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Preview: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2015

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Today, Governors Ball returns to New York City to take over Randall’s Island Park for another edition of the annual festival. It’s hard to believe that it’s June, let alone time for another edition of NYC’s beloved festival.

By now, you should (probably) have a good idea of who you’ll be seeing tomorrow, as well as the rest of the weekend. But if not, I’ve compiled a list of artists who I plan to catch throughout the weekend, if that will help sway your decision.
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Sufjan Stevens at Kings Theatre (May 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 7th 2015

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What’s there to say about Sufjan Stevens and his beautiful new album Carrie & Lowell that hasn’t been said by everyone else? My love for the album is no secret, it’s already a heavy favorite to be my album of the year, and it’s only May. Of course things can change from now until December, but it’s going to take one hell of an album to dethrone Stevens’ latest masterpiece. Last month Stevens performed the first of his New York shows at at The Beacon Theatre, a performance so good that I made sure to catch one of his two return shows, this time at the newly opened and restored Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

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Landmark Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015

Landmark Music Festival

The Landmark Music Festival is a new festival that will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on the weekend of September 26 and 27. The festival will have 40 plus artists over five stages.

The lineup boasts a rock solid lineup that includes: The Strokes, Alt-J, Drake, The War On Drugs, Band Of Horses, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Ben Howard, The Kills, Twin Shadow, Lord Huron, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, Houndmouth, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Daughter, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

Not only will this celebrate some of the biggest names in music playing in one place, but its for a good cause: Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Wolf Alice – “Giant Peach”

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

Wolf Alice

Hot rising London four-piece Wolf Alice have revealed that their debut album is entitled My Love Is Cool, and will be released on June 23 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records.

The announcement came with the release of the hard-hitting first single, a scorcher by name of “Giant Peach.” Naturally we assume its a reference to Roald Dahl’s beloved book, but according ot the band it’s a track about growing up in London. It doesn’t take time for the track to lift off and settle into a comfy groove, but it’s towards the end where it picks up some real steam and lets loose of a lot of aggression.

If you’re in the area, Wolf Alice will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tomorrow night along with Sunflower Bean (who were saw earlier in the month). For more info on that show head here.

Find “Giant Peach posted below, along with all of Wolf Alice’s upcoming tour dates.
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Governors Ball Single Day
Governors Ball Music Festival announced the 2015 lineup last month, and today they’ve announced the single day lineups for the three days of the festival, set to go down from June 5-7 at Randall’s Islands Park.

We still have to see the set times each day, but at least now you can plan out if you want to go to just one day, or even plan out who you’re going to see each day.

Single days tickets are on presale now, with the regular sale happening Friday noon. 3-day tickets are still on sale.

Find the single day lineup posted below:
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[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr

Hot rising artist Tobias Jesso Jr. is a name that should be on your radar immediately. I caught a intimate performance from him last November at a loft space in Williamsburg, where he previewed tracks from his debut album Goon (out March 17 via True Panther). There was a lot of blog buzz about him floating around, and that performance proved it all to be true. Jesso Jr. is indeed an amazing talent, one that is going to steal a lot of hearts in the upcoming months.

He’s released a few cuts from the album already (“Hollywood,” “True Love,” and “Just A Dream,”) and the latest single is the fragile ballad “How Could You Babe.” While the live version I saw was a solo version featuring just Jesso Jr. and his piano, the recorded product features a bit more production. Even so, it still finds a way to capture that sweeping intimacy that seems to come natural to Jesso Jr. Credit to Patrick Carney, JR White and Ariel Rechtshaid, who all had a hand in the album’s production.

Goon is shaping up to be not only one of the best debut albums of the year, but one the best albums, period.

Check out the wonderful “How Could You Babe” music video below, which was directed by Grant Singer.
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Kanye West @ Prudential Center (February 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2014 — with 1 comment

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On Saturday night I trekked out with some friends to Newark, New Jersey making my first visit to the Prudential Center in order to take in a show from the always extravagant Kanye West. I saw him only a few months ago at The Garden, which was the best show that I saw in 2013. So I couldn’t possibly pass up another chance to take in a show during his Yeezus tour.

The evening was all Kanye, with no opener to delay our focus. Just like on Yeezus, Kanye kicked things off with “On Sight”, with his face completely concealed by one of his insane masks. From there on out it was a mix-and-match of songs spread throughout his incredible catalog, both old and new. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Albums Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2013 — with 10 comments

Best Albums Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo for the artwork as usual

Hey guys, it’s that time of the year for my best albums of the year list. I feel like I’m one of the select few who wait until December’s almost over to publish my list. Even waiting this long, I feel like I didn’t get to listen to nearly as much music as in previous years. There’ just too much stuff out there. (Tell me what you liked this year by voting in our 2013 Readers Poll)

There is no goal to accomplish on this list, other than a honest look at what music I enjoyed. I listened to a lot of records, both big and small, from those who benefited from the hype cycle to some that got nearly no attention at all. If it sounded good to me, it’s here. No pretension, no bullshit. This is just a list of my favorite albums of the year, no grand statement, just a love for these collections of music that kept me in good company this year.

So without further ado, I present my favorite albums of 2013. You can even stream the whole thing if you so desire at the spotify link right here. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Grammy Nominations Announced

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2013

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The 2014 Grammy Nominations have been announced. Don’t go rolling your eyes at me. There’s some good stuff to be found in all the clutters of irrelevancy and “mehs.”

The National & Vampire Weekend, have been nominated for Grammys! So have James Blake, Alabama Shakes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White, Neko Case, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails. So there’s that.
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