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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:

Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (August 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Arcade Fire are now a full fledged arena act, and I mean that in the best way possible. They are a band thats fully capable of filling out an arena with gusto and confidence, and the truth is that they always have been. It’s no surprise that they are playing an impressive three nights at Barclays Center this weekend, they’ve payed their dues and have certainly earned all of their success. Last night was the first night of the three night run, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Twin Peaks at Mercury Lounge (August 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 15th 2014

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On Wednesday night young Chicago-based rockers Twin Peaks played an impressive show at Mercury Lounge that proved that new generations can indeed keep rock and roll afloat. The performance came in support of their freshly released new record Wild Onion, a youthful explosion of rock and roll that you need to be spinning as soon as freaking possible.
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The Rosebuds at Rough Trade NYC (August 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2014

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Back in the early days of music blogging (when I only read them obsessively) I came across a song called “Hold Hands and Fight” by a band known as The Rosebuds. The song became an immediate favorite of mine, full of rich authenticity. I later dove into the rest of their 2005 album Birds Make Good Neighbors, and was amazed at what these guys were doing. They weren’t trying too hard, they were just being themselves, delivering delightful gem after gem. Since then, they’ve been one of those bands who you don’t worry about their next release. You know it’s coming, and you know it will be solid. It’s a rare thing, and something that you most definitely take for granted.
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Last night Levi’s booked Haim and Sleigh Bells as a solid 1-2 punch in celebration of the launch of their Live In Levi’s campaign. The show went down at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and was free to the public (via RSVP), but you had to wear a pair of levi’s denim in order to get in. They scanned our barcodes, and reminded us while we were on line that we needed to be wearing levi’s to get in, but no one actually checked to see if we were upon entry.
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