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On Halloween 2015, I made my first ever first to the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, to see Sufjan Stevens one more time before he wrapped up the first leg of the tour for his stunning 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell (released via Asthmatic Kitty).

Even though I saw him three times earlier this year (at the Beacon Theatre, Kings Theatre, and Newport Folk Festival respectively) the Loew’s show was able to stand out on its own, just as all the other shows did. Although a majority of the songs we got were the same, their impact and emotional weight changed for both Sufjan and the audience. These are songs that speak to you differently based on your own emotional state and being, which makes their impact one that evolves and is forever changing. It also helps that the band give the material a more grand and experimental take live that is vastly different from the more stripped down recorded versions.
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The Wombats at Rough Trade NYC (January 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Like so many others, young English trio The Wombats caught my attention in 2007 with their triumphant breakthrough single “Let’s Dance To Joy Division.” Here we are, eight years later, and I was finally able to catch the energetic bunch live in the flesh. Last night they stopped by Rough Trade NYC for a intimate warm-up show before the much larger tour that will follow the release of their upcoming new album Glitterbug. Read the rest of this entry »

[watch]: RZA Perform With James Blake At Coachella

By Will Oliver, April 22nd 2013

It was weird enough to see that RZA was featured on “Take A Fall For Me”, a song from James Blake’s new album Overgrown. It’s even weirder to see that RZA joined James Blake during his live performance at Coachella over the weekend. RZA made things even more weird by bringing a girl on stage and rapping his verses to her. It was slightly strange and definitely a little awkward.

Watch the performance below.
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Yesterday was brutal hot, over 100 degrees in many places. It didn’t stop me and some music hungry Brooklynites from heading to the Williamsburg Waterfront to rock out with Death From Above 1979.

The Drums were announced as a surprise opener only a week ago or so to my delight. Their music has practically been the soundtrack to this summer for my friends and I. They played a lot of new material such as the catchy new single, “Money”. Some new stuff really seems to be playing true to a 80s new wave sound. They played most of their debut album, notably leaving out “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Down By The Water”. I think part of this attributes to the new direction that the band hinted at on some of the new songs. I had a great time swaying to their set. Not sure how the rest of the crowd enjoyed it since it’s sort of an odd pairing considering the music that comes out of Death From Above.

Immediately as Jesse Keeler & Sebastien Grainger took the stage they teased us with the beginnings of “Turn It Out”. You’d be lying if you said that you couldn’t feel the tension of the crowd waiting to be released. As soon as these guys started rocking, a full on mosh pit was going strong in the front. Who can blame the fans, we’ve been waiting nearly five years for these guys to come back with a tour.

I watched the first two or three songs right behind the pit, snapped a few photos, then couldn’t resist and joined in myself, with my friends following. We spent the rest of the set in there and can’t imagine the show without doing so. For such a hot day, it’s incredible that everyone kept dancing/moshing for the duration of their set. Things were steadily pretty crazy, but it truly hit the fan when “Romantic Rights” came on. It was hot, sweaty, and crazy in the pit, but it was contagious fun as well.

I don’t think the band has any plans to get back together, but I can live with that now because last nights concert was straight up fun. It was as rock and roll as you can ask for. It was hot, sweaty, and half the time I was out of breath and bracing my surroundings. I wouldn’t want it any other way with DFA1979. The band seemed to be having a lot of fun, and it seemed like they haven’t missed a beat even after spending so much time apart.

In summary, last night I saw two bands: One who have been taking a big chunk of my present (The Drums), and another who took up a big chunk of my past (DFA). It was an odd eclectic mix that may not have worked for others, but it was a great contrast of my musical past and present that added up to an awesome summer night.

Here’s a setlist I snagged post show:

Check out more photos and videos after the jump:
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[video] The Tins – Spies (Live at Brighton Music Hall)

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Tins will soon be making their return to the musical world, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing some demos of new songs – and they’re sounding incredible. One of the new songs is the very memorable “Spies” which I haven’t been able to shake since my first listen.

The Buffalo, New York natives should be ones on your radar after “The Green Room”. If you don’t know who they are, then get to know them. Here’s a fantastic live performance of the new song that the band played at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall while opening for The Blow:

You’re gonna want to hit replay.

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