Posted in music | pictures on October 16, 2013

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
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In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.

My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]

We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.

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Comments (24)

band name cruuushed it

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 3:54 PM

"band name"

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 3:57 PM

Band name was just aight. a little pitchy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 3:57 PM

"Band Name" sure looked like they were having fun during their set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:01 PM

Band Name sucks. They are everything that is wrong with indie music.

Posted by D imposter | October 16, 2013 4:03 PM

I was there....bit of a gong show but I came away with a couple thoughts:

1) Divine Fits are awesome, really hope they do another record

2) Grizzly Bear are really boring

3) My Morning Jacket is probably the best live band going today

That is all

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:16 PM

Dear photogs,

I get it, you need to fill your 100 pics per post quota. But could you please get the fuck out of the way after the first couple songs? No one wants to stare at the back of your fat, sweaty, bald head for the entire fucking set.

Get a real job, you worthless, fat, ugly, smelly, stupid old piece of shit.

Love,
Everyone

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:21 PM

...because times square, and grizzly bear have everything to do with CBGB's?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:33 PM

4:21 is angry because he had to leave before Band Name's set. I understand.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:47 PM

Walked out after a wonderful meal at Bubba Gump and as my eyes adjusted to the bright lights of Times Square I saw this happening! Hung around listening to the tunes all day that by dinner time I went right back into Bubba! Only in New York :)

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:53 PM

LOL 4:53, I totally get you!! Times like this are why I bust my ass to live in this GREAT city! #ILOVENY

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:54 PM

Lisa Loeb looks like Sarah Palin!

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 5:10 PM

That was the best MMJ set evah!

Posted by spikenyc | October 16, 2013 5:21 PM

#corporate

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 5:23 PM

Grizzly Bro is very ugly.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 5:41 PM

Grizzly Bro is a bobblehead

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 7:41 PM

lot of blazers at the cbgb's festival.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 8:49 PM

I listen to My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes a lot while skating, so hearing Jim and Brittany performing while skating a halfpipe nearby was just amazing. Jim's howling during Worldless Chorus ended up timing perfectly with a few of the harder tricks being landed as everyone on the halfpipe was cheering and howling along with him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:39 PM

Lisa Loeb is punk as fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 11:55 PM

Pinfield...He would be involved in this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 9:29 AM

Pinfield's sweaty face hovering above yours as he enters you, 929

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 12:50 PM

James Murphy's beard covers way to much of his face.

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | October 17, 2013 1:05 PM

Pinfield...He would be involved in this.

Posted by making money online | December 22, 2013 5:20 AM

im seriously tired of all he people saying they found this because of american dad or mac miller no one cares how you got here just enjoy the music if you like it or have something to say about it comment if you don't just enjoy it.

Posted by Teemo | October 23, 2014 3:58 AM

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