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Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016 — with 1 comment


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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On January 27, Neon Indian delighted a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg for a free intimate performance put on thanks to Converse Rubber Tracks live series.

Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo and his band sounded as tight as ever ripping through the dance/funk tunes from his slightly underrated new album VEGA INTL. Night School, which Mom + Pop Music released last year. It’s amazing how far he has evolved from his chill wave days, becoming a master of his own craft.

Find the setlist posted below along with some more photos.
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Hinds at Palisades (January 6, 2016)

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


On January 6, the ever-rising Spanish rock group Hinds kicked off my year of concerts with an intimate record release show at Brooklyn venue Palisades. The show was put on by Hype Machine’s “Stack Live” in celebration of the release of Hinds’ fun debut album Leave Me Alone, released via Mom + Pop Music. Admission broke the bank at a truly unreasonable $3 at the door.

Half a show, half a release party, the first half of the show featured a performance from Hinds, while the second invited fans to join them on stage to sing their songs karaoke style, all while the band was playing behind them. This loose atmosphere definitely fit the stylings of Hinds, who have won so many fans over with their live life by the moment atmosphere and raw style of garage rock.


Their regular set got the (very) young crowd going wild, doing a bit of mosh-shoving (not quite moshing) to the front, something I didn’t expect, as it didn’t occur when I saw Hinds at Baby’s All Right last April. The night was definitely a shared celebration, with the band bringing out guests such as John Eatherly of Public Access T.V., Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, and Shamir.

The karaoke section of the show didn’t quite work out as they hoped, as not all of the young intoxicated fans who snuck up on stage actually sang along, or knew the actual words. But as with most things, it was the thought that counted, and Hinds set out to give their fans a memorable night, and ultimately succeeded.

Find some shots from the performance posted below.
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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

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


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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Neon Indian at Webster Hall (October 14, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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Midway through my second whirlwind day of CMJ 2015, I headed to Webster Hall to catch the live return of Alan Palomo’s Neon Indian to NYC. The performance tied in perfectly to the release of his funky new album Vega Intl. Night School (released via Mom + Pop Music).

With a new live band and an impressive light display, this was truly Neon Indian version 2.0. The new songs popped live, and old tracks were given a new lease of life. Webster Hall was in the palm of Palomo’s hand, and he ran away with it.

Find some more shots of the performance posted below.
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CMJ 2015 – Day 2 (October 14, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 6 comments


After a rather busy first day of CMJ, I kicked off day two right with a performance from our buddy Oscar at Pianos, as a part of the Kanine Records day party. It was my first time catching Oscar since he played our very own CMJ at Pianos in 2014, and he had a new band and some new songs to share. I stuck around Pianos a bit more and saw a fun band out of Toronto called Weaves and then the always entertaining Beverly.

I then ran over to the newly opened Berlin to catch sets from both New Myths and Multimagic as a part of the Holy Underground CMJ Showcase. New Myths are based out of New York, and just happen to feature two fellow graduates of Tappan Zee High School. If you’re a regular attendee of live music in New York, you’ve probably either seen them open a show or seen the name around. This is because their fresh and exciting blend of new-wave rock is as sharp as you can get, and goes over real well live. Same can be said for Multimagic, a indie-rock group from Cincinnati who deliver a performance that’s about as fun and joyous as you can hope for. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, an album that I hope we have to spin during the upcoming summer months.
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Escape Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Escape Music Festival 2014

Escape Music Festival is a new music festival that will kick off its inaugural year this fall when they take over Pier 9 in Brooklyn on October 11 & 12. In July they announced Phase 1 of their lineup.

Yesterday they shared the full lineup, with new additions that include the likes of Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Mayer Hawthorne, and The Joy Formidable. They join a lineup that already included Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Neon Indian (DJ Set), and many more.

Tickets are on sale now for the limited 2nd tier price of $109 for the weekend. After that, they will jump up to $139 for the weekend. There are also V.I.P. and Ferry options available to purchase right now.

The Flaming Lips & Neon Indian got together at The Flaming Lips New Years Eve Freakout to perform their jam, “Is David Bowie Dying?”, from their collaborative EP. The performance took place at the Bricktown Events Center in The Flaming Lips hometown of Okalahoma City, Oklahoma.

The performance went down very smooth, must have been quite an experience. Watch the epic 7-minute performance below.


[new]: Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2011 — with 1 comment

Stereogum has just pointed out that “Hex Girlfriend” is the latest cut to appear online from Neon Indian’s upcoming album, Era Extraña.

It’s the most straightforward track to come from the band yet. You could go as far as calling this a guitar based track. It’s dreamy cut that takes a stab at capturing the  mood of 80s synth-rock. It just may be my favorite cut from the album so far. See if you agree:

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Era Extraña comes out Septembe 27 via Alan’s very own Static Tongues Record Label.

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