a personal note in a beautiful and truthful wistful manner that has a warm radiant touch that grips you fondly like a warm hug. It gradually expands further as it goes along, finding a new way to stand tall from start to finish.

Enjoy a listen to “Commonplace” below and keep an eye out for the EP’s release later this month.

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Resurrection Fern – “Coffee”

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2019 — with 1 comment Other

Resurrection Fern is a Nashville-based folk singer who has helped build her platform and audience using Twitch. She is preparing for the release of her brand new full-length album. She has recently shared her lovely new single “Coffee,” following the release of the previous album single “Savanna.”

“Coffee” has a familiar 90s-esque folk/pop quality to it that is a part of its warmth and charm. Her lovely vocals and guitar playing aren’t breaking the mold of the genre but they are genuinely performed and captured sharply with appropriate production that captures the quality of the track in a confident fashion that seems lost on a lot of songs of a similar ilk released on mainstream platforms these days.

London’s Sea Girls is a hot-rising rock band who have just announced their first-ever set of U.S. tour dates, which will bring them to New York on December 10th for a performance at Mercury Lounge. The band has also released their brand new single “Violet.”

The track has a larger-than-life expansive power with a vintage charm to it that builds and builds to new heights as it goes along, with an infectious chorus that is propelled forward with some high-energy riffs that never let up for even a second. It doesn’t take long to see why the band has been causing such a stir overseas.

Enjoy the official music video for “Violet” below and find the dates for their U.S. tour later this year posted after the video.
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Photos by Dutch Doscher

K.Flay returned this year with her new album Solutions via Interscope Records and is currently on the road touring in support of it. She brought the tour to Brooklyn Steel on September 24th, where she performed alongside openers Houses.

K.Flay performed two different sets, with the first being a normal set, and the other a stripped down acoustic one. Both sets saw her run through mostly songs from Solutions, as well as some older favorites, along with a cover of Liz Phair’s “Fuck & Run.”

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which can be found in the gallery below along with K.Flay’s setlist.

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Article + Photos by Joe Saturday

Norwegian pop singer Sigrid, who released her debut LP Sucker Punch earlier this year (via Island Records), is no stranger to playing New York; she has previously headlined shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, and Brooklyn Steel. A few weeks back, Sigrid and her band returned to the area for two sold out headlining performances at the East Village venue Webster Hall. We were fortunate enough to be in attendance for the second sold out night on September 20th.

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Photos by Dutch Doscher

On September 16th Marina (formerly Marina and the Diamonds) returned to New York for a performance at Summerstage in Central Park, with an opening set from LPX, Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR.

Marina is touring in support of her two-part album Love + Fear, which was released via Atlantic Records this April. She broke the set up in a similar format with songs that fit into both the Love and Fear section of her set.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.

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Stray Fossa – “Laridae”

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2019 Indie Listen Stream

Stray Fossa released their new EP Laridae on September 27th, and we’ve already shared a handful of lovely cuts from it before it’s release.

We have one last offering to share with you and that is the title track “Laridae.” The track continues the band’s nostalgic pull towards a dreamy feeling of melancholy and longer for those pasts dreams and romances that once were so close but have drifted so far away. It’s a lovingly delivered track, even more, impressive considering that they entirely self-produced and recorded the entire EP in an attic in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Enjoy a stream of “Laridae” below and find the entire EP available to stream in its entirety and purchase at their Bandcamp.

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