Twin Peaks at Bowery Ballroom (May 25, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016


Wild Chicago rockers Twin Peaks have grown up quite a bit, releasing the rather mature and refined new album Down In Heaven earlier in the year via Grand Jury Music. While that record may be a slightly calmer sound for the Chi-town boys, they still bring their wild stage antics to their live performances, giving us a wild show as usual this May 25 at their Bowery Ballroom show, the night after they played Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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Danny Brown @ House Of Vans (May 24, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016


All photos by James Douglas

On May 25 Detroit rapper Danny Brown returned to New York for a special night at House Of Vans in Brooklyn.

Along with the premiere of Andrew Cohn’s new documentary Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic as a part of the Rooftop Films series, Brown also put on a live performance for the crowd.

Find some shots from his performance from our photographer James Douglas.
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Islands at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 21, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016


Islands have taken quite a few forms since their inception after the band’s brainchild Nicholas Thorburn’s prior band The Unicorns broke up. In 2006 they released their charming debut album Return To The Seam. Since then Islands did a small reunion tour opening for Arcade Fire, and Islands have gone on to release a total of seven albums, including two this year alone, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste, both via their own label, Manque Music.
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Parquet Courts at Webster Hall (May 20, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016


On May 20 Parquet Courts headlined Webster Hall in support of their typically well received new album Human Performance, their first full-length album with Rough Trade Records.

The band was chatty and full of banter in between songs, the liveliest I’ve seen them at a show. Musically, they delivered a fiery performance, one that really took shape once the the one-two punch of “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” kicked in and the front of the crowd morphed into a sweaty mosh pit that rarely let up.

Find some shots of their performance along with Brooklyn rockers, and Captured Tracks signees, B Boys, who opened the show.
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James Blake at Webster Hall (May 18, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016


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


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


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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