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July 25, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Teenage Fanclub / Honeyblood / Saint Rich @ Pier 84 7/24/2014
I have never seen so many Big Star t-shirts in one place in my life. It makes sense, of course, given the sonic debt Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub owe to Alex Chilton, but it was still funny to see so many people all with the same idea. (Also a lot of striped tees, including myself.) This was the band's first NYC show in four years, first show anywhere in two years, and only one of two US shows they're doing on this visit. The River Rocks show was a warm-up to this weekend's Merge 25 fest in Carrboro, NC and they all seemed in very good spirits. And sounded great as usual. With no album to plug, I was actually expecting a few more "hits" but TFC have always been a deep cuts kinda band. We did get "The Concept," "Sparky's Dream," "Ain't That Enough" and "Everything Flows" which ended the very lovely night. Setlist is below.
Fellow Glaswegians Honeyblood opened and seemed chuffed to be there. The duo -- Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Shona McVicar -- were a lot scrappier live than they are on their debut album which recently came out via FatCat. It's in the Best Coast vein, just a little more scuffed-up.
Opening the evening were Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich whose take on good-times Southern Rock sounded pretty good in the magic hour by the Hudson. At one point singer Christian Peslak tried to get the crowd lounging on the grass to come up closer to the stage but Steve Marion cut him off, "Just let 'em sit in the grass, dude!" Saint Rich are definitely grass music.
The final River Rocks show of the season happens August 7 with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires. More pics from last night's Teenage Fanclub show below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Ian Chainey
Trap Them / Coliseum @ BK Bazaar - 7/19/14
Before heading off to Deathwish Fest, Trap Them and Coliseum dropped into Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 19 for a free show that also featured White Widows Pact and Incendiary. Trap Them are gigging around in support of Blissfucker, their new album out on Prosthetic Records. In his Invisible Oranges review, Rhys Williams said of the album:
Blissfucker, however, is now eternal, a testament to a singular moment of discord and loathing writ large for hardcore kids to play while punching holes through their bedroom walls for years to come. That moment, that time, there was nothing but rage. Rage and the familiar sound of that buzzsaw guitar, dragging discordant riffs across your veins.And while punched-holes in the pics below are conspicuously absent, there's no doubt Brooklyn Night Bazaar patrons were hit with big buzzes of HM-2 rage.
Brooklyn's White Widows Pact opened the night with a blast of '90s-styled metalcore. They cut a self-titled EP in 2013, which they followed this year with a cover of "Negative Creep" that honored "...Nirvana's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their huge influence on our music, and our contemporaries." You can check that one out below. They were followed by Incendiary, whose style skews more towards tough guy hardcore. They're set to hit This Is Hardcore this weekend (7/27) and the Mongoloids' final show at Back to School Jam 2014 held at GameChanger World in Howell, New Jersey on August 23. Lastly, before Trap Them hit the stage, there was Coliseum. The Kentucky punks just put out a deluxe set of remasters that freshens up their self-titled debut full-length and eight bonus tracks culled from their many splits and singles. You can also check out the new-sounding "No Salvation" below.
The whole BK Bazaar show is available to be streamed. More pictures, with those streams we mentioned, below...
July 24, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Arto Lindsay @ LPR - 7/22/14
"When the singing stops, the music just kind of bursts out sometimes," Lindsay remarked about their music. "Like the band's playing the song, and then suddenly there's all this music." So it is with Lindsay's music, but reversed - the band's playing the song, and then suddenly, noise bursts out from Lindsay's little dime store Danelectro guitar. Oddly, absurdly, these are joyful moments - as when, late in Lindsay's set, the band grooved on a stomping version of Prince's "Erotic City." Just after Lindsay sings, softly: "We f- so pretty, you and me," he slashes into the song with his guitar, gutting out its core in an act of gleeful destruction. [Diffuser.fm]Brasil Summerfest is currently underway in NYC and included a show from no wave pioneer/experimental composer Arto Lindsay at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday (7/22). Opening the show was Bigyuki and a set from Zs that featured Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, etc) on drums. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
You can catch Zs again this weekend at the last Skeletons show before Matt moves out of NYC.
More pics below...
photos by David Andrako
It was a perfect summer night in New York City. No humidity, not too hot, a slight breeze, and brilliant moonlit sky. It was the perfect conditions for a night in the park. As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's annual free concerts in Prospect Park, alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 performed a rare live concert with a full orchestra to help close out their current North American tour. The group, which released their latest record, The Event II, last fall, have been on-and-off the road for the last few months and Deltron fans know that if they are touring now, who knows when they could tour or play again. So, it was no surprise that the Prospect Park Bandshell was jam packed with fans from all over the boroughs, as well as curious ears who wanted to see what was happening in their park that night.Alternative hip hop greats Deltron 3030 kept their reunion alive with a summer tour that just wrapped up this past weekend with a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/19) and an Asbury Park show the following day. Prospect Park was opened by Montreal hip hop collective Nomadic Massive and a solo set from Deltron's Kid Koala before he was joined by Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and a full orchestra for Deltron 3030's set. Pictures of the show are in this post.
... With the orchestra, Del rapping his head off, Dan conducting, and Koala simply destroying the turntables, all being done in front of trippy images projected on a screen behind the artists, it was full on sensory overload. With a healthy mix of songs from their classic 2000 debut and Event II, the 90-minute set was just too good to end. [Officially A Yuppie]
They continue below...
July 23, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.
We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...
"there is a 2 year old up in the balcony rocking out harder than most people at Joyce Manor right now." - Jenna L
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
It was technically an "in-store," which at Rough Trade still means it happens in their concert room, but all you had to do get in was buy the record at the store and the band played an early opener-less show that started just after 7 and was over by 8. One might assume an early show like that would be a calmer one, but that wasn't the case. Joyce Manor went from 0 to 60, beginning their set with "Catalina Fight Song," the first single and most aggressive song off the new LP, and the crowd was already ready to raise fists and yell back every word. The next few songs came with maybe a second of space between them, packing one minute and a half punch after another.
The band split their set pretty evenly between the new album and their 2011 self-titled debut (and with the lengths of their songs, they got to play almost all of both), but threw in some treats too. The last time I saw them, "Violent Inside" was the only song played off their under-appreciated second album, and that was played last night but so was a revved up version of that album's "See How Tame I Can Be," which the band pointed out they've only ever played a few times before. They reached back to their 2010 EP for early fan favorite "Five Beer Plan" too. The wildest moments came from S/T standouts "Leather Jacket" and "Constant Headache," which by far triggered the most stage diving of the night and ended up with both singers' mics in the crowd, but the response for the new material was great too. Perhaps the reason Joyce Manor don't play much of their second LP live is that they see the more ambitious record as more of a studio project, but the new album successfully combines the first two. It gives them the chance to rock out like their earlier material, but it was clear hearing a song like "Schley" next to a song like "Constant Nothing" that their songwriting and structures are continuing to progress.
More pictures from Rough Trade below...
July 22, 2014
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt
Nude Beach at 4Knots earlier this month
We mentioned not long ago that local power popsters Nude Beach signed to Don Giovanni, and the band have now announced that the label will release their new album, 77 (which may or may not be a reference to the year many of their influences were released), on October 21. Its first single is the track "I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling" and if you liked their last album, or power pop from 1977, you'll likely dig this too. Check it out below.
No upcoming dates at the moment, but they did play their hometown earlier this month at the 4Knots Festival. We already posted one set of pictures from that festival, and there's another set of Nude Beach in this post. More, with the new song stream, below...
photos and video by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus 7/20/2014
Blackened thrashers Black Anvil celebrated their new album, Hail Death, by playing it in its entirety at NYC's Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/20). Bathed in red light and the flicker of a few candles, the NYC-based quartet featuring ex-members of gimmick-less NYHC band Kill Your Idols seemed to tower over the crowd as shadows, unleashing ferocious trem after ferocious trem. Vocalist/bassist Paul Delaney threw his body into the groove, inciting the crowd to do the same. The guitarists, Sos and Gary Bennett, flanked Delaney and drummer Raeph Glicken, one covered in grime, the other hidden in a hood. During "My Hate is Pure," John Chernack of openers Fantom Warior jumped to the stage for a guest spot. For fans of their newer material like "Still Reborn," which Joseph Schafer called ". . . the best thing Black Anvil have ever written" in his Invisible Oranges review, it was an exhilarating night.
Black Anvil shared the Saint Vitus stage with three others. Yellow Eyes, the buzzy black metal trio who have been gigging often, demonstrated why they've built a dedicated following off the backs of 2013's Hammer of the Night and their January-released single The Desert Mourns. Jersey cult thrashers Fantom Warior followed. Reformed in 2012, they're giving hope to old-school metalheads that a follow-up to their 1987 album Fantasy or Reality might be closer to the second word in that title. Psalm Zero, the experimental duo featuring Charlie Looker (Zs) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), moved in near synchronicity while backed by a drum machine, offering intense takes on the blackened/industrial amalgam that's their adventurous debut LP The Drain. Though all the performances were strong, the night belonged to Black Anvil. Hail Death indeed.
Pics from the whole night, plus videos for Psalm Zero and Black Anvil, below...
July 21, 2014
Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
photos by Ryan Muir
Jones cutting a rug w/ audience member @ Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest
Jones waltzed through her catalog with tight vocal technique, annunciation and grit on her fast paced jams and sweet flow on her ballads. She covered Gladys Knight and humorously imitated Tina Turner. Jones had it all - humor, personality, moves, energy and incredible talent. - The ExaminerModern soul purveyors Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings played a triumphant set last week, closing out the first night of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in downtown Manhattan. The crowd was eating it up, and she even brought up a couple audience members to dance onstage. We've got pictures of the show -- including opening sets from the No BS Brass Band and Lake Street Dive -- in this post.
Meanwhile, Jones's label Daptone has a bunch of stuff going on these days. NYC funk chameleons The Budos Band are prepping a new album called Burnt Offering, out 10/21, and have have just released a single called "The Sticks," which supposedly takes its inspiration from Black Sabbath and Pentagram, which strange as it may sound is a pretty good look for them. Budos Band have a tour coming up and they'll play in NYC at The Wick on October 25. tickets are available now. All dates are listed below.
Labelmate Naomi Shelton also has a new release on the way, with Cold World coming out on July 29. She'll also be playing that free Rough Trade show we told you about on the day the album drops. All dates are listed below.
Finally, Charles Bradley, another Daptone artist, has a new single out with LaRose Jackson that's exclusive to 7". Its called "Luv Jones" and it can be previewed below and ordered here. Bradley will be on tour for much of the rest of this year, including a couple NYC shows that we've already mentioned -- a free Llincoln Center Out of Doors show on 8/10 and a Beacon Theatre show in October with the Afghan Whigs. Check out the full list of Bradley dates below.
More pictures from Night 1 of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest, as well as streams for the new Budos Band song, the Charles Bradley preview, and upcoming dates for Budos Band, Naomi Shelton, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Charles Bradley, below...