YACHT at Bowery Ballroom (January 16, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, February 12th 2018

As I sat at the bar waiting for doors, I had a conversation with a girl sitting next to me. It was her first time seeing YACHT live, and she was very excited. I explained that she was in for a quite a show and would not be disappointed. We were not.

I first caught wind of YACHT in 2011 after hearing “Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire),” from their second studio album Shangri-La, shared right here on this blog. Their history dates back far before then–starting as founder Jona Bechtolt’s solo project and picking up frontwoman Claire Evans in 2008. The last time I saw them live was in 2014 at the (in)famous Hudson Project Festival, which the band joked with me about.
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STS9 at Best Buy Theater (October 17th, 2014)

By Dana Pacifico, October 20th 2014


All photos by Dana Pacifico

This past Friday STS9 brought their live show back to Best Buy Theater. However, this time, the line-up was different. Newest member and bassist Alana Rocklin had some shoes to fill, and she absolutely did, bringing her own style and energy.

One of the most wonderful things about seeing STS9 live is that no matter how many times you see them it is never the same show. They have a cult following and whether this would be your first time or if you’re a member of “the tribe” and seen them over 30 times, there is always this incredible sense of anticipation before they hit the stage. The camaraderie radiating from everyone is second to none and the bonding that happens between strangers at an STS9 show is like nothing i’ve ever experience before.

STS9 are known to play lengthy sets because they go on these long intricate jams that are easy to get lost in. I was expecting a long show however, at Best Buy Theater they played for an hour and a half, had a twenty minute intermission, and they played for another hour and a half. The chance to grab a drink or two and recharge without missing a beat was a nice surprise.

All members seemed to be having a great time up their together. Alana looked comfortable and confident, it was great to see her embraced with open arms by the band and the fans.

STS9 will continue to mesmerize and keep everyone dancing. It is a show that no matter how many times you see it, you’ll be coming back for more.


1. Native
2. ReEmergence
3. Vapors
4. Only Light Remains
5. Equinox
6. Golden Gate
7. Four Year Puma
8. Totem

Set 2:
9. Oil & Water
10. Walk To The Light
11. Blu Mood
12. Scheme Reprises
13. Kamuy
14. When The Dust Settles
15. Ramone & Emiglio
16. World Go Round
17. Human Abstract
18. Potamus
19. Gobnugget































In case you missed it, Danger Village is throwing a showcase during CMJ. They asked us to help be a part, and we couldn’t be happier. The showcase is called the Danger Village Fall Fun Showcase, and it takes place at the Delinquency in Brooklyn on Friday October 19, starting at 7 p.m. RSVP on facebook here.

I have a pair of tickets to give away, plus signed CDs and a signed poster from all the artists. To enter the contest, you need to RT this tweet and you’re good to go.

We will pick a winner at random, and notify them once we do. Hope to see you there, either way! For more info on the show, please head here.

Danger Village Fall Fun NYC Showcase

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2012

Our good friends over at Danger Village are putting on a killer good NYC Showcase on Friday night during CMJ. They were kind enough to offer us a chance to be a part of the showcase, and we gladly accepted. The show will take place at the Delinquency in Brooklyn on Friday October 19, starting at 7 p.m. It’s a suggested $10 at the door, with an open vodka and bourbon bar. Plus, this is our first time being associated with a show. You know you should come out and say hi!

Check out the lineup below. Be sure to RSVP on facebook and share the love with all your music loving friends.

Francisco The Man
You Won’t
Turtle Giant
Labyrinth Ear

Danger Village has a soundcloud set up with tracks from all the artists on the bill. That sampler is posted below.

We hope to see you there!

Atlas Sound Playing Binghamton University // Win Free Admission

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2012 — with 12 comments

As I’ve told you guys before I go to Binghamton University. I am also a part of BUMP, which is a group that tries to get good, smaller acts to play at our school. We just booked the always amazing Atlas Sound, and I couldn’t be more excited. The date of the show is Saturday, February 4th and it’s taking place at the Undergrounds. Admission is only $5.

I got two chances to win free admission to the show. Leave a comment with your favorite Atlas Sound song below, and give me a reason why. The two best answers will come for free, and will have $5 extra to spend at the bars. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Tickets are only $5 so I encourage you to come even if you don’t win. The show is open to students and the public, and the price is the same for both. It’s going to be a great show, for a very fair price, in an intimate venue. Win-Win.

Good luck, and I’ll see you there! Check out the official facebook event here.

Tomorrow night Robbers On High Street are playing on campus at 10pm in the Undergrounds via Late Night. For fellow students, you’re probably aware that Binghamton doesn’t do the best job advertising. So I’ll try and do my part. The NYC band are going to be bringing the rock right to you on campus, and its right in your backyard.

So if you’re on campus, go check out Robbers On High Street. It’s definitely one of the better options that we’ve had on campus in a while. The Oranges Band will also be playing.

Titus Andronicus Playing At Binghamton University (Win Free Entry)

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2011 — with 1 comment

Concerts here at Binghamton can be very hit or miss. For instance, we got Taking Back Sunday for our spring fling concert next week (buzzkill, much?). Last year we had Girl Talk (awesome). The year before that? Eve 6 (yikes). Gotta love being on New York state’s budge. Thankfully, I’m a part of the wonderful Binghamton Underground Music Presents, who try and balance things out.

Next Thursday Titus Andronicus will be playing at Binghamton University’s Mandela Room, for the amazing price of $5. Support comes from River City Extension & The Jean Jackets (who come from Old Tappan/Ridgewood – which is really close to my hometown). For $5, this is quite a bargain. If you’re a student here at Bing, you better find a way to the Mandela Room next Thursday.

I’m also allowed to give one person free admission to the show. To win, just be the first person to leave a comment. Easy as that.

For more info on the show, head here.

The Vaccines @ Bowery Ballroom (1/20/2011)

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2011 — with 3 comments

Every once and a while a band comes a long and makes you feel a part of something special. They seem like a lot more than just another band. You feel like your a part of something that’s a whole lot bigger than you. The Vaccines triumphant performance at Bowery Ballroom tonight was one of those moments. Turns out this was their first show in America ever. It was quite a way to start their career here.

I knew they were going to be huge the minute my ears heard “If You Wanna” a few months ago. Sometimes you just know. I can assure you all, The Vaccines are the real deal. Their performance at Bowery Ballroom sealed the deal. They played an incredible set that left an impression on a city that is notoriously hard to impress.

Their set was short and sweet, just like their jams. The songs all had a fierce monstrous live energy that was overwhelming in the best way possible.”All In White” was absolutely stunning live, and it may have been the star of a setlist that’s packed to the rim with gems. “Wreckin’ Ball (Ra Ra Ra)”, “If You Wanna”, “Blow It Up’ and “Post Break Up Sex” were sharp and exciting live.

The band took time to cover Minor Threat’s Good Guys (Don’t Wear White) in their encore, but the true highlight was their energetic performance of “Norgaard”, a song that a lot of the crowd knew from live performances seen on youtube. A group of girl to my right went absolutely berserk when they played it. The band couldn’t help but smile.

Justin Young’s voice was absolutely perfect. He has some pipes. The band was really tight live, creating a lot of energy. It was pure rock & roll.

Most importantly, the band is very likable. They have a very modest stage presence and look genuinely happy to be playing. Arrogant bands should take note. The Vaccines deserve all the fame and glory that is going to come their way. I can’t wait to see them again on Saturday.

Oberhofer opened 2nd and they were a great act. Very young and promising. Reminded me a lot of Foals at times. Young Buffalo were the 1st opener, and they also impressed. Good young bands that I’ll keep an eye on, for sure.

Setlist, photos, and a video of them covering “Good Guys (Don’t Wear White)” below:

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Indian Rebound, Toro Y Moi, & Cloud Nothings @ Mercury Lounge (1/19/2011)

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2011 — with 1 comment

Last night Indian Rebound, Toro Y Moi, and Cloud Nothings played a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. It was good to finally catch Indian Rebound in action. These boys can really play live. All the songs found a new life live. They sounded fleshed out and a lot fuller than they do recorded, which is always a good sign. The band introduced us to some new songs such as “Josephine” & “Baby Blue”. Indian Rebound may be young, but they can bring it like the rest of them. If you haven’t already, check out some of their tunes. Your going to be hearing a lot more about them someday.

Toro Y Moi played before and they had the whole crowd dancing. Their songs are even more danceable live. He played a few new songs from his upcoming album, Underneath The Pine. I would totally pay to see Chaz play live again any day. His set was a lot of fun. Cloud Nothings followed him and kept the energy going. Oh boy do they have a lot of energy going. Perfect set of rowdy garage rock songs. Can’t wait to hear that debut. Philip Seymour Hoffman also opened and played an interesting set that ended with Noah undressing to his underwear.

Overall, not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.

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Indian Rebound:

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Smith Westerns @ Glasslands Gallery (1/19/2011)

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2011 — with 1 comment

Smith Westerns have a lot of talent. They’re a great live band who are perfect for an intimate venue such as Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery (which they easily sold out). It was the record release day for their new album Dye It Blonde (read my review here). My only fault with the show was that it certainly didn’t feel like a special show. There was no mention of the album even coming out, and I don’t think their set was any different than normal.

I can’t get mad though, Smith Westerns aren’t the type of band who cares about that stuff. They don’t interact with their crowd, or have the most dominating stage presence. Whatever man. They just want to bring the rock. And you know what, that’s fine. Some songs they absolutely brought , but others left me wanting more (All Die Young). Their young kids and they’re not perfect. For the most part the band was on fire and had the crowd going nuts. I had a lot of fun and that’s the point of rock ‘n roll, right? Give them a few more years and their live show will probably be beyond incredible.

Ducktails played before them and were very, very, impressive. I haven’t given them as much attention as I should have, but that’s certainly going to change now. I’d see them again in a heartbeat. Bass Drum Of Death and Sundelles were the other two opens. Bass Drum Of Death were pretty excellent. Just two guys playing some mean garage rock. I’d keep an eye out for them for sure.

I posted the setlist and photos below:

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