Live Performance

Watch Real Estate’s La Blogothèque Session

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2014

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A few weeks back La Blogothèque posted the session they did with Real Estate in Paris. It all went down in a living room, where the band (just Martin, Matt and Alex) did an acoustic set that featured their usual material, plus a few treats. They played unreleased track “White Light” as well as a fun cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

It’s a great session. Enjoy it below.
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Foo Fighters at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Foo Fighters will release their long-awaited new album later this year. Their set at Firefly didn’t feature any news songs, but that’s alright. Foo Fighters have a storied career full of songs that made up for the lack of new material shared – plus some surprises as well. Firefly did well by scheduling no one else around the Foo’s, giving everyone who wanted to see them the rightful chance.

The last (and only other) time I saw the Foo Fighters was at MSG back in 2008, and as far as I can recall, they came out with just as much fire and passion as that show. Dave Grohl was eager to please the Delaware crowd, bringing up the lovely memories he had of past visits, recalling the smell of Delaware food spot, Grotto Pizza. Guitarist Chris Shiflett played sitting down as he is healing a broken ankle, but even so the band came out fighting, opening incredibly with “Times Like These.”

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Spoon at Le Poisson Rogue (June 9, 2014)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014

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On June 9 Spoon played a intimate show at Le Poisson Rogue that and followed up their set at Governors Ball only a few days before. The show was hosted by NPR Music and was actually an early matinee show that took place at 2 p.m and was RSVP only – which understandably sold out immediately. The time preventing the room from being as packed as it should of been, making it all the more intimate.

The 11-song set was more or less a trimmed version of their Gov Ball set, with the addition of Girls Can Tell’s “Anything You Want.” along with the premiere performance of new single “Rent I Pay” which was then broadcasted online by NPR (the video is posted below). It’s off the band’s upcoming new album They Want My Soul, which will come out on August 5 via Loma Vista.

The performance might have been even sharper than Governors Ball, especially with the premiere of “Rent I Pay”, which sounded terrific along with other new songs “Rainy Taxi” and “Knock Knock Knock.” The addition of Alex Fischel does a lot for them live, as he brings a tremendous amount of energy and can seemingly do it all, whether its rock out on the guitar, add some vocals, or hammer out the keys.

Find the “Rent I Pay” video below, along with the show’s setlist.
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The Last Shadow Puppets Finsburg Park

Over the weekend, Arctic Monkeys played some two huge shows in London at Finsbury Park. Naturally, they had to pull out a few tricks out of their sleeves for the loyal fans, and they delivered in a pretty big way during night two. Miles Kane opened for them and it was a perfect chance for Turner to reunite The Last Shadow Puppets, which is of course, his side project with Kane.

I was unfortunately unable to afford a trip over there, but thankfully we live in an age where you can still experience all the magic through a computer screen. Enjoy a recording of the performance by the always reliable Arctic Monkeys fan recorder Mr Secret Door:

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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