Sister duo Aly & AJ celebrated the last night of their With Love From tour at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom Saturday evening.
Singer/songwriter Miya Folick opened the show with her fusion of grunge and folk as she started her set with songs “Confetti” and “So Clear.” A Los Angeles-based artist, Miya gained many new fans from the crowd as she switched up her regular setlist to perform “Cockroach,” “Short Stop,” and “Get Out of My House.”
You may know Aly & AJ from their time as Disney stars but the duo is much more than that definition, as they have established themselves as artists of authenticity. Yet they do not shy away from their past, instead embracing it by incorporating songs from their first pop albums into their setlist.
Their style is now grounded in Americana, and are celebrating the release of their latest album With Love From. The sisters say
“it’s an ode to the people who have kept with us for so long, and also to the new fans who have just started listening” It is a “postcard from our hearts to theirs.”
Opening their set with three songs from the album: “Open to Something and That Something Is You,” “With Love From,” and “Love You This Way,” the California natives brought the sunshine to rainy New York City.
Their set continued with tracks spanning their entire discography: from “Stomach,” “Don’t Need Nothing,” “Slow Dancing,” and “Personal Cathedrals” from 2021’s a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun to “Take Me” and “Church” from 2020’s We Don’t Stop.
Long-time fans were treated to tracks from their first album Into The Rush with “On the Ride” and “Rush” as well as its follow-up Insomniatic with “Potential Breakup Song,” “Like Whoa,” and “Division.”
Aly & AJ took a decade-long break between their first two albums and their 2018 come-back as they decided to focus on acting and take a break from music. When they returned with the aptly named Ten Years, the sisters came into their own and embraced their artistic growth as well as the end of the show and the final stop of the tour with “Pretty Places,” “Blue Dress,” and “6 Months of Staring into the Sun.”