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June 16, 2015

photos by PSquared Photography

Built to Spill @ 50 Kent - 6/13/15
Built to Spill

Built to Spill were just in NYC for a big 50 Kent show over the weekend, which saw them playing a good amount of old faves and a couple off this year's Untethered Moon. Now they've announced another string of tour dates for late summer/early fall, including three more in NYC.

They'll return here to play Bowery Ballroom on September 23, 24 and 25, and Brooklyn Bowl on September 26. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon, and tickets for B Bowl go on sale Friday at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

We posted a set of pictures from that show (which also included Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully), and we've got another batch of BTS pics in this post. More, with the tour dates, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Zola Jesus @ Warsaw - 6/14/15
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

After the Run the Jewels show at 50 Kent on Sunday, we headed to Warsaw to wrap up the 2015 Northside Festival with Zola Jesus. (Blanck Mass and Container played too, but we had missed them by then.) Pictures of her set continue below...

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June 15, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography

Best Coast / Alvvays / Bully
Best Coast

Fresh off two NYC shows this past weekend and with a free 7 PM set at Rough Trade happening tonight (6/15), Bully have extended their tour through October.

The new dates include another NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 28, the day after their set at Boston Calling. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Bully's debut album, Feels Like, comes out next week (6/23) via Columbia, and it's now streaming in full. It's a catchy record indebted to '90s radio rock, and you can listen via NPR below.

One of Bully's shows this past weekend was the big Northside Fest show at 50 Kent with Best Coast, Built to Spill and Alvvays. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and we've got another set of Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully pics in this post. More Built to Spill pics are on the way soon, too.

Pictures continue, with the list of tour dates and album stream, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Paul Weller

Paul Weller is currently touring his 12th solo album, Saturns Pattern, and his first of two NYC stops happened on Friday (6/12) at Terminal 5. The new LP (streamable below) has been very well recieved and he didn't shy away from playing most of it at T5. For fans of Weller's long solo career, this was a real treat. For folks hoping to hear lots of songs by The Jam and The Style Council, however, there was only one scrap -- "A Town Called Malice" closed out the show.

Weller is in Toronto tonight (6/15) to play Danforth Music Hall and you can watch the show show live, online via Yahoo. It starts at 9 PM EST and an archive will be available for 24 hours after that. He'll be back in NYC on Saturday (6/20) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That show, like Terminal 5 was, will be opened by Hannah Cohen.

More pictures from T5 below...

Continue reading "Paul Weller played Terminal 5 w/ Hannah Cohen (pics, setlist) +++ watch tonight's Toronto show live online"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Holly Miranda @ Knitting Factory 6/13/2015
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda celebrated the release of her self-titled second album on Saturday (6/13) at Knitting Factory, which was also part of Northside Festival. (You got a free download of the album if you bought a ticket.) Pictures from her performance are in this post. Given the occasion, the set leaned heavy on the new LP, and she only played a couple songs from The Magician's Private Library. If you haven't checked out the new album yet, you can stream it via Rdio and watch the video for "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl" below.

Holly's just announced a fall tour that includes two nights at NYC's Mercury Lounge on September 17 & 18. Tickets for those Mercury Lounge shows go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/17) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...

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photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis & Jeremy Nifras

Neko Case / Rhye / Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent
Neko Case
Majical Cloudz

The first of Northside's big concerts at 50 Kent, which were presented by Century 21, happened on Friday (6/12) with songwriter (and New Pornographer) Neko Case, R&B duo Rhye and Montreal's Majical Cloudz. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Majical Cloudz played a few new songs such as the heavily emotional "So Blue," as well as cuts off their debut album Impersonator. Frontman Devon Welsh, who has let his hair grow, admitted being in New York made him feel nervous: "It's not the people, it's just so big." LA's Rhye also brought a heavy emphasis on emotion and rhythm. Singer Milosh's seductive vocals seemed to have a trancelike affect on the audience who were clearly into it.

The audience was clearly into Neko Case as well, who had the audience in stitches with her banter, and rapt with her songs. "I take good care of my why not give myself a yeast infection with these pants?" The stretchy pants in question were neon leopard print and she told the 50 Kent crowd she made them herself. Case and her band played a string of fan favorites such as "Deep Red Bells," and several tracks off her most recent album, 2013's The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You .

Pics from Saturday's Best Coast/Built to Spill/ Alvvays/Bully show at 50 Kent are HERE, and pics from Run the Jewels/Sleigh Bells/Vince Staples show are HERE. More pics from Neko, Rhye and Majical Cloudz, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Run the Jewels & Nas / Sleigh Bells / Vince Staples
Run the Jewels Nas
Sleigh Bells
Vince Staples

The Northside festival shows at 50 Kent wrapped up yesterday (6/14) with Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. The crowd was still filling in when Vince took the stage for his opening set, and it seemed like he had no trouble winning over almost everyone who was there. He advertised his upcoming debut album several times from the stage, and played a bunch of songs off that that haven't been released yet. (There were also guys in the crowd holding up banners with the title and release date -- Summertime '06, due June 30 via Blacksmith, Artium, and Def Jam.) He also did a bunch off last year's great Hell Can Wait, like "Fire," "65 Hunnid," "Blue Suede," and "Hands Up." The chorus of the latter, kind of like Kendrick Lamar's "drank!", is deceptively a celebratory chant while actually delivering a very serious message. But Vince didn't hesitate to embrace its celebratory side, and had the crowd going off for it.

Sleigh Bells were next (not really my thing), and then once the sun finally came down, El-P and Killer Mike took the stage, leading in the crowd in a sing-a-long as their DJ played Queen's "We Are the Champions." There's a part of me that wishes they'd still play some of R.A.P. Music like at the early Run the Jewels shows, but putting that wish aside, this was easily the best RTJ show I've seen yet. El-P seemed clearly in awe that he was headlining such a huge show in his hometown, and the whole thing really did seem to give RTJ even more energy than usual. Despite Killer Mike's arm being in a sling, he and El-P were in nonstop beast mode, running around the stage from start to finish. The crowd was getting lightly rained on the whole time, but that didn't kill the energy that most in attendance were giving right back to El-P and Killer Mike.

Jaime and Mikey brought out a handful of impressive guests too. Gangsta Boo came out for her verse on "Love Again (Akinyele Back)," their old pal Despot joined them for a song, and El-P's former Company Flow groupmate Mr. Len showed up too. But most exciting of all was when another NYC rapper came out, Nas. With basically no introduction, he walked on stage with his hood up, hi-fived El-P, and went into his 2002 single "Made You Look."

A video of that, more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels played 50 Kent in the rain with Nas, Gangsta Boo, Despot, Mr. Len, Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells (pics/video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Best Coast / Built to Spill / Alvvays @ 50 Kent 6/13/2015
Best Coast
Built to Spill
Best Coast

Northside Festival was in full swing on Saturday (6/13) with shows happening all over Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick all day and through the night. The big outdoor stage at 50 Kent had an appealing triple bill featuring Nashville rockers Bully, charming Canadians Alvvays, indie rock greats Built to Spill, and breezy headliners Best Coast making for good vibes all night. Pictures from that show are in this post.

The most anticipated performance for me was Built to Spill, who I hadn't seen since the 2009 Siren Festival. Their Northside set was pretty fan-friendly, dropping Keep it Like a Secret's "You Were Right" and "Carry the Zero," and "Dystopian Dream Girl" from Perfect from Now on pretty much right out of the gate. This year's very good Untethered Moon was represented to with two songs, as well. Setlist is below.

Alvvays, who have been touring constantly since their album came out last year, have become a much more confident band and singer Molly Rankin was cracking jokes with the crowd in-between songs. It was definitely the best I'd seen them. Best Coast, who now have a third guitarist in their ranks, kept the crowd entertained with a set full of sing-a-longs, closing the night with "Boyfriend," the song that "everyone's waiting for," according to vocalist/guitarist Bethany Cosentino.

Our photographer, Amanda, missed Bully at this show but did catch them at their UO Live Stage show earlier that day. They're hanging around NYC for a free 7 PM set at Rough Trade tonight (6/15). All ages, no wristband required.

Pictures of Bully's UO Live Stage set, plus more of the other three bands at 50 Kent, below...

Continue reading "Best Coast, Built to Spill, Alvvays & Bully played Northside at 50 Kent (pics, BTS setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Mitski / Cayetana
Against Me!

After playing Bonnaroo on Friday, Against Me! brought their tour to NYC for a free afternoon show in McCarren Park, part of Brooklyn's Northside Festival. It was a great bill all around, with Brooklyn's Mitski and Philly's Cayetana opening the show. Both Mitski and Cayetana did similar sets to other recent NYC shows (mostly off their respective 2014 albums), and they both sounded excellent as always. Mitski had a new backing band with her this time (and at her Saint Vitus show a night earlier), and they sounded great, including the addition of electronic drum pads during "I Don't Smoke." Mitski has two more upcoming NYC shows on her tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux.

Against Me! wrapped up the show, taking the stage at the early, sunny, and very hot hour of 5:30 PM or so. The crowd really packed in for them, and they sounded fantastic as ever. We got plenty off last year's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, plus a handful of others from throughout their career like "Sink, Florida Sink," "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" and more. They also opened the encore with their cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous." A short video clip of that is here. Against Me!'s full setlist, and more pictures from the McCarren Park show, below.

AM! also just announced a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, which is due September 4 via Total Treble/Ingrooves. Check out the tracklist, a stream of "True Trans Soul Rebel" from the album, and the artwork (which may not be safe for certain work environments), below.

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June 12, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong

The Front Bottoms

Fresh off releasing a new single, The Front Bottoms wrapped up their short tour with LVL UP at Baltimore's Metro Gallery on Tuesday (6/9). Pictures are in this post.

The Front Bottoms' upcoming dates include a Brooklyn show on 6/22 at MHOW, which went on sale today and quickly sold out, as well as a Cooperstown show with Brand New on August 15 at Brewery Ommegang (tickets) and an Asbury Park show on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Bleachers, Charli XCX, VIc Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. That's two days before Bleachers and Charli XCX's Central Park SummerStage show. Tickets for both of those are available.

LVL UP also have a bunch of upcoming tour dates, including a run with Adventures and Palehound, opening for Basement. That tour hits NYC on August 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale. Basement also play NJ with Title Fight two days earlier (tickets), and like The Front Bottoms, have a few dates opening for Brand New (one of which also has Desaparecidos).

All LVL UP, Basement, and Front Bottoms dates are listed, with more pictures from the Baltimore show, below...

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