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[listen]: Rewards – Equal Dreams (Feat. Solange Knowles)

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2011 — with 1 comment

Rewards a.k.a. Aaron Pfenning used to be in Chairlift. Now he’s crafting his own solo beats, such as his new single, “Equal Dreams” which features Solange Knowles. It’s a fusion of tropical sounds meshed together with those late night thoughts that usually make so much more sense at the moment. The cool thing with Rewards is that Aaron does make sense of all his thoughts.

“Equal Dreams” is being released as a single by DFA on July 25 (purchase it here). A full length album will be released later this year. For now, take a listen to the single:

Check out a song he released last year called, “I Used To”.

Rewards has a few local shows scheduled in the next few weeks. Tomorrow he’s playing at the Cameo Gallery, he’s at the Manhattan Inn on August 4, and back at the Cameo Gallery on August 18.

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, July 27th 2017


All photos by Bryan Lasky

The 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival closed up shop on Sunday with what looked like it was going to be a rainy dreary day, but thankfully the weather held out. The crowds weren’t as big as the previous two days, but it was still very well attended. The festival suffered a big blow that day, with The Avalanches having to cancel only a few hours before their set due to a family member being sick. Jamila Woods won out though being able to play right before Solange, but missing The Avalanches hurt.
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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2017

The Pitchfork Music Festival has been going strong since 2006 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The annual July pilgrimage by thousands of music lovers to the beautiful city of Chicago has once again put together a strong line up. Obviously many speak of going to Chicago for Lollapalooza, but this far more intimate affair is really the festival you want to hit in the windy city.

Everyone knows when they go to a festival who is headlining each day. This year’s trio is LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. None of them need many words written about them since all three have tirelessly proven themselves over and over again. The undercard is truly what people need to look towards in today’s festival environment since there are so many now to choose from, it’s the undercard that sells. So here are some of the best of what the undercard has to offer.
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Boston Calling Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

The new and revamped Boston Calling is back in a big way. Not only will it take place at a much larger space with Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts over the weekend of May 26-28 (it’s now a 3-day festival too), but it sports a very impressive lineup.

Headling the festival is Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper. Then there’s Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Weezer, The 1975, Major Lazer, Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest, Mitski, Deerhoof, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus, Solange, Cage The Elephant, Nataniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Pup, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stand Of Oaks, and many more, including a film experience with Natalie Portman.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early bird 3-day passes still available.

Panorama Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2017

Today Panorama announced its lineup for this year edition of the festival (their second). This year the festival sports a group of headliners consisting of Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Alt-J and Solange.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by MGMT, Future Islands, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Justice, Glass Animals, Angel Olsen, Tyler The Creator, Girl Talk, Mitski, Jagwar Ma, Vince Staples, Cloud Nothings, Proccupations, Foxygen, DJ Shadow, S U R V I V E, MØ, Cherry Glazerr, Pinegrove, and Bleached.

The fest once again takes place at Randall’s Island Park from July 28-30 and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

1_Blood Orange_The Apollo Theater

On December 12 Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange headlined a special performance at The Apollo Theater as a benefit for the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. The evening was set to feature his music along with many appearances from special guests. So he billed the show as Blood Orange and Friends, and the show sold out instantly. So fast that a second matinee show was added at 3pm. It was the matinee show that I caught, and as far as matinee performances goes, it was one of the liveliest ones that you’ll ever see.

The show kicked off with brief but fruitful opening performances from New York artists Junglepussy and Ratking. From there it was time for Hynes to shine, but the afternoon was made for collaboration. His set featured not only his songs, but guest appearance and duets from stars such as Nelly Furtado and Solange Knowles. Together with Furtado they performed her hit “Say It Right,” along with a new song of theirs called “Hadron Collider,” that they sold as limited cassette tapes, only available during both shows.

It was a truly a celebration of music not just for Hynes and his friends, but for everyone in the audience, and all for a great cause.

Find some shots of all the performances posted below.
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Panda Bear @ Warsaw (May 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, May 19th 2014


Panda Bear doesn’t play live solo sets all that often, so when he does, you gotta stop what you’re doing and find a way over there. I should speak for myself, as up until last night, I had never seen a live solo set from Noah Lennox. His appearances would always catch me at the wrong time during my college years, and although I’ve seen Animal Collective’s a handful of times now, as well as a set from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, it wasn’t until Panda Bear stopped by Brooklyn venue Warsaw (for a Red Bull Music Academy Show) last night that I could finally check him off my ever expanding list. Read the rest of this entry »

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