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Dawes at Berlin (June 18, 2018)

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2018

On June 18 Dawes played at the very tiny Berlin, an intimate performance in celebration of their new album Passwords, which came out a few days later via HUB Records. The show was available to fans who were savvy enough to figure out the secret passwords on Dawes new site in order to unlock a chance to buy tickets.

Being more of a tiny bar than the usual big rooms that Dawes normally play (such as The Capitol Theatre nearly a year ago to the day of this show) this was a special way to see the band perform, especially new material for the very first time.

To give you an idea of how tight of a space Berlin in, while Taylor Goldsmith, Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Lee Pardini were situated on stage, touring guitarist Trevor Menear played on the ground, in-between fans, the sound guy and then the rest of the band. But this added to the unique charm of this small show and only making it feel that much more intimate.

Find a full gallery as well as the setlist from the performance posted below.
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Dawes at The Capitol Theatre (June 16, 2017)

By Will Oliver, July 2nd 2017 — with 2 comments

On June 16 Dawes continued their “An Evening With Dawes” tour in New York with a performance at The Capitol Theatre. These shows featured a night of only Dawes, playing not one, but two sets. The show was special for many reasons, but it was also hosted by 107.1 The Peak (easily the best radio station in the area) who were celebrating their 13th birthday.

Dawes were all business, giving fans almost every single offering that they would want to hear. After a few songs in, frontman Taylor Goldsmith greeted the crowd and told us that they “left the opening bands at home so we could play two nice long sets for you.” There was no bs, just Dawes grinding and delivering us hearty performances of their now trademark folk rock that kept the attention of the packed audience from start to finish. The fact that they ended the first set with “When My Times,” arguably their biggest hit, said a lot about the epic scope of this performance.
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At the end of July folk rock converged in Central Park for a great triple bill featuring Dawes, First Aid Kit and Andy Shauf.

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Shauf kicked things off, sharing tracks from his sophomore album The Bearer of Bad News, which he released in January via Tender Loving Empire. His heartbreaking approach to songwriting would probably be somewhat better suited in a tiny venue indoors, but he still won me over with a lovely set of songs both smart and delicate. He’s recently signed to Anti- Records, a sure sign that exciting things are on the way.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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Favorite Concert Photos of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Kings Theatre (November 7)

If nothing else, we covered more shows in 2017 than ever before. In addition to my usual show-going madness, we had a great number of contributions from our amazing team of photographer friends here on the site both old and new. From the major festivals to the arena show, to the tiniest DIY club, we tried to be everywhere and anywhere that good music flowed.

Below are just a handful of some of the shots that our cameras snapped in 2017, listed in chronological order, along with the link to the show coverage and the appropriate credit. Thanks to everyone on the small but growing We All Want Someone team for their contributions and for you the readers for giving us the motivation to keep fighting the good fight.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite live shots from 2017 (we will have a list ranking our top shows coming later today as well)
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Los Colognes – “Unspoken”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Nashville, Tennessee rockers Los Colognes warm you right into their track “Unspoken,” a sprawling epic rocker that sits somewhere between acts like The War On Drugs and Dawes. It has a glamorous, yet layered rock track that toys with arena rock, some jammy aspects and classic rock, while maintaining this poised sense of cool that is soothing and confident as all hell.

“Unspoken” is taken from their third album The Wave which was released this May via Big Deal Media/Thirty Tigers. Enjoy the track, which is posted below.
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Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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Newport Folk Festival 2016 – Day 3 Recap

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2016

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(Alabama Shakes)

After a busy day 1 and day 2 of Newport Folk Fest, it was time to wrap it up with what was probably the most jam-packed day of the entire weekend at Newport.

I began my day with an energetic set from The Oh Hellos, who won over all of the crowd in the same way they won both Ross (at Bowery Ballroom) and myself (at Terminal 5) last year. There’s no doubt they’ll be returning to the festival again, they were one of the first bands of the day but won the crowd over with ease.
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The Last Shadow Puppets at Webster Hall (April 11, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Over the past few years, I began to wonder if we’d ever get new music again from The Last Shadow Puppets. Getting new material would have been enough for me too. But the fact that they returned to not only give us Everything You’ve Come To Expect, one of the best albums of the year so far (the thing continues to grow and grow on me), but also some new live dates – well that’s just the cherry on top.

On April 11 they return to New York for a performance at Webster Hall, a very intimate venue for the group, whose stock has risen considerably just based on the fact that Arctic Monkeys grew so much with the release of AM, and the name of Turner has to be one of the most searched terms on tumblr. All jokes aside, the absence of Alex Turner and Miles Kane from the music scene as The Last Shadow Puppets only made the people crave a live show that much more, and the fact that it was held at Webster Hall made tickets that harder to get.
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Interview: The Last Shadow Puppets

By Will Oliver, April 6th 2016 — with 1 comment

The Last Shadow Puppets Interview

There was a point in time where I started to wonder if The Last Shadow Puppets would ever return. The duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane had been gone for eight years, understandably busy with their other projects. Thankfully, this year the stars aligned and the duo are back with their long-awaited sophomore album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, which was released last Friday via Domino Records.

A few months ago on a cold day in early February, I headed to the Ace Hotel to meet up with Alex and Miles, to chat over some fine cups of tea and talk about stepping back into the spotlight, the new album, how they work together as a duo, and what what exactly fans can expect this time around. I even brought up the James Bond comparisons, and what exactly it would take for them to pen the next Bond song.

Enjoy the full interview, which is posted below.
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