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Ellen Qbertplaya 🍉

nyc • sandwich 🥪 + concert addict 🤘 • photographer 📷 • occasional dj 🎙

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It had been over 11 years since I had seen Shara Nova aka My Brightest Diamond perform (she opened for The National at Bowery Ballroom). I didn’t know what to expect this time. I am happy to report that I really enjoyed her performance opening for Stars on Monday night at Brooklyn Steel, and look forward to seeing her again. 💍💍💍 (📷 for @weallwantsomeone)

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It’s hard to believe that Canadian band Stars has been around for nearly 20 years and counting. They’ve consistently been putting out fresh indie pop that keeps their passionate fans singing along to every word and bouncing on their feet. I’ve always especially loved the interplay between singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, and it’s nice to see some things never change. ⭐️ (📷 for @weallwantsomeone)

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Another Yo La Tengo Hanukkah in the books! Sunday was a sweet conclusion to a nice run of shows for the band this past week. Tonight’s special guests included Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate, opening band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, fiddle player Peter Stampfel, and, of course, Ira’s mom. Thanks to Ira, Georgia and James for continuing this annual tradition. 💜

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Saturday was the penultimate show in Yo La Tengo’s 8-night Hanukkah run and it was a blast! 🚀 In addition to opener Heron Oblivion (featured in the post immediately prior to this), comedian Joe Pera, guitarist Steve Gunn, actor John Cameron Mitchell and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined in on the fun. Check out the full set of pics and recap on Brooklyn Vegan: bit.ly/YLTn7BV. I am so beat right now but I cannot wait to be at tonight’s finale. (📷 for @brooklynvegan)

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Heron Oblivion was the surprise opener on Saturday at The Bowery Ballroom for night 7 of Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah run. This was my second time seeing the band, and I fell in love all over again with their psychedelic sound. Lead singer and drummer Meg Baird has such a beautiful voice. Check out the full set of pics and recap on Brooklyn Vegan: bit.ly/YLTn7BV. (📷 for @brooklynvegan)

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Great start to the weekend with a show by Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre. Their album of western-tinged covers for which they take turns singing lead vocals is a nice ride that really grew on me. 🐴 Plus, they played some cuts of their own projects not on the album. I was particularly delighted to hear Galaxie 500’s “Snowstorm.” (📷 for @weallwantsomeone)

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Started off the holiday season right with a set by everyone’s favorite merrymaking mad man, Sick Walt! 💪

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Here’s the last picture I shot of an amazing evening last Saturday. Franklin James Fisher, lead singer of the band Algiers, jumped onto the floor of Murmrr Ballroom and embraced a fan after an intense performance. Algiers capped off an incredible lineup for a program called Love Speech, to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Union Temple of Brooklyn. The community came together swiftly in reaction to anti-Semitic graffiti left on the walls of the synagogue a few weeks ago to show that love can overcome hate. And indeed it did. What a wonderful effort by all. ❤️ (📷 for @murmrr)

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Frankie Cosmos played a sweet solo set on Saturday night as part of the Love Speech benefit at Murmrr Ballroom. (📷 for @murmrr)

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John Grant at the Love Speech benefit on Saturday night at Murmrr Ballroom. Such a great voice! And that Skinny Puppy t-shirt! (📷 for @murmrr)

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Downtown Boys singer Victoria Ruiz joined headliners Algiers at Saturday night’s Love Speech benefit show at Murmrr Ballroom. What a fantastic surprise! (📷: for @murmrr)

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Caught a nice conversation moderated by artist Rob Roth with Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of Blondie to discuss the guitarist’s latest photography book, Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene. 📷

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Thom Yorke during the second night of his two show run at Kings Theatre. What a dream it was to be up close for this set that covered his two solo albums, as well as Amok with his side project, Atoms For Peace. We were also treated to “Unmade” from his score to the 2018 version of Suspiria. Very different from his Radiohead stuff, but in my estimation, just as excellent.

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This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for St. Vincent. 🦃

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