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July 11, 2014

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake brought his massive ongoing tour in support of last year's The 20/20 Experience back to NYC last night (7/10) for his sixth show here since its release. While the past five shows were all in stadiums and arenas, last night's was at the significantly smaller Hammerstein Ballroom, making for a rare intimate show for the megastar. It was presented by MasterCard, and you needed a Citi / AAdvantage / MasterCard to get in.

Showing off his interest in classic pop, the show began with Frank Sinatra's "My Way" playing through the PA, but once JT hit the stage the mood shifted into the dark distorted pop of "Only When I Walk Away" with a laser light show and a sorta-trippy image of Justin's head blown up on the screen behind him. JT shifted moods like that plenty of other times throughout the night too which, with three very different albums, is inevitable but he and his ace 15-piece band actually made all those different sounds flow together really well. They segued the vocal intro of the spacey "Don't Hold The Wall" into the dancefloor banger "FutureSex/LoveSound." And right after that took the Spanish-sounding "Like I Love You" seamlessly into the jittery "My Love" interlude.

It wasn't all masterful transitions like that though. It was a pop show, so JT of course did tons of crowd hyping like slowing "My Love" into a ballad and milking that a bit before bringing the beat back in. Or starting "Summer Love" with a choppy a cappella before getting the whole crowd screaming "and tell me how they got that pretty little face on that pretty little frame girl" and then bringing the band in.

No guests showed up (well except Joey Fatone dancing on stage for about a minute towards the end), but Justin did play his intro to Jay Z's "Holy Grail," and instead of going into Jay's verse, took it directly into "Cry Me A River." He ended up rapping part of Jay's "Tom Ford" during "Cry Me A River," and later did the same with "Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit" during "SexyBack." He also honored Frank Sinatra once again later in the set with a cover of "New York, New York" (like he did at Yankee Stadium with Jay Z in 2013).

Setlist-wise, it would have been nice to actually hear some of the better deep cuts off The 20/20 Experience like the full "Don't Hold the Wall" or "Strawberry Bubblegum" (which the DJ who opened played), especially in place of the country pop-leaning "Not A Bad Thing" or the acoustic Ray LaMontagne cover he played after it, which both seemed a little out of place and unnecessary. That aside, when JT and the band were on, they were on, and it was a really fun show.

Justin's tour hits NYC again on December 14 at Barclays Center (tickets). Pictures from Hammerstein are in this post. More, with the setlist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts / Mutual Benefit @ Pier 84 7/10/2014
Wild Beasts
Mutual Benefit

You couldn't have asked for a nicer evening for the kickoff of this year's Hudson River Park's River Rocks series. A breeze kept things cool as lovely purples and pinks filled the clouds, with two equally cool and lovely bands providing the soundtrack. Mutual Benefit are very much a sunset band, mellow and relaxing with their violin-driven pop. The band's acclaimed Other Music debut came out late last year and the label is set to reissue the band's 2011 Cowboy's Prayer EP in September.

Wild Beasts, meanwhile, are a band for the dark, when things go bump in the night. They seemed a lot more comfortable with the more prominent electronics found on this year's Present Tense than they did when they played MHOW back in March. The four members morph together as one undulating sultry groove machine, with vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming trading vocals and instruments while guitarist Ben Little colors things in and drummer Chris Talbot keeps the beat inventive, heavy on the toms. Both Flemming and Thorpe have songs where they sing lead, but their best songs -- the new "Sweet Spot" and "Devil's Crayon" from their first album -- blur them together.

Some of you may have noticed a guy spinning tunes from the far corner of the stage between bands. That was me. Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit's tour plays Philadelphia tonight (7/11). MB plays NYC again on Halloween. More pictures from Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit at River Rocks below...

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July 10, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt

Sky Ferreira / DIIV @ MHOW - 7/9/14
Sky Ferreira

NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira played a hometown benefit for the David Lynch Foundation at last night (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is an intimate location for her at this point, and needless to say, sold out. Sky played most of her 2013 debut album, Night Time, My Time, as well as a few favorites from the Ghost EP like the Dev Hynes/Ariel Rechtshaid collab, "Everything Is Embarrassing." Sky's boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith's band DIIV was added as a last-minute opener, and they played some new stuff (presumably from their upcoming sophomore album) as well as a psychedelic cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." There were a few DJs there for the night too, including Vito Roccoforte of The Rapture. Pictures of the show are in this post.

DIIV also have two sold out headlining shows at MHOW happening tonight (7/10) and Friday (7/11). Both are with LODRO and Regal Degal.

More pictures from last night, plus Sky's setlist, below...

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July 7, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Drive by Truckers / The Hold Steady @ The Paramount, 6/28/2014
Drive-By Truckers
The Hold Steady

"Throughout the evening, there was a striking contrast between frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Hood, who often leaped into the air mid-song, overflowed with emotion as he performed signature tunes like "Box of Spiders" and "Hell No, I Ain't Happy." On the opposite end of the stage, straight man Mike Cooley was a study in detached cool. From the moment he strapped on his black Flying V and launched into the hard bitten lyrics of "Birthday Boy," Cooley's mellow, sardonic attitude oozed from every pore." - [Elmore Magazine]
The separate, ongoing tours of Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady converged with two shows in the NY area, first at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony (6/27) then Long Island's The Paramount Theatre (6/28). Both bands have been touring in support of new albums, and they each played sets that highlighted the new stuff while also drawing from much of their enviably vast back-catalogues of material. The two modern rock'n'roll institutions even joined forces for an encore at The Paramount, where they covered Bruce Springsteen ("Adam Raised a Cain"), Neil Young ("Rockin' in the Free World"), and The Jim Carroll Band ("People Who Died").

Check out more pictures from the show, setlists for both bands, and video of that collaborative "Rockin'" encore.

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photos & videos by Autumn Andel

Cloud Nothings / METZ / The Wytches in Portland - 7/2/14
Cloud Nothing
The Wytches

Cloud Nothings, who played NYC in April, are currently touring the west coast with METZ and The Wytches, making for some triple attacks of rawk. That tour hit Portland's Hawthorne Theatre last week (7/2) and pictures of that sweaty mess are in this post.

More, plus videos, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Hundred Waters at Glasslands. One part was so pretty I bout cried like a little baby." - Phillip Johnson

Hundred Waters
Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters brought their ongoing tour to NYC over the long weekend, where they played Glasslands with local indie popster Mas Ysa on Saturday (7/5). The electronic-tinged art pop of their recently-released sophomore record, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, sounded great and the band had a spectacular light show to go along with it. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Hundred Waters' tour continues throughout July, including a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival, where Mas Ysa will also be playing. More pictures from Glasslands below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

Alex English & Vince Clarke / Daniel Miller & Clarke
Vince Clarke
Daniel Miller

Synthpop vet Vince Clarke celebrated his birthday (7/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, DJing with his old friend, producer and Mute Records label boss Daniel Miller. Between the two of them, they've had a hand in some of the most iconic electronic music of the '80s (Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Normal). Clarke's set was a little more on the poppy club-oriented side, where Miller spun more deep bass and techno. Pictures from the night, including an opening set from Alex English, are in this post.

Clarke will be back with Erasure later this year, including two New Year's Eve shows in NYC. More pics below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Black Lips / Night Beats / Night Birds @ House of Vans 7/3/2014
The Black Lips
Night Beats
Night Birds

Then the Black Lips erupted into a frenetic, hour-long set spanning its decade-plus-long career of love letters to early garage rock, amplified and exquisitely distorted for the Coachella generation, highlighted by cuts off its latest LP, Underneath the Rainbow. The show was among the band's first with guitarist Jack Hines in more than a decade, as he rejoined the band in the last week upon the recent departure of Ian St. Pé. Hines helped lay down rhythms for the band's vocal trip, bassist Jared Swilley, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley, who ping-ponged off each other with ease. - [The Waster]
It was an especially hot n' sweaty night at House of Vans on Thursday (7/3) with Atlanta's Black Lips headlining a garage punk lineup that also included Night Birds and Seattle's Night Beats who flew in for this show and had played Baby's All Right the night before. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.

The next HoV show is this Thursday (7/10) with Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls and Turnstile. RSVP is full for that free show. More pics from the 7/3 show below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Ramona Lisa
Todd Edwards

Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:

Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.

DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)

...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.

After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).

Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/3/14
Destruction Unit
Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit are in town for their label Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend in NYC which so far has included two NYC shows. First they played The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday night (7/3) and then a daytime show on the Fourth at Silent Barn. As we guessed, they're also sticking around for a third show TONIGHT (7/7) at Baby's All Right which has now been officially announced and also features White Hills and Ancient Ocean. Tickets for tonight's show are available. Show flyer below.

Destruction Unit don't really have "off nights" as far as I've seen, but Thursday's show was definitely an "on night." The band played with minimal lighting save for a projector coating the members with the lines from their optical illusion-inducing album cover and the occasional flashing of bright whites. Their show is as much a physical thing as it is a sonic assault, with guitarists Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa waving their guitars in the air and singer/guitarist Ryan Rousseau delivering all attitude and manic aggression. The three guitars are all out in space, piling on endless layers of psychedelic atmospheres, as the bassist and drummer keep the band locked in, driving, and somewhat grounded on earth. It was the kind of set that in just about a half hour inspired fist pumping, headbanging, and moshing, as well as total spacing and tripping out.

Probably the most likeminded artist to Destruction Unit at the Studio show was the first band, Brooklyn's Honey. They also mixed psychedelia and punk, but were more psychedelic in a '60s throwback way with a ton of acid-soaked wah pedal guitar solos. They were great. Then came The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform who have been playing a lot lately (and will again soon), and gave another of their short-but-sweet sets of mechanic noise with Michael Berdan's deranged-hardcore-frontman-style delivery. Direct support was an ambient set from Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall. Pictures of all four sets from the Studio show are in this post.

Destruction Unit at Silent Barn - 7/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
D Unit

The next day Destruction Unit helped celebrate America's independence as part of an all-day show at Silent Barn that also featured Mutual Benefit, Potty Mouth, a solo set from Lauren of Worriers, and a bunch more. They went on early (around 6 PM) and it was bright as day in Silent Barn with the venue's back window open, but D Unit were just as much a thrill to watch in the light as they were in the previous show's darkness. The way they jam on their songs makes every Destruction Unit show a different one, and they change up the setlist too (the Silent Barn show opened with "Evil Man" which I hadn't heard them play in a while). Once again it was guitars everywhere, both literally and sound-wise, and still a treat even if you had seen them 17 hours earlier.

Marshtepper at Palisades (via Ric Leichtung)

Much later that night (around 1 AM), D Unit members Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa graced new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades with a set from their Marshstepper project. Jes and Nick provided an electronics/noise set but more than anything else the show was performance art that included a nude man writhing on the ground and lots of blood. One person called it one of the weirdest shows they'd ever been to and another said seeing it was possibly the best idea ever.

Then on Sunday, D Unit drummer Andrew Flores took his Jock Club project to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a late show with Bookworms, Soren and Encapsulate. Anyone catch that one?

Like we said above, you can get tickets to catch D Unit in NYC again tonight (7/7). More pictures from the Studio show below...

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