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This Saturday night was one of the coldest days of the year so far, but making the trek down to Music Hall of Williamsburg to catch Protomartyr was totally worth the freezing temperatures.

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(Beech Creeps)
The night got started with an opening set from local act Beach Creeps, a hard-hitting garage rock group that features Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on drums. They chugged through their brash set of noise, doing their part to keep all of us warm.

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(Priests)
I finally caught Washington D.C. punk-rock outfit Priests, and they didn’t disappoint. They came out swinging hard right out of the gate, delivering a frantic and paranoid set of punk-rock that delivered every bit on its promise. If you haven’t seen these guys play yet, make plans to correct that.
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[SXSW]: Protomartyr @ Red 7 (March 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 22nd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Protomartyr are a rock group that hail from Detroit. Hadn’t heard of them before their performance, but I dug their sound. Something of a post-punk fury with dry vocal delivery from frontman Joe Casey.

They will release their new album Under Color of Official Right on April 8th, 2014 via Hardly Art. Listen to a track from the LP titled “Scum, Rise!” After that are some more photos from their set. Read the rest of this entry »

4Knots Music Festival 2016

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

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Guided By Voices at 4Knots Music Festival 2016

As a avid concert goer in New York, the Village Voice’s annual 4Knots Music Festival is one of the highlights of my summer. It brings along a mix of established and new talent, as well as tons of my fellow music lovers/bloggers/photographers. This year was the 6th edition of the festival, and saw it return to its old stomping grounds at South Street Seaport, after a one-off last year at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. The return to South Street (as well as free admission) was more than welcome, as it resulted in a packed capacity crowd who was enthusiastic from start to finish.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.
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CMJ 2015 – Day 3 (October 15, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 2 comments

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(Mothers at Rockwood Music Hall)

After a rather busy second day of CMJ, day three was somewhat mellower. I got a late start to the day, catching a set from the much buzzed about Car Seat Headrest, a band who probably played more CMJ shows in ’15 than anyone else. The performance was a part of NYC Taper’s annual showcase at Cake Shop.

I then caught a set from Mothers, a band out of Athens, Georgia that many were praising at the festival. They delighted a small but interested crowd at Rockwood Music Hall. They were one of my favorite discoveries at the time, and are about to release their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired at the end of this month via Grand Jury Music.
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CMJ 2015 – Day 2 (October 14, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 6 comments

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After a rather busy first day of CMJ, I kicked off day two right with a performance from our buddy Oscar at Pianos, as a part of the Kanine Records day party. It was my first time catching Oscar since he played our very own CMJ at Pianos in 2014, and he had a new band and some new songs to share. I stuck around Pianos a bit more and saw a fun band out of Toronto called Weaves and then the always entertaining Beverly.

I then ran over to the newly opened Berlin to catch sets from both New Myths and Multimagic as a part of the Holy Underground CMJ Showcase. New Myths are based out of New York, and just happen to feature two fellow graduates of Tappan Zee High School. If you’re a regular attendee of live music in New York, you’ve probably either seen them open a show or seen the name around. This is because their fresh and exciting blend of new-wave rock is as sharp as you can get, and goes over real well live. Same can be said for Multimagic, a indie-rock group from Cincinnati who deliver a performance that’s about as fun and joyous as you can hope for. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, an album that I hope we have to spin during the upcoming summer months.
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