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October 20, 2014
photos by Mimi Hong
You Blew It! / Spraynard
You Blew It! wrapped up a tour with Citizen last week which hit NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall. That Webster show was one day before the recently reactivated Spraynard came to NJ to open for Lifetime. Then, both You Blew It! and Spraynard teamed up for a show together in NJ at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on Thursday (10/16). Quality likeminded support at the show came from NJ locals Puddle Splasher. Pictures of all three are in this post.
Spraynard return to NJ to play one of the Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparties in December. They play the one on Saturday, December 27 at Asbury Lanes with fellow Philly band Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase this week). That show starts at 11 PM, and is $8 at the door or $5 with a Souls ticket.
More pictures from the Hoboken show (you also may notice a few shots of Brian Sella of YBI!'s past tourmates The Front Bottoms in there) below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus @ Webster Hall - 10/19/14
Zola Jesus wrapped up the US leg of her tour in support of her new album Taiga in NYC last night (10/19) at Webster Hall. Backed by a horn section, a light-up mountainous prop, a keyboardist and a powerhouse drummer, Zola played the new album in full and returned for an encore of two of her biggest older songs, "Vessel" and "Night." The old songs got the biggest cheers, but the new stuff sounded great and Zola was on fire performing them. She ran all over Webster's stage and broke out into berserk dance moves during the album's more frenzied parts (like the Yeezus-esque beats of "Hunger"), several hair whips included.
More pictures of the show, including shots of openers Lee Bannon and Martin Rev (of Suicide), and a couple videos, below...
October 19, 2014
photos by Tim Griffin
Erasure @ ACL Live -- 10/18/2014
Though openers still haven't been announced for Erasure's two big New Year's shows at Terminal 5 in NYC (tickets), a variety of artists will be alternating as support for the English synthpop duo for the rest of the year. A non-Hare Krishna group called Shelter, a group called Nights, Chad Valley and Superhumanoids are among those sharing the bill with Erasure over the nest two months. The latter are on tour with them now and opened the show last night at ACL Live in Austin. They'll do the same at the same place tonight (10/10). Pictures from night one are in this post, and continue below with all tour dates and a stream of the new Carter Tutti remix of their new single "Reason"....
October 18, 2014
photos by P Squared Photography
Pond @ Bowery Ballroom 10/17/2014
Australian head trippers Pond will drop their sixth album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, in January via Modular and you can stream first taste "Waiting Around for Grace" below. North America can get a bigger taste, though, as Pond just started their North American tour with fellow countrymen Doctopus, and are currently halfway through a two-night stay in New York City, having played Bowery Ballroom last night (10/17) with Aussie ex-pat Fascinator on the bill as well. Pics from that show are in this post and the same lineup plays Rough Trade tonight (10/19) and tickets are still available.
Pics of Doctopus (and a stream of their album) and Fascinator, plus more of Pond and their new songs stream, below...
October 17, 2014
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.
The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.
A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.
Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.
At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had 30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.
We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).
More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
La Femme @ LPR 10/16/2014
French synth-surf party machine La Femme returned to NYC last night (10/16) for a show at Le Poisson Rouge, part of their fall tour. Much like the BV-presented show at Glasslands back in March, the crowd (and band) was primed to have a good time and did so, with a hyper dance pit going pretty much the whole show. Pictures from their set, and a few instagram videos, are in this post.
Opening the night was the arty dancepop of Young Ejecta (until very recently know just as Ejecta), plus Charly Bliss and Tiny Leg. Pictures from their sets, plus more of La Femme, below...
October 16, 2014
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Hollie Cook @ Glasslands
Hollie Cook is currently on her first US tour which kicked off on Monday (10/13) at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery. With an easy smile and angelic voice, Cook charmed from the second she hit the stage, though the crowd (which included members of Steele Pulse and reggae percussion vet Larry McDonald) was clearly ready to be taken away. Opening with "Ari Up," she and her able band played pretty much everything you'd want to hear from her two albums, as well as her cover of The Whispers' disco hit "And the Beat Goes On." She also made a nod to her roots -- her parents are Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and onetime Culture Club backup singer Jeni -- by covering The Slits' "Newtown" (she was a member of the last incarnation before Ari died). One qualm: the harmonies are so intrinsic to her sound, backup singers would've really taken the show over the top but Hollie Cook's charisma carried the night.
The Glasslands show also featured dance act Rioux -- clearly very talented musicians but in need of hooks/song structure -- and the traditional reggae sounds of Brittany Campbell. Pictures from their sets, as well as more of Hollie's, below...
October 15, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
King Diamond @ Best Buy Theater - 10/14/14
Watching King Diamond's band as a whole is such an amazing experience and they proved to be without a doubt one of the greatest metal bands around. In the past they just seemed to be great to me but on this night, they were unfuckingbelievable. King Diamond delivered such a solid, precise performance while not losing any kind of fluid feel or passion. Drummer Matt Thompson is without a doubt one of metal's greatest drummers and why he isn't more known in the metal world is something that is beyond me. We really need to work on that.Metal legend King Diamond kicked off his North American tour last week and made his way to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (10/14) with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The above review is from the tour's first night in Atlanta, and NYC got the same setlist which reached back to the early days of Mercyful Fate all the way up through the newest King Diamond album, 2007's GIve Me Your Soul...Please. King was in his usual black and white face makeup, and sang with his mic was mounted on a cross. The band was backed by light-up crosses, had two staircases on stage, and were caged in by bars for part of their set. Though King didn't have a new album to support on this tour, he has a best-of called Dreams of Horror coming out on November 11 via Metal Blade.
The guitar team of Andy LaRoque and Mike Wead have solidified themselves as one of my all-time favorite guitar teams as they ripped notes out of the fucking air and at times seemed to telepathically communicate with each other playing so precisely without stepping on each other. I also have to give props to King's lovely wife Livia Zita for doing an amazing job on backing vocals. What I loved so much about this is that in a time where bands are using pre-recorded tracks to duplicate doubled vocals, King Diamond chooses to recreate it live and I consider that way more effective and magical that coping out and using tracks.
King Diamond's setlist pulled from some his most iconic releases such as "Abagail", "Fatal Portrait", and "Them" but "Conspiracy" was the most popular draw boasting five songs including "At the Graves" which I considered to be the absolutely highlight of the night as I nearly threw my fucking back out thrashing around like a spastic child air guitaring and headbanging. No King Diamond show would be complete without a nod to his legendary past band Mercyful Fate and he did so with a one/two punch of "Evil" and the everlasting classic "Come to the Sabbath." I really loved hearing these songs and it reminded me just what a catalyst Mercyful Fate was for the greatness of King Diamond that we were seeing this very night. [The Great Southern Brainfart]
The tour continues in Worcester on Thursday (10/16) and hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest next month. Check out more pictures, videos and King Diamond's full setlist from last night, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon / Pearl Jam
The second weekend of ACL 2014 wrapped up on Sunday (10/12), and this time around we caught sets by Pearl Jam, Spoon, Real Estate, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Phantogram, Lorde and more. Pictures from the final day of the festival are in this post, the person that climbed up the Capitol building included.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Merchandise / Lower @ MHOW 10/14/2014
Merchandise and Lower's tour together hit NYC last night (10/14) for a show at MHOW. The bands share a similar dark, emotive sound and general asthetic (not to mention same parent label, the Beggars Group) so it's a good double bill. Merchandise, whose new album takes them further away from their punk roots, really benefited from MHOW's soundsystem. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Folks who got there early were treated to a set from Italian duo Ninos du Brasil who were making their American debut (they're on the tour as well), a highly charged set full of crazy drumming and confetti. The group, whose record is out on Dominick Furnow's Hospital Productions (and have an upcoming 12" on DFA), did a pretty cool remix of Merchandise's "Green Lady" which you can stream below. NYC has another chance to see Ninos du Brasil tonight (10/15) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Brazilian dark punks Rakta. That's a late show, probably not starting till after midnight. Take a nap first.
Pictures of Ninos du Brasil's set, plus more from Lower and Merchandise, below...