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Portugal. The Man continue to push boundaries at loud, psychedelic, experimental Brooklyn Steel show

Portugal. The Man, the rock band that you’ve seen just about everywhere over the past few months, are pushing hard to make it be known that they’re not just another rock band. If “Feel It Still” didn’t do enough to cement them as a crossover act when it became on of this summer’s biggest pop hits, their live show is certainly going to persuade you. Continue Reading

Supporting “Landmark” at Brooklyn Steel, Hippo Campus continue their indie-rock rise (with Sure Sure)

Hippo Campus is an indie rock band from St. Paul Minnesota. The group consists of vocalist Jake Luppen, guitarist/vocals Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen. The band made their way to Brooklyn Steel January 10th, supported by California based band Sure Sure.

Sure Sure is an indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. They have been making music since 2014, and just recently released their first full length, self-titled album on January 12th. The band had solid energy, and engaged in insightful conversations with the crowd. “This is our first tour […] and we’ve been driving in a van for over 8000 miles. When you’re on the road for such a long time everything starts to look like a snack […] the fresh snow starts to look like a snack… Michael looks like a snack,” said guitarist Charlie Glick. Band member Michael responded with, “If I look like a snack, then you look like a meal,” followed by a wave of screams from the crowd. Sure Sure’s music was upbeat and fun, and got the crowd ready for Hippo Campus’ set. The last song they played titled Hands Up Head Down had a dance that accompanied it. Prior to the song the band explained how to do the dance, and it was fun to see the crowd participate.

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus played several songs from their more recent album Landmark, and EP warm glow which came out this past September. Three songs in Nathan said, “This is already the best night of tour so far,” which was definitely a noteworthy statement since their New York show was sixth to last of tour. The crowd was pumped and did not shy away from dancing and singing along, especially during songs Little Grace and Traveler. Hippo Campus ended with their song titled Buttercup, which they dedicated to Planned Parenthood, who they partnered with during this tour.

Fans chanted for a solid two minutes for an encore before the band returned to the stage. A much deserving roar from the crowd made the guys smile, as they finished up their set with their song Violet from their 2015 EP South. They played a fantastic encore performance, which was accompanied by some crazy strobes and lots of head banging.

Hippo Campus continues to tour until mid-February. Their last stop will be in their home town St. Paul. For more information on the band check out their website at www.hippocampusband.com.

Set List:
Poems
Interlude
Suicide Saturday
Western Kids
No Pom
Little Grace
Traveler
Warm Glow
Simple Seasons
Joy
Baseball
South
Monsoon
Way It Goes
Buttercup

Encore:
Violet

Sure Sure

Sure Sure

Sure Sure

Sure Sure

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus

Mod Sun and Call Me Karizma perform at Brooklyn Bazaar as part of the nationwide ‘BB Tour’

On February 1, Call Me Karizma and Mod Sun played a show in Brooklyn, New York, at the Brooklyn Bazaar on the nationwide “BB Tour”. The tour started on January 10 in Santa Barbara, California, and will continue through the United States until the final night on March 24 in Dallas, Texas. Continue Reading

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German folk-pop duo Milky Chance hug fans and send chills up spines at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom

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Loose Buttons headline a night of good vibes in Brooklyn with All-caps LADD and B.Miles

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Mainland, The Wrecks and The Technicolors hit New York City’s Mercury Lounge as part of the Robot Army Tour

For the past month, The Wrecks have been touring the United States on their Robot Army Tour, bringing along bands Vesperteen, Mainland, and The Technicolors. I had a chance to see the tour in New York City, with Mainland and The Technicolors, two of my personal favorite bands, as openers. Continue Reading

Silversun Pickups and Minus The Bear give unique takes on nostalgia at Brooklyn Steel

Photos by Pamela Wang, Words by Ava Scott

Everyone could tell he was in pain, but it was as if the cheering of the crowd and the adrenaline of performing were pumping painkillers through his veins, pushing him through the end of the encore. Guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert finally caved and unwrapped his soft cast, tossing it aside he continued to play through the last song and a half of the show on November 17th at Brooklyn Steel. Continue Reading

The Drums bring positivity and mellow vibes to the Brooklyn Steel stage (with Methyl Ethyl)

The Drums is an indie pop band from New York City. They are currently touring to promote their new record, Abysmal Thoughts, which was released this past June. Even though the band has been around for quite some time, their show last Wednesday night at Brooklyn Steel packed a diverse crowd. Their performance was upbeat, lively, and quite emotional, and with openers Methyl Ethel the night turned out to be the perfect blend of slow jams and upbeat head-bangers. Continue Reading

Dream Wife make a strong debut in New York City with an intense and passionate show at Baby’s All Right

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Return of the Mack: Macklemore sells out Terminal 5 for an explosive, upbeat and personal show promoting “Gemini”

Friday November 10th, Macklemore played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York City. The venue was so crowded that even the upper levels of the venue were three to four rows deep. Terminal 5 was overflowed with fans of all ages, from 5-year-olds to grandmothers. It was nice to see such a diverse crowd, considering that it was a rap concert. Continue Reading

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