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December 22, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
The sprawling, 29-song set kicked off with Lowe once again in solo mode, shifting gears effortlessly from the power pop of "Heart" (from his days in Rockpile) to the poignant "A Dollar Short of Happy" to the revved-up rockabilly classic "Seven Nights to Rock." But when Los Straitjackets - led by guitarslinger and Rensselaer native Eddie Angel - joined him onstage for nuggets like the Tex-Mex flavored "Half a Boy and Half a Man," the perfect pop of "Cruel to Be Kind," the rollicking "Raging Eyes" and as Lowe described it, the "frat house, soul music thing" of "Not Too Long Ago," things really kicked into high gear. Sporting matching black suits, red-and-white candy cane striped ties Mexican wrestling masks and speaking not a word, Los Straitjackets were as entertaining as they were musically talented. [Times Union]Power pop veteran Nick Lowe released a holiday album called Quality Street last year, and this past weekend he wrapped up his 'Quality Holiday' tour which hit NYC on December 14 at Bowery Ballroom and December 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (The above review is of the Albany show.) We caught the MHOW show, and like in Albany, Nick opened with a solo acoustic set and then was joined by Los Straitjackets for some of his Christmas tunes and other songs. More pictures from that show (including openers The Cactus Blossoms), and the setlist from Bowery, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Opeth, In Flames and Red Fang wrapped up their tour together in Toronto last night (12/21) after hitting NYC on Thursday (12/18) at Terminal 5. Stoner riffers Red Fang kicked off the night great as always, and the crowd seemed into their set. In Flames followed, clearly working the crowd hard and inviting a kid on stage to take a selfie with the band. Then came Opeth who treated the crowd to a couple off this year's Pale Communion, and also gave representation to a handful of their other albums dating back to 1999's Still Life. Pictures of all three bands continue, with Opeth's setlist, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
"RL GRIME JUST DROPPED FAT JOE, 50 AND SHMURDA AT OUTPUT" - Andrew x Akanbi
"Rl grime dropped burn at output which makes it better then terminal shout out" - @Iam_pussyking
LA producer RL Grime finally put out his debut album this year, and he keeps moving up in the world, having just headlined and sold out his biggest NYC show to date, Terminal 5 last Friday (12/19). The show was with Branchez (who we missed) and Lunice, one half of the on-hiatus TNGHT, whose maximal sound fits pretty well with RL Grime's. After T5, RL Grime kept it going late night at the smaller Output. Anyone catch that one? Or go to both?
More pictures from T5 below...
December 19, 2014
photos by James Richards IV
As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.
Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]
Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.
More pictures from Chicago below...
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...