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The Drums @ Stereogun Showcase (10/20/2010)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2010 — with 1 comment

By the end of this night, I was exhausted. I was excited the see The Drums, but I honestly had no energy left. However, once The Drums came on stage and kicked into their set, I got a boost of energy and was good to go. These guys absolutely bring their A-game live. I really enjoyed their debut album, but the recorded version of their songs do the band no justice live. These guys have so much energy and bite live, it’s not even funny. They were dramatic, aggressive, and ready to rock out. All four of them moved and grooved to each and every song, showing passion and devotion to each and every lyric that Jonathan Pierce sung.

Jacob Graham and Jonathan were both overly theatrical, and it worked. These songs were meant to be sung in such a dramatic fashion, and it seemed appropriate. Jacob moved and spun with each swift guitar riff, making you feel attached to his each and every move. You couldn’t help but keep your eyes on stage. The highlight of the night was the incredible “Down By The Water” which the band absolutely nailed. It was powerful and full of plenty of emotion.

I will say it: The Drums are a live band. They bring an entirely different energy to their live shows. Do not pass up a chance to see them live. They freaking bring it.


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[mp3]: The Drums – Down By The Water

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2010 — with 4 comments

The Drums are allowing “Down By The Water” to be downloaded as a free mp3, so if you somehow haven’t heard the song or the band already, scoop it up legally/free at the end of the post.

“Down By The Water” is one of the band’s slower moments, but it’s a damn good moment at that. I really like the vintage summer sound that the band brings to the table. You have all probably heard it by now, but for those of you who this song is new to, enjoy:

[mp3]: The Drums – Down By The Water

You can also read an interview that NY Mag did with The Drums front-man/lead singer Jonathan Pierce right here.

After the jump, check out The Drums fall tour dates with the incredible Surfer Blood:

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[music video] The Drums – Forever And Ever Amen

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2010 — with 1 comment

On June 7th, the Brooklyn surf-pop band The Drums will release their self titled debut album The Drums, and I think it will be a perfect record for your warm summer moments. Check out the music video for “Forever And Ever Amen”, one of the songs on the album:

Also, be sure to grab a free mp3 of “It Will All End In Tears”, a song from their album that they gave away on their website.

[mp3]: The Drums – It Will All End In Tears

Craft Spells - Nausea

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Justin Vellesteros and his band Craft Spells. Even longer since their last full-length album. Well thankfully they have announced a new one. It’s called Nausea and it’s out June 10 via Captured Tracks.

Nausea was recorded in Seattle, recorded/engineered by Dylan Wall and produced by Vallesteros himself. Vallestteros experienced artistic and personal growth during his hiatus away from the band, discovering a new version of himself when compared to the one that released 2010′s Idle Labor. He trained himself properly on piano, as it’s instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. So clearly this new album is a new direction for the band.

The first taste of the album is single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide.” Craft Spells have treated us with a free mp3 download of the song, and what a gift it is. Those wicked guitar lines are still there, but this time they are guiding by sweeping strings that add a whole different layer to their sound. It’s sounding sort of like the direction Wild Nothing took mixed in with the earnest nature of The Drums.

It’s an impressive comeback song. Grab your free download below.
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Parquet Courts @ The Acheron (January 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2014 — with 2 comments


Last night was my first time stepping into Brooklyn venue The Acheron, and it’s a pretty tight space. It (maybe) has a capacity of 150 people, giving you one hell of an intimate music going experience, no matter where you were standing. I was excited to finally see Parquet Courts play a proper show, as I previously only got to catch a bit of their SXSW Fader Fort show and some of their 4 Knots set. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing: The Glade

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2013

The Glade

The Glade are 4-piece folk-rock band from Sweeden. The band includes Jonas Carping on lead vocals. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because we featured his solo work here not too long ago. The same elements that worked so well for Carping as a solo artist are brought to fruition in a different way with his band, rounded out by Tobias Gustavsson on bass, Nils Janlöv on guitar, and Martin Karlsson on the drums. Read the rest of this entry »

Cut Copy @ Le Poisson Rouge (November 19, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 20th 2013 — with 1 comment


Cut Copy played a free show last night at the more than intimate for them Le Poisson Rouge hosted by NPR and KCRW’s Metropolis + Morning Becomes Eclectic. MBE’s very own Jason Bentley started the night with a groovy DJ set that got us warmed up. Up next were Cut Copy, who had the crowd hot with anticipation as we were all very well aware that seeing a band like Cut Copy play a venue like this was a once in a blue moon sort of deal.

Naturally they played a healthy dose of new material off of Free Your Mind, their newly released album, which people are coming down on a little bit too harsh, if you ask me. “Free Your Mind” was a bold and exciting opener, that worked perfectly with Zonoscope’s “Where I’m Going.” To all of our pleasure they played all of their best cuts, especially In Ghost Colours material such as “So Haunted”, “Out There On The Ice”, and of course, “Hearts On Fire.”


Dan Whitford sang every word with high expression, throwing his hands in the air or guiding the words with a pose. Tim Hoey is the man to watch on stage, as he pounded away at the drums with his guitar, or guided it against the speakers, creating heavy sounds from the unlikeliest of places. Together, along with the rest of the band (Mitchell Scott & Ben Browning) they are able to create an instantly celebratory sound that makes you feel like life is infinate, and full of endless possibilites. They will make you dance, sing to your voice is shot, and wonder why the fuck they aren’t one of the biggest bands on earth. Any set that ends with the larger-than-life anthem of “Lights and Music” will do that to you.

By the end of their more than generous 13-song set (for a free show), which they packed in somehow just a bit over an hour. It was not only one of their best shows (I’ve now seen them 4 times), but one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, and I’ve seen quite a few.

They’ve already announced a return to NYC, which will go down at Terminal 5 on March 22 (tickets on sale Friday @ noon). It will sell out, and more will follow. I may just be there for each night of the run. They’re that good.

Find more photos from their performance, as well as the setlist, below.


Free Your Mind
Where I’m Going
In Memory Capsule
So Haunted
Hearts On Fire
Take Me Over
Out There On The Ice
Let Me Show You Love
We Are Explorers
Need You Now

Meet Me In a House of Love
Lights and Music

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[new]: Chromeo – Sexy Socialite

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2013

Chromeo - SS

Chromeo have a new album called White Women on the way. No official release date has been shared with us yet, but we already heard awesome first single,  “Over Your Sohulder.”

They’ve shared another cut from the album, the funky-fierce energetic track “Sexy Socialite.” It features everything that a good Chromeo track should, traces of disco, heavy synths, backup female vocals, and of course, some vocoder vocals from P-Thugg. Oh, and drummer Pat Mahoney from LCD Soundsystem guests on the drums for this one.

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Albert Hammond Jr.’s New EP Titled: ‘AHJ’

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2013


Earlier in the summer we reported that Albert Hammond Jr. has a new EP in the works. Now we have the official details.

The EP is simply titled AHJ and will be released on October 8 via Cult Records, the record label of his Strokes bandmate, Julian Casablancas.

It’s a 5-song EP which Hammond played all the instruments on, except the drums. Gus Oberg produced it, and it will come out on limited 10″ vinyl only in certain record stores. It’s Hammond’s first solo work since his 2008 LP, ¿Cómo te Llama?.

Find the tracklist below.
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