On October 12th Frenchkiss Records celebrated their 20th year as a record with a birthday celebration at Elsewhere featuring various artists from the label from throughout the labels’ two decades.

The night featured a headlining set from Les Savy Fav (Frenchkiss’ owner Syd Butler is their bassist) as well as The Dodos playing their classic 2008 album Visiter in full. The rest of the evening featured sets from Diet Cig, Drowners, Eleanor Friedberger, Twen and Miss June.
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[Photos]: New York Comic Con 2019

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2019

Photos by Omar Kasrawi

This year’s New York Comic Con featured many great panels and discussions, but for anyone whose gone before the best part is the creative cosplay costumes that fans come up with. Seeing them interact with the rest of the audience as well as one another is something that you only get to experience at these con’s and there was certainly no shortage of creativity at this year’s New York Comic Con, which once again took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Our photographer Omar Kasrawi was there this year and was able to capture some amazing cosplay and costumes this year from the entire weekend. Enjoy a giant gallery from all three days, posted in the gallery below.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2019 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, August 6th 2019 — with 1 comment

Jim James and Kermit

Following a Newport Folk Festival finale for the ages in Day 2, it was a lingering question all day about how they could possibly match The Collaboration, a female-led set curated by Brandi Carlile featuring tons of surprise appearances, mainly from the legendary Dolly Parton. But with Newport, you always know you’re going to get something special and Day 3 delivered in ways equally surprising and heartfelt and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

J.S. Ondara

Our day began with a breathtaking performance from J.S. Ondara, who blew everyone in the audience away, including us. It was a high point of the day, followed up by sets from Lake Street Dive, Courtney Marie Andrews and Our Native Daughters. We then had a few minutes to take some portraits behind the scenes with Dawes and then caught a solo performance from Trey Anastasio of Phish on the Fort Stage.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2019 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, August 5th 2019 — with 1 comment

Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile

Following Day 1, we returned to The Fort for another action-packed day at the Newport Folk Festival.

The day kicked off with sets from Haley Heynderickx, the collaborative set Songs For Beginners, as well as local New York rockers The Nude Party and Britain’s Jade Bird. From there we caught a lovely performance from Gregory Alan Isakov, before catching Rayland Baxter at the Quad Stage before heading over to the Fort Stage for Maggie Rogers, who brought a bit of pop to the festival.
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[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2019 — with 6 comments


For concertgoers in New York, the arrival of June means one thing: Governors Ball. The festival returned for its 9th year (and it’s 8th at Randall’s Island). This was my 8th straight year covering the festival and we were excited to see what this year brought us with its lineup of acts across all genres.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Our day began with Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who released one of our favorite albums of 2018. They got the day going in style and handed things off Hippo Campus who put on a fun showing inside the tent stage.
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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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Governors Ball 2016: Not a Total Washout

By Anthony Bauer, September 13th 2016 — with 1 comment


When you’re a music festival organizer/promoter, you’re hoping & praying that the chosen weekend will zero chance of rain or severe weather. It’s a huge risk, and as we’ve seen in the past… it can literally go either way. This years Governors Ball Music Festival literally had its fair share of both good and bad weather, but that didn’t stop it from still being a memorable weekend at all.





Day 1 and day 2 were chock full of outstanding performances, and the standouts for me were Black Pistol Fire, Christine and the Queens, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Beck, Block Party, The Strokes, Torres, Lord Huron, De La Soul, Miguel, Miike Snow, The Killers and M83. Were things started to get a little complicated was during Haim’s set on the main stage when the weather decided to finally turn from questionable to dreadful in literally a split second.
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Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016 — with 1 comment


South by Southwest–the crown jewel and gold standard of American arts festivals. Spanning almost two weeks, it covers music, film, interactive, and gaming. Thousands of savvy young professionals descend upon Austin, TX like a swarm of bees trying to find, or be, the next big buzz.  I was originally intending to mainly cover the film portion and do music on the side, but that didn’t go down so well. I may touch on this later, but I think that the festival has possibly become a bit too big for its britches. But through all of the pomp and circumstance, there still lies an unforgettable experience…you just need to know where to look.

After a great deal of trouble with some shoddy airplanes, I finally made it to Austin. I always expect the worst, so the extra six hours of travel time, two of which were confined to a metal tube full of gross people (I’m kidding, your B.O. masked with 80’s-porn-director-cologne smelled amazing), weren’t that big of a deal. But just from the way my extremely late-night flight was full to capacity with 20-somethings, I knew we were all headed to the same place. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015 — with 1 comment


(Taken by Anthony Bauer)

There was plenty to love at Governors Ball 2015 this past June, featuring triumphant performances from headliners such as My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams, to unforgettable performances from big groups like Hot Chip, St. Vincent and Weird Al, to up and comers like Royal Blood and The Districts, as well as the always unforgettable Future Islands. There was certainly something for everyone.

Since I strung together individual posts of photo sets and recaps, here’s a handy recap giving you everything all in one place. I’ve included a running list of all the recaps/photo sets in order of each day and set times, as well as my top 10 favorite sets of the festival. This year we also got a featured post from our very own Anthony Bauer, who offered a recap of the happenings from his perspective. Find all that good stuff posted below, along with some of our favorite photos taken from the weekend.
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2015 Oscar Recap and Thoughts

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2015

Oscars 2015
The 87th Academy Awards came and went last night, and depending on where you stood with your predictions, there was plenty of surprises, and a fair share of disappointments.

Personally, I was heartbroken about Boyhood losing to Birdman for Best Picture, even though I was almost nearly as huge of a fan of Birdman. Boyhood was just a special film for many reasons, one that I could go on and on about, but I’ll leave the think pieces to all the big dogs. It just connected to me on a personal level that I haven’t experienced in some time.

The 'Birdman' team

The ‘Birdman’ team taking home Best Picture

As great as Birdman is, Boyhood will be the film that stands the test of time. It’s just a remarkable film that is so very human and real. And the people whose only argument against Boyhood seem to be that the it taking 12 years to make is just a gimmick. Well those people are usually also praising Birdman for it’s “one continuous tracking shot,” (it’s own gimmick, if you will). So lets at least be fair. Either way, at least Birdman won, and not American Sniper, which seemed like the dark horse victor in case Boyhood and Birdman split the vote.

The amount of effort it took for Alejandro González Iñárritu to film Birdman was the deciding factor for the Best Director prize, but I really was siding with Richard Linklater and his epic journey with Boyhood. The way he held Boyhood and its themes together so strongly throughout its journey shouldn’t have been ignored. I had a feeling Iñárritu would take this one home so I wasn’t too surprised, but it’s disappointing that Linklater went home empty handed.

Eddie Redmayne picking up his Best Actor Award

Eddie Redmayne picking up his Best Actor Award

I felt heartbroken for Michael Keaton losing out to Eddie Redmayne, but ironically it was Birdman that would be the one breaking my heart. So yeah, Keaton didn’t win, but Redmayne’s transformative performance in The Theory Of Everything is the type of stuff that the Oscar voters adore. His performance seems to be getting a lot of backlash from people as of late (seems to be the trend with early Oscar frontrunners), but I think people are confusing their feelings for the film, which was good, but not exceptional. If anything, his genuine excitement while accepting the award was worth it.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore winning Best Actress

Julianne Moore gave a wonderful speech after winning Best Actress, and I don’t think anyone can really be upset about her victory. She really was the glue that held Still Alice together, and she’s certainly paid her dues over the years.

J.K. Simmons Winning Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons Winning Best Supporting Actor

The same can be said by the Supporting Actor/Actress winners, J.K. Simmons for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (it’s lone victory somehow – shameful). Both have been in the game for so long, and just happened to give the best performances of their careers in the same year. Both gave personal and inspirational speeches in somewhat unconventional ways, but very much their own.

Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress

I was whatever about The Imitation Game’s victory for Best Adapted Screenplay, but the speech from screenwriter Graham Moore was moving and inspirational. It was the best speech of the night, and worth the price of The Imitation Game’s victory.

Graham Moore winning Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore winning Best Adapted Screenplay

I really thought Best Original Screenplay was going to go The Grand Budapest Hotel, but Birdman did have a very tight and fluid script. You can’t feel too bad for team Wes Anderson, as they took home an impressive four Oscars for Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling. I wish it took home more of the bigger prizes, but four wins are four wins.

Similarly I was pleasantly surprised by Whiplash, which upset Boyhood for best editing as well as sound mixing. Throw in Simmons prize, and three Oscars aren’t bad for the little movie that could.

Some no brainers: Citizenfour took home Best Documentary, Ida won Best Foreign Film, Birdman’s Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography, American Sniper won Best Sound Editing, Interstellar got Best Visual Effects, and Feast won Best Animated Short.

The 'Big Hero 6' team celebrating their Oscar win.

The ‘Big Hero 6’ team celebrating their Oscar win.

Big Hero 6 upset How To Train Your Dragon 2 in a victory that had be very conflicted emotionally. I was very pleasantly surprised by how well made Big Hero 6, but I feel like How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the better film by a hair. Of course, The Lego Movie really should have won, but even so, How To Train Your Dragon 2 really was a beautiful film that seems to be getting lost in all this. It really doesn’t seem to be getting enough praise.

It still baffles me how little of the Award show is actually spent giving out awards. I wish the Oscars would trim the fat and limit the excessive performances and whatnot, but it’s all a part of the show. At least they got the touching In Memoriam right. Seeing Robin Williams included in the tribute really was a reality check, it’s still very hard to believe he’s gone.

Neil Patrick Harris doing his best Birdman at The Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris doing his best Birdman at The Oscars

As host, Neil Patrick Harris was often energetic, even if he did have more than a few blunders. That Oscar predictions briefcase gag was a huge miss, and was beaten well into the ground. He was good, not great, but not as bad as most people are saying. You could certainly do worse.

The Lonely Islands + Tegan and Sara performing "Everything Is Awesome"

The Lonely Islands + Tegan and Sara performing “Everything Is Awesome”

A highlight of the night came from Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island’s batshit crazy performance “Everything Is Awesome.” Joining them were Questlove, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, and Will Arnet appropriately dressed as Batman. It was a well needed bolt of youthful energy, and a reminder that the Oscars really dropped the ball on not nominating The Lego Movie. Similarly you had a moving performance of Selma’s “Glory” that brought not only David Oyelowo to tears (expected) but also Chris Pine (very unexpected). “Glory” ended up taking home the prize for Best Song right after the performance (which was a clear sign it would win), leaving way for a powerful speech from John Legend and Common, who we all learned are really named John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn.

With that, The 2015 Oscars are wrapped up, and the exhausting seemingly never-ending Award season finally comes to a close. We can finally look forward to the exciting films that 2015 has waiting for us.

But first, we still got our own Oscars to give out. Our staff Best OF 2014 lists are still on the way. Keep an eye out for those very soon! We promise, we’ll get it right!

Find the full list of 2015 Oscar winners posted below:

Best Picture:

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything


Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Birdman
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Norten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Actor:

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into The Woods

Best Original Screenplay:

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Jason Hall – American Sniper
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Best Animated Film:

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song Of The Sea
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Best Cinematography:

Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design:

Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard – Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran – Mr. Turner

Best Documentary Feature:

Last Days In Vietnam
The Salt Of The Earth
Finding Vivian Maier

Best Documentary, Short Subject:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing:

Joel Cox and Gary Roach – American Sniper
Sandra Adair – Boyhood
Barney Pilling – The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg – The Imitation Game
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film:

Wild Tales

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard – Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White – Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score:

Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song:

“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson – The Lego Movie
“Glory” by Common and John Legend – Selma
“Grateful” by Diane Warren – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois – Begin Again

Best Production Design:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production design: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game – Production design: Maria Djurkovic, Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Production design: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods – Production design: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner – Production design: Suzie Davies, Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best Short Film – Animated:

The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins

Best Short Film – Live Action:

Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter lamp – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Sound Editing:

American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman – Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Best Sound Mixing:

American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
Interstellar – Garry A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Best Visual Effects:

Captain America: Winter Soldier – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians Of the Galaxy – Stephanie Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer