Posted in dance | hiphop | music | pictures on October 18, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Flying Lotus / Death Grips
Flying Lotus
Death Grips

"You New Yorkers are lucky," said Flying Lotus last night (10/17) on stage at Le Poisson Rouge pointing at Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), who had been DJing between sets, "You got a legend right here... I think he lives here or something. It's an honor to be sharing a stage with him."

"Nah, it's an honor to be sharing a stage with you," Ali said in return, "Flying Lotus is a legend in the making."

Then the two producers hugged it out on stage as the crowd cheered and FlyLo got behind the boards to prove Ali's "legend-in-the-making" statement true. He had just sold out Terminal 5 last week, so this LPR show was an intimate one and as soon as he began, the packed crowd went nuts. Blown out textures and rattling bass came flowing out the speakers as FlyLo struck a priestlike pose and took the whole venue into his own warped vision of hip hop's future. He looks like he has as much fun on stage as the crowd on the floor does-- dancing, singing along to the vocal samples he uses, and grinning when crowd reactions agreed with the beat he chose to drop or the hit song he decided to throw in (like "Niggas In Paris"). The set was almost entirely seamless, blending songs from his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, with other memorable tracks from hip hop's recent past, and old favorites (like the obligatory "Do The Astral Plane") too. The best moment of the set came when he mixed Kanye's "Mercy" into his own "Putty Boy Strut," and other standouts came from portions of "Sultan's Request," "Getting There," and a sped up Frank Ocean vocal ("Thinkin Bout You").

Like I said, Flylo's crowd was wild, but not as wild as it was for Death Grips, who filled the venue with their fucked vision of rap rock before Flying Lotus' headlining set. As MC Ride barked rhymes and Zach Hill pounded away at his cymbal-less kit, the angry dude mosh pits broke out (at least in the front of the stage) and never really let up. With three great albums under their belt since 2011, Death Grips have no shortage of solid material and the crowd agreed, shouting every word and pumping their fists along as they did. If you weren't there last night and want to experience the insanity for yourself, check him out at the Pitchfork showcase at Villain on Friday (10/19) or Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 12 (tix) with Mykki Blanco, who was in attendance last night after blowing the roof off Cake Shop earlier in the day.

The always-great Buke & Gase opened the show. It was presented by NPR Music and WNYC and if you missed it, the archive will soon be posted to NPR's website. More pictures of all four artists from lat night are below.

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Comments (51)

I've never tried Bushmills, but seems like a cool drink and all my fave artists seem to like it. I'll go buy a bottle tonight and tell all my friends about it.

Posted by Jen | October 18, 2012 11:44 AM

Death Grips sucked so much shit, it was unreal. And everyone ate it up like sheep! He definitely has a lot of energy on stage, but that doesn't make it worth going to see him, least of all at Le Poison Rude, the worst venue in NYC.

I want my comped admission price back!

Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:45 AM

"Le Poison Rude, the worst venue in NYC"

not gonna dispute your opinion on music, because I could care less, but LPR is easily one of the better venues in the city.

Posted by Doc Brown | October 18, 2012 11:46 AM

RESPONSIBILITIES’ COOL BUT THERE’S MORE THINGS IN LIFE LIKE GETTING YOUR DICK RODE ALL FUCKING NIGHT

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:54 AM

Yes LPR is one of the best, you have no idea what you are talking about for both subjects.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:56 AM

this show was awesome i dunno where 11:45 was.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:01 PM

Death Grips was pretty meh. He had backing vocals, which took away from his performance IMO.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:07 PM

bukkake

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Sorry dudes, but I am just not buying into the Death Grips hype. Odd Future Part Deux.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:08 PM

anyone who compares death grips to odd future is missing the mark. by a lot.

that being said, i love death grips, but MC Ride looks like he smells like shit. i'd have to be a few heads back to enjoy that show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:20 PM

Thanks to Friends falling off the face of the earth, Buke and Gase are officially the worst band on the face of the earth.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:20 PM

^ha. RIP Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:29 PM

death grips were fucking great - except for the handful of times that MC Ride fell behind his backing vox....dude can really rap, don't know why he think they're needed.

Zach Hill was a beast as always. Stellar show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:30 PM

death grips was meh, they need to tour more so he can control his breath flow. B&G were great, beautiful voice/great rhythms, FL was on point as well.
THE CROWD SUCKED THOUGH

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:35 PM

death grips = fake rap for white people

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:39 PM

Where the fuck was DG's keyboardist?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:45 PM

^Says white guy reading brooklyn vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:45 PM

To clarify, I wasn't comparing D.G./O.F. musically, I was comparing them for hype factor.

It annoys me when something is just ubiquitous and buzzed about all of a sudden with little to no basis - like these guys seem to be, just like O.F. was about a year ago.

Enjoy, by all means. I'm gonna listen to other stuff though. No biggie. They'll do fine without me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 12:47 PM

@1247 you were obviously comparing them musically, otherwise you could've used someone like lana del rey or friends. either that, or you just used them both bc they have black MCs.

and OF were around for years gaining steady buzz. death grips blew up with money store.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 1:19 PM

White people complaining about other white people is hilarious. That being said the show was dope. Dissapointed by the backing track but its because their third member wasn't there. Nonetheless good set. FlyLo killed it. Crowd was weak as fuck. Comparing Death Grips and OF is ridic because their two totally different styles of rap.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 1:26 PM

I was standing right behind the crew that got photographed in the death grips crowd shot. DG ripped it apart with bass that was felt more than heard and high-intensity from Ride and ZH for the whole show. It was a singular experience, really moving, and felt important and vital.

The crowd was pretty week. I imagine a lot of folks were insiders and not many spots were available for those of us who snagged free RSVP spots. There was light moshing.

IMO the issue is that Death Grips and FlyLo don't bill well together, to say nothing of Buke and Gass. DG pull an aggro/hipster crowd whereas FlyLo is a laptronica party starter. In short, too many bros to enjoy FlyLo.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 1:33 PM

Liked the show last night but the crowd was most definitely NOT going wild. There were about 6 people jumping about at the front for Death Grips, that was it.

If you'd ever actually been to a proper metal gig you might know what "wild" looks like.

The crowd just didn't want to get involved in a mosh pit, despite some of us trying.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 2:13 PM

@2.13 - maybe they just wanted to watch the show instead of throwing themselves around like adolescent jackasses?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 2:21 PM

Sorry, Death Grips - I got the wife/kid combo to think about.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 2:27 PM

@ 2:21 the point is the article says the crowd was going wild:

"Like I said, Flylo's crowd was wild, but not as wild as it was for Death Grips, who filled the venue with their fucked vision of rap rock before Flying Lotus' headlining set."

Also personally I don't get the whole "just watch the show" and not get into it when you have really aggressive music like that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 2:35 PM

LULZ@ THIS CORPORATE SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 3:07 PM

Death Grips was pretty meh.

Posted by минск шины | October 18, 2012 3:26 PM

Maybe I don't need to thrash around like a fish dying on a ship deck in order to prove I'm cool...

Posted by cicely | October 18, 2012 4:53 PM

yall are crazy, mc ride is my hero and that shit was out of control

pretty bad bangover today, but worth it for sure, fuck all yall

Posted by justin | October 18, 2012 5:05 PM

He uses a backing track? Thats fuckin embarrassing. Real MCs dont need that shit, and they dont use it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:16 PM

^ Ghostface, is that you?

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Theres about maybe 10 interesting metal bands who have been around for a while out 10,000 or so that pop up every 50 mints lately.

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