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November 9, 2015
Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.
Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...
Head Wound City, the side project/supergroup of The Blood Brothers' Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, and The Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, got back together in 2014 for their second show ever and first in nine years. Now the reunion is continuing with more shows and a full length album in the works, the followup to their only release, 2005's self-titled EP. Via San Diego City Beat:
In a lot of ways the recording of the new album was the exact opposite experience of the first EP. They had time and a budget and, perhaps more importantly, they were different people as well. To hear them tell it, the new material is still hard and visceral, but it's also mature and sonically varied. They're no longer five twenty-somethings just banging away on their respective instruments with abandon. They're five thirty-somethings banging away, but this time with feeling. They also brought in veteran producer Ross Robinson, who produced classics like At the Drive-in's Relationship of Command and The Blood Brothers' ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn.They played a few more West Coast shows in June, and this past weekend they hit the second day of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and an FFF NITES show. We've got pictures of their set at the fest and a video of the night show. More below...
"He was like a coach. Between takes, he'd talk to us about what we'd been doing and why we were doing it," says Serbian. "He'd just get us pumped up between takes and I've never had anyone do that."
photos by Mimi Hong
The Hotelier / Runaway Brother
The Hotelier have been on tour with their Tiny Engines labelmates Runaway Brother, new Jade Tree signees Spirit of the Beehive, and Oso Oso. The Hotelier's set was mostly stuff of last year's acclaimed Home, Like Noplace Is There (everything but "Housebroken") and they worked in some stuff off their debut and a couple new songs.
More pictures, with their setlist, below...
The legendary Flipper are no longer with singer Bruce Loose, but the great David Yow (of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard) is taking over and that incarnation of the band have been playing some shows. They already played House of Vans on Halloween, and they squeezed in another NYC show on Friday (11/6) at the Acheron. It quickly sold out, and well-matched locals The Austerity Program opened.
Pictures continue, with a video of Flipper's full set, below...
November 8, 2015
Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.
Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.
[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]
FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.
More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...
November 7, 2015
photos by Chad Wadsworth
Drive Like Jehu @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/6/2015
Despite many troubles, ATP festivals still exist and another one was just announced:
ATP Festival is excited to reveal their latest curators for All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0, seminal San Diego band Drive Like Jehu. Performing in the UK for the first time since 1994, Drive Like Jehu will be headlining the 2016 weekender as well as hand-picking the festival line-up. The first wave of artists performing alongside Drive Like Jehu will be revealed in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Drive Like Jehu were interviewed for the 217th episode of Kreative Kontrol, a podcast you can listen to HERE, and they played a set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Friday. Pictures from that are in this post and continue below...
All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Drive Like Jehu, held at Pontins in Prestatyn, will take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2016 for ATP Festival's second consecutive holiday camp weekender, following on from All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Stewart Lee (15/16/17th April 2016).
ATP's Barry Hogan adds "Jehu were undoubtedly one of my favourite performances at ATP Iceland this summer, and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to have them curate and headline ATP in what will be one of their first UK performances in over 20 years"
Limited Early Bird tickets (which start at £40 off full price per person - saving you up to £280 on your chalet) are available now via the ATP Ticket Store: http://buytickets.at/atpticketstore/38349
photos by Dave Mead
Shamir @ Fun Fun Fun Fest -- 11/7/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest is happening as we speak. Today (Saturday, 11/7) got off to a late and rainy start, but Shamir made the sun come out and got the "rainy day crowd to jump and dance", the crowd that wasn't watching Head Wound City anyway.
Shamir's Austin festival performance, pictured in this post, came shortly after his high profile Thursday night performance of "On The Regular" on Colbert, which you can watch (complete with horn section and backup singers) along with more pictures from Fun Fun Fun, below...
November 6, 2015
photos by Kurt Christensen
Deer Tick / Felice Bros
Deer Tick and their pals The Felice Brothers celebrated Halloween weekend with two shows together. The first was the annual benefit for the Tommy Brull Foundation on 10/30 at Cannon's Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY (that Deer Tick has played before) where, in the spirit of the night, they were dressed as Blue Man Group (or Tobias from Arrested Development?). Then they played Halloween at New Haven, CT's College Street Music Hall, the venue that recently opened in the location of the historic Palace Theatre. Pictures of the former and Deer Tick's setlist from the latter are in this post.
More pictures below...
Grimes finally released her anticipated new album Art Angels today (listen), but before she did that, she brought her tour to NYC for a performance at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party on Wednesday (11/4). The Guardian was there, and they described the whole spectacle like this:
Grimes jumps into action inside a smallish circular stage, like a Star Trek transporter, with white pillars and stretched fabric ascending towards the high museum ceiling. The crowds gather on the space's famous spiral levels, but mostly stood down on the ground floor, surrounding the stage. It's crowded, but not uncomfortably so, given the current Grimes ascendancy.They didn't love the show though, saying the set sounded "mushy and homogenous." Did you go? What did you think?
Some of Grimes' famous pals showed up, like A$AP Rocky (a fancier affair than the time they crashed 285 Kent toghether) and Dev Hynes (a less hot and sunny affair than the time they played Warm Up together). Pictures of them, Grimes, DJ SADAF and more are in this post.
Grimes returns to NYC with her signee Nicole Dollanganger for sold-out shows on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation
The stacked tour of Deafheaven, Envy and Tribulation is currently underway. After Envy and Tribulation both hit NYC for their own headlining shows on Wednesday (11/4), the whole tour landed at Webster Hall for a sold out show last night (11/5). Deafheaven were of course the headliners, but it was the kind of show where every band acted and was treated by the audience as such.
Tribulation kicked things off with an early set time of 7 PM, and though it wasn't too full when they started, it had packed in a good amount by the time they were done. People like to talk about how Deafheaven are "metal for non-metalheads," but honestly, if there was one band on this bill I think would appeal to people who don't normally listen to heavy music, it's Tribulation. Yeah they wear corpse paint, but they're more glam than satanic. The way they prance around the stage, their attitude, their guitar swings and headbangs -- it's all closer to Motley Crue or at least Judas Priest than the similarly face-painted Watain. And besides the obvious black/death metal influences on the vocals, they sound that way too. Tribulation were undoubtedly the catchiest band of the night, with riffs, solos and twin leads that would've fit right in on late '70s rock radio. Of course it does have that darker, gnarled edge which will probably keep them off the radio, but also makes them excitingly unique. They played mostly off this year's The Children of the Night, and if you haven't checked that album out yet, you really should.
Then it was Envy, the longest running band on the bill and by far the most influential. The Japanese band have been around since the '90s, and they helped pioneer the type of screamo/post-rock that can be heard in bands from La Quiete to Thursday to Pianos Become the Teeth to, of course, Deafheaven. That sound has been experiencing a bit of popularity lately, and it's a great thing that the bigger bands are giving their fans the chance to see where it all began (after Deafheaven they're touring with La Dispute). And watching Envy play it really was obvious where so many of these newer bands get their moves. But their set was more than that -- Envy are still great. They have a new album out this year which they played some songs off, and those sounded as urgent as when they broke out a classic. And best of all, they were LOUD. The crack of their snare drum was the loudest thing I heard all night.
Finally Deafheaven wrapped up the show, with the best set I've seen them play yet. Their new album New Bermuda has only been out for a month, but it's so clear that it's already had at least as big an impact as Sunbather. They played the whole thing start to finish -- only interrupting to squeeze in their 2014 single "From the Kettle Onto the Coil" -- and the place was going wild for every song. It wasn't until the encore that we even heard anything off Sunbather, and those songs felt more like an added bonus than the main attraction. The crowd was clapping along to the quiet parts of the new songs, howling after every loud part calmed down, and just generally seemed to be loving it. One thing that's for sure is New Bermuda is the band's most diverse album yet, with influences spanning thrash, metalcore, post-rock, classic rock and more, and seeing them bring all of that to life was a thrill. The way they can be churning out a brutal attack one moment and making clean beautiful atmospheres the next, with less than a second to transition, is truly impressive. They may be a divisive band in some circles, but even the skeptics are having trouble denying the band's current live show.
Pictures continue, with Deafheaven's setlist, below...