Live Performance

Perfect Pussy @ Mercury Lounge (April 5, 2014)

By Will Oliver, April 7th 2014

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On Saturday night Perfect Pussy played one of their biggest shows yet, a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. The show was clearly an important one to the Syracuse band, as their parents were there in attendance, with many of them watching the entire show on the side as the band viciously tore through their set.

They played at lightning speed, almost just as fast as the crowd was moshing and throwing their bodies into one another. At about 20-minutes it was a blink and you’ll miss it type of show. But the energy that the punk-rockers deliver is unmistakable. It grabs complete control over the audience.

The set ended with bassist Greg Ambler stage diving (more like a spear than a dive) into the crowd, the only proper conclusion to as crazy a performance as they put on. If you were there and came out without any bruises, you missed out.

Green Dreams and Tumul opened things up. Green Dreams are a punk band from Rochester and were enjoyable enough. Tumul meanwhile were more of an experiment than a band. They sounded like a dying alien breathing his last breath in space continuously for 20 minutes. People in the crowd looked miserable and confused while watching, and one guy even chucked his beer at them. It was brutal, one of my least favorite concert experiences possibly ever.

Check out some more photos from Perfect Pussy’s set below.
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Real Estate @ Webster Hall (April 5, 2014)

By Will Oliver, April 7th 2014 — with 5 comments

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After seeing Real Estate play the best show that I’ve seen from them yet at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I went for round two the next night at Webster Hall.

Pure X once again opened, and once again delivered the goods. Such smooth jams, these guys are just all kinds of chill live, bringing in sexy clouds of smoke that just fill up a room.

Real Estate came out and brought it once again. It was cool to see them bring such a different set to the table to the show as they easily could have just repeated the same set from the night before (as many bands would). Not only did the shift around the order, but they also played “Younger Than Yesterday”, “Navigator”, “Wonder Years” and “Kinder Blumen”, the latter two which closed off the 3-song encore (“Green Aisles was the other song). They also played a unreleased song (titled “2 Part” on the setlist) that was recorded during the Atlas sessions but obviously left off. I don’t know if they have ever played it before, but I recorded a video of the performance just in case (find that below).

They commanded the Webster Hall stage with just as much confidence as they brought to Music Hall, proving that the move to bigger stages (such as Terminal 5 in October) will be no problem for them. Real Estate are in their groove.

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Watch: Future Islands -Time For The Show

By Will Oliver, April 3rd 2014

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The rise of Future Islands has without a doubt been one of the best stories of 2014. It’s been amazing to see the amount of success that their new album Singles has brought them.

Yours Truly captured the band right before it all went down in their latest “Time For The Show” series. They followed the band as they traveled from NYC to Baltimore for a homecoming show at a tiny Baltimore venue known as the Floristree. Director Tyler McPherron captured the drive there where the band talked about their music, Baltimore, playing live, and what success means to them. All this was mixed in with the band’s performances of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and “A Dream of You and Me” from the show.

It’s a must watch. Find it posted below.
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The National Fallon

If you’re a fan of The National and haven’t seen their recently released documentary, Mistaken For Strangers, get on that right now. It’s fantastic.

To support it they stopped by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to perform “This Is The Last Time”, one of the many highlights off last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. They are supported by a string section, which only heightened the already mighty live version of the song.

Watch below.
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The War On Drugs

I was bummed to have missed out on The War On Drugs 3 shows in New York City last week, but that is life. It didn’t help that I just found out that they have been doing a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games.”

The always amazing NYC Taper was there at their Bowery Ballroom show on March 20 and got an amazing recording of their performance of the track. Check out their cover below. Read the rest of this entry »



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