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Ryan Adams at The Beacon Theatre (May 2, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 15th 2017

On May 2 Ryan Adams kicked off his two-night run of sold out shows at The Beacon Theatre as a part of his tour in support of his new album Prisoner, which he released in February via Pax-Am Records.

Kicking off with Prisoner‘s opening cut “Do You Still Love Me?,” Adams eased the crowd into the show, before nonchalantly diving into a more fast-paced version of one his biggest songs, “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High). Within the first notes of the track, the seated crowd rose from their seats, and remained standing the entire way through.
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Ryan Adams at Rough Trade NYC (February 18, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 13th 2017 — with 1 comment

On February 17 Ryan Adams released his new album Prisoner via his own Pax-Am Records. To celebrate the release, Adams announced a very intimate performance at Rough Trade NYC the very next day on February 18 (he also played a much bigger show at The Apollo a few days before). Of course, the show sold out in seconds, so Adams added an acoustic instore performance that would take place a little earlier on the same night, all fans had to do to get in was buy the record from the store.
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Ryan Adams at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2015

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Day two of Governors Ball came down to headlining sets from Ryan Adams or Deadmau5, probably the easiest headlining “conflict” of the weekend. Adams himself even found time to poke fun at the conflict (and the bits of the producer’s performance that bleed over to Adams’). After a heartfelt performance of “Kim” (from his most recent album), Adams called out to Deadmau5 with a obvious dig toward the producer: “Try to make this song on your fucking iPhone.” He followed it with one of the most memorable (and relevant) quotes of the entire festival: “It’s like we’re living in a fucking Terminator nightmare.”

Adams had plenty of more hilarious moments, but it didn’t deter from his magical headlining set in any way. This was my first time seeing Adams live, and I have to say, even with all my expectations, he managed to blow me away with every single song. He’s a true songwriter and a real sincere performer, and he found a way to connect with every single person in the audience, something that’s not easy to do.

His performance at Governors Ball made me a fan for life, and I will be sure to catch him live the next time he stops in New York for a show of his own.

Find more photos of Adams’ performance posted below.
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Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good

On September 9 Ryan Adams will release his new self-titled album via his label Pax-A. He’s already released the album’s first single, “Gimme Something Good.”

It’s a rollicking bit of americana-inspired rock and roll with plenty of soul and grit to go along with it. This track could have come out in the 80s, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Stream “Gimme Something Good” below.
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[new] Ryan Adams – Lucky Now

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2011

“Lucky Now” is a new song from Ryan Adams, off his upcoming album, Ashes & Fire, which is out October 11 via his own label, Pax-Am. He’s made the alt-country delight available to hear via a soundcloud stream. Check it out below:

As Stereogum points out, Ryan Adams just posted a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof” on his facebook page. The cover seems to have been done literally right in front of Adams’ computer, as bare bones as you can get.

It’s certainly a different version of the song, and not a bad listen at 2 a.m. Head to Ryan’s facebook page to listen/watch.

Update: Watch it below:

Either way, enjoy the original version below. Damn, this music video seems like forever ago…doesn’t it?

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016 — with 1 comment


Blur at MSG

I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.
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Governors Ball Announces 2016 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2016 — with 1 comment

Governors Ball 2015

It’s that time of year again already, the lineup for this years edition of our hometown festival Governors Ball is here. The festival will return to the comforts of Randall’s Island during the weekend of June 3-5, as usual.

This year sees a bunch of old Governors Ball favorites returning to headline the fest. Returning for the 2016 edition of the festival is Kanye West, The Strokes and Beck. Also joining them this year are The Killers, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, and CHVRCHES.

There’s a lot of great groups and artists rounding out the midcard, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Miike Snow, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX, Bloc Party, Gary Clark Jr., Matt and Kim, Purity Ring, Lord Huron, Eagles Of Death Metal, Cold War Kids, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Albert Hammond Jr., Day Wave, Against Me!, Bat For Lashes, FIDLAR, Miuel, Joey BadAss, Thundercat, Torres, Bully, Black Pistol Fire, and Public Access T.V. The lineup does favor “indie rock” this year, with no big EDM headliner this year, which is ok with me (and Ryan Adams).

We have covered the festival for the past four years, and are looking forward to our fifth year back on Randall’s Island taking in some great sights and sounds once again. Summer can’t get here soon enough.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the Governors Ball website, and you can find our coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here.

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Back on a Sunday night in September, seemingly most of the musical talent that happened to be in New York that weekend converged to Bowery Ballroom for the first night of Neilfest, a tribute to the great Neil Young put on by The Best Fest. Not only was it a grand old celebration of a musical genius, but it served as a benefit to the Sweet Relief charity. So not only did you get some amazing artists, old and new, covering Neil Young, but it was all for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Cabin Down Below Band served as the backing house band for all the guests, and these guys are veterans of these sort of things by now, also serving as the backing band for the previously held Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest. They kicked things off with “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown,” and then handed the torch to a different band or artist to take over the song, and then pass the torch down the respective line.
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