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Boston Calling Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

The new and revamped Boston Calling is back in a big way. Not only will it take place at a much larger space with Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts over the weekend of May 26-28 (it’s now a 3-day festival too), but it sports a very impressive lineup.

Headling the festival is Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper. Then there’s Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Weezer, The 1975, Major Lazer, Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest, Mitski, Deerhoof, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus, Solange, Cage The Elephant, Nataniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Pup, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stand Of Oaks, and many more, including a film experience with Natalie Portman.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early bird 3-day passes still available.

Recap: Roots Picnic NYC Day 2

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016


(Wu-Tang Clan at Roots Picnic NYC)

After a great first day at the inaugural Roots Picnic NYC, we returned for an even larger day 2, with some big time headliners (with The Roots as the backing band) that ended things on a huge note. The shared finale featured performances from Wu-Tang Clan (who was introduced by Amy Schumer), Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers (who was joined by Sugarhill Gang) and the legendary David Byrne.
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Best Albums of 2014: Honorable Mentions

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2015 — with 2 comments


(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

There was a lot of great music released in 2014, a lot more than can be represented fairly in a top 50 list. Sometimes some quality stuff just slips through the cracks, just barely missing the cut. But that doesn’t mean that these albums didn’t get plenty of love from me throughout the year.

This year I decided to do a separate posts of some honorable mentions for albums that just fell shy of making the list. All of these are well worth your time. They’re posted below in no particular order or ranking:
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Favorite Live Photos of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015


(Foals at Terminal 5)

There was no shortage of great shows to be found in 2014. You can find the best 50 that I saw in 2014 right here. Throughout the year, we took thousands upon thousands of photos, documenting every moment of these unforgettable shows. We put in a lot of work trying to capture the essence of these performances, and I wanted to share these photos with you in one giant collection.

These are not only photos that I took, but also photos taken by our great team of contributing photographers. They’re posted in chronological order, as there was simply no other right way to go about ordering the photos. Below each photo, is the link to the original post, as well as the photographer credit (if it’s other than myself).

So with that said, sit back, and enjoy our favorite live concert photos that we took in 2014. You can also find the gallery posted over at our facebook page. There’s probably one too many photos posted here, but we probably saw way too many shows.
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Marnie Stern - The Chronicles of Marnia

Marnie Stern’s new album is cleverly titled The Chronicles of Marnia. It’s out on March 19 via Kill Rock Stars.

The Chronicles of Marnia’s first single “Year Of The Glad” is already available to listen. It’s a guitar jam with a unique range and temperature. Sounds like she spent some time hanging/listening to Deerhoof. But with that said, it’s also very Marnie Stern.

Take a listen below.

[music video] The Dodos – Black Night

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2011 — with 1 comment

Here’s The Dodos strange new music video for “Black Night”. Underground fighting ring in black and white featuring some interesting characters. It works quite well for the song. Check it out below via Pitchfork.TV:

AOL Spinner caught the bands entire Pop Up Show at the First United Methodist Church. You can watch a stream of that and check out the bands spring tour dates after the jump

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Jelly NYC have announced the 2010 lineup for their summer Pool Parties concert series. The summer parties will occur every Sunday starting July 11th, going on to August 29th in Brookly nat East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront (the August 1st show will take place at Brooklyn Bowl)

This Sunday Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu are going to cover Joy Division’s classic album Unknown Pleasures. The support will be Why? & Fang Island, who are both worth a trip down. Other bands I’m looking forward to are No Age, Cut Copy (as previously reported), !!!, Delorean and Chromeo. There are even shows with super secret surprise guests. One can only imagine who they will be.

I am going to try and make it out to as many of these as possible. These are always a blast.

The full lineup is posted after the jump:

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An Interview With Harlem Shakes

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2009 — with 1 comment

The boys from Harlem Shakes have been busy touring in order to support their debut album “Technicolor Health”. They made room in their schedule to answer some questions I had. Specifically Kendrick helped answer the questions on behalf of the band! Thanks again Kendrick! (and thank you Jose for communicating with me!).

I am still new on conducting interviews. I have done it via email, so that should explain why there isn’t any “conversing” going on here. But overall I thought it went well! Well, here we go:

WAWSTSF: What is the background of the name Harlem Shakes?
Kendrick: It’s got a catchy sound and an eery underpinning, sort of like our hearts.

WAWSTSF: What major influences made you go out and make music/influenced your songs?

We each have about 10 bands that we can name that we feel influenced the songs (Randy Newman, Cee-Lo, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, Blur, The Byrds, etc.). However, I think it’s more honest to admit a deeper outpouring came from 90s songs we grew up listening to, 70s songs we grew up listening to our parents listening to, and hip hop and reggaeton music thumping from thin-windowed cars and blown-out boomboxes that we can’t help but listen to walking down the street in New York that we had little conscious control over.

WAWSTSF: Tell me about the recording process for your guys debut album “Technicolor Health”?

Kendrick: This is the first recording we really poured ourselves into, the first one where we fought entropy to make the feelings come from the sounds, not just the sounds come from the feelings. Our producer Chris Zane was a big part of this record, being patient enough to let us make 1000 misteps along the way to falling in love with the product. There’s a lot of love and optimism in response to some difficult circumstances that went into this record.

WAWSTSF: What is your favorite song that you have written so far?

Kendrick: My favorite song is Natural Man. We can’t even rehearse the darn thing more than once a practice because it saps all the serotonin from our collective brain. It’s like the tylenol with the “e” on it that we see happy people take at dance parties. Also, it mentions both Zima and 1998, which are two of my favorite people.

WAWSTSF: What are your expectations for the album? Do critics reviews such as pitchfork go through your mind when your making music?

Kendrick: Didn’t a man once ask some old-timey guy if the bird in his hand was alive or dead, knowing he could squeeze the little guy and make a fool out of him no matter what he said? It’ll do well? It’ll do poorly? I love Pitchfork? I hate Pitchfork? I hope people will find that it admits its time and place but it’s also walking uphill anyway. I hope people will react to its constructive escapism, or rather, its bright realism. But, you know, I can imagine people disliking it, which I respect. That’s an opportunity to learn and discuss, which I think is just as important as praise.*

*We reserve full rights to prank call anyone who openly says anything but awesome stuff about our record.

WAWSTSF: I saw you toured with big named artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Deerhoof, and Vampire Weekend. What was that like? Have any funny/interesting stories?

Kendrick: We’ve learned so much from the bands we’ve toured with. Can I say Thank You to them here? Deerhoof was like the magic-trick-wielding uncle who always made us laugh. They were our first tour and will probably always be our favorite. They showed us how being respectful and receptive can coincide with being inventive and subversive. The Arctic Monkeys made us nostalgic for being a couple years younger, Vampire Weekend are friends that we consider all-around pros who pushed us artistically, Tokyo police Club surpassed Wolverine as the #1 reason to love Canada, and Tapes n’ Tapes made us love video games again! Oh, and what’s UUUUUP, Ladyhawk, Caural, Busdriver, and Ruby Coast!

WAWSTSF: What is your opinion on blogs and the way artists are found now days?

Kendrick: Opening the discussion as wide as possible is always a good thing. More ideas! There’s a lot of excellent music that wouldn’t have been heard that’s being heard all around the world, which is rad, but there are a lot of false starts and flip-flops that the blog diffusion created. It’s hard getting used to “authority” being spread out, so there are some hiccups along the way with people jockeying for authority, judging who has creedence, etc. All the crazies are allowed into the room, which I like. But I think I might be a crazy, so I’m biased.  Squirrels!

WAWSTSF: What records are you guys spinning right now?

Here We Go Magic, Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, Born Ruffians, Passion Pit, Titus Andronicus, Suckers, Arms, Air Waves, Phoenix, Dawn Landes, and Harry Belafonte.

[mp3] : Harlem Shakes – Natural Man

[mp3] : Harlem Shakes – Niagara Falls

WAWSTSF’s Best Albums of 2008: Honorable Mentions (Part 1)

By Will Oliver, January 7th 2009 — with 1 comment

So 2008 is a few days behind us, and I finally got done listening to pretty much everything I wanted to. The fact that I want to keep going back to Animal Collectives MPP is an indication that it is time to make my list already. Here are some albums that were great but didn’t make my list. The list was a top 50 of the freshest albums that 2008 had to offer. Some fell short of making it, but were good enough to my ears to deserve a mention. Here they are:

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Thirsty Tuesdays: Today’s New Releases

By Will Oliver, October 7th 2008

What are some hot albums that dropped today you asked? Well here I will try to give a little preview on all the things that are good released on Tuesdays. Today 10/7 is another buy day for the music world, with many bands big & small releasing records. Here’s the rundown:

Annuals – Such Fun (Canvasback)
[MP3] : Annuals – Confessor
Purchase: iTunes : Insound | Myspace

Crooked Fingers – Forfeit / Fortune (Red Pig/Constant Artists)
[MP3] : Crooked Fingers – Phony Revolutions
Purchase: Insound | Website : Myspace

Deerhoof – Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)
[MP3] : Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

Department Of Eagles – In Ear Park (4Ad)
[MP3] : Department Of Eagles – No One Does It Like You
Purchase: Beggars Group USA | Myspace

Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes (Saddle Creek)
[MP3] : Land Of Talk – Some Are Lakes
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

The Little Ones – Morning Tide (Chop Shop)
[MP3] : The Littles Ones – Morning Tide
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother)
[MP3] : Oasis – Falling Down
Purchase: Amazon| Myspace

The Rosebuds – Life Like (Merge)
[MP3] : The Rosebuds – Life Like
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

The Spinto Band – Moonwink (Park The Van)
[MP3] : The Spinto Band – Pumpkins and Paisley
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed (Vice)
[MP3] : The Streets – The Escapist
Purchase: Insound | Myspace

(thanks to BuzzGrinder for the list!)

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