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It’s safe to say that Arcade Fire’s Everything Now era has been a strange one, from the oddball promotional nature to the first somewhat mixed critical reaction to an album in their career. But if there’s one that thing most can agree on is that the band still thrive in the live format.

This was proven very true at their intimate performance at Grand Prospect Hall back in July, where the band gave us a look at their new live set-up in the round which did serve quite nicely to their live performance. They took this one step further on September 12, when they returned to us in a much larger venue at Madison Square Garden.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2017

After an exciting day 1 and day 2 of Newport Folk Festival, it was up to Day 3 to send us home and style, and it looked like it had the best lineup of the entire weekend and it sure didn’t disappoint.

I started the day in style with the festival’s tribute to Chuck Berry, featuring a various collection of artists playing the festival and surprise guests gathering to honor the late great musician. That was a hard set to follow for obvious reasons, but Pinegrove were certainly up to the challenge, and proved all the hype that I’ve heard about their live show to be more than true.
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Glass Animals at BAM Cafe (November 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2017

All photos by Dana Pacifico

On November 29, Glass Animals headlined the first ever “Good Fest,” a new Google-presented festival that took place in various cities, including New York.

The New York version took place at BAM Cafe, and in addition to Glass Animals, featured performances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Shilpa Ray and was emceed by Madame Ghandi.

Our photographer Dana Pacifco was there to capture all the action in photos, which you can find posted below along with Glass Animals’ setlist.
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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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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

’65 Revisited at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 26th 2015

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Walking the grounds of Newport Folk Festival, there was much speculation from fellow media members, fans, as well as artists/industry folk about who the special guests could be for grand finale of the festival,’65 Revisited. The performance served as a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s legendary 1965 set at the festival where he went electric. After getting special sets from My Morning Jacket (who also served as Roger Waters’ backing band) and James Taylor, expectations were pretty damn high.

I won’t go through the countless number of now hysterical predictions that I heard throughout the weekend from (Neil Young to Pete Townshend to even freaking Bono), but it turns out that there really wasn’t any huge spectacle to be found, but rather a collection of refined special guests, along with various artists who played previously that day at the festival.

One by one we got a variety of special guests sharing covers of classic Dylan tunes, sometimes alone, sometimes joined by each others company. The list is long an extensive, and wholly impressive on the whole. Guests included: Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Deer Tick, Dawes, Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit, Blake Mills, Hozier, Willie Watson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Al Kooper, and Robyn Hitchcock.

It was an unforgettable set of collaboration and celebration, one that we will never see in the same way ever again. It may not have had the “giant star power” that people were anticipating, but it was a perfect combination of talent, both old and new, that served as a pitch perfect tribute to not only Dylan, but the festival.

Find a gallery of photos of all the artists that participated in ’65 Revisited, posted below, along with the detailed setlist:

1. Mr. Tamborine Man (with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
2. All I Really Want to Do (with Willie Watson)
3. Love Minus Zero (Willie Watson,Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
4. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
5. Maggie’s Farm (with Dawes)
6. Takes a Train to Cry (Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Welch, Dawes, Al Kooper)
7. Tom’s Thumbs Blues (Pres Hall, Welch, Dawes, Rawlings, Kooper, Hozier and First Aid Kit)
8. Outlaw Blues (Deer Tick, Dawes, Al Kooper)
9. Just Like a Woman (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Kooper and Blake Mills)
10. Visions of Johanna (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Al Kooper and Robyn Hitchcock)
11. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Al Kooper)
12. Like a Rolling Stone (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Kooper)
13. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Everybody)
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