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June 30, 2015
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Rush @ MSG 6/29/2015
Toronto invaded Brooklyn last night (6/29) when Sloan played Rough Trade and the slightly more popular Rush played the slightly larger Madison Square Garden. The MSG show was the NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour, which they also say is "likely their last major tour of this magnitude." The set spanned their entire career, opening with "The Anarchist" and "Headlong Flight" off their most recent album, 2012's Clockwork Angels, and ending with two off their self-titled 1974 debut, "What You're Doing" and "Working Man." In between we got favorites like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and a run of parts I, II, IV and VII of "2112."
During the intermission, they played a comedy film they made that stars I Love You, Man's big Rush fans Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. Jason, Paul, and others (like Tom Morello) also appeared on screen behind Rush to rap along to "Roll the Bones." (Video of that happening in Austin, below.) They played another comedy bit on screen before the encore, which starred fellow Canadian Eugene Levy as his old "Mel's Rock Pile" bit from SCTV.
More pictures from the MSG show, and the setlist, below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Pride Weekend 2015 was certainly one for the books. Coming concurrently with the historic SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the city had a lot to celebrate last weekend - and celebrate we did. We already brought you a ton of pictures from the most colorful time of the year, and here are a lot more. They continue below...
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Sloan @ Rough Trade 6/29/2015
"OK, here's one from out 'Roll the Bones'..." Chris Murphy started with the Rush jokes pretty early into Sloan's set last night at Rough Trade. Geddy Lee and company were rocking Madison Square Garden while this not-as-famous but also long-running Canadian band were playing the decidedly smaller venue. "I saw Rush not too long ago," Murphy admitted "and it was a lot of 'here's one from our 2011 album' that I'd never heard. Speaking of, here's one from 2011," launching into "Follow the Leader" from The Double Cross.
Sloan have been an amazingly consistent band over the last quarter century, and the crowd were singing along with songs new and old -- "Fading Into Obscurity," from 2006's Never Hear the End of It, probably got the most applause of any song of the night. The tour was technically an extension of last year's Commonwealth tour, and like at Bowery Ballroom in November, this show was divided into two sets. The first opened with drummer Andrew Scott's 17-minute opus "48 Portraits" and focused on the new album, and the second set pulled from the rest of their albums. Jay Ferguson's songs from Commonwealth are especially good and were the highlight of the first set, but whether the crowd had gotten liquored up or the band had relaxed, the second set was more fun. Nothing from One Chord to Another (which is getting a 20th anniversary box set next year), but there were a number of nuggets from Twice Removed (which just got a single-disc vinyl reissue), and a couple tracks I haven't seen them do in a long time ("Rest of My Life" and, I think, "On the Horizon"). The set ended with Smeared's "500 Up."
Setlist, plus more pics from Sloan at Rough Trade, below...
photos by Jay Blakesberg
Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)
June 29, 2015
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Ty Segall @ The Bell House 6/25/2015
There are those that say that a prolific rock guitarist like Ty Segall should never put down the electric. Why would he? But those that cling to this narrow viewpoint, have obviously never seen Ty Segall rock a crowd without the benefit of electric amplification. Turning down the reverb ("my crutch," he joked at the Mercury Lounge during the third and final night of the NYC acoustic run) allows one to truly comprehend Segall's genius. His vocal ableness and range, as well as the nuance of his brainy musical arrangements are readily discernible when the guitar isn't plugged in. And there will always be something so special about die-hard fans being given the opportunity to experience an intimate and laid back evening with their favorite artists. - [Across the Margin]Ty Segall just played four solo acoustic shows in NYC over the course of three days. We caught him right in the middle -- 6/25 at The Bell House -- where he played some favorites, a few new songs and some covers, including Devo's "Baby's Talkin' Bitches." (He also signed a fan's baseball.) Wand's Cory Hanson, who played an opening set right before (and also played with him at Rough Trade), joined Ty for a few songs as well. Pictures from Ty and Cory's sets are in this post.
Ty and Cory included a cover of Neil Young's "For The Turnstiles" at their Baby's show, and a short video clip of that is below.
Christian Peslak, of Saint Rich and Delicate Steve (and who will play David Johansen on Martin Scorsese's new '70s music biz drama for HBO), opened the night and seranaded one audience member with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright." Pictures from his set are below.
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Morrissey / Blondie @ MSG 6/27/2015
"It is a great privilege to be back here in the center of the world with you," Steven Patrick Morrissey said last night at Madison Square Garden as the stinging guitar line from "Suedehead" faded into the background. It was his first show at MSG in 25 years and his first show in New York City since 2012. Moz has been plagued by bad health and bad luck for the better part of the last three years, which has led to tour cancellations and hospital stays galore, but he was finally looking forward again after a particularly memorable week in America: "It's an historic week in the United States. Good times for a change," he said, teasing a classic Smiths song he wouldn't play on this night. - [Gothamist]Morrissey's tour brought him to New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (6/28) with very special guests Blondie as openers. That it was pouring down rain and was in the midst of Pride Week seemed very appropriate. In good spirits, Morrissey's set included a lot from last year's World Peace is None of Your Business and some classics from The Smiths and his early solo career. Setlist is below.
Blondie's 45-minute opening set was pretty much all-hits, including a cover of Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" and a closing "The Tide is High" featuring a 15-piece brass section. Setlist for their MSG set is also below.
Madison Square Garden was to have gone vegan for the occasion and did so for the general public, with many food stands being closed. However, as noted by Gothamist, folks watching from the corporate suites dined on sushi, sliders, chicken and other very non-vegan items.
More pics from Morrissey and Blondie at MSG, below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 6/25/15
Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and part of that celebration includes the band curating a series of ATP shows at London's Roundhouse. The first two were headlined by Mogwai themselves last week, and we've got pictures of night 2 (6/25). That one had Forest Swords and Sacred Paws on the bill too, but we missed the openers unfortunately. Remaining shows include Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Tuesday (6/30) and The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Psychocandy on July 5.
Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'. [The 405]
Also in celebration of the anniversary, they're releasing the career-spanning compilation, Central Belters. The band writes:
Today, we announce the release of Central Belters, a set of career highlights and rarities, available to buy in a limited edition 3xCD or 6xLP box set via Rock Action Records from 9 October. Tracks on the collection span our 20 year career taking in highlights from our debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) all the way through to last year's Rave Tapes.You can check out the tracklist, the new video for "Helicon 1" (via Noisey), and more pictures from the London show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...
The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]
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"Witnessed Jessica Pratt on Friday night at #lepoissonrouge. #reallyfuckinggood" - AERS
"Whoah, Ryley Walker. Hypnotic, exhilarating, beautiful. @ (le) poisson rouge"- @neddyo
Jessica Pratt is continuing to support this year's fantastic On Your Own Love Again (Drag City) on tour. After a small sold-out Union Pool show in May (pictures), she returned Friday night (6/26) for a larger show at Le Poisson Rouge. It's a venue she's played before as an opener, but this time returned to headline. Opening for Jessica was Ryley Walker, another modern folk singer who expertly taps into the psychedelic sounds of the late '60s and early '70s. Ryley was also supporting a new album at the show, the Dead Oceans-released Primrose Green.
More pictures of both Jessica and Ryley, below...
UPDATE: We've also got pictures from the second night.
photos by Jay Blakesberg
There are two kinds of Deadheads.We already talked a bit about the first of two Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara this weekend (rainbow and setlist included). Now here's some photos. They continue HERE and below...
Those who think the Grateful Dead experience should have died with Jerry Garcia.
And those who think it can go on with a pinch-hitter in the band's MVP seat.
If ever there was a time for those in the first camp to come back and check out the Dead 2.0, it was this weekend at Levi's Stadium, the band's 50th anniversary and the last time the surviving four members would play together. A chance to pull out the tie-dyes one last time, see some old friends and wish the boys a fond farewell.
And the band delivered a set seemingly tailored for the old-timers, three and a half hours of their most classic songs, not one written after 1970. They plucked rarely played gems off of their 1967 debut album, and played one song --1969's "What's Become of the Baby" -- that the Dead had never played, with or without Garcia.
And this Dead, complete with that pinch-hitter -- Phish's Trey Anastasio -- did a pretty fair job of regenerating the kind of cosmic energy the original Grateful Dead was able to summon up during its 30-year lifespan. [San Jose Mercury News]