Fleet Foxes Bring Back-to-Back Sets to Prospect Park [Photos]

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Photos by Makenna Cummings

Fleet Foxes played a two-night stint at the Prospect Park bandshell last week as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The show was absolutely breathtaking, with frontman Robin Pecknold effortlessly singing the beautiful sounds of “Helplessness Blues,” “White Winter Hymnal,” as well as songs from their latest release, Crack-Up. Fleet Foxes have an incredibly loyal following and for years it seemed like they were going to be a two-album band. Their latest album and performances have been a breath of fresh air — and quite emotional. The band seemed so happy to be playing together, and the audience was ecstatic to get to hear their live sounds again (or for the first time). It’s good to live in a world with Fleet Foxes up and at em again.

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Planetarium Bring Starry Set to Prospect Park [Photos]

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Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister brought their experimental and exciting project Planetarium to the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park last week.

The show began with support from Joan As Police Woman who put on an entertaining show, grabbing the crowd’s attention with her soulful sounds.

Then Stevens, Dessner, Muhly, and McAlister took the stage backed by a small string and horn ensemble. They played the majority of their concept album, including favorites like “Mercury” and “Jupiter.” It was a beautiful night to hear sounds inspired by the Universe. Sufjan Stevens took breaks between songs to elaborate on the album and share quotes by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The show concluded with covers of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “Space Oddity.”

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(SANDY) Alex G Impressed at Music Hall of Williamsburg [Photos]

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(SANDY) Alex G has had quite a year – from collaborating with Frank Ocean to releasing his second major label effort, Rocket, Alex is fast becoming the poster boy of indie sad rock. Most of 2017 has passed, and (SANDY) Alex G’s new record Rocket has remained a strong contender for album of the year.

With undoubtedly the most extensive catalogue of any 24 year old musician, the prolific Alex G gave Brooklyn (and Pitchfork Livestream viewers) a hell of a show. Walking on to stage to Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway,” Alex and his band jumped into a rather serious first song, “Judge.” That was swiftly followed by “Forever” off of Trick and “Bobby” and “Proud,” two folk influenced tracks off of Rocket.

Through the show, Alex did not shy away from banter that betray the seriousness and often somber tone of his discography. Mid-set, his guitar string broke and the band played “You Got a Friend In Me” over and over again. Alex also screamed “SHUT UP!!!! SHUT UP!!!” jokingly at the audience when they hollered out song requests.

Outside of his witty stage banter and nonchalant personality, Alex evoked the Elliot Smith in his music. His tracks drip melancholy feelings with their lyrics (“I painted pictures of my heart/the colors blue and purple start/to bleed into an endless dark” from “Bobby”) and incite intangible longing for something. It’s hard not to relate to Alex – he has zero pretense despite having played an incredible show and created simple yet emotional music that’s moved so many kids and adults alike.

As the set continued, Alex performed “Sportstar,” perhaps one of the best songs of the year. Tinged with autotune, the track seemed to detail a tale of a toxic relationship, while likening the situation to wanting to play on a sports team. This was followed by the Death Grips-esque “Brick,” a track in which Alex aggressively screams atop an aggressive drum track. The kids soaked up every second of this particular performance and moshed their hearts out.

The last third of the set consisted of requests, where Alex and his band played “Icehead,” “Kute,” and “Brite Boy” with his opener, Japanese Breakfast. The moment the show ended, 24-year-old Alex hopped off stage to meet his fans, signing backs and holding his heart in gratitude for the compliments.

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Tennis Aced Their Celebrate Brooklyn Show [Photos]

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Tennis opened up for The Shins at their sold out Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park. The husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have been making waves since 2010 with their lighthearted surf pop sounds. The set was absolutely delightful, and perfect to set the mood for the indie sounds of The Shins. They played songs from their latest album released in March of this year, Yours Conditionally, as well as favorites like “Needle and a Knife” and “Origins.”

The Shins then took the stage to a very excited crowd. They are currently touring in support of their first album in five years, Heartworms, which was released in March of this year. They played songs from the latest album in addition to old favorites like “Chutes Too Narrow,” “Girl Inform Me,” and “Caring Is Creepy.” It was an incredible show and the band is set to hit Brooklyn again on November 3rd for a show at Kings Theatre.

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Marian Hill Enthralled at Sold-out Brooklyn Steel Show [Photos]

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Marian Hill played an incredible sold-out show last Monday night at Brooklyn Steel with support from Opia. Connecticut-based indie electronic duo Opia began the show with sultry lyrics and John Mayer-esque guitar riffs. Their songs entranced the crowd instantly, and they were particularly excited when the band played a cover of the classic Britney Spears hit “Baby One More Time.”

Marian Hill then took the stage with singer Samantha Gongol and production artist Jeremy Lloyd performing behind white sheets, silhouetted. They then moved from behind the sheets to begin their signature heavy dance sounds accompanied by catchy, sensual lyrics. The show was mesmerizing, with the crowd dancing and singing along to favorites like “Lips” and their latest hit, “Down.” Marian Hill has such a fun, jazzy signature sound and it’s quite a delight to see them selling out the new Brooklyn Steel. This duo will continue to deliver, no doubt.

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Marian Hill Enthralled at Sold-out Brooklyn Steel Show [Photos]

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Photos by Makena Cummings

Marian Hill played an incredible sold-out show last Monday night at Brooklyn Steel with support from Opia. Connecticut-based indie electronic duo Opia began the show with sultry lyrics and John Mayer-esque guitar riffs. Their songs entranced the crowd instantly, and they were particularly excited when the band played a cover of the classic Britney Spears hit “Baby One More Time.”

Marian Hill then took the stage with singer Samantha Gongol and production artist Jeremy Lloyd performing behind white sheets, silhouetted. They then moved from behind the sheets to begin their signature heavy dance sounds accompanied by catchy, sensual lyrics. The show was mesmerizing, with the crowd dancing and singing along to favorites like “Lips” and their latest hit, “Down.” Marian Hill has such a fun, jazzy signature sound and it’s quite a delight to see them selling out the new Brooklyn Steel. This duo will continue to deliver, no doubt.

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The xx Mesmerized at Forest Hills Stadium [Photos]

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Oh, how New York has missed The xx. It’s hard to fathom that 4 long years have passed without new music from the trio. On Saturday night, Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith returned to New York, conquering the second of two sold-out nights at Forest Hills Stadium in support of their third album, I See You.

After Sampha warmed the sunset crowd with his soulful hits, the usually shy trio commanded a stage decorated in massive mirror panels and flickering lights. Opening with “Say Something Loving,” the band introduced a new sound and confidence that was both refreshing and uncharacteristic.

They went on with more new cuts like “I Dare You,” their latest single, and “Lips.” Every other song was received with cheers and stomping — clearly the crowd enjoyed the new material. Not only did I See You hone in on the their relatable vulnerability, but it also showed off how Jamie xx’s solo effort In Colour clearly introduced a marked confidence in the third LP. This confidence visibly translated into the band’s live show. Their shyness, though, still came through at times, including when Oliver was made to stall the crowd during some technical difficulties — the awkwardness was simply endearing and humble. When the kinks were resolved, the band continued through “Dangerous” and “On Hold,” their first and most danceable single from the new record.

Though much of their music would be considered soft and ambient, when heard live, each song assumes a life of its own. The dancing and crowd excitement escalated when Jamie xx treated New Yorkers to a cut from his solo project, “Loud Places.” Though the show reached a tangible peak during that song, the energy from the reserved three piece was unrelenting throughout. The xx rounded out the night with “Intro” and “Angels.” It’s been a long 4 years without the Londoners, but this one night showed New York still adores The xx wholeheartedly.

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Real Estate Evoked Greener Pastures at Brooklyn Steel [Photos]

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Two months ago, Kyle MacLachlan (Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks) introduced Real Estate for the Showtime Twin Peaks showcase at SXSW. In some sort of coincidence, both the Ridgewood-raised band and the Lynchian classic returned to entertain their respective audiences on the same day.

On Sunday night, Martin Courtney, Julian Lynch, Alex Bleeker, Matt Kallman, and Jackson Pollis played the second of two sold-out, homecoming shows at Brooklyn Steel. Though Matt Mondanile left the band to focus on Ducktails before the recording of In Mind, the addition of Julian Lynch as the lead guitarist was fully embraced. Lynch, who has played with members of the band since meeting in high school, skillfully performed all the fuzzy licks Real Estate fans have loved since the beginning. Throughout the night, the band played through a fantastic set list with old favorites and new gems.

“Stained Glass” and “Darling” eased the audience into the new material; neither singles off the latest record were stark contrasts to the older fan favorites like “It’s Real” and “Talking Backwards.” Undoubtedly, the Brooklyn crowd absorbed the warmth every song offered.

Live, the band’s songs hit harder and faster, yet slower cadences and escapist elements still exist to evoke greener pastures and suburban dayglow. “Beach Comber” and “All The Same” displayed the aforementioned characteristics particularly well and were extremely well received in the second half of the set. Even in the most turbulent of times, Real Estate’s glistening guitars and relaxed demeanor unfailingly offer comfort and familiarity to their listeners.

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Sylvan Esso Had the Crowd Dancing at Brooklyn Steel Last Week [Photos]

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Sylvan Esso played two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel last week with support from Lucy Dacus (photos of night 2). Lucy Dacus kicked off the show with her raw indie rock sounds. The Virginia-based singer played songs from her debut album, No Burden. Dacus has quickly gained a loyal following in her debut years, with fans singing along to favorites like “I Don’t Wanna be Funny Anymore” and “Direct Address.”

Sylvan Esso then took the stage and performed a perfect mix of songs from their latest album, What Now, and their wildly successful self-titled debut LP. The show was packed with dancing and the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs. They played new hits such as “Die Young” and “Radio,” and closed out the show with “Play It Right.” This band has consistently delivered some of the most incredible indie-pop songs and are a pillar within their genre. Their newest album is sure to be a favorite of 2017.

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