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Young Man – In A Sense

By Will Oliver, February 8th 2013


“In A Sense” is an incredible new track from Young Man, a.k.a. Colin Caulfield. A great deal of melancholy can be found within the track from the echoing reverb of the guitar, or the reflective vocals that are looking for a place to call home. It’s a beautiful sounding track that has me doing some reflecting of my own.

“In A Sense” comes from Colin’s new album Beyond Was All Around Me, which comes out April 9 via FrenchKiss Records.

Young Man – Do

By Will Oliver, May 7th 2012

Young Man, the moniker of Colin Caulfield. He’s releasing his sophomore album Vol. 1 on Frenchkiss Records on May 22. “Do” is a cut off the album that starts out as a dark serious cut but blossoms to a sunnier mindset by it’s final lap. I am hearing a little bit of Paul Simon in there.

[mp3]: Young Man – Do

A Young Man On The Rise

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2010 — with 2 comments

I got to see Young Man open for Local Natives but didn’t get to appreciate him enough. I got to the show late and missed about 10 minutes of his set. It was hard for me to get into the rest of his set as a result, and I wasn’t completely sold on him. At the time of the show, I had no background on the band. Well that was my problem, it’s actually not a technical “band”. It’s the project of Colin Caulfield.

He got his start after posted some incredible covers on youtube. He covered the likes of Deerhunter (which Bradford Cox himself said was better than the original), Beach House, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and The Beatles, amongst others. Now it makes sense why I thought he was so good at sounding like other bands when I saw him live.

Colin earned himself plenty of warranted attention, and got signed to Frenchkiss Records. He is going to release his debut EP Boy on iTunes on August 24th, while the physical copy will drop on October 1st. You can legally download “Five”, a song from the EP. Yeah, it’s damn good.

[mp3]: Young Man – Five

You can even stream his entire Boy EP below:

Boy by Young Man

Here is the incredible cover of Beach House’s “Heart Of Chambers” that he did, with a mp3 download:

[mp3]: Young Man – Heart Of Chambers (Beach House Cover)

After hearing his EP and all of these incredible covers, Young Man has impressed me a great deal. He’s got a shit ton of talent, and a lot of great ideas. Can’t wait to see what else he can do in the future.

Leon Bridges at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 6th 2015

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2015 has truly been the year of Leon Bridges. The talented young man from Fort Worth, Texas has been touring non-stop this year, instantly selling out shows even before the release of his debut album Coming Home in June.

He got the Newport Folk Festival crowd out of their folding chairs and up on their feet, “Twistin’ & Groovin” alongside his every note. The man was an incredibly polished and assured artist to begin with, but now with half a year of shows under his belt, him and his band have made incredible strides as live performers.

Bridges will return to New York later this month for a pair of sold out shows, at Webster Hall and The Apollo Theater, respectfully.
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Wild Nothing at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 25th 2015 — with 1 comment

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After catching a set from Lightning Bolt at LPR, I bolted over to Brooklyn to catch Wild Nothings’ New York live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The comeback show was a part of a series of show that the band are performing as a part of Converse’s always welcome Rubber Tracks series. The free show sold out pretty much instantly, and featured support from Brooklyn band Journalism.

This was Wild Nothing’s first performance in New York for some time, but they made us feel right at home, opening with their breakthrough single “Summer Holiday.” This live version of Wild Nothing featured DIIV’s synth-player Colin Caulfield (formerly known as Young Man) and EZTV’s drummer Michael Stasiak. They fit in snugly around Tatum and Wild Nothing’s returning members: bassist Jeff Haley and guitarist Nathan Goodman.
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[new]: King Krule – Neptune Estate

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2013

King Krule

King Krule has released another song off his new album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. It’s the spacey cool “Neptune Estate” that is chilled out and relaxed, as if you’re floating all the way out in space, headed towards Neptune. There’s a hip-hop element at play here along with some jazzed up brass horns, only making the game of King Krule that much more interesting. There’s not much that this young man can’t do.

Take a listen below. Be sure to check out the album’s lead single “Easy Easy” and watch its video.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2013…So Far

By Will Oliver, July 8th 2013 — with 17 comments


artwork credit: Camilo Bejarano

It’s time. I present to you: The best songs of the year…so far. It’s a little past the halfway point of 2013, but I felt it was best to let some releases digest to provide the most accurate list possible. As always, I use the title “best” loosely, as these are really just my favorite songs so far. A lot can change from now to December. New songs will arrive, songs will grow on me, some will rise on the ranks, some may drop, or drop out. It’s cool to see what I thought was the cream of the crop in June, and what ends up finishing as my favorite 3-5 minutes of ear candy of the entire year.

If you’ve been too busy to be our friend this year, or just in desperate need of some new tunes: This is for you. There’s 50 songs, something for everyone. Let me know what you think of the list in the comment section. If you hated it, if you loved it. Tell me what I missed.

I can’t give you guys those free downloads anymore (it won’t fly at this stage), but I can provide you with a lovely spotify link where you can listen to the entire playlist from top to bottom. Or you can just check out the list below, where I’ve included either soundcloud or youtube links.

With that said, enjoy some of my favorite songs of 2013, so far:
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[SXSW]: Jake Bugg @ Fader Fort (March 15, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2013 — with 2 comments


Being way late on discovering Jake Bugg, it was my mission to catch him during SXSW. I was able to catch his set at Fader Fort. I was left a bit disappointed with his live show. Although he is a talented songwriter and “Two Fingers”/”Lightning Bolt” are top notch songs, the young man just isn’t all that interesting live. I don’t know if it was this show in particular, or SXSW as a whole, but he didn’t seem like he had any interest in being there. His stage demeanor was poor. He looked angry that he had to be there for most of the show (see the photo above, that was the most expression he showed all show).

Although his performance was good, a poor stage presence negates all of that. He is still young, and maybe it was just the stress of playing at a tiring festival such as SXSW. If I ever decide to see him live again, lets hope he’s in a bit of a better mood.


In the summer of 2011 I saw Wild Beasts play a great show at Le Poisson Rouge. A young man by the name of Marques Toliver opened for them, and wowed me. He has a unique style that is somewhere in-between classical music and r&b. It’s pretty incredible to be honest with you.

He just announced that his debut album is titled Land Of CanAan and will come out May 14 via Bella Union. To hold us over for now, here’s a little taste of the album in the form of a live performance of “Control”.


[new]: Indian Rebound – Bowery Brats

By Will Oliver, October 1st 2012 — with 1 comment

Indian Rebound are back with a new single titled “Bowery Brats”, and with it, they launch forward into an exciting new era. Immediately the song hooks you in with a viciously great guitar riff by Gianni de Falco. Lead singer Ethan Levenson sounds as confident as ever, as he should. Take note: This is Indian Rebound version 2.0.

All of the pieces have come together, giving the young Manhattan band a new sense of identity led by “Bowery Brats” shuffling dance-charged beat. Terrifically composed with a major sense of urgency, the combination of the riff and shuffling drumming sends an electric shock through every bone and joint. Hitting replay is the only sensible next move. This is a tremendous new single that makes me really reconsider this band as one the best kept secrets in music.

Find me more 17-year-old rockers that can chug out something of this quality, and you can write this blog for me.

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