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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 **

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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Family Of The Year @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013


Family Of The Year rocked the stage at Lollapalooza with more of a charm that bands like Grouplove have displayed. I am familiar with the bands big hit “Hero” and was expecting something more along those lines for the show but was surprised with how much energy they brought with them on stage. Even “Hero” was given a more lively treatment that got the crowd energized even more during their singalong.

Check out more photos of their set, below.
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Bonnaroo Announces 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2012

Bonnaroo have revealed their 2012 lineup, and its a good one. I went last year and had the time of my life, so I was impatient to finally see who is playing. They didn’t disappoint. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, and The Beach Boys are the headliners. Then you got Bon Iver, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, The Roots, Alice Cooper, Black Star, Feist, and Ben Folds Five, which is something I’m truly excited for.

The other acts that I’m really excited to see are Two Door Cinema Club, Major Lazer, tUnE-YarDs, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Young The Giant, Battles, Dawes, The Black Lips, Phantogram, The Antlers, Kurt Vile, Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs, Grouplove, White Denim, Here We Go Magic.

There’s definitely something for everyone, and there’s always Radiohead, which is definitely enough to sell me.

Bonnaroo will take place June 7 – 10 in Manchester, Tennessee. The see the entire lineup, head here.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010…So Far

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2010 — with 77 comments

With the 4th of July already here, its scares me to say 2010 is half way done. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was desperately waiting to hear Contra. That feels like so long ago now. Just goes to show you just how much music is out there now.

These are the 50 songs I’ve been giving warm love to all year. My hope is that you will find a few new songs that you will treasure. Or maybe you will re-consider a song that you passed over before. Either way, this is my list as honest as it comes. Only one artist got repeated on this list, and if any this year, they are deserving of two picks. You’ll figure out who it is…

So here it is, my favorite 50 songs of the year so far. Use it as a late 4th of July Playlist, or as the soundtrack for your next drive to the beach. I posted a ZIP file of all the songs at the end of the post, that way you can have them all in one convenient space. You can also just hit play and let the songs play through. Enjoy:

1. The Morning Benders – Excuses
2. The National – Conversation 16
3. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
4. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Sink/Let It Sway
5. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
6. The Tins – The Green Room
7. Chief – Night & Day
8. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
9. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
10. The National – Lemonworld
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
12. Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
13. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
14. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
15. Stornoway – Zorbing
16. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
17. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
18. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
19. Delorean – Grow
20. Hot Chip – I Feel Better
21. Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
22. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
23. Free Energy – Bang Pop
24. Battles – The Line
25. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
26. Wavves – Green Eyes
27. Kanye West – Power (Feat. Dwele)
28. The Coral – 1000 Years
29. Broken Bells – The High Road
30. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
31. Arctic Monkeys – Joining The Dots
32. Blake Mills – Hey Lover
33. Big Boi – Shine Blockas (Feat. Gucci Mane)
34. Caribou – Odessa
35. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
36. Distractions – All Night
37. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
38. GROUPLOVE – Colours
39. The Soft Pack – Mexico
40. Tanlines – Real Life
41. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
42. Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
43. of Montreal – Coquet Coquette
44. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
45. Jónsi – Go Do
46. Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
47. Sleigh Bells – Crown On the Ground
48. Cults – Go Outside
49. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
50. Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday

Here is a new zip download of all the songs for you guys (as of 9/9): ZIP

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