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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

Whitney:

Whitney at Bowery Ballroom (October 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2016

On October 11 Chicago’s Whitney played the second of a sold out three-night New York at Bowery Ballroom in support of their terrific debut album Light Upon the Lake, which was released earlier in the year via Secretly Canadian. The show came in between shows at the about equally large Music Hall of Williamsburg and the much smaller Baby’s All Right.

After missing them after Day 3 of Governors Ball was cancelled, I finally got my chance to see the group live. The album has been one of my most listened to of the year, and based upon the passionate response from the sold out crowd, I wasn’t alone with this.

The show also featured some great openings sets from a strong three-act bill that also featured Hoops and Sam Evian

Find photos of all three bands performances posted below.
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Preview: Whitney In NYC This Weekend

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2016

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Tomorrow rising Chicago indie rockers Whitney (featuring Max Kakacek formerly of Smith Westerns and Julien Ehrlich formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) release their debut album Light Upon The Lake via Secretly Canadian. It’s already one of my favorite albums of the year so far, and it won’t be long until everyone else is captured by their lush summer sounds.

To celebrate the albums release, the group is in town for a trio of shows, both big and small. They’ll play an early afternoon set at Governors Ball on Sunday, but before that they’ll do some intimate performances in Brooklyn, playing Baby’s All Right tomorrow night, and Market Hotel on Saturday.

Unfortunately both shows are sold out, but there may be a select amount of tickets available at doors day of show. It’s a matter of time until they play bigger shows at venues like Bowery, MHOW and maybe even Webster Hall, so these are definitely the shows to see.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2017

After an exciting day 1 and day 2 of Newport Folk Festival, it was up to Day 3 to send us home and style, and it looked like it had the best lineup of the entire weekend and it sure didn’t disappoint.

I started the day in style with the festival’s tribute to Chuck Berry, featuring a various collection of artists playing the festival and surprise guests gathering to honor the late great musician. That was a hard set to follow for obvious reasons, but Pinegrove were certainly up to the challenge, and proved all the hype that I’ve heard about their live show to be more than true.
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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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Best Albums of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 29th 2017

Looking back on the past year, it has got to be one of the craziest years of music in recent times.  Sure there were many ups and downs, but there was always one constant through all of it: music.  We were treated to high profile releases, low profile releases, releases that flew under the radar as well as a few releases that didn’t quite live up to the hype.  From the underrated to the overrated, there were more releases than I can even remember but there were a select group of albums that shined the brightest and were albums I continued to revisit throughout the year which made my list of best albums from 2016.

Before we dive into my top favorite releases of 2016, lets quickly talk about some albums that were just as good as anything released last year, but didn’t get as much love as they truly deserved.  With a year like we saw in 2016 it was bound to happen that a few albums slipped through the cracks so lets jump into a short list of honorable mentions that landed just shy of the top 20 (as well as a few releases that were highly underrated):

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Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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Islands at Webster Hall (December 10, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2017

It’s weird that so many albums that came out when I was in high school are celebrating ten year anniversaries, mostly just because it means we’re all just getting that much older. But it’s fun to be nostalgic and tilt out lens backwards, to put our minds back into the mindset of a much simpler, and better time.

My latest nostalgia trip took place on December 10, when Nicholas Thorburn and Islands (who I last saw at Music Hall) celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album Return To The Sea with a performance of the album in full at Webster Hall.
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