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Grouplove at Baby’s All Right (September 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 23rd 2016


On September 9, Grouplove released their new album Big Mess (via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records). To celebrate the albums release, the group performed three pop-up shows across the city. First a matinee performance for free at Washington Square Park, a in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC, and then a full on performance at Baby’s All Right, the first performance there since they began renovations over the summer.

Obviously, it was my first time at Baby’s in a while, and it was one of the more packed shows I can remember seeing there. It was packed out with eager fans who sang in delight to every song, old and new. The group are now able to sell out some pretty major venues, so it was a treat to get to see them play at a place like Baby’s.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.
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Grouplove | The Rubens @ Bowery Ballroom (9.25.2013)

By Will Oliver, September 27th 2013


Grouplove rocked out the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night in support of their newly released album Spreading Rumours. They were supported by Australian rockers The Rubens who just recently released their debut album here in America.

The Rubens delighted with a steady set of rock that had a smokey room soul aspect to it that leaned somewhere in between Cold War Kids and Young The Giant. It was my first  real exposure to them and I was delighted and sold right of the bat. Check out their song “Lay It Down”, the first single that started it all for them.

Grouplove came out with a bang, hitting their stride without looking back.  I caught them at Bonnaroo last year, but only caught a bit of that set and was quite a ways away in a deep crowd. This was a more intimate setting, and it made all the difference. I have been following the band since they were known as Group, so it still amazes me how big they’ve become. But it shouldn’t, they just know how to write really catchy pop-rock that is accessible and feel-good. The crowd was singing every word back with ease, even acting as though they had the band’s new album for months already.

Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull joined the band for a performance of the their record store day collaboration single “Make It To Me.” That along with electric performances of “Tounge Tied”, “Colours” and “Itchin’ On A Photograph” put the crowd in quite a happy place.

I think it’s safe to say that performances at venues such as Bowery Ballroom are probably going to be no more for Grouplove, who are going to tackle much bigger venues in the future. Their sound is just too grand to be contained.

Check out photos of both Grouplove and The Rubens below.
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Grouplove @ Bonnaroo (June 10, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2012 — with 1 comment

Grouplove’s set was for the most part very bright and energetic. The crowd was into it singing along with the bands catchier numbers like “Tounge Tied” and “Colours”. There were some parts in the middle which didn’t do much for me, but overall it was a pretty enjoyable set. The crowd was singing and going wild during most of the set, which says something about them.
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GROUP Change Name To GROUPLOVE, Release Great Debut EP

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2010 — with 10 comments

I don’t know where I was when this happened. Remember the band Group, that I posted about? Well they changed their name to the Grouplove, just in time for the release of their self titled debut EP which was released back on May 6th. I just bought it on iTunes, based off of how strong their song “Colours” is. I don’t know how I let this one get by me!

The EP has 4 songs in additional to Colours, and they’re all delightful songs that are ready to impress. For such a young band, these guys sound like they have been playing together for years. If you aren’t singing along to “Colours” or impressed by the sunny melody in “Don’t Say Oh Well”, you are missing out my friends. Sample both of the songs below. “Colours” certainly deserves to be on many best of lists this year:

[mp3]: Grouplove – Don’t Say Oh Well
[mp3]: Grouplove – Colours

If you like it, be sure to buy it on iTunes or Amazon. Every song on this EP is really strong, and has some pretty incredible moments. It’s well worth your 5 bucks.

Here is the album art for the EP:

If it artwork looks somewhat familiar, it’s because it’s done by Group’s very own Hannah Hooper. She was responsible for Big Echo’s album art.

** a big thank you to Chab for bringing their name change to my attention **

Favorite Live Photos of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015


(Foals at Terminal 5)

There was no shortage of great shows to be found in 2014. You can find the best 50 that I saw in 2014 right here. Throughout the year, we took thousands upon thousands of photos, documenting every moment of these unforgettable shows. We put in a lot of work trying to capture the essence of these performances, and I wanted to share these photos with you in one giant collection.

These are not only photos that I took, but also photos taken by our great team of contributing photographers. They’re posted in chronological order, as there was simply no other right way to go about ordering the photos. Below each photo, is the link to the original post, as well as the photographer credit (if it’s other than myself).

So with that said, sit back, and enjoy our favorite live concert photos that we took in 2014. You can also find the gallery posted over at our facebook page. There’s probably one too many photos posted here, but we probably saw way too many shows.
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Best Shows Of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 4th 2015 — with 1 comment


I saw more shows than ever before in 2014. The number sits somewhere well over 200, not to mention various festivals and CMJ/SXSW showcases. There was a lot of great music seen, and a lot of great memories shared. We had to say goodbye to Glasslands, Death By Audio, and 285 Kent in one year, which will change the live music landscape in Brooklyn more than we will ever realize.

With so much live music seen, making a list of the best shows is a nearly impossible task. But I sat down, shifted through all my photos, recaps, and foursquare/swarm check ins (very useful in keeping track of shows), and compiled a list of the top 50 shows that I saw last year. Inevitably, a lot of good shows missed the mark, which just reinforces how great those were that did make the cut.

There are a lot of factors that go into this sort of thing. But at the end of the day, these were the shows that made an impression on me throughout the year, the sort of shows that I will want to relive again.

I got a few more posts coming, including some of our favorite live photos taken at these shows, as well as my long overdue best songs and albums. Stay tuned for that. But for now, enjoy my list of the best 50 shows that I saw in 2014.
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Lollapalooza Anounces 2014 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014


The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup was announced yesterday, and it seems to be garnering some mixed reactions. Headlining the fest are Outkast (duh), Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers and Foster The People. I can understand the disappointment. While it’s (of course) great to see Arctic Monkeys there, the rest of the list is pretty subpar.

From there, here are some artists listed that caught my eye: Interpol, Cut Copy, Portugal. The Man, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, Young The Giant, Lykke Li, Chance The Rapper, Phantogram, Grouplove, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, Typhoon, Warpaint, Kate Nash, Kodaline, Lucius, Blood Orange, Jagwar Ma, Parquet Courts, Temples, NoNoNo, Papa, The Districts, Ratking, The So So Glos,

While the headliners aren’t all that spectacular, the other acts playing the festival are solid. So basically the day section of Lollapalooza may be where the real action is.

Check out the full lineup with the photo above, or check out a day by day breakdown below.
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