R.I.P. David Bowie

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2016

Legendary artist David Bowie has passed away, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. This sad news comes just days after Bowie’s 69th birthday on Friday, which also saw the release of his fantastic new, and now final album, Blackstar.

The shocking news was revealed today through his facebook page:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016

In all honestly, there’s not much I can say to truly capture the essence of what Bowie meant to so many people. He wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of all time, but one of the great visionaries and artists in so many different fields and mediums.

He will truly be missed. Blast Bowie loud and proud today.

R.I.P. David Bowie

[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

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

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.
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Premiere: Sam Seeger – “Empty Mind Man” Music Video

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2016 — with 1 comment

Sam Seeger - Empty Mind Man Video

Today I have the honor of having the exclusive premiere of Sam Seeger’s new music video for “Empty Mind Man.” The thunderous cut of garage rock is taken from Seeger’s debut solo EP Coffin Fashion, which we shared with you guys in the introducing feature on Sam that we posted last month.

The crafty and stylish video features Seeger along with drummer Rosie Slater (of New Myths) and was directed by Seeger, allowing him to perfectly capture the dirty, gritty feel of the song. Seeger swiftly proves that not only is he a talent behind the guitar, but also behind the lens (along with his brother Ben Seeger). As the director and artist himself, he’s able to capture and fine tune his aesthetic as an artist, building something memorable along the way.

Enjoy the music video below, and be sure to catch his upcoming free performance at Pete’s Candy Store next Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm and find his EP available for purchase on iTunes.
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Preview: Barbez Tonight At Joe’s Pub

By Will Oliver, January 2nd 2016

Welcome to 2016. Need a last minute plan to kick off your show-going habit for the new year?

We got one for you. Tonight Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez will be playing at Joe’s Pub, performing new pieces from their new album White Phosphorous, a new album that ruminates on the wars at uprisings in the Middle East post-9/11.

Tickets for the show are still on sale ahead of the show tonight, and some will still be available at the door. Grab a taste of their 2013 track “Bella Ciao” with it’s video, which is posted below.
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[music video]: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher”

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2015

Sunflower Bean - Wall Watcher

2016 is right around the corner. As scary as that is, it helps knowing that a few great records are already waiting for us. One of these is Human Ceremony, the debut record from New York trio Sunflower Bean. It will be released on February 5 via Fat Possum Records. Today they shared the music video for the records first single “Wall Watcher,” which premiered via Noisey.

The video was shot with Roger Sargent during a rare day off on tour in London an old buckle factory. The clock concept from the album cover comes into play during the video. It’s well shot, and fits the vibe of the song all too well.

Tickets are still on sale for their homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Find their full list of tour dates posted after the video as well.

Tour Dates:

2/2/16 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16 Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16 Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16 Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16 Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
2/16/16 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16 London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16 Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/26/16 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity
2/27/16 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
2/28/16 Montreal, QC @ Quasi Des Brumes
3/1/16 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/2/16 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16 Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/15-3/20/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras

[music video]: Day Wave – Come Home Now

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2015

Day Wave

Day Wave continues his wonderful year with a brand new music video for his current single “Come Home Now.”

The home-movie style video features footage from their fall tour through the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and Europe. The single is out now via House Arrest Records. The physical 7″ is sold out, but is currently on sale at their shows.

Enjoy the video for “Come Home Now” posted below.
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Felice Brothers - Felice Navidad

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? You better hurry up, the holiday season is already here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you’re not feeling the spirit, maybe The Felice Brothers can help you out with that. In late November the group release the appropriately titled Felice Navidad EP, featuring five brand new Christmas-themed songs.

Best of all, the proceeds made from the EP (priced at $5.00) will all be donated to the Food Bank of The Hudson Valley. Some Holiday songs for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Get a taste of the EP via EP cut “Country Ham” and it’s music video which urges us all to give back in anyway that we can this Holiday season. Not a bad message, and song. Find it posted below.
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Sponsored Video: Philips Breathless Choir

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2015

Breathless Choir

Singing is a special gift, one that doesn’t come easy to the average person. It takes a special talent, one that a lucky few are born with. But what happens to those who unfortunately have their gift thrown into doubt or taken away from them because of illness? Would it be possible to get them singing again?

As a part of World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Philips formed the Breathless Choir, which brought 18 special individuals together to learn how to sing together as one, which led them to a performance at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, where they sang the classic song “Every Breath You Take,” in front of their friends and loved ones. Famous choirmaster Gareth Malone, known for his ability to turn unlikely people into singers, helped prepare them for the event.  Their journey to the stage was documented through a series of gripping films, as they faced their doubts head on, and took the task with pride, casting their fears and doubts aside.

Watching the amazing clip of their story gave me goosebumps. You can’t help but be amazed at the incredible journey the 18 talented people took. You don’t need to be a music fan for this amazing story to move you. You just have to be human. For more about the choir and to watch the video documenting their amazing journey, head to this link (or find it posted below). You can also learn more about Philips’ innovation for people with chronic respiratory conditions here.

This post has been sponsored by Philips

Harriet – Bent

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2015


I’ve been sharing the songs of Los Angeles quartet Harriet for some time now, but it’s not until the early days of 2016 that we get to hear their first official full-length album, American Appetite (January 29 on Harvest Records to be exact) .

The group have recently shared the beautiful and sprawling album cut “Bent.” It doesn’t take long for it to create and maintain a feeling of atmosphere, keeping the mesmerizing feeling and sense of place until the very last second. It’s a wonderful listen, the sort of song that will act as a warm comfort during these upcoming chilly months. If the rest of the album can deliver in such a way, it will be one of the first can’t miss records of the year.

Stream “Bent” below, and check out the home-movie style music video that the band release as well. It was directed by the band’s very own Alex Casnoff.
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The Last Shadow Puppets Release New Album Teaser

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2015

The Last Shadow Puppets - Teaser

It’s all happening folks. The Last Shadow Puppets are finally back. It’s been a painfully long seven years since their debut record, but we can now sit comfortably knowing that next spring we will have a brand new record from the combo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane.

We heard rumors about the new record being done for a couple months now, with Owen Pallet indicating the he helped compose some string arrangements for the album in an interview a little while back. But today we get the concrete proof that they’re back and ready to share new music in the form of an eerie teaser video that they released on their website.

We don’t get to hear much in terms of actual music, instead we are treated to some creepy cinematic clips of strings and various vocal clips. But the clip – mostly of bits of the duo and others such as longtime Arctic Monkeys friend and producer, James Ford – in the studio, looking as cool as can be, and that is plenty comforting enough for now.

Spring 2016 can’t come soon enough. Find the teaser posted below.

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