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Alt-J @ Governors Ball (June 8, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013

I’ve said it a few times on this space, but it’s been amazing to see how big Alt-J have become in a year. They had one of the most packed crowds during the entire festival, so much so that it took me nearly 15 minutes just to leave the photo pit because it was impossible to move through the packed crowd.

The band have taken it all in stride, both enthusiastically and humbling finding a balance that is great to see. Their live set may not have changed since my first encounter with them, but they have become a tighter and better band with every performance. It’s only the start, this band is going to move on to even bigger things in the future. It’s only a matter of time.
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Alt-J @ Webster Hall (March 22, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 23rd 2013 — with 2 comments

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Hundred Waters are a band I keep missing. I had various chances to see them at CMJ and most recently, SXSW, but we just never made the magic happen. It just so happened that they are touring with Alt-J so it made things possible. Hundred Waters are best described live as delicate beauty. There’s a water-like feeling to them that makes sense since they come from Florida. The mostly electronic band weave in funky jazz elements that give them a sound that is all entirely theirs. The fact that their signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA will never make sense to me, but good for them.

Alt-J are unstoppable right now. Their success and well-earned popularity seems to be growing with every given day that passes. I can’t argue with it. They make music that doesn’t sound like anyone else, and have seemingly been on tour non-stop since they released their album last year. If their terrific show at Bowery Ballroom last September was a pre-game, this was their touchdown. The band have made it big, easily selling out Webster Hall (as well as Terminal 5 on Sunday) and playing their songs to a wide-scope worthy of a place 5x the size.

They kicked off the show the same way An Awesome Wave does, with “Intro”, “(Ripe & Ruin), and “Tesellate.” From there they divluged in the finest fruits from the album as well as “Buffalo” the track they lent to the terrific film Silver Linings Playbook.

Too many great moments to name, but one stood above them all. The awesome actress Tilda Swinton (who was in line in front of me while getting into the venue) could be seen visible rocking out when the band played “Matilda”, not missing the irony at all. It was the type of moment you couldn’t make up. It all makes sense during the given moment.

I’ve been lucky to see Alt-J in two rather intimate settings. It’s a fact that these guys will only blow up more in the next few years, so try and see them now if you can. It’s worth it.

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Alt-J Are Scoring A Movie: Leave To Remain

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2013

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Alt-J have had an incredible run of things over the past year, and it seems like 2013 will be no different.

They have been selected to score the new movie from director Bruce Goodison, titled Leave To Remain. He asked them after he heard an Awesome Wave during his time writing the script.

Alt-J will make their return to NYC this March. They will play Webster Hall on March 22, and Terminal 5 on March 24. Both shows are sold out, and will see support from Hundred Waters. They will also be at Governors Ball this June, as well as Bonnaroo.

[new]: Alt-J – Buffalo

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J have given a new song called “Buffalo” exclusively to the Silver Lings Playbook soundtrack, just as Alabama Shakes did. Alt-J keep things refined a bit, demonstrating a relative ease in their ability to create mesmerizing, floating melodies.

It has their unique touch, but it’s also one of their more accessible songs to date. Take a listen below via Entertainment Weekly:

Check out the creep video for “Fitzpleasure” if you haven’t already. It’s posted after the jump.
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Alt-J // JBM @ Bowery Ballroom (September 12, 2012)

By Will Oliver, September 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

Alt-J’s appearance at Bowery Ballroom last night was a big breakthrough, in many ways. Not only was it a sold out show at the historic venue, but it was their first performance since their terrific debut album An Awesome Wave, received a nomination for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

As if selling out the Bowery was enough to keep the band enthused, you could totally sense that the band were in the highest of spirits fresh of a nomination. They dazzled and wowed me at every point, staying true to the eccentric tunes that don’t deserve an attempt to be categorized, because there really is no way to sum the band’s sound up.

Alt-J seemed about the same age at me, but played and handled themselves with the age of much wiser men. They delivered every note with enthusiasm, and made sure we all left the venue much bigger fans than we already were.

JBM, the project of Jesse Marchant opened the show, and put on a warm set that got the mood set. He crafted wondrous songs that were often a thing of beauty, totally worthy of headlining his own shows soon, which is definitely on the way for the Brooklyn-based musician.

Hit the jump for a gallery of photos from the show. Thanks to Phil Khmelnitski for helping me out with some of the photos.
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alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2012

Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s front-man, gave alt-J’s incredible song “Fitzpleasure” a pretty wild remix. The song is electic and unique as it is, but James found a way to bend its boundaries even more.

[mp3]: alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

alt-J have a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom next week (September 12). Their album is finally getting released stateside on September 18 via Canvasback.

Alt-J Announce US Release Of Debut Album: An Awesome Wave

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2012 — with 1 comment

UK-based band Alt-J have finally announced the US release of their debut album, An Awesome Wave. It will come via Canvasback Music on September 18. The album has been out in the UK since May 28.

Alt-J create forward thinking music that is smart and unique, allowing them to stand out from the rest. Don’t know if you can pin point a genre on them, this boys need their own separate category. Below you can download “Fitzpleasure” a great cut from the album. It’s a real jam.

[mp3]: Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

The band is making a stop to the US in August. Find the dates below (venues to be announced), along with “Matilda”, another song you shouldn’t be without:
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Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments

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Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. ClairDana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

With that said, enjoy some of the favorite shots that appeared on We All Want Someone in 2013. Here’s to more great shots in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2013 — with 2 comments

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Today Lollapalooza announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. Headliners are The Cure, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The National, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, and (bleh) Mumford & Sons.

Then you got Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Lana Del Rey, Beach House, Cat Power, Frightened Rabbit, Alt-J, Foals, Smith Westerns, The Vaccines, Father John Misty, DIIV, Heartless Bastards, Haim, Jessie Warem Wild Nothing, Wavves, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Icona Pop, Jake Bugg, Guards, Palma Violets, The Orwells, and more.

Lolapalooza takes place this August 2-4 in Grant Park. All options are sold out other than single day passes, which are $95 and go on sale April 3.



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