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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:

Kehlani at Playstation Theater (February 22, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 13th 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

R&B singer and budding star Kehlani released her first proper studio album SweetSexySavage on January 27 via Atlantic Records.

The Oakland native recently kicked off her world tour in late February with a few east coast stops. She brought her show to New York for a sold out performance at the Playstation Theater. You get a sense that this is an artist whose going to be dominating much bigger stages in no time.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was on hand to capture Kehlani in action at the Playstation Theater. Find photos from her performance posted below.
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Mates Of State at Rough Trade NYC (October 19, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2016

Mates Of State, the husband-and-wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, stopped in for a performance at Rough Trade NYC on October 19, marking their first live show in NYC in quite some time.

The group have no new album out (though they did release the You’re Going To Make It EP last year via Barsuk Records) but just gave us a 16-song set of all their best material. They’re long overdue for a new album (it’s been nearly six years since their last album, Mountaintops) so hopefully this show was a sign that a new album is just around the corner in 2017.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.
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Preview: Kurt Vile at Terminal 5

By Will Oliver, December 22nd 2016

Next week Kurt Vile returns to New York for a performance at Terminal 5, his largest headlining show here yet. The show will not only wind things down for 2016 (it will be my final concert of the year) but also one of the final stops in support of his sold 2015 album B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (released via Matador Records).

Tickets for the show are still on sale, and it also features an opening set for the always solid Woods, as well as Nathan Bowles. Not a bad show to close out the year with, that’s for sure.
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