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Future Islands at Brooklyn Steel (October 12, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2017

On October 12 Future Islands wrapped their sold out three-night run at Brooklyn Steel in support of their album The Far Field, which was released this Spring via 4AD. It also was the last show of their North American tour.

I last caught them much earlier in the year when they did a last minute show at Bowery Ballroom where they gave us a taste of the new songs that would make up The Far Field for the first time. Since then, they have been touring the new material non-stop across the country and various festivals, and at this point are operating like a well-oiled machine.
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Future Islands at Bowery Ballroom (February 14, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 8th 2017 — with 2 comments

For those of us who have to mark “single” on the status section of documents such as the pesky W4, Valentine’s Day is the sort of nightmare so real that you can’t even escape it at White Castle. So when Future Islands announced that they would be playing a special Valentine’s Day show for us at Bowery Ballroom, it was clear that this was going to be the best Valentines Days ever.

With new album The Far Field set for a release on April 7 via 4AD, Future Islands have looming tour dates including festival slots such as Panorama here in New York. To warm up for these much larger gigs, the band set out to play some intimate shows in the sort of rooms that they started out in, such as Bowery Ballroom.
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Future Islands at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It was rather criminal that Future Islands weren’t given one of the main stages to run amok on, as the Gotham Tent wasn’t large enough to contain the moves of the beast of a frontman Sam Herring, or the giant crowd that tried to pack into the limited space. Even so, getting to see the band do their thing in tight quarters is really what they’re all about.

These summer festival dates were the honeymoon phase of the bands tour, which has been ongoing pretty much since the start of 2014. They had some year, and continued to put in the hard work, wrecking havoc in New York City one last time during the Singles era. It’s amazing to see just how big these guys have become. There wasn’t a song that the crowd wasn’t dancing or singing along to, or cheering triumphantly as Herring pounded his chest or broke out one of his now signature dance moves.

It’s a good time when bands like Future Islands are finally getting the due credit that they deserve. Now lets see what they have in store next for us. Hopefully the next time they’re at Governors Ball, they have a bigger stage to rock out on.

Find photos from their Gov Ball set posted below.
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Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015

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2014 was the year of Future Islands, so it felt right that they celebrated their massive year with a pair of sold out shows at Terminal 5, which were their largest (non-festival) shows of their career. Although there was no way for it to match the intimacy of their intimate showing at Death By Audio last November, their performance at the large Terminal 5 proved that they are more than deserving of their long overdue success.
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Future Islands at Death By Audio (November 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 18th 2014 — with 3 comments

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On November 18 Future Islands were the secret guests at Death By Audio. Once word spread that it was them, it didn’t take much for a huge line to form all the way down to Kent Ave. It’s funny because Future Islands played DBA almost the same time a year ago to the date, but their following has grown quite substansially with the breakout year that they had this year thanks to the release of Singles.
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Future Islands at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2014 — with 1 comment

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There was a energy in the air at City Hall Plaza last night, and that energy was Future Islands.

I don’t know what more I can say about Future Islands this year without repeating myself. But I will, since they’ve given top notch performance each and every time that I have seen them this year (four times now), and clearly deserve the praise. Last night’s Boston Calling performance (which opened the fest) was no different. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last night featured a stacked free show at House Of Vans featuring performances from Future Islands, Operators, Omar Souleyman, Mas Ysa. With free beer attached to a lineup as solid as that, the show was very much filled to capacity. The venue filled up so fast that some fans who RSVP’d were shut out of the show even though they were waiting on line (I had a few friends who unfortunately didn’t make it in). I covered the sets from both Future Islands and Operators, and got some photos as well.
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There’s been no better story in 2014 than the rise of Future Islands. Not only are they arguably the best thing going right now in music, but they deserve it more so than anyone else. They’ve been working hard for years and its all lead up to this. Thanks to a legendary performance in front of Mr. Letterman, some incredible SXSW performances, as well as the release of their incredible new album Singles, it’s all added up to some well deserved success. On Wednesday night they landed in New York City to play a sold out show at Webster Hall along with fellow Baltimore bands Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Chiffon. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch: Future Islands -Time For The Show

By Will Oliver, April 3rd 2014

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The rise of Future Islands has without a doubt been one of the best stories of 2014. It’s been amazing to see the amount of success that their new album Singles has brought them.

Yours Truly captured the band right before it all went down in their latest “Time For The Show” series. They followed the band as they traveled from NYC to Baltimore for a homecoming show at a tiny Baltimore venue known as the Floristree. Director Tyler McPherron captured the drive there where the band talked about their music, Baltimore, playing live, and what success means to them. All this was mixed in with the band’s performances of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and “A Dream of You and Me” from the show.

It’s a must watch. Find it posted below.
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Future Islands @ Hype Hotel (March 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2014


Ask most SXSW attendees who was the “winner” of SXSW, most would tell you Future Islands, and you know what, they’re right. I don’t think any other act left the festival with as much buzz and praise as the Baltimore, Maryland band.

What’s odd is that with the release of their latest LP Singles this week, the band have four albums under their belt. So by no means are they newbies. But they’re starting to connect with audiences on a totally different level. The first start was their epic performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on Letterman. Then they’ve been just plain killing it live. Word of mouth spread, and damn, I don’t think there’s a hotter band going right now.

I’m glad because after seeing them live for the first time at Hype Hotel, these guys deserve it. Frontman Samuel Herring is as captivating of a frontman as they come. His passionate, husky vocals and crab-like dance movements are quirky and awkward (in the best way). But they’re very much his, and because its so honest and true, its transcendent. You’ll think of them when you’re listening to Future Islands or the next time their name comes up. When he wasn’t dancing he was singing to fans, looking at you dead in the eyes as he conveyed his lines.


Getting to hear “Seasons (Waiting On You” live made me appreciate what these guys are about. They have this quality to them that just hits you like a ton of bricks, taking over your entire body and soul without you even realizing, or knowing why. They just got it.

Future Islands have a sold out show at Webster Hall on April 30. I advise you find a way to get your hand on tickets, as it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Hopefully I will see you there.

Find many photos of their fantastic performance below. But first, here’s their Letterman performance:
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