Posted in music | pictures on May 9, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Rachel Kowal

Ok, I'll admit it. The first time I heard about BAM's Crossing the Ferry series, I quickly concocted an idyllic scenario that may or may not have involved sipping white wine on the deck of a boat lit with twinkling Christmas tree lights with Sufjan or an unidentified Dessner brother at my side. (Really, could someone get on the whole ferry show idea, please? Something other than the booze cruise?) Luckily, I had a few days for the disappointment to wear off.

Curated by the Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, The Crossing the Ferry series is a three-night, multi-room spectacle of music and film. Many of the likely suspects are there (My Brightest Diamond and Beirut Saturday, Sharon Van Etten on Thursday). But there are also a few wild cards.

Due to an early start time, I missed the first few sets, but arrived on Friday in time to catch a few in rapid succession, starting with the indie-soul outfit Ava Luna, who had a much more raucous, percussion-heavy sound than I remember. Back downstairs in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, I caught an intense performative DJ set by composer Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles) who sat atop a crazy metal table, surrounded by a complex web of blinking lights, laptops, and samplers.

The back and forth nature of the event created a festival-like atmosphere. Following Braxton's set, I headed back to the BAM Cafe to check out another artist I had never seen - Sinkane, whose spacey sound effects seemed a good match for the room's clean, futuristic design. Though the cafe space itself was visually appealing, the acoustics were lacking, so I soon set up camp in the Opera House where impeccable sound and gorgeous lighting provided the perfect accompaniment for The Antlers' brooding, atmospheric sound. With the exception of a song or two (including one that was brand new), The Antlers focused on the material from last year's Burst Apart.

With the upstairs cafe running some 20 minutes behind, I regretfully decided to skip Buke & Gass to ensure a prime seat for St. Vincent. While The Antler's multi-layered, methodical sound encouraged me to sink calmly into my plush red seat, I quickly perked up from the first notes of St. Vincent's set. Clad in rock star black, her hair loose and wild, Annie Clark is a force behind the guitar and a charmer at the mic.

Backed by a talented three-piece band, Clark covered a wide array of songs, from a handful of older favorites ("Actor Out of Work" and "Marrow") to a number from last year's excellent Strange Mercy and a cover by The Pop Group ("She Is Beyond Good and Evil"). During "Krocodil," an aggressive new song (that was released as an exclusive 7" for Record Store Day), Clark catapulted off stage and forcefully made her way through the crowd, stepping onto chairs and reaching out to hit people as she made her way. (There's video below.) After fearlessly crowd surfing in the orchestra pit, she managed to end up back in stage at precisely the last moment of the song, and darted off, only to return for a brief encore ("Your Lips are Red").

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Pictures and video from night 1 are here. Night 3 is on the way. Pictures from all the night 2 bands are below, along with video of St. Vincent performing "Krokodil."

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So Percussion

So Percussion

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Ava Luna

Ava Luna

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Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Tyondai Braxton

Sinkane

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The Antlers


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Buke and Gase

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St. Vincent

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St. Vincent - "Krokodil"

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Comments (34)

"...fearlessly crowd surfing in the orchestra pit..."

Yeah, I guess that makes her a daredevil now. Or something.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:12 PM

a man asks a woman in the elevator
can i smell your pussy?

appalled she retorts NO YOU MAY NOT!!

-must be your feet

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:14 PM

those Antlers pics are definitely from when they played BAM a few years ago, not from CBF.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:21 PM

2:21 is right. Amanda must have made a mistake. The actual CBF photos are fantastic, however.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:23 PM

DID ANYONE SNAP PICS OF THE EVERYMEN'S SET?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:27 PM

posted the wrong antler photos.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:28 PM

(1st) 2:23: Good thing I didn't eat yet.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:28 PM

shit looks epically boring

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:28 PM

WHAT DOES GABE SPIERER THINK OF ALL THIS?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:29 PM

gorgeous photos Amanda!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:35 PM

Antlers pics fixed

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 9, 2012 2:38 PM

Too bad St. Vincent's music is so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:52 PM

Oh indie rock.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:53 PM

Annie.. this was cool at Coachella.. dont turn it into a schtick

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:58 PM

mmm it does good good with the wine

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:59 PM

@2:59 - Doesn't it suck when you try to post a semi-relevant reference (RIP MCA) and screw up in the process? Yeah, you really blew that one.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:13 PM

313 you cared that much to comment?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:15 PM

259 are you even positive that the guy was quoting the blue nun? or are you just being an ass. the line was pretty far off.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:16 PM

3:13 is a jealous bitch
thanks for playing, better luck next time

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:42 PM

Sorry you missed So Percussion and Buke and Gass. Thought they were the best two sets of the night...and that's saying something because Antlers/St Vincent/Tyondai Braxton were all fine.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:43 PM

buke and gase ruled

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:00 PM

I would love to grab me a handful of some Annie Clark.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:15 PM

i have to give annie clark credit. if i was chick and looked like that, the last think i would want is any of those douchebags touching my snatch. theres something punk about that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:37 PM

I would be dissapointed if at least one loser did not dry finger her when went into the crowd like that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:53 PM

yall know that annie clark dates chicks right? chicks like lissie truille

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 9:46 PM

pj harvey wannna be

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 11:19 PM

vorbel party tonight at crydon's

Posted by same as before (one with mother ground) | May 10, 2012 12:55 AM

Annie Clark is as sweet as it can get it doesn't matter is she dates chicks i can live with that

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 5:46 AM

"I would be dissapointed if at least one loser did not dry finger her when went into the crowd like that."

Why? They're waiting for Bradford Cocks to finally "attempt" to stage dive (that is if he doesn't fall right the fuck down like he should) so some bearded trendy loser can finally caress his sausage for a few nanoseconds and not wash that hand for the rest of their natural born lives. They didn't know that's how you get hairy palms too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 9:18 AM

Ok. Few comments.

1) So Percusion Not a good name. Also who idea was it to play a set like that?! "Hey guys lets sit around a table and look like we are building tinker toys.

2) Ava Luna a little too dorky looking for their own good. Also they dress like they went on a shopping spree at Marshall and TJ Max from the 1980s.

3) I think their career is Sinkane.

4) Mantlers

5) St. Vincent Yikes!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 2:17 PM

1. Kudos to the Dessners for bringing together all these bands. They tend to associate with intelligent performers who are not afraid to innovate.

2. Which means none of the above-mentioned folks care about snarky blog comments. Thank goodness.

3. Brooklyn Vegan is a haven for crude haters who always opt to remain anonymous cowards. Don't you have anything better to do with your time, like tripping senior citizens in the crosswalk?

4. Bradford Cox: cool dude.

5. Sufjan: YES.

6. yMusic + Shara Worden...now that's a nice combination.

7. St. Vincent is one of the best things to happen to music. I would write that in all caps but don't want to look like I'm yelling or anything.

8. ST. VINCENT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS TO HAPPEN TO MUSIC. Ha ha, yes I did do that.

9. Good job on the photos, Amanda Hatfield.

Posted by emmy | May 10, 2012 2:55 PM

I'm just thinking of the courage she has to deliver in this way to the public, brave!

Posted by Casa de Massagem | April 24, 2013 7:35 PM

I like the blue sky.

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 4:02 PM

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