Live Performance

Watch Real Estate’s La Blogothèque Session

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2014

Real Estate

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


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


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

St. Vincent SNL

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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Owen Pallet @ Bowery Ballroom (May 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, May 15th 2014


With a break from the Arcade Fire Reflektor tour, Owen Pallet finally has some free time to tour for himself in support of his soon to be released new album In Conflict (May 27 via Domino Records). Last night brought him to Bowery, the second of a sold out two-night run, with the first night taking place Tuesday night at Glasslands in Brooklyn.

Both shows featured support from Doldrums, whose live lineup currently consists of Airick Woodhead, his brother Daniel, and Maddie Wilde of Moon King. I’ve seen them in various incarnations opening up for other bands, but this was by far the sharpest that I’ve heard them to date. They played some new material, that was well received, draped with some experimental dance vibes and loads of atmosphere.

The last time (and only time) I saw Pallet live was when he opened for Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden, before he joined them on stage as well. This Bowery Ballroom show was a bit more intimate, so I consider it my first proper show from him.

The time came for Mr. Pallet to take the stage and he was accompanied by two band members: a drummer and a mulch-intrumentalist of sorts. He opened the show with Heartland opener “Midnight Directives” and it was clear from this instance that this was going to be a pretty magical showing. The night was mostly dedicated to his new material, along with cuts from Heartland. He also included a few Final Fantasy songs: “That’s When The Audience Died” & “This Is the Dream of Win & Regine.”

Watching Pallet go to work is breathtaking. Using his violin in the most forward-thinking was imaginiable, he is able to create the most magical sounds by expertly using loops to be a one man band of sort. But then again, he has some help from his other two bandmates who took what Pallet started and expanded on it. Pallet stumbled a few times with the starts of songs, but quickly laughed it off and then managed to play the song to perfection.

He came out for not just one, but two encores. The first featured new single “Song For Five & Six” as well as Heartland classic “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt.” He the second he asked the crowd what cover requests they wanted to hear. A crowd-member shouted “Tori Amos’ (not random) and he went into an impromptu cover of “Pretty Good Year” that he assured us he never played before, although it sounded pretty damn spot on. Before playing the last song, he said he once said that wasn’t going to play the next song anymore. But since someone asked him very nicely, he changed his mind. He then played his cover of Joanna Newsome’s “Peach, Plum, Pear.” Two fans were going crazy in front of me when he said that someone asked him nicely, so I assume it was the pair that got him to do it. Well played.

It was a wonderful evening with a double encore and just about everything you could have wanted from Pallet. He delivered and then some on every level.

Find photos of the evening below, along with the setlist, and a recording of Pallet’s impromptu “Pretty Good Year” cover:

“Pretty Good Year” (Tori Amos Cover)


1. Midnight Directives
2. Scandal at the Parkade
3. Keep the Dog Quiet
4. Mount Alpentine
5. Soldier’s Rock
6. Bridle & Bit
7. The Secret Seven
8. Tryst With Mephistopheles
9. Song Song Song (Final Fantasy)
10. That’s When the Audience Died (Final Fantasy)
11. The Passions
12. This Is the Dream of Win & Regine (Final Fantasy)
13. The Great Elsewhere
14. Infernal Fantasy
15. The Riverbed

16. Song for Five & Six
17. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

Encore 2:
18. Pretty Good Year (Tori Amos)
19. Peach, Plum, Pear (Joanna Newsome)

Owen Pallet:









































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