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Preview: Kevin Morby at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2017

Kevin Morby has kept his consistent winning streak going strong with his new album City Music (released via Dead Oceans), which is one of my favorite albums of 2017 so far.

We saw him just a few months ago when he stopped in for a performance at Bowery Ballroom for the first leg of his tour in support of the album. He returns to us next week, this time headed to Brooklyn for a performance at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

Along with Morby, the show will feature an opening performance from Feels guitarist Shannon Lay, who is the first signee and release on Morby’s own record label, Mare Records (an imprint of Woodsist).

Tickets for the show are currently still available to purchase, but don’t wait too long as it’s likely to sell out closer to the show.
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Kevin Morby at Bowery Ballroom (May 24, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2017 — with 2 comments

All photos by Adam Heller

Kevin Morby’s new album City Music is one of the best things we’ve heard so far in 2017, an album that just gets better and better with each and every listen.

He’s been touring hard in support of the new record, which included a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom on May 24. Our photographer Adam Heller was on hand to capture the performance from both Morby and John Andrews and the Yawns, who opened things up.

Find shots of both acts posted in the photo gallery below.
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Kevin Morby at Mercury Lounge (June 21, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, October 31st 2016

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On an early summer evening back in June, Kevin Morby made his return to the New York City at the Mercury Lounge while out on tour in support of his fantastic new album Singing Saw which came out in April (via Dead Oceans).  Singing Saw is on my running list of top/best albums of the year, so I was very excited to see his show as I was dying to hear the new material.

It was a treat to get to see him play Mercury as, well… he should easily be playing somewhere twice the size.  I saw him a few times back in 2015 and every time I saw him it was better than the last, and this kept that pattern alive with being one of the best shows I’ve seen him put on yet.

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On Sunday night Baby’s All Right hosted a very solid night of rock and roll with a heavy folk influence. The stop in Brooklyn was the latest for Kevin Morby and Ryley Walker’s tour, and also featured support from Zachary Cale and J.R. Bohannon. From top to bottom you had an incredible set of tunes from three powerful storytellers of their own right.
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Modern Leisure – “The Secret Art”

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2017

Modern Leisure is the indie pop/rock project of Denver, Colorado musician Casey Banker. The project is he way to lay down personal stories of his weird twenties, all those insane and equally horrivble lovely experiences that help define us.

Take the absolutely wonderful single “The Secret Art,” the first single taken from his debut album Super Sad Rom-Com, which will be released soon enough by Guilty Pleasure Records.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival – Day 1

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2017 — with 3 comments

It only takes one visit to fall in love with Newport Folk Festival. What once felt like an unknown curiosity encounter to me has blossomed into an annual ritual that will occur every July, simply because it’s one of the best music festivals that American has to offer.

What makes Newport so special is the chill and very welcoming atmosphere that wears off on everyone from the crowd to the performers themselves. Everyone feels like one big happy family, which makes it a true standout amongst the more corporate festivals out there.

(Hurray for The Riff Raff)

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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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