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August 7, 2015

photos and words by Sachyn Mital

Philip Selway @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 8/6/2015
Philip Selway
Philip Selway

Philip Selway is one of the nicest folks on stage and off. Mingling with fans before and after his August 6 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Radiohead drummer and solo artist cordially spoke with all who approached him and signed merchandise if requested. On stage, he mentioned he went to his first ballgame, the Yankees, the night before and noticed how the screens prompted fans to cheer and such, eliciting a loud response from the crowd. Selway continued, if he were to make his shows similar to that experience, he would request a "quiet ripple of applause" and would charge $50 for hot dogs (to pad up for his wallet again after spending a considerable amount on stadium concessions).

Selway's solo tour brought him back to NYC (he played LPR in April) following festival gigs at Lollapalooza. Selway, with Adem (who also opened for him), Kath Mann (Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro, performed a selection of songs from his two albums Familial and Weatherhouse as well as from his EP, reworking a few of them over his nearly ninety minute set. For those looking for Radiohead material, they came to the wrong place. The closest Selway came might have been "Ghosts" but the music was more a reflection of Selway's own tastes, allowing him to get out from behind a drum kit to play guitar, sing and to do his own style of shuffle on songs like "Drawn to the Light", "The Ties that Bind Us" and "It Will End in Tears".

For his encore, Selway returned to perform "Broken Promises" and "Let It Go", as the crowd called it for "more saw", which led Quinta to switch out her violin for the saw and Selway to jest if she could play it behind her head with her teeth. Pics from the whole night, including ones of Adem's opening set, are in this post and continue below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

The Avengers @ The Bell House 8/4/2015
The Avengers

San Francisco punk legends The Avengers stopped in NYC on their way to the UK for a show at Brooklyn's The Bell House on Tuesday (8/4). The band, which still includes founding members Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham, played such classics as "We Are the One," "The American in Me" and "Car Crash." Setlist and pics are in this post.

The rest of Tuesday's lineup was pretty strong too, featuring veteran Brooklyn duo Shellshag, young troublemakers Surfbort, and Gozer. Pictures from their sets, and more of The Avengers, are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Faith No More / Refused
Faith No More

The band is older now and not the same 20-somethings that ran around like maniacs on the stage of Saturday Night Live back in December of 1990. That doesn't mean they aren't still lively. They opened the show with the title track off The Real Thing and my god, was it sensational. That performance was jam-packed with the type of raw energy that very few bands can do night in and night out but these guys somehow find a way. Each one of them leaves a piece of themselves on that stage and there is no holding back the intensity. It's hard to believe it's the same band that had so much infighting that led to the implosion seventeen years ago. The band seems like they really like, no, love each other, and put all egos aside, much to the delight of me and thousands and thousands of fans.

They remained active over the years between breakup and reunion. Patton put out a slew of albums with his bands Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantômas, Peeping Tom and more. Hell, I even saw Tomahawk and Fantômas both open for Tool a decade or so ago (to, um, mixed reactions from the crowd). And of course drummer Mike Bordin kept busy by playing with Ozzy Osbourne's band and sometimes subbing in for Bill "Fucking" Ward of Black Sabbath. And while they all can list accolades outside of Faith No More I think they all can agree that when they get together, something magical happens. [The Supernaughts]

Faith No More brought their tour with Refused to NYC on Wednesday (8/5) for a show at The Theater at MSG (moved from the main arena). Both bands were supporting solid post-hiatus albums, and played off those and gave us classics too. Pictures and setlists of both bands are in this post.

After the MSG show, Refused did what they usually do after playing a big NYC show, and headed to a much smaller venue (The Studio at Webster Hall this time) for a midnight show. Did you make it to that one? How was it? Setlist from that below too.

Even with Faith No More back in action, Mike Patton isn't content to work on just one project. He's also currently busy with Nevermen, his collaboration with Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and rapper Doseone.

More pictures and setlists below...

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August 6, 2015

photos by Jesse Lirola & Matthew Reeves

White Sea (M83's Morgan Kibby) / Twin Peaks / Albert Hammond Jr.

Even if you don't know Kibby (or White Sea) by name, you might recognize her sound. She's the voice behind Big Data's recent single "The Business of Emotion," she sang and played keyboard with M83 since 2008's "Saturdays=Youth" and she co-wrote hits like "Midnight City" for the French electronic music group.

"I think there are some musicians who figure out very early on who they are," she said. "I was not such a lucky writer and producer. Over the last 10 years, it's been a discovery." [Chicago Tribune]

Lollapalooza 2015 happened during the final weekend of July in Chicago's Grant Park. We already posted three days worth of photos (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and those posts included a couple shots of BrooklynVegan host and DJ Billy Jones interviewing Albert Hammond Jr on Sunday, but most of the Toyota Tent action was left out. BrooklynVegan co-presented/curated the tent, much like we're doing again this weekend at Outside Lands, and so naturally we also have this final set of pictures from that action.

Our potion of the Toyota Tent's schedule included live sets by by Morgan Kibby of M83's band White Sea, Twin Peaks, rapper Pell, Gogol Bordello, Of Monsters and Men, Lion Babe (who are on the new Disclosure album), and more. Pictures from all of it, some portraits included, continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

photo: Father John Misty / Angel Olsen @ Central Park SummerStage 8/5/2015
Father John Misty
Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen

Josh Tillman's alter-ego Father John Misty has an oversized persona that's made for big shows and Wednesday night he took it to Central Park for a sold-out SummerStage show. FJM seemed in good spirits, and worked every inch of the stage's real estate. For the encore (an "unprecedented move" he cheekily claimed) he did "I Went To the Store One Day" solo acoustic and ended with "Everyman Needs a Companion." Setlist is below.

Angel Olsen also played, delivering another bewitching set and opening the evening was Summer Moon, which features members of The Strokes, Au Revoir Simone and The Like.  Pictures from the whole evening continue below...

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August 4, 2015

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
Hot Chip
Hot Chip

As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore.  (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).

Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.

Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.

For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.

This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

CYHSY @ Bowery Ballroom, 8/2/2015
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just wrapped up their nostalgia tour, playing their "blog rock" classic debut in full. The tour included two shows in their hometown of NYC, Saturday (8/1) and Sunday (8/2) at Bowery Ballroom. Both were opened by Teen Men, the new band of The Spinto Band's Nick Krill and Joe Hobson. We caught night 2. Pictures continue below...

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August 3, 2015

photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Total Control

Australia's Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Dan Stewart did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.

Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Stewart was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they'd played "Scene from a Marriage?" Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let's hope this is not the last time we'll get to see them in NYC.

Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal -- and the band's arresting lighting -- was impressive. They play again on August 21 at Saint Vitus with Uniform and Alberich (tickets).

More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below...

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Flesh World @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Flesh World

San Francisco's Flesh World just played three NYC shows: Baby's All Right on Thursday (7/30) with Radioactivity and Honey Radar, then they opened for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with Lust for Youth and Sannhet, and then played later that night (much later) at Acheron. Jess Scott still writes the same style of songs, musically at least, as she did in the underrated Brilliant Colors but Limp Wrist's Scott Moore's snaking, snarling guitar leads definitely push things into the punkier side of post-punk. It was a short but terrific set from them at MHOW. Pictures from their set are in this post.

We mentioned that Limp Wrist would be playing Silent Barn on August 6 after the Flesh World tour ends. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but they added a late one. After the 7 PM show with Didi, In School, Frau and Honeysuck, they'll play an 11 PM show with Crazy Spirit and Frau (tickets).

More Flesh World pics below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins (Jimmy Chamberlain included) continued the NYC-area run of their tour with Marilyn Manson on Friday (7/31) at Jones Beach. You already saw pictures of the PNC Bank Arts Center stop, and we've got shots of Jones Beach here. The setlist was the same as PNC, but luckily for Billy Corgan, no stage rushers this time.

More pictures below...

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