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CRX at Bowery Ballroom (November 18, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2017

On November 18, CRX, the new side-project fronted by The Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom. This followed their Mercury Lounge performance over the summer.

This show came after the release of their debut album New Skin, which was released in October via Columbia Records, and produced by Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. CRX sounded much more confident and tighter this time around, with many more shows under their belt.
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CRX and Hideout at Mercury Lounge (August 24, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 16th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On August 24, CRX, the new solo project led by The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi (also featuring Guards’ Richie Follin, along with Jon Safley, Ralph Alexander and Darian Zahedi), made their Manhattan live debut, with their “proper” New York debut coming a few days earlier at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn.

The group ran through tracks from their upcoming debut album New Skin, which was released in October via Columbia Records. It was unusual to see Valensi taking the center-stage role, after so many years of seeing him playing guitar with The Strokes. Stylistically, there were elements of The Strokes in his songs, but they also were varied and dove into other genres.
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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.

An Interview With Nikolai Fraiture of Summer Moon

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2017

(Summer Moon at Summerstage in 2015)

You may best know Nikolai Fraiture as bassist of New York rockers The Strokes. As the band is taking some time off before the eventual release of their new album, Fraiture been busy with his new band Summer Moon, who released their debut album With You Tonight today via DTF Records.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to chat with Fraiture over the phone as New York was hit with a rather heavy snowstorm. A major contrast to the wonderful, summer-like weather that we’re currently experiencing today, which fits the record quite nicely.

We talk about the new record, how the band came together, the difference between making music in L.A. and New York, and the time he and Julian Casablancas went to see Jane’s Addiction play in 1997. You can find our whole conversation posted below and can buy the album here.
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Young Buffalo – Nature Boy

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2012

Young Buffalo have offered their song “Nature Boy” as a free download to fans on their website. The Oxford, Mississippi duo of Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett are giving it away as a preview to their new EP, simply titled Young Buffalo.

It’s a sunny jangly offering that fans of bands like Born Ruffians should have no problem enjoying. Heartfelt vocals and hints of Afro-beat tinglings make this track a winner.

[mp3]: Young Buffalo – Nature Boy

The EP is due out this fall via Votiv.

AraabMUZIK @ Pitchfork Music Festival (July 15, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

For just one man with a lot of buttons and ability, AraabMUZIK is able to really get the crowd into things. His set got even wilder when he was joined by a whole crew of people as over-hyped 16-year-old rapper Chief Keef came on stage to perform that song that you probably know, without knowing it. If not, you may as well familiarize it on your own terms.

Not really my style of music,  but considering it’s just one guy doing his beats on stage, it was interesting to watch.

[music video] TV On The Radio – Will Do

By Will Oliver, March 22nd 2011 — with 1 comment

TV On The Radio have released a music video for Nine Types Of Light track, “Will Do”. It’s both visually stunning and emotional. It’s clearly hitting on our generations tendency to replace social interaction/feelings with technology.





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