Posted in music | pictures on February 17, 2011

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Braids
Braids

[Braids] singer-guitarist Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice had largely abandoned her by the time the band hit the stage [on Feb 18th at The Rock N Roll Hotel in DC], turning an elastic, emotive weapon into a meek croak. Early in the set she strained and failed to hit notes normally well within her range and, at one point, simply stopped singing to apologize mid-song.

Her bandmates soldiered on, playing dramatic and surging songs with interwoven melodies and shifting tempos. They are slowly unfolding, cinematic creations that consistently simmer, if rarely explode. Many of them swell and subside over the course of six or seven minutes, like tornado funnels that never wreak complete havoc by touching down.

Baths, the one-man project of baby-faced 21-year-old Los Angeles resident Will Wiesenfeld, opened his headlining set by telling the crowd he was getting over a cold and asked listeners not to hold it against him if he had to pause at some point to blow his nose. No handkerchiefs were necessary, though. Standing behind an array of samplers, keyboards and other electronic gizmos, he played glitchy dance songs with more immediately satisfying payoffs than anything in the preceding set. -[Washington Post]

Both Baths & Braids were battling illness at that DC show and Raphaelle Standell-Preston (Raphie) was still very-noticeably sick the following night at Knitting Factory, but has soldiered on. After a night off, Braids played Glasslands on Tuesday, and then Mercury Lounge again with Baths last night (Wednesday, 2/16). Raphie and Katie (the keyboard player) were still sick, but you wouldn't know it.

True Womanhood and Houses (who replaced Star Slinger) opened the Manhattan show. Houses frontman Dexter (who played second) normally plays with his girlfriend and a drummer, but since they were asked last minute, only he traveled from Chicago. Their album recently came out on Lefse Records.

More dates HERE. More pictures from Mercury Lounge are below.

True Womanhood

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Comments (17)

Ugh, Does anyone remember the horrible Braids/Eddie Vedder collaberation?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu_pX--4avE

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:40 PM

"On Feb. 18th at the Rock N Roll Hotel." It's understandable. Time travel does a number on your voice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:42 PM

This was a great show. The guy in front of me broke down in tears during Braids set and his girlfriend put her arms around his waist to let him know she was there for him. I can't think of such a powerful emotional show in recent memory.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:44 PM

my favorite part was when baths was like 'is it loud enough? why isn't anybody dancing?' maybe cause when i look at him all i think about is pizza and beer. Cmon dude maybe get some dancing girls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:50 PM

Hey, last couple in the picture set -- It's them!! Amazingly annoying "do you like my seven and a half inches?" couple!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:51 PM

Totally off topic but the last time I saw Both Baths & Braids , there was this amazingly annoying couple who were not only talking during the whole show but were talking about TMI info. The guy kept asking her "Do you like my seven and a half inches? Do you like my seven and a half inches? Is it the biggest you've ever had?" Yeah bro you're cool

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 1:59 PM

Yeah, but is it 7 1/2 inches flacid or H.A.M.?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:04 PM

What does H.A.M. stand for?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:07 PM

hard and moist

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:12 PM

Baths went H.A.M. on that bleepy bloop device.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:12 PM

7.5" H.A.M.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:17 PM

new pants!! i like

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:19 PM

Totally off topic but the last time I saw Both Baths & Braids , there was this amazingly annoying couple who were not only talking during the whole show but were talking about TMI info. The guy kept asking her "Do you like my seven and a half finches? Do you like my seven and a half finches? Is it the biggest flock you've ever had?" Yeah bro you're cool

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:20 PM

looks like the hummus baron stole braids' chickpea stash. go H.A.M. on some pita next time, bros.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:24 PM

hummus baron went H.A.M. on those chickpeas, then added some garlic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 2:32 PM

i love dubstep

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 3:26 PM

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