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TOPS – Sleeptalker

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2014 — with 1 comment

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On September 2 Montral-based band TOPS will release their new album Picture You Staring via Arbutus Records. Their previous album Tender Opposites was one of my favorite albums of 2012, so it’s safe to say I have sky high expectations for the new LP.

“Sleeptalker” is the first single to be shared from Picture You Staring, and it’s a lush track that is absolute smooth sailing. There’s a sleepy nature to it, carried by the hushed vocals of singer Jane Penny.

Penny provided some insight on the song on the band’s facebook page. Find that posted below.

It’s a lovely listen, one that simply begs for you to replay. Stream it below.
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[CMJ]: TOPS @ Arlene’s Grocery (October 18, 2013)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2013

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Last year, Montreal band TOPS released one of my favorite albums of the year with the dangerously good Tender Opposites.

I kept missing them at previous CMJ’s or the scattered NYC performance here and there. So I made it a mission this time around to catch one of their performances, and it ended up being post-Arcade Fire at Arlene’s Grocery as a part of the M For Montreal showcase. Read the rest of this entry »

[music video]: TOPS – Double Vision

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2012

Regret not catching TOPS at all during CMJ, because I’ve been slowly getting into their debut album Tender Opposites, which came out earlier this year on Arbutus Records.

They released a video for “Double Vision” a song on the album that clings to nostalgia and memories of older days. It then makes sense that the video consists of home video recordings. Wish I didn’t wait so long to get into these guys.

Watch the video below.
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[music video] All The Damn Kids – The Book Stops Here

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2010 — with 3 comments

I called All The Damn Kids a band to watch last week, and I firmly stand behind that statement. They are an exciting band from Sheffield who you should expect to hear more on frm me in the immediate future.

For now, check out their music video for “The Book Stops Here”. It is pretty much a nod to the legendary Albert Lamorisse short film Le Ballon Rouge. It is well shot, and the video certainly fits the mood of the song. Watch it below:

The Growlers at Webster Hall (September 30, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016

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On September 30 (this guys birthday), The Growlers finished off a sold out two-night run in New York with a performance at Webster Hall (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before). The stops came in support of their new Julian Casabalancas produced album City Club, which was also released via Casabalancas’ Cult Records.

The groups lineup has changed quite a bit on this tour, with only Brooks Nielsen, Matt Taylor and Kyle Straka remaining in the core lineup live. It was a bit jarring to see at first, but the new lineup did fill in just fine, and delivered a fine set of groovy beach goth that they’ve made their name with.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.
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PJ Harvey at Terminal 5 (August 16, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2016

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On August 16 the influential PJ Harvey finished off her 2-night run at Terminal 5 with a sold out performance at the venue. The stops were in support of her latest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, which was released this spring via Vagrant Records.

This was an evening with just Harvey, a strong-willed and powerfully enchanting 19-song set that spanned the entirety of her storied career. It was my first time seeing her live, and it somehow exceeded even my unfairly high expectations, and sounded great even at the sometimes hit-or-miss Terminal 5.

Find the setlist posted below, along with some more photos from her performance.
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The Last Shadow Puppets at Terminal 5 (August 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2016

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On August 2, The Last Shadow Puppets returned to New York for a performance at Terminal 5 (where it was moved from its originally planned spot of United Palace Theater) one of the last few stops on the US portion of their tour in support of their album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and a much larger performance than their intimate stop at Webster Hall back in April.

The group kicked things off in interesting fashion with a cover of Suicide’s “Ghost Rider,” likely in dedication to the passing of Suicide’s Alan Vega just a few weeks prior. From there, the ever confident duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane (better known as Milex in some spheres of tumblr) ran through tracks from their new album as well as their 2008 debut, The Age of the Understatement.

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