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Islands at Webster Hall (December 10, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2017

It’s weird that so many albums that came out when I was in high school are celebrating ten year anniversaries, mostly just because it means we’re all just getting that much older. But it’s fun to be nostalgic and tilt out lens backwards, to put our minds back into the mindset of a much simpler, and better time.

My latest nostalgia trip took place on December 10, when Nicholas Thorburn and Islands (who I last saw at Music Hall) celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album Return To The Sea with a performance of the album in full at Webster Hall.

Islands’s lineup has changed a lot since the album was released, but he brought a little bit of the old magic back by including Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, who originally helped Thurburn record the album in the studio. Parry’s inclusion gave their performance an extra spark, as anyone whose ever seen him perform with Arcade Fire can understand. They ran through the whole album from start to finish, even bringing out a few special guests. Rapper Subtitle delivered the verses for “Where There’s a Will There’s a Whalebone” while actor Michael Cera (who also played in Thorburn’s side-project Mister Heavenly) and members of TEEN helped in the encore performance of album closer “Bucky Little Wing.”

Find photos of their performance posted below, including shots of opener The Magic, (the band of Islands’ member Geordie Gordon) as well as Islands’ setlist.

Islands Setlist:

1. Swans (Life After Death)
2. Humans
3. Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby
4. Rough Gem
5. Tsuxiit
6. Where There’s a Will There’s a Whalebone
7. Jogging Gorgeous Summer
8. Volcanoes
9. If
10. Ones

Encore:

11. Bucky Little Wing @With[Michael Cera]

Encore 2:

12. Hallways
13. Pumpkin
14. Fear

The Magic:

Islands:

Islands at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 21, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Islands have taken quite a few forms since their inception after the band’s brainchild Nicholas Thorburn’s prior band The Unicorns broke up. In 2006 they released their charming debut album Return To The Seam. Since then Islands did a small reunion tour opening for Arcade Fire, and Islands have gone on to release a total of seven albums, including two this year alone, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste, both via their own label, Manque Music.
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Future Islands at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It was rather criminal that Future Islands weren’t given one of the main stages to run amok on, as the Gotham Tent wasn’t large enough to contain the moves of the beast of a frontman Sam Herring, or the giant crowd that tried to pack into the limited space. Even so, getting to see the band do their thing in tight quarters is really what they’re all about.

These summer festival dates were the honeymoon phase of the bands tour, which has been ongoing pretty much since the start of 2014. They had some year, and continued to put in the hard work, wrecking havoc in New York City one last time during the Singles era. It’s amazing to see just how big these guys have become. There wasn’t a song that the crowd wasn’t dancing or singing along to, or cheering triumphantly as Herring pounded his chest or broke out one of his now signature dance moves.

It’s a good time when bands like Future Islands are finally getting the due credit that they deserve. Now lets see what they have in store next for us. Hopefully the next time they’re at Governors Ball, they have a bigger stage to rock out on.

Find photos from their Gov Ball set posted below.
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Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015

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2014 was the year of Future Islands, so it felt right that they celebrated their massive year with a pair of sold out shows at Terminal 5, which were their largest (non-festival) shows of their career. Although there was no way for it to match the intimacy of their intimate showing at Death By Audio last November, their performance at the large Terminal 5 proved that they are more than deserving of their long overdue success.
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Future Islands at Death By Audio (November 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 18th 2014 — with 3 comments

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On November 18 Future Islands were the secret guests at Death By Audio. Once word spread that it was them, it didn’t take much for a huge line to form all the way down to Kent Ave. It’s funny because Future Islands played DBA almost the same time a year ago to the date, but their following has grown quite substansially with the breakout year that they had this year thanks to the release of Singles.
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The Society Islands – Archer

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

The Society Islands

The Society Islands is the project of German-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Boris Rogowski. Last month he released his new album The Big Sleep.

On the album is the dreamy “Archer” which has some elements of Grizzly Bear at work with some mesmerizing synth work along with power-folk bits that provide a colorful soundscape that takes the listener to a different world completely.

Find “Archer” posted below.
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Future Islands at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2014 — with 1 comment

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There was a energy in the air at City Hall Plaza last night, and that energy was Future Islands.

I don’t know what more I can say about Future Islands this year without repeating myself. But I will, since they’ve given top notch performance each and every time that I have seen them this year (four times now), and clearly deserve the praise. Last night’s Boston Calling performance (which opened the fest) was no different. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last night featured a stacked free show at House Of Vans featuring performances from Future Islands, Operators, Omar Souleyman, Mas Ysa. With free beer attached to a lineup as solid as that, the show was very much filled to capacity. The venue filled up so fast that some fans who RSVP’d were shut out of the show even though they were waiting on line (I had a few friends who unfortunately didn’t make it in). I covered the sets from both Future Islands and Operators, and got some photos as well.
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There’s been no better story in 2014 than the rise of Future Islands. Not only are they arguably the best thing going right now in music, but they deserve it more so than anyone else. They’ve been working hard for years and its all lead up to this. Thanks to a legendary performance in front of Mr. Letterman, some incredible SXSW performances, as well as the release of their incredible new album Singles, it’s all added up to some well deserved success. On Wednesday night they landed in New York City to play a sold out show at Webster Hall along with fellow Baltimore bands Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Chiffon. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch: Future Islands -Time For The Show

By Will Oliver, April 3rd 2014

Future Islands

The rise of Future Islands has without a doubt been one of the best stories of 2014. It’s been amazing to see the amount of success that their new album Singles has brought them.

Yours Truly captured the band right before it all went down in their latest “Time For The Show” series. They followed the band as they traveled from NYC to Baltimore for a homecoming show at a tiny Baltimore venue known as the Floristree. Director Tyler McPherron captured the drive there where the band talked about their music, Baltimore, playing live, and what success means to them. All this was mixed in with the band’s performances of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and “A Dream of You and Me” from the show.

It’s a must watch. Find it posted below.
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