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Palehound: August 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 18, 2016
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was a sunny afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year, but inside the cool confines of Trans-Pecos last Saturday’s show hosted by PopGun was a winner. Palehound was the headliner and it is true that we had not seen the band since our CMJ show in 2014. In the interim, Ellen Kempner compiled a new band — which is essentially now a power trio of Jesse Weiss on drums and Dave Khoshtinat on bass. With a superb rhythm section behind her and on the tails of last year’s well received album Dry Food, Ellen’s stature has been all upwards since our last meeting. At Pecos to a large crowd relieved to be indoors and cool, Palehound played a well-paced set that featured three new songs but relied primarily on Dry Food material. Sure, we got a couple of “oldies” including the fave “Pet Carrot” but this is a band that is clearly looking forward where the future is rosy as hell.

Palehound will be playing the Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers event next weekend. Details here. The band will return to more active dates in the Fall.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound is quite representative of the room that excellent day. Enjoy!

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Palehound
2016-08-13
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 54:43]
01 [new song – Don’t Come Near Me]
02 Psycho Speak
03 Healthier Folk
04 Molly
05 Easy
06 [banter – bad week]
07 Dry Food
08 Drooler
09 Cinnamon
10 Seekonk
11 Cushioned Caging
12 [banter – Wyoming]
13 Pet Carrot
14 [banter – sleep-away camp]
15 [new song – At Night I’m Alright]
16 [new song – Stuck With the Weight]
17 Dixie

Support Palehound: Facebook | Bandcamp | Exploding In Sound Records | Twitter

nyctaper and acidjack were on the Sunday Ramble Podcast (Listen!)

August 11, 2016
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This was our third trip to the Sunday Ramble with David and Paul and it was just as fun as the two previous broadcasts. The guys played some of our favorite recordings (the Mountain Goats, Ryley Walker, Luna, Wussy, Steve Gunn, Disappears, Decemberists and Wilco) and let us talk about the site and so many other things. Take a listen! And remember to follow Sunday Ramble on Mixcloud for future broadcasts.

So So Glos: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Fest

July 31, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

There may not be another band whose influence and work ethic has done more to establish the music of Brooklyn over the last ten years than So So Glos. The band was the original tenant of the Market Hotel, and later established Shea Stadium — two venues still open today that support and incubate local music. As an active touring band, So So Glos have performed across the globe with a large variety of bands and recorded and released five full length albums.

Kamikaze (Votiv Records) is the latest So So Glos release and it may be their most fully realized album. The album appears three years after the breakthrough of Blowout, but continues in the same vein of offering intelligent and aggressive punk which is both faithful to the genre and to the borough that produced the band. So So Glos headlined the first night of Out In The Streets Fest and were afforded the opportunity to play a full set. A healthy crowd remained throughout the day in the good and bad weather and by the time the Glos took the stage and the band commandeered everyone inside, the tent filled up and their energetic set was a great send-off to a terrific day. The band performed much of the last two albums in a set that began with a burst of energy and never let up.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Guerilla Toss set from the same day of the Festival and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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So So Glos
2016-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
Onderdonk House
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Cliff Ribeiro] + Neumann TLM-102s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:00:23]
01 Dancing Industry
02 Diss Town
03 ADD Life
04 Going Out Swingin
05 Devil’s Doing Handstands
06 Magazine
07 Black and Blue
08 Lost Weekend
09 Cadaver
10 Fool on the Street
11 [banter – thanks]
12 We Got The Days
13 [encore break]
14 Mold Baby
15 Wrecking Ball
16 Replay [Lost Boy]
17 Son of an American

Support So So Glos: Website | Facebook | Buy Kamikaze | Votiv Records Page

Guerilla Toss: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Festival

July 23, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

Guerilla Toss has been my white whale for the last year or so. There have been multiple missed connections when for one reason or another I was not able to record a local set, the most frustrating of which was when a massive snow storm resulted in the cancellation of their January show at Market Hotel. But I persisted and when the excellent Out In The Streets Fest announced that Guerilla Toss would be slated to play on a Saturday afternoon with an otherwise packed bill, we were there.

The music of Guerilla Toss is an amalgamation of styles, the most resonant for me being the influence of Remain In Light-era Talking Heads. But what strikes most about the band live is that the musicians are phenomenally skilled at their craft — something quite apparent even before I learned that the band formed at the New England Conservatory of Music. While kinetic vocalist Kassie Carlson is the center of the focus on stage, the rhythm section of tribal drummer Peter Negroponte and Greg Albert’s meaty bass guitar are crucial to the sound and drive the live presentation. The music’s color is provided by the impressive varied keyboard work of Sam Lisabeth and the atmospheric guitar of Arian Shafiee. At Out In The Streets Fest on the border of Queens and Brooklyn on the grounds of the historic Onderdonk House, Guerilla Toss performed a nice cross section of their already extensive discography, two apparent new songs (“Can I Get the Real Stuff” and “Betty”), and a fairly obscure Tom Waits cover in a too-short thirty minute set that was both long on energy and compelling for all of the right reasons. I suspect that Guerilla Toss will be regulars on NYCTaper moving forward and we’re excited to track their progress — fate willing.

Guerilla Toss next play in NYC at the Summer’s End Festival at Aviv on September 3.

[edit] Just caught this: Guerilla Toss now have been added to the Oneida show at Secret Project Robot on July 30.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm mics mixed with an excellent board feed provided by FOH Cliff. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Guerilla Toss
2016-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
Onderdonk House
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Cliff Ribeiro] + Neumann TLM-102s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 31:39]
01 Polly’s Crystal
02 Can I Get the Real Stuff
03 Club Kids
04 367 Equalizer
05 Earth Died Screaming [Tom Waits]
06 Diamond Girls
07 TV Spell
08 Betty Dreams of Green Men

Support Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

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Downtown Boys: June 24, 2016 Market Hotel

July 18, 2016
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[photo by Chona Kasinger – originally posted at Bandcamp Daily]

Its been a very discouraging year for forward-looking people. Tonight begins the tacky celebration of the nomination of a vulgar racist xenophobe of a major political party for President of the United States. Its as if for the next three days, forty percent of the country will be giving a massive middle finger to people of color, and anyone with a conscience and a sense of justice feels helpless.

The question then becomes what can we do. If you’re a group of young multicultural people from Providence Rhode Island, you form a punk band with a message — that hatred and xenophobia are things of the past and we, a “bi bilingual political dance sax punk party” are here, and we are the future. Downtown Boys are certainly a breath of fresh air in this toxic world. The band’s themes of inclusion and acceptance within the realm of punk (with a sax!) isn’t particularly a new idea, but add in bi-lingual lyrics and LGBT elements, and the idea of the perfectly integrated musical act becomes closer to realization. That the band executes their message with energy and commitment makes their music all the more compelling.

The Downtown Boys show at Market Hotel was one of those nights that won’t soon be forgotten. The band’s increased popularity brought out a truly diverse crowd, and given the Market’s goal of providing a community of musical performances of diverse styles and backgrounds, the band represented an inspiring coupling of ideals. In 2015 Downtown Boys signed with the most excellent Don Giovanni Records and released Full Communism to universally positive reviews. Its an encouraging development for the band that their call for human rights is reaching a larger and more accepting audience. At the Market, the set saw the performance of most of Full Communism, a few older tracks, and what I believe are six new songs that hopefully portends a 2016/2017 new album from Downtown Boys.

Downtown Boys return to NYC for a show at Studio at Webster Hall on September 16.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound is live and raucous and in the moment and totally excellent. Enjoy!

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Downtown Boys
2016-06-24
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:08]
01 Future Police
02 Haz Algo
03 Wave of History
04 Tonta
05 One Hundred Percent Inheritance Tax
06 Santa
07 Maldito
08 [Poder intro]
09 Poder Elegir [Los Prisioneros]
10 Callate
11 It Can’t Wait
12 Slumlord Sal
13 [banter – power]
14 Clara
15 Lola
16 Dancing In The Dark [Springsteen]
17 Cost of Living
18 [banter – thanks]
19 Break A Few Eggs
20 Monstro

Support Downtown Boys: Bandcamp | Facebook | Don Giovanni Records Page

Ryley Walker: May 13, 2016 “A Day at the Market” (Market Hotel)

July 15, 2016
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

“A Day at the Market” is really a simple concept for an intimate performance in a quintessential setting. Some of our favorite performers will play the Market Hotel during the daylight with unamplified acoustic guitars in front of a select audience. The first installment of what we anticipate will be a long-running series featured the inimitable Ryley Walker.

This show took place on a Friday afternoon, and as you can tell from the rumbling train and siren audible early in this recording, the Market Hotel’s unique location was very much a part of the proceedings. And that’s how it was intended. One of the charms of this unique venue is the placement of the huge window behind the stage that makes the audience feel as if the performer is playing virtually on the J/M Myrtle-Broadway subway platform. And the intimate nature of the event made it easy to understand why we selected Ryley Walker for the debut of A Day at the Market — his immense talents and likeability are quite intense when it feels like its just you and him in the room.

Ryley played all new songs at this event, offering us a preview of his new album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which will be released on August 19 on Dead Oceans Records. Of the nine songs on the album, six were performed (along with one unreleased track). Ryley was accompanied only by stand-up bass player Anton Hatwich, so that these are pared-down versions of the new album and this recording is a fine accompaniment to the official release.

More great news to report — Ryley Walker will return (with full band) to the Market Hotel for a proper night time show on November 3 and tickets are now available [HERE].

I recorded this set with four strategically placed microphones. I utilized the installed audio technica cards mounted in the center of the room combined with two schoeps cards on a stand in the front of the stage. While obviously the wholly acoustic setting allowed for the ambient sounds to be heard, overall this recording is exactly how it should be — full spectrum clear sound of a special event in a special setting. Enjoy!

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At some point, when we can figure out how to properly edit it, we will have a complete upfront video from this show.

Sorry no downloads of this one.

Stream the Complete Show:

Ryley Walker
2016-05-13
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Audience Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + Audio Technica 4051 > Roland R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:11]
01 The Halfwit In Me
02 Shaking Like The Others
03 The Great And Undecided
04 Grand Old Trout – Age Old Tale
05 The Roundabout
06 Sullen Mind
07 Funny Thing She Said

SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Facebook | PreOrder Golden Sings

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Dead and Company: July 3, 2016 Boulder CO

July 6, 2016
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[photo by hiandlo]

It was exactly a year ago when all of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead played their last shows together in Chicago. “Fare Thee Well” was a goodbye of sorts, but it certainly wasn’t the end of their careers or the end of the music. Later that year, the formation of “Dead and Company” brought together Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart with pop star John Mayer. The combination appeared odd at first, but Mayer seems to have dedicated himself to not only learning the material but adapting to the ebb and flow of a traditional Dead show. The band’s second full tour came through Colorado on Saturday and NYCTaper veteran hiandlo was out in the region on vacation and caught the show.

Our readers who have followed our coverage of various “post-Dead” bands know that we have two pet peeves among the various good and bad aspects of these bands — we can’t stand the mindless aping of Jerry Garcia’s style by various guitarists employed to fill his shoes, and cringe at the simply unlistenable vocals of Phil Lesh. Fortunately, Dead and Company have neither of those two issues. John Mayer’s guitar playing borrows heavily from classic rock and blues oeuvres, but it has always been his own. Mayer isn’t copying Garcia when he plays Dead songs, he’s placing his own stamp on the music and that makes all the difference.  And vocally, although Bob Weir has aged quite a bit, the combination of his still-formidable vocals with Mayer and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti provides Dead and Company with solid singing that never reaches the cringworthiness of Lesh.

At this Boulder show, the band got off to a slow start, literally. Weir’s pacing is still painfully behind, so that “Stranger” was at times like playing a 45 record at 33. But fortunately the band kept it up after that and the tempo was never really an issue after the opener. The first set highlights included a sweet “Bird Song” with shared vocals, and Mayer’s take on “Speedway”, which allowed his blues roots to shine. The second set’s highlight was a really quite moving version of “He’s Gone” with “Smokestack” sandwiched in the middle. And although the band did offer a fairly truncated “Dark Star” out of “Space”, there were some out-there moments that made the trip worthwhile — reminding us that while this current incarnation isn’t ever going to be the Grateful Dead, Dead and Company is serving the music well and keeping the spirit alive.

Dead and Company continue to tour throughout this month, dates here.

hiandlo recorded this set from a prime front of board location with the “open card” Schoeps caps and the sound quality is simply superb. Enjoy!

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Dead And Company
2016-07-03
Folsom Field
Boulder CO

Digital Audience Master
Recorded FOB Dead Center

Schoeps MK22 (STC-22) > KC5 > CMC6 > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by hiandlo
Produced by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 1:08:20]
01 Feel Like A Stranger
02 Next Time You See Me
03 Samson and Delilah
04 West LA Fadeaway
05 Bird Song
06 New Speedway Boogie

Set 2
[Total Time 1:43:53]
07 China Cat Sunflower
08 I Know You Rider
09 He’s Gone
10 Smokestack Lightning
11 He’s Gone Reprise
12 Let It Grow
13 Drums – Space
14 Dark Star
15 Morning Dew
16 [encore break]
17 Brokedown Palace
18 US Blues

Support Dead and Company: Website | Merch | Grateful Dead Music

Govt Mule: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

July 5, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

Now in its 12th year, Mountain Jam has established itself as a destination event for a wide variety of artists from a large array of styles. And yet over those dozen years, festival co-founder Warren Haynes has performed with Govt Mule for every single year — generally in the featured spot on Friday or Saturday night. This year, the Mule played the headline set on Friday after an abbreviated set by Wilco (here).

Since its his weekend, Haynes’ Govt Mule was unlimited in their time to play and performed a nearly three hour set that went late into the night. On display were the standard special aspects of the Mule Mountain Jam sets, including special guests, extended jam segments, and a plethora of covers. For this particular show, the highlight was most certainly when the Mule was joined by Marcus King and the horn section from his band for a blistering version of the Tower of Power classic “What Is Hip” that spanned a full seventeen minutes of superb multi-genre jamming.

Warren Haynes is currently on tour playing solo shows in Europe before returning to the US for several nights with the Garcia Symphonic Celebration before Govt Mule returns to touring in the Fall. All dates here.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Wilco set and the quality is equally outstanding. Enjoy!

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Govt Mule
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:42:12]
01 Sweet Leaf [Black Sabbath]
02 Yer Blues [Beatles]
03 Thorazine Shuffle
04 Funny Little Tragedy
05 Rebel Rebel [Bowie]
06 Larger Than Life
07 Kind of Bird
08 Captured
09 Stage Fright [The Band]
10 Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
11 Dear Mr Fantasy [Traffic]
12 Hunger Strike Reprise
13 Painted Silver Light
14 Frozen Fear
15 Dyer Maker [Zeppelin]
16 Mule
17 What Is Hip [Tower of Power]
18 Hope She’ll Be Happier [Bill Withers]
19 Game Face
20 Mountain Jam
21 Game Face Reprise
22 I’m a Ram [Al Green]
23 [encore break]
24 Soulshine

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Govt Mule, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Mule Store [HERE].

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Jason Isbell: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

June 12, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

You would have been safe to assume that his 2007 departure from Drive By Truckers would have been fatal to Jason Isbell’s career, but in the near-decade since the split Isbell’s solo work has eclipsed that of the Truckers. Indeed earlier this year Jason Isbell secured his first two Grammy Awards for his brilliant 2015 album Something More Than Free and its stand out track “24 Frames”. Isbell has also split stylistically from his Truckers material, as his solo records have steered towards traditional country and roots — a more natural fit for the artist.

At Mountain Jam this year, despite his high profile Isbell was given an early evening slot during the daylight. Although he would later appear as a superb guest during the Wilco set, Isbell’s daytime set was anything but uninspired. In fact, this was one of the best sets I’ve seen in many years at Mountain Jam. The band was tight, the music top notch and the performer wasn’t holding anything back. Isbell worked through a very representative set, including all of his hits, a few rare numbers, and he even stepped back in time to do a couple of this Truckers numbers.

Jason Isbell will be touring literally all summer in US and European Festivals, outdoor gigs and some club dates. He plays Bonarroo today. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Wilco set and the sound quality is comparable. Enjoy!

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Jason Isbell
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:15:42]
01 Stockholm
02 Go It Alone
03 Something More Than Free
04 Twenty Four Frames
05 The Life You Chose
06 Traveling Alone
07 Decoration Day
08 Alabama Pines
09 Codeine
10 Cover Me Up
11 If It Takes a Lifetime
12 Flying Over Water
13 Never Gonna Change
14 [band introductions]
15 Children of Children

Support Jason Isbell: Website | Facebook | Purchase Something More Than Free and other Merch

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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Summer/Fall 2016

June 10, 2016
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Its been a couple of months since we last posted a schedule, so here is the latest.

Caveat: Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime. Feel free to make suggestions or point out shows we missed or invite us to your shows!

Schedule:

Dungen / Purling Hiss:
June 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mutual Benefit:
June 22, 2016 Mercury Lounge NYC

Kevin Morby:
June 22, 2016 Rough Trade BK

So So Glos:
June 25, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters:
June 25, 2016 Rough Trade BK

PUP:
June 25, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Bill Callahan:
June 26, 2016 Baby’s All Right BK (permission pending)

Barbara Manning:
July 3, 2016 Union Hall BK

Oneida / Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band:
July 9, 2016 Knitting Factory BK

Wussy:
July 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Coathangers:
July 12, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Psalm Zero:
July 16, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

Drive Like Jehu:
August 11, 2016 Bell House BK (permission pending)

Matt Valentine:
August 14, 2016 Union Pool BK

Built To Spill:
September 16, 2016 Irving Plaza NYC

Luna:
October 2 and 3, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Sloan:
October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Bongos:
October 21, 2016 Mexicali Live, Teaneck NJ (permission pending)

Cass McCombs:
October 28, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

Ryley Walker:
November 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Thee Oh Sees:
November 11, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

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