Posted in music | pictures on May 7, 2012

photos by Joe McCabe

Lower Dens

Before coming out for an almost-unheard-of-at-Glasslands three-song encore, frontwoman Jana Hunter of Lower Dens stepped out from behind the keys and mic stand to stand in front of the monitors, among the crowd, and close the main set with the Houston musician Arthur Bates' "Hours". And why the hell not? Though known for being a bit reserved onstage, Hunter has watched her Baltimore-based band be anointed an "It" band in the city that decides such things. She certainly has nothing to be self-conscious about, if she ever did.

Not that this extremely sold-out show, or the spate of overwhelmingly positive recent reviews, are the first time anyone noticed the band. Their first record, Twin-Hand Movement, had a lot to recommend it, and critics agreed. But Nootropics, which dropped this week, is the kind of record that takes the band's sound and appeal to the proverbial "next level". Rather than an excellent followup to a good start, Nootropics accomplishes the feat that bedevils many second records - evolving the band's sound and broadening its sonic palette while retaining the core of what drew notice in the first place.[NYC Taper]

Not counting the Insound thing, Lower Dens played two record release shows last week to celebrate their new album, Nootropics. We've got pictures from the May 2 Glaslands show, and NYCTaper was there and you can download Lower Dens' whole set over his way. They also played Mercury Lounge.

Lower Dens play New York again on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom as part of a recently announced tour. Tickets are still on sale. Lower Dens' Glasslands setlist and pictures, openers Air Waves included, and all tour dates, below....

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Air Waves

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Lower Dens - Glasslands 5/2/2012 Setlist
I Get Nervous
Candy
Deer Knives
Alphabet Song
Propagation
Blue & Silver
Brains
Completely Golden
Lion In Winter Pt. 1
Lion In Winter Pt. 2
Batman
Hospice Gates
Nova Anthem
Hours [Arthur Bates]
A Portait of V.I. Lenin in the Style of Jackson Pollock [Red Krayola]
A Dog's Dick
instrumental

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Lower Dens - 2012 Tour Dates
06-21 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade #
06-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
06-23 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks #
06-24 Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
06-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's #
06-26 Austin, TX - The Parish #
06-28 Phoenix, AZ - Sail Inn #
06-29 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room #
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
07-01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
07-05 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
07-06 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
07-07 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club #
07-10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
07-11 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon #
07-12 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts #
07-13 Chicago, IL- Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
07-17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace #
07-18 Montreal, QC - Ill Motore
07-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #

# w/ No Joy, Alan Resnick

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Comments (18)

Love the New Album! and their show at the Insound office was off the hook...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 2:37 PM

Music for twerps.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 3:01 PM

That hoochie should never wear tank tops.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 3:13 PM

you kidding look at those arms...!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 3:58 PM

mercury lounge show was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 4:24 PM

Are only ridiculously hideous bands allowed to play Glasslands? That seems to be their new thing. Doesn't surprise me that they're dying rapidly (Glasslands)

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 8:35 PM

Are only ridiculously hideous bands allowed to play Glasslands? That seems to be their new thing. Doesn't surprise me that they're dying rapidly (Glasslands)

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 8:37 PM

How exactly is Glasslands "dying". Its packed just about every time I go there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 9:41 PM

WOW! be anointed an "It" band in the city that decides such things.

And that mentality is why the rest of the country despises Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 12:32 AM

@9:41 it only takes 30 people to pack Glasslands its so tiny.

that place blows. that pretentious woman who runs the place says it DIY but we all know where the money came from. So much PR money it may as well be a Disney tween movie, trying to convince people that place is cool. the place has mad bugs and is horrendously expensive. The beer is warm for christ's sake. at least get that right before you get on your trendy high horse.

what is it with music people in this town and the need to pander to marketing goons and PR sluts? its just sad that so much great music lost in the last five years because some jackass in a tank top pays some other jackass in tights to litter the internet with their bleepy bloops... and thats all lazy NYCers see...

when will these 3rd quarter hipster liars just marry a banker and move back to Long Island or wherever, so we can kill the fashion show and get back to music in this town?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 3:22 AM

This band is fucking horrible. You kids will eat up anything you see on blogs, won't you. Hope they enjoy their year of hype-fueled indie fame! Can't wait to forget you (like everyone else will) in a year.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:10 AM

can somebody tell her to wear long sleeved shirt please

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:20 AM

@ 4:10. because a band gets (blog) press does not automatically mean they are terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 7:45 AM

Lower Dens are pretty amazing. And I generally don't like "indie"

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 2:48 PM

3:22 that is a horrible thing to wish upon Long Island

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 7:46 PM

can somebody tell her to wear long sleeved shirt please

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Posted by jocuri | August 31, 2012 7:56 AM

looks fun.

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 4:39 PM

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