Posted in music | pictures on September 19, 2011

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Frisicano

Rick Ross / DFA1979
Rick Ross
DFA 1979

One Hanson Place, the cavernous ground-floor space of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, served as the venue for a free-if-you-could-get-in Vice-sponsored concert on Thursday. As expected, the Weeknd didn't appear (he canceled the week before). Instead, the main attractions were Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, a half dozen other bands, free beer and liquor and the Art Deco interior itself. A second stage in the basement--located inside a room-sized vault, with giant metallic doors at its entrance--featured acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Anamanaguchi, Hanni El Khatib, Total Slacker and the Men. A-Trak was supposed to play, but cancelled after the sudden passing of his friend DJ Mehdi.

Tanlines kicked off the upstairs with songs that were aided by the high-vaulted ceilings and the reverb-heavy acoustics. Death from Above 1979 didn't fare as well; their songs already sound blown out and distorted on record, and the live show sacrifices any remaining fidelity for raw power. That said, both Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler--one in white, one in black--put on spirited performances, thrashing around, with Sebastien at one point crawling along the bank teller windows into the crowd.

Rick Ross took the stage around 1am, after a brief intro set from Maybach Music Group rapper Stalley. The boss's set of about 35 minutes sped through songs that included "John," "9 Piece," "Hustin", "BMF", "MC Hammer," DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" and "I'm On One," Waka's "O Let's Do It," and "Tupac Back" and "Ima Boss" (both Meek Mill's songs I think technically), at least for a chorus or two. Directly in front of the stage, where Ross' verses and exhortations were crystal clear, you could really get a sense of his imposing presence (DJ seemed genuinely afraid after starting one song too soon) and his ability to queue up any tune and make it totally his.

The amount of people upstairs was comfortable and not-overpacked; the downstairs, then, could be described as sadly under-attended. Unknown Mortal Orchestra had the benefit of playing before the main-stage acts started and sounded great. Hanni El Khatib, who played as a two-piece, shuffled out grungy, Americana-influenced rock, but to an audience of only about 50. One of the most pleasant surprise for me was Anamanaguchi, who I haven't seen in a few years. The quartet has molded themselves into an impressive instrumental outfit--with their NES as a less-dominant member--as they navigated their songs' post-rock-inspired swoops and climaxes with skill.

The Men closed the night with a post-2am set for the stragglers that hadn't yet succumbed to the hazards of the open bar. On my way downstairs I passed a handful of people doubled over, getting carried out by the EMTs. Downstairs wasn't much safer: at one point, a mic stand went flying into the crowd landing squarely on someone's head (hope you're alright dude).

More pictures from most of the night below...

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Comments (25)

that's a tremendous amount of douchebaggery for one venue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:43 AM

Vice continues to prove that they have money to throw around

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:44 AM

so this is what hipster crowd looks like...

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:47 AM

it must be all those AXE ads that they canned neil hamburger's column over

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:49 AM

say what you will about the douchebag clientele...vice spends a nice chunk of other's peoples money to put on free shows...remember jesus lizard a year or two ago?

and vbs.tv is fucking fantastic.

its not as good as when they had the original store on cleveland place but vice is still alright to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:50 AM

money can buy a random sampling of expensive performers, and even if you have a monkey picking the performers, if you spread the money around wide enough: some of what gets booked will be "cool"

way to go Vice. you are sort of attached to things that are "cool"

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:52 AM

ground zero for a new std

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:00 AM

So were there a lot of people not able to get in?

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:00 AM

crystal castles

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:00 AM

vice clings pretty tight to that old chestnut:

"you always want a line outside the club"

it doesn't matter how many or how few people try to go to a vice thing, they will always wait and some of them will always not be able to get in.

vice are real rocket scientists!

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:03 AM

i see toby

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:08 AM

blipsters!

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:08 AM

so much coke, im still high

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:30 AM

WHITE PEOPLE, AM I RIGHT?

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:33 AM

"The amount of people upstairs was comfortable and not-overpacked; the downstairs, then, could be described as sadly under-attended."

typical VICE party nowhere near capacity with lines wrapped around the building.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:46 AM

Rick Ross is a nerd

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:51 AM

Kimbo Slice has let himself go...

Posted by anon | September 19, 2011 11:59 AM

Uh to 10:44 didn't you hear that Vice got $100 MILLION (NOT A JOKE) from Intel? Yes they have money to throw around...A LOT OF IT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 12:20 PM

Of course ironic mustache guy is into Death From Above 1979

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 12:26 PM

Vice has made more money from their cocaine sales than from Intel.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 12:43 PM

rick ross is a fat pussy and dfa should shutup

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 1:47 PM

i got hit with that mic stand. my head & eye got fucked up pretty good but i'm ok, thanks for asking.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 5:28 PM

I doubt that. I doubt that like hell, you overgrown relic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 9:38 PM

cant wait for Total Slackers 1st album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had no idea they played this show

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 10:15 AM

Fuck Vice, aside from the free drinks. But I live in TN. Hipsters give me the gas. "Do".

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 3:20 AM

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