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On September 17 the now rather big-time California rock group Young The Giant played their biggest New York City show to date, with a performance at Radio City Music Hall. The tour came in support of their latest release, this year’s Home of the Strange, released via Fueled by Ramen.

Considering we first caught them during CMJ 2010 at The Delancey, the fact they’re at the point of playing Radio City is even more impressive.

Find shots from their performance taken by Dana Pacifico, posted below, along with their setlist.
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[video] Yellow Ostrich/Young The Giant Head To SXSW

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2011

HP & Spin are following three of my favorite young bands on the road as they hit the road towards SXSW. The three bands that they’re following are Rural Alberta Advantage, Yellow Ostrich, and Young the Giant. Cameras will follow the band as they travel to SXSW, capturing every step on their journey. So far they’ve posted the Yellow Ostrich and Young The Giant videos.

I’ve had the pleasure to see both live, and they’re fantastic. They’ve both been on the rise this year, and I couldn’t be happier than HP/Spin is following their journey.

Check out the videos:

Young The Giant:

[stream] Young The Giant – Strings

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2010 — with 1 comment

Just a few days ago I made my case for Young The Giant as a band to watch. I posted two of my favorite songs. Now Spinner has premiered “Strings” another fantastic songs from their self titled debut album. The band wanted the song to reflect the soundscape of the beach, and it’s safe to say they achieved it.

Stream it below via Spinner:

Band To Watch: Young The Giant

By Will Oliver, October 9th 2010 — with 3 comments


Don’t be surprised to someday turn on your radio and hear the sweet sounds of California’s Young The Giant being played. For comparisons sake, I could see these guys blowing up in the same way Kings Of Leon did. I say this because they write ambitious rock songs that just seem destined for bigger and better things.

You can hear a little bit of an old Kings Of Leon kick in “My Body”. Then they go on and deliver the winner that is “I Got”, with a chorus that may tug a heartstring or two.

After one listen to their self titled debut album, I was impressed. Sometimes people need to list reasons as to why a song is great. I didn’t need to do that while listening to their record.  Young The Giant have got it going on. They possess a great load of talent and it’s breathes naturally through their impressively strong set of tunes.

The bands debut album will be released digitally on October 26, 2010, via Roadrunner Records. The band has already toured with the likes of Marina and The Diamonds, and is currently touring with The Futureheads. They will be at CMJ, and if I make my way to see CMJ, you can bet I will be catching their live set, which is rumored to be something special.

Check out “My Body” & “I Got” below. Jump aboard the bandwagon now.

[mp3]: Young The Giant – My Body
[mp3]: Young The Giant – I Got

If you pre-order the band’s album on iTunes you will get a person phone call from one of the band members themselves. How can you possibly pass that up? Pre-Order it here.

Sofi Tukker at Brooklyn Steel (April 21, 2018)

By Dana Pacifico, May 22nd 2018

All photos by Dana Pacifico

Prior to releasing their debut album Treehouse on April 13 (via Ultra Records), Sofi Tukker, already made some major waves in the scene. Their single “Best Friend” was used to unveil the iPhone X and dance legend Benny Benassi remixed their other single “Fuck They.” It’s safe to say that the electro-jungle-Portuguese-dance-pop duo is here to stay. I made that genre up…can you tell?

Luckily, Sophie and Tucker found enough time in their busy schedule to play a rambunctious hometown show at Brooklyn Steel on April 21 and even reserved a few minutes to play on a swing set with me (portraits of that below). They kicked off the set with “Energia” and that powerful, energetic entrance set the tone for the rest of the evening. Highlights include “Baby, I’m a Queen,” “Benadryl,” “Batshit,” “Fuck They,” “Best Friend” & “Drinkee.” Ok fine, all the songs. The duo paid a lovely homage to the late Avicii by dropping “Le7els” mid-set and covered Petra Marklund’s “Cry For You” as a beautiful acoustic number.
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Recap: Outside Lands 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2017

All photos by Bryan Lasky

After an epic day 1 and day 2 at Outside Lands 2017, day 3 closed down in equally epic fashion with a headlining performance from all-time greats The Who, new pop sensation Lorde, a surprise pop-up set from Big Boi, as well as sets from the likes of Young The Giant, Bleachers, Maggie Rogers and Jacob Banks.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky captured all the action for us, find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Lollapalooza Anounces 2014 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014


The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup was announced yesterday, and it seems to be garnering some mixed reactions. Headlining the fest are Outkast (duh), Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers and Foster The People. I can understand the disappointment. While it’s (of course) great to see Arctic Monkeys there, the rest of the list is pretty subpar.

From there, here are some artists listed that caught my eye: Interpol, Cut Copy, Portugal. The Man, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, Young The Giant, Lykke Li, Chance The Rapper, Phantogram, Grouplove, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, Typhoon, Warpaint, Kate Nash, Kodaline, Lucius, Blood Orange, Jagwar Ma, Parquet Courts, Temples, NoNoNo, Papa, The Districts, Ratking, The So So Glos,

While the headliners aren’t all that spectacular, the other acts playing the festival are solid. So basically the day section of Lollapalooza may be where the real action is.

Check out the full lineup with the photo above, or check out a day by day breakdown below.
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Grouplove | The Rubens @ Bowery Ballroom (9.25.2013)

By Will Oliver, September 27th 2013


Grouplove rocked out the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night in support of their newly released album Spreading Rumours. They were supported by Australian rockers The Rubens who just recently released their debut album here in America.

The Rubens delighted with a steady set of rock that had a smokey room soul aspect to it that leaned somewhere in between Cold War Kids and Young The Giant. It was my first  real exposure to them and I was delighted and sold right of the bat. Check out their song “Lay It Down”, the first single that started it all for them.

Grouplove came out with a bang, hitting their stride without looking back.  I caught them at Bonnaroo last year, but only caught a bit of that set and was quite a ways away in a deep crowd. This was a more intimate setting, and it made all the difference. I have been following the band since they were known as Group, so it still amazes me how big they’ve become. But it shouldn’t, they just know how to write really catchy pop-rock that is accessible and feel-good. The crowd was singing every word back with ease, even acting as though they had the band’s new album for months already.

Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull joined the band for a performance of the their record store day collaboration single “Make It To Me.” That along with electric performances of “Tounge Tied”, “Colours” and “Itchin’ On A Photograph” put the crowd in quite a happy place.

I think it’s safe to say that performances at venues such as Bowery Ballroom are probably going to be no more for Grouplove, who are going to tackle much bigger venues in the future. Their sound is just too grand to be contained.

Check out photos of both Grouplove and The Rubens below.
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