Ty Segall at Mercury Lounge (June 26, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2015

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This summer indie rocks hardest worker Ty Segall returned to New York for 4-intimate acoustic shows across the city, including performances at Baby’ All Right, Bell House, Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade NYC.

I caught his performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26, which was the first of two shows for him that night, with a performance at Rough Trade NYC immediately following. It featured an opening set from Nashville folk artist William Tyler, who warmed up the crowd with a beautiful set of finger-picked goodness.

The last time I saw Segall play was at one of the final Death By Audio performances in November, as well as his absolutely bonkers headlining show at Webster Hall. This time around he went unplugged, playing a set of acoustic songs from all over his catalog, but mostly pertaining to last year’s mega album, Manipulator. Segall had fun with the show, offering lighthearted, and often goofy covers of classic rockers such as Devo’s “Baby Talkin Bitches.”
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Mini Mansions at Rough Trade NYC (June 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2015

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I was introduced to Los Angeles rockers Mini Mansions through various legs of tours spent opening for Arctic Monkeys. It wasn’t until their performance at Rough Trade NYC in June where I was able to finally check out a headlining show of their own.

This year they released their new album The Great Pretenders (via Capitol Records) a record that burst through with large-scale rock anthems. One particular highlight is single “Vertigo” which features vocals from Arctic Monkeys very own Alex Turner. When planning to come to the show I jokingly wondered if Turner could possibly show up, but figured it was just a pipe dream. Yet, the day before the show at Governors Ball I found out Turner was in attendance, which changed my tune completely.

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Midway through the show I spotted Turner standing just a few spots behind me in the crowd. When the time came for him to make his cameo for “Vertigo” the unsuspecting crowd was left stunned by his brief, but memorable cameo, which certainly stole the show.

His appearance aside, Mini Mansions delivered a exciting performance that really is meant for a place much bigger than Rough Trade. They have the tunes for it, more people just need to start paying better attention.

Find more photos from the show posted below, along with a live recordings of their performance of “Vertigo” with Alex Turner.
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Springtime Carnivore

Last year Springtime Carnivore, the project of Los Angeles’ Greta Morgan, released her outstanding (self-titled) debut album, which ended up being one of my favorite albums of the year.

She’s still hard at work touring for the record, with a stop here in New York this Friday (7/31) for a performance at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still on sale here). They also just released a great new music video for the lovely album cut “Other Side Of The Boundary.” Directed by Eddie O’Keefe, the video stars different version of Morgan singing along.

Talking about the video with Noisey, Morgan explained the meaning behind the video:

There are borders around every image. Boundaries around each person — and we made them very prominent to represent the wall we all carry around ourselves, which only allows certain people to enter at certain times. The question I’m exploring is when and how can we reach the other side of those divides.

Enjoy the video posted below, along with the rest of Springtime Carnivore’s tour dates.

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Beirut – “No No No”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It’s always good to get new music from Beirut, which makes it very exciting to announce that Zach Condon’s group will make their triumphant return with new album No No No on September 11 via 4AD.

Today they released the video for the ultra charming and very Beirut first single “No No No.” It’s an instant winner that is all too perfect for summer listening.

The video was directed by Brother Willis, who captures the band at their quirkiest with an live performance that goes awry. It’s a good time.

Check it out below, and if you’re free this Sunday night grab tickets to their show at Bowery Ballroom. The show was just announced and tickets are still on sale. It’s a little more intimate than their show at Radio City this fall.
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[new]: Foals – “What Went Down”

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2015 — with 1 comment


The always reliable British rockers Foals are back, and sounding as strong as ever. They’ll release their new album What Went Down on August 28 via Warner Bros Records.

Today they premiered the first single, and title track, “What Went Down” which was released as a brand new music video. It’s very Foals in spirit, harnessing that primal energy that seems to come so naturally for them. Once it starts it never lets up, and it explodes into something that I can only imagine being an absolute monster in the live setting. Welcome back Foals.

Getting to hear a new song just makes me crave the next New York Foals show, which hopefully will be coming soon enough.

Check out the official music video for “What Went Down” below. It was directed by Niall O’Brien.
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After catching a set from Lightning Bolt at LPR, I bolted over to Brooklyn to catch Wild Nothings’ New York live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The comeback show was a part of a series of show that the band are performing as a part of Converse’s always welcome Rubber Tracks series. The free show sold out pretty much instantly, and featured support from Brooklyn band Journalism.

This was Wild Nothing’s first performance in New York for some time, but they made us feel right at home, opening with their breakthrough single “Summer Holiday.” This live version of Wild Nothing featured DIIV’s synth-player Colin Caulfield (formerly known as Young Man) and EZTV’s drummer Michael Stasiak. They fit in snugly around Tatum and Wild Nothing’s returning members: bassist Jeff Haley and guitarist Nathan Goodman.
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Builder of the House

Today we have a special treat from Portand, Maine indie-folk group Builder Of The House. It’s the project of Robert Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen, who recently released their new EP Hourglass, their first release on Louisville record label, sonaBlast! Records.

Builder of the House have a brand new music video for “A Plot In Falmouth,” and they have given us the honor of premiering it to the world. It’s a smokey and mysterious track and its video features an all too perfect short film, that gets tied into footage of the band playing along. The video was directed by Derek R. Brigham, Rob Cimitile, and Will Porensky.

Find the video below, and head to iTunes to pick up a copy of their Hourglass EP.
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Tanlines at Bowery Ballroom (May 14, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 16th 2015

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On Thursday night New York duo Tanlines played a sold out Bowery Ballroom, their second New York show in two days (they played Rough Trade NYC the night before). The shows came one week ahead of the release of their brand new album Highlights (out via True Panther Sounds), their first new album in three years. The show featured a great opening set from the one-man show Mas Ysa who had a firm hold over those early enough to catch him.
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[music video]: Chastity Belt – “Joke”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt will be playing alongside Courtney Barnett next week for three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom, along with a show of their own at Rough Trade. The shows are in support of their new album Time To Go Home, which is out now via Hardly Art.

The group recently released their music video for album track “Joke,” using footage they took of themselves out on the road for their recent spring tour across the country. Shake weights are involved. It’s great.

Catch the video posted below, along with the rest of their U.S. tour dates.
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