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Monday, Jan 6, 2014
Phosphorescent, led by Brooklyn transplant Matthew Houck, capped off a strong year with four sold out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Matthew Houck released his album Muchacho through his band Phosphorescent in 2013 to strong praise. And to close out the year, he decided to celebrate with four shows in his borough. All four, one solo and three with a full-band, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg had sold out one after another. Julianna Barwick was recruited later on to be the opener. Poised behind her keyboards on the darkened stage, Barwick’s ethereal soundscapes enveloped people as they entered. Then after a stage change in which multitudes of flowers, electric tealights and incense sticks garnished the stage, Phosphorescent was ready to perform.


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Friday, Dec 20, 2013
Photos from Queens of the Stone Age's second night at Barclays Center.

Queens of the Stone Age‘s ...Like Clockwork brought the band back to the forefront of the rock scene. They performed two nights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the first night with MGMT and the second with the Kills. We have photos below of Queens of the Stone Age from the second night. Also, visit Facebook to see a larger gallery of higher res images!


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Monday, Dec 9, 2013
John Grant, the artist behind Rough Trade's album of the year, was part of the NYC store's second week of shows. Before they had to stop.

John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts has deservedly found its way into several end of the year best of lists, including #5 at Mojo and #9 at Q. But Grant received top marks from the UK music institution, Rough Trade, who honored him with ‘Album of the Year’. To celebrate, Grant is performing in-store at Rough Trade East on the 9th of December but before that he graced the stage of Rough Trade’s new NYC store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


The store had only opened the prior week, before the Thanksgiving holiday, and in its performance space had hosted Television, Charles Bradley and many others—sometimes more than one show a day (after Grant’s set, We Are Scientists were schedule to perform). Grant’s show, including the one the night before just down the road at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, were considered “stripped down” and didn’t include a drummer—just three folks on stage instead of the five or six from when I saw him in July.


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Friday, Nov 22, 2013
Cut Copy consistently give one of the best live performances and are my top live act of 2013.

Having seen Cut Copy earlier this year at the Governors Ball Festival, I decided they were the best act there. Well, they’re two for two now, having just outdone that performance with a gig for the NPR Music and KCRW Metropolis launch event at the intimate (le) Poisson Rouge, an exceedingly small space for the band. Metropolis DJ Jason Bentley opened the show and we have pictures from the first two songs, so you may not get the full feel of blasting lights and the dance-happy music but it’s a start. The band are celebrating the release of their album Free Your Mind which expands their already intense electro-dance-rock oeuvre with such hits as “Footsteps”, the title track and “We are Explorers”. They just performed that last song on Fallon, and there is a clip below for you to watch, a better way to see what they are up to. If you didn’t live stream the seventy minute performance the first go around, check NPR as they will probably share the video soon.


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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
Having crafted Icona Pop's "I Love It", Charli XCX is at the forefront of the girl-pop movement.

Unlike the show I saw at Irving Plaza last week, Charli XCX knew took full advantage of the space with her oversized-pop sound. With just one album, Charli couldn’t afford to hold back the punches as she fronted an all-girl band.


She also knew she had to do her own rendition of the song “I Love It”, that she shared with Icona Pop, making them a star. She encouraged the audience in her announcement, “This is my first hit and I know you all know the words! I wanna hear you fucking sing!”. And the crowd obliged, bouncing with the same high energy Charli herself brought to the stage, jumping and waving her hair. She also performed a cover of the ‘80s pop hit, “I Want Candy”, one of her current favorite songs she said, alongside the lead singer from Kitten (who along with LIZ had opened for her). Check out the photos and video below.


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