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Laura Marling at Brooklyn Steel (May 20, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 10th 2017

This year saw English folk singer Laura Marling release her new album Semper Femina via More Alarming Records. It’s Marling’s six record in just nine years.

In May she continued her support of the new record with a U.S. tour, which saw her return to us in New York for a performance at Brooklyn Steel (much bigger than when we saw her in March). The 17-song set featured many tracks from the new album, along with a few other older favorites. Marling was all business for most of the show, delivering tight renditions of the stunning folk beauties that are wonderfully arranged for the live setting. Read the rest of this entry »

Laura Marling at Rockwood Music Hall (March 1, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2017 — with 1 comment

The always reliable English songwriter Laura Marling is back with her new album Semper Femina, which she recently released via her own label, More Alarming Records. The album is amazingly the sixth album that she’s released in just nine years, a truly impressive ratio.

On March 1 Marling was in New York making the press rounds, concluding a long day of interviews with a special intimate performance at Rockwood Music Hall that was being taped for a live WFUV session. Read the rest of this entry »

Laura Marling at Town Hall (August 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2015

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All photos by Jayson Yee

In early August, Brit folk-rock darling Laura Marling returned to New York for a performance at the prestigious Town Hall. The show came in support of her rather lovely new album Short Movie, which Ribbon Music released earlier in the year. Support came from both Johnny Flynn and Marika Hackman.

Jayson Yee was on hand to capture photos of the lovely evening, which you can find posted below.
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Laura Marling at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 26th 2015

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Earlier in the year English folk darling Laura Marling released her great new record Short Movie, which was released via Ribbon Music.

I caught Marling for the first time ever (it was long overdue) in March at Warsaw. Aside from the outdoor setting, Marling delivered an equally winning and lovely performance at Newport Folk Festival that reminded me of what a pure and unique talent she is.

Find some more photos from her Newport performance posted below.
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Laura Marling and Villagers at Warsaw (March 23, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Laura Marling has established herself as one of the best folk-rock artists that Britain has to offer. Her latest album, Short Movie (released yesterday via Ribbon Music) is a testament to that. It’s very much a Laura Marling record, but it takes a new, more rock and roll infused approach to bring its ideas of self-discovery to life. On Monday night she played to a sold out crowd at the always wonderful Brooklyn venue Warsaw, leading the way for a totally enchanting night of music.
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[new]: Laura Marling – Sophia

By Will Oliver, July 28th 2011 — with 1 comment

“Sophia” is the first single from Laura Marling’s third album, A Creature I Don’t Know. I’m not familiar with Marling’s stuff but this single is doing the trick right now. It takes a little bit for it to hit its stride, but when it does, its’ quite good.

Check out a stream below:

drops on September 13 via Ribbon Music/Virgin Records.

Chloe Foy – “Flaws”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018 — with 2 comments

Chloe Foy is a singer-songwriter based out of Gloucester, England with a natural songwriting ability that calls to mind the beauty folk talents of Laura Marling. The reason why is pretty obvious on her staggering lovely “Flaws,” a track taken from her 2017 EP Are We There Yet?

She will make the trip to Austin this year for SXSW but as we all can relate, the trip is very expensive. So Foy has taken to PledgeMusic to try and raise some funds and offer some nice rewards in exchange. You can find the campaign here and if you can spare the money, help her get to SXSW.

You can grab a taste of “Flaws” below and find the whole EP available to stream or buy at Bandcamp.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 5 comments


[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

Using the word best is course objective, so if you will, these are my favorite albums of 2017: Read the rest of this entry »

Will’s Best Albums Of 2015: Honorable Mentions

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork courtesy of our very own Anthony Bauer

2015 was one of the best years for music in recent memory with many established artists releasing great new work, while tons of brand new artist made the sort of introductions that we will look back fondly once they’re leading the way in the future.

I had such a hard time narrowing down my top 50 albums list that I still had plenty of quality stuff left over to make up my honorable mentions list. So without further ado, here are some honorable mentions for best albums of 2015 that are plenty worth your time
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Favorite Live Photos of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2016

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(Blur at Madison Square Garden)

2015 was one hell of a year for music. Naturally, there were a ton of great shows to be found. We saw as many as ever last year, and we look to attend even more shows in 2016. With that said, we’re finally giving a look back to 2015, selecting some of our favorite moments from the year.

Along with my small but trustworthy team of friends who happen to also be photographers, we took hundreds if not thousands of photos last year. I went through the ever-growing archives and selected just a handful of favorite photos taken throughout the year. It was hard and nearly impossible to narrow it down, but here are just some of my favorite photos that we shared on this blog in 2015, in chronological order taken throughout the year. If not taken by me, credit is given along with the posted caption below the photo.
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