Hot Rumours – “Run To Me”

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2016


Hot Rumours are a fresh-faced band out of Los Angeles, just forming in December of 2015. The trio consists of LA producer Frankie Siragusa (who has worked with the likes of The Decemberists’ Sara Watkins, Reggie Watts, and The Watson Twins.), as well as brothers Aaron and Josh Ficchi.

The group is prepping their debut EP, but have already shared their very first song, a big track titled “Run To Me.” It’s an epic sprawling rocker with a bit of the bombast of Muse that sounds about as ready and polished as the first official offering from a band that’s barely four months out of the gate.

A West Coast tour is in the works in support of the EP. For now, stream “Run To Me” below.
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Next Monday night (March 21) Oscar will return to New York for his first non-CMJ performance at Baby’s All Right. The show will come as a precursor to the release of his debut album Cut and Paste, which will be released via Wichita Records on May 13.

The show at Baby’s will be your first chance to take in the new songs off the album, as well as his first proper show in New York, as all the rest were brief CMJ performances. I’ve seen Oscar a handle of times now and can say that you do not want to miss his show, especially at a spot like Baby’s where you’ll be able to get up close and personal. Hiccup and Frances Rose will open the show.

Tickets for his performance are still available to purchase but we got a pair to give away to one of you guys. To enter the contest, simply email me at with Oscar @ Baby’s as the subject. In the body be sure to leave the full name that you’d want on the guest list, be sure to have a matching ID of some sort with the name that you give.

Good luck!

Preview: Joywave at Hammerstein Ballroom

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2016


Tomorrow night Rochester elctronic-rockers Joywave will play one of the biggest New York shows to date when they play Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Metric.

Their opening slots across the country with Metric comes in support of their debut album How Do you Feel Now? which was released in 2015 via Cultco Music/ Hollywood Records. The group, led by singer Daniel Armbruster had quite the rise in 2015, and look to extend their reach even further while opening for Metric.

Get a taste of what their live show is like below, watching their live video of “Destruction” taken from their performance at Bowery Ballroom last October. There are still remaining tickets for their show with Metric tomorrow. You can find those right here.
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Great Good Fine Ok

Brooklyn synth-pop duo Great Good Fine Ok just recently released their chilled out new single “Already Love,” a fresh cut of soul-filled electro pop that will surely warm you up.

The group will stop in for a headlining spot at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday night where they will take over the room with their delightful jams.

There are still some remaining tickets for the show, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To enter to win, simply send us an email at with “Great Good Fine Ok” as the subject. Leave your full name in the subject, as that will be used at will call to pick up your tickets.

Good luck and enjoy a stream of “Already Love” posted below, as well as a stream of openers Paperwhite’s new single “On My Own.”
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On February 29 Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) launched their spring tour together at Webster Hall. It was a perfect combination, as both Titus’ Patrick Stickles and Finn know a thing or two about keeping rock and roll alive.

Finn shared tracks from his new album Faith in the Future (released via Partisan Records) backed up by a three-piece band. The tracks take a more mellow, alt-country form than the bar-rock anthems that he pumps out with The Hold Steady. Its a different side to Finn, a bit of a more vulnerable take live, but one that is surely welcome. He delighted fans of his other bands towards the end of the set with takes on The Hold Steady’s “Certain Songs” and Lifter Puller’s “Nassau Coliseum.”
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Preview: Ra Ra Riot at Webster Hall This Friday

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2016

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot make their return to New York this Friday night, taking the stage at Webster Hall. The show is in support of their new album Need Your Light, which was recently released via Barsuk Records.

The new material goes over even better live, as evident to their performance at Baby’s All Right last November, where they shared a few Need Your Light offerings. The group always offer a tight performance live and I’m sure this performance will be no different.

Add opening performances from both Sun Club and PWR BTTM and you got a great bill that will get your weekend started off right.

Tickets for the show are currently still on sale.
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Boston quartet Quilt have released their terrific new album Plaza last week via Mexican Summer. They’ll bring the record live to New York for a performance at Baby’s All Right tomorrow night that is sure to be one of the best shows of the week.

Not only will we get to hear the new album as well as some old favorites from Quilt, but the show will also featuring opening sets from Lionlimb and Cut Worms. It’s sure to be a good night.

Tickets just sold out today for the show, but if you head to the venue early enough, you just may be able to score one last minute. Keep checking throughout the day as well.

You’re not gonna want to miss this one.
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Big Grams at Irving Plaza (December 21, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On December 21 I took in my final show of the year, with the debut NYC performance from Big Grams, the new collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram. The show went down at Irving Plaza, and was an intimate first look at the new group that set out to mix both hip-hop with electronic pop/rock.

The Big Boi/Phantogram partnership was first revealed on Big Boi’s 2012 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which featured three collaborations between the two. With the Outkast reunion and Phantogram’s own new material their collaboration took longer than we anticipated, but last September saw the released of their debut self-titled EP via Epic Records.

Their Irving Plaza show featured all of the EP plus a few as well as favorites from both artists catalogues, such as Phantogram’s “Black Out Days” and Big Boi’s “CPU.” The latter being one of the earlier collaborations between the two, paved the way for mash-ups of sorts of both artists tracks, such as “Ms. Jackson” being teamed up with “Mouthful of Diamonds” and “The Way You Move” tied into “Don’t Move.” It was great to hear both artists material turned into something completely new and exciting.
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Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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One December 18, Foals made their return to New York City for the first time in 2015 in support of their new album What Went Down. Although the show their third consecutive time at Terminal 5 (can we get a bunch of intimate dates next time lads?), they still managed to throw down as hard as ever, delivering every bit on their rising ranks as one of the best live bands in the game at the moment.
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Sleater-Kinney at Market Hotel (December 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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It was fitting that the end of Sleater-Kinney’s impressive 2015 return campaign was held at Market Hotel during the Brooklyn venues long-awaited re-opening. There was a time that I never thought I’d get to see a show from Sleater-Kinney or a show at Market Hotel again, so getting to see Sleater-Kinney welcome back Market Hotel was about as fitting of a comeback story as any.

Things got started with an experimental from former Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo (head to NYCTaper to hear a full recording of Ranaldo’s set) and from there the small also perfectly sized confines of Market Hotel were ready for the ladies of Sleater-Kinney to do some damage, and boy, did they ever.

Their set was even more fierce than the one I saw just a few days prior at Terminal 5. Unsurprisingly, the vibe and energy in the room felt like 100 times that of Terminal 5, as I was just a couple of feet away from both Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker as they did their thing, pummeling through new blood material from No Cities To Love, or classic anthems that felt as timely as ever. Fred Armisen once again came out to lead them through a cover of “Rock Lobster,” and even went for a mini crowd-surf that the crowd wasn’t ready for, and resulted in him crashing to the floor. All was good, as this was the sort of thing we all signed up for with a major rock act playing a returning DIY space.

In truth, this was a once in a lifetime sort of show that lived up to its promise and then some. I doubt I’ll ever be able to see Sleater-Kinney at such a tiny space again, but at least I have this memory to treasure.

Find some photos of both Sleater-Kinney and Lee Ranaldo posted below.
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