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Dan Deacon Reveals American Album Art

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2012

That’s the album art for Dan Deacon‘s upcoming LP, America. If you pre-order the album from Domino now, you will receive a 2x 3 foot fabric flag featuring the artwork, which is a photo of Richard Endres of Lake Placid.

Dan Deacon is releasing a new album properly titled America on August 28 via Domino Records. He celebrated the announcement with the free download of “Lots” an epic track that only Dan Deacon could produce.

It’s a raw electronic jam that combines all the styles that make Dan Deacon the unique artist that he is.

[mp3]: Dan Deacon – Lots

The tracklisting for America is posted below. Deacon will be playing NYC’s Pier 84 with John Maus on July 12.
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[New] Dan Deacon – Get Older

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2009

Dan Deacon is set to return with his new album “Bromst” the follow up to his acclaimed 2007 album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’. A track off of the album has surfaced and it is nothing short of great. Deacon continues to produce some really cool electronic music. The song is an explosion of various noises, drums, computerized vocals all resulting in over 6 minutes of musical ecstasy. Like all good electronic music this song sounds that much better blasted on a good set of speakers. I am intrigued to see how the whole album pans out.

[mp3] : Dan Deacon – Get Older

“Bromst” is out on March 24th.

Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat returned in March with new album Riddles, which was released via Carpark Records. Produced by Dan Deacon, it’s their most polished and fully realized record to date. On April 15 they finished up their U.S. tour with a performance in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.

This was my first time seeing the duo since they opened for Future Islands at Webster Hall back in 2014. While the songwriting style is still very much in their own world of indie art-rock, there’s definitely a more polished nature to these new songs that definitely works well in their favor. The previous time I saw them, Schrader would sing while also beating the hell out of a drum while Devlin Rice handled the heavy basslines. This time around Schrader went full-on frontman just managing the vocals as Rice took care of the bass as well as the backing tracks.

The adoring crowd at Baby’s was with them all the way through their 11-song setlist, with the main set all taken from Riddles, while the encore featured both “Airshow” and “Sermon” from their 2012 debut Jazz Mind, which had the crowd singing back every word, to the humbled delight of Schrader who couldn’t help but be taken over by the moment with a smile. The band had felt home at the old Brooklyn DIY places such as Death By Audio but it looks like they have found a new place to call home with the always welcoming Baby’s All Right.

Find the full setlist posted below along with a photo gallery of their performance as well as openers Showtime Goma x Lou Tides and Pollens.


Showtime Goma x Lou Tides:

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat:

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat Setlist:

1. Dunce
2. Seagull
3. Riddles
4. Dizzy Devil
5. Wave To the Water
6. Rust
7. Kid Radium
8. Tom
9. Culebra


10. Airshow
11. Sermon

Photos: Landmark Music Festival 2015 (Day 2)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2015 — with 2 comments

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[The Strokes]

After a great first day of of the inaugural Landmark Music Festival, there was a different feeling in the air with a rare performance from The Strokes looming. It helped that the rest of the day featured a great lineup that included CHVRCHES, Alt-J, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Lord Huron and Houndmouth. It was a great day of music, and a great finish to what was ultimately a very successful first year for the new festival. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for next fall.

Find photo galleries of all the sets I caught on day 2 below, in order of appearance.
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Landmark Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015

Landmark Music Festival

The Landmark Music Festival is a new festival that will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on the weekend of September 26 and 27. The festival will have 40 plus artists over five stages.

The lineup boasts a rock solid lineup that includes: The Strokes, Alt-J, Drake, The War On Drugs, Band Of Horses, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Ben Howard, The Kills, Twin Shadow, Lord Huron, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, Houndmouth, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Daughter, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

Not only will this celebrate some of the biggest names in music playing in one place, but its for a good cause: Read the rest of this entry »

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(Photo taken from Night 1 – find more here)

When I told people I was going all three nights of Arcade Fire’s weekend takeover of Barclays Center, a lot of people were confused as to why. The main concern was why would you see the same show three times in a row? It’s a perfectly fair question, but that’s only if you assume that the setlist would stay the same. Even if it did, the performance was so good that I wouldn’t have minded all that much.
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Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (August 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2014 — with 3 comments

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Arcade Fire are now a full fledged arena act, and I mean that in the best way possible. They are a band thats fully capable of filling out an arena with gusto and confidence, and the truth is that they always have been. It’s no surprise that they are playing an impressive three nights at Barclays Center this weekend, they’ve payed their dues and have certainly earned all of their success. Last night was the first night of the three night run, and it didn’t disappoint.
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The Unicorns Are Reuniting: Opening For Arcade Fire In New York and L.A.

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Unicorns

I know I’m late on this, but talking to some people at Firefly over the weekend I realized not everyone heard the news. The Unicorns (who hinted at a possibly reunion earlier in the year), are officially reuniting for a few live shows.

The band will play 5 live shows opening for Arcade Fire at their shows in New York and L.A. in August. They also now have a twitter and a soundcloud page, which bodes well for future happenings. The shows will also include Dan Deacon.

If you hadn’t already purchased your tickets for Arcade Fire’s shows, here’s even more reason to do so.

Find the 5 show dates posted below.
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Owen Pallett Added To Arcade Fire’s MSG Shows

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2010

According to Exclaim, Owen Pallett has been added to both Arcade Fire shows at Madison Square Garden in August. Spoon is playing both as well. I paid around 50 bucks for my GA ticket. I’d say it was well worth it with just Spoon as the opener. Now, it’s close to a bargain.

You can also grab a free Lewis Takes Off His Shirt EP from Domino for the price of an e-mail address. It features 5 various remixes, including one by Dan Deacon. “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” was #17 on my list for best songs of the year so far.

For the rest of Owen’s tour dates, hit read more:

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