Posted in music | pictures on January 16, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Box Elders, Medication, and Kid Romance played a sold out show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday night. I walked in to the second floor venue a fan of Crystal Stilts and Tyvek, and left with a crush on Box Elders.

The Box Elders were one of those bands that caught everyone by surprise last year, and with their one little miraculous self-released 7" EP making the rounds and winning over everyone in it's path, they even one up themselves in the live format, which is always a nice touch. [Victim of Time]
Medication, who are from CT (and not the nu-metal band from LA), were good too...
If you've checked out and absorbed their debut 7" released on HoZac last fall, you'll know the eerie vibes and echo-soaked mantra that Medication disseminates so well, and how quickly it gets under your skin. Although the recordings tend to be a one-man job, Medication's brain, Mr. Hyde is joined onstage by a few others for the full effect, and should snare you into a trance of ghostly guitar reverberations and gypsy drum beats that will split your mind wide open. [Victim of Time]
I unfortunately missed Kid Romance.

People were crowd surfing during the Crystal Stilts set, which, if you know their music, is a little weird, but the rowdiness fit right in since the previous bands, and the crowd in general, were just full of (possibly drunken) energy. Crystal Stilts sounded great, but were plagued by technical difficulties that included a crackling coming from the speakers, and at the end, a broken string... which caused them to quit one song (and possibly an encore) early.

More pictures from the night below...

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

Kid Romance...

Kid Romance

Kid Romance

Kid Romance

Kid Romance

Kid Romance

Kid Romance

Medication...

Medication

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Medication

Medication

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Medication

Medication

Tyvek...

Tyvek

Tyvek

Tyvek

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Tyvek

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts...

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

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Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

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Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

Box Elders pics HERE.

Tyvek played three NYC shows that weekend. Less Artists More Condos pics HERE.

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Crystal Stilts - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 2 - Beatpol Dresden
Feb 3 - Rhiz Vienna
Feb 4 - Schocken Stuttgart
Feb 6 - Theatre Palace St. Gallen
Feb 7 - la romandie lausanne
Feb 8 - le sonic Lyon
Feb 9 - FNAC (apres midi) Dijon
Feb 9 - flannery's Dijon
Feb 10 - Main d'oevres Paris
Feb 11 - L'Oreille Qui TraƮne Rouen
Feb 12 - new hero Brighton
Feb 13 - Windmill Brixton w/ Lets Wrestle London
Feb 17 - Buffalo Bar w/ Wetdog Cardiff
Feb 18 - Institute w/ Black Lips Manchester
Feb 19 - Whelans Dublin
Feb 20 - Laverys Bunker Belfast
Feb 21 - captains rest w/ Wetdog Glasgow
Feb 22 - sneaky pete's Edinburgh, Scotland
Feb 24 - Brudenell Social Leeds
Feb 25 - Chameleon Nottingham
Feb 26 - Bardens Boudoir w/ Wavves London
Feb 27 - Db's studio Utrecht
Feb 28 - Molotow Hamburg
Mar 1 - Gleis 22 Munster
Mar 2 - Karlstorbahnhof Heidelburg
Mar 4 - Debaser malmo
Mar 5 - Herrgarn Linkoping
Mar 6 - Revolver Oslo
Mar 7 - Strand Stockholm
Mar 8 - Loppen Copenhagen
Mar 10 - Bang Bang Club Berlin

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Comments (29)

FLASH IN THE PAN (at best)

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 10:47 AM

"FLASH IN THE PAN (at best)"

your mom is a flash in the pan at best!

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 10:54 AM

box elders is blowing up wtf

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 10:59 AM

i'm just not sure i get all the hype about box elders - are they really that good?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:00 AM

basically my understanding of it is that a lot of people at labels REALLY like this band. but i haven't really heard anyone BUT label people saying that.

which leads me to believe not a lot of people ACTUALLY like box elders. but does that even matter these days?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:03 AM

wearing a loin cloth is a GIMMICK. wake up people

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:05 AM

vivian passion box pit elders girls...all the same bs fed to us

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:08 AM

box elders played far and away the most best, most enjoyable set that night. tyvek didnt do anything for me. stilts were good, but the sound issues sort of made their set a little lackluster. but yeah, i think anyone who hadn't heard box elders prior to saturday night was more than pleasantly surprised.

Posted by mcg | January 16, 2009 11:11 AM

anon 11:08 were you even at the show? did you SEE box elders?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:12 AM

"basically my understanding of it is that a lot of people at labels REALLY like this band. but i haven't really heard anyone BUT label people saying that."

if you knew what a moron you sounded like, you would shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:13 AM

plz don't crowd surf during crystal stilts

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:35 AM

don't tell me what to do

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 11:58 AM

i hope people start a circle pit at their next show.

Posted by d | January 16, 2009 12:16 PM

don't tell me what you hope

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 12:23 PM

what a great rebuttal.

Posted by d | January 16, 2009 12:54 PM

It's disappointing how backwards looking this current crop of Brooklyn bands are (Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Vivian Girls, etc.). At least Black Dice, Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, etc. were trying to push music forward a little.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 1:31 PM

don't hate the playah hate the game.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 1:50 PM

hate the tailor

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 2:02 PM

people were DRUNK at this show

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 3:00 PM

somebody threw a snowball at the mixing board about 4/5ths of the way through Stilts' set. From there forward, there was intermittant crackling through the house system, then the band themselves broke a bunch of gear accidentally.

it was pretty great times even so.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 3:07 PM

box elders killed

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 3:30 PM

Go Omaha!

Posted by Lori | January 16, 2009 4:51 PM

crystal stilts <3<3<3<3<3<3

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2009 9:37 PM

Go back to Omaha!

There, fixed.

Posted by Mr. Fixit | January 16, 2009 10:21 PM

"It's disappointing how backwards looking this current crop of Brooklyn bands are (Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Vivian Girls, etc.). At least Black Dice, Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, etc. were trying to push music forward a little."

You might be right, but I don't see why people seem to care so much about these days, especially with "rock music." it's become an interpretative art form

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2009 5:33 PM

this was an awesome show. that's all that needs to be said.

and... "interpretative art form?"

c'mon. it's rock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2009 9:59 PM

frankie is no longer in cs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2009 1:10 PM

frankie = tripe

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2009 12:46 AM

"basically my understanding of it is that a lot of people at labels REALLY like this band. but i haven't really heard anyone BUT label people saying that."


You seriously don't have a fucking clue what you're talking about, you stupid faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2009 1:19 AM

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