Music Festival

Landmark Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015

Landmark Music Festival

The Landmark Music Festival is a new festival that will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on the weekend of September 26 and 27. The festival will have 40 plus artists over five stages.

The lineup boasts a rock solid lineup that includes: The Strokes, Alt-J, Drake, The War On Drugs, Band Of Horses, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Ben Howard, The Kills, Twin Shadow, Lord Huron, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, Houndmouth, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Daughter, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

Not only will this celebrate some of the biggest names in music playing in one place, but its for a good cause: Read the rest of this entry »

Governors Ball Single Day
Governors Ball Music Festival announced the 2015 lineup last month, and today they’ve announced the single day lineups for the three days of the festival, set to go down from June 5-7 at Randall’s Islands Park.

We still have to see the set times each day, but at least now you can plan out if you want to go to just one day, or even plan out who you’re going to see each day.

Single days tickets are on presale now, with the regular sale happening Friday noon. 3-day tickets are still on sale.

Find the single day lineup posted below:
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Boston Calling Announces May 2015 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2015

Boston Calling

Last fall I made my first visit to the Boston Calling Music Festival, and had a blast. It’s one of my new favorite festivals, with only two stages you’re able to catch as many acts as possible and do it in a intimate fashion.

The spring edition of the festival has been announced, and it’s a good one. The May lineup features Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D (!), Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Mo, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Marina and The Diamonds, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Tove Lo, Chet Faker, The Lone Bellow, Jungle, Krill, Grizfolk, DMA’s and The Ballroom Thieves.
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Recap: CMJ 2014 (Favorite Shows and Photos)

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2014

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This year’s CMJ came and went as fast as ever. Going into the fest, I didn’t know what to expect. I ended up leaving pretty surprised about how much great music I saw. (Hell, we even threw our own showcase)

Somewhere in between the various free drinks of alcohol and catch up sessions with friends and fellow music lovers, I found time to catch a bunch of sets of music (almost 40 to be exact). From fresh-faced bands trying to make it, to the more established acts who just happened to be in town for more “official” showcase. From the insanity of Fat White Family’s live show, to the return of Slowdive, there was no shortage of quality music being performed live.

You can find all the show coverage sprinkled through the last few pages of the blog, but here were some of my favorite performance from CMJ 2014, as well as some of my favorite photos that resulted.
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[CMJ 2014]: Fat White Family at Baby’s All Right (October 26, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2014 — with 2 comments

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It was only 11 hours or so that I caught Fat White Family at Baby’s All Right during the day, yet I found myself catching another set from them at nearly 2 a.m.

The daytime set was absolutely insane, with frontman Lias Saoudi crowd-surfing to the ceiling, and halfway masturbating while performing. Yet, all that was somewhat contained to the band’s part 2 effort at Baby’s. With the sun down, all bets were off. The show featured some half naked crowdsurfing from Lias, which eventually led to him stripping his boxers off, and jumping back into the crowd. During all this madness Har Mar Superstar suddenly showed up on stage, in a rather fitting turn of events. It would seem random, but at a show like this, it made way too much sense.
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[CMJ 2014]: Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right (October 25, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Throughout this year’s CMJ Festival, I heard plenty of good praise from many people I trust about a band called Sunflower Bean. As it turned out they were a Brooklyn band who had taken full advantage of their surroundings to create quite a stir during the fest.

I caught a late night set from the group on Saturday night at Baby’s All Right, and as it turned out, everyone was right: these guys ruled. The three-piece of Julia Cumming (vocals/bass), Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitar) and Jacob Faber (drums) delivered gritty fuzz guitar riffs that meant business. Sunflower Bean delivered the kind of dirty punch that I hoped for during a late night set that bled into the early morning.

They got a whole bunch of upcoming live dates around the city, be sure to check them out if you can.
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[CMJ 2014]: Slowdive at Terminal 5 (October 25, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2014 — with 1 comment


What a better way to head towards the finish line of the epic marathon that is CMJ than with the NYC live return of beloved British shoe-gaze rockers Slowdive? Add on an opening set from Low, and you had one of the best bills that you would find during the entire CMJ festival. The epic double bill went down at Terminal 5 on Saturday October 25, for a truly unforgettable live experience.
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