Preview: Mac DeMarco’s 4-Show Run This Week

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015

Mac DeMarco

Mac Demarco has emerged as not only one of the hottest artists currently in the music scene, but also as a local live favorite in New York. DeMarco, who now resides in Rockaway, Queens, will celebrate the recent release of his new mini-LP Another One (out via Captured Tracks) with a string of four very sold out shows this week (he also played a surprise show at Baby’s All Right a couple weeks ago).

The first show comes tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Tomorrow night he’ll take over Webster Hall, Wednesday will be Music Hall of Williamsburg, and he will round it out with a final performance at Warsaw, if he has any energy left. Tickets for all shows are sold out, but there are still some floating around secondary markets, although they’re insanely pricey. If you wanted to go to all four shows, you had a chance to by showing up to the BBQ Mac threw at 153 Morgan Ave on July 8, where he was selling “All Passes” that would get you into all the shows, along with a special t-shit and a surprise item.

We will have coverage coming from at least one of the shows happening this week, stay tuned for more on that. All shows are bound to be good ones. If you can find a way out, make it happen. God bless.
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Preview: Verboten StageOne 2015

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015


This Sunday, Brooklyn electronic venue Verboten will once again take over the spacious outdoor space of 50 Kent for their second waterfront throw-down of the summer, Verboten StageOne.

The festival sports a stacked lineup of some of the hottest up-and-coming talent in the electronic/house genre. Headlining the festival is the unstoppable Jamie XX of The XX, whose record In Colour (released via Young Turks) is one of the best reviewed albums of 2015 so far. He recently played a highly sought out performance at Terminal 5 that sold out instantly, with resell tickets on secondary markets reaching prices 3x above face value ($30-$90+).

Rounding out the rest of the day festival is London producer Maya Jane Coles, Berlin/Cologne duo Andhim, Dublin native Gavin Lynch’s project Matador, and Brooklyn duo Bedouin.

Although electronic music isn’t typically our forte, I am always looking to expand my horizons a bit, especially if it means finally getting to see Jamie XX perform live. Along with the music, the expanded outdoor summer series features world-class talent, amazing sound and visual installation, delicious food vendors, games and much more.

Tickets for the event (which is 21+ only) are currently still on sale, but move fast as there’s no guarantee they’ll last through the weekend.

For more info on the festival, head here. I’ve shared streams of songs from each artist performing at the festival below as well.
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New York Film Fest Announces 2015 Main Slate

By Will Oliver, August 14th 2015

New York Film Festival 2015

One of my favorite experiences of the year is the New York Film Festival each fall. For nearly a month from September to October (September 25 – October 1), I have the honor, and privilege of catching screenings of great films that the festival offers, in conjunction with the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. At the festival (in its 53rd year) all kinds of films are shared. From potential Oscar contenders, experimental indies, as well as films that aren’t due to hit theaters for another year. Your bound to find treasures of all shapes and sizes. The festival has a unique New York flavor to it, ironically a rather low key festival where film simply comes first. Check out my coverage from last year here and over at Monday Morning Matinee.

We already knew what the opening, closing, and centerpiece films of the 53rd edition of the fest would be, and now they have announced the full main slate of films, coming to a grand total of 26.

The Walk

The Walk

Opening the fest will be The Walk, the latest from Robert Zemeckis, which tells the amazing true story of Phillipe Petit (played by the always fantastic Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his historic cable walk across the Twin Towers. The highly anticipated Steve Jobs will feature as the Centerpiece, giving us a unique look at the legendary Apple man’s life (played by Michael Fassbender) from the vision of director Danny Boyle, and a sure-to-be fast-paced script from Aaron Sorkin. And closing out the fest will be the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, which serves as Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, who will also star as Davis.

Bridge Of Spies

The full lineup release has revealed a few more world premieres. The festival will serve as the premiere of Steve Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies, starring Tom Hanks in the Cold War story of the 1962 exchange of a U-2 pilot for a Soviet agent. Also premiering is Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, a documentary about the great photographer and filmmaker.


This year’s edition of the fest will be the first time that Award winners from Cannes will be presented to New York audiences. This includes Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin (Hsia-hsien won Best Director), Todd Hayne’s Carol (Rooney Mara won best actress), Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (Vincent Lindon won best Actor), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (which won the Jury Prize), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (Kurosawa won the Un Certain Regard Best Director award), as well as Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure (which won the Un Certain Talent Prize award).

Where To Invade Next

Rounding out the festival are The festival will be rounded out by new ones from Michael Moore (Where To Invade Next), Hong Sangsoo (Right Now, Wrong Then), Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days), Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan), Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre), Michel Gondry (Microbe & Gasoline), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Thomas Bidegain (Les Cowboys), Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and Miguel Gomes (his 3 part film, Arabian Nights).

The 2015 edition of the festival is shaping up to be a great one. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in September. For more info on the films and tickets, head to their website.


Time stops for no one, and like every year, the summer is breezing on by. Which only means one thing: the annual New York Film Festival is rapidly approaching. This will be the 53rd year for the prestigious festival, which takes place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. We covered the festival last year (along with Monday Morning Matinee), and are looking forward to returning again this year.

The festival doesn’t kick off till September, but the festival has already shared the big 3 films that will headline the festival, better known as the Centerpiece, Opening, and Closing Night Selections.
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Weird al

Tonight the iconic spoof-master Weird Al Yankovic makes his return to the New York area with a performance at the beautiful Capitol Theatre. This follows his highly praised performance at Governors Ball last month.

The show and tour (dubbed “The Mandatory World Tour”) come in support of his 2014 album Mandatory Fun, released via RCA Records. Anyone whose seen a show from Weird Al before knows that it’s not your ordinary performance. Full of costume, wardrobe and set changes, it’s as much as comedic theatrical performance as a concert. As someone whose seen a ton of shows, getting to see Weird Al perform for the first time at Governors Ball was unlike any show that I’ve ever seen before.

There are still a select number of tickets for tonights performance available to purchase here, and possibly at the door. Don’t miss it, you never know when Weird Al will return next.
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django django

Next Tuesday night Django Django will return to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall, which will feature an opening set from Seattle electro-rockers Beat Connection, who just signed to Anti- Records.

The show comes in support of Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn (out via Ribbon Music) and should be a blast. The only time I previously caught them was at The Knitting Factory in 2012, so I’m excited to see what they do with a much larger space. This will also be my first time seeing Beat Connection perform live, which is an added bonus to what will be a great night of music.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase at the moment, but don’t sleep on it too long.
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Moon King

Tomorrow night Moon King, the Toronto-based duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddie Wilde, will return to New York for a slot at Bowery Ballroom, opening for Mr. Twin Sister. The group released their debut album Secret Life earlier this year via Last Gang Records

We last caught Moon King when they played Baby’s All Right along with Doldrums, the band of Daniel’s brother, Airick. Their performance at Baby’s that night was impressive, and I’m sure they will have no problem filling out the room at Bowery with their power-psych rock sounds. It also doesn’t hurt that right after you’ll be treated with the always funky late-night jams from Mr. Twin Sister, who always deliver the goods live.

There are still a few last minute tickets on sale for the show, but you may want to move quickly on those.
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Preview: Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2015

Newport Folk Fest 2015

This weekend I’ll be making my first ever journey to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival.

I’ve heard nothing but great things from friends who have gone, who have called the festival one of the best out there, and a very relaxing festival experience. That’s not to mention an impressive lineup that includes Roger Waters, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Blake Mills, J Mascis, Hozier, Jason Isbell, First Aid Kit, Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.
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Preview: Full Moon Fest 2015

By Will Oliver, July 21st 2015

Full Moon Festival 2015
On August 1 Full Moon Fest will celebrate their five year anniversary, taking place at a brand new location: The Brooklyn Mirage. The Mirage will be surrounded by 20 foot high walls that are adorned with tropical flora, euphoric misters, as well as beach sand, taking inspiration from Thailand’s full moon parties set beneath the August full moon.

This year the electronic-heavy festival will sport a lineup that features Yelle, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Rufus du Sol, Oliver Nelson, Mothxr, Pillow Talk, JDH + Dave P, Nick Monaco and more.

Tickets are still available for the festival, but you have until the day of the festival to pick up the tickets for the second release price of $70. The next tier will move up to $80.

Below you can find the “Waxing Moon Mix” that PillowTalk made for the festival and find Leah’s coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here. I’ve also included some streams of songs from the artists playing at the fest.

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