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January 15, 2016

Photos by Greg Cristman

The Ex / Colin Stetson @ LPR 1/13/2016
The Ex
Colin Stetson & Bill Laswell

Winter Jazzfest is underway in NYC, and among the shows on opening night (2/13) was this eclectic bill of acts with punk and jazz roots at Le Poisson Rouge, headlined by long-running Dutch anarcho collective The Ex. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

The night began with trio Happy Apple, who played a great set of punky free jazz that featured terrific playing by the drummer and saxophonist. Next up was a collaborative set from Colin Stetson and Bill Laswell. Stetson showed off his maniacal circular breathing techniques on the sax, barely coming up for air, accompanied by Laswell's bass sonics. The room cleared out a bit after Stetson, but those who stayed got to witness The Ex's spectacular headlining set: lively, punky, even humorous and incredibly fun. A near-perfect night.

The Ex play Winter Jazzfest again tonight (1/15) at The Greene Space, a show that also features Alicia Hall Moran with Brandon Ross, plus Dither and Chargaux. Tickets, which get you into any Winter Jazzfest event tonight, are still available.

More pics from the LPR show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Nellie McKay / Basia Bulat @ IDIO Gallery 1/7/2015
Nellie McKay
Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat

Thursday, January 7 was the opening reception for "KTHXBAI: A retrospective of the photographic works of Chris La Putt" at Bushwick's IDIO Gallery. It was a great night to see some of Chris' best photos gorgeously printed, and to trade stories about our friend who we miss very much. It was a great turnout, including many fellow photographers, and a very special night.

Helping make it special were live performances by Basia Bulat and Nellie McKay, both of whom Chris loved and shot multiple times. Basia got a little misty talking about how Chris was one of her earliest supporters in NYC and helped her get over her camera shyness. She also covered Leonard Cohen's "Aint No Cure for Love," and dedicated it to Chris.

Nellie McKay kept things light, doing her whole set on ukulele, and cracked jokes between songs including a few good-natured ones aimed at Chris which he would've liked. Her set included covers of The Seekers' "Georgy Girl" which Nellie said reminded her of Chris. and The Beatles' "I'm So Tired" which she stopped midway and came back to to end her set. Both Basia and Nellie have other shows coming up.

You can visit the photo show this week gallery's normal hours: Friday through Sunday (1/15 - 1/17) from noon to 6 PM or you can browse the photos during the late show Friday. All photos are for sale and proceeds to to CancerCare. You should really try and stop by.

Thanks to Adorama for donating all the prints, to IDIO Gallery for having it, and to photographers David Andrako, Amanda Hatfield, Maryanne Ventrice, and Ryan Muir for helping put it all together. Check out more photos from the KTHXBAI opening reception, below...

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January 13, 2016

photos by Greg Cristman


Heavy experimental bands Zevious, Red Reiter and Needle Driver played a Brooklyn show on January 10 at Saint Vitus. Needle Driver kicked things off with a set of no wave-ish, art damanged skronk, which included their guitarist slicing open a blister and splattering his guitar with blood. Red Reiter were proggish, sort of in a Red-era King Crimson way, and Zevious (who share a member with Needle Driver) almost sounded like a mix of the two openers.

Pictures of all three bands continue below...

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January 12, 2016

photos by Mimi Hong

B&C / Roger Harvey
Balance and Composure
Roger Harvey

Heavy rockers Balance & Composure returned to NYC for two sold-out Saint Vitus shows last week. As Absolute Punk points out, at the first night they played a new song tentatively titled "Meth" and announced from the stage that they'd begin recording their new album in February. We caught the second one (1/7) and pictures from that show are in this post. Both shows were opened by Roger Harvey, whose sorta-folky indie rock made for a unique double bill.

More pictures below...

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January 11, 2016

photos by Sachyn Mital

Holy Holy

David Bowie's longtime collaborator Tony Visconti has been touring with Holy Holy, his band with early-'70s Bowie drummer Woody Woodmansey which pays tribute to the Starman himself. On Bowie's 69th birthday and album release day, three days before the sad news of his passing, Holy Holy's tour hit NYC's Highline Ballroom. Visconti called Bowie on his cell phone from the stage to have the crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to him, and video of that is below.

Holy Holy, which also includes Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory on vocals and Berenice Scott on keys, Terry Edwards on sax, James Stevenson, Paul Cuddeford and Visconti's daughter Jessica Lee Morgan on backing vocals, played 1970's The Man Who Sold the World in full, and continued through a ton of Bowie classics including "Moonage Daydream", a medley that included "All the Young Dudes", "Life on Mars" and Morgan singing "Lady Stardust".

Jessica Lee Morgan and her brother Morgan Visconti opened the show. Pictures continue below.

Tony Visconti is also assembling the house band for Michael Dorf's upcoming Bowie tribute at Carnegie Hall.

UPDATE: Holy Holy will return to Highline Ballroom on January 19. Tickets are on sale.

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January 7, 2016

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr & Christopher Jesse Juarez

'The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion' @ SWALEC Stadium

The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion
The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion
The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion

Only the imagination of Gruff Rhys could have come up with this singular show. He expands his 2007 album Candylion into a psychedelic fable - for all the family! Billed by National Theatre Wales as a "theatre gig", live music propels the story, with the audience standing or moving about the space.

We're in Pixel Valley, where hybrid creatures - Candylion, Polarpear, Meringueutan - happily gather pixel fruit. But after the Candylion swallows some negative vibes, she begins to grow - and get nasty. The pink creature (played with winning childish stroppiness by Remy Beasley) turns into a tyrannical "Turbo Capitalist", forcing the others to work in her candy factory. Only Caruin - a carnation penguin, obviously! - resists. After an epic journey to the land of the Cone People, he returns to persuade Candylion - swollen into an enormous, inflatable set of jaws - that it's better to share.

The word 'surreal' is liberally used today - but Candylion really, genuinely is. It's delightful - and should delight kids. - [The Independent]

As mentioned, Gruff Rhys turned his 2007 album Candylion into a family-friendly musical staged by the National Theatre Company of Wales at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff during the holidays. The colorful production features sets by Super Furry Animals designer Pete Fowler, as well as musical help from onetime Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock, plus Sweet Baboo, Lisa Jen and others. Pictures from the stage production are in this post.

Candylion has also just been given its first-ever UK/US vinyl pressing, in a double-disc gatefold package that features three sides of music and the fourth side an etched illustration.

In other news, Gruff's band Super Furry Animals will soon be back in North America, playing West Coast shows in February and then back again in in the spring for the rest of the country, including Austin's Levitation Festival and NYC's Webster Hall on May 5 (tickets). A few more shows have added since our last post and all are listed, along with more pics from the Candylion show, below...

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January 5, 2016

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl 1/5/2016
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill, who just released a new song for the holidays, wrapped up her festive season with a few East Coast shows, the last of those being at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (1/4). She and her band played favorites from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and The Fugees. Photos from the show are in this post.

Hill has been dropping hints that a new album is on the way. Stay tuned for new on that, but you can check out lots more Lauryn Hill pics from Brooklyn Bowl below...

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January 4, 2016

photos by Greg Cristman

ASDIG @ Rough Trade 1/2/2016
A Sunny Day In Glasgow

With their members flung across the country these days, live shows for dreampop band A Sunny Day in Glasgow are rare. They did manage to converge for a short holiday tour (that also promoted their new-ish double-EP), which hit NYC on January 2 at Rough Trade. Opening the night were two local psych bands Dinowalrus and Space Merchants and pictures from the whole night continue below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello

As the 10(ish) members of the band hit the stage at 9 p.m. and the giant banner of Underdog World Strike's cover began to rise behind them, celebrating the end of 2015 and kicking off 2016 came early for those in the packed house.

...Using fan favorites like "Wonderlust King," "Start Wearing Purple," "Think Locally, Fuck Globally," and the ode to the 2003 New York City blackout, "Avenue B," the band had fans jumping and dancing for the two hours on stage.

As the confetti from cannons came down on the audience like the rain outside the venue, as the clock struck 11, Terminal 5 told the band their night was done.

"We had another for you but they won't let us fucking play it. So, that is it," Hutz told the crowd who proceeded to boo the venue. As the sweat-soaked fans walked out of the place, they found an indescribable way to end the year. [Huffington Post]

Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello rang in the new year like they usually do, with some Northeast shows including a two-night run at NYC's Terminal 5. This time they played T5 on the 30th and New Year's Eve proper, the latter of which had them playing 2005's Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike in full for its 10th anniversary. More pictures and a video from NYE, below.

Gogol frontman Eugene Hutz plays NYC again at his collaborative show with Gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocārlia at Town Hall in April (tickets).

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December 31, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman

photos: Clutch @ Terminal 5 12/29/2015

When you hit the road in late December, is that a light atmosphere, time to enjoy the holidays, or is that just business as usual?

[Neil Fallon]: I think everyone is in a bit of a festive mood then. The crowds are certainly easier. A lot of people might have off of work. So in their mindset, it might be more relaxed. For ourselves, we make it a point, on or around Christmas, to be home near the holiday. That's why we always do this in the Northeast. And thankfully we have most of January and February off. Then we head to Australia in the end of February. - [The Aquarian]

Clutch, who released the excellent Psychic Warfare earlier this year, are in the midst of a short holiday tour with like-minded riff-rockers Valkyrie (featuring members of Baroness and Earthling) and Crobot. That tour hit NYC on Tuesday (12/20) at Terminal 5. No surprise to see a lot of Motörhead tees in the audience, and Clutch dedicated "Noble Savage" to Lemmy, who had died the night before.

Pictures from the whole night -- plus Clutch's setlist and video of them playing "X-Ray Visions" -- are in this post, and continue below...

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