Posted in music | pictures on May 8, 2009

photos by Natasha Ryan

Franz Ferdinand

"The band's live set didn't bother with the plot of "Tonight." It mixed old and new songs, switching between post-punk and new wave while bringing out Franz Ferdinand's musical craftiness. The band's songs are acutely conscious of structure; they shift tempo and rhythm, often within a song, moving from rock to something like funk. Every so often, Mr. Kapranos led call-and-response chants, and he kept jumping around the stage with splay-legged leaps. Near the end of the show, Franz Ferdinand was joined by the opening band, Born Ruffians, slamming at percussion and pumping synthesizer parts like an expanded dance-music band. Crowd-pleasing is part of Franz Ferdinand's job." [NY Times]
Franz Ferdinand played Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night (5/7). At least one member of the crowd wasn't pleased. According to "MPRBC", they "played the same song for about an hour. The most interesting thing about the show was the animated screen behind them." More pictures from the show below...

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Born Ruffians opened.

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Comments (26)

FF= Professional entertainers.

Posted by drewo | May 8, 2009 10:56 AM

they were incredible. fun night

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 11:01 AM

both the white and red shoes are kick asssssss

Posted by dan | May 8, 2009 11:27 AM

What!? No pictures of Born Ruffians??

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 11:31 AM

thought they were really amped up. did feel like they rushed through everything at a higher tempo, which made it have less texture - maybe explaining MBRPC's comments. I think the MHOW concert a few months back was a lot better, but more people got to see this one.
FF were having a blast, and as long as people in there were having fun too, that's why they do it. the ticket prices were kinda ridiculous though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 11:32 AM

Last night was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 11:43 AM

Was Sarah and her fat friends there ruining the encore??

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 11:52 AM

FF are one of those bands that i'd never thrown on at home but are pretty good to see live. Kinda got tired on their sound.

Posted by bob cock | May 8, 2009 11:53 AM

Born Ruffians were the highlight of the night.

Posted by KV | May 8, 2009 12:11 PM

Good show - they looked happy to be playing in front of a packed house. Good mix of their material, too - wasn't overly focused on the newest album.

Anyone have the setlist?

Posted by Funderburgh | May 8, 2009 12:19 PM

Bite Hard
Dark Of The Matinee
No You Girls
Tell Her Tonight
Michael
Turn It On
The Fallen
Walk Away
Twilight Omens
Do You Want To
Take Me Out
What She Came For
40
Outsiders
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Ulysess
Lucid Dreams
This Fire

Posted by JK | May 8, 2009 12:20 PM

Jarvis-esque live, in that they're total entertainers and they make other bands look timid and half-assed and apologetic.

No wasted time either, just wham bam a lam. "Outsiders" was phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 12:41 PM

Great photos Natasha!

Posted by Bryan Kremkau | May 8, 2009 12:47 PM

Thanks JK for the setlist!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 12:48 PM

Totally pissed I didn't make it!

Posted by This Music Sucks | May 8, 2009 1:58 PM

What time did the band went onstage?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 2:31 PM

9

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 2:52 PM

Good show, not as good as the last time I saw them, alas. They messed with tempo a lot, which meant some songs went super fast and others got drawn out which was...interesting.

Crowd was aggravating, though. Dude behind me kept yelling and hitting the back of my head.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 3:11 PM

Born Ruffians is the real draw here.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 4:57 PM

last night was my 5th time seeing FF and the first time i realized i am over them. not a huge fan of tonight in general and they should never play a venue larger than 500 people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 5:09 PM

Does anyone remember what songs Born Ruffians played?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 8:09 PM

sick concert, definitely not a studio band. They sound the same, if not better live. love them.

Posted by bels | May 8, 2009 8:12 PM

Born ruffians played (in no particular order): Barnacle Goose, I need a life, hummingbird, one of those girls, red yellow &blue, in a mirror, foxes mate for life, red elephant (im not too sure bout that one), and badonkadonkey.
@11:52- Do u mean those chicks from Canada?

Posted by Shannon | May 8, 2009 11:02 PM

Born Ruffians were ok when they didn't sing, moderately disastrous when they did.

Franz were lethal, glad they did so much from the 2nd album. I could have used even more from Tonight but that's an airtight set for sure. Alex was playing a lot more guitar solo wank than usual, but that suited me fine.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2009 12:34 PM

@ shannon - I'm the Canadian. They're referring to the Sarah from: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2007/06/franz_ferdinand_15.html

I wasn't loving the New York show. Particularly compared to the high energy Toronto performance. I don't know. There was no audience interaction in this one, which would have helped make the show seem more intimate.

They also cut Jacqueline out of the set list (it was on there as the first song of the encore, with a ?, but they decided not to play it for whatever reason)

Posted by sarah | May 10, 2009 11:56 PM

Paul's the only one w/style

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 8:56 AM

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