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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...
December 12, 2014
photos by Brigid Gallagher
St. Vincent, who's finding herself on top of a few year-end lists, has been on tour and earlier this month she hit Chicago for holiday show with the amazing double bill of her and Future Islands. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.
Following St. Vincent's ongoing tour with The Black Keys, she's playing more shows in 2015. Though none of the upcoming dates are in NYC, you won't have to travel too far to see her at Clifton Park, NY's Upstate Concert Hall on March 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Chicago, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014
Brooklyn's Daptone record label, the soul outfit whose ear for talent and eye for period-correct detail has put it in the forefront of a revivalist wave, had few choices when it came to recording its first live-in-concert label showcase. How could they not go to the Apollo, that cradle of talent immortalized by James Brown on one of the greatest concert recordings ever?Last weekend was the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre. We were there for the big finale on Saturday (12/6) and pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Brown's memory was invoked more than once Saturday, the closing of a three-night "Daptone Super Soul Revue" that served, at various moments, as coming-out party, effusive comeback celebration, and defiant jam session. The crackerjack production whisked six acts on and off the stage seamlessly over the course of three hours, one group starting before the previous one's ovation had died down. Those transitions were helped, of course, by the overlapping nature of the bands, with label owners Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) and Neal Sugarman frequently among the instrumentalists backing up assorted vocalists. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lineups were different each night but all three featured Sharon Jones who had the crowd eating out of her hand -- and dancing in the aisles -- the whole time. Equally show-stopping was Charles Bradley, who also played all three shows, and whose time as a James Brown tribute act prepped him for the night. His dance moves and give-110%-stage-performance made for a memorable part of the night. As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter review above, it was a seamless three hours of music, with no downtime in between acts. (Saun & Star, Naomi Shelton, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band and the night's MC, Binky Griptite, were also part of the celebration.) The night finished with everyone on stage for, naturally, a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "It's a Family Affair."
Antibalas were on the first two nights, but unfortunately not the one we caught. All three nights were filmed for a film (and surely a live album). We look forward to that. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have a few dates on their schedule, including New Year's Eve shows in San Francisco. Those dates are listed, along with lots more pics from the final night of the Daptone Super Soul Revue, below...
December 11, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
December 10, 2014
photos by James Richards IV
Antemasque / Le Butcherettes
If all you know of Omar is the talented but quiet guy off to the side on all those ATDI reunion shows, that dude has been replaced by a beast wearing a guitar. Something about these news songs has lit a fire under him, and watching him shred was a sight to see. His work on "Dominoes Fall" was incredible, with its big Guitar Hero worthy solo being the standout moment of the show.Following the end of the At the Drive-In reunion and the breakup of The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have joined forces for yet another band, Antemasque. That band put out their debut album this year and recently wrapped up a tour with Omar's pals Le Butcherettes in support of it. The tour hit NYC for three shows and also hit other cities including Houston (where the above review is from) and Chicago, where the pictures in this post are from.
Cedric held up his end of the bargain, sounding pretty solid for a guy who spent the better part of his younger years screaming his lungs out. He still knows how to command an audience, still has those funky dance moves and still knows when to stop and let the crowd sing their hearts out. [Houston Press]
More of those pictures below...
December 9, 2014
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich @ Glasslands 12/8/2014
It was a double goodbye for Yellow Ostrich last night, as they said farewell to Glasslands, which is closing at the end of the month, and the show was also their last one as a band. Bittersweet, but a good time, with a packed crowd of fans. Tei Shi, who sings on Yellow Ostrich singer Alex Schaaf's new project Human Heat, had an impressive opening set. The night opened with Norwegian Arms and pictures from the whole show are in this post.
Glasslands has three weeks left. They've added some new artwork on the walls for their final month, including an homage to their beloved cloud installation. Be sure to check it out if you're there. Still no word on what they've got in store for New Year's Eve, their final night in business.
More pictures from last night's Glasslands show, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Smashing Pumpkins released their not-half-bad new album, Monuments To An Elegy, this week, and Billy Corgan's current version of the band celebrated in NYC last night (12/8), their final of four release shows in different cities. For these shows, Billy was backed by current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, as well as Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer. Last night's intimate show (much smaller than 2012's Barclays Center show) included about half of the new album, and a handful of their '90s faves like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "Tonight, Tonight," "Disarm," "Hummer," "Silverfuck," "Zero" and "Drown" from the Singles soundtrack. Pictures of the show are in this post.
In other news, Billy Corgan has now publicly made up with Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, following about 15 years of beef. Good year for Courtney Love ending beefs, having probably made up with Dave Grohl earlier this year too.
More pictures, a couple videos, and the setlist from Webster, below...
December 8, 2014
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...