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December 18, 2014
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.
December 17, 2014
Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...
December 16, 2014
photos by Jessica Amaya
Suckers / DOM / Future Punx @ Glasslands 12/11/2014
As you may know, Williamsburg's Glasslands -- the last holdout of the Kent/S. 2nd block -- will be closing at the end of the year. Like Death by Audio did, Glasslands has seen a few mainstay bands get back together to say goodbye to the venue. Last Thursday (12/11) saw Brooklyn band Suckers come out of their cave after a year-plus hibernation. Main man Quinn Walker is a longtime member of the Glasslands family, so this was a real homecoming for the band. Also playing were DOM who seem to be back in action after frontman Dominic Cournoyer dabbled in dancepop as Kiss108 last year. Future Punx, who are very active, opened the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Other final Glasslands shows so far have included Waxahatchee, Yellow Ostrich, The Blow, and more. Still to come is How to Dress Well (tonight, 12/16), Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Cymbals Eat Guitars and more.
DOM were also supposed to play Mercury Lounge later this month but that show's been cancelled. More pictures of their Glasslands show with Suckers and Future Punx below...
December 15, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Local proggy black metal outfit Anicon and more straight ahead Brooklyn black metallers Yellow Eyes wrapped up their tour together in their hometown this past Saturday (12/13) at Union Pool, where they joined forces with fellow NYC metal band Kosmodemonic. Anicon and Yellow Eyes' tour experience was noticeable at this homecoming show, with super tight sets from both bands. The psychedelic Kosmodemonic were great too, making for a solid show all around.
More pictures of all three bands below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Yob / Tombs
Whatever they played, I'm sure I'd have been into it, but having watched them play full-album sets previously for The Great Cessation, 2005's The Unreal Never Lived and 2003's Catharsis, I'm glad to be able to put Clearing the Path to Ascend in that category as well. The four songs, "In Our Blood," the drum-led tempest "Nothing to Win" -- which Foster made look easy, in defiance of both logic and physics -- "Unmask the Spectre" and "Marrow" itself, were a worthy focal point, and the flow of the material was no less palpable live than it is listening to the album. Being faster and more aggressive, "Nothing to Win" got a particularly fervent response (myself included), but I don't think I was the only one appreciating what it meant to be watching "Marrow" and seeing YOB's most progressive moment to date come to life right there on the stage. To call it powerful would be understatement. [The Obelisk]Oregon doom titans Yob, who released the stellar Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year (which has been landing on quite a few year end lists), just played a two-night stand in NYC at Saint Vitus over the weekend (12/12-13). The first night was with local crushers Tombs and Kings Destroy, and the second night was with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision. We caught the first night, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Yob live is a sight to behold. The band brings more musical dexterity to the table than your average doom band, and they're able to move effortlessly between the often-contrasting sections of their epic, generally 10+ minute songs. They played Clearing the Path to Ascend, which is probably their most tonally varied record to date, in full. Meanwhile this was a well-curated bill, with the genre-melding fury of Tombs, who are always worth catching live, and who's Savage Gold is also among the best heavy releases of the year, and the groovy sludge of Kings Destroy providing uncompromising compliments to Yob.
Check out more pictures, along with setlists, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
Fat White Family @ Baby's All Right, 12/13/2014
Fat White Family, who left the UK and are currently living in Brooklyn, played the first of their Baby's All Right residencies on Saturday (12/13). It was a tame show, at least by FWF standards, with everyone keeping their pants on -- though some guy came on stage during "Touch the Leather" in a floor-length leather jacket who dropped trou for just second. Of course a tame FWF show is still wilder than what most bands play, with frontman Lias in and on top of the crowd at various points. These guys are quite good at going to the edge of falling apart without ever toppling over. While some of the crowd seemed only to be there for shenanigans (the way people were for Brian Jonestown Massacre after DiG!), the Fat Whites were there to play and sounded great apart from a couple technical difficulties. They played most the songs I wanted to hear, including the aforementioned "Touch the Leather," "Is It Raining in Your Mouth," "Cream of the Young" and brand-new single "I Am Mark E. Smith" (out this week).
Opening the show were two Brooklyn bands, garage punks Surfbort and jangly powerpop band EZTV. Pictures from the whole night are in this post. Fat White Family are back at Baby's All Right this Saturday (12/20) with PC Worship (who just wrapped up a tour with Parquet Courts), Degreaser, and Sunflower Bean. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Saturday night at Baby's All Right below...
December 12, 2014
photos by Brigid Gallagher
St. Vincent, who's finding herself on top of a few year-end lists, has been on tour and earlier this month she hit Chicago for holiday show with the amazing double bill of her and Future Islands. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.
Following St. Vincent's ongoing tour with The Black Keys, she's playing more shows in 2015. Though none of the upcoming dates are in NYC, you won't have to travel too far to see her at Clifton Park, NY's Upstate Concert Hall on March 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Chicago, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014
Brooklyn's Daptone record label, the soul outfit whose ear for talent and eye for period-correct detail has put it in the forefront of a revivalist wave, had few choices when it came to recording its first live-in-concert label showcase. How could they not go to the Apollo, that cradle of talent immortalized by James Brown on one of the greatest concert recordings ever?Last weekend was the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre. We were there for the big finale on Saturday (12/6) and pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Brown's memory was invoked more than once Saturday, the closing of a three-night "Daptone Super Soul Revue" that served, at various moments, as coming-out party, effusive comeback celebration, and defiant jam session. The crackerjack production whisked six acts on and off the stage seamlessly over the course of three hours, one group starting before the previous one's ovation had died down. Those transitions were helped, of course, by the overlapping nature of the bands, with label owners Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) and Neal Sugarman frequently among the instrumentalists backing up assorted vocalists. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lineups were different each night but all three featured Sharon Jones who had the crowd eating out of her hand -- and dancing in the aisles -- the whole time. Equally show-stopping was Charles Bradley, who also played all three shows, and whose time as a James Brown tribute act prepped him for the night. His dance moves and give-110%-stage-performance made for a memorable part of the night. As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter review above, it was a seamless three hours of music, with no downtime in between acts. (Saun & Star, Naomi Shelton, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band and the night's MC, Binky Griptite, were also part of the celebration.) The night finished with everyone on stage for, naturally, a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "It's a Family Affair."
Antibalas were on the first two nights, but unfortunately not the one we caught. All three nights were filmed for a film (and surely a live album). We look forward to that. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have a few dates on their schedule, including New Year's Eve shows in San Francisco. Those dates are listed, along with lots more pics from the final night of the Daptone Super Soul Revue, below...
December 11, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
December 10, 2014
photos by James Richards IV
Antemasque / Le Butcherettes
If all you know of Omar is the talented but quiet guy off to the side on all those ATDI reunion shows, that dude has been replaced by a beast wearing a guitar. Something about these news songs has lit a fire under him, and watching him shred was a sight to see. His work on "Dominoes Fall" was incredible, with its big Guitar Hero worthy solo being the standout moment of the show.Following the end of the At the Drive-In reunion and the breakup of The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have joined forces for yet another band, Antemasque. That band put out their debut album this year and recently wrapped up a tour with Omar's pals Le Butcherettes in support of it. The tour hit NYC for three shows and also hit other cities including Houston (where the above review is from) and Chicago, where the pictures in this post are from.
Cedric held up his end of the bargain, sounding pretty solid for a guy who spent the better part of his younger years screaming his lungs out. He still knows how to command an audience, still has those funky dance moves and still knows when to stop and let the crowd sing their hearts out. [Houston Press]
More of those pictures below...