Live Performance

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It’s not every day that you get to see Death Cab for Cutie play a 550-capacity venue like Music Hall of Williamsburg. The staggering setting for such a band was put into perspective later in the night, when frontman Ben Gibbard announced that they’d be returning to New York this fall to play the much less intimate Madison Square Garden. That notion made me truly appreciate what I was witnessing, on top of the great 22-song set of Death Cab songs both old and new that spoke for itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Gibbard Covers Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Ben Gibbard

I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”

Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.
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Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down

2014 saw the always reliable Sharon Van Etten released Are We There, undoubtedly one of the year’s best records. She hasn’t slowed down her output in any way, starting the new year off with the delightful new single, “I Don’t Want To Let You Down,” which she debuted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.

Van Etten always finds away to put so much emotional power into her music, and “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” is no different. It’s a smoky track that combines elements of folk rock and alt-country, taking your heart along the way.

She’ll be back in New York City next month for two sold out shows (Feb 18 + 19) at Warsaw.

The track is available to stream below (and purchase here). You can also check out her performance on Ellen right after, along with her upcoming tour dates.
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Wilco at The Capitol Theatre (October 30, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 17th 2014

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After catching the first night of Wilco’s sold out 3-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, I was fortunate to attend the third night thanks to a bit of good luck and kindness from our very own Dana Pacifico.

The show continued the celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of America’s finest, and the setlist was much more favorable than the first night (in my opinion). It’s amazing that Wilco played 90 songs throughout all three nights, doing no repeats, making each show truly special and unique for all those lucky enough to be in attendance.
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Banks at Rough Trade NYC (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2014

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Yesterday hotly tipped L.A.-based recording artist Banks released her debut album Goddess via Harvest Records. To celebrate the occasion, and reward fans who purchased the album, she played a short but sweet intimate set at Rough Trade NYC. The performance was one of the venues “instore” performances that rewards fans with the performance as well as a meet and greet with the artist, who will sign their album.
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Stream Live Shows With Yahoo! Live (Bob Mould Tonight)

By Will Oliver, September 5th 2014

Bob Mould

As an obvious concert addict, there’s nothing quite like going to a great live show. Unfortunately, that can get expensive both financially and emotionally. Tickets sell out, and sometimes you just can’t make it down to the show that you promised yourself that you’d see. With the recent developments of live concert streams, it has allowed the shows to come to you, no matter where you are. The only problem is, live streams have been somewhat limited to festivals and the select special show. However, that has all changed with the introduction of Yahoo! Live.
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Band To Watch: Kate Boy

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Kate Boy

Kate Boy started in 2011 when Kate Akhurst moved from Australia to Stockhold, Sweden, looking for a change of pace for her music. It was there that she met producers Markus Dextegen and Hampus Nordgren, and Kate Boy was founded. Soon after, they started releasing music together, grabbing the attention of the music world instantly with successful electro-pop singles “Northern Lights,” “The Way We Are,” and “In Your Eyes.”

Earlier in the summer they came back with their biggest moment yet, the juggernaut pop monster that is “Self Control.” Everything that we love about pop songs is packed into its wonderful world of throbbing synths, pop hooks, and confident delivery. I’ve had this bad boy on repeat all day, and I bet you’ll be doing the same in no time.

You can stream the studio version, as well as the new live version that they just released as a video. Both are posted below.
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Watch Real Estate Cover The Cranberries’ “Linger”

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

Real Estate The AV Club

The A.V. Club runs a video series called “Undercover”, where they bring bands in to their office and allow them to play a cover. Only, it has to be one of the covers that they have on a list, and once a song is taken, you have to choose from the songs other bands have passed over.

Real Estate recently stopped by and ended up cover The Cranberries “Linger.” It works out very well, sounding like it could have been one of their own songs.

Find the cover below.
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Tonight Arcade Fire began their 3-night jaunt at Barclays Center. I got photos and a review of the show coming tomorrow. It was a powerful and memorable performance, as usual.

On The Reflektor tour they have been covering songs of a locally affiliated band at each show. For their first NYC regional cover of the weekend, they did Buster Poindexter’s (The New York Dolls’ David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot.” This came after The Reflektors (big heads) rocked out New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.”

They also worked in a very brief cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” that went right into “Keep The Car Running.” It was all but a tease. Hopefully we get a full LCD Cover later this weekend.

Find both covers posted below.
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