Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 1 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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The Strokes at Governors Ball

For me, summer is officially in full swing with the arrival of the Governors Ball Music Festival, a staple of our summer here for the last few summers, although it’s hard to imagine a time without the festival. This year the festival was once again plagued by the ominous threat of rain and storms (with day 3 unfortunately being cancelled altogether), but we still made the best of the two great days that the festival gave us, and saw many different bands and artists across all genres.

We kicked off Friday, Day 1, with a set from young New York rockers Public Access T.V., who are definitely ones to watch, along with hot rising pop singer Meg Mac who performed right after.
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Native Gold – “Fickle

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

Native Gold

Native Gold is a LA duo comprised of longtime friends Michael Weeks and Lee Young. Last summer they shared snippets of songs that would eventually make up their debut EP A Man We All Admire, catching attention of artists such as Son Lux along the way.

They will release the EP to the world on July 5. Based on first single “Ficke,” the duo has quite a promising future ahead. The haunting track calls the mind the work of Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, taking a minimalisitc approach that yields loud, memorable results that has me very interested for what the rest of the EP has in store.

Find a stream of “Fickle” posted below.
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Preview: Julianna Barwick at Bowery Ballroom

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2016

Julianna Barwick

Tomorrow night Julianna Barwick will take her gorgeous sounds to the always reliable show space that is Bowery Ballroom for a performance with MAS YSA.

The show comes in support of Barwick’s new album Will, which was released in May via Dead Oceans. The record sees Barwick take her sound in a haunting new direction, one that will no doubt be beautiful to watch unfold in the live setting.

Tickets for the show are currently still for sale, not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.
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Preview: Mutual Benefit at Mercury Lounge

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2016

Mutual Benefit

Mutual Benefit, the project of Jordan Lee, released their beautiful sophomore record Skip a Sinking Stone last month via Mom + Pop Music.

He’s returning to New York for a pair of lives show this week, with the first show coming tomorrow evening at Mercury Lounge.

This will be New Yorkers first chance to catch these new songs in what is sure to be lovely live arrangements that will sound great in the intimate setting that is the Mercury Lounge. This is actually an early show, with openers Florist kicking things off around 7:30 (doors at 6:30). The very next night they’ll head to Brooklyn for a show at Baby’s All Right.

Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

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Plain and simple, The Joy Formidable are one of the best live bands out there right now. Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies and Matt Thomas have honed and perfected their blistering live set over the years into something that anyone can enjoy. There’s so much ferocity, intensity and fun that their band name really comes to life. They make joy look incredibly formidable, but in an inviting and engaging way. Read the rest of this entry »

Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl (June 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

You know when Diarrhea Planet come rolling into town, you best find a ticket. The Nashville rockers always deliver some of the craziest live shows that you’ll find anywhere (right alongside Ty, Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard).

They just released their brand new album Turn To Gold via Infinity Cat Recordings/Dine Alone Records, and played a big time late night TV performance on Seth Myers. After taping that, they went over to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of sweat, rock and roll, and destruction.

Find some photographs from their performance at Brooklyn Bowl below via our photographer Andrew St. Clair
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We Are Scientists at Irving Plaza (May 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2016

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On May 11 hometown boys We Are Scientists played a special show at Irving Plaza that served two purposes. Firstly, it was in support of their newly released album Helter Seltzer (via 100% Records). Secondly, it served to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their breakthrough record With Love and Squalor. To celebrate this, the first set from the band (Keith Murray and Chris Cain) featured the groups previous drummer Michael Tapper to resume his old duties on the songs that he helped create.

Getting to see the old trio back together again, delivering all these crowd-pleasing rockers took me back to 2006, when I saw We Are Scientists open up for Arctic Monkeys at Roseland Ballroom, one of my earliest concert memories. Some songs such as “Worth The Wait” and “What’s The Word” haven’t been played in many years (since 2007 and 2006, respectfully). They nailed each and every song, proving that sometimes it’s perfectly fine to revel in nostalgia.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full five years since the last album (Gimme Some) from Swedish rockers Peter Bjorn and John. Which also means that it’s been quite a while since they last toured their live show in the United States.

This May they returned stateside for a mini tour that including two intimate Brooklyn shows at Rough Trade NYC and Baby’s All Right (on May 2 & 3 respectively). I made it out to the show at Baby’s All Right, which also happened to be the first time I’d ever catch PB&J live, as surprisingly as that is.
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All photos by Emily Lembo

On February 18 Eleanor Friedberger returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom in support of her new album New View, which was released on January 22 via Frenchkiss Records. Friedberger was backed by Icewater (just as she was at her show at Pianos last November), who also opened the show along with Big Thief.

Find some shots from her performance below, taken by our photographer Emily Lembo.
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