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Chairlift – Brooklyn Steel – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Chairlift - Brooklyn Steel - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Ra Ra Riot – Music Hall of Williamsburg – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Ra Ra Riot - Music Hall of Williamsburg - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Annie Kane | anniekane.work

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Don’t Miss Juliana Hatfield on Thursday Night at Mercury Lounge

April 24th, 2017

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Juliana Hatfield has had a long, distinguished career in alternative rock, doing time with the Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Some Girls, Minor Alps and the Juliana Hatfield Three in addition to her much-acclaimed work as a solo performer. And despite thinking her songwriting career was on hiatus, or perhaps even finished, she found herself inspired by last year’s presidential election: “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them.” As a result, Hatfield (above, her video for new single “Short Fingered Man”) has a new album, Pussycat, out on Friday, and she celebrates its arrival with a pair of shows this week at Mercury Lounge—the first on Wednesday night, which is already sold out, and then again on Thursday. Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson opens each performance.

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Acid Dad – Rough Trade NYC – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Acid Dad - Rough Trade NYC - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

April 24th, 2017

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Record Store Day – Rough Trade NYC – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Steve Earle - Rough Trade NYC - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Bowery Ballroom – April 20, 2017

April 21st, 2017

Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Bowery Ballroom - April 20, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Overcoats Sound Right at Home at Sold-Out Rough Trade NYC

April 21st, 2017

Overcoats – Rough Trade NYC – April 20, 2017

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Sisterhood runs deep between best friends Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, a bond so strong it’s birthed a band, Overcoats. The New York City–based duo’s debut, Young, is a reverie of R&B soul folktronica coproduced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, Torres, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and fellow singer-songwriter Autre Ne Veut. NPR’s Bob Boilen recently described the record as “driven by ambition and passion, not craft … the emotion in their harmonies and the space they give each other is filled with compassion.” Last night, the inseparable pair graced a sold-out Rough Trade NYC on the eve of their new EP’s release, donning white jumpsuits and silver platform boots. Microphone stands adorned with flowers and garlands of cameo silhouettes set the stage as their first headlining tour opened with the rhythmic “Smaller Than My Mother.” The crowd swayed to the lullaby of “Hold Me Close” before Elion exclaimed, “We are so fucking excited to be here.”

Covering the entirety of their album with the exception of one track (“Father”), the kindred spirits garnered much love from fans as the mutual admiration between each singer was palpable. They embraced often in between songs and danced side by side without a care in the world. When introducing the debut single “Little Memory,” Elion confessed it was the first one the girls had written together. The duo covered Hozier’s “Cherry Wine” midway through the set. Elion laid her head on Mitchell’s shoulder to preface “Siren,” as she proceeded to sing, “I feel many weights of many worlds on my shoulders.” In a speech that was carved out on the set list, Mitchell offered their gratitude to touring drummer Joao Gonzalez, Andy on sound and their agents. An overwhelming acknowledgement of the upcoming year ahead left the women truly humbled before an encore of the hymnal “Mother” and the rollicking “Leave the Light On” concluded the performance with a fever pitch of participatory claps. —Sharlene Chiu

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PJ Harvey – Brooklyn Steel – April 20, 2017

April 21st, 2017

PJ Harvey - Brooklyn Steel - April 20, 2017

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Moderat – Terminal 5 – April 19, 2017

April 20th, 2017

Moderat - Terminal 5 - April 19, 2017

Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Dance into the Weekend with Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ozomatli

April 20th, 2017

A pair of genre-spanning bands, each known for energetic, fiery live performances—the Chapel Hill, N.C. outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers (above, rehearsing “Plenty More”) and Los Angeles collective Ozomatli (below, performing “Como Vez” live in concert for Paste)—have united together to bring their music to the people. Squirrel Nut Zippers have been mashing together swing music, punk and jazz for nearly 25 years, and they’ve been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second studio full-length, Hot (stream it below). For roughly the same amount of time, Ozomatli have been expertly blending hip-hop, Chicano rock, reggae, world music and Latin sounds, winning over fans in the process, thanks to their exceptional stage presence and recorded fare, like 2014’s Place in the Sun (stream it below), resulting in AllMusic saying the band’s “become masters of their trade, crafting a supremely engaging album that hits the musical sweet spot every time.” Their combined tour launched in March and with it winding down now, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ozomatli come to Brooklyn Steel tomorrow night.

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Sheryl Crow – The Bowery Ballroom – April 19, 2017

April 20th, 2017

Sheryl Crow - The Bowery Ballroom - April 19, 2017

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Miracle Legion Return to Say Goodbye at The Bowery Ballroom

April 20th, 2017

There are many paths to Miracle Legion fandom. Perhaps you found them via ’80s college radio stations that featured the band’s jangly guitar rock on heavy rotation. Or better yet, you lived near their hometown of New Haven, Conn., close to their touring circuit and the college-radio airwaves repping Connecticut’s finest. Or maybe you found out about the group because of their involvement with the fantastic and criminally underrated ’90s Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, in which former Miracle Legion members starred as the semifictional band Polaris and wrote the show’s theme song, “Hey Sandy.” Or maybe it was Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy’s solo work that he’s been putting out at a steady rate ever since. Maybe a random interview with Marc Maron plugging Mulcahy’s solo album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy made you do the research and realized all these projects were connected. There are hints that fans have been along for the journey all along: a successful 2015 Record Store Day release of The Adventures of Pete & Pete soundtrack followed by a Polaris tour. Now the original band that started it all is back on tour, for the first time this millennium, with a recently released live album, Annulment (stream it below). Expect some new fans to find them along the way and begin their own journey backward into an impressively consistent catalog of songwriting that’s stood the test of time. And be there when Miracle Legion (above, performing “Screamin’” live for Paste Studios two weeks ago), playing their final shows as a band, return to Manhattan for the first time in 20 years, tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins opens the show. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

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Sam Outlaw Brings a Taste of California Country to Mercury Lounge

April 19th, 2017

Former ad-sales executive Sam Morgan has been doing business as the California-country singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw (above, performing “Love Her for a While” for WFUV FM) since his debut studio album, Angeleno (stream it below), arrived in 2015, featuring cameos from My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, among others. “As an album, Angeleno holds up time and time again,” said American Songwriter. “For anyone who feels similarly disenchanted about country music, Outlaw’s songs—closely bound to tradition, endlessly romantic—are the perfect remedy.” His second full-length, Tenderheart (stream it below), came out last Friday. Vulture makes comparisons to Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams and James Taylor, adding: “Tenderheart is the sound of Angeleno’s budding artist finding his voice and crafting a work as great as his killer country nom de plume. Two years after shaking his life up to chase a dream of country stardom, Sam Outlaw is sitting on one of the genre’s best albums of the year. It’s never too late to heed your calling.” Check out Sam Outlaw live at the early show Thursday night at Mercury Lounge. Virginia singer-songwriter Dori Freeman opens.

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Ahead of New Album Café Tacvba Come to Terminal 5 Tomorrow Night

April 19th, 2017

Rubén Albarrán (vocals and guitar), Emmanuel del Real (keys, guitar and vocals), Enrique Rangel (bass) and Joselo Rangel (guitar and vocals) have been doing their own unique take on alternative rock en Español since forming Café Tacvba more than 25 years ago in Mexico City. Deftly mixing Mexican folk, punk, electronic music and Latin rock, the quartet has won over fans across the world. Their most recent studio album, the well-received El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco (stream it below), came out in 2012. But with Jei Beibi due to arrive in just a few weeks, Café Tacvba (above, performing “Aprovéchate”) play Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Brooklyn’s Buscabulla open the show.