Catalpa Music Festival 2012

Matt & Kim @ Catalpa Music Festival (July 29, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

Matt & Kim played McCarren Park Pool in 2008 and I went as a fan right before I finally made the move to start the site. I remember going mainly cause it was a free show, but also because I heard about an exciting duo that was supposed to be fun to see live. Matt & Kim impressed me a great deal that day, but the way the crowd was enamored by their presence was what really struck me.

Now we are 4 years past that point, and wow, these two have come a long way since then. Not too much has changed though. The duo are still cheerfully fun live, and the crowd still eats out of their hand. While they may not be my favorite band in the world, there’s no denying that these guys are just plain old fashioned fun live. I don’t know how anyone could sit through their live show and not have a blast. They’re just contagious.

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Cold War Kids @ Catalpa Music Festival (July 29, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

I remember reading about Cold War Kids as a 14-year-old enamored with these new music blogs. Who knew that I would be one of these blogs, getting a chance to cover and photograph the band. It’s mind blowing.

It was a cool thing to see them going strong after all these years. People thought they were just a product of blogs, but they have risen above that, becoming a steady force on the scene. They played a few new songs, along with “Hang Me Up To Dry” and “Hospital Beds”, two songs that really did play a large role on the formation of this blog.

Check out a set of photos from their set below.
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The Black Keys @ Catalpa Music Festival (July 28, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

Let us get something straight. I am a big fan of The Black Keys. I don’t care if they have fancy guys in suits using tablets now to help set up their shows. I don’t care if they are in commercials, or if you think they are too big to show off to your friends now. Fuck all of that. I’m tired of people hating on them.

Aside from the fact that they have a few new members on stage to help re-produce the newer material, Dan & Pat are still doing the same thing that they have always done. The band still rocks out with the same amount of passion and energy as they always have. From at least watching them on stage, these guys haven’t let any of the fame get to their head. They have been relentlessly touring for years, and it has paid off.

With rainy weather all day, the crowd wasn’t as packed as it should have been, which caused Dan to take matters into his own hands, begging the crowd to get fired up. Even if they didn’t reach the levels that he hoped, he still took each song to the necessary heights, making me proud to call myself a fan of The Black Keys.

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Before Saturday, TV On The Radio were high up on my list of bands to finally see. So, I had probably what you could call “unfairly high hopes” going in. I left very pleased, which isn’t too much of a surprise.

Tunde Adebimpe showcased tremendous energy, complemented by the sturdy grace of Kyp Malone and of course, the notable presence of Dave Sitek. The band’s material is transcribed with a different feeling than recorded. It’s adjusted to a fine point live where you can distinguish the bands’ emotions, and how it impacts their playing.

The set was one that any fan would adore, pulling out the best cuts from all of their releases. It was great to finally hear “Wolf Like Me”, and let the band release all of life’s tensions into the outer banks of the island.

These guys are still one of the best bands going. No doubt.

Find a gallery of photos from their set below.
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Rain prevented me from early arrival to the inaugural Catalpa Festival held at Randalls Island. The 1st act that I caught was Umphrey’s McGee, a band I will always associate with my friend Steve from The Fine Line, a local band that played at my college. It is his favorite band, and one that he always recommended.

I caught a brief glimpse of them at Bonnaroo, but this was definitely a more intimate setting than their ridiculously packed tent at ‘Roo. While the type of music isn’t my thing, I enjoyed their sets a lot. That’s right these guys got to play two sets, right after each other. You don’t just get to play two sets, that’s something that you earn, and they definitely have earned that right.

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