Posted in music | pictures on February 15, 2011

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Rachel Kowal

Wild Nothing

For a sold-out show, the audience was oddly quiet and subdued for much the evening, but the laid back atmosphere was a perfect match for the first band of the evening, MINKS. As the members of MINKS walked on stage, they casually surveyed the crowd and began to play without uttering a single word. At their posts, they stood as still as stick figures, virtually motionless.

For such pleasantly upbeat music, the surprisingly lively "Cemetery Rain" aside, their performance was surprisingly deadpan - even with additional musicians helping out. (Are you really 'happy' to be playing, Sean Kilfoyle? Really?) They were a morose version of the Crayon Fields (but with female vocals added to the mix). Singer Amalie Bruun may be the most listless tambourine player I've ever witnessed, but I found myself oddly drawn to her. (Would she start to dance? Maybe smile a little? Open up between songs? No. Not so much.)

Up next was Abe Vigoda who immediately imbued the room with a bit of life, thanks largely to the poppy keyboard solo in their opening number, "Dream of My Love." Throughout their set, the LA group kept things interesting by switching instruments - often mid song. The drummer was especially good at jumping around on stage from instrument to instrument. The audience, however, remained largely reserved. "What? Are you scared to dance?" asked the keyboard player after a few songs. "It's fun."

As if responding to the challenge, one audience member tried half-heartedly to get a mosh pit going, but the movement didn't catch on. People did at least loosen up a bit though - especially by the time Wild Nothing began to play.

Like MINKS, Wild Nothing is a fun blend of sunny pop and subdued shoegaze, but they were definitely peppier than their opener. They even had girls dancing on stage for the beginning of their set.

"You're very polite and quiet and it freaks me out," admitted front man Jack Tatum. He was right. It was kind of weird. Much of the room seemed to be under a trance. (Maybe it was the combination of it being a Sunday and the night before Valentine's Day.)

After playing a few newer songs and a brief cover (Primal Scream's "Velocity Girl"), Wild Nothing closed their initial set with "Summer Holiday," which actually got more than a few people dancing. Following the warm applause from the crowd, they returned for a quick encore - the song "Bored Game," which seemed appropriate, given the lyrics ("I don't feel right without you") and the number of couples in the room.

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Abe Vigoda played in Manhattan again last night (Valentine's Day) at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the venue's "Radio Happy Hour" series. Abe and Wild Nothing play a recently-added Brooklyn show at 285 Kent tonight (2/15). Fergus & Geronimo has been added as opener and advanced tickets are on sale at Desert Island Books (540 Metropolitan Ave | 718.388.5087). MINKS' next NYC show is with Dirty Beaches and Dum Dum Girls who they head out on tour with this month. After Brooklyn, Abe and Wild Nothing continue on tour together. All remaining dates and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom, below...

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Abe Vigoda - 2011 Tour Dates
Tue 02.15.11 Brooklyn, NY 285 Kent *
Wed 02.16.11 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa *
Thu 02.17.11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar *
Fri 02.18.11 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
Sat 02.19.11 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College * FREE
Mon 02.21.11 Madison, WI Der Rathskeller / U of W * FREE
Tue 02.22.11 St. Paul, MN Turf Club * and Claps
Wed 02.23.11 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall *
Thu 02.24.11 Denver, CO Hi-Dive *
Fri 02.25.11 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court *
Sat 02.26.11 Boise, ID Neurolux *
Sun 02.27.11 Seattle, WA Vera Project *
Mon 02.28.11 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret *
Tue 03.01.11 Portland, OR Holocene *
Thu 03.03.11 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop / Popscene *
Fri 03.04.11 Los Angeles, CA Natural History Museum *
* w/ Wild Nothing

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Dum Dum Girls - 2011 Tour Dates
ue 02.15.11 Las Vegas, NV Pooltradeshow Party / Foundation Room @ Mandalay
Wed 02.16.11 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill *
Thu 02.17.11 Los Angeles, CA Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel * FREE/RSVP
Fri 02.18.11 San Diego, CA The Casbah *
Mon 02.21.11 Denver, CO Hi Dive *
Wed 02.23.11 St. Louis, MO Billiken Club * FREE
Thu 02.24.11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle *
Fri 02.25.11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *
Sat 02.26.11 Toronto, ONT El Mocambo *
Sun 02.27.11 Montreal, QUE Il Motore *
Tue 03.01.11 Burlington, VT Metronome *
Wed 03.02.11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall *
Thu 03.03.11 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands (DJ SET)
Fri 03.04.11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom **
Sat 03.05.11 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's ***
Sun 03.06.11 Washington, DC Black Cat *
Tue 03.08.11 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 +
Wed 03.09.11 Charlotte, NC Milestone +
Thu 03.10.11 Atlanta, GA The Earl +
Fri 03.11.11 Jacksonville, FL Jackrabbits +
Sat 03.12.11 Orlando, FL The Social ++
Sun 03.13.11 Tampa, FL The Orpheum ++
* w/ MINKS, Dirty Beaches
** w/ Frankie Rose & the Outs, MINKS, Dirty Beaches
*** w/ MINKS, Party Photographers, Dirty Beaches
+ w/ Reading Rainbow, Dirty Beaches
++ w/ Tennis, La Sera, Dirty Beaches

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Comments (29)

Abe Vigoda are great. I've seen them a few times and they've always impressed me, and also seem like very, very nice guys.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 10:26 AM

set times tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 10:27 AM

Why are there so many bands these days that dress like J Crew mannequins? Is Vampire Weekend to blame? It's no wonder the audience was "quiet and subdued." Their headmaster might have reprimanded them if they acted out during this school assembly.

It just makes me think of rich kids getting chauffeured to 'rock guitar' class in minivans by parents overly-supportive of their 'creative kids.' Then they head to $40,000/yr art schools. Ick.

Posted by bd | February 15, 2011 10:43 AM

Yeah, the singer/ Amalie in MINKS, I have no clue.. don't know if she's incredibly shy/ reserved. It was initially odd to watch someone CENTER STAGE just standing there and periodically use the tamborine or add a vocal...but I gave up my judgement about that .. and like you alluded to. .it became engaging. Wish I could say the same for Vigoda/ but the keyboard player was driving me nuts with his bland inbetween banter. The band's music was oft kilter enough to be interesting. I wasn't expecting Wild Nothing to ROCK OUT so I wasn't disappointed. They connected with the audience,and this listner, which is a win in my book.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 11:14 AM

abe vigoda was totally awesome. perfect sound, the drums were incredible. nicest dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 11:16 AM

I don't like Minks

they seem like a band that should be playing the basement at the Delancey in 2005

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 11:33 AM

9, 10, 11 are set times tonight

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 11:34 AM

Fish! Not Abe Vigoda! Fish!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:02 PM

for what is possibly the most read music blog in new york city, BV would do well to get some people who don't write like they're reviewing their first concert for their high school paper

also, it's "bored gameS" and that lyric is wrong (come on, couldn't even google it?)

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:06 PM

Anyone else remember when the members of Abe Vigoda looked kinda uhm..."special" in the short bus sense of the word. When did they get so normal looking?

Posted by anonypus | February 15, 2011 12:15 PM

12:15pm, when their first album came out, they were all like 15-16 years old. Now they're in their late teens, early 20s growing into beautiful, well-dressed homosexual men.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:25 PM

which explains their sudden and drastic change in music...
yawn

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:46 PM

"A trance" yeah, it's called low energy music. Should there have been moshing and or crowd surfing for this show???
Why did this show sell out? huh?!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:49 PM

^^^ Because people like the music!!! (duh)

Maybe you don't, but fear not, there's plenty of "energetic" music out there if you have the energy to look for it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 12:58 PM

anyone know of parking in the Kent area or how hard it is to walk up and get tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 2:22 PM

you should buy advance tickets if you can, street parking is no problem

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 2:30 PM

Thanks for the info.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 2:42 PM

minks stinks

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 3:07 PM

11:34 are you sure? Todd's website says show starts at 7pm. But who knows what he puts up there... Don't trust it

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 3:20 PM

I'm convinced that everyone in MINKS is on anti-depressants

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 3:24 PM

yeah don't trust nothin, that Todd P, he's trying to get ya, he is. it's all a conspiracy.

typo. show's at 8.

eat a dick, 11:34

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 3:49 PM

3:24 is a neat dude

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 3:58 PM

a real neat dude!

Posted by stefan urquelle | February 15, 2011 4:02 PM

Anybody who says 'neat' is most likely on depressants.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 4:55 PM

Jack Tatum is adorable. I wanna gay marry him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 5:30 PM

sup w/ all the minks hate? i've seen them before (not this show) and they were fucking awesome. by the hedge is solid. go cry about it, you crybabies!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2011 6:23 PM

The show was very good last night. Wild Nothing definitely stood out. Never seen them live, and the music translates better than I thought.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 9:24 AM

there was this time in 2009 at the Whitney museum, you know? anybody???
seems the load was blown then...

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 3:34 PM

MINKS are so awesome so is wild nothing
captured tracks totally rules...the show was really great

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 9:53 PM

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