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Savoir Adore bring bright, cheerful pop and mesmerizing imagery to Baby’s All Right (with Eighty Ninety)

With a three-screen multi-media display featuring all sorts of mesmerizing imagery, Savoire Adore brought their bright pop/rock to Baby’s All Right last night. The energetic show featured a slightly harder more guitar-oriented sound than their recorded material. Continue Reading

Young The Giant continue their national tour in support of “Mirror Masters” with a show at Brooklyn Steel

Young the Giant (YTG) set out on their 2018 North American tour in late October. With the recent release of their new album Mirror Masters, there has been a great deal of buzz and anticipation in regards to the tour, merch, and everything in between. Continue Reading

The Neighbourhood make up for slow openers in Brooklyn with an exciting show of confidence and smooth vocals

Photos by Pamela Wang, words by Ava Scott

People must have waited hours to get in the venue first, hoping to get those center barricade spots to see The Neighbourhood. Though I was an hour early to the venue, I was one of the last people to enter when doors opened at 7:00pm. I wonder if those people who had waited all day for their perfect places were disappointed that they had to wait there through not one but two opening acts before The Neighbourhood came on. Continue Reading

Cherub bring infectious sounds and top-notch lighting to The Westcott in Syracuse

If you thought that there was nothing better than taking it easy on a Sunday night, you were terribly mistaken. On September 23rd at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY, electro-indie duo Cherub were doing the opposite of taking it easy, and made it feel like the party of the year for everyone who said “screw you” to homework and catching up on sleep. Continue Reading

Slow Hollows, Crosslegged and Stevie Wolf bring soulful, rich sounds to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right

Drained after a long week, I sat on the bus thinking about the next four hours and what was to come. The facts: Slow Hollows was playing at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY. Doors, 8 pm. On the bus, the silence was peaceful yet deafening. Just me, a woman in her mid-thirties or early forties, and the bus driver. 7 pm on a Friday night. En route, a wave of nerves hit me. I had not been to a show in over two months. The silence persisted and continued to linger up until I arrived at the venue. I was home. Continue Reading

At Madison Square Garden, Childish Gambino’s “last tour” felt more like a new beginning

We talk about Donald Glover as an actor, a comedian, a director and a rapper, but I’d argue there’s more than that. Continue Reading

Dodie and Tessa Violet perform quirky, bright sets to a packed house at Brooklyn Steel

Saturday night almost 2,000 fans of Dodie and Tessa Violet lined up outside of Brooklyn Steel in anticipation the sold out show. This was the second stop of the 14 date North American tour. Before the show started, I found myself amazed at the amount of dresses and faces covered in glitter and silver star stickers. Continue Reading

The National’s epic 2-day Forest Hills fest with Jason Isbell, Cat Power, Future Islands and more is quickly approaching

In April, The National announced they’d be returning to Queens this summer to play two shows at Forest Hills Stadium. In a statement, guitarist Aaron Dressner said their Forest Hills show in 2017 was “one of our favorite shows in the history of the band,” and this year’s run is set to be bigger and better, with a stacked lineup both nights.

With doors set to open at 2:00 pm both days, the shows are meant to be more of a festival than a concert, with a lineup including Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Future Islands, Cat Power, Cigarettes After Sex, Phoebe Bridgers, U.S. Girls, Bully, and Adia Victoria. The National has also partnered with PLUS1 to donate one dollar of every ticket sold to the Brownsville Community Culinary Center.

The National’s shows are epic and emotional. Matt Berninger, typically with wine in hand, holds nothing back as he belts out his emotional lyrics. Typically, he ventures into the crowd for a song or two also. The band is also known to bring guests on-stage for songs (they played “I Need My Girl” with Maggie Rogers when we saw them last at Boston Calling for example) and with a curated lineup of friends and bands they like, expected lots of collaborative singalongs.

There’s no word yet on the sets the band will play both nights and what else is planned for the exciting weekend. They’ve been playing lots of music from Boxer recently to celebrate the ten year anniversary (notably in Brussels to record a live version of the record in April) so expect some songs from that, plus newer music as well.

Tickets and more information about the two-day There’s No Leaving New York festival can be found at www.americanmary.com.

Get to know Hatchie, the dreamy Australian singer and bassist who will be at OctFest, Warsaw and Baby’s All Right this month

.Brisbane’s Hatchie (a.k.a. Harriette Pilbeam) will be an artist to watch at South By Southwest next March, and she’ll probably make appearances on the lineups of Lollapalooza, Coachella and a few other big festivals next summer. For now, you can catch her this month in New York at OctFest, Warsaw (where she’ll open for Alvvays & Snail Mail) and a headlining show at Baby’s All Right.

Promoted heavily by Pitchfork, who called “Sleep” one of their Best New Tracks and featured her as a Rising artist, Hatchie has also caught the ears of NPR, The Fader and Paste. Noisey says she’s “somewhere between Cocteau Twins and Sky Ferreira is Hatchie,” but there’s also something groovy and poppier about songs like the swooping “Bad Guy” that lean more towards acts we love like MUNA or Maggie Rogers. Lyrically and vocally, she has a lot in common with Katie Gavin of MUNA.

Hatchie recently released the debut EP, Sugar & Spice, which is full of honest love songs that cross between chill and dreamy and melodic and full of riffs. Hatchie clearly has a knack for production and her songs have catchy hooks, ready for radio or ready to be the soundtrack to a cool summer evening outside.

Tour dates are below (a lot of the shows are already sold out) and you can hear more of Hatchie’s music at hatchie.net.

Pitchfork and October come together for OctFest on Governors Island in September (with Vince Staples, The Flaming Lips and more)

The second annual OctFest is quickly approaching, curated by Pitchfork and October, a leading beer culture website. Like last year, the music lineup is eclectic, with Vince Staples headlining Saturday (with Jeff Tweedy, Saba and Vagabon also on the bill) and The Flaming Lips closing out Sunday (after Girlpool, Hop Along, Yo La Tengo and more). Tickets to the event on Governors Island in New York City also beer samples from the likes of Austin Eastciders, Bronx Brewery, LIC Beer Project, Ommegang Brewery and more.

Governors Island has seen a mix of two-day music festivals over the past few years, but OctFest stands out because of the minds behind it and the mix of top notch music and beer. The artists a big for such an intimate venue and the curated food program and 90+ breweries from more than 15 countries around the world are certainly not an after thought. Prices are slightly expensive, at $75 for a single day and $140 for a weekend pass (which includes 15 beer samples per day), but the festival is currently offering a 30% discount on all tickets using code P4K30 until September 7.

The Flaming Lips in New Orleans (Photo by Brian Benton)

We didn’t attend OctFest 2017, which took place for one-day instead of two and was at the less-than-ideal Brooklyn Hangar in Sunset Park, which is hard to get to and can get uncomfortably hot and crowded. Guided by Voices, Kilo Kish, Okkervil River led the music lineup last year, and bringing in bigger, more diverse names was clearly a focus for 2018. We especially love Sunday’s bill, which feels like a miniature version of Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival. Julie Byrne and Shopping will shred early in the day, and then things will get groovy and trippy as Nile Rogers & Chic, Yo La Tengo and The Flaming Lips close things out.

Both days have two-stages set up, which hopefully will mean less downtime between acts. At other festivals we’ve been to on Governors Island, the single stage on a fairly small festival ground have meant 30-minute set changes with few options of things to do. OctFest is smart to alternate sets between two stages.

OctFest tickets are on sale now at OctFest.co.

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