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John Torres – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover)

By Will Oliver, June 20th 2010 — with 2 comments

John Torres left a comment on my “Bloodbuzz Ohio” mp3 post, sharing his fantastic cover of The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio”. The song has been on constant rotation for me, so the timing of this cover is perfect.

John has a very strong voice, and it brings a new sense of direct and even meaning to the song. How is this the first time that I’ve ever run across John? After this cover, I doubt it will be the last time we see his name around.

Watch his performance below, and grab a mp3 right below it:

[mp3]: John Torres – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover)

All photos by Rachel Barrish

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit released their new album Painting of a Panic Attack last year via Atlantic Records.

We caught them twice last year, at Terminal 5 and then at Newport Folk Festival. They’re still hard at work in support of the record, returning back to us here in New York for a performance at Brooklyn Steel along with openers Torres and Bel Aviv.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was there to capture photos from both Torres and Frightened Rabbit, find them posted in the gallery below.

Frightened Rabbit Setlist:

1. Get Out
2. Holy
3. The Modern Leper
4. I Wish I Was Sober
5. Living in Colour
6. Blood Under the Bridge
7. Head Rolls Off
8. Woke Up Hurting
9. Fast Blood
10. My Backwards Walk (Scott solo)
11. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
12. The Oil Slick
13. Square 9
14. The Woodpile
15. Lump Street
16. Death Dream
17. Keep Yourself Warm

Torres:

Frightened Rabbit:

Governors Ball 2016: Not a Total Washout

By Anthony Bauer, September 13th 2016 — with 1 comment

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When you’re a music festival organizer/promoter, you’re hoping & praying that the chosen weekend will zero chance of rain or severe weather. It’s a huge risk, and as we’ve seen in the past… it can literally go either way. This years Governors Ball Music Festival literally had its fair share of both good and bad weather, but that didn’t stop it from still being a memorable weekend at all.

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Day 1 and day 2 were chock full of outstanding performances, and the standouts for me were Black Pistol Fire, Christine and the Queens, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Beck, Block Party, The Strokes, Torres, Lord Huron, De La Soul, Miguel, Miike Snow, The Killers and M83. Were things started to get a little complicated was during Haim’s set on the main stage when the weather decided to finally turn from questionable to dreadful in literally a split second.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016 — with 2 comments

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Who To See At Governors Ball 2016

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2016

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Ready or not, Governors Ball is tomorrow. I don’t know when 2016 decided to throw the summer at us, but it’s happening whether we like it or not. Unfortunately the weather may bring us a weekend of rain, but even so, there’s enough great talent at the festival to make us excited to battle the elements. This year, I decided to do a little breakdown of who to see each day, in case you’re not sure on who to see, or a little torn on a conflict or two (although there’s not too many this year, at least for me). Find the list posted below, and be sure to return next week for our coverage.
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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.
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Governors Ball 2016 Single Day
Last month the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival lineup was announced, and it’s another exciting year for the hometown New York festival. We’re excited to return this year and can’t wait for June to get here.

Tickets have been on sale for about a month now, but it wasn’t until today that single day passes went on sale. You can find the entire single day lineups posted in the image above (as well as a written out version below), making it easier for those who are only interested in a certain headliner or group of acts to get in on the action.

Head here to buy single day (as well as 3-day passes), but don’t wait too long on it, the single day passes are more limited than the regular 3-day passes, so they won’t last nearly as long.
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Governors Ball Announces 2016 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2016 — with 1 comment

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It’s that time of year again already, the lineup for this years edition of our hometown festival Governors Ball is here. The festival will return to the comforts of Randall’s Island during the weekend of June 3-5, as usual.

This year sees a bunch of old Governors Ball favorites returning to headline the fest. Returning for the 2016 edition of the festival is Kanye West, The Strokes and Beck. Also joining them this year are The Killers, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, and CHVRCHES.

There’s a lot of great groups and artists rounding out the midcard, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Miike Snow, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX, Bloc Party, Gary Clark Jr., Matt and Kim, Purity Ring, Lord Huron, Eagles Of Death Metal, Cold War Kids, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Albert Hammond Jr., Day Wave, Against Me!, Bat For Lashes, FIDLAR, Miuel, Joey BadAss, Thundercat, Torres, Bully, Black Pistol Fire, and Public Access T.V. The lineup does favor “indie rock” this year, with no big EDM headliner this year, which is ok with me (and Ryan Adams).

We have covered the festival for the past four years, and are looking forward to our fifth year back on Randall’s Island taking in some great sights and sounds once again. Summer can’t get here soon enough.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the Governors Ball website, and you can find our coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here.

Courtney Barnett at Terminal 5 (July 22, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, September 21st 2015

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Words and photos by Anthony Bauer

July 22nd marked the return of Courtney Barnett back to New York City, just a few short months after her completely sold out three night run at the Bowery Ballrom this past May. It was her biggest New York gig to date (that is, until she opens for Blur at the slightly larger MSG later this year). Along for the ride and kicking things off were Torres and Speedy Ortiz, which truly made this show a an absolute triple threat from start to finish.

To say there wasn’t any anticipation leading into the show would be a complete lie, as this show was on everybody’s radar for months now. Opening and and setting the tone for the night was New York’s own Torres, who is hot on the heels of her latest release Sprinter, that came out this past May. I had no doubts that her sound would fill out T5, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did. Although Torres’ set seemed to be on the shorter side, we’re excited knowing that she’ll be back playing in the New York City this fall as an opener at The Kings Theater in October.
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Best Songs Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2013 — with 2 comments

Best Songs Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo Bejarano for the artwork as usual

This year I pushed the limit on publishing my best songs list with a day to spare. I think that patience has all but been lost with list making these days, but time is something I can never get enough of. I need as much time as possible to sort through the wide plethora of music that graced my ears this year.

With albums it’s tough to honor all the stuff you loved as eventually a few will get pushed out of the fold. But with a best songs list, you have more of a chance to highlight a well rounded collection of music that really defined your year. There’s a wide collection of songs here that I’m really proud to share because it’s a pretty wide collection of songs that I hope is all balanced as I thought it was. I try and keep an open mind and embrace anything that sounds good to me. I think this year was a good year for music, but also a good one to be a music listener, which is truly exciting.

You can find my list below, as well as a spotify link right here, and a stream that’s shared at the very tail end of the post.
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