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October 8, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Perfume Genius @ MHOW - 10/7/14
Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius (the project of Mike Hadreas) already had two great albums under his belt, but really took a huge leap forward for his newest Too Bright, which has him moving into weirder and more physical territory than his previous releases. His current tour in support of it hit NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg for a sold out show last night (10/7). Unlike the album itself (which warms you up a bit with his classic sound before entering his new world), Perfume Genius went right into Too Bright's weirdest song, "My Body," to open the show. And the music isn't the only thing that's more physical; Mike's performance is too. Where previous shows saw him sitting at his piano the entire time, for "My Body" and several other songs last night, Mike was only with a microphone, prancing around the stage and exercising new vocal tricks. Everything from alien-like falsettos to piercing shrieks have now entered his repertoire. If that sounds like a move towards pop or a "more fun" show though, it isn't that. Mike's as much of a tearjerker when he's on his feet as he is hunched over a keyboard.

And "tearjerker" is meant to be taken literally. Several people in the crowd (at least where I was standing) were crying throughout his set. Perfume Genius makes the kind of music you can form a real connection to, and it felt like most people there last night had definitely done that. The cheers he got after every song and in the middle of most songs were huge. More than one person yelled "I love you!" ("I love you too," he responded each time) and others shouted their appreciation throughout the night too. And Mike seemed humbled by the whole thing. He mentioned it was the biggest show they'd ever played here, and thanked the crowd so many times. It all felt genuine, and so did the vulnerability in his songs. Even during "Mr. Peterson," an obvious fan favorite that he's sung hundreds of times, the emotions in his face and his delivery felt as real as ever.

The show was opened by Perfume Genius's tourmate Matteah Baim, who's also supporting a new album, Falling Theater, which features contributions from Antony Hegarty (who also collaborated with her in Metallic Falcon, Matteah's project with Sierra of CocoRosie) and James Richardson (of MGMT). More pictures from last night, including one of PG's setlist, below...

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October 7, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Om / Watter @ LPR - 10/5/14
Om
Watter

Earlier this year, Sleep and Holy Sons played NYC and now Sleep's Al Cisneros and Holy Sons' Emil Amos are on the road with their collaborative psychedelic band Om (which also features Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe aka Lichens live). That tour hit NYC on Sunday (10/5) at Le Poisson Rouge with tourmates Watter, whose lineup includes members of Grails (which Emil is also in) and Slint. Om didn't have a new album to support this time around, but had plenty to pull from including their most recent (and fifth) album, 2012's Advaitic Songs. Watter on the other hand, played off this year's debut, This World, which came out back in May.

More pictures of both bands and a video below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / The Both
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

Saturday's line-up was certainly the harsher of the two, with Sunday reserved for a snappy new Aimee Mann and Ted Leo project called The Both and the mellow indie pop of Stars. This was to be followed by Cat Power, whose performances are notoriously unpredictable thanks to Chan Marshall's often crippling stage fright; due to Central Park curfews her set was cut to just four songs. Again, no matter how popular or how anticipated the performances of the Chinese bands scheduled to play the bill, they were all relegated to the earlier hours of the fest, their status sadly secondary despite Modern Sky's roots in the same country. It was the first year organizers have attempted to stage the event in the US, so hopefully they'll have learned some lessons should they decide to bring it back next season. For now, it was a fun experiment in bringing cultures together, even if this time around they seemed less yin and yang and more like oil and water. [The Village Voice]
The first-ever US edition of the Modern Sky Festival wrapped up its cross-cultural experiment on Sunday (10/5) with performances from Cat Power, Stars, and The Both (aka Aimee Mann + Ted Leo), plus Chinese artists Second Hand Rose, Tongue, Queen Sea Big Shark, Lenka and Omnipotent Youth Society. We already posted pics from Stars' set here, and the rest of the Sunday pictures are in this post.

Check out photos from Saturday HERE. More from Sunday below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Stars @ Modern Sky 2014
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

Stars are a week away (10/14) from releasing their new album No One Is Lost via ATO, and they've made the album available to stream on NPR ahead of its release. They came to NYC this week to play Central Park's Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/5) and they hung around for a private show at Rockwood Music Hall last night (10/6). Anyone catch that one? We caught them at Modern Sky and a set of pictures of their performance are in this post. Pictures of the rest of the Sunday portion of Modern Sky are coming soon, and you can check out Saturday pics here.

As mentioned, Stars are also going on a proper tour with Hey Rosetta! after the album's out that brings them back to NYC on November 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was announced back in August, and tickets are finally going on sale this week. AmEx presale begins Wednesday (10/8) at noon and general on-sale Friday (10/10) at noon.

Updated dates (including a February/March leg) are listed, with more pictures from Modern Sky, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

EMA / Doldrums at Bowery Ballroom - 10/5/14
EMA
Doldrums

EMA has been on the road continuing to support this year's excellent The Future's Void, and she returned to NYC this past Sunday (10/5) for a show at Bowery Ballroom that had a good bill all around. Direct support came from Montreal's Doldrums and MEN/The Lisps-related duo The Point opened the show. Like the shows she played here earlier in the year, she split her set pretty well between her two albums, playing favorites like "The Grey Ship," "California," "Cthulu," "Satellites" and more, and also included "Cherylee" from her previous band Gowns.

Her full setlist, and more pictures from the show, below...

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October 6, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers

Early-mid '00s post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers are reunited this year, and having already played FYF Fest and a hometown Seattle show, they finally made their way to NYC over the weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest and then headlined a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw last night (10/5). The show was opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band of Orchid's Jayson Green, who mentioned on stage that The Blood Brothers' first tour was opening for his old band ("and look at me now").

The show sold out way in advance and was packed for The Blood Brothers. The entire front half of Warsaw was a moving organism for a lot of the show and was full of huge fans. Almost all the people you could see were yelling along, raising fists in unison and generally having a killer time. Lots of moshing, stage diving and crowd surfing, especially towards the end, and including co-frontman Johnny Whitney who jumped into the crowd while continuing to sing multiple times. The band sounded awesome and were way into the show themselves. Granted, they haven't been away as long as some of the other bands reuniting recently, but still it was hard to believe this was their fourth show together since 2007. A few of the people we talked to after the show even agreed they were better now than the first time around.

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes was there, which may seem a little surprising considering his recent output but not when you consider his old band Test Icicles (who Oh My Rockness said "sound like The Blood Brothers meets Death From Above 1979" in 2006). Also in attendance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, their short-lived side project with the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian who just played their second show ever (and first in nine years) in LA last month (two new songs included). Maybe Head Wound City will play NYC too? Let's hope.

The Blood Brothers' only two remaining shows that are currently announced are part of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (one is an aftershow). More pictures from the Warsaw show, videos of both bands, and The Blood Brothers' 22-song setlist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014
Mr. Twin Sister

Having futzed with their name and their sound just a bit, Mr. Twin Sister celebrated the release of their new album with two sold-out shows at Baby's All Right this weekend (October 3 & 4). Whether it was this tweaking, leaving Domino to self-release their new album, or just taking time off, Andrea Estella and the rest of the band (a six-piece) seem energized and they sounded great on Friday night, ably reproducing the new LP's deep shag disco/R&B. For a few songs they were aided by Ava Luna's Felicia Douglass and Becca Kauffman for backup vocals and, on singles "In the House of Yes" and "Blush," a string quartet joined them for some seriously lush sounds.

The night also featured Ava Luna whose Carlos Hernandez did the string arrangements for Mr Twin Sister, and Touch. More pictures from the night, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Robert Plant

Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recently brought his tour to the NYC-area for three shows here, and he's now announced that he'll be returning for something much more intimate. Plant and his band The Sensational Shape Shifters will hit the 800-cap Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (10/9) with an opening DJ set from Questlove. Tickets will only be available online, and they go on sale via Ticketfly this Tuesday (10/7) at 3 PM (4-ticket limit, will-call only).

Earlier that day, Plant will appear on The Colbert Report, and the following day he'll appear for a TimesTalks Conversation at The TimesCenter (10/10) (242 West 41 St) (tickets). His only other upcoming US date happens in LA two days before the Brooklyn Bowl show, and then he'll tour the UK in November. All dates are listed below.

The Sensational Shape Shifters' tour also hit Chicago this past Thursday (10/2) at the Riviera Theatre. More pictures of that, with the list of dates, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Just losing it to Lykke Li at Radio City right now" - Kaan Hiini

"Everyone was on their feet @radiocity for this pop goddess (thank you @lykkeli for an amazing night)" - @daniyrselfclean

"more than a little bit in love with @lykkeli last night @radiocity" - @HAPPYH0LLYDAY

Lykke Li

Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idiosyncratic to fully fit that mold. She, of course, has some indelible hooks out there, and who wouldn't want to hear "I Follow Rivers" on a Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall? But it's not exactly a pop show where you're going to go dance your weekend night away. This is especially true now, as Li tours behind her most recent record, I Never Learn, perhaps the best and most thoroughly heartbroken break up album of the year. These are all songs about mistakes made, love lost, and a conflicted take on the past that runs the spectrum from yearning to regret to resolve. I mean, that's how you spend all of your Saturday nights, too, right? [Village Voice]
Lykke Li is currently on tour with Mapei in support of her great new album I Never Learn, and she hit NYC this past Saturday (10/4) for a big show at Radio City Music Hall. She played a good deal of the new album, older favorites like "Little Bit" and "I Follow Rivers," included a couple covers -- Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and one of "Du Ar Den Ende" by fellow (but much older) Swedish artist Lill Lindfors -- and brought Mapei out with her for the final song of the night, "Heart of Steel."

Pictures of the show are in this post and they continue, along with a couple videos and the full setlist, below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder & Tim Griffin

Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
ACL Festival - Day 1 - Weekend 1 - 10/3/2014
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1

Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.

"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"

On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]

The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More of day 1 below...

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