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Win Tickets To See White Denim at MHOW Tomorrow Night

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Tomorrow night White Denim make their live return in New York City, playing three consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Find tickets here). I just saw the band rock out at Boston Calling, and can testify that these guys are in tip top form, as usual.

Tickets are still on sale, but I got a last minute pair of tickets to giveaway to the first night of their run tomorrow night (9/10). To enter to win, leave a comment below with your favorite White Denim tune. I’ll pick a winner and notify them later today.

Good luck!

White Denim at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2014

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Oddly enough, every time I’ve seen White Denim live has been during the late hours of big music festivals (Bonnaroo 2012 + Firefly this year). Due to unfortunate timing, I have never caught one of their more intimate club shows in New York. Well yesterday I caught them for the third time, this time at Boston Calling, yet again at a festival. The only variable was that it was a daylight set at 2 p.m. putting them into the heart of the daylight.
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White Denim at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Foo Fighters set went a bit over the scheduled time, so I was only able to catch a bit of White Denim’s set immediately after. I was happy I made it over at all, as the Austin band are not to be missed live (as I learned at Bonnaroo 2012)

They’re a force of jammy psych-rock with plenty of soul and grooves to keep you going all through the night. They had a killer light show at task as well. I just wish I had a bit more time to take it all in, but I can’t possibly complain. Read the rest of this entry »

White Denim @ Bonnaroo (June 7, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

Going into Bonnaroo, there was no chance of me not catching White Denim. Their reputation for a smashing live band preceded them, and I knew they were ones not to miss. Although not super familiar with all of their records, what I do have is stellar. So I had a good feeling they were going to be great live. They weren’t. They were exceptional.

It was a non-stop rocking set that was a great combination of garage rock, psychedelic, blues, punk, with a jam band mindset. The band tore through the set without ever really taking a step back to breathe, and it was all the more epic for it. I was thoroughly impressed with their stamina, and their ability to just bring the tent down.

Everyone in attendance was raving about White Denim. My advice to you is go see them the next time they stop in to a town near you.

Check out the photos of White Denim posted below:
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White Denim – Anvil Everything

By Will Oliver, March 29th 2011

White Denim keep on impressing me. The latest taste of new album D came in the form of “Anvil Everything”, another psych rock journey down their mind. It’s a track that is very 60’s psych, sounding very Beatles-esque at some points. I even hear a bit of Radiohead deep within “Anvil Everything”‘s DNA. It’s got a lot going for it.

From what we’ve heard from White Denim, it seem as though they’ve stepped up their game heavily for D. If the rest of the album keeps the same quality, D is going to be unstoppable.

[mp3]: White Denim – Anvil Everything

The band also put together a mixtape featuring some of their favorite jams. You can stream that below or download it here, via GVB.

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[new] White Denim – Drug

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2011 — with 1 comment

I’ve been an on and off fan of White Denim for quite some time. I won’t front. I’m not their biggest fan, and I don’t know their catalog by heart. Not even close. However, whatever I do hear from them, I’ve enjoyed immensely. They’re another one of those bands that I’ve been meaning to listen to more.

They just released a new song called “Drug” that will be on their new album D (set for release May 24th via Downtown). I’m blown away by how great this song is. I feel like White Denim have taken their game to an entirely different level. This song is pure magic. It may just be on that hot new drug. I think it’s called Charlie Sheen?

I’ve the rest of D is this magical, then we are in for a real treat folks. Grab “Drugs

[mp3]: White Denim – Drug

Leon Bridges at Bowery Ballroom (June 23, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2015

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In late June soulful Fort Worth, Texas resident Leon Bridges made his return to New York as a part of his first official headlining tour across the states for his winning debut album Coming Home (released via Columbia Records). He played a two night run, with the first at Bowery Ballroom, and the second at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows sold out immediately, with demand far exceeded available tickets. So much so that when I arrived for his performance at Bowery Ballroom, that there was an entire line of nearly a dozen or so people outside who unfortunately bought fake tickets from craigslist. A rather depression reminder to be very careful if you do buy tickets from there.

But for those lucky enough to get inside Bowery Ballroom, they were treated to a wonderful showing from Bridges. Both of Leon’s next New York shows feature slightly bigger performances at the Apollo Theater and Webster Hall, both of which sold out almost instantly. So it was clear that getting to see Bridges at the always intimate Bowery Ballroom was a special treat, as he is destined to play much bigger theaters very soon.
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Leon Bridges at Mercury Lounge (February 17, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Fort Worth musician Leon Bridges has already amassed quite a dedicated following even though he’s only released a handful of songs. And at just 25-years-old, he’s doing it by making smooth retro rhythm and blues, a sound way beyond his years. In less than a year, he went from playing local coffee houses, to being snagged by Columbia Records. By turning back the clocks during a time period where everyone is too busy looking ahead, Bridges is ironically doing something much different, and people are rightfully falling in love.
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Recap: Boston Calling Fall 2014

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014

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This past weekend, I attended the fall version of Boston Calling, making it my first visit to the new but established Boston music festival. It was actually my first in Boston since I was a little kid, and boy, what a great weekend it was.

I have nothing but positive things to say about the festival, which was run to perfection. With two stages practically a stones throw away from one another, you had a pretty intimate fest with the ambition of one much larger. Even with rain and thunder causing an evacuation and hour long delays on Saturday night (which cancelled out sets from Girl Talk and Volcano Choir), the festival handled it and courteous and professionally as one could.

I saw stunning sets from The National, Lorde, Future Islands, Spoon, Nas + The Roots, The Replacements, The War On Drugs and Neutral Milk Hotel, making it a wonderful wrap of my summer festival season.

Boston Calling is just done right. I can only see it growing bigger and bigger over the years, which makes me very excited for the future.

Below I’ve wrapped up my coverage with a list of all the sets that I saw, as well as a photo gallery of my favorite shots taken from the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »





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