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TOPS – Sleeptalker

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

Tops - Sleeptalker

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


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:

Photos: Full Moon Fest 2017

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2017

The Full Moon Festival was back again this year for it’s seventh edition and it once again took place on Governors Island, but moved from the beach to the Play Lawn, giving the festival a more spacious area in the fields.

Our photographer Leah Runyon was there to capture the action from both artists like Tops, Connan Mockasin, Vic Mensa and Kelela, as well as the well dressed crowd. Find some of her shots posted below.
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British rockers Temples are always a must-see for me. From their first official NYC show, to last year’s stop at Bowery, the band just seem to get better and better live each time I see them perform.

Last week, on May 16, they put on the best show that I have seen from them yet, during the first of a two-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The stops are a part of a tour in support of their new album Volcano, which they released in March via Fat Possum.
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Bonobo at Terminal 5 [night 2] (April 28, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, May 11th 2017 — with 1 comment

Earlier this year and after much anticipation, Simon Green finally returned under the moniker Bonobo with one of the years finest releases, Migration (out now via Ninja Tune). The release marks Greens first proper full length studio release since 2013’s fantastic The North Borders, and also since 2014’s live album, The North Borders – Live.  Although the gap between releases was unbearable for some, it was most certainly worth the wait as it is one of the most beautifully crafted albums he’s recorded to date.

Green hasn’t been completely absent from the NYC scene though, as he’s played many DJ sets in Brooklyn as part of his Outlier residency at Output. The last time we saw a live set with the full band was actually way back in 2014 on the tail end of The North Borders tour when the band played a beyond capacity Summerstage at Central Park.  Fast forward three years and Green made his return to the big apple in a big way, playing not one, but two sold out shows at New York City’s own Terminal 5. We were there for night two of the two-night run while the band is out on the road in support of Migration and were even lucky enough to be on hand for a few surprises Green had brought along with him for this second night (but I’ll get to that in a minute…).

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