Posted in music | pictures on August 3, 2009

words & photos by Anna Scialli

Jazz Hand Job & These Are Powers
These Are Powers

Fans trekked through the rain and packed the cafeteria of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Friday (7/31) to catch Vivian Girls and These Are Powers play a (very) early set. It was the fourth of four (or fifth if you count the Feelies show) shows that were put on in conjunction with the Dan Graham retrospective at the museum.

By 7pm, the crowd was eager to hear These Are Powers, hailing from as close as Brooklyn and as far as Chicago. While the cafeteria of the Whitney clearly wasn't built with rock-show acoustics in mind, Anna Barie belted out song after song without concern for the unconventional venue. Pat Noecker, on bass and vocals, and Bill Salas on electroacoustic drums and vocals accompanied, pumping out catchy tunes encouraging the crowd of hipsters, youngsters, and other Whitney patrons to bob in place. Alongside the band was Providence dance troupe Jazz Hand Job, a team of sparkly interpretive dancers, with choreographed numbers for a few songs. Throughout the set, they weaved through the crowd dancing to the electronic beats.

As Vivian Girls took the "stage", the cafeteria was filled to capacity- crowds spilling out to the back patio or watching from between the shelves of art books. The three women dove into their set, with Cassie Ramone on guitar and lead vocals, Ali Koehler on drums, and Kickball Katy on bass. The crowd watched and listened closely as the trio mixed interesting melodies with well considered discordant reverb to make a sound all their own. While the Vivian Girls are fun and energetic live; it's no surprise that an art-rock band like them would play at a free Whitney show. Still, I couldn't help but wish I was hearing them in a venue with better acoustics. Luckily they'll be playing Death By Audio on August 25th in Brooklyn for everyone who missed them or wants to catch them again- at a more traditional venue.

More pictures from the show below...

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls


These Are Powers

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Vivian Girls

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We also have photos of Abe Vigoda playing the Whitney, and Titus Andronicus and Real Estate.

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Comments (31)

What!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 1:24 PM

The Vivian girls played in a cafeteria..go figure..

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 1:25 PM

Can someone be straight up with me here? Are Vivian Girls a joke band? Like, a Spinal Tap type thing?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 1:30 PM

I want to give you a jazz hand job with my jazz mouth.

Posted by jazz hipster grifter | August 3, 2009 1:37 PM

Was Dan Graham there? Did anyone see him?

Posted by Regular reader | August 3, 2009 1:41 PM

Dan Graham was definitely at the Feelies show. That's all I know.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 1:43 PM

Points for spotting Cassie's mom in one of the shots above!

Posted by rajah of rehab | August 3, 2009 1:51 PM

can someone explain to me the trend of interpretive dance in indie music? it needs to disappear.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 1:52 PM

How do you know what her mom looks like? Are you stalking her?

Posted by Law & Order: Brooklyn Vegan | August 3, 2009 2:02 PM

"I want to give you a jazz hand job with my jazz mouth"

awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:03 PM

please tell me their 15' are almost up

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:05 PM

you guys are nuts, Vivian Girls are making HISTORY, you are making OBSCURITY

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:09 PM

H - Hysterically
I - Irrelevant
S - Social
T - Trends
O - Of
R - Rich
Y - Yuppies

Posted by throw up. | August 3, 2009 2:16 PM

phew, I was getting worried something had happened to Vivian Girls. It's been too long without some update on this band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:16 PM

i don't care one way or another about either of these bands, but interpretative dancers to TAP?

barf.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:20 PM

awesome show!!!

Posted by jake | August 3, 2009 2:22 PM

@ throw up. Thank you for coming into my Life.

Posted by Rw | August 3, 2009 2:38 PM

I see nips.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:40 PM

the show totally ruled. these are powers were great + providence dancers really added that touch of pizzazz I was looking for!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:41 PM

Yet another Vivian Girls post on Brooklynvegan??? No way!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 2:54 PM

I can't wait 'till their new album sucks so they can go away. History indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 3:20 PM

I go to some shows and see a lot of interpretative dancing. It usually happens in the audience. If interpretive dancing was banned, there would be no more audience!

Posted by Regular reader | August 3, 2009 4:18 PM

the vivian girls were great. but that place was so crowded i couldnt see a thing.
TAP were pretty bad .but thats just not what i like i guess .

glad the vivians played some of their newer stuff

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:15 PM

I kind of like the babe in These Are Powers the same way I like Condoleezza Rice -- ie: They're both hittable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:24 PM

these are powers were great.amazing music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:10 PM

I enjoyed the show, however the dancers REALLY took away from TAP. They were totally (seemingly) unprepared..it was really just a total slack effort...nothing was in time and it was really disheartening that they hadn't prepared more. I thought the idea was cool, and with some effort they really could of added another dimension to the experience. Unfortunately, they just walked around and giggled at each other and added absolutely nothing.I have so many dancer friends that would of killed to have that opportunity I guess it just pissed me off to see them act so nonchalent about the whole thing.

Posted by L | August 3, 2009 7:21 PM

they totally rock!the dancers are what they are, but i loved the show. they reminded me a bit of fayrey, they played at arlenes a few weeks ago, any one heard of them?

Posted by jiff | August 3, 2009 8:30 PM

race baiting, sex baiting, formidiable years, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 10:21 AM

anon@1:52 my guess would be from the velvet underground's dancing, light show, multi media extravaganza's <(that word must contain the most a's ever...eh?).

i jammed to vivian girl's at the whitney.

one,
peter

Posted by #1 C.R.E.E.P. | August 4, 2009 2:06 PM

i want to go to the tattoo shop w/the vivian girls and get picture #16 tattooed on my forearm.

Posted by Peter Slovakia | August 4, 2009 4:08 PM

Hey cyber haters, get over yourself!

Posted by joan wyand | August 5, 2009 11:29 AM

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