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Lorde at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2014

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Lorde is the real deal. I don’t know why it took me so long to see it, but getting to see her perform a thrilling set at Boston Calling last night made me see the error in my ways.

After a couple of hours of delays and an eventual evacuation due to thunder and lightning storms (Volcano Choir and Girl Talk had their sets canceled), Lorde was able to perform a somewhat truncated 50-minute set. You better believe that she made use of every damn minute that she had. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: Outside Lands 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2017

All photos by Bryan Lasky

After an epic day 1 and day 2 at Outside Lands 2017, day 3 closed down in equally epic fashion with a headlining performance from all-time greats The Who, new pop sensation Lorde, a surprise pop-up set from Big Boi, as well as sets from the likes of Young The Giant, Bleachers, Maggie Rogers and Jacob Banks.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky captured all the action for us, find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

When I think of summer coming into bloom, I think of the Governors Ball Music Festival. At least for me, it’s usually the first music festival of the summer I’ll attend, and having it so close to home makes it special. After attending this year’s edition, I have now attended all six editions of the fest since it moved to its not permanent home of Randalls Island, watching it gradually grow in size each year. Although rain once again threatened in the days ahead of the festival, we lucked out with some great weather, with only a few light drizzles throughout the weekend.
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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017

We may be only a few days into the new year but that means it’s time for all the music festivals to reveal their 2017 lineups. Here in New York there’s quite a few festivals starting to emerge, but there’s only one that we have relied on year in and year out: Governors Ball.

They’ve announced this year’s edition of the festival (at Randall’s Island as usual), and it’s as varied and eclectic of a mix as ever. Headlining the festival is Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. Then you got Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cafe The Elephant, and Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker. From there, highlights include Beach House, Schoolboy Q, Air, The Avalanches, Franz Ferdinand, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Banks, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Danny Brown, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, The Range, The Orwells, Ron Gallo, and even former BBC radio host Zane Lowe.

We’ve been covering Governors Ball every year since the second edition, and are excited to hopefully return this year to see what new memories this years edition of the festival brings. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at noon, with early bird pricing starting at $275.

See you at Randall’s Island this summer!
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Dana’s Best Albums of 2015

By Dana Pacifico, January 26th 2016

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For me 2015 was a great year musically. Three of my favorite bands released solid albums and pop music made a serious movement. It was incredibly difficult to put a number on each of these albums because they not only speak to my soul sonically but in being a concert photographer I’ve gotten so see many of these artists live and those experiences also help give me a singular feeling that is hard to measure.
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Florence and the Machine at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 5, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 7th 2015 — with 2 comments

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With new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful set for release later this month (May 29 via Island Records), Florence and the Machine is scheduled to appear as the musical guest for the season finale episode of Saturday Night Live this week. So while in town she announced that she would be playing a surprise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, in a show co-sponsored by Governors Ball (which she’ll be playing next month) and Bowery Presents. Fans were understandably very excited by this announcement, as it’s not everyday you get a chance to see a major star like Florence and The Machine in a 550-person venue such as MHOW. Tickets were hard to come by, but for those lucky enough to get in, they were treated to a once in a lifetime show from the British pop-star.
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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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Recap: Boston Calling Fall 2014

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014

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This past weekend, I attended the fall version of Boston Calling, making it my first visit to the new but established Boston music festival. It was actually my first in Boston since I was a little kid, and boy, what a great weekend it was.

I have nothing but positive things to say about the festival, which was run to perfection. With two stages practically a stones throw away from one another, you had a pretty intimate fest with the ambition of one much larger. Even with rain and thunder causing an evacuation and hour long delays on Saturday night (which cancelled out sets from Girl Talk and Volcano Choir), the festival handled it and courteous and professionally as one could.

I saw stunning sets from The National, Lorde, Future Islands, Spoon, Nas + The Roots, The Replacements, The War On Drugs and Neutral Milk Hotel, making it a wonderful wrap of my summer festival season.

Boston Calling is just done right. I can only see it growing bigger and bigger over the years, which makes me very excited for the future.

Below I’ve wrapped up my coverage with a list of all the sets that I saw, as well as a photo gallery of my favorite shots taken from the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Lana Del Rey released her new single “West Coast” earlier in the month, but I wasn’t ready to dive in back then. I needed some time, for whatever reason.

Maybe because these days it seems like people just hate Del Rey simply because others do, and their twitter accounts would loose some of their cool if they said anything otherwise. It just doesn’t make sense to me consider a majority of these same people adore Kanye, Lorde, Sky Ferreira, Justin Timberlake, etc. You get the point. I get that she isn’t for everyone. However, judge her based on the music, and leave the rest for the birds. It gets too exhausting to think about. Read the rest of this entry »





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