Jessie Ware – Want Your Feeling (Live at the Barbican)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2014

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Jessie Ware’s new album Tough Love is sounding like it’s going to be a strong follow-up to Devotion. At least based on the strength of “Say You Love Me” and “Tough Love.”

“Want Your Feeling” is the most recent cut shared from the album, and it’s actually a collaboration that Ware did with Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange). It’s a golden pop-song with a soulful core, with the fingerprints of Hynes all over the place. Throw in production from James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco and producer of most of Arctic Monkeys stuff) and you got quite a team credited on the track.

Check out the live video of the song that was recorded as her performance at the Barbican in London. It’s posted below.
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Banks at Rough Trade NYC (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2014

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Yesterday hotly tipped L.A.-based recording artist Banks released her debut album Goddess via Harvest Records. To celebrate the occasion, and reward fans who purchased the album, she played a short but sweet intimate set at Rough Trade NYC. The performance was one of the venues “instore” performances that rewards fans with the performance as well as a meet and greet with the artist, who will sign their album.
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Win Tickets To See White Denim at MHOW Tomorrow Night

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Tomorrow night White Denim make their live return in New York City, playing three consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Find tickets here). I just saw the band rock out at Boston Calling, and can testify that these guys are in tip top form, as usual.

Tickets are still on sale, but I got a last minute pair of tickets to giveaway to the first night of their run tomorrow night (9/10). To enter to win, leave a comment below with your favorite White Denim tune. I’ll pick a winner and notify them later today.

Good luck!

The War On Drugs at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Going into Boston Calling, one of the sets that I was most excited for was from Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs. I’ve seen them before, but not on their current tour for new album Lost In The Dream, an album which is one of the year’s best for sure (get on it if you haven’t already). Based on every late night performance and live clip I’ve seen online, the group sound like they are in the best form of their career, slaying at a moments notice.
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White Denim at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2014

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Oddly enough, every time I’ve seen White Denim live has been during the late hours of big music festivals (Bonnaroo 2012 + Firefly this year). Due to unfortunate timing, I have never caught one of their more intimate club shows in New York. Well yesterday I caught them for the third time, this time at Boston Calling, yet again at a festival. The only variable was that it was a daylight set at 2 p.m. putting them into the heart of the daylight.
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Alt-J at Rough Trade NYC (September 4, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 5th 2014


It was just this past Tuesday that Alt-J played a intimate secret show at Le Poisson Rogue (for NPR) to test out the new songs that we will soon be hearing on new album This Is All Yours. I couldn’t make that show as I already had plans to see Interpol play at The Met. I don’t regret that decision, but I was bummed that I was missing out on a intimate Alt-J show, as I know that those things will be a thing of relative obscurity with their recent found fame (with their sold out show at The Beacon in November as proof). Yet, I woke up yesterday morning finding out that the band would be playing a last-minute show at the even smaller Rough Trade NYC. I didn’t even hesitate on buying myself a ticket, knowing sure well that you don’t waste a second chance opportunity such as this.
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Mr Twin Sister – Blush

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Earlier in the year Twin Sister changed their name to Mr. Twin Sister. A name is just a name. All I’m concerned about is the music coming from that name. And since the change, the band has been releasing some quality tunes.

First it was “Out Of The Dark” and then they followed that up with “Blush” a very smooth slow-jam that shows that they are a band locked in on making some well crafted late night music. They really should be on tour with TOPS. That would be a tour full of delightful 80s-influenced smoothness.

Both “Blush” and “Out Of The Dark” will be featured on their new self-titled album, due out on September 23 via Twin Group/Infinite Best.

Stream “Blush” below.
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Andrew Rinehart

Andrew Rinehart is the moniker of Louisville musician Andrew Sellers. He recently released part II of an album called Everything (Parts I, II, and III) which is split into three different EPs. Over the course of these three EPs, he goes from folk, to rock, and then a combination of the two.

On Part II single “You Can’t Break My Heart (Pretty People Make Graves),” Rinehart shows a great deal of musical diversity on a track that plays with many genres of rock, showcasing moments that reminded me of everyone from Lou Reed to old school Modest Mouse.

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Paperhaus – Cairo

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014


Over the past month Washington D.C. band Paperhaus have been on the road sharing their tunes with fans all over the country. They also took the time to release a new single called “Cairo.”

It’s a scorching piece of lively guitar rock that is smart and assured. It knows where its going and doesn’t beat around the bush. If you’re in any of the cities that they still have yet to come to, you’d be smart to check these guys out live.

Find their tour dates posted below, along with a stream of “Cairo.”
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