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The Last Shadow Puppets – Terminal 5 – August 2, 2016

August 3rd, 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets - Terminal 5 - August 2, 2016

Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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The Last Shadow Puppets Return to NYC to Play Terminal 5 Tomorrow

August 1st, 2016

Back in 2008, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and the Rascals frontman Miles Kane teamed up with Simian Mobile Disco drummer James Ford—with Owen Pallett handling strings and horns arrangement—to record the lushly symphonic The Age of Understatement (stream it below) as the Last Shadow Puppets. Despite it being a side project, AllMusic said, “Their songs are short and don’t overstay their welcome, and the whole affair is just arty and indulgent enough to make it special. It’s not an overstatement to say that The Age of the Understatement is a likable, accomplished working holiday.” This year, with the addition of Mini MansionsZach Dawes on bass, the Last Shadow Puppets (above, performing “Miracle Aligner” on The Late Late Show with James Corden) returned with their long-awaited sophomore effort, Everything You’ve Come to Expect (stream it below). And according to the Independent, they “are not relying on nostalgia. Instead, they’ve made a relaxedly unhurried album that feels experimental. While not the instant grab fans may be expecting, this assured follow-up—like all good things in life—improves over time.” The Last Shadow Puppets’ North American tour brings them to New York City to play Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Perth, Australia, singer-songwriter Cameron Avery opens.

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Two Nights of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in NYC This Week

November 11th, 2014

Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott were each playing in different Detroit bands when they first met. But soon after, they began recording together in Zott’s suburban basement. It’s a Corporate World (stream it below), their first LP, which deftly combines Beach Boys-esque harmonies (they do a mean rendition of “God Only Knows”) and electronics, came out in 2011, but even prior to that, the two, performing as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., became known for their high-octane live performances. In the spring of 2013, the Motown duo—above, performing “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)” on Conan—put out their third EP, the catchy, dance-heavy Patterns (stream it below), before releasing their second full-length, The Speed of Things (stream it below), last fall. Filled with dense electronic pop, rich melodies and pulsing beats, the album received a fair amount of praise. Paste effusively declared, “Epstein and Zott have concocted an album that will ultimately elude the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’ tag. They have stuck to a formula that worked on their debut but have taken it a step further. And while the album bolsters the band’s brand of sound rather than showcasing any significant amount growth in writing and arrangement, The Speed of Things is an exercise in consistency and accessibility. It’s refreshing.” They arrive in New York City for a pair of shows this week, on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg and on Saturday at The Bowery Ballroom. L.A. trio Mini Mansions and Nashville singer-songwriter Madi Diaz open both nights.