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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

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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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Future Islands @ Hype Hotel (March 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2014

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Ask most SXSW attendees who was the “winner” of SXSW, most would tell you Future Islands, and you know what, they’re right. I don’t think any other act left the festival with as much buzz and praise as the Baltimore, Maryland band.

What’s odd is that with the release of their latest LP Singles this week, the band have four albums under their belt. So by no means are they newbies. But they’re starting to connect with audiences on a totally different level. The first start was their epic performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on Letterman. Then they’ve been just plain killing it live. Word of mouth spread, and damn, I don’t think there’s a hotter band going right now.

I’m glad because after seeing them live for the first time at Hype Hotel, these guys deserve it. Frontman Samuel Herring is as captivating of a frontman as they come. His passionate, husky vocals and crab-like dance movements are quirky and awkward (in the best way). But they’re very much his, and because its so honest and true, its transcendent. You’ll think of them when you’re listening to Future Islands or the next time their name comes up. When he wasn’t dancing he was singing to fans, looking at you dead in the eyes as he conveyed his lines.

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Getting to hear “Seasons (Waiting On You” live made me appreciate what these guys are about. They have this quality to them that just hits you like a ton of bricks, taking over your entire body and soul without you even realizing, or knowing why. They just got it.

Future Islands have a sold out show at Webster Hall on April 30. I advise you find a way to get your hand on tickets, as it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Hopefully I will see you there.

Find many photos of their fantastic performance below. But first, here’s their Letterman performance:
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[new]: Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last week Future Islands announced their new album Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.

They’ve given us our first taste of the record, with the album’s first single: “Seasons (Waiting On You).” You’ll notice it’s a more polished sound from the band, but those distinct vocals from singer Samuel T. Herring are still very much working their magic. Loving that groovy bass-line and the general sound of this track.

You can check it out via it’s music video. Jay Buim directed it. It’s posted below.
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[new]: Islands – Wave Forms

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2013

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Islands are back with a new album called Ski Mask, it will come out September via frontman Nick Thorburn’s label Manqué. It’s the quick follow-up to last years A Sleep & A Forgetting. They made the announcement to day by releasing the album’s first single “Wave Forms.”

The single sounds like a good mix of everything Islands has released over their career, which is no accident. This is basically what happened with the new album. Thorburn explained in a press release:

This record is really about being angry. For better or worse, this record kind of sums up my experience thus far with being in a band. I feel like we’re kind of at a crossroads and this record is kind of me just declaring forfeiture in some ways. Like the third act of a movie—just after it seems like all hope is lost, that’s when the big breakthrough moment happens. For Islands, this is us waiting for the breakthrough moment.

This record is kind of a culmination of all the different things we’ve done over the years. It’s basically a melting pot of all those sounds. So much of this record is about identity—specifically, the quest for finding out your own identity. … All of these feelings and ideas that have been bubbling up over the course of four previous albums finally came to the surface on this one. This record is like a summation of Islands, everything we’ve ever done distilled into one record. It’s basically an essential introduction to Islands—it’s everything we’ve ever been about.

Listen to “Ski Mask” below.

[new]: Islands – Hallways

By Will Oliver, January 17th 2012

“Hallways” is the latest track to be shared from Islands upcoming album, A Sleep & A Forgetting. “Hallways” is a bouncy little track that’s slightly more upbeat than the first track that we heard from the album, the ballad-like “This Is Not A Song”.

Stream it below. A Sleep & A Forgetting is out on February 14 via Anti-.

[new]: Islands – This Is Not A Song

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2011 — with 2 comments

You can always count on Nick Thorburn for new music, the man is always releasing something of quality. Good news for you fans of Islands, because there’s a new album coming. The album is titled Asleep & A Forgetting, and will be released via Anti- on February 14.

The band has shared “This Is Not A Song” from the album. It’s very much a song. A very good one at that. It’s a sparse number that just may welcome some slow dancing. I mean that in all the best ways. It’s a lighter, slower side to Islands, and I think it’s fantastic.

[mp3]: Islands – This Is Not A Song




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