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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Blur at MSG

I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.
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Hop Along at Bowery Ballroom (December 12, 2015)

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

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Not many bands broke through in 2015 the way that Hop Along did, with their terrific third album Painted Shut making many year end lists and garnering the type of acclaim that the band has long deserved. I got to see them open up for Modest Mouse during the fall, but their sold out headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom would serve as my first proper live journey with the group.

Things started off right with two solid opening sets from Des Ark and Radiator Hospital. From there Hop Along took over and immediately took over the room and never looked back. On record their energy is urgent and contagious, hitting the deepest part of your emotional soul. Yet somehow their impact live is even stronger, proven by the crowd who sang along to every lyric that the raspy voice of front-woman Frances Quinlan fed them.

They were on point all night, even when they ventured into an unexpected cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bombtrack.” I’m just real sorry it took me until now to experience Hop Along live. I doubt they’ll be playing in rooms the size of Bowery for much longer.

Find some photos from Hop Along, Radiator Hospital and Des Ark posted below.
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Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg (November 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

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You probably know legendary guitarist Johnny Marr best as one of the members of The Smiths. But he also has participated in many other acts such as Electric, The Cribs, and Modest Mouse. Recently Marr has embarked on a solo career of his own. On November 15 he stopped by Brooklyn to play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his new album Playland.

Marr had terrific control over the room, bringing his music to life in on his own terms. As a frontman he’s engaging and certainly holds is own vocally. He played lots of new material from Playland (his sophomore solo effort) as well as cuts from his solo debut, The Messenger. Going into the show I hoped to hear a few of The Smiths songs thrown in there, and thankfully he did more than that. He played a handful of Smiths favorites such as “Panic,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” and “The Headmaster Ritual.” He also played “Getting Away With It” from Electronic.

Marr really surprised the crowd by bringing out Kirk Douglas of The Roots to play guitar on “How Soon Is Now?,” an unexpected treat to say the least. The encore brought a heartwarming performance of “Still Ill” as well as “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” which was sung by the entire crowd at remarkable levels.

I may never get to see The Smiths (or Morrissey) but at least I am able to have caught the wonderful Johnny Marr.

Setlist:

1. Playland
2. Panic (The Smiths)
3. The Right Thing Right
4. Easy Money
5. 25 Hours
6. New Town Velocity
7. The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths)
8. Back in the Box
9. Speak Out Reach Out
10. Generate! Generate!
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths)
12. Boys Get Straight
13. Candidate
14. Getting Away with It (Electronic)
15. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths) w/ Kirk Douglas of The Roots on guitar

Encore:

16. Still Ill (The Smiths)
17. Dynamo
18. Lust For Life (Iggy Pop cover)
19. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)

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Andrew Rinehart

Andrew Rinehart is the moniker of Louisville musician Andrew Sellers. He recently released part II of an album called Everything (Parts I, II, and III) which is split into three different EPs. Over the course of these three EPs, he goes from folk, to rock, and then a combination of the two.

On Part II┬ásingle “You Can’t Break My Heart (Pretty People Make Graves),” Rinehart shows a great deal of musical diversity on a track that plays with many genres of rock, showcasing moments that reminded me of everyone from Lou Reed to old school Modest Mouse.

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The Hudson Project is a new music festival in its very first year. It will take place on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York from July 11-13. The upstate festival has a rock solid lineup in its inaugural year, booking Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, and Bassnectar as their headliners. The rest of the lineup features artists such as Atmosphere, Matt & Kim, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, STRFKR, Dr. Dog, Four Tet, Holy Ghost!, Twin Shadow, Action Bronson, Cults, Araabmuzik, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Yacht, Robert Delong, Majical Cloudz, SZA, Bad Rabbits, Small Black, Widowspeak, The Range, Chrome Sparks and many more.

The festival is about a two hour drive from the city, and about an hour train ride, making it a great location for music fans either in New York City or upstate. Tickets are still available for the festival right now, and you can get your own right here.

Find the full lineup posted below:
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[new]: Sun Kil Moon – Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2013 — with 2 comments

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Sun Kil Moon, the solo project of Mark Kozelek will return with a new album titled Benji next year. It will come out February 4 on his own label, Caldo Verde Records. He released a new song called “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes.”

He references the passing of the great James Gandolfini in the song which sees him almost talk-rap in a Modest Mouse-like fashion. It soon takes off into a really awesome alt-western territory. It’s awesome.

Take a listen to “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes” below.
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Coachella Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 24th 2013

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Coachella has announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. There’s a lot of classic acts making the stop to Indio, California this April.

Both The Stone Roses and Blur are getting together, which is an incredible thing. Then you got Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, New Order, Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, The xx, Sigur Ros, Jurassic 5, Grizzly Bear, Violent Femmes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Social Distotion, and Hot Chip. It doesn’t stop there. You got Passion Pit, Beach House, Band Of Horses, Local Natives, Moby, Two Door Cinema Club, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand Foals, Wild Nothing, Tame Impala, Metric, Of Monsters and Men, Japandroids, Johnny Marr, Alt-J, Jamie Xx, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Palma Violets, James Blake, Grimes, The Gaslight Anthem, Jessie Ware, and much much more.

Wish I could make it out there to catch most of these classic acts that are all conveniently in the same spot.

[new]: The Tins – Vicki // SXSW Dates

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2012

The last we heard from The Tins, they were raising money via kickstarter for their debut album. We now have our first taste of the said debut album, in the form of lead single “Vicki”.

The Buffalo band, who got together here at Binghamton University, have spent the last year writing and recording the album with producer Joe Blaney, who has worked with the likes of Modest Mouse, The Clas, and Prince. The band has nearly completed work on the album, and are preparing to set out to SXSW to show off the new songs to the Austin, Texas hungry.

Stream “Vicki” below, and hit the jump to find the bands tour dates at SXSW.


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