Search Results

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

[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.
Read the rest of this entry »

[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:

Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom (September 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015

1_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

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.

Ice Balloons:

1_Ice Balloons_Bowery Ballroom

2_Ice Balloons_Bowery Ballroom

3_Ice Balloons_Bowery Ballroom

4_Ice Balloons_Bowery Ballroom


1_Zs_Bowery Ballroom

2_Zs_Bowery Ballroom

3_Zs_Bowery Ballroom

4_Zs_Bowery Ballroom

Thee Oh Sees:

2_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

3_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

4_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

5_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

6_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

7_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

8_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

9_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

10_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

11_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

12_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

13_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

14_Thee Oh Sees_Bowery Ballroom

Recap: Eaux Claires 2015, Day 1

By Collin Quinlivan, September 1st 2015


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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Wolf Alice at Le Poisson Rouge (June 18, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2015

1_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

In mid June Wolf Alice made yet another return to New York, this time to play their biggest show here to date at Le Poisson Rouge. They made a few stops here throughout the year, with free performances at Baby’s All Right and Brooklyn Night Bazaar (RIP), seemingly picking up tons of new fans along the way. Their rise has been a rather organic ride, with fans slowly picking up on the young British rockers, accumulating due to the simple fact that the band knows how to write a great rock and roll tune. Their debut album My Love Is Cool (RCA/Dirty Hit Records) is one of the finest debuts you’ll find this year.

Their performance at Le Poisson Rouge was as impressive as I’ve seen them yet. Even though it’s only been a couple of months, the group has improved upon each performance, bringing the grunge-inspired rockers to life with even more intensity and ferocity. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s haunted vocals captivate live, keeping your eyes totally transfixed on her while she’s on stage. It’s hard to believe these guys are really only getting started, as they seemed to be seasoned veterans already.

The stage will once again get bigger for Wolf Alice when they return on October 2 for a performance at Warsaw. Tickets are still available at the moment.

Find photos of Wolf Alice posted below, along with Buffalo three-piece Made Violent, who opened the show.

Made Violent:

1_Made Violent_Le Poisson Rouge

2_Made Violent_Le Poisson Rouge

Wolf Alice:

2_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

3_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

4_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

5_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

6_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

7_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

8_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

9_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

10_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

11_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

12_Wolf Alice_Le Poisson Rouge

blog advertising is good for you

Monday Morning Matinee

midwest sunglasses