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March 10, 2014
photos by P Squared Photography
Broken Bells @ Webster Hall - 3/7/14
Broken Bells, the collaborative project between Shins singer James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Grey Album, etc), released their sophomore album, After the Disco, earlier this year, and just brought their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at Webster Hall this past Friday (3/7). Unlike their intimate Baby's All Right show in January, where they played three songs, at this larger show they played a full set which included most of the new album and most of their 2010 self-titled debut as well. Au Revoir Simone opened the show and also joined Broken Bells on stage at the end of their set to sing with them. Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with BB's setlist, below...
photos by Adela Loconte
Cibo Matto just wrapped up their winter tour supporting their first new album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine. The final show was here in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night (3/8) which was with fellow '90s-era Japanese band Buffalo Daughter. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Buffalo Daughter also played Baby's All Right last night (3/9) and hit a few more cities before dropping down to Austin for the madness that is SXSW. So if you're going, look for them there. More pics from Brooklyn Bowl below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Paint It Black / Hop Along
Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black hadn't played NYC in years but that finally changed over the weekend when they returned for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on Saturday (3/8). The crowd was clearly excited and as you'd expect, there was tons of moshing and stage diving going on. There was excellent support on the bill too, including another great Philly band, Hop Along, local skate/surf punks Night Birds, and Bad Canoes, another of Marissa Paternoster's (Screaming Females, Noun) bands, though for this one Marissa puts down the axe and just sings. Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...
March 7, 2014
photos by Sachyn Mital
Twangy rockers Deer Tick returned to NYC last night (3/6) for the ongoing American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. Given the environment and their partially acoustic setup, they were less rowdy than usual, and their 20+ song set included material from all over their career. They also included a few covers, but leaned most heavily on songs from their 2007 debut, War Elephant, and their newest LP, 2013's Negativity. For "In Our Time" off the latter, Deer Tick singer John McCauley's (once very famous and still active) wife Vanessa Carlton came out to sing guest vocals, which she also does on the album version. PIctures of the show are in this post.
John and Ian of Deer Tick will be back in NYC for the Bob Dylan tribute at MHOW on 3/24 which also includes Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, and more.
More pics and the setlist from Lincoln Center, below...
March 6, 2014
photos by Joe McCabe
Ringo Deathstarr @ Mercury Lounge, 3/4/2014
Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr will release their new album, God's Dream, on March 25 (it came out in Japan last year) and the band are currently crushing eardrums on the East Coast in support of it. The tour hit NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at Mercury Lounge, with openers Purple and Christines. Pictures from that show (we missed Christines, sorry) are in this post.
Ringo Deathstarr have a few more shows in the Northeast (they play Alston, MA tonight, 3/6) before heading home to be a part of the madness that is SXSW.
More pics below...
March 5, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Rolling Stones played their first of three shows in Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome as part of their ongoing world tour on 2/26. Since it's right around the corner, we decided to stop by (the day after we saw Nine Inch Nails), and here's what we saw. Pictures (including one of the setlist) from the show are in this post. They continue, with video and the setlist from the 3/4 show, which saw them playing "Silver Train" (with Mick Taylor) for the first time in 40 years, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.
Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."
The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
March 4, 2014
photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.
As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)
After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Band of Horses @ Town Hall - 2/28/14
Seattle folk rockers Band of Horses put out an acoustic live album earlier this month, which was recorded in 2013, and they've been celebrating with more acoustic shows this year. One of those was in NYC at Town Hall this past Friday (2/28), which began with Ben Bridwell coming on stage solo, and eventually joined by the rest of his band members. Sera Cahoone opened, and pictures of both artists are in this post.
They continue (including one of BoH's setlist), with a video, below...