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Favorite Live Photos of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015


(Foals at Terminal 5)

There was no shortage of great shows to be found in 2014. You can find the best 50 that I saw in 2014 right here. Throughout the year, we took thousands upon thousands of photos, documenting every moment of these unforgettable shows. We put in a lot of work trying to capture the essence of these performances, and I wanted to share these photos with you in one giant collection.

These are not only photos that I took, but also photos taken by our great team of contributing photographers. They’re posted in chronological order, as there was simply no other right way to go about ordering the photos. Below each photo, is the link to the original post, as well as the photographer credit (if it’s other than myself).

So with that said, sit back, and enjoy our favorite live concert photos that we took in 2014. You can also find the gallery posted over at our facebook page. There’s probably one too many photos posted here, but we probably saw way too many shows.
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Torres – New Skin

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2014

Torres - New Skin

Torres has teamed up with Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel & Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and The Pharmacists for a new song called “New Skin.” The song was released for non-profit Weathervane Music’s webseries Shaking Through.

Apparently the version of the song is different to the one that will appear on Torres’ eventual new album. Even so, it’s a powerful listen that would be more than acceptable on any release.

Find it posted below.
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Siren Music Festival 2010

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2010 — with 1 comment

Boy was it hot yesterday. I had a great time at the festival even though I was sweating my ass off through it. I woke up late and missed a few of the first acts but got there in time to catch the end of the Screaming Females set. I had seen them open for the Arctic’s last December and it looks like they were still tearing it up live. I met my friends for Surfer Blood’s set, and the boys sounded great. They played all my favorite cuts from Astrocoast. The sound was a lot better than the last time I saw them, so it really made a difference.

Up next was The Night Marchers, a band made up of middle aged men that brought the rock. They had mean riffs and played tight songs that were totally rock and roll. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart delighted us with perfect indie pop rock that I really did enjoy. I can’t wait for their next record. I caught the beginning of Ted Leo’s set which lived up to their reputation, but I was eager to catch the young talents of Cymbals Eat Guitars. They are not a band made for outside venues. I think their sound would fit a lot better inside. Their set improved as they went along, which is always a positive.

I have already seen Matt & Kim live , and do enjoy their music from time to time. However, I don’t understand the recent craze for them. They are a lot of fun, but aside from that, they don’t do much for me. I decided to check out Holy Fuck and I am more than pleased with my choice. The crowd went apeshit for Holy Fuck, and for good reason. Holy Fuck dominated Coney Island with an incredible set of electronic dance rock instrumental jams that had people more than moving. I wasn’t sure if Holy Fuck had a headlining worthy performance in them, but they sure proved me wrong. I was pleasantly surprised with their set, and it was the most memorable performance of the evening, by far.

My photos are posted after the jump:

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Friday Fresh Bin

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2009 — with 2 comments

There has been a lot of new songs coming out into the web lately. We are pretty much done with 2009 now. Everything that had to come out, has by now. Everyone is working on their best of the year lists, and some blogs have already finished them! To be honest with you, I still got a long way to go in that department! I have a vague idea of what albums I want to include in my lists, but I am not sure about the specifics (how many, or in what order). I am in the same boat for songs. I just can’t get myself to make a finalized decision so early. I use this last month to divulge into everything once more, and come up with a final list at the end of the year. I feel like that is the most “proper” way to do it. That’s just me though!

Friday Fresh Bin is a new feature that I will use to compile the all of the weeks new songs that I was unable to get a post about. It will mostly be “brand new” songs, but I may also throw in some songs that are new to me. This way, I will have a resource to pump out all of my favorite new jams to you guys. It saves me multiple posts, and makes it easier for you to access the goods. Everyone wins!

This Friday’s Fresh Bin features 3 new songs from great artists that are all releasing albums in 2010. Honestly, with the addition of these three artists to the already impressive line up so far, 2010 is going to be one hell of a year!!!

Here’s the rundown:

[mp3] : The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself

Do you remember a buzz band called The Muslims? Well it’s been almost a year since I posted about them changing their name to The Soft Pack to avoid dealing with the controversy that accompanied The Muslims name. Check out a new song called “Answer to Yourself” from the band, and you will understand why these guys are considered one of the best new bands in the game! It has a garage rock sound, which is one of my personal favorite sounds. At the same time, everything sounds clean and emphasized. They struck a balance between lo-fi and clean production, which is tough to do!

They are finally going to release their long, long, long, long (get the point?) awaited debut album on 2/2/2010, so stay tuned. These guys have stepped out of the spotlight with the name change, but I think the time has come for the Soft Pack to hit pretty hard! You can pre-order their LP from insound if you have been waiting as long for their album as I have! If your still undecided, go read up on them and watch them play some songs at their label’s website. It is good to see these boys back!

[mp3] : Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Even Heroes Have To Die

I don’t like to claim to have known a band for years if I have never listened to them. I feel like so many people claim to know every band out there just to help their credibility. I do have some knowledge about how Ted Leo is, but I have never listened to Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. Until now. The band recently gave their new song “Even Heroes Have To Die” away for free, and how could I pass that up? I am glad I finally listened to Ted Leo because it is well worth it! The first thing I noticed about the song was the fine tuned production, the song sounded so clean! It is a rocking song that has a hint of pop in it. Call me a newly educated fan of Ted Leo! I will be diving into all his albums old and new! It will be off of his new record The Brutalist Bricks, due in stores 3/9. It is his debut on Matador Records, so congrats to you Ted!

[mp3] : Shout Out Louds – Walls

I am not the biggest fan of the Shout Out Louds, but similarly to Ted Leo, I haven’t really devoured too much listening time to them. The only]song that I have by them is the excellent You Are Dreaming.  I am glad that I am though, there new song “Walls” is pop-rock glory. It is no surprise that The Shout Out Louds are from Sweden. Sweden is establishing itself as the home of the best pop/rock bands right now! For comparison’s sake, “Walls” reminded me a lot of The New Pornographers and Peter Bjorn & john! And trust me, that is a very good thing! Time for me to grab their other 2 albums before their 3rd album Work comes out on 2/23!!

Bonnarro 2009’s Amazing Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2009 — with 1 comment

Just take a look at this lineup. This is seriously an impressive lineup. Too bad I live in New York and am a college student. However if someone wants to hook me up with some tickets or a plane ticket please feel free to hit me up. (HINT HINT PEOPLE)!!!!

Here is the lineup I wish I could see 🙁 :

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello (solo)
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under The Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

[mp3] : Animal Collective – My Girls

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