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The National Homecoming 2018 Recap – Day 2

By Will Oliver, June 8th 2018

After a great first day at The National’s inaugural Homecoming festival, it was time for Day 2 which hung on the promise of a sure-to-be-epic performance from The Nationla themselves playing all of their classic album Boxer.

Future Islands

Day 2 was equally as well curated as the previous day, starting with the electronic workings of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and an always welcome performance from Big Thief, who shared a few new songs that sounded every bit as great as their previous material.
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Governors Ball Announces 2018 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

2018 may only be a few hours in but it’s already festival season folks. That is, festival announcement season. Today Governors Ball announced the lineup for this year’s festival (now running eight years straight), which will take place from June 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.

Headliners are Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who we just saw at Kings Theatre). Then there’s N.E.R.D., Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, and The Gaslight Anthem performing their debut album The ’59 Sound in full. Not to mention a mysterious headliner whose name is blocked out, set-up for an unveiling later.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lil Uzi Vert, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, The Glitch Mom, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors and Russ. Other highlights include Manchester Orchestra, Margo Price, Japandroids, Third Eye Blind, Brockhampton, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, Jay Electronica, Belly, Moses Sumney, The Struts, Middle Kids, Pond, Slaves and The Regrettes.

Tickets went on sale along with the album announcement and are currently at a limited “announce day” pricing of $275 for a 3-Day Pass. After 11:59pm tonight, it will then go up to $305. So if you’re planning to go, today is the day to grab your passes.

Whitney at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (August 11, 2017)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2017 — with 2 comments

Whitney, who are still riding high off their well-received debut album Light Upon the Lake (released via Secretly Canadian) have still been touring non-stop throughout 2017, even releasing a new 7″ of covers (Lion’s “You’ve Got A Woman” / Dolly Parton’s “As Slow As I Can”) and it seems like their sophomore LP is looming just around the corner.

On August 11 they returned to New York for a free performance at Prospect Park as one of the final shows this summer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The great triple bill also featured opening performances from both Weyes Blood and Moses Sumney.

Whitney fought off the rainy weather with a delightful set of their summer-themed jams, including a rare performance of title track “Light Upon the Lake” as well as cover of Lion’s “You’ve Got A Woman,” along with Neil Young’s “On The Way Home” and NRBQ’s “Magnet.” They also offered us a glimpse of the future in the form of a delightful new song entitled “Rolling Blackout.”

Find photos of all three acts, along with their respective setlists, posted below.

Weyes Blood:

Weyes Blood Setlist:

1. Seven Words
2. Generation Why
3. Used to Be
4. Be Free
5. Do You Need My Love
6. Diary
7. Vitamin C (Can Cover)

Moses Sumney:

Moses Sumney Setlist:

1. Incantation
2. Worth It
3. Indulge Me
4. Plastic
5. Quarrel
6. Come To Me (Björk Cover)
7. Lonely World
8. Doomed


Karen O at The McKittrick Hotel (September 9, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2014

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Last night the prolific Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O played a super intimate show at The McKittrick Hotel’s Manderley Bar. The show was the first in a three night run at the venue, with the fourth night coming at Le Poisson Rogue. The performances are celebrating the release of her debut album, Crush Songs, which came out this week. The record was actually recorded seven years ago after a bad breakup, but was never released. But here we are in 2014, and O has finally decided to share the album with the world via Julian Casablancas’ label, Cult Records.
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Blood Orange at Central Park SummerStage (August 16, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2014 — with 2 comments

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I’ve been a follower of Dev Hynes work over the years, going as far back as his punk-rock group Test Icicles, and his former moniker Lightspeed Champion. Nowadays, you know him best as Blood Orange (unless he’s creating score’s for movies under his own name, as he did for this year’s Palo Alto). Yet, even with all these various projects over the years, I had never caught a live performance from Hynes’ many projects. Thankfully, that finally changed.
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