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Whitney at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (August 11, 2017)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2017 — with 2 comments

Whitney, who are still riding high off their well-received debut album Light Upon the Lake (released via Secretly Canadian) have still been touring non-stop throughout 2017, even releasing a new 7″ of covers (Lion’s “You’ve Got A Woman” / Dolly Parton’s “As Slow As I Can”) and it seems like their sophomore LP is looming just around the corner.

On August 11 they returned to New York for a free performance at Prospect Park as one of the final shows this summer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The great triple bill also featured opening performances from both Weyes Blood and Moses Sumney.

Whitney fought off the rainy weather with a delightful set of their summer-themed jams, including a rare performance of title track “Light Upon the Lake” as well as cover of Lion’s “You’ve Got A Woman,” along with Neil Young’s “On The Way Home” and NRBQ’s “Magnet.” They also offered us a glimpse of the future in the form of a delightful new song entitled “Rolling Blackout.”

Find photos of all three acts, along with their respective setlists, posted below.

Weyes Blood:

Weyes Blood Setlist:

1. Seven Words
2. Generation Why
3. Used to Be
4. Be Free
5. Do You Need My Love
6. Diary
7. Vitamin C (Can Cover)

Moses Sumney:

Moses Sumney Setlist:

1. Incantation
2. Worth It
3. Indulge Me
4. Plastic
5. Quarrel
6. Come To Me (Björk Cover)
7. Lonely World
8. Doomed


Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 [Day 2]

By Bryan Lasky, July 24th 2017

(A Tribe Called Quest)

All photos by Bryan Lasky

Saturday was a hot one, and many opted to sit in the shade and relax while the music played. Another eclectic bill from top to bottom took to the park, all starting with a rousing set from Vagabon and her band. The crowd was all in from the moment she stepped on the stage and she gave everything she had. Jeff Rosenstock was the happiest person on the planet when he took the stage. His energy was infectious and the crowd wildly approved his entire punk rock and new wave infused set. He joked about how much money the band was paid to play the fest as well as helped destroy a Trump piñata, much to the crowds adoration.
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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2017

The Pitchfork Music Festival has been going strong since 2006 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The annual July pilgrimage by thousands of music lovers to the beautiful city of Chicago has once again put together a strong line up. Obviously many speak of going to Chicago for Lollapalooza, but this far more intimate affair is really the festival you want to hit in the windy city.

Everyone knows when they go to a festival who is headlining each day. This year’s trio is LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. None of them need many words written about them since all three have tirelessly proven themselves over and over again. The undercard is truly what people need to look towards in today’s festival environment since there are so many now to choose from, it’s the undercard that sells. So here are some of the best of what the undercard has to offer.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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Photos: Basilica Soundscape 20015 (Day One)

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2015 — with 1 comment

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On September 11 I returned upstate to Hudson, New York, for Basilica Soundscape, the annual team-up between Basilica Hudson’s founders, Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, along with Pitchfork managing editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management. Last year was my first time at the festival, and I had such a great time that I went back for seconds this year.

I was only able to stay the first day, but caught unforgettable sets from the likes of HEALTH, Viet Cong, Lydia Ainsworth, Weyes Blood, Indrajit Banerjee & Gourisankar, and Actress.

The festival seems to now be a staple each September in Hudson, New York, making me excited to make the trip again next year. Find photos from Day 1 of this year posted below.
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Preview: Basilica Soundscape 2015

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2015


It’s only fitting that the Basilica Soundscape festival takes place as summer turns to fall, as this festival is much different than the large-scale festivals that take place across the country during the summer. Not only is it’s location in the industrial Basilica Hudson building in Hudson, New York a much more intimate affair in set up, but it’s lineup is as unique as you’ll find at any festival out there.

This year the festival sports a lineup as diverse and interesting as they come: The Haxan Cloak, HEALTH, Perfume Genius, Viet Cong, Jenny Hval, Lydia Ainsworth, Weyes Blood, Actress, Wolf Eyes, and many more. The festival, in it’s 4th year, features curation from Basilica Hudson’s founders, Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, along with Pitchfork managing editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management.

Last year was my first time up to the festival (as well as Hudson, New York – a 2 hour train ride, or drive from the city), and I was impressed in every way imaginable. Not only does it features a wide range of artists, but there’s something cool about seeing bands in an industrial building. Everyone there is for the music, enjoying a bite to eat, a beer, or taking in some art. There are no flags, flower crowns, or go pros. It’s a festival without all the music festival headaches.

You can find photos and a recap of last year’s festival right here. Both two-day, and single day tckets for the festival are still currently available at this link. You can find more information about the festival at their website, facebook, instagram and twitter.

I’ve also shared the lineup and set times in full below.
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Speedy Oritz at Pier 84 (July 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2015

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On July 9, Pier 84’s Hudson River Rocks series presented a rock solid free show featuring Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, and Weyes Blood. Only cloudy skies and the threat of rain put the evening of music at risk.

Skies held out when I got there for Speedy Ortiz, who delivered a tight set as expected, playing a 12-song set mixed between their new album Foil Deer (out via Carpark Records), as well as their 2013 debut Major Arcana. While it was a very different atmosphere from theri sold out Bowery Ballroom show from earlier in the year, Sadie Dupuis and the rest of the band had no problem captivating the crowd, not always an easy thing to do at a free show.

Unfortunately during the wait for Waxahatchee the weather took a turn for the worst, and they had to cancel the show. I have still yet to see Katie Crutchfield’s band perform live. No big deal as they’ll be back in New York soon enough, but it was still disappointing nevertheless.

Find the setlist below, along with some photos from Speedy Ortiz’s performance.
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Woods @ Baby’s All Right (April 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2014


On Tuesday night Woods headlined a impressive bill featuring supporting slots from The Woolen Men, Weyes Blood, and Cassie Ramone. The show took place at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn all as a part of Red Bull’s Sound Select series that Brooklynvegan curated.

Cassie Ramone (formerly) of Vivian Girls played an acoustic solo set where she asked the crowd to sit down during her performance. It was just her and her guitar, sharing a set of personal songs, aside from her cover of Beach Boys’ “Do You Wanna Dance.”

Up next was Weyes Blood, which is the project of Brooklyn resident Natalie Nering. She sings over various cassette tapes that she lets play behind her, giving her set a lost dreamy effect that is often haunting, but mainly quite beautiful. Hearing her voice over the hiss of the tape deck is almost this solitary experience that can be both devastatingly sad and also oddly uplifting. You get all kinds of emotions watching her play, which says a lot. Her set also included a great interpretation of Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin.” Keep an eye out for her.

The Woolen Men are from Portland, Oregon and brought all kinds of goodness with them. They jammed out in a garage-rock fashion that moved and grooved persistently, and with ease. Every song was as good as the next, with jangly guitars and plenty of hooks to bring it all home. During the tail-end of their set they switched instruments and I actually found that band dynamic to be just as good, if not better.

After many years of always missing Woods NYC showings, I finally got to see them. I’m glad to rely that they didn’t disappoint. Their new album With Light And With Love was just released last week, and as expected, the set was mainly taken from the new album. The epic self-titled track was a standout for me, as the band was able to showcase their full abilities the the freak-out folk jam that truly stayed true to the word jam.

Woods indulge in these extended jam a bit more than you’d expect, but in the best way possible. They bring forward the rock elements that often lay in the back during their folkier tunes, but during the live show they crank things up a bit. This results in a exciting psych-folk display that has the ability to take over a room in ways that I didn’t even anticipate. There’s a timelessness about their songs that shines through on stage where you feel like you’re being transported through various time periods.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect Woods to rock out as much as they did, a very pleasant surprise that will definitely have me coming out for more at some other point. It’s also worth noting that during the encore Real Estate’s bassist Alex Bleeker suddenly appeared next to me, rocking out just like another fan. It was pretty cool, to say the least.

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