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Damien Rice at The Box (October 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014

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On November 11 beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will release his new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy. It’s a big deal, because it’s the first album that Rice has released in eight years.

Earlier this month Rice embarked on a small tour of tiny, intimate venues to serve as warm up shows for the bigger ones that will soon follow when he goes on a full national tour. This included a few stops in New York that included Warsaw and two nights at the tiny hole in the wall known as The Box. The venue fits maybe 150 people at most, so it was an exclusive, once in a lifetime sort of place to catch an artist as admired as Rice.
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Back when I was in middle school, Myspace was the go-to social network. One of the main components of the site was to publicly share what bands your liked. I have distant memories a lot of my classmates who showcased a delicate passion for music listed Minus The Bear as one of their favorites. This served as my introduction to the band in a way, as back in middle school, I was stuck in a world that only included Green Day, Foo Fighters and Weezer. It could have been a lot worse for sure, but a band like Minus The Bear was a revelation to me. I soon grew into quite the fan of the group, and have seen them experience quite the career. Read the rest of this entry »

The Orwells at Irving Plaza (October 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

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A few weeks ago The Orwells played their biggest show in New York City to date, a headlining gaunt at Irving Plaza. It was a great bill, rounded out by Skaters, as well as relatively newcomers The Johnnys.

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The Johnnys were up first. They’re a fairly new 4-piece out of New York who warmed up the very young crowd that filled in early for the show. There set breezed on by, but showed promise for sure. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from these guys very soon.

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It seems like Skaters have been touring non-stop all year, already playing New York at Bowery Ballroom in February, and Governors Ball in June. This time around Kirk Schoenherr has replaced Myles Matheny in the live lineup, and the band had a few new songs to share. Otherwise, they delighted with the best cuts from their debut album Manhattan, which has been one of the more delightful rock offerings of the year.

Until this show, I somehow had never seen The Orwells live (but we’ve covered them on here, Daniel Topete shot them last year at Shea Stadium). It was long overdue, but worth the wait. The show was a part of the final leg of their tour for Disgraceland, which is one of the better rock albums 2014 has seen.

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Live, the group chug along with a youthful intensity, led by frontman Mario Cuomo. The band’s young spirit is seen through their dirty garage-rock licks which can go from chugging riffs to an almost blues-like saunters. Cuomo doesn’t hold back his goofy side on stage, when he’s not climbing speakers or going into the crowd. These guys are young, and do show their age at times, but do more than enough to put their talent on display, proving that the future of rock and roll is that much brighter with bands like The Orwells coming around.

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Girl Talk at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2014

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Who better to close out a festival than Gregg Gillis’ Girl Talk? The DJ/mashup artist knows how to create a live party atmosphere that can get the crowd going. He was the man booked to close out the first ever Escape Music Festival, and it was a grand old time.

The only other time I caught Girl Talk live was when he came to play at Binghamton University while I was a student there (it’s also the only show I’ve ever crowd-surfed at – yikes).

Thanks to the helpful guys over at The Most Definitely, I was able to get on stage with the man himself for a few songs, getting a whole new behind the scenes look at how Gillis operates. It was interesting to see how he blends the songs together, and to see how it all looks from his point of view.

It was an appropriate send off to the weekend of music at the Governors Beach Club and the Escape Music Festival.

Find a gallery of photos from Girl Talk posted below.
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Mayer Hawthorne at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2014

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Mayer Hawthorne delighted the crowd at the Escape Music Festival a few weekends ago with a fun late night set. Hawthorne, who released his latest album Where Does This Door Go last year, warmed us up from the damp weather that the night brought with a bright vibrant set that included a fun cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

It was my first time catching Hawthorne live, and I hope to catch a full club show from him sometime soon.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

With Death By Audio set to close its doors next month, every remaining show becomes that much more special. When you get a double bill that includes the Nashville, Tennessee tag-team of Jeff The Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, you know that they’re going to bring the party. Two Sundays ago the duo brought the fun to Death By Audio for a crazy show that was the first of a two night run in New York (coverage coming on night 2 soon as well).

Andrew St. Clair was there to capture all of the action for us in photos. Find his photo gallery posted below, which includes shots of openers Scully and Punani Huntah in addition to JTB + DP.
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