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The Rapture Announce New Album: In The Grace of Your Love

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2011 — with 2 comments

It’s only fitting that The Rapture announce their new album a few days after the world famous Harold Camping “rapture”. The band is calling the new LP, In The Grace of Your Love, and it will be released on September 5th via DFA. Philippe Zdar produced the record which was recorded in Brooklyn and Paris.

It’s been nearly five years since The Rapture released Pieces of the People We Love. Damn. I can’t wait to hear some new grooves. Check out a live video of lead off track “Sail Away” that they played last summer:

Here’s the new LP’s tracklist as well:

1. Sail Away
2. Miss You
3. Blue Bird
4. Come Back To Me
5. In the Grace of Your Love
6. Never Gonna Die Again
7. Roller Coaster
8. Children
9. Can You Find A Way?
10. How Deep Is Your Love?
11. It Takes Time To Be A Man

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The Creators Project (Coverage Of The Rapture’s Performance)

By Will Oliver, June 27th 2010 — with 1 comment

I got to the Creators Project at about 2:30ish and eagerly checked out how they transformed Milk Studios. It was filled to the brim with people, who were all anxious to check out the numerous amount of art and technology that the project had to display. The event had lots of cool things to check out, plus free drinks and food, which made the event a major from the win right away. I’m not really into art or anything but they had some pretty cool stuff there. I was really there to check out some music, which we all know is why I was really there.

While wandering around the place I met Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and spoke to him for a little. Got a photo with him too, which absolutely made my day. I saw a a bit of ASKA’s set, and the band seemed pretty talented. I moved on to find some free food, and they were serving mini burgers from Pop Burger, as well as hot dogs. Delicious & free, the best combo. It turned out the food stand was right near the big screen projecting the USA vs. Ghana game. I decided to watch that for a bit, and it was a lot of fun seeing the pride and energy of the crowd. Too bad we lost, but the team had a damn good run. Proud of them.

I stayed at that stage for a little longer and ended up getting a front row view of The Rapture’s set. I have been meaning to see The Rapture for many years, but they haven’t toured in ages. Well I finally got my set, and what a set it was. The band literally played all of their best songs, giving us fiery performances of “House Of Jelous Lovers”, “Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh Huh”, amongst others. The band really brings their A game live, showing why they are a staple of NYC dance rock. The Rapture were pretty much amazing live, and I have got to go see them again when they go on tour again. I ran into Luke Jenner, the bands singer/guitarist, and got a photo with him. He was a really friendly fella.

Unfortunately I had to leave the event at 7pm missing a lot of acts I would have loved to see. I had made a commitment to see Voxtrot’s last show ever with a friend, and it was hard for me to miss the band’s last show. Where as I will probably have more opportunities to see the other bands perform. Plus I got to see The Rapture play for free. Cool deal if you ask me.

The Creators Project was a tremendous success by all accounts. Anyone who tells you that they didn’t enjoy themselves had to be lying. They had free food/beverages, free performances from some of the best modern artists, and cool art. It was a great time, and I hope they have it again next year. I’ll be first in line.

The rest of the photos from the event, including the Rapture’s set are posted after the jump:

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The Rapture’s New Album: “Out By June or July”

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2010

That is according to the interview that pitchfork did with the band. The stuff that you need to know from that interview is that they are working hard to make an album that is more like Echos. The band is also aiming for a release in June or July. The band is now a 3 piece (see above!), after letting go of their former bassist. They left their contract with Universal and are looking for a new record label.

That is the goods. If you want more details, check out the full article. I am excited to hear that it is more like Echoes, and I am pretty sure I ain’t alone!

Natalie Prass at Bowery Ballroom (July 13, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2015

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Last month Natalie Prass played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom, the rescheduled show from her postponed performance in May, which she had to cancel right during doors because of an illness that left her unable to perform. It wasn’t too long a wait, and if anything, the show had one of those “we’re all in it together” sort of feelings which always makes any show better.

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Brooklyn band Wilder Maker opened the show, as they were originally booked to in May as well. They joked about finally getting to play the show, and were just happy for it to finally arrive. They delivered a warm set of indie-folk, with a calming, almost timeless factor to it. They delivered it in a tight fashion, impressing all those lucky enough to arrive early enough for their set.

Even though I just saw Natalie Prass perform at Rough Trade NYC not all that long ago, I had to catch her again. Her self-titled album (released via Spacebomb Records/Columbia Records) has served as her breakthrough, captivating large-scale audiences such as Bowery Ballroom.

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With more time with the record, the Bowery crowd was singing along to every word, making Prass feel right at home. Her record pops out of the speakers live, working it’s magic all over again. Songs like “Bird Of Play” and the almost too good to be true “Why Don’t You Believe in Me ” come to a crisper, fuller realization when played live. She worked in her scarily good cover of Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place” and showcased a few new songs. She even was kind enough to throw out a bunch of bananas to fans who were in need. What else could you ask from a Monday night?

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos of both Natalie Prass, and Wilder Maker.
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Will Butler at Baby’s All Right (November 12, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 16th 2014 — with 1 comment

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You may know Will Butler best as a member of Arcade Fire, brother of frontman, Win Butler. Make way guys, Will is stepping out on his own, grabbing some spotlight as a solo act. He’ll release his debut album Policy on March 10 via Merge Records

Last month (before the album was announced) Butler stopped by Baby’s All Right for a first look at the album, playing 10 tracks, which we can only assume are all off the record (though no official tracklist has been shared). Will rocked the stage along with two female singers, one of which was his wife Jenny Shore. His son Alvin was also watching within the crowd (with a cute set of ear-protecting earphones – photo below).
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Shock – Heaven

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2012

While checking out Digits’ facebook page, I stumbled across his post about a song he was digging. I hit play, without even taking note of the songs name or creator. I was instantly hooked into it’s funky electronic groove, with sultry influences spanning all over, especially focused on disco. It was something that seemed like it could be traced back to the 80s, but in fact, it’s a brand new song.

It’s actually “Heaven”, the debut single of Shock, a “passionate dance and pop group” from the Bay Area, in California. They formed in 2010 and feature three members: Terri Loewenthal, Dan Judd and Michael Taras.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

We make cosmic dance and emotional pop music. Vocals and space guitars surrounded with warm synth layers, deep bass, and electric rhythms encourage the crowd to dance. The gentle brush of a windchime signals the beginning of a journey from the pyramids to the ocean. Please float with us.

“Heaven” is a sweet jam that we all must utilize at parties for the rest of the year. It simply doesn’t get much better than this. Imagine if Chromatics and The Rapture made sweet, sweet, love. “Heaven”, just may be the lovechild that resulted from that.

The 12″ single of “Heaven” is out now via Voltaire Records. It’s limited to 500 copies, so move fast. Watch it’s music video below as well.
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Casablanca – Yes

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2012

“Yes” is the new single from Casablanca, and their first since changing their name from Lo-Fi Culture Scene. The London band gives off a highly danceable vibe on the song, which is something of a combo of Friendly Fires and The Rapture.

The single will be released on September 17 via Party Politics. Stream the song below/catch the video after the jump.

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Coachella Announces Coachella Cruise

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2012

In case you missed this new yesterday, Coachella has announced a new cruise ship festival called S.S. Coachella. The festival will take place this December, and will feature acts like Hot Chip, Pulp, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, James Murphy (DJ Set), Warpaint, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, The Rapture (DJ Set), Killer Mike, Black Lips, and more. Looks like the Weezer cruise from last year has inspired them.

There will be two trips, one to the Bahamas, the other to Jamaica. Start cashing in your PBR cans now, this trip ain’t cheap folks. Find more info here.

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?

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2011

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2012 — with 17 comments

Thanks to Cam for the artwork.

Here’s the list you all have been waiting for (top albums of the year can be found here). It’s 100 of my favorite songs of the year. The term “best” doesn’t leave much room for objectivity, and favorite sounds a lot more personal. I didn’t have the heart to limit these great songs to a list of just 25-50 because there’s simply too much good stuff out there. You can stream all the tracks individually,and listen to the spotify playlist.

I present to you, my favorite songs of the year 2011:
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