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Sky Ferreira at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2014

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It’s been nearly a year since Sky Ferreira’s well publicized incident with boyfriend, and fellow musician, Zachary Cole Smith (of DIIV). I bring this up because for a lot of people this is the image that comes to mind when Ferreira’s name comes up. It’s rather unfortunate, as it causes you to lose sight that Ferreira is a solid musician.

It took me longer than most to get into her debut album, Night Time, My Time, but it has worked its charm on me as of late. I saw her live once before, when she opened for Vampire Weekend at Barlcays last year, but her sound was lost in the hollow Atlantic Avenue space. Oddly enough her sound was better suited for the open area atmosphere of Boston Calling.
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Ariel Pink and Sky Ferreira – My Molly

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2013

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“My Molly” is an old Ariel Pink song that interestingly has been re-recorded by Pink with duet-style vocals with Sky Ferreira.

A slightly odd pairing at first glance, it only takes a few seconds of listening to see how genius the collaboration really is. Ferreira gives the song a more resonant pop feel that works glamorously.

You can listen to the new version via the music video released that was directed by Grant Singer. It’s posted below. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: The Meadows 2017 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2017 — with 1 comment

With summer making the inevitable transition to fall, we celebrated the final days of summer 2017 with one final music festival, The Meadows. This was our first year at the festival, which takes place in the parking lot outside of Citi Field in Queens. Think of it as Governors Ball in the fall, located in a parking lot in Queens. Logistically the festival features a convenient set-up that has the stages placed spread out in a circular format to help prevent any sound-bleeding. This format worked like a charm and actually made getting around quite easy.

We started the day with a comeback performance from Sky Ferreira who ran through material from her 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time, as well as a few new songs, including “Easy,” a song featured on the soundtrack for Baby Driver one of my favorite films of 2017. Following her set we caught some more pop in the form on Tegan and Sara, who delighted with a high-energy set of their brand of sugary pop.


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Preview: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2017

The days of summer are slowly winding down. With about a month left, we are still able to send the summer of 2017 off in style in the form of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. They’ve returned with an even bigger and better installment this year which sees them once again at the Citi Field complex, this time expanding to three days, taking place from September 15-17. For information on tickets head here.

Headling this year’s edition is Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels and LL Cool J. There’s really something for everyone and that’s before we get to the deep undercard. M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.
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The Meadows Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, May 8th 2017

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will return for it’s second year at the Citi Field complex, taking place September 15-17.

The festival has now expanded to three days, and will sports a lineup that’s headlined by Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu. Other standouts in the lineup include Broken Social Scene, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.

Now that’s a solid and diverse set of music, and further proof that music festivals can really succeed in NYC.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm (EST). Head here for more info on the full pricing breakdown for ticket sales.

Recap: Boston Calling Fall 2014

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014

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This past weekend, I attended the fall version of Boston Calling, making it my first visit to the new but established Boston music festival. It was actually my first in Boston since I was a little kid, and boy, what a great weekend it was.

I have nothing but positive things to say about the festival, which was run to perfection. With two stages practically a stones throw away from one another, you had a pretty intimate fest with the ambition of one much larger. Even with rain and thunder causing an evacuation and hour long delays on Saturday night (which cancelled out sets from Girl Talk and Volcano Choir), the festival handled it and courteous and professionally as one could.

I saw stunning sets from The National, Lorde, Future Islands, Spoon, Nas + The Roots, The Replacements, The War On Drugs and Neutral Milk Hotel, making it a wonderful wrap of my summer festival season.

Boston Calling is just done right. I can only see it growing bigger and bigger over the years, which makes me very excited for the future.

Below I’ve wrapped up my coverage with a list of all the sets that I saw, as well as a photo gallery of my favorite shots taken from the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Lana Del Rey released her new single “West Coast” earlier in the month, but I wasn’t ready to dive in back then. I needed some time, for whatever reason.

Maybe because these days it seems like people just hate Del Rey simply because others do, and their twitter accounts would loose some of their cool if they said anything otherwise. It just doesn’t make sense to me consider a majority of these same people adore Kanye, Lorde, Sky Ferreira, Justin Timberlake, etc. You get the point. I get that she isn’t for everyone. However, judge her based on the music, and leave the rest for the birds. It gets too exhausting to think about. Read the rest of this entry »

Vampire Weekend @ Barclays Center (9.20.2013)

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2013 — with 1 comment

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The first time I saw Vampire Weekend, We All Want Someone didn’t even exist. It was a cold rainy evening, (January 28, 2008, to be exact) at the Bowery Ballroom where Vampire Weekend were celebrating the release of their debut album to a packed crowd. I could have told you right then and there that they were going to be huge. I still remember the performance of “Walcott” from that night, and how there was just something special in the air, that I hadn’t experienced before. I knew they would have success, but it was pretty mind-blowing to see them rocking out at Barclays Center last night.

For the first 3 songs in the photo pit, I was ironically in a relatively similar position as I was at that Bowery Ballroom show 5 years ago. Only, there were a couple thousand more people there with me.

To be quite frank, the band still plays with the same buoyancy and joyful excitement as they always have. Their stage command has improved, and they look more confident and professional. They are now capable of rocking out these large stages because they’ve consistently gotten better as a band.

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New songs such as “Diane Young”, “Unbelievers” and “Step” sounded absolutely massive live, and to hear them mixed with “White Sky”, “Holiday” and “Giving Up The Gun” was an assault of the senses in the fullest manner. Throw in all the classics such as “Walcott”, “A-Punk”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and what may be my favorite song of theirs because of sentimentality, “Ladies Of Cambridge.” They skipped that one at Roseland the last time they were in New York, to my dismay. Sure still was no “Mansard Roof” or “M79” but it was a pleasure to hear them flesh out versions of Modern Vampires Of The City tracks such as “Don’t Lie” and “Hannah Hunt.” Oh there was also a rock star cover of Blur’s “Song 2′ that proved that they are very much able to cut it as an arena band.

It’s been a crazy journey to watch these guys evolve as a band. I’m really proud to see how far they’ve come, and that they’ve still stayed humble and true to themselves, and their fans.

Below, find Vampire Weekend’s setlist, as well as more photos from their set, as well as of Solange and Sky Ferreira, who opened the show, providing two different styles of female pop that got the crowd warmed up. There’s also a brief iPhone video I took of their cover of Blur’s “Song 2.”
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