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The seven best things we saw at ACL this weekend, including Muna, Dreamcar, The XX and First Aid Kit

Austin City Limit’s second weekend came to a triumphant close earlier this week, as the Killers closed out their second Sunday night in a row. The stunning lineup featured acts big (Jay Z) and small (Grace Vanderwaal) and brought fans of all ages to Austin’s Zilker Park. These are our favorite moments from the weekend. Continue Reading

The Killers give a masterclass in maturing as a band during intimate show at Brooklyn Steel

Before their set at Brooklyn Steel, which was broadcast on SiriusXM’s AltNation, a radio station representative came on stage to hype up the crowd. “Have you ever seen the Killers in a venue this small?!” The truth was, some of us had, but we hadn’t seen the Killers this polished, this self-aware, and this eager to be at a venue this small. Continue Reading

Interview: Tei Shi talks Bogotá, Britney Spears, and Berklee ahead of her upcoming North American tour

Tei Shi, the moniker of Valerie Teicher, grew up in Buenos Aires, Bogota and Vancouver, and now lives in Chinatown in New York City. Her music takes influence from this diverse range of environments, using her vocals and sparse musical backdrops to create lush, delicate pop music. Recently, The New York Times included Tei Shi in a “30 Under 30” special and Billboard called her album “Crawl Space” one of the Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far. Continue Reading

What can we learn from LCD Soundsystem’s bright, self-aware Brooklyn Steel residency? [Review and Photos]

LCD Soundsystem – a band that famously disbanded in 2011 – of course did not actually disband, and instead are playing two-dozen shows at Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn this year. The residency itself is an usual take on touring, and the shows then introduce a series of other unusual tactics.  Tuesday night’s show was also one of the most pleasant concert experiences I’ve had in a while. What’s that about?  Continue Reading

Review: Portugal. The Man return with Woodstock, an enormous, bouncy, revolution-inspired success

As the wise Albert Einstein once said, “the Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!” In light of the times being politically charged, environmentally unstable, and quite close to a breaking point… Portugal. The Man has addressed several global issues head on with their new album, Woodstock. A revolution has sparked a ten-track record, that in turn, will hopefully start a conversation. Continue Reading

Sylvan Esso’s first of two sold-out Brooklyn Steel shows is a masterfully paced explosion of lights and synths

Slyvan Esso sold out Brooklyn Steel in 45 minutes, so they added a second show and they probably could have added a third. The packed venue felt even fuller than usual as young fans swayed, bounced and grooved to the Durham, North Carolina duo’s synthy rhythms. Continue Reading

Interview: Making Movies’ Enrique and Diego Chi on the Midwest, salsa music, and becoming political

Making Movies, the Kansas City-based quartet behind the recent LP I Am Another You, have unexpectedly fallen into some of their sounds. Their Latin American roots are mixed with midwestern upbringings which resulted in blending together rock and roll with traditional Afro-Latino sounds. They’ve also fallen into a new role as a political band, one that they didn’t expect when they began working on their new record, which is produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The album also has guest appearances from Hurray for the Riff Raff and members of Tennis and Ozomatli. Continue Reading

Catfish and The Bottlemen continue their U.S. rise with a packed show at the new Brooklyn Steel

“New York surprise me…”

September 2015 I saw Catfish and The Bottlemen at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. This venue capping at approximately 1,000 people. Almost two years later and on the other side of the country, I see Catfish live at Brooklyn Steel, a venue almost double in size (capping at approximately 1,800). Continue Reading

At Webster Hall, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson show they are artists in transition, just drastically different ones

Starley, Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit represent the three different appraoches to pop-music. The first, who opened a stellar night of music at Webster Hall in New York City, has a hit in “Call On Me” and is rolling with it. She’s 29, and graceful with the aura of a seasoned veteran. Zara Larsson had her first break on Swedish talent show Talang and now, at just 19, has more platinum singles and 100,000,000 hit videos than most pop-stars ever will. And then there’s Clean Bandit, who’s classical-pop crossover sound has tilted more towards the latter in the past few years. Continue Reading

Sundara Karma play an elegant, energetic and sometimes emotional show at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade

“Been dreaming of those bright lights, in the city…”

Sundara Karma’s music speaks to the dreamers, achievers, and passionate believers. Their show Wednesday night at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, packed an impressive crowd of excited and vibrant fans. Continue Reading

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