Posted in music | pictures on September 14, 2012

words and photos by Caroline Harrison

WHY? at MHOW, 9/13/2012
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WHY? stopped in Brooklyn last night (9/13), headlining a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Labelmates Doseone and Serengeti supported, playing to a more enthusiastic and packed house than most opening acts see. DJ Thanksgiving Brown spun between sets.

Serengeti raps without any hurry, imparting lyrics to the audience as if he and they were just having a beer together. His conversational style carried his impressive lyrical ability effortlessly. Serengeti's set wasn't flashy, but it had substance.

Doseone's stage presence is the opposite, with the demeanor of a caffeinated Looney Toon and a voice that sounds like he's inhaled a tank of helium. His adept rapping quickly won over any skeptics put off by the bizarre timbre of his voice. Dose rapped and sang over chaotic beats he produced with a complex synth & sample set-up. His infectious enthusiasm and smirking delivery were hard to resist.

WHY? played a healthy mix of old and new material, including rap-heavy "Jonathan's Hope" off their upcoming record, Mumps Etc. Much of WHY?'s appeal comes from frontman Yoni Wolf's confessional vocal delivery. However, the band's five multi-instrumentalists (including both Yoni's wife and brother) provided a rich, layered sound as critical to the set as Wolf's jaded and honest lyrics. As a part of the encore, Doseone joined WHY? on stage to perform a song by their former outfit cLOUDDEAD, "Physics of a Bicycle."

The Anticon crew heads to Philly tonight as part of their tour, but will be back in NYC on 10/21. WHY?'s new LP is due out on October 9.

More pictures from MHoW are below.

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Comments (13)

beta tested, beta male approved

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 12:38 PM

I don't know what this shit is. It's not Lin5ane, I do know that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 12:39 PM

laptop solo!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 12:42 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/doseone/musichallofwilliamsburg/1.jpg

^ Worse than Imogen Heap. I don't know how you did it, Generation Cell Phone (because that's the only thing that defines you).

You did it though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 12:44 PM

Josiah's wife, not Yoni's. And its "Physics of a Unicycle". Damn, you guys are wack.

Posted by Kypo | September 14, 2012 1:00 PM

Yeah, but they played Physics of a Unicycle. Unless of course, I was too drunk to recall.

This is a possibility.

Posted by Kypo | September 14, 2012 1:17 PM

The Who?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 3:48 PM

i try not to be negative on here, but these pics are pretttty weak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 4:10 PM

Try harder.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 5:23 PM

Yea, the LAST thing we need is negativity in an anonymous internet comment thread! Good lord, that'd be the end!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2012 5:53 PM

"Josiah's wife, not Yoni's. And its "Physics of a Unicycle". Damn, you guys are wack." FOR REAL.

Posted by Miranda | September 15, 2012 9:44 AM

looks fun.

Posted by jordon | July 21, 2013 9:02 PM

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