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October 13, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt

2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con

A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.

Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.

"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.

"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."

"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.

Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]

The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (It's still got a long ways to go, attendance-wise. UPDATE: actually, nevermind) We've got a set of pictures from NYCC in this post, but even more and larger versions are up on BV's Facebook for those who really want to geek-out.

More (smaller ones) below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Citizen / You Blew It!'s crowd / Slingshot Dakota
You Blew It!
Slingshot Dakota

While American Football was playing Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom on Friday (10/10), another emo show was going down two floors below at the venue's Studio room. That was the Citizen / You Blew It! tour bringing its double dose of melodic punk, plus keyboard/drums indie pop duo Slingshot Dakota were added last minute (as a replacement for the now-defunct Hostage Calm). Anybody catch both Webster shows that night?

True Love opened. More pictures of the whole show below...

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October 12, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin

Mac DeMarco / Polica / Major Lazer fans
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Saturday - 10/11/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Saturday - 10/11/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Saturday - 10/11/2014

ACL Fest Weekend 2 continued on Saturday (10/11) after kicking off a day earlier. We caught sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and a few others, and pictures of those are in this post. There was a short rain delay with anything before 12:30 getting cancelled, but otherwise the second Saturday of the fest went off without a hitch.

Stay tuned for pictures of weekend 2 day 3. Check out weekend 2 day 1 pictures HERE and all three days of weekend 1 pictures HERE. More of weekend 2 day 2, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

American Football @ Webster Hall - 10/11/14
American Football

American Football continued their sold-out 3-night Webster Hall run last night (10/11) with Into It. Over It. opening. Like the previous night, they played in front of a screen with the house from their album cover, and played all the songs from their album and EP plus a bonus track from the new reissue, just in a slightly different order this time ("Never Meant" closed the show last night). Pictures of that show are in this post.

After Webster, American Football and Into It. Over It. headed to Saint Vitus for a much more intimate aftershow. Doors were at 12:30 AM and the line was wrapped around the block way before they opened. Everyone got in though, and the show went lateee until 3 AM when the cops showed up and closed it down. This one was way more laid back than the Webster shows, and they opened with "Never Meant" this time (and joked that they'd just play that 12 times and then leave). Video of that, with more pictures and the setlist from Webster, below.

The Webster run wraps up tonight (10/12) with Matt Pond opening. Sold out.

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October 11, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014

Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.

Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.

If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...

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October 10, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise

Motorhead set sail aboard their own Motorboat cruise last month, leaving the coast of Miami on September 22 and returning on September 26. Joining the metal legends were other veterans (and newer bands) of the genre including Zakk Wylde, Testament, Anthrax, High on Fire, Down and more. Megadeth was supposed to play, but cancelled. To quote the fest's own press release:

The inaugural Motörhead's Motörboat, aka The Loudest Boat In The World, conquered the high seas aboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise's iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock'n'roll living with no-holds barred! Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead's Motörboat featured more than 30 performances by 15 artists, including Anthrax Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde and High on Fire across four stages throughout the ship, as well as meet and greets with all of the artists, a book signing with Megadeth's David Ellefson, a spoken word performance by Anthrax's Scott Ian, an artist Q&A hosted by Jim Breuer, and some special rockin' from the Metal Allegiance featuring a slew of musicians from the bands performing.
Check out a ton more pictures from the whole trip, below....

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photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon taping for ACLTV @ The Moody Theater - 10/9/2014
Spoon taping for ACLTV @ The Moody Theater - 10/9/2014

"This is our fourth time taping this show," allowed Daniel after Transference mindfuck "Who Makes Your Money." "We're very proud of that - not going to let that go."

The audience exerted its most thorough burst of energy a moment later when Eric Harvey hammered out the first lines of "The Way We Get By" on a piano. Sans drums, Jim Eno took an ACL camera to the singer through follow-up "The Ghost of You Lingers," then jumped back behind the kit for a supremely crisp "Do You" off the new one. -[Austin Chronicle]

Spoon currently are in their old hometown of Austin, TX for the ACL Fest and in between its two weekends, played a taping of Austin City Limits, the show, at The Moody Theatre. Playing a full set, Britt and the rest of Spoon leaned heavily on their terrific new album, They Want My Soul, with past favorites dappled in as well. Setlist below.

Spoon have two more Austin shows, playing an official ACL late night aftershow at Stubb's on Saturday (10/11) and then the final day of ACL Weekend 2 on Sunday (10/12).  All Spoon dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, ACL Weekend 2 just got underway in Zilker Park and they'll be streaming sets live via two different channels. Today's streaming acts include Temples, Jimmy Cliff, Belle & Sebastian, Beck, Mac DeMarco, Broken Bells and more.

Check out Weekend 1 pictures of day 1, day 2 and day 3.

More pics from Spoon's ACL TV taping, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Robert Plant @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/9/2014
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
Robert Plant

Throughout the set, which included only four Lullaby tracks and one from the 2005 Strange Sensation album Mighty ReArranger, the singer made a running gag of referring to the songs he had played with Led Zeppelin as "folk songs," after explaining how a Leadbelly tune had inspired Lullaby's "Poor Howard." "If you don't call [that] a folk song, this surely must be headed towards being a folk song," he said before playing a mesmerizing, stripped-down version of "Going to California," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and mandolin. Similarly his daring takes on a simplified "Thank You" - which was almost drowned out by the sounds of women cheering - an electronics-infused "Black Dog," a banjo-infused "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (dedicated to Mavis Staples) and a mega-medley of "Whole Lotta Love" - sandwiched between covers of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" - sounded altogether rejuvenated. [Rolling Stone]
Following the three NYC-area shows (two at BAM, one at the Cap) on Robert Plant's now-concluded North American tour, he squeezed in an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show last night (10/9), or technically this morning (10/10), considering he took the stage at midnight following a DJ set from Questlove. Like the other shows on his tour, it included a few from the new album he put out this year, plus a handful of Led Zeppelin classics and old blues numbers that the Led used to get out. Pictures of the show and the setlist are in this post.

Ahead of last night's show, he appeared on The Colbert Report to perform there as well. Videos from that, plus more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Young men other than the band are ripping their shirts off at Webster Hall for @foxygentheband" - @aplombtomato

Foxygen @ Webster Hall 10/9/2014

Foxygen celebrated the impending release of their new double album, ...And Star Power, with two NYC shows this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/8) and Thursday (10/9) at Webster Hall. Despite problems with overdoing it while touring the last album, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have not toned down this time out: Sam was striking poses, leaping in the air and falling all over the place the whole, and the crowds ate it up. Also adding to fun was a trio of backup singers/dancers. Though the new album clocks in at 24 tracks in 80 minutes, sets have not been quite as epic, usually around a dozen songs or so. Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post, and we'll have MHOW pics soon as well. Meanwhile, Foxygen's tour rolls on, hitting Philadelphia tonight (10/10).

Before Foxygen at the Webster show was Juan Waters who brought out Mac DeMarco on drums (and Tall Juan on guitar). The Lemon Twigs opened the night. More pictures below...

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October 9, 2014

photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Klaus KinskI

Sick Of It All / H2O at Irving Plaza - 10/4/14
Sick Of It All

Saturday October 4 marked my 14 year anniversary of living in this overpriced hellhole we call New York City. In honor of yours truly and this personal milestone, New York City hardcore veterans Sick of it All headlined a sick quadruple bill at a very packed Irving Plaza. At least, I pretended the show was happening in my honor because I am a sociopath. In reality, the show, which also featured White Collar Crime LLC, Wisdom in Chains, and fellow NYHC vets H2O, was actually a record release party for Sick of it All's newest crusher Last Act of Defiance which came out on September 30, 2014. The evening was DJed by the great Gibby Haynes who spun everything from punk, to garage, to noise, to Steve Miller's 'Abracadabra'.

For once in my life, I got to the show before the first band White Collar Crime LLC hit the stage and I am glad I did. From start to finish this show was a relentless display of truly great hardcore without a single weak spot in the entire line-up. Though their set clocked in at under 30 minutes, White Collar Crime LLC were terrific and a bit of a departure from what one might expect from a NYHC show. Without the short-cropped hair often donned by members of the hardcore community, these four long-haired mofos unleashed a sound that was a fantastic mix of old school thrash and straight-up hardcore. Though their music had an extreme anti-establishment, anti-religion, anti-corporate-Disnification of America vibe, there was a certain level of humor inherent in the lyrics and the stage banter. Hardcore icon and renowned vegan John Joseph from the Cro Mags joined the band for a song called "FroYo." At this point in my life I am not actively seeking out new hardcore, but I am so glad I got to the show early and caught White Collar's set. They were super fun and intense, but had a sound that could fit bills beyond your standard hardcore.

The next band up was Wisdom in Chains and they had a sound much more typical for this sort of hardcore bill. Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wisdom in Chains really whipped the crowd into a frenzy and really set the momentum for the fist-pumping, singing along, and circle pitting that would be coursing through the venue for the remainder of the evening. For anyone into Warzone, Madball, Cro Mags, and Agnostic Front (basically everyone in the room), Wisdom really brought the stank. Front man Mad Joe Black is an absolute tank of a human being. Built like a brick shithouse and with pipes that give Sick of it All's Lou Koller a run for his money, Mad Joe owned the stage. However, during their set venue security really started to get out of hand. Although a barricade prevented stage diving, there was plenty of crowd surfing going on. Inevitably, some of the surfers drifted up to the barricade area. At one point I saw a security person grab a crowd surfer and slam him face first into the floor. A few minutes later, another security dude did the same thing to someone else. It was a gratuitous, unwarranted, unbridled and completely barbaric show of force and the guys in Wisdom in Chains rightfully called them out on it, even going as far as challenging the security personnel to throw down right then and there against them. Smartly, personnel declined the invitation to have their asses handed to them and for the rest of the evening they were way more respectful to crowd surfers who drifted up to the barricade. Rather than pull them over and throw them to the ground, they changed tact completely and assisted barricade-bound crowd surfers to a soft and safe landing. Good on Wisdom in Chains for addressing the situation before it got out of hand; it was security personnel creating unsafe conditions, not concert goers. Beyond that, Wisdom in Chains destroyed. Crushing, aggressive, and heavy as hell. An absolutely unmissable act.

H2O's crowd

The next band up was New York hardcore icons H2O. Although this was a Sick of it All record release show, the inclusion of a band as great and as well respected as H2O made it feel like they were co-headlining as opposed to opening for SOIA. I thought the audience came alive during Wisdom in Chains.... However, H2O instantly whipped the room into a next-level frenzy that I have not seen at a show in ages. Their setlist was absolutely packed with crowd favorites, but classics like "Everready," "Family Tree," and "Guilty By Association" almost had an old pile of garbage like me in the pit throwing bones and singing along (almost). I have seen H2O many times since their inception almost 20 years ago, and each time they bring their A game. H2O is best experienced live. Trust me.

After a brief intermission it was time for the main event. Sick of it All have been doing their thing for nearly 30 years, and I cannot think of a single band in the genre (or any genre for that matter) who have been as consistent as SOIA, both in the studio and live. I have seen them dozens of times since the early '90s and I find it staggering that they are as heavy as ever and that Lou Koller's voice is as strong and as deafening as ever. In 1997 they released a record called Built To Last. I wonder if they realized how prescient that album title really was. From top to tail, SIOA gave a performance that never lost an ounce of intensity. Guitarist Pete Koller trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu which probably explains how he can, for an hour plus, jump 5 feet in the air, spin around, and run all over the stage non-stop without ever missing a note or dropping dead from exertion. He is a sight to behold. And although his brother, vocalist Lou Koller, has A LOT of help from the audience in the vocals department, that guy can scream as loud as ever. It is staggering. The cuts they played from their new album "Last Act of Defiance" were indistinguishable in terms of quality and bad assedness from their classic cuts. They closed the show with crushers "Scratch the Surface" and "Step Down" from 1994's Scratch the Surface album. There was no encore, but after the show they did hop down to the barricaded area and spend considerable time fist bumping and shaking hands with legions of fans. This was a show for the history books folks.

More pictures, videos and SOIA's and H2O's setlists below...

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