Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on October 21, 2009

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"What a difference a year makes for Fanfarlo. My donut-eating London buddies first came through these parts last year for CMJ, but now they are downright expert and confident performers. The large stage suits them well for their rousing choruses and invigorating melodies. The added element for this show was handing out plastic accordion-like tubes. You basically twirl these things over your head and they make a whirling noise. I grabbed one and managed to hit Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons in the head. My bad." [Music Snobbery]
I can't believe Marcus Mumford was at the show last night. I mean I can believe it because he and Laura Marling (who played) are tight, but I can't believe it because I was originally trying to get them on the bill too! (but they weren't going to be in town in time) (I guess plans changed) (it was a while ago). Mumford and Sons play Mercury Lounge tonight (10/21), and Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (10/22).

I will admit I was exhausted by the time Fanfarlo went on last night. So much work goes into planning a show and then it only gets more hectic on the day-of, and then I showed up at Music Hall around 4:30pm, and then five bands played before them (including the Wheel). Then, not only did things get a little delayed causing Fanfarlo's set time to be pushed back about 45 minutes (they were originally scheduled for 11:00), The Antlers rocked it so hard right before them that I didn't think I could listen to any more music. Apparently some people felt the same way (or it just got too late), because at least 100 people left after the Antlers, leaving room for more people to fill the club back up before Fanfarlo went on.

For Fanfarlo it was their second show that day. Their first was earlier at Pianos (packed I heard), and it was actually because of that Pianos show that they had a limited soundcheck at Music Hall which in turn caused them to go on even later due to all the instruments they needed to make sure were working right before they played... and then they played, and it was great, and the crowd went wild for an encore, and like they did at The Bell House last month, they came back and played an encore which included handing out those plastic tubes for people to whip around in a dangerous manner (see above), but unlike The Bell House, there was no member of Beirut in their band this time. Last night was also way better than the Bell House show (but maybe I'm biased).

Their final CMJ 2009 show is tonight (10/21) at Bowery Ballroom with Midnight Juggernauts. It's sold out, though if you have a CMJ badge you can still try and get in. Also playing Bowery Ballroom tonight are Freelance Whales, WHO will also open for Fanfarlo when they come back to NYC in December to headline Webster Hall. Tickets for that December 18th show are now on AmEx presale, and go on general sale on Friday at noon.

The new date is part of a December North American tour. All dates and more pictures from last night, below...

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Fanfarlo - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 21 - CMJ: The Bowery Presents...at the Bowery Ballroom New York City, New York
Nov 7 - Festival Les Inrocks at Boule Noire (SOLD OUT) Paris, Ile-de-France
Nov 9 - Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois
Nov 11 - Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 13 - Moes Englewood, Colorado
Nov 14 - The State Room Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 16 - Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Nov 17 - Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Nov 18 - The Media Club British Columbia, British Columbia
Nov 19 - Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Nov 22 - Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Nov 23 - The Echo Los Angeles, California
Nov 24 - The Casbah San Diego, California
Nov 27 - Soho Restaurant & Music Club Santa Barbara, California
Nov 29 - Santa Fe Brewing Co Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nov 30 - Club Congress Tucson, Arizona
Dec 2 - The Independent Austin, Texas
Dec 3 - The Loft Dallas, Texas
Dec 4 - Walter's On Washington Houston, Texas
Dec 6 - The Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Dec 9 - Metro Gallery Baltimore, Maryland
Dec 10 - IOTA Club & Cafe Arlington, Virginia
Dec 11 - Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 12 - Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dec 15 - El Mocambo Toronto, Ontario
Dec 16 - Il Motore Montreal, Quebec
Dec 17 - T.T. The Bear's Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dec 18 - Webster Hall, New York, NY

Mumford & Sons - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 21 - Mercury Lounge New York
Oct 22 - Blue Flowers NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg New York
Oct 24 - HMV Forum London
Nov 1 - Club Domicil Dortmund
Nov 15 - Doornroosje Nijmegen
Nov 17 - Magnet Berlin
Nov 18 - Molotow Hamburg
Nov 19 - Gebaude Cologne
Nov 20 - Crossing Borders Festival The Hague
Nov 21 - Crossing Borders Festival Antwerp

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Comments (12)

am i the only one who thinks this band is absolute crap?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2009 3:17 PM

nope, i'm with you.

Posted by 3/5 of gorilla biscuits | October 21, 2009 3:33 PM

Ditto on the British Beirut.

Posted by TitoP | October 21, 2009 4:54 PM

Yeah... I have mixed feelings about Fanfarlo. In some ways, they are a total rip off of Beirut. (Especially "The Walls Are Crashing Down.") I wrote a pretty extensive review of 'Reservoir' here: http://10listens.com/2009/10/19/fanfarlo-reservoir/.

As for the showcase last night... I actually thought Laura Marling was my favorite act, which came as a surprise to me. This was my third time seeing The Antlers, and sure, they 'rock out' or whatever, but I just don't think they come off as good live as they do on 'Hospice.' (I think a lot of it has to do with Silberman's voice. He has to hit some pretty high notes, which can be hard to do live.)

Posted by Rachel | October 21, 2009 6:21 PM

not the next arcade fire?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2009 6:37 PM

I dont agree. if a band is as good as they are live. leave it alone people. hyper-critical much? they are definitely a way above avg band...

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:43 AM

sweet marching band..... so where's the football game?

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 2:24 PM

Great!! i think?

Posted by green laser pointer | November 17, 2009 2:21 AM

i love the photography. Great use of color. The images look amazing.

Posted by hospice reno nevada | September 29, 2010 10:35 PM

It looks like it must have been a fantastic show. I love Mumford and Sons and I'm sure I would have loved these performers as well. Unfortunately, I was working for the Utah Hospice company that employs me. I guess people on hospice care can't wait while I go get entertained. Either way, I look forward to seeing Fanfario next time they come through town. http://www.lighthousehospice.biz

Posted by Kieth | July 16, 2012 3:06 PM

Ditto on the British Beirut.

Posted by Mitsubishi Forklift Battery Los Angeles | January 10, 2013 1:10 AM

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