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July 13, 2015

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015

The 4Knots Festival happened on Saturday (7/11), its first year on the Hudson and as a ticketed event. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day and, though things got off to a late start resulting in some slightly truncated sets, good vibes abounded. Pictures from the day are in this post.

For me the real draw were Super Furry Animals, playing their only North American show on this visit and first since 2009. With no new album to plug, apart from a reissue of their Welsh Language LP Mwng, it was a Greatest Hits show, both in song and in stage antics. Singer Gruff Rhys had the cue cards for the audience and an alien mask for opener "Slow Life," vegetables were chewed as percussion on "Receptacle for the Respectable" (Bok Choy making its debut as veggie of choice), and they finished with an epic rendition of the Steely Dan-sampling "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" which had them in their yeti costumes and crossing aloft guitars for the finish. Gruff also thanked both Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, as well as fans who traveled far for the show. Setlist and a few videos are below.

The Jicks' set had the biggest crowd of the day. They put on a fun show -- heavy on 2013's Wig Out at Jagbags -- and all seemed to be in a good mood. Twin Peaks and Screaming Females probably had had the wildest crowds. It was hard to tell how many people were there as Pier 84 is a big place and lots of folks were more than happy just to hang out back on the lawn and not get near the stage. Then there was this year's VIP boat (which you could buy tickets for this year), a big party cruise ship that many people never left either. One member of early performers Surfbort left the boat, though -- by jumping off it and into the questionable waters of the Hudson. Once he got out of the water, he was ejected from the festival. Though he tried to get back in wearing a variety of different outfits, and it apparently worked? Video of his high dive is below.

The day also included sets from Mikal Cronin, Heaters, Meatbodies (who played Baby's while in NYC too), and pictures of their sets are in this post. Due to a torn calf muscle (ouch!), our photographer missed Heaven and Happyness but she soldiered on -- and is now on the mend. Lots more pics from 4Knots below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

The Rezillos

UK punk/new wave vets The Rezillos are still kicking, and earlier this year they released their first new album since the '70s, ZERO. They brought their tour in support of it to NYC on Saturday (7/11) at Gramercy Theatre. They gave us some of the new record, but of course old favorites too like "Top of the Pops" and "Flying Saucer Attack."

Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist and shots of openers Gameday Regulars, The Purslaines and Whiskey Bitches, continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Rainer Maria @ Saint Vitus - 7/10/15
Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria

The Rainer Maria reunion marched on with two more shows in the band's hometown of NYC over the weekend: Saint Vitus on Friday (7/10) and Shea Stadium on Saturday (7/11). We caught the Vitus show, which was a similar setlist to the one they played at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve. The place was sold out, packed, and lots of people were singing along. Someone asked if a new album would happen and after hesitating they did admit "we're trying out some new material."

Olivia Neutron-John and Vision Control opened the show. Pictures continue below...

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July 10, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Speedy Ortiz / Weyes Blood
Speedy Ortiz
Weyes Blood

The annual River Rocks series of free shows on NYC's Pier 84 kicked off yesterday (7/9) and thanks to the weather, it got off to a rocky start. Rain and lightning caused headliner Waxahatchee's set to be cancelled, for which the band apologized and said "we'll make it up to NY." Speedy Ortiz did get to play, but unfortunately the weather wasn't too kind to singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis' gear:

As far as we know, everything went over just fine for opener Weyes Blood's set though. Pictures of her and Speedy are in this post.

Waxahatchee are set to return to NYC on their tour with Kurt Vile, which hits Webster Hall on October 7 (tickets). They also have an Asbury Park show with Weyes Blood on 10/10 at Asbury Lanes (tickets).

Speedy will be back here on July 22 at Terminal 5 with Courtney Barnett and Torres. That show is sold out.

And Weyes Blood recently announced a tour with Little Wings that hits NYC on September 10 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/10) at noon.

River Rocks continues with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Krill on 7/23 and U.S. Girls and Yuck on 8/6.

More pictures from last night's show, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Henry Grimes / Roscoe Mitchell @ Vision Festival 7/7/2015
Amina Claudine Myers & Henry Grimes
Roscoe Mitchell Trio & Quintet

NYC's Vision Festival, celebrating its 20th year, has been going on all week at Judson Memorial Church with an eclectic lineup of music, dance and poetry. Things kicked off Tuesday (7/7) with sets from Roscoe Mitchell's Trio and Quintet, Amina Claudine Myers & Henry Grimes, Douglas Ewart's band Quasar, and more. Joseph Jarman was scheduled to do the Invocation this year, as he had done the first 10 years of Vision Fest, but was not feeling well so Patricia Nicholson took his place. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Vision Fest continues through the weekend. Tonight includes David Murray with Class Struggle Trio, violinist Jason Kao Hwang with Sing House, and pianist Matthew Shipp with dancer Yoshiko Chuma and more. Tickets are still available. More pics from Tuesday's kickoff event, below...

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July 9, 2015

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Goatwhore, Black Breath, Ringworm, \m/
Black Breath
Black Breath
Black Breath

NOLA metal vets Goatwhore brought their stacked tour with metallic hardcore bands Black Breath and Ringworm and deathgrind newcomers Theories to NYC this week for two shows at Saint Vitus. They took over the venue on Monday (7/6) and Tuesday (7/7), and we've got pictures of the first night.

More, plus videos of Goatwhore's set, below...

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July 8, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Dick Diver @ Baby's All Right 7/7/2015
Dick Diver

Australia's Dick Diver played Baby's All Right on Tuesday night (7/7), one of the first dates of their U.S. tour supporting their terrific new album, Melbourne, Florida. It was a surprisingly packed house, including a lot of Australian expats and a fair number of fans who knew the words to almost all the songs. (Maybe Courtney Barnett wearing their t-shirt in a press shot has helped raise awareness.) The band were in a very good mood too. They offered up a dozen or so songs, mostly from the new album, and engaged in a little joke-telling during tune-ups.

Everyone in the band writes and sings, but it's a fairly cohesive sound, rooted in the kind of jangly guitar pop which that part of the world does so well (The Clean, Go-Betweens, etc) with multiple-part harmonies to boot. Highlights for me were basically my favorite songs from the album, particularly the lovely "Percentage Points" and rousing "Tearing the Posters Down." Sound and lighting were especially good last night. Great show. Pictures from their performance, including one of the setlist (which they didn't follow to the letter), are in this post.

When Dick Diver's tour ends, bassist Al Montfort will stick around to join Total Control (he's in a handful of bands) for their US tour in August.

I got to Baby's about halfway through openers Lightning Bug's set. They were better suited on this bill than when I saw them open for Kate Tempest, and their brand of motorik psych sounded good. Plus, they covered Broadcast's "I Found the F" which is an easy way to win me over. Kleenex Girl Wonder's Graham Smith opened the show, but we missed him.

Dick Diver also played a last-minute surprise show at Cake Shop on Sunday after Canadian dates fell through. (Anyone catch that one?) More pictures of their Baby's show below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

But the night kept getting more hyped and the crowd's energy was building along with it. The Underachievers took the stage as the sun officially set, running through a slew of songs from their debut mixtape Indiegoism and their latest solo project, Cellar Door, including "Sun Through Rain" and "Amorphus." Mick Jenkins, Justine Skye, Bodega Bamz, Vashtie and 2015 XXL Freshman Raury all rolled through as Flatbush Zombies' set began to the loudest cheers of the night, while Ab-Soul and his girlfriend Yaris Sanchez hung out behind the scenes.

...But that was just the beginning; Ab-Soul then took the stage for his track "Terrorist Threats," rocking at the front of the stage with Joey going crazy beside him. The next to take the stage was A$AP Ferg, who hadn't been spotted backstage before then, who came out as the crowd erupted and asked the crowd to put their hands in the air for both STEEZ and A$AP Yams. Ferg then launched into "Work," which flowed seamlessly into "Shabba Ranks" and threw things onto another level. A moment of silence was called and Pro Era all took a knee on stage and turned to the projector behind them as a video tribute to Capital STEEZ played on screen. As STEEZ's mother, sisters, nephew and other family members watched from the side, Pro Era huddled for a moment in the middle of the stage before launching into "Survival Tactics," Joey's breakout song off 1999 that featured STEEZ and did more than anything to that point to launch Pro Era's hip-hop dreams and expose their balanced and insightful lyricism to the masses. [XXL]

In honor of the late Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ and the rest of the Pro Era crew presented the inaugural Steez Day show in Central Park yesterday (7/7), which would have been Steez's 22nd birthday. They brought out a bunch of their talented friends, including Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers (who just announced a new album and tour), Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA, Dyme-A-Duzin, 22 Love and SMTH, plus surprise appearances from Ab-Soul and A$AP Ferg. Later that night, a chunk of the lineup played the afterparty at Highline Ballroom, and the previous night, Joey and other friends showed up at Statik Selektah's release show at Santos. Statik was also on hand to DJ Steez Day.

More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Underachievers in Central Park - 7/7/15
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

The Underachievers helped Joey Bada$$ celebrate Steez Day yesterday (7/7) with a show in Central Park and an afterparty at Highline Ballroom. Pictures from their set at the Central Park show are in this post, and pictures of the other acts on that bill are coming soon.

The duo have now announced that their sophomore album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, will come out this fall via RPM MSC and that first single "Take Your Place" is due out Friday (7/10). They also announced a headlining fall tour with support from Pouya & The Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz.

The tour includes a show in their hometown of NYC on October 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and more pictures from Central Park, below...

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July 6, 2015

photos by Jay Blakesberg

Grateful Dead

After a show focused on the '70s and a performance that leaned on the Dead's later years, the Fare Thee Well septet pulled from nearly every era of the Grateful Dead's touring career on Sunday.

The energy at the sold-out football stadium was through the roof as the band took the stage and assembled for a deep bow. They then huddled at the middle of the stage for a group hug. Each member took their spots and "China Cat Sunflower" began. Bruce Hornsby and Trey Anastasio shared lead vocals on "China Cat," which the Grateful Dead played over 500 times between 1968 and 1995. A few of Robert Hunter's lyrics tripped up Anastasio, but he had no problems instrumentally as the guitarist added his own signature flourishes to the iconic transition that leads into "I Know You Rider." All four main vocalists shared the "I wish I was a headlight" verse which Garcia always sang so powerfully at Grateful Dead performances. Hornsby provided a perky, upbeat piano solo in "Rider" as a crowd including celebrities Bill Murray, Perry Farrell, George R.R. Martin and Bill Walton roared its approval.

...Show organizers had one more setbreak surprise in store on Sunday as a full fireworks display was fired above Soldier Field.

The band returned to the stage towards the end of the fireworks show to open the second set with "Truckin," the first song they performed eight days earlier at their Santa Clara debut. A repeat of "Truckin" gave the audience of Deadheads a final chance to scream and shout the "what a long strange trip it's been" lyric. [Jambase]

After the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary 'Fare Thee Well' shows in Santa Clara, they played their three final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field this past weekend. Like in California, surviving members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, former Dead collaborator Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti of Bob Weir's band RatDog. As the above review points out, each night had a different theme setlist-wise, and you can browse all three setlists below. Pictures from the first night are also in this post.

The second night, July 4th included projected footage of the Empire State Building on the screen at Soldier Field as the Dead played "U.S. Blues." The building's light show, mostly in red, white and blue, was synced to the song. Video of that is below too.

Grateful Dead

NYC Taper was in attendance, and he's got audio to stream/download of the first two shows at his site (July 3 and July 4). You can stream "Passenger" from the first night and "The Golden Road" from the second, below. has you covered if you're looking to buy the official CDs and DVDs.

Did you make it to any of the shows? If so, did you get one of the 100,000 roses FTD gave out? Was it tie-dyed? What about a balloon? Did you visit any other historical Dead sites while you were out there? How did you get your ticket?

Levi's Stadium photos HERE and HERE.

More pictures from Chicago night one, along with the three Chicago setlists, song streams and video, below...

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