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Ty Segall and The Muggers at Baby’s All Right (February 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, May 31st 2016 — with 1 comment

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On February 11, Ty Segall scared the shit out of national audiences when he, and his current band The Muggers, caused chaos and destruction on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. As if that wasn’t enough, they kept the good vibes going later on that night when later that day they were revealed to be a secret guest at the tiny Baby’s All Right for an insane late show at the ungodly hour of 2 am.
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?


“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2015

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Last November I was lucky enough to catch an intimate performance from Tobias Jesso Jr. at a loft in Williamsburg. As it turns out those songs were from his debut album Goon, which is coming out March 17 via True Panther Sounds.

One of those songs that he shared was a lovely songs by the name of “Without You.” It’s a beauitful John Lennon-esque piano ballad that features Danielle Haim of Haim behind the drum kit and was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid. It’s a simple but an exceptionally heartbreaking offering from Jesso Jr., who may just be releasing one of the best debut albums of the year.

Stream “Without You” below, and catch his performance of “How Could You Babe” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon right here.
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Watch Alabama Shakes Play SNL

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

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It’s amazing to see how far Alabama Shakes have come over the years. After seeing them at Bonnaroo in 2012 I knew that big things were on the horizon for the Alabama rock group. Well here we are three years later and the band just played SNL. Yeah, they’ve blown up.

The SNL performance was to promote the release of their new album Sound & Color on April 21st via ATO Records. They played the thrilling first single “Don’t Wanna Fight” as well as the more recent track, “Gimme All Your Love.” 50 Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson was the host and had the pleasure of introducing the group.

Both tracks were triumphantly performed by the group, who always deliver one of the tightest live shows that you’ll see these days. Frontwoman Brittany Howard delivers a powerhouse performance, that has surely captured many news fans for herself and the band. It’s incredible to see their rise, but when they are able to take on SNL as if they’ve played it half a dozen times before, they’re ready for the big time.

Find both performances posted below, along with the studio versions.
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Veruca Salt On Conan - Seether

Earlier this year Veruca Salt announced that they would reunited for a new Record Store Day single called “The Museum Of Broken Relationships” as well as a reunion tour.

Last week they warmed up for the tour with a performance on Conan, the first time the band’s original lineup has played together since 1996. They played “Seether” of course, and it hard. They seemed to have a lot of fun doing it, which is always good to see.

Catch the performance below.
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Watch St. Vincent Play SNL

By Will Oliver, May 20th 2014

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Over the weekend St. Vincent played the season finale of SNL. This was a major win for music if you ask me, no matter if it “confused the masses.”

She played both “Digital Witness” and “Birth In Reverse” off of this year’s self-titled album. It was awesome to see her rocking the stage, doing her thing in front of a national audience. SNL alum Andy Samberg was the host.

Check out both of her performances below. Find my coverage of her show at Terminal 5 from earlier in the year right here.
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