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James Blake at Webster Hall (May 18, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016

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On May 18 the soulful Brit James Blake returned to New York for a performance at Webster Hall in support of his new album The Colour in Anything which Blake surprised us with at midnight on May 6 (released via Republic Records). Considering that he’s playing Radio City in October, this Webster Hall performance was a now rare chance to see him at a somewhat intimate venue.

Find photos of Blake’s performance posted below.
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Wolf Parade at Bowery Ballroom (May 17, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Wolf Parade will always hold a special place in my heart, as the release of their classic debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary, I discovered the world of indie rock and online music discussion and music blogs. So you could definitely attribute the start of this blog to them and that amazing record.

It goes one step further, as the first show I got offered to officially photograph was their performance at Terminal 5 in 2010. Back then I never even considered that I could possibly be a photographer in the front of the crowd officially allowed to take photographs. I didn’t even own a professional camera. But again, Wolf Parade found a way to once again quite literally change the course of my life.
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Mac DeMarco at Webster Hall (May 15, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2016

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The unstoppable and lovable Mac DeMarco just connects with young music fans unlike any artist out there (maybe other than Kanye, of course). He thrives off the 16+ crowd, the sort of audience that eat up his cigarette-smoking goofball attitude, the type that will line up for hours beforehand, and try to run onto the stage to take a selfie with him. Luckily for them, Mac is kind enough to kindly reject the selfies, instead of giving them a rough boot, as most artists would, especially with the last name Gallagher or Corgan.
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Yeasayer and Young Magic at Irving Plaza (May 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Brooklyn experimental rockers Yeasayer headlined a sold out Irving Plaza on May 14 along with support from fellow Brooklyn electronic group Young Magic. Both were on tour in support of new albums, with Yeasayer releasing Amen & Goodbye on April 1 via Mute Records, and Young Magic releasing Still Life on the day before the show via Carpark Records.

Find photos from both of their sets that night posted below, along with Yeasayer’s setlist.
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Rogue Wave at Bowery Ballroom (May 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2016

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On May 13 the now veteran Oakland indie rock group Rogue Wave returned to New York in support of their new album Delusions of Grand Fur, which was released via Easy Sound Recording Co. The show took place at Bowery Ballroom, the first night of a two-night run that saw them at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night.

Find photos of their performance that night posted below, along with their setlist.
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Eagulls at Rough Trade NYC (May 9, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On May 9th I started my Brooklyn double header with a performance from English rockers Eagulls, who stopped in to preview tracks from their new album Ullages, which was released via Partisan Records.

The groups performed was locked in and heavy with English punk vibes, punctuated by the heavy saturation of Rough Trade’s lights (as usual) as classic film Metropolis was projected behind the group, only heightening the brooding vibe of the band. They’re a band meant to be seen live, where their sound is taken to new heights.

Find photos of their performance below, along with local New York rockers The Britanys, who opened up the show.
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