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Tops at Music Hall of Williamsburg (September 29, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2017

It’s been great to watch Montreal indie rockers TOPS evolve over years, slowly but surely getting better with every release and finding a way to grow their fanbase further. Their new album Sugar at the Gate (released via Arbutus Records) shows even more maturity for the band.

Based on their performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 29, the band have connected with many people since the last time we saw them (at Baby’s All Right), as they drew a packed crowd that brought a high energy and helped sing along passionately to tracks like “Way To Be Loved.” After three albums the band have really started to catch on and it’s been great to see.
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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:

Andrew Bird at The Capitol Theatre (March 3, 2018)

By Anthony Bauer, March 20th 2018

We’ve been seeing a lot of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird the past few years we certainly are not complaining about it. The most recent run of his tour saw him playing smaller theatre-sized venues as compared to the slightly larger club sized shows the past few stops. After opening up for the Lumineers at MSG, playing Terminal 5, as well as playing one of the best shows of 2017 with his Celebrate Brooklyn concert at Prospect Park, he made his return back to New York just a stones throw away from the city at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

Bird is on the road in support of his fantastic new release of Echolocations: River released in October of 2017 (via Wegawam Music Co.) as well as 2016’s Are You Serious (via Loma Vista) as well as a few other surprises (…but we’ll get to that in a minute…).

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Black Pistol Fire

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

There are some bands that you drop everything you’re doing to go see. I don’t care what it is, you stop watching the Olympics, you put off doing laundry, you leave the kids waiting after soccer practice in the rain…ok, maybe not that one – I’m pretty sure that the band I’m talking about wouldn’t want you having to talk to child protective services. The band, that you have to see, in this case, is none other than Black Pistol Fire. A band, that for my money (and no, I’m not giving up any money if you disagree), is probably the best rock duo out there. And they proved it once again at Irving Plaza on Thursday, with yet another signature show full of leaps, dives, more leaps, whiplash moves, Delta blues-inspired riffs, and some of the most madcap drumming you’ll ever see.
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