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Interview: Chilli Jesson of Palma Violets

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2015

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In mid-March British rockers Palma Violets made their return to New York to play some songs from their new album Danger In The Club. I caught their rowdy sold out performance at Baby’s All Right on March 18, a show that literally saw parts of the soundproofing on the ceiling fall on top of the crowd.

Before the show, I met up with Palma Violets bassist and singer Chilli Jesson, along with the bands merch guy and unofficial 5th member, Harry Violent (he introduces the band before every show), backstage to talk about their new album, their return to America, and expectations from their fans and themselves.

Last week Danger In The Club was released via Rough Trade Records, and the band is back in New York for a performance at Bowery Ballroom tonight (tickets available here) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night (tickets here).

Find our entire conversation prior to the Baby’s show posted below:

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Kaiser Chiefs at Irving Plaza (May 14, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 14th 2015

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Last night Kaiser Chiefs returned to New York to play a packed Irving Plaza as a part of the final leg of their U.S. tour for 2014’s Education Education Education & War. I last caught them last summer at the Firefly Music Festival, along with an intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg early last year. Both shows were fun energetic showings that left me craving the next performance, and last night the boys from Leeds delivered in every way imaginable.

The crowd was surprisingly filled with fans of all ages, with many of the British transplants finding their way into the building. There aren’t many fanbases quite as devoted as English fans are, and this played perfectly true last night, right from the start of the show opening performance of “The Angry Mob.” Kaiser Chiefs know a thing or two about song selection and giving their fans what they want. They took the best cuts from Education Education Education & War (“Ruffians on Parade,” Misery Company,” “Coming Home,”) and fit them snugly aside the crowd-busting best of cuts from throughout their career.
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Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.
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[music video]: Chastity Belt – “Joke”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt will be playing alongside Courtney Barnett next week for three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom, along with a show of their own at Rough Trade. The shows are in support of their new album Time To Go Home, which is out now via Hardly Art.

The group recently released their music video for album track “Joke,” using footage they took of themselves out on the road for their recent spring tour across the country. Shake weights are involved. It’s great.

Catch the video posted below, along with the rest of their U.S. tour dates.
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Oscar – “Beautiful Words”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

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With every move and release British wonder Oscar Scheller continues to find new ways to leave me impressed. So naturally, I’m very excited that he’s announced that his debut EP Beautiful Words, will be released on June 23 via Wichita Recordings.

I fully expected him to return with songs more in the pop-rock vein of the wonderful “Daffodil Days,” (which appears on the EP as well) but he surprised me with the new direction he’s laid out with “Beautiful Words.” His warm vocals rise above the lush synths and electronic beats, creating a different avenue for him to win us over. There’s underlying elements of hip-hop in there as well, showcasing his electric and varied taste.

As the opening track of the EP, it sets the tone and paves the way for the other rich wonders that Scheller has set for us not only on this release, but in the future.

Stream “Beautiful Words” below.
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Jessica Pratt at Union Pool (May 12, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

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It didn’t take much for San Francisco singer Jessica Pratt to take hold of the tiny, but packed space at Union Pool, which serves up the perfect setting for fragile folk performers such as Pratt. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released just this January by Drag City, a stunning record from start to finish. She brought the album to life with the same sincerity, captivating the room entirely, leaving us in breathless awe.
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Passion Pit at Kings Theatre (May 11, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 12th 2015

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The newly restored Kings Theatre wouldn’t have been my first guess for the New York live return of Passion Pit, who last played New York in September 2013 (and who I last saw at Governors Ball 2012). But then again, this is a band that has constantly rose above their given expectations, they did play Madison Square Garden after all.

The night was also a series of fresh starts, both for the beautiful revamped Kings Theatre, and Passion Pit. Gone completely are all the fresh-faced members of the band’s original lineup. Only founder and brainchild Michael Angelakos remains. Joining him for the Kindred-era of Passion Pit are Giuliano Pizzulo (of Incan Abraham), Pete Carafella (of Supersystem and Shy Child), and Ray Suen and Chris Hartz (who both play in Childish Gambino’s band). This was a jarring discovery, as I had become so accustomed to the previous installment of Passion Pit whose members I also associated with the band, even if the group has always been Angelakos at the end of the day.

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