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Photo by Shervin Lainez

In 2003, Phoenix got a nice boost with the placement of their music in Sophia Coppola’s classic Lost in Translation. A lot has changed for them since then (Coppola and Phoenix’s Thomas Mars are now married, for starters) and the band has reunited with the director once again for her new film On The Rocks. Phoenix wrote the music for the film, including the brand new single “Identical”, which was shared along with the release of the film’s trailer.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2018

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2018

I spent a good chunk of 2018 at concerts. Try nearly 58% of the entire year was spent in some of the best places on earth: concert halls. From festivals and the big rooms like MSG and Barclays Center to the smaller clubs and intimate venues, some of the best memories I had all year were made in those rooms.

I saw over 200 shows this year, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a top 50, and to find some way to rank them all. But I widdled it down and without further ado, here are the best 50 shows I saw in 2018:
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Phoenix at Brooklyn Steel (July 9, 2018)

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2018

The always entertaining French rockers Phoenix released their new album Ti Amo last year via Glassnote Records but their only New York stop was at Governors Ball (we did travel to Connecticut to see them at College Street Music Hall in the fall). They made it up to New Yorkers in a big way with a 5-night residency at Brooklyn Steel in early July.

These sold out shows weren’t just your normal run of the mill performances. The band literally took over the venue and transformed it into an 80’s-inspired Italian discotheque, offering up their very own sake and gelato, a giant merchandise vending machine, and a special phonebooth planted inside the actual performance space that frontman Thomas Mars would eventually use as a prop during the show. This wasn’t just a show, it was a total encompassing experience.
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Best Albums Of 2017: Dana’s Picks

By Dana Pacifico, January 9th 2018

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Trying to put words to my feelings on these albums has proven hard when much of my emotional connection comes from my experiences of seeing them performed live. Finding an order was as difficult of a task when 2-6 each grasped me to the same deep level but in different ways. It’s all subjective but here’s my 10 favorites of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Phoenix at College Street Music Hall (October 15, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2017 — with 3 comments

This year French rockers Phoenix returned with their sugar-coated new album Ti Amo, which was released via Glassnote Records.

Their lone New York date came when they headlined Governors Ball over the summer and it doesn’t seem like they will be back here until possibly next year for a proper headlining date of their own. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to see them just a few hours away at College Street Music Hall, which was a pretty intimate chance to see Thomas Mars and company do their thing.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017 — with 2 comments

(Childish Gambino)

After an exhausting but fun first day of Governors Ball, I grabbed my usual pregame fuel of a bacon egg and cheese and iced coffee and descended backed to the hollow grounds of Randalls Island for Day 2 of the festival.

(Car Seat Headrest)

What better way to start than to see a midday set from Car Seat Headrest. I saw them quite a few times over the past year (Bowery Ballroom in September ’16 being the last time) yet I’m still not tired of seeing Will Toledo and the rest of the band rock out.
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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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Phoenix at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2014


I’ve had my fair share of Phoenix of late. Their Governors Ball set over the weekend was the fourth time I saw them in the past year; though I’m not complaining at all. Truthfully I went into their set not all that excited, and yet, those glorious French bastards wheeled me in again and reminded me why I love them so much.
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Review: ‘Boyhood’ [SXSW 2014]

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2014


Boyhood | Richard Linklater | SXSW 2014

The journey of life is something special. For better or worse, the experiences thrown at us make us who were are. Go ahead, roll your eyes. It’s all one big cliché, but only because it’s true. Our family, the people we meet, the choices we make, they all come together to help shape our lives. We go through plenty of pain and heartbreak, but hopefully when its all said and done, we experience some good as well. All of this is a part of the experience of life.

The master director Richard Linklater successfully captures this idea with his mesmerizing new film Boyhood. Out of the 20 films I caught at SXSW, none left more of an impression on me than Linklater’s moving picture. It’s as ambitious of a film as they come. Filmed over the course of 12 years, the film follows a family as they aged naturally over time. As do the actors that play them. Over the last 12 years he would meet with his set of actors and resume filming each year, capturing the actors as they too got older. We get to follow the boy from age 5 to 18. What this does is show the growth of this family over time, in a devastatingly effective manner that has never been done before.

The first shot of the film is of young Mason, played by (then) child actor Ellar Coltrane. We see Mason as a young 1st grader, coming home to his family consisting of his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and slightly older sister Samantha (Richard’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater). There’s also his father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), who isn’t around much as he is separated from Olivia and is constantly changing jobs.

On the surface, there really is no “plot”. What you do have is this family, who you watch go through the trials and tribulations of life. Olivia runs through bad men like a buffet, throwing Mason and Samantha’s life into a constant sea of unsteadiness. We see Mason Sr. try to salvage the relationship with his children, just as he himself begins to settle down again with a new family. It’s just how life goes.

There’s something poetic and truly beautiful about seeing the characters age naturally throughout the film. Before you know it, Mason is a fully grown teenage boy, experimenting with alcohol and woman. You see his parents get significantly older. Soon enough you’ll see bits and pieces of your own life reflected in this family. Things that happened to you, bad choices you made, it’s scary how true to life it all seems.

By the end of it all, you think of Mason as your own son. You’d seen him as just a little kid, and now he’s a man. When he says goodbye to his mom before leaving for college, it’s a punch in the gut. You get that lumpy feeling again, that same one you had when you yourself had to say goodbye. It all seems so real and familiar.

It was a bold move to rest the film on the shoulders of a child actor at the age of 7. Who knows what you would get when he’s all grown up? Luckily, Ellar Coltrane is absolutely perfect in the role, showing growth and maturity with every bit of aging. Patricia Arquette also hammers home an incredible performance of emotional weight. You can’t help but feel for her. There’s also plenty of moments for Ethan Hawke to shine, we all know how well he works with Linklater after three terrific Before movies.

Of course, credit to Linklater for taking the time to write and direct such a moving feature. It’s an ode to the state of Texas in a way, with almost all of the action contained right there. He captures all the little details to make the 12-year element work, such as playing memorable tunes throughout the times. At the beginning we get early 2000s cuts such as Coldplay’s “Yellow”, The Hives “Hate To Say I Told You So” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” Later on we get more recent cuts such as Phoenix’s “1901” and even Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Linklater always has a keen ear for music, and he uses it to his full advantage here. When you think back at all those seminal songs that impacted you throughout your life, you think of the time and place of where you first heard it. This is something Linklater fully understands and uses it to its maximum effect.

I’ve never seen a film quite like Boyhood before. It’s truly an important film, one that should be discussed and studied for many years to come. If not, that’s ok too. I’m just thankful to have been able to see it and let it take me over for nearly 3 hours (I didn’t notice the length at all).

I’ll happily admit I shed a tear or two when it was all said and done. As did many of the fellow patrons that sat around me. I was awestruck by how beautifully well done Boyhood was, but judging by the massive standing ovation the film received after its screening, I’m not the only one. Not only was Boyhood the best thing I saw at SXSW, it’s the best film I’ve seen so far this year. It’s early, but I have a feeling it will stick around even come December.