Recent Posts in pictures - Page 4

July 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex

Ex Hex, the current band fronted by ex-Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag member Mary Timony, brought their ongoing tour to NYC yesterday (7/17) to play MoMA's MoMA Nights series which puts an artist in the museum's outdoor courtyard every Thursday evening in July and August. The band recently announced their debut album, Rips (due out 10/7 via Merge), and played plenty of that as well as a cover of Sweeney Todd/Nick Glider's glam classic "Roxy Roller." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ex Hex will return to NYC when their tour with Speedy Ortiz hits Glasslands on November 1 with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on 11/2. Tickets to Glasslands and Merc are still available.

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright is also a member of Chain & the Gang whose tour with Ed Schrader's Music Beat hits NYC later this month at Baby's All Right (7/29) (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA below...

Continue reading "Ex Hex played MoMA Nights (pics)"

photos by P Squared Photography

De La Soul @ Irving Plaza 7/16/2014
De La Soul
De La Soul
De La Soul

De La Soul are celebrating their 25 years together this year, and Wednesday (7/16), Pos, Dave and Maseo threw a party at NYC's Irving Plaza. There were a few special guests -- Q-Tip came out for their classic track together, "Buddy," with Common as well, and Dres from Black Sheep made an appearance too. Opening the night were Dillon Cooper, and Billy Ray who is on Maseo's label. Pictures from the night are in this post.

As mentioned, Common is playing a free show on Monday (7/21) at The Gramercy Theatre which celebrates his new album Nobody's Smiling. Wristbands are available at the Gramercy starting at 10 AM.

More pics from De La Soul's Irving Plaza show below...

Continue reading "De La Soul celebrated 25 years at Irving Plaza with Q-Tip, Common and more (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Weatherbox @ Saint Vitus - 7/27/14

Weatherbox returned this year with Flies In All Directions, their first full length since 2009's The Cosmic Drama, and brought their tour with Dikembe in support of it to NYC last night (7/17) at Saint Vitus. Opening the show was local band Deep Pockets, who I hadn't heard before going in, but who were solid and definitely fit the bill. They played a set of shouty punk with an animated singer who looked (and sometimes sounded) more than a little like Craig Finn on stage.

Dikembe was up next, playing a set of punky emo indebted to the genre's '90s era. They previewed a lot of material from their upcoming Tiny Engines LP, Mediumship, as well as playing older material (that a portion of the crowd up front knew all the words to), and a mostly-straightforward but sorta punked up cover of the PIxies' "Where Is My Mind."

Weatherbox's set began on a high note with Flies In All Directions opener "Pagan Baby," the punkiest song on the record, and that pretty much set the tone for all of what was to follow. Even on a softer song like "Dark All Night For Us," the crowd was all fists raised, shouting at the top of their lungs. Weatherbox mostly stuck to the new album and other recent tracks, like "Big News" off their Sainthood Reps split and "Mountain" off their 2011 EP, and the new material is some of their most fleshed-out, diverse stuff yet. Main man Brian Warren casually threw in flashes of math rock guitar, parts of the set would have the focus on him in singer/songwriter mode, and other parts would have him ditching the mic entirely to let his backup singers take over. Once the roughly half hour set ended, the crowd practically begged for an encore (efforts were futile). I'm fairly certain no one there would have minded if the set was twice as long, but on the bright side, they left no time for a single dull moment.

More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Weatherbox @ Saint Vitus w/ Dikembe & Deep Pockets (pics)"

July 17, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

King Buzzo @ The Wick - 7/14/14
King Buzzo

King Buzzo has been touring in support of his solo record This Machine Kills Artists, and in between fighting with KISS fans he brought his impressive hair and guitar playing to bear on NYC for two shows this week with Mary Halvorson. First he played Santos on Sunday (7/13) and then The Wick the next night (7/14), pictures of which are in this post. Buzz has been around for so long, and been around so many legendary people and scenes, that the idea of getting to be in his solo company for awhile is a rare, exciting thing. He played a set with just his acoustic guitar that included a mix of solo songs, Melvins songs, a few covers, and a liberal dose of storytelling from that storied career of his.

More pics, as well as video of Buzzo playing the Melvins classic "Boris" and one of him telling a long, entertaining story (with guitar interludes) about Mike Patton from the show, below...

Continue reading "King Buzzo played 2 acoustic NYC shows w/ Mary Halvorson (pics & video from The Wick)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Touche Amore / Tigers Jaw @ Revolution - 7/15/14
Touche Amore
Tigers Jaw

Touche Amore brought their ongoing tour with Tigers Jaw and Dads through the NYC-area for a sold-out Long Island show at Revolution Bar & Music Hall Tuesday night (7/15). TA mostly split the set between their two most recent albums, Is Survived By and Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, but included others as well, like early fan favorite "Honest Sleep," the song from their Pianos Become the Teeth split, and a cover of The National's "Available" with clean vocals (!) until the song's ending, of course. Check out a very short clip of that with Jeremy Bolm doing his best Matt Berninger impression, below. The recording will appear on the upcoming No Sleep compilation.

Tigers Jaw (who currently share a drummer with TA, and whose Brianna Collins briefly joined Touche during their set) went on right before, playing a 15-song set split between highlights off their excellent new album, Charmer, as well as older cuts like "Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine" and "I Saw Water." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Touche Amore will be back in the NYC-area when their tour with Rise Against and Radkey hits Best Buy Theater on September 26 and Wellmont Theatre on September 30. Tickets for those shows are still available.

More pictures, with Touche and Tigers Jaw's setlists, below...

Continue reading "Touche Amore played Revolution with Tigers Jaw and Dads, covered The National (pics, video, setlists)"

July 16, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt and P Squared Photography; words by Chris La Putt

Sturgil Simpsons @ Joe's Pub 7/15/2015 (by Chris); backstage w/ Byrne
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson

While listening to Sturgill Simpson sing about Buddha, turtles, and DMT at the first of his first two sold-out shows at Joe's pub last night, I was reminded of a song by another Texas country band -- Eleven Hundred Springs -- called "Long haired hippies freaks." Looking at Sturgill's new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, that description is not far off. Yet, this is what the outlaw country of Billie Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson eschewed in their songs. Sturgill's album is not the typical one you hear coming out of Nashville these days, and he makes no qualms about that. He hasn't gotten praise from that music scene but rather from the likes of Daytrotter, NPR, Fader, and even Rolling Stone (though Joseph Hudak was once managing editor Country Weekly magazine). Even the ubiquitous New Yorker, David Byrne, is a fan and was seen tapping his foot at Joe's Pub after meeting with Sturgill at his show. Sturgill said, "I almost pooped myself" (or something to that effect) when he saw the onetime Talking Heads singer backstage.

Yet, his songs transcend the generic outlaw country themes, particularly "Just Let Go" in which he croons out about how he's going to "transmigrate" to some otherworldy destination that's inexplicably beautiful. Maybe he was high on ayahuasca in the backwoods of New Mexico while writing this or maybe he's just writing what comes from his heart -- like on his song about his grandfather, "Hero," from his first full length album High Top Mountain that he released last year. Who the hell knows, but he just finished three sold-out NYC shows, topped off with a Letterman performance. (Video of that below.) Not bad in a city that has no country radio station.

His four-piece band sounded impressive playing above the rumblings of the downtown 6 Train, particularly Laur Joamets whose electric guitar prowess provided a tight loop that pulled the band together and also complements Sturgill's twang. The set alternated between his two albums, from a bluegrassy "Sitting Here Without You" to the whispers of Waylon's ghost reverberating through "Life of Sin" to a cover of Lefty Frizzel's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" which Sturgill totally makes into his own.

So is Sturgill Simpson a country saviour? I like his songs but it's too early to tell. The Nashville scene that has scorned him in the past is now clamoring to be a part of this outlaw wonder. No matter what, I hope he still keeps on playing.

Check out photos from both Joe's Pub sets (including ones of early show openers the DuPont Brothers), the setlist and Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Sturgill Simpson played two shows and met David Byrne at Joe's Pub (pics, setlist), played 'Letterman' (video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Camera Obscura @ LPR, 7/15/2014
Camera Obscura

Glasgow's Camera Obscura have been making charming indiepop for nearly 20 years, most recently on 2013's Desire Lines. The band toured with She & Him last year but are back for a short headlining trek as we speak, including two NYC shows with Laura Cantrell opening. The first of those was last night (7/15) at Le Poisson and we've got pictures and setlist from that in this post.

We're lucky to have them here as bassist Gavin Dunbar has his hands very full with a five-month-old son, which he talked about with Impose. Tonight (7/16), Camera Obscura and Laura Cantrell play Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is sold out. More pics from the LPR show below...

Continue reading "Camera Obscura played LPR with Laura Cantrell (pics, setlist), play MHOW tonight"

July 15, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


Number of shows since they last played [Saturday] night's biggest break-out, "My Sweet One": 24. It hasn't been heard live since last October in Virginia.

Number of songs in the encore: 3.

Amount of people who explained how rare it is for the band to play that many songs in the encore: Equal to the number of people I sustained eye contact with on my way off Randall's Island. 40?

Total number of songs played over entire weekend: 57

Number of those that were covers: 3. This has been a tour light on covers.

Number of total songs off [new album] Fuego played over 3 nights: 9 of 10. (They didn't play "Wombat.")

Longest jam of the entire weekend: A 27-minute rendition of "Chalk Dust Torture" on the third night. [Rolling Stone]

Phish brought their current tour back to NYC over the weekend for a three-night run (July 11-13) on Randall's Island (where Governors Ball happened and where Electric Zoo happens soon), their first time playing there. Among the three covers mentioned in Rolling Stone's by-the-numbers review above were TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" and The Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll." Did you go to any of the nights? Did you go to all three? If you can remember, you weren't there, amirite?

More pictures of the weekend and setlists from all 3 nights, below...

Continue reading "Phish played 3 nights on Randall's Island (pics & setlists)"

July 14, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Future Punx / hoola hooping / Final Bloom @ RBSC 7/13/2014
Future Punx
Royal Garde
Final Bloom

Sunday (7/13) was our party we threw with the good folks at Dull Tools out at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Fruity drinks were consumed (with specially-made koozies), people danced and hoola-hooped, and four vaguely post-punk style bands of varying specifics played. It was a real good time. Pictures from the festivities are in this post.

Future Punx have become a very tight party machine, wearing their 1980 influences on their Hawaiian shirts but they do it so well. The also pulled off something not all bands could -- working in a big chunk of The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach" while in the titular neighborhood, just a few days after the death of Tommy Ramone. People cheered and sang along, it worked. Super fun set. You can catch them Saturday (7/19) at Glasslands with Donovan Blanc and headlners Cymbals (tickets).

The rest of the evening's entertainment was enjoyable too: Eaters cranked out old arpeggiated synth lines and had custom-made kites for lucky members of the audience; Final Bloom looked like Suicide but were probably a little closer to Front 242 with frontman John Falvo's entertainingly confrontational style; and wildcards of the day Royal Garde probably had the most NYC rock vibe of the day, a hodgepodge of styles (visually and musically).

There was a threat of rain (it never did), so the bands were moved indoors but there were DJs outside (myself and DeeFrance2000 [aka Reuben who used to be in Coconut Coolouts]) providing tunes all night. I wasn't quite sure how the whole thing was gonna turn out, but it ended up being a blast and felt like a million miles from the city. (Actually, it felt kinda SXSW-y.) More pics from the BV/Dull Tools beach party below...

Continue reading "Future Punx, Eaters, Final Bloom and Royal Garde played the BV / Dull Tools beach party (pics)"

photos by Adela Loconte

Bonobo / Cibo Matto at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14
Cibo Matto

We just mentioned that Odesza played Central Park Summerstage yesterday (7/13) opening for Bonobo and Cibo Matto, and we've now got a set of pictures of the latter two. For the officially back-in-action Cibo Matto, it was their second show of the weekend after playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 a day earlier. Bonobo will be back in NYC for Electric Zoo this August.

Summerstage shows continue with a Pete Seeger tribute (7/12), Dr. John & Hurray for the Riff Raff (8/2), Blood Orange (8/16) and more.

More pictures from yesterday's show below...

Continue reading "Bonobo & Cibo Matto @ Central Park Summerstage (pics)"