[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.

San Fermin - Wild Honey Pie : Shake Shack

Back in April I had the pleasure of attending an intimate performance from San Fermin at Headroom NYC, who were performing a Buzzsession put on by our buddies over at The Wild Honey Pie. The session was made that much more special as it featured a collaboration with Shake Shack, who made the intimate performance that much better with free burgers and their fine Shackmeister Ale. It’s not often you get to mix the equally great worlds of food and live music.

Today I have the honor and privilege of premiering one of the Buzzsession videos from that evening. It’s their performance of “Emily,” which sounds just as good as I remember it those many months ago. It’s interesting to see the final product after witnessing it all go down live in person. If you haven’t been to one of The Wild Honey Pie’s events or tapings yet, this video will make you want to rectify that immediately.

Enjoy the performance below, and be sure to check out one of the group when they return to New York City for a three night stand at Bowery Ballroom on December 17th, 18th & 19th. Tickets are on sale at the bands website.
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[music video]: Hinds – “Garden”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2015

Hinds - Garden Video

Madrid-based four piece Hinds will unleash their debut album Leave Me Alone on January 8, 2016 via Mom + Pop Music/Lucky Number Music. The record may not come out until next year, but the group are currently touring across the United States, sharing tracks from the new album. This includes the joyous summer vibes given off by current single “Garden,” which had its video released today.

Directed by Pedro Martin-Calero, and filmed in Madrid, the video was inspired by legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, and more specifically his 1965 film ‘Pierrot Le Fou.’ The colorful and lively video is a joyous occasion to behold, just like the bands music and live show. Find the video below and catch the group in Brooklyn next week at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are currently still on sale.

Find the video for “Garden” posted below.
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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

1_Mini Mansions_Rough Trade NYC

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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