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Foo Fighters and Royal Blood at Citi Field (July 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2015 — with 1 comment

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Leave it to longstanding rockers Foo Fighters to turn a bad situation such as their frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg before a massive tour, only to return with a Game Of Thrones inspired throne (with guitar necks instead of swords), able to take him from the back of the stage to the front of the crowd while he’s sitting down, all with the help of modern technology. Then again, the Foo Fighters just always seem to find a way to succeed, don’t they?

Not many modern bands are capable of truly selling out a major stadium. Don’t tell that to the Foo Fighters, who sold out not one, but two nights at Citi Field, just one of the many stadiums that they rocked this summer for their Sonic Highways tour. They brought along rising British duo Royal Blood to open up the pair of shows at Citi Field.

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Royal Blood at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Royal Blood have had one hell of a year. It was just a few months ago where I caught them at the rather intimate Marlin Room at Webster Hall, where they put on one of the best shows I saw in 2014. Then overnight they caught fire, booked for much larger shows opening up for Foo Fighters at stadiums like Citi Field (coverage coming soon). All this with just their debut album under their belt (released via Warner Bros Records).

Their set at Governors Ball came during arguably the hottest point of the entire three-day weekend, but the duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher were plenty up to task. They delivered a triumphant chest pounding set that raised the energy in the crowd about 10 bars, impressing me all over again.

Unsurprisingly it ended up being one of my favorite sets of the entire weekend, but I’ve come to expect this sort of thing from the duo by now.

Find some more shots from their Governors Ball performance posted below.
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Royal Blood at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (October 16, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014 — with 3 comments

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On October 16 British duo Royal Blood played The Marlin Room at Webster Hall along with Kan Wakan. It took me until the end of the show to realize it, but it was a special show simply for the reason that Royal Blood are already too big to play small places like that. As UK fans have been aware of for some time, these guys are destined for much bigger things.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

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The third final day of Governors Ball (Day 1 coverage, Day 2 coverage) had the strongest chance of rain out of the entire weekend, but aside from some light drizzle early on in the day, the weather held out. Based on the acts that I caught on Sunday, this was the “rock day” of the festival, featuring a heavy dose of bands with guitars. There was still of course plenty to see in other genres, but it’s safe to say that any day that is headlined by Tool is probably heavy on the rock.
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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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Recap: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(Taken by Anthony Bauer)

There was plenty to love at Governors Ball 2015 this past June, featuring triumphant performances from headliners such as My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams, to unforgettable performances from big groups like Hot Chip, St. Vincent and Weird Al, to up and comers like Royal Blood and The Districts, as well as the always unforgettable Future Islands. There was certainly something for everyone.

Since I strung together individual posts of photo sets and recaps, here’s a handy recap giving you everything all in one place. I’ve included a running list of all the recaps/photo sets in order of each day and set times, as well as my top 10 favorite sets of the festival. This year we also got a featured post from our very own Anthony Bauer, who offered a recap of the happenings from his perspective. Find all that good stuff posted below, along with some of our favorite photos taken from the weekend.
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Death From Above 1979 at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2015

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There was a time not too long ago where it seemed like getting to see a reunited Death From Above 1979 back together and consistently playing live shows was a pipe dream. We lucked out, as last year they not only released a brand new album called The Physical World (that is good), but have been touring in full force.

They duo of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler were originally booked to play Governors Ball last year, but cancelled in order to complete work on The Physical World . They made it up to fans by returning to the festival this year, even though they stopped in New York twice last year, including an album release show at the very intimate Rough Trade NYC.

Their set at Governors Ball was a relentless ball of energy that had fans rushing into one another, disregarding the heat as their bodies flew into one another in full force. It’s always an amazing sight to see the two men working in perfect synergy, creating the massive sounds that they do. Their live show can’t really be matched, although bands like Royal Blood are sure giving it a try.

Find photos of their Governors Ball performance posted below.
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Preview: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2015

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Today, Governors Ball returns to New York City to take over Randall’s Island Park for another edition of the annual festival. It’s hard to believe that it’s June, let alone time for another edition of NYC’s beloved festival.

By now, you should (probably) have a good idea of who you’ll be seeing tomorrow, as well as the rest of the weekend. But if not, I’ve compiled a list of artists who I plan to catch throughout the weekend, if that will help sway your decision.
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Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
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