Concert Reviews

3_Arcade Fire

(Photo taken from Night 1 – find more here)

When I told people I was going all three nights of Arcade Fire’s weekend takeover of Barclays Center, a lot of people were confused as to why. The main concern was why would you see the same show three times in a row? It’s a perfectly fair question, but that’s only if you assume that the setlist would stay the same. Even if it did, the performance was so good that I wouldn’t have minded all that much.
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Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (August 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Arcade Fire are now a full fledged arena act, and I mean that in the best way possible. They are a band thats fully capable of filling out an arena with gusto and confidence, and the truth is that they always have been. It’s no surprise that they are playing an impressive three nights at Barclays Center this weekend, they’ve payed their dues and have certainly earned all of their success. Last night was the first night of the three night run, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Last night Father / Daughter Records put on a wonderful showcase at Shea Stadium featuring a very solid bill of Rivergazer, Sharpless, Small Wonder and Flagland.

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Rivergazer is the project of Kevin Farrant of Porches. They blew me away with a impressive set of inspiring lively songs with folk-roots, but with plenty of grand moments that inspired. They released their debut album Random Nostalgi just last week and its a record that shouldn’t go under your radar. In the middle of their set Kolson Pickard let a fan get on stage and cut off his beard in what was just one of the many great moments from their set.

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Sharpless are no strangers to this blog, but it took me until last to finally see the group live. Their latest album The One I Wanted To Be was released this summer, and truly is a must listen. I like the album quite a bit, but hearing the songs played live delivers a different sort of punch that had the crowd (with many of their friends in attendance) going understandably wild. It was a fun set full of all kinds of energy that couldn’t be contained. Read the rest of this entry »

02_Blood Orange

I’ve been a follower of Dev Hynes work over the years, going as far back as his punk-rock group Test Icicles, and his former moniker Lightspeed Champion. Nowadays, you know him best as Blood Orange (unless he’s creating score’s for movies under his own name, as he did for this year’s Palo Alto). Yet, even with all these various projects over the years, I had never caught a live performance from Hynes’ many projects. Thankfully, that finally changed.
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Twin Peaks at Mercury Lounge (August 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 15th 2014

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On Wednesday night young Chicago-based rockers Twin Peaks played an impressive show at Mercury Lounge that proved that new generations can indeed keep rock and roll afloat. The performance came in support of their freshly released new record Wild Onion, a youthful explosion of rock and roll that you need to be spinning as soon as freaking possible.
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St. Vincent at Celebrate Brooklyn! (August 9, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2014

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Last night St. Vincent proved that she is one of the bright spots in the world of music, someone everyone should be admiring. She was a perfect choice to close out the 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! series at the Prospect Park Bandshell, playing a free show that was probably packed slightly over capacity. It left countless (couple of thousand?) fans outside the bandshell, most of whom ended up picnicking and enjoying the show just outside the gates.
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The Rosebuds at Rough Trade NYC (August 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2014

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Back in the early days of music blogging (when I only read them obsessively) I came across a song called “Hold Hands and Fight” by a band known as The Rosebuds. The song became an immediate favorite of mine, full of rich authenticity. I later dove into the rest of their 2005 album Birds Make Good Neighbors, and was amazed at what these guys were doing. They weren’t trying too hard, they were just being themselves, delivering delightful gem after gem. Since then, they’ve been one of those bands who you don’t worry about their next release. You know it’s coming, and you know it will be solid. It’s a rare thing, and something that you most definitely take for granted.
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