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If Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are in town and you’re not seeing them perform, you’re missing out on one of the best live forces that rock and roll has to offer. Not only that, but they’re only starting to truly reach their peak, getting more powerful with every new tour. It seems like others are really starting to take note, as the entire show was streamed live on facebook by Pitchfork.
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There are certain bands that I have to see when they come to New York, no matter how many times I may have seen them already. The likes of Arctic Monkeys, The National, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees all comes to mind. You can add King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard to the list as well. Over the past year or so I’ve seen the Australian garage rockers more time than I can count, simply because they have a seemingly never-ending output of new records for us. As much as I get to see them, I’m simply not complaining.

Their US tour came to a wind down when they stopped in to Brooklyn for a rowdy as usual performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16. They’ll be back sometime in 2016, but for now, enjoy some shots from their performance here, along with openers Michael Rault and EZTV.
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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard at Bowery Ballroom (June 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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In just a year Aussie freak-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have made the jump from playing small DIY venues to being able to sell out venues such as Bowery Ballroom. That’s exactly what they did on June 19, in support of their new album Quarters! (out via Castle Face), the first of two records that they will release this year.

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Opening the show was eccentric New Orleans duo Quintron And Miss Pussycat. You knew something different was about to occur when they opened their set with a puppet show, a strange but definitely hilarious affair. Their set was a bit of experimental freak-rock that definitely had a swamp-like New Orleans flavor to it.

Already King Gizzard have quickly established a reputation for being one of the wildest rock shows you’ll find. Selling out a place like Bowery takes time, but King Gizzard seemed to launch towards this level of local popularity due to hard work and wild songs that keep you constantly moving in the crowd, just trying to keep up.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2017

There’s a lot of shit going on in the world today. We need the arts more than ever not just to make statements, but also to provide us some escape. As I’m sure you’re well aware if you read these pages, my primary escape is catching live music. There’s just something special about catching a show that can’t be matched. Every night is different from the next, and whatever happens that night is unique and individual to the attendees of that particular show (at least if the band is doing it right). There’s quite simply nothing that rivals the energy of a top flight performance.

I saw quite a few shows in 2016. I’m not even sure of the actual count, but I’m sure you’ll believe me when I tell you that it was a lot. From the World’s Biggest Arena to small local DIY spaces, it didn’t matter the size of the venue or band. If there was a good show to be had, I tried my best to make it out there. As in years past I ran through all the shows I took in and made a list of some of the true standouts of the year.

Below, find a list of my favorite concerts of 2016.
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Not even one of the coldest days/nights of the year in New York City could stop fans from coming out for Martin Courtney’s sold out show at Baby’s All Right just one day before Valentines Day. Also, when we say one of the coldest, we really do mean it – when doors opened temperatures were hovering around 10º F with a wind chill that made it feel like it was the low single digits. The frigid cold temperatures didn’t stop anybody from getting there early though to catch openers and fellow NYC bands Cut Worms and EZTV though, as this was one show not to be missed.
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Back in June Unknown Mortal Orchestra played a sold out show at Warsaw, the New York stop for their current tour of Multi-Love, their funky new album that was released this May via Jagjaguwar. Only that show was just the beginning of their night, as the band kept the party going right with a free show at the much more intimate Baby’s All Right immediately following their performance at Warsaw.

To be entered for a chance to attend, fans had to leave a comment on the bands facebook post the day before. Only a select few won, but things got so packed at Baby’s that anyone who showed up was allowed in. As a result, you can imagine that the already sure to be packed show got even more crowded than it had to be. The capacity crowd included Mac DeMarco and members of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who also came from a show of their own at Bowery Ballroom.

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The dance-inspired, funky influence of new album Multi-Love still had a strong hold on the band, who sounded as good as I’ve ever seen them (I last saw them at MHOW in 2013). These days they’re joined by a keyboardist, rounding their total to four. This resulted in a much fuller sound that allowed them to pull off the epic groove necessary on new tracks like “Necessary Evil” and the title track “Multi-Love.” The funk carried over and influenced a slightly new flavor to old favorites such as “How Can U Luv Me” and “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark).”

The band let it all hang out on the stage and brought the party with them to the enthusiastic crowd who were just amazed to get to see them at the tiny stage of Baby’s, for free. The most impressive part of the night was that they didn’t cut it short due to it being a free show, they played for a solid hour plus, giving us more than we ever could of asked.

Find some more shots of their performance at Baby’s posted below.
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Best Albums of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 6 comments

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

We are almost a month and a half into 2015, but I finally got around to publishing a full list of my favorites albums of 2014. There was a lot of great music released, so much so that I had to make a separate honorable mentions list of records that just missed the cut. Which makes the 50 records that did make it even more impressive.

If anything, these albums are more so my favorites of the year than “the best” as it’s all totally objective. But these were the albums that defined the 12 months of 2014, soundtracking endless drives into the cities, summer festivals, moments of solitude, as well as parties and celebrations of all kind. Looking back, it really was a pretty damn good year.

With that said, here are my 50 best albums of 2014:
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Favorite Live Photos of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015

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(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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