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September 8, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girls of Karen Black / Cocorosie / Antony et al @ Webster Hall 9/7/2014
The Girls of Karen Black

Last night (9/6) was the Future Feminism benefit at Webster Hall with performances by Cocorosie, Antony, The Girls of Karen Black and DJ Johanna Constantine. Apart from the Girls of Karen Black, there wasn't a lot of sloganeering, despite the occasion for the show, and the artists stuck mainly to the music. Antony only came out during Cocorosie's set, performing "You Are My Sister" (video below) and "Beautiful Boyz" plus a couple other songs as well. The night ended with group rendition of "Message in a Bottle." More pics from the show, plus video of Antony and Cocorosie's Sierra Casady performing "You Are My Sister," below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Jamie xx / Ghostface Killah at NYU Skirball Center - 9/3/14
Jamie XX
Ghostface Killah

Jamie xx wrapped up a North American tour at Hopscotch this past weekend (9/6) after hitting NYC's Electric Zoo the weekend prior. In between, he returned to NYC for NYU's annual mystery concert at the Skirball Center on September 3 with hip hop veteran Ghostface Killah and hip hop newcomers Ratking. We've got a set of pictures of all three artists from the show.

Jamie will be back in NYC in November when The xx play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit.

More pictures from the NYU show, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Skrillex / iLoveMakonnen / coolin' down at Warm Up
I Love Makonnen

MoMA PS1's 2014 Warm Up season ended this past Saturday (9/6) and it went out with a bang with a killer lineup of Evian Christ, Sophie and Lone. And depending on your feelings on Skrillex, it went out with either way more or way worse of a bang, since he was the surprise headliner. It was definitely insanely packed for Skrillex's set, to the point where people were even turned away before he came on. Skrillz wasn't the only surprise of the day though. iLoveMakonnen, who's apparently making a habit out of joining electronic producers at their day shows in NYC, came out during Evian Christ's set to get the MoMA PS1 courtyard going up on a Saturday afternoon. Forest Swords was also supposed to play but he was replaced by Doss at the last minute, and Doss' set was cut short due to the passing storm. We've got a set of pictures in this post of the whole day, with the exception of Doss.

There's a couple more chances to catch iLoveMakonnen as a not-surprise-guest in NYC, when he plays Gramercy on Friday (9/12) (tickets) and Baby's on 9/25 (tickets).

After Warm Up on Saturday, Evian Christ and Sophie kept the party going at 88 Palace and Lone did too at Glasslands. Anyone catch either of those? How were they?

More pictures from Warm Up, below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

Buzzcocks / Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall 9/6/2014
Titus Andronicus

As they hit the stage opening with "Boredom" and then, "Fast Cars," Buzzcocks seemed to have not lost their touch. Just pure adrenaline and excitement charging them on stage and the audience loved every second of it. The band, who are on tour in support of their new album, The Way, which has not been released in the U.S. yet, even guitarist Steve Diggle joked about it saying, "Here is a new song that you can't buy!" before going into "Keep On Believing." With a handful of new tracks played through the night, the latest songs sound as if they were kept in an archive from the bands heyday and seem to have not lost their touch, the same was true to their performance. - [HuffPo]
UK punk legends Buzzcocks hit NYC on Saturday (9/6) at Webster Hall as part of their current North American tour around Riot Fests. The band has a new import-only album out this year (The Way), but this show was mainly a cavalcade of hits, from opener "Boredom" through the encore of "Harmony in My Head," "Ever Fallen in Love" and "Orgasm Addict." A bearded Pete Shelley and the always smiling Steve Diggle (looking remarkably like he did in 1979) seem like they're still having a blast. Pics, setlist and full video of their Webster Hall set are in this post.

The night was well matched with NJ's Titus Andronicus, making for two generations of punk rock. The band blasted through a brief, 30-minute set with almost no time for banter. Pics and video from their set, and more from Buzzcocks, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Velvet Teen @ Baby's All Right - 9/6/14
The Velvet Teen
The Velvet Teen

California's The Velvet Teen brought their current tour to Baby's All Right on Saturday (9/6) for their first NYC show in almost three years. (Their last time was opening Minus the Bear's Highly Refined Pirates tour in 2011 and a Glasslands show that same week.) They played a good mix of the old and the new, with some favorites in there like "Radiapathy," "Noi Boi" and "Naked Girl." Their lineup's shifted a lot over the years, and they're a five-piece now with the same bassist and drummer they've had for a while, a new guitarist and the addition of a keyboard player. They sounded great, really full, and the crowd was way into them. It was pretty packed in there, and definitely full of people who love The Velvet Teen. In between songs, someone yelled out, "YOU HAVE REALLY DEDICATED FANS!" That is true.

Local support came from noise/psych rockers Sunflower Bean and synthy popsters Shy Hunters. More pictures of all three bands and one of TVT's setlist, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Modern Baseball / Beach Slang @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 9/5/14
Modern Baseball
Beach Slang

Modern Baseball and Beach Slang kicked off their tour together in NYC this past Friday (9/5) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with strong local support from Chumped and Crow Bait. We already posted pics of Chumped, and pictures of the rest of the show are in this post.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar was the most packed I'd seen it in a while, with a long line forming to get in before doors even opened. (It was no trouble to get in later on though.) The crowd seemed like they were there for everyone, though, with the openers getting a ton of appreciation. I mentioned Chumped's crowd had a bunch of people who knew the words, and Beach Slang's did too, even for the song they released a day earlier.

Beach Slang will next be in NYC to open for Cheap Girls in October. Modern Baseball will be nearby with The Wonder Years on Long Island in October (tickets). Chumped's next announced gig here is on their tour with PUP in November.

More pictures, with Modern Baseball's setlist, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Mineral @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/6/14

Mineral kicked off their reunion tour with Into It. Over It. at Saint Vitus last Thursday (9/4) (read our review), and continued with three more NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (all sold out). Like at Vitus, night 1 at Bowery had multiple crowd members yelling "thank you!" and a lot of people were yelling out song names too. It seemed weird that so many people were yelling out song names, but it never seemed to bother the band. It kind of fit the vibe... almost like the band and fans all felt like reunited old friends, but a bit older. The setlists at the Bowery shows were similar to Vitus, with just a few differences, like that the Bowery crowds on (at least) night 1 and 2 luckily got "LoveLetterTypewriter." Pictures and a video of Saturday's show are in this post, with setlists from Friday and Saturday. Anyone have the Sunday setlist?

Mineral's tour continues in New Haven, CT tonight (9/8). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pictures from Friday, with video and setlists, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 9/5/14

Brooklyn's Chumped will release their new EP, That's The Thing Is Like..., on Tuesday (9/9) via Anchorless, and a full stream of that premieres in this post ahead of the release. Its first two songs, "Hot 97 Summer Jam" and "Doubt," are more of the scrappy pop punk of last year's debut EP and more proof that the band know their way around a hook. Final track "Vices" has singer Anika Pyle in introspective acoustic/sad mode, which works as well as their punkier material. Check it out for yourself below, and stay tuned for news on their upcoming full length.

Chumped rarely have a lack of hometown shows, having just played two over the weekend. I caught them on Friday (9/5) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Modern Baseball, Beach Slang and Crow Bait, where they had by far the biggest crowd I've seen for them so far. A good amount of people knew the words, a few mosh pits broke out, and Chumped sounded great. The next night they were at Saint Vitus with Cayetana. Pictures of Chumped's set from BK Bazaar are in this post, and pics of the other three bands are coming soon.

Chumped's next NYC show is on their tour with Canada's PUP, which happens on November 7 at Mercury Lounge. That's a good double bill and not the first time it's happened in NYC. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with more BK Bazaar pics and the EP stream, below...

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September 5, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Interpol @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/4/2014

Interpol are in the midst of a hometown promotional onlslaught for their new album El Pintor, which is out next week (9/9). After playing the chi chi Temple of Dendur at The Met on Tuesday (9/2), the band returned to more familiar Lower East Side territory for a show at Bowery Ballroom to a feverish crowd. Song selection varied from The Met show as you can see in the setlist below. The Bowery show had a Temple too, in this case opener Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic who performed solo. Pics from Bowery Ballroom are in this post.

The band wrap up their week of release shows in just a bit with a show at the I Heart Radio Theatre. It's a private show but is being streamed live at I Heart Radio's website, startingĀ at 7 PM EST tonight (9/5).

Interpol will be back in NYC in November when their fall tour hits T5 for two sold-out shows. More pics and the setlist from Thursday's Bowery Ballroom show, plus an El Pintor making-of documentary, below...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Aretha Franklin @ ACL Live 9/3/2014
Aretha Franklin @ ACL Live 9/3/2014

The purse stashed under the piano Thursday night foretold Aretha Franklin's arrival. Because the gospel priestess demands the AC be turned off for her performances, the 72-year-old Detroit native cut through the humidity with exquisite vocal power during another ACL Live at the Moody Theater sell-out. For 90 minutes, the crowd shivered nonetheless...

...In a flowing black and white dress, the Queen of Soul preached - "Natural Woman." Waving at the frenzied congregation, she urged, "Come on, sing." Wrapped in pure nostalgia, they obliged at full volume...

...After a hip-shaking rendition of "Respect," Franklin clutched her second bouquet of red roses. A final song then coated an audience aglow with sweat in mellow bliss: "The Way We Were." Kicking off her heels, Franklin demolished the Barbra Streisand ballad.

After her final exit, everyone waited hopefully as a stagehand retrieved her bag from below the piano - said to be the night's purse, the take: payment. House lights on. - [Austin Chronicle]

Seventy-Two and still going strong, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will release a new album this fall consisting of "diva covers" like "Midnight Train to Georgia," "Last Dance," and "What's Love Got to Do With It?" The record is executive produced by her old pal (and onetime Arista records head) Clive Davis with help from Andre 3000, Babyface and Daryl Simmons. A release date still hasn't been announced but she'll be in NYC to talk with Davis and journalist Anthony DeCurtis at 92Y on October 1. Tickets to the event include a digital download of the new album and are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Franklin continues to belt it out, as only she can, on tour. She was in NYC back in June for the Blue Note Jazz Fest, and this past Wednesday (9/3), she played Austin's ACL Live, sold out and sweaty. Pictures and setlist from that are in this post. She's got a few more dates coming up, including two more in Texas this week. All dates are listed, along with pics from ACL Live, below...

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