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Preview: Full Moon Fest 2016

By Will Oliver, August 15th 2016

Full Moon Fest 2016

Returning for it’s sixth straight year, MATTE Projects Full Moon Fest is back in a big way this year. Returning to Governor’s Island, the festival has now expanded to two days, and features its most diverse lineup yet. With headlining sets from Santigold, Pusha T, SBTRKT, and Allah-Las, this is easily their most exciting and eclectic lineup to date, with the return to Governors Island an always welcome escape.

Stretch over two days this will over fans a different experience, with more spread out action throughout each day, and giving each artist more time to shine. We’ve covered the festival for the past two years (find our 2015 and 2014 coverage) and look forward to seeing what this years edition has to offer.

Tickets for the festival are still available as single day or two-day packages. In the meantime, check out Billboard’s interview with the festivals founders about this years fest, and head to the Full Moon site for more information.

Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016

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South by Southwest–the crown jewel and gold standard of American arts festivals. Spanning almost two weeks, it covers music, film, interactive, and gaming. Thousands of savvy young professionals descend upon Austin, TX like a swarm of bees trying to find, or be, the next big buzz.  I was originally intending to mainly cover the film portion and do music on the side, but that didn’t go down so well. I may touch on this later, but I think that the festival has possibly become a bit too big for its britches. But through all of the pomp and circumstance, there still lies an unforgettable experience…you just need to know where to look.

After a great deal of trouble with some shoddy airplanes, I finally made it to Austin. I always expect the worst, so the extra six hours of travel time, two of which were confined to a metal tube full of gross people (I’m kidding, your B.O. masked with 80’s-porn-director-cologne smelled amazing), weren’t that big of a deal. But just from the way my extremely late-night flight was full to capacity with 20-somethings, I knew we were all headed to the same place. Read the rest of this entry »

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If GEMS are playing a show in NYC, I make it a point to find myself in attendance. Last night they headlined Brooklyn’s Glasslands and took the night by storm. No matter how many times I see them, I never tire of their songs. They changed it up a bit from last time, leaving room for them to include a cover for the very first time. The cover was of Seal’s “Don’t Cry,” and man, it worked wonderfully. I’m continuously impressed by the work on Lindsay and Cliff, no matter how many times I hear their material live. It always finds a way to work its magic over me, as if I’m seeing them for the first time again. Read the rest of this entry »

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments

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Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.

When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.

As always thanks to Camilo for the artwork. You can stream the songs themselves, or listen to one giant spotify stream right here.

I present to you:

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012:

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012…So Far

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2012 — with 6 comments

Shit, it’s the middle of August already? Did I really wait this long to make my best songs of the middle of the year list? Yep, Will Oliver at his finest hour.

Ah whatever. No matter how late this list is, I still fell obliged to share what I found to be the best songs of 2012 at the middle (or 3/4) point of 2012. This year saw a lot of great stuff from a lot of my favorite bands, as well as a lot of young, new, talent. I am so impressed by this group of songs, that I couldn’t even keep to my limit of 50 like I originally planned. Remember, this is just my preliminary list. Things can and will change come December.

I got mp3 downloads of some songs, and links of streams to others on each individual track. I also got a spotify playlist where you can actually stream the entire thing. Find that here. Not a bad deal.

Thanks to my good friend Riley for allowing me to use her awesome photo, which Camilo edited to allow the addition of some text.

So take a break from your work, stream the playlist from your phone while your at the beach, and allow me to soundtrack your move in to your college dorm. Here are my favorite songs of 2012, as of right now:
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Lollapalooza Announces 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

There’s a ton of great summer music festivals to consider this summer, and now we can officially share the lineup for the 2012 edition of Lollapalooza.

The headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Then you got Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, The Shins, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Walkmen, The Tallest Man On Earth, Toro Y Moi, Dr. Dog,  Justice, The Weeknd, Santigold, Metric, The Temper Tramp, The Head & The Heart, The Big Pink, Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Chairlift, Yellow Ostrich, White Rabbits, Sharon Van Etten.

For me, the two big ones are Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand, who both haven’t toured in a while. Hopefully this means a new album in the not too soon future from the latter. It’s also going to be cool to witness the return of Black Sabbath, and even At The Drive-In. Overall, it’s a pretty strong lineup from top to bottom, and one that certainly rivals the other big festivals.

For the full lineup, head to the Lollapalooza site. Maybe I will see you there.

Coachella 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2012 — with 3 comments

The 2012 Coachella lineup has been revealed and as usual, it’s massive.The three headliners are The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Then you got the return of Pulp and At The Drive-In (who just announced their reunion today), Bon Iver, Arctic Monkeys, The Shins, Jeff Mangum, Justice, Beirut, The Weeknd, Florence & The Machine, M83, The Rapture, Girls, The Horrors, WU LYF, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St. Vincent, Santigold, Real Estate, Kasabian, Azealia Banks, Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, and Wild Beasts are also there, just to name a few.

Money is tight for all of us, but a lineup like this is hard to resist. The festival takes place on two weekends this year: April 13-15 and the second April 20-22. The lineups will be the same, it’s just so damn epic they need two of them. Three day passes go on sale this Friday and start at $285 (source).

Don’t know if I can make it out, although I would really love to. Do you plan to make the trip?

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 Album Art

By Will Oliver, March 14th 2011 — with 1 comment

Beastie Boys new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 drops May 3rd via Captiol Records. That’s it’s cover art posted above. The band posted the art and the release date earlier today on their site. A lot of the songs that were supposed to appear on Part 1 are on Part 2 instead. It’s the Beastie’s first album since 2007 when they released the all instrumental album The Mix-Up. It’s the bands first regular rap album since 2004’s To the 5 Boroughs. Damn it’s been too long.

Can’t wait to see what they got in store for us. Check out the official tracklisting below:

1. Tadlock’s Glasses
2. B-Boys in the Cut
3. Make Some Noise
4. Nonstop Disco Powerpack
5. OK
6. Too Many Rappers [ft. Nas]
7. Say It
8. The Bill Harper Collection
9. Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win [ft. Santigold]
10. Long Burn The Fire
11. Funky Donkey
12. Lee Majors Come Again
13. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
14. Pop Your Balloon
15. Crazy Ass Shit
16. Here’s a Little Something For Ya

Beastie Boys :: Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2010 — with 4 comments

Beastie Boys have announced that there new album is going to be Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. They are skipping Part 1, even though Part 2 consists of the exact same tracklisting as Part 1. Yeah, it’s confusing.

Here’s what Adam MCA Yauch had to say about the album:

I know it’s weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end. We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. So we’ve come full circle.

Somewhat confusing, but all that matters is there will be a new Beastie Boys album in spring 2011. Good enough for me.

Check out it’s tracklisting after the jump:

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