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In late May hard-hitting rockers FIDLAR and METZ brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom for the first of a sold out two-night run, with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg coming the following night. This was a duel-headlining tour, with the two bands rotating as headliners each night. The show featuring an opening set from Brooklyn’s Honduras, who seem to be opening all the hot shows this year.

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Canadian rockers METZ released their second self-titled album METZ II earlier in the year via Sub Pop, and they brought it’s hard-hitting garage rock jams to life with purpose. The crowd didn’t waste anytime working up a sweat, throwing their bodies willingly into one another, with beer flying in the air almost in cinematic fashion. This was my first time seeing them live since their breakthrough CMJ run in 2012, and they were just as good, if not better, than I recalled.

The fun continued with L.A. punk-rockers FIDLAR, who took the shows reckless nature to even further heights. Their set was a rapturous ball of energy that just begs for bodies to be flying at all angles, with crowd-surfers working together around the clock. Their set had Bowery Ballroom crowd so crazy that midway through their powerhouse set the venue had to put one of their security guards on stage alongside them. I’ve seen countless shows at Bowery, but this was a first.

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It speaks volumes to FIDLAR, who are able to summon this kind of free spirit chaos at a moments notice, making it all seem effortless. But that’s not to say that frontman Zach Carper and the rest of the group aren’t ready to throw their bodies onto the floor in dramatic fashion when need be. They put their all into their performance, and the crowd takes notice and responds.

They’ll return with their sophomore album Too on September 4 via Mom + Pop Music. It’s bound to be the soundtrack to latenight shitshows around college campuses everywhere. And that’s the way it should be.
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[music video]: FIDLAR – Cocaine (feat. Nick Offerman)

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


FIDLAR’s music video for “Cocaine” features Parks and Recreation legend Ron Swanson himself: the great, Nick Offerman. Of course it starts with him carving wood, only this time he gets fired. This sends him on a rampage of chugging 40 oz.’s and pissing literally all over the place. With that said, trust me when I say this isn’t a video to be watched at work or near the children.

It is pretty awesome on all levels. This is pretty much what would happen if Ron Swanson got fired and simultaneously had run ins with both the Tammys.

Watch it below via Funny or Die:


Wavves, FIDLAR, Cheatahs @ Shea Stadium (April 12, 2013)

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2013 — with 2 comments

, FIDLAR, and Cheatahs got together Friday night to play a solid bill at Shea Stadium. All three bands praised the venue as one of the best in the city, and it’s hard to argue with them. It’s as intimate of a spot as they come, they have cheap beer, and it seems like it’s filled out by real music fans.

Cheatahs kicked things of with a set filled of heavy guitars soaked in reverb. The London band possess an ample skillset that gives them a kinetic boost while on set. They were an energetic bunch that could pull you in with a catchy melody, and then throw you in a shoe-gazy daze right when you least expect it. Definitely ones to keep an eye out for.

FIDLAR came out and immediately chaos started brewing in the young crowd. The band had a fuck you lets rock and roll approach and it was a glorious thing to see. They had nothing on their mind but drinking some beer and rocking out. They started their set with “Cheap Beer” which was just asking for it. They are a great deal of fun live and really bring the energy with a kick in the ass.

Wavves played a non-nonsense set for about 45 minutes that brought all the sugary rush of his pop-punk right in your face. As a 4-piece Wavves have succesfully found a perfect band for his sound. Playing all the goods from Afraid Of Heights as well as 2010’s King Of The Beach, there wasn’t a dull moment in the set, keeping the heads nodding and the young kids moshing. His live show is a rapid fire extension of his recorded material, so if you enjoy Wavves, you’ll have a good time at his show.




FIDLAR – Gimme Something

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2012

FIDLAR have released a new track called “Gimme Something.” It’s a sunnier cut from the garage rock group, who create something that’s a mix of Ty Segall and Wavves on a good summer day. It’s off their debut self-titled album, which comes out January 22 via Mom + Pop.

Take a listen over at Rolling Stone.

[new]: FIDLAR – White on White

By Will Oliver, October 8th 2012

FIDLAR have released a new song titled “White on White” that is an impeccably awesome guitar stomper. Boozey garage riffs and chaos unfold  quickly, immediately reels you in. I can only imagine the insanity that their live shows have, especially when this gets played.

“White on White” is taken from their self titled debut album, which Mom + Pop will release on January 22. “Cheap Beer” will also be on the album. Find the tracklist below.

01 Cheap Beer
02 Stoked & Broke
03 White on White
04 No Waves
05 Whore
06 Max Can’t Surf
07 Black Out Stout
08 Wake Bake Skate
09 Gimme Something
10 Five to Nine
11 LDA
12 Paycheck
13 Wait for the Man
14 Cocaine

[new]: FIDLAR – I Just Wanna Die

By Will Oliver, September 17th 2012

Today FIDLAR shared a new song titled “I Just Wanna Die” on their tumblr. It’s a simple but catchy number, full of sunny California vibes. You may be hearing a bit of Wavves somewhere in there.

Take a listen below via their tumblr.

This may or may not be on their debut album next year. “Cheap Beer” will be.

FIDLAR – Cheap Beer

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2012 — with 3 comments

FIDLAR is an L.A. band whose name is an acronym for “Fuck It, Dog, Like’s A Risk”. So it’s not surprising that they have a song called “Cheap Beer”. It makes even more sense that its a full throttle rager that is a dedication and defender of all the cheap brew lovers out there.

The band recently signed to Mom+Pop, who will release their debut album next year. “Cheap Beer” is off of it. We can only hope the rest of the album is as off-the-wall awesome as this.

[mp3]: FIDLAR – Cheap Beer

The band is touring with Delta Spirit/JEFF The Brotherhood, and will play at Irving Plaza on November 27.

Courtney Barnett at Rough Trade NYC (June 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 15th 2016


It was a great disappointment to find out that day 3 of Governors Ball was rained out this year, considering how great the lineup was that day. We were ready to catch sets from the likes of Kanye West, Prophets Of Rage, Eagles Of Death Metal, Whitney, FIDLAR, Bat For Lashes, Day Wave, Death Cab For Cutie, Two Door Cinema Club, and Chvrches, just to name a few. A few artists stuck around to try and make it up to fans, if they were able to find a venue that was able to put on a show under such short notice.
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Who To See At Governors Ball 2016

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2016

Gov Ball 2016

Ready or not, Governors Ball is tomorrow. I don’t know when 2016 decided to throw the summer at us, but it’s happening whether we like it or not. Unfortunately the weather may bring us a weekend of rain, but even so, there’s enough great talent at the festival to make us excited to battle the elements. This year, I decided to do a little breakdown of who to see each day, in case you’re not sure on who to see, or a little torn on a conflict or two (although there’s not too many this year, at least for me). Find the list posted below, and be sure to return next week for our coverage.
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