Preview: Shopping at Palisades This Saturday Night

By Will Oliver, November 18th 2015


One of the many highlights of CMJ this October was British trio Shopping. The group effortlessly run through songs that dabble in dance-rock with a punk-minded spirit that is just irresistible in every which way. I ended up catching them two times over the busy marathon week, and honestly wish I could’ve caught them some more. They played tracks from their recently released album Why Choose, out now via Fat Cat Records, as well as their equally great debut album Consumer Complaints.

They’ll be back again this Saturday night for a show at Palisades in Brooklyn, where they will play alongside headliners Priests as well as fellow opener, Arm Candy. Tickets ($12) for the show are still on sale, and it’s bound to be one of the most exciting shows you attend on Saturday, if not all weekend.
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Hot Chip at Webster Hall (August 4, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 17th 2015

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After catching a rare an unforgettable performance from Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right the night before, I caught them again the next night at Webster Hall. Obviously it was going to be impossible for the show to match the one at Baby’s considering the intimacy of the show, but I was still excited to see Hot Chip again, especially with the prospect of a large and excited crowd to amp up the atmosphere of the room. I’ve seen the British electronic rockers plenty of times now, and there hasn’t been one performance that didn’t leave me blown away, and I went into this show expecting no different, even if the show at Baby’s was a tough act to follow.

Once again opening was Georgia, who played a quick one-woman set the night before. This time around she had a full band with her, and delivered an impressionable performance that lived up to the hype that surrounded her, and then some. She’s only getting started, but based off her performance, and her rock solid debut album (out via Domino Records), she’s got quite a career laid ahead of her.

It was the first night of a two night run, and Hot Chip were clearly feeding off of the energy of the capacity crowd. Getting to see them spread out on a larger space this time around gave them a whole new dynamic and flexebility to deliver a looser performance that gave the band freedom to roam the stage. No matter how many times I see them, I’m always left in awe about how they’re able to blend the worlds of dance/electronic in awe in such a dominant fashion. There’s no way that you can go into a Hot Chip show without jouyously dancing and singing along, once they have you, they have you for good.

We may not get to see them in New York again for a little while, but you can bet I’ll be there whenever they do return.

Find photos of both Hot Chip and Georgia posted below.
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They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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The Oh Hellos at Bowery Ballroom (November 9, 2015)

By Ross Bernhardt, November 11th 2015

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All words and photos by Ross Bernhardt

Earlier this summer, when Texas folk band The Oh Hellos released the first single off their upcoming second full-length album Dear Wormwood, a lofty comparison entered my mind. Sonically, the group reminds me of Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men, a band that is a folk-giant at this point. But both groups have a lot of similarities beyond their epic sounds. Both released their debut albums in 2012. Both of those first releases were jubilant efforts that had more joyous fare. Both released their follow-ups in 2015. Both albums explored darker themes than the first, and both offered up a much more diverse array of sonic landscapes.

When The Oh Hellos travelled to New York City for a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 9, with support from acts Family and Friends and Cereus Bright, I was anxious to see how the stage show might change for the group with the new music. I was introduced to this band’s music at the Newport Folk Festival in 2014. Their set was one of the highlights of the entire weekend, a joyful, raucous hootenanny filled with leaping, dancing, harmonizing and beautiful music.

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Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Baby’s All Right has not so quietly become the place to see shows in New York. I’d even go so far as to crown it as the best venue in New York at the moment. So when I saw that Hot Chip were playing the amazing and intimate Baby’s, I knew that it was going to be one of the most unforgettable shows of the year (I last saw them this summer at Governors Ball). The performance was a special Jukely Members Only performance, available only to members of the show subscription service whose presence has grown tremendous lengths over the past few months. It also came the day before the first of two sold out shows that the band had booked at the much larger Webster Hall.

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Opening the show, just like the shows at Webster, was young rising English artist, Georgia. The multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter release her self-titled debut album on Domino the week of the show, and has received well deserved acclaim for both her album and live show throughout the year. Strangely her set was limited to just a couple songs and just her on stage, as Hot Chip’s gear simply didn’t allow for much else due to the limited size of Baby’s stage. But she left a memorable impression, and thankfully I was able to catch a full set from her the next night at Webster.

Getting to Baby’s, I saw a giant truck and a mini bus sitting outside of Baby’s, which I only assumed was Hot Chips. Seeing the massive truck sitting outside the venue was an unforgettable image, one that summed up the concept of Hot Chip playing a 280-person capacity venue in Brooklyn. Taking the stage, the group had to squeeze into their positions, between the limited space not taken up by their various instruments, and of course, themselves. They found it just as funny as we did, and used the intimate nature to help them launch into the larger than life opening bits of “Huarache Lights.”

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Being a somewhat “private” show, I was wondering if we’d get a somewhat truncated set, as that sometimes is the case. Thankfully the group were kind enough to give us a a full 15-song set, full of favorites both old and new, such as “One Life Stand,” “Flutes,” “Over and Over,” “Ready For The Floor” and “I Feel Better.” They even played their incredible cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” with a little bit of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” mixed in there, led by former LCD Soundsystem member Al Doyle.

As I look back on 2015 I have no doubts that seeing Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right was a special treat, one that will go down as one of the best memories of the entire year. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see them play at a more intimate place ever again.


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3. Night & Day
4. Easy to Get
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7. Over & Over
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9. Cry 4 You
10. Need You Now
11. Ready for the Floor
12. I Feel Better


13. Look at Where We Are
14. I Was a Boy from School
15. Dancing in the Dark (w/ “All My Friends”)


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Preview: Fuzz at Bowery Ballroom This Sunday

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2015


Fuzz, the trio of Ty Segall (on drums and vocals), Charlie Moothart and Roland Cosio released their new self-titled album (their 2nd) late last month via In The Red Records. This Sunday night they’re going to bring their garage rock fury to Manhattan, for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, along with The Men and Walter, who will open the show.

This will be the first stop of their tour in New York City, and my first time seeing them since their performance at Mercury Lounge in October 2013. This time around the room is much larger, and one can expect plenty of movement with the crowd, and plenty of crowd-surfers and stage-divers to keep you on your toes.

If you can find away into this sold out show, it’s going to be one of the best rock shows you’ll see all month, if not year.
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Preview: Shakey Graves at Terminal 5 This Wednesday

By Will Oliver, November 9th 2015


This Wednesday night, Austin rocker Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known to us in the music world as Shakey Graves, will return to New York for a performance at Terminal 5. The large venue would seem like a task to most artists, but based on the impressive performance I saw from him earlier this year at the Newport Folk Festival (which is where the photo above is taken from), he has no problem making a large scale performance seem intimate and personal.

Even if you’re unfamiliar with his music, he’s the sort of performer that you should take a risk on. He won me over with his live performance alone, and I’ve become a fan ever since. If you’re willing to give him a try, the same may happen to you.

Tickets for the show are still on sale, and feature opening sets from The Oh Hellos and Those Darlins
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[new]: Avenue – “Hot Slow Wind”

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2015


Avenue is the relatively new project of Sam Willows, a 21-year-old out of Toronto. Under this moniker, he’s making some great remixes that have caught a lot of attention. Well now he’s decide to make something of his own, and make his mark with his own songs.

One listen to his new single “Hot Slow Wind” will have you hooked. It’s tailor made for some late night listening, appropriate for a late night drive down the highway, or even alone in your room with your favorite headphones on. It’s the sort of song that feels fresh but also familiar, in the most welcoming sense of the word. This one just grooves and grooves. Those seductive driving synths remind me a great deal of some of Chromatics work. A compliment in the fullest degree.

It will be included on his debut EP Keep Counting, which will be released at the top of 2016 on January 8, via Dine Alone Records. Enjoy a stream, posted below.
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Back on a Sunday night in September, seemingly most of the musical talent that happened to be in New York that weekend converged to Bowery Ballroom for the first night of Neilfest, a tribute to the great Neil Young put on by The Best Fest. Not only was it a grand old celebration of a musical genius, but it served as a benefit to the Sweet Relief charity. So not only did you get some amazing artists, old and new, covering Neil Young, but it was all for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Cabin Down Below Band served as the backing house band for all the guests, and these guys are veterans of these sort of things by now, also serving as the backing band for the previously held Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest. They kicked things off with “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown,” and then handed the torch to a different band or artist to take over the song, and then pass the torch down the respective line.
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It’s hard to believe it’s been a full decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their unforgettable, and still phenomenal, self-titled debut album. I was about 15 years old at the time, just beginning to discover music blogs, as well as the depths of the indie music world. Seeing the reaction and general excitement that blogs had surrounding the release made me interested in this world, and was a definite influence in starting a blog of my own. So in many ways, I owe a lot of what has happened with We All Want Someone to Alec Ounsworth and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

This summer Clap Your Hands Say Yeah toured in support of their debut album, playing the entire album from start to finish, and then finishing off with other favorites from their career, both old and new. They stopped in to play the album in early August, with a pair of sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom.

I caught the second show, which was opened by Wilmington, Delaware group Teen Men, the new group of The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill (as well as former members Joe Hobson and Albert Birney, along with Krill’s wife Catharine Maloney) who also happens to play guitar and keyboards these days in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. These days, Ounsworth is the only original member from the band’s debut album days, with the rest of the group filled out by Matt Wong (bass) and Patrick Berkery (drums)
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