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Just a few weeks after playing at The Meadows Festival, Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Brooklyn Steel. They were supported by fellow Canadians The Belle Game who got the show started with a lovely set of their passionate electronic rock.

The Belle Game joined Broken Social Scene for a few tracks where extra female vocals were needed, such as the set highlight that always is “Anthems for A Seventeen Year-Old Girl.” Broken Social Scene’s main focus was the new efforts from their new album Hug of Thunder (released via Arts & Crafts) but they also gave us a healthy dose of older favorites such as “7/4 (Shoreline),” “Almost Crimes,” and “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day).”

Find their full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of both The Belle Game and Broken Social Scene.

The Belle Game:

Broken Social Scene:

Broken Social Scene Setlist:

1. KC Accidental
2. 7/4 (Shoreline)
3. Halfway Home
4. Protest Song
5. Fire Eye’d Boy
6. Texico Bitches
7. Stars and Sons
8. World Sick
9. Stay Happy
10. Hug of Thunder
11. Sweetest Kill
12. Skyline
13. Almost Crimes
14. Major Label Debut (Fast)
15. It’s All Gonna Break


16. Lover’s Spit
17. Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
18. Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)

Broken Social Scene at Music Hall of Williamsburg (July 21, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2016 — with 1 comment


On the night before their performance at Panorama, Canadian greats Broken Social Scene made their live return to New York for a very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first live show in New York in years since their hiatus. The show was opened by Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, who also were performing at Panorama.
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[video] Broken Social Scene Perform on QTV

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2010 — with 2 comments

Watch two of Broken Social Scene’s excellent performance’s for QTV from April 29th. Watch “Texico Bitches” & “World News”below:

Texico Bitches:

World News:

Stream 2 New Broken Social Scene Songs From Forgiveness Rock Record

By Will Oliver, March 23rd 2010 — with 2 comments

Broken Social Scene are in with the times. They realize that the record business is indeed broken and new methods of promotion are needed in order to get people to buy music. That’s why they have offered two tracks off of their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record as streams. You can stream it below with a handy dandy widget, and if you would like you can purchase them right now.

This is one of the smarter moves that I have seen from a band in a while. The two songs given to us are the guitar focused “Forced To Love” and the gorgeous “All To All” which features Lisa Lobsinger (Reverie Sound Revue) on lead vocals. Both songs live up to the high standards that we expect from BSS. All To All even goes beyond them with its beautiful sincerity. I’m dying to hear the rest of the record. Something tells me it’s gonna be a major gem.

Stream the two new songs along with World News below:

[new] Broken Social Scene – World Sick

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2010 — with 2 comments

It’s been 5 years since we have gotten a new album from Broken Social Scene. Damn! It’s been a while! I know that some people are more excited than others, but I think anyone who enjoyed fine song writing should be happy to see BSS back in business!

They gave the world a free download of their new song via mp3 format. The song is called “World Sick” and it is a 7 minute long epic. If a song is over 6 minutes, isn’t it pretty much epic just by default? “World Sick” is a tasty piece of rock and roll that is crafted with plenty of love and care. Would lush be a good word to describe “World Sick”? The song sorta has a Sigur Ros like atmosphere. It builds and builds within itself creating an beautiful jam that is a good “remember us” statement. I am blown away by how good this is.

World Sick will be off their new album, Forgiveness Rock Record, which is going to see the light of day on May 4th on Arts & Crafts. The band has trimmed down to an “official” 6 piece now. That still means plenty of guests on the album though! Leslie Feist, members of Pavement, Metric, Stars, Do Make Say Think, the Sea and Cake, and Tortoise will all have some guest duties on the album!

[mp3] Broken Social Scene – World Sick

Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2017

After a great day one and day two in Queens at the 2nd edition of The Meadows Festival, we returned Sunday for the third and final day of the festival.

This day was the rock heavy day of the festival, right in our wheelhouse. Kicking off the day for us was a set from CRX, the side project of Nick Valensi of The Strokes. We got a little bit of soul up next with a rather triumphant performance from St. Paul and The Broken Bones, which featured an unexpected cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

(Broken Social Scene)

Next was a set from Foster The People, whose rather stiff set was a large departure from the days of their solo debut, which was the last time I had seen them perform live. A much more natural and life affirming performance came after from Broken Social Scene, which featured appearances from collaborators Emily Haines of Metric and Amy Millan of Stars.
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Preview: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2017

The days of summer are slowly winding down. With about a month left, we are still able to send the summer of 2017 off in style in the form of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. They’ve returned with an even bigger and better installment this year which sees them once again at the Citi Field complex, this time expanding to three days, taking place from September 15-17. For information on tickets head here.

Headling this year’s edition is Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels and LL Cool J. There’s really something for everyone and that’s before we get to the deep undercard. M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.
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The Meadows Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, May 8th 2017

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will return for it’s second year at the Citi Field complex, taking place September 15-17.

The festival has now expanded to three days, and will sports a lineup that’s headlined by Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu. Other standouts in the lineup include Broken Social Scene, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.

Now that’s a solid and diverse set of music, and further proof that music festivals can really succeed in NYC.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm (EST). Head here for more info on the full pricing breakdown for ticket sales.

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2017

There’s a lot of shit going on in the world today. We need the arts more than ever not just to make statements, but also to provide us some escape. As I’m sure you’re well aware if you read these pages, my primary escape is catching live music. There’s just something special about catching a show that can’t be matched. Every night is different from the next, and whatever happens that night is unique and individual to the attendees of that particular show (at least if the band is doing it right). There’s quite simply nothing that rivals the energy of a top flight performance.

I saw quite a few shows in 2016. I’m not even sure of the actual count, but I’m sure you’ll believe me when I tell you that it was a lot. From the World’s Biggest Arena to small local DIY spaces, it didn’t matter the size of the venue or band. If there was a good show to be had, I tried my best to make it out there. As in years past I ran through all the shows I took in and made a list of some of the true standouts of the year.

Below, find a list of my favorite concerts of 2016.
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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

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