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November 18, 2013
photos by Caroline Harrison
Eyehategod @ Saint Vitus - 11/16/13
Last week, "Big Easy sludge all-stars" Eyehategod brought their tour to NYC for their first two area shows since the tragic passing of drummer and founding member Joey LaCaze -- one at the Acheron on Saturday (11/16) and one at Saint Vitus on Thursday (11/14). After Dale Crover of the Melvins briefly filled in at Housecore Horror Film Fest, these shows were with LaCaze's permanent replacement, Aaron Hill.
We've got a review, pictures, and video over at Invisible Oranges. Here's a bit:
Long Island's The Communion opened the night with a brief set of blackened hardcore sludge and were followed by Brooklyn's own black metal horde, Mutilation Rites. Both bands performed admirably, but the focus of the evening was on Eyehategod. Once Mike IX and company took the stage, any doubt about the band's performance was immediately dispelled. Aaron Hill's drumming fits with the band perfectly, and the everyone played incredibly tightly considering this was only their sixth performance with a new drummer. In between songs Mike IX addressed the audience, and at one point officially introduced Aaron Hill and said a few words about his fallen friend, Joey LeCaze. But, in true Eyehategod fashion, most of the evening was spent whipping the adoring crowd into a substance-fueled frenzy.You can scope the full writeup and photo set at IO. Some of the pics and a full-set video of EHG are below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bree Roberts
Johnny Marr w/ Andy Rourke @ Irving Plaza, 11/16/2013
Johnny Marr's second tour of North American this year hit NYC on Saturday (11/16) at Irving Plaza. I didn't catch most of Meredith Sheldons' opening set set because the MTA decided that the L train shouldn't run again this weekend, which is a shame. A shame because the MTA is a wanker, and a shame because Meredith Sheldon is a beautifully morose, sulky kind of singer, and with Johnny Marr's son Nile on guitar she really made me wish I had of been there for the whole time.
I'm fairly sure every babysitter in NYC was hired Saturday, because this was the first show I've been to in a long time where I felt young. The average age of the crowd was mid thirties and everyone was out to have a good time, and get wasted on wine -- like classy people do. The Ipad sized phones held up the entire show to record things seemed unnecessary and were really irritating. I heard about two $400 tickets up for sale for this sold-out show on Stubhub three hours before the show -- and they got sold! (Tickets were originally $25).
Johnny was here tonight to promote his new album The Messenger. All the songs he played off that album were fantastic, including the title track, which is full of New Order-ish guitar driven melodies, singles "Upstarts" and "New Town Velocity" - which was lilting and lovely.
Response to the new songs was great -- unlike some shows like this, people seemed to have actually listened to his new album -- but the crowd got very excited for The Smiths songs (I won't call them covers, because Johnny cowrote them all) of which six were played, including "Panic," "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," "Big Mouth Strikes Again" and, final song of the night, "There is A Light That Never Goes Out." (There was a LOT of singing along.) The crowd went totally nuts, though, near the end of the night, when Marr brought out his friend since childhood and Smiths bandmate Andy Rourke, much as he did at Music Hall back in May. When Andy and Johnny teamed up on the amazingly cool "How Soon Is Now?" and then "Please, Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want" -- goth 90s teen me definitely died a little inside. The crowd went appropriately wild. Video of both and pictures from the show, plus the setlist, are in this post.
My favorite tune of the night though, apart from the obvious Smiths Johnny and Andy collaborations, was "Getting Away With It" by Electronic -- his band with Bernard Sumner from New Order and Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys. Fucking genius. All in all Johnny seemed thrilled to be onstage in NYC and playing with Andy again, and he appeared to be completely in his element. Looking forward to him returning to NYC.
While in town, Marr (who we just interviewed) stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon again to perform "Generate! Generate!" from The Messenger and then a web exclusive of "Please Please Please." You can watch both below and, as you can hear, Marr does a fine job singing Morrissey's lyrics...and that riff still thrills.
Johnny Marr's tour rolls on and if you'd like to see him at one of his remaining North American dates, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Video of the Fallon plus more pics from Marr's Webster Hall show, below...
November 15, 2013
photos by Ebru Yildiz, words by Andrew Sacher
The Men / Purling Hiss
Brooklyn's jammy punks The Men and Philly's grungy rockers Purling Hiss recently wrapped up a tour together that included a very loud Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/5) with likeminded support from local art punks Pampers, who had just put their self-titled debut LP. The Men were fresh off the release of their acoustic Campfire Songs EP, and Purling Hiss were still celebrating March's revved up Water on Mars. Pictures from the MHOW show are in this post. Not long after, The Men headed to Austin, where they played Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Purling Hiss have another NYC show coming up, and it's a free, all ages, Impose-presented one, happening at the new Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 14. For that show, Purling Hiss are part of a stacked lineup of similarly great indie rawk that also includes garage punk bashers Diarrhea Planet, confrontational post-hardcore kids Big Ups, and Philly lo-fi guitar pop trio Manors. The flyer for this free show is below.
The show initially included Speedy Ortiz, but they had to drop off because they're touring with The Breeders at that time.
All Purling Hiss dates are listed, along with the show flyer and more pics from The Men/Purling Hiss/Pampers show, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
photos by Adela LaConte
Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall
Sky Ferreira is currently on a tour with Smith Westerns which hit NYC on Monday (11/11) at Webster Hall. (And then Smith Westerns did their own smaller NYC show last night, 11/14.) Pictures from the Webster Hall show, including openers Gang of Youths, are in this post.
Sky, who also recently took part in the Elliott Smith tribute in Brooklyn and did some dates with Vampire Weekend and How to Dress Well, has been added to her pal Miley Cyrus' massive 2014 tour, along with Icona Pop. That tour comes to Brooklyn on April 5 at Barclays Center, and also hits IZOD Center (4/3) and Nassau Coliseum (4/24). Tickets are currently on presale, and general on-sale begins Saturday (11/16) at 10 AM. "I'm so lucky. I always get to tour with the best people," Sky notes.
Sky is also doing an in-store on opening day (11/25) for Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC. Admission is free with a purchase of her new Night Time, My Time: B-Sides Pt. 1 EP (which comes out that day) at Rough Trade on the day of the in-store. Performance starts at 7 PM. EP tracklist below.
All dates are listed, along with more Webster Hall pictures, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Active Child @ MHOW - 11/14/13
Active Child, aka electronic pop musician and harpist Pat Grossi, brought his current tour with Kendrick Lamar collaborator JMSN to NYC this week for shows at Bowery Ballroom (11/13) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/14). Like his collaborator How to Dress Well has done, he had an expanded ensemble on stage that included a string quartet and a mini-choir of backup singers, in addition to his 3-piece core band. Wasn't a long set, but the fleshed-out band helped make it a memorable one. Pictures of the MHOW show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Meanwhile, Romanian producer Liar (not to be confused with Liars) just remixed the track "Subtle" which features Mikky Ekko, off Active Child's new Ropor EP. You can stream that remix, along with more pictures from MHOW, below...
November 14, 2013
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Anna Calvi @ MHOW, 11/11/2013
UK performer Anna Calvi released her second album, One Breath, last month, another showcase for her unhinged-from-time operatic style. As good as her recordings are -- you should check out her new record (perhaps on Rdio?) -- it's live where Calvi's talent really shines. She's got powerhouse pipes, but she's a hell of a guitarist too and the combo is a thrill to watch. She played the first of a small handful of dates at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (1/11). We've got pictures from her set in this post, and ones of openers GEMS can be found here. Playing a mix of songs from both records, her showstopper version of Edith Piaf's "Jezabel" is a true "thank you and goodnight" closer.
Anna Calvi hits the West Coast this weekend for shows in L.A. and San Francisco. Hopefully she'll be back for a proper tour in 2014. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from her MHOW show below...
words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes the Square's long-awaited comeback tour with rapper B. Dolan hit Saint Vitus Bar last Sunday (11/10), with local support from BK supergroup United Nations. We've got a set of pictures from the show over at Invisible Oranges, plus a writeup:
Saint Vitus played host to an interesting crowd on Sunday. The venue hosts a variety of shows, but as readers of this site are certainly aware, it tends to lean towards metal and harsher rock music. Sunday's show hosted the NYC date of Circle Takes the Square's national tour with rapper B. Dolan (with live band) and local support from screamo/metal supergroup United Nations. Circle Takes the Square had not played New York in recent memory, so it was no surprise that the venue sold out.Head to Invisible Oranges for the pictures, and check out more in this post.
The whole night was a mix of genre-blending music -- not that many artists fit neatly inside one category these days. I think we've all seen enough permutations of "blackened crusty doomcore sludge," or, as our own Wyatt Marshall summed it up, "the works/supreme pizza", to agree. CTTS and United Nations both get the screamo/post-hardcore labels. United Nations' most noticeable influences come from Geoff Rickly, former singer for Thursday, but Ben Koller's (Converge) brief stint in the band around 2009 left a lasting imprint. Current drummer David Haik of Pianos Become Teeth plays with a skill and jaw-dropping intensity that recalls but does not simply mimic Koller's style. Rapper (yes, you read that correctly.) B. Dolan is signed to Sage Francis's label Strange Famous Records. Much like the Minnesotan label Rhymesayers, SFR is a hip-hop outfit that encourages genre-blending from its roster of artists. B. Dolan was definitely the odd man out on Sunday, but played to a receptive crowd regardless.
Circle Takes the Square is like nothing else that's out there. Sure, it's easy to point to certain obvious influences that shaped their sound -- some -cores (hard-, emotional hard-, metal-, noise-), some jazzier, proggier strains, and some blisteringly technical metal. Lots of things with the word "post" in them. A lot of people just call them screamo. Given all these variables, it's understandable that Sunday's crowd was equally diverse.
The group gave it everything they had from the word "go." They tore through the incredibly complex compositions with furious energy, hitting every transition with clock-like precision. While CTTS's unique genre-blending is definitely one of the key differentiators for the band, it's always been Kathleen Stubelek's voice that has pushed them from being really good to being truly memorable. The band was rewarded with an elated audience, many who had been waiting for years to see them. I overheard more than one conversation about how people had been waiting since they were teenagers to see CTTS. It was well worth the wait.
Also, at Invisible Oranges, we're giving away a 180-gram vinyl copy of CTTS' 2012 album, Decompositions: Volume One, and a t-shirt in the size of your choice. Details on how to enter to win are at IO.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and a stream of Decompositions: Volume One below...
November 13, 2013
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery, NYC - 11/8/2013
"The shows were all sold out and I had no luck getting tickets from brokers. But I went to City Winery anyway and scored a standing room spot for the show. I didn't know what to expect and I was blown away. She was nothing short of brilliant! She played a mix of new and old, reggae and Irish soul and her brand of rock pop. She sounded amazing and she looked like her old self -- fit, healthy and happy. She joked with the crowd and seemed to really enjoy performing. She commanded her band as well as the sound people with confidence and forcefulness and the kind of perfectionism that truly great musicians all have. My favorite tunes were "4th and Vine," "Three Babies," and "Last Day of Our Acquaintance." She also did a flawless version of her mega hit "Nothing Compares 2 U."" [PopDust]Irish singer Sinead O'Connor just wrapped up her three-night stint at NYC's City Winery, part of her fall North American tour. Though she's gotten more attention lately for open letters to Miley Cyrus, let's not forget she's got a string of great songs and her voice is still in fine form. Pictures from her first of the three City Winery shows (11/8) are in this post.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Speedy Ortiz @ BV-CMJ party at Baby's All Right - 10/18/13
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz already announced they're opening US dates for Los Campesinos!, they've now announced they'll sooner tour in support of another band, indie rock greats The Breeders, who Speedy likely owe some influence to. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall, and Speedy Ortiz will be opening both of those dates. Tickets for both shows are still available. Updated Speedy Ortiz dates, including a European tour with Joanna Gruesome, are listed below.
As mentioned, the Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz tour hits NYC on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
And though Speedy Ortiz aren't opening this one, if you're in Austin, catch The Breeders on New Year's Eve which is the last of their 'Last Splash' shows.
Back during CMJ, Speedy Ortiz played our Friday (10/18) party at Baby's All Right. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and another set of Speedy are in this post. They continue below, along with a video of them playing "Ka Prow!" at that show (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn), and their list of tour dates...