Posted in music | pictures on October 24, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids/Blue Hawaii @ MHoW
Blue Hawaii

Like she was when in February, Canada's Raphaelle Standell-Preston was fighting a cold when she returned to NYC to play the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (10/21). That didn't stop her from performing at the show twice though! Her electronic and atmospheric duo project Blue Hawaii bravely opened the show to the smallest audience of the night at 7pm (less than one hour after the BV day party at Public Assembly ended right next door). She then sang again at 10pm in Braids, but this time to the largest audience of the night. The room was packed to capacity as Braids performed their "absolutely beautiful" music. Seeming overwhelmed by their grand reception, Raphaelle thanked the crowd over and over as they ended their set and their tour with Pepper Rabbit who played at 8.

There's a rumor that the BV showcase may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever. Hopefully that's not true. To quote Hannah Angst, "Pepper Rabbit puts on an amazing show- I love when so few people can make that much noise." Maria Sherman said that, "the best part of [the] pepper rabbit show [was] John Norris screaming every lyric."

After Pepper Rabbit and before Braids, came Active Child who some say stole the show.

After Braids came the final set of the night, and that was from the great San Francisco post-punk band Weekend (I feel like it doesn't need to be written anymore that Weekend is not to be confused with The Weeknd or Weekends, but at least one person asked me to clarify this weekend, so I think I should keep writing it). Metro.us saw Weekend and says:

Bringing your own lights is an effective move that makes you stand out from the thousand other bands. You can better capture what you know as the es-sence of your own music. Weekend brought three long red tube lights to put beside their instruments, evoking electric heaters, warming up their icy goth rock sound.
Those lights did look super cool as the band closed out the Friday night show on a very loud note.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Sorry if for some reason you couldn't get in! More pictures below...

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Comments (24)

cute pants :)

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 9:22 AM

The show looks as boring as the photos.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 9:28 AM

I agree with Elizabeth Rowe. Active Child was absolutely captivating.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 9:29 AM

OK, I'll admit it ... I don't care so much for Braids, I mean, I woulnd't go buy their music, but if I walked into a cafe and they were being played, fine, I can listen. However, I am big time smitten by Raphaelle Standell-Preston. What a cutie and that name rocks!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 10:59 AM

Awful Child!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 2:58 PM

OK, I'll admit it ... I don't care so much for Braids, I mean, I woulnd't go buy their music, but if I walked into a cafe and they were being played, fine, I can listen. However, I am big time smitten by Raphaelle Standell-Preston. What a cutie and that name rocks!

Posted by forums | November 29, 2011 11:29 AM

I'm really excited for this show. Mos Def is also going to be at this show. Bad Brains is one of my all-time favorite bands and I know they will put on a good show.

Posted by eminem quotes | December 9, 2011 11:37 AM

I don't care so much for Braids, I mean, I wouldn't go buy their music, but if I walked into a cafe and they were being played, fine, I can listen.

Posted by Electrical cables trade | December 14, 2011 11:39 AM

This is really lame, even if the landlord is planning luxury towers, which is sadly pretty likely, really, were they gonna get the ball rolling on that this summer during the worst economic climate in decades, with all the unrented and unbought units in Brooklyn.

Posted by Winnie the Pooh Quotes | December 18, 2011 1:21 PM

I am big time smitten by Raphaelle Standell-Preston. What a cutie and that name rocks!

Posted by Positive Parenting | December 23, 2011 11:48 PM

I wouldn't go buy their music, but if I walked into a cafe and they were being played, fine, I can listen.

Posted by Business Internet Providers | January 4, 2012 9:48 PM

I am big time smitten by Raphaelle Standell-Preston. I think he's really cool and he do his craft really well.

Posted by Limousine Hire Perth Hummer | January 9, 2012 4:56 PM

If you watched more than 5 minutes of Four Tet you'd know it wasn't "knob turning". He wasn't pushing play and jumping around like a moron (looking at you John Maus). Of course, people are going to react initially to someone moving around on stage but after further inspection it's the MUSIC that matters, right?

Posted by l],km | January 18, 2012 2:16 PM

I've heard their music and it's kinda cool to me.

Posted by Plantation Shutters | January 26, 2012 1:04 PM

I agree, they play really cool music.

Posted by energy | February 1, 2012 5:41 PM

Beautiful photos, thanks for the great post!

Posted by John Rampton | February 23, 2012 5:11 PM

I think he's really cool and he do his craft really well.

Posted by Jucarii | March 1, 2012 1:54 AM

I wouldn't go buy their music, but if I walked into a cafe and they were being played, fine, I can listen.

Posted by winnie the pooh quotes | March 2, 2012 6:16 AM

They're pretty good. It's just not my style. I'll send this to a few of my music junkie friends!

Posted by Pet Insurance | March 5, 2012 2:16 PM

I agree, he is cool and the pictures the look pretty nice too, I like them ;) love the scenario and the lights.

Posted by Label Printing | March 12, 2012 5:53 PM

lights are definitely pretty cool !

Posted by chris blyth | March 24, 2012 11:01 AM

I hope this is not there last show every. I will miss them.

Posted by Ankur Patel | April 25, 2012 5:32 PM

Fantastic photos!

Posted by Spa Chemicals | April 14, 2013 11:22 PM

Looks like a great gig and whoever took the photos has a real talent.

Thanks for posting such a great article and quality images.

Olly

Posted by Oliver Wood | November 25, 2014 12:02 AM

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