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Palma Violets @ Lollapalooza (8/4/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 2 comments

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The last time I saw Palma Violets was in the more contained Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, back when it was still snowing out. So seeing them play the biggest stage at Lolla in the summer heat was a very big difference. But the band still brought the same excitement to the stage and did a great job sharing their fun energy that got me hooked on them in the first place. These youngsters are very exciting to watch live, and I recommend that you go see them before they take off even further.

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Palma Violets @ Glasslands Gallery (January 23, 2013)

By Will Oliver, January 24th 2013



I went for another round of Palma Violets in Brooklyn last night, this time, at Glasslands Gallery. Their first show was enjoyable, but their second show was a tighter performance. Not sure if nerves were involved on Saturday, but the band definitely seemed more comfotable and at ease this time around.

Many peoples qualm with modern music is that rock is dead. Palma Violets are my counter offer. They may not be changing the game, but they are making rock music enjoyable again. Song after song of no bullshit rock and roll was pumped out of these 4 Londoners, with an attitude reminiscent of The Libertines. Are they worth the buzz? Who cares. I had a great time watching them rock out, and that’s all the matters.

Getting to hear their songs a second time around made me realize that they got a solid arsenal of rock tunes. Hopefully all of them translate well on their debut album 180.

Hollerado gave a lively opening set with plenty of feel good hooks, and plenty of stories. I caught the tail end of Brooklyn natives The Teen Age set and enjoyed what I heard.

Check the jump for the photo galleries of Palma Violets & Hollerado.
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Palma Violets, Indian Rebound, The So So Glos @ Shea Stadium (January 19, 2013)

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2013 — with 3 comments



Palma Violets had a huge 2012 in the UK making the Londoners one of the hottest bands coming into 2013. They made their first trip to the U.S. over the weekend playing at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, making it their first American show ever.

There was that special feeling in the air during their set. Many people automatically dismiss bands that get a lot of love from the NME, arguing that their popularity will be short lived. I don’t know if Palma Violets are going to save rock and roll and all that nonsense, but I do know that they put on a solid rock and roll live show. There was a special buzz in the air during their set, the type of feeling that only comes at the start of a young bands career. Seeing them play to a young, high-energized crowd was something special. Everyone lost it during “Best Of Friends”, the breakthrough single that launched the bands career.

If you have a chance to see them in intimate venues during this exciting start of their career, please do.

Indian Rebound were one of the supporting acts of the night. They continue to improve literally every time that I see them. The guys are growing up, and they are improving with their playing along the way. Their set was concise, fast, and explosive, making them seem more and more like a fully formed act than ever before. They are really coming along.

The So So Glos, and Soft Black opened as well and also gave the crowd high energy sets that were easy to enjoy.

Check out galleries of Palma Violets & Indian Rebound below.
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[new]: Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2013

Step Up For The Cool Cats

Palma Violets debut album 180 is on the way on February 25.  They just released a new track from 180, titled “Step Up For The Cool Cats.”  It’s going to be tough for the band to live up to the expectations of all their material after how successful their debut single “Best Of Friends” was.

Thankfully, they didn’t set out to recreate it. “Step Up For The Cool Cats” isn’t nearly as immediate, but after a few listens, it’s beginning to work its way into my wheelhouse. These guys have the ability to create young summer anthems that have their way with you.

If they can crank out a bunch of solid tunes that will go well while you are hanging out with a few cold ones on a hot summers day, that would be a considered a successful debut in my eyes.

Damn, Palma Violets nail this performance of “Best Of Friends” on Later… with Jools Holland. Has all the energy and attitude that makes the song great. Can’t wait until these lads come stateside. It’s going to be a wild show, that’s for sure.

The band has announced that their debut album is due out in the UK on February 25. Don’t know if that means anything for the U.S. but either way, our ears will be getting a whole album from this exciting band rather soon.

Watch the performance below.

 

[Introducing]: Palma Violets

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2012 — with 1 comment

My friend Peter attended the Bestival music festival at the Isle of Wight this weekend. He just pointed me in the direction of Palma Violets, a new band from Lambeth, London. Their fairly new, and haven’t quite spread stateside ..yet.

One listen to their passionate anthem “Best Of Friends” will have you committed to every move that this band makes. Imagine a boozed up garage version of The Libertines. Big riffs and a chorus that just begs for drunken singalongs live. It’s their debut single , and I’m enjoying it a great deal.

Watch/listen to the music video below.

The single is available to purchase on iTunes and will be released on 7″ & CD on October 21.

[CMJ 2014]: Mainland at Cake Shop (October 23, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2014 — with 1 comment

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I first caught local New York City band Mainland briefly when they opened for Palma Violets at Glasslands in the early days of 2013. Since then the band has been steadily releasing new material and making a name for themselves on the local live scene, an impressive feat considering how crowded New York City can be.

This CMJ I caught a brief but impressive set from them at Cake Shop for NYC Taper’s fantastic day show. The group, led confidently by frontman Jordan Topf, delivered a energetic set that hit all the right notes. They really have come a long way since I last saw them. They ended things with a fantastic performance of “Leave The Lights On” which saw Topf and Corey Mullee finish things off in style, joining the crowd as they rocked out.

Don’t let Mainland slip from your radar. They’re a bright young band that are ones to keep an eye on. Big things are on the way.
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Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments

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Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. ClairDana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

With that said, enjoy some of the favorite shots that appeared on We All Want Someone in 2013. Here’s to more great shots in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »




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