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Django Django at Webster Hall (July 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2015

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In late July English electronic rockers Django Django returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall. The show came in support of new album Born Under Saturn, which they released in May via Ribbon Music.

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Seattle electronic quartet Beat Connection, who recently signed to Anti Records for the released of their new album Product 3. The group’s wash of electronic synth jams got the receptive crowd more than warmed up. They’ll be back in New York on November 21 at Knitting Factory and on November 25 at Mercury Lounge

Getting to see Django Django again live was exciting, especially considering the last time I saw the group play was three years ago at the much smaller Knitting Factory. They didn’t miss a beat, coming out of the gate with enthusiasm and power, totally taking over the entirety of Webster Hall with their sweet electro-influenced rockers.

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The groups smart sense of songwriting relies on both grooves and electronic hits, something you can both dance and rock out to. Songs from Born Under Saturn meshed quite well with trademark hits such as “Hail Bop” and “Default.” The group delivered an electric performance, one that has me craving their next stop, which just happens to come next month at the Electronic Music Festival in Brooklyn.

For now, enjoy some photos from this show, of both Django Django and Beat Connection. Both sets of photos are posted below, along with Django Django’s setlist:
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Next Tuesday night Django Django will return to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall, which will feature an opening set from Seattle electro-rockers Beat Connection, who just signed to Anti- Records.

The show comes in support of Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn (out via Ribbon Music) and should be a blast. The only time I previously caught them was at The Knitting Factory in 2012, so I’m excited to see what they do with a much larger space. This will also be my first time seeing Beat Connection perform live, which is an added bonus to what will be a great night of music.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase at the moment, but don’t sleep on it too long.
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Django Django @ Knitting Factory (October 4, 2012)

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

Django Django played a sold out show at the intimate Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night. The band recently proved their worth as their debut album got nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

The band sound just as refined and unique live as they do on record. They know a thing or two about integrating dance-rock jams with singular layers and textures. The synth plays a heavy role live, serving as a bridge in songs, and between songs.

The rock was also brough. “Default” was a dominant monster live, not surprisingly the clear winner of the night. It hit hard. One minute they’re electrifying you with psychedelic fuzz, then their serenading you with colorful synths, and then rocking you to your core. Their live show is just as diverse as their recorded work.

Django Django aren’t the flashiest live act, but they bring a high assortment of quality tunes that makes you perfectly ok with that.

[music video]: Django Django – Hail Bop

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2012

Here’s the weirdly appropriate music video for Django Django’s “Hail Bop”. It was directed by Daniel Swan. Drummer/producer David Maclean said that they “wanted the video to be abstract”. I think they definitely achieved that.

Their s/t debut album comes out digitally on August 14, which a physical release coming on September 25 via Ribbon Music. Watch the video below via NPR.

Django Django

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2012

I have been getting a few recommendations about Django Django and had to check them out. They’re a band from London that just release their self titled debut album. They maintain a refreshing sound that is part psychedelic dreams, part pop sensation. These are songs you can get lost in, while also finding a irresistible catchy-ness that traps you.

Two tracks from the album that you need to hear are “Default” and “Storm”. Both are unique in their own way, but they are similar in their way to bend sounds to sound as welcoming and sensation as can be. You won’t regret checking this band out. Both songs are streaming below.

The album is out now via Because. You can buy the album from the band right here.

Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo 2013

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup is here. Headlining are Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Björk, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. You also get, The National, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Pretty Lights.

Other acts of interest for me are Passion Pit, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Billy Idol, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James, Nas, Beach House, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Purity Ring, Cults, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Wild Nothing, Django Django, Haim, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DIIV, Reptar,

Jim James will head the Superjam this year, with Ed Helms (from The Office/The Hangover) headlining the Bluegrass Superjam.

Pretty solid lineup. I may have to make it out just to catch Sir Paul already. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.

About 200 of you guys participated in our annual readers poll, and the results were tight. You had the chance to vote for 5 albums, and I gave each album a point value, decreasing with each vote. So first place got 5 points, second place got 4, etc…

The race was very close between Frank Ocean & Tame Impala, but in the end, Frank Ocean took home the Orange gold. All in all, the taste of you faithful bunch alligns quite well with mine, minus Mumford & Sons. In total, 252!! albums were voted for, which is insane. That pretty much sums up how much music we digest. Which makes these top 25 albums that much more impressive.

See the results below with the points earned. Well done guys, and here is to a happy 2013! Here is my favorite albums of 2012 as well as my favorite songs.
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments


Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.

When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.

As always thanks to Camilo for the artwork. You can stream the songs themselves, or listen to one giant spotify stream right here.

I present to you:

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012:

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2013 — with 13 comments


Thanks To Camilo for this great artwork.

Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.

This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.

Ready or not, here are my best albums of 2012:

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