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.
By Will Oliver, September 10th 2016 — with 1 comment
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Oliver, September 8th 2016 — with 1 comment
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.
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.
After a wild show at Bowery Ballroom last summer, La Luz returned to us in New York again for a slightly smaller show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn. The show continued their support of last years really good Weirdo Shrine, which they released via Hardly Art. Read the rest of this entry »
On the night before their performance at Panorama, Canadian greats Broken Social Scene made their live return to New York for a very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first live show in New York in years since their hiatus. The show was opened by Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, who also were performing at Panorama. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Oliver, September 7th 2016 — with 1 comment
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.