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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:

Iggy Pop at The Capitol Theatre (April 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2016

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On April 14 Iggy Pop took his latest tour up to Port Chester, New York for a sold out performance at The Capitol Theatre. The performance was an exciting one for me as it was one of the smaller venues on the tour, as the rest of the stops including larger theatre’s, such as United Palace, which they played a few days prior. There’s also the fact that Matt Helders (of Arctic Monkeys) and Josh Homme (of Queens Of The Stone Age), were playing with Iggy, just as they did on his great new album Post Pop Depression, which was released via Loma Vista Recordings.
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Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom (September 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015

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On September 8 John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees returned to New York for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC stops in support of their new album Mutilator Defeated At Last (out via Castle Face Records). Just like last summer, this version of Thee Oh Sees consisted of bassist Tim Hellman and drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon.

As normal, the group tore through a sweaty, hard-hitting set that had Dwyer in complete control of the room that turned into a punk-rock jungle gym of crowdsurfers and moshers. They prove time and time again with Ty Segall why they’re both one of the hardest working bands in rock, and one of the very best.

Find photos of their performance below, along with openers Ice Balloons and Zs.

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Recap: Eaux Claires 2015, Day 1

By Collin Quinlivan, September 1st 2015

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Exit the suburbs of New York, and enter the long, straight roads banked by endless fields of crops and forests. Not a few hundred miles from my destination, I already saw hints of festival-goers on the road and at rest stops. Cars packed with people and things, “Eaux Yeah!” painted on the rearview window. We were all descending upon the little city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Eaux Claires is the brainchild of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, an Eau Claire native himself, and Aaron Dessner of The National. Being the inaugural year of the festival, expectations were tall and wide. We were not disappointed.

Many festivals today have become so large that they’ve lost sight of what the experience should be about. Maybe it’s selling out, maybe it’s an inevitability of the medium. So many things try to promote authenticity, but end up merely emulating it. Eaux Claires didn’t have this problem. The very foundation of the festival was about collaboration, with multiple artists bring other artists onto the stage to perform with them. I’ve been to other, larger events where the sets have become carbon copies and non-engaging. No, this was as refreshing as the clear waters of the Chippewa River.
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