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December 11, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
December 10, 2014
photos by James Richards IV
Antemasque / Le Butcherettes
If all you know of Omar is the talented but quiet guy off to the side on all those ATDI reunion shows, that dude has been replaced by a beast wearing a guitar. Something about these news songs has lit a fire under him, and watching him shred was a sight to see. His work on "Dominoes Fall" was incredible, with its big Guitar Hero worthy solo being the standout moment of the show.Following the end of the At the Drive-In reunion and the breakup of The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have joined forces for yet another band, Antemasque. That band put out their debut album this year and recently wrapped up a tour with Omar's pals Le Butcherettes in support of it. The tour hit NYC for three shows and also hit other cities including Houston (where the above review is from) and Chicago, where the pictures in this post are from.
Cedric held up his end of the bargain, sounding pretty solid for a guy who spent the better part of his younger years screaming his lungs out. He still knows how to command an audience, still has those funky dance moves and still knows when to stop and let the crowd sing their hearts out. [Houston Press]
More of those pictures below...
December 9, 2014
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich @ Glasslands 12/8/2014
It was a double goodbye for Yellow Ostrich last night, as they said farewell to Glasslands, which is closing at the end of the month, and the show was also their last one as a band. Bittersweet, but a good time, with a packed crowd of fans. Tei Shi, who sings on Yellow Ostrich singer Alex Schaaf's new project Human Heat, had an impressive opening set. The night opened with Norwegian Arms and pictures from the whole show are in this post.
Glasslands has three weeks left. They've added some new artwork on the walls for their final month, including an homage to their beloved cloud installation. Be sure to check it out if you're there. Still no word on what they've got in store for New Year's Eve, their final night in business.
More pictures from last night's Glasslands show, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Smashing Pumpkins released their not-half-bad new album, Monuments To An Elegy, this week, and Billy Corgan's current version of the band celebrated in NYC last night (12/8), their final of four release shows in different cities. For these shows, Billy was backed by current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, as well as Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer. Last night's intimate show (much smaller than 2012's Barclays Center show) included about half of the new album, and a handful of their '90s faves like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "Tonight, Tonight," "Disarm," "Hummer," "Silverfuck," "Zero" and "Drown" from the Singles soundtrack. Pictures of the show are in this post.
In other news, Billy Corgan has now publicly made up with Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, following about 15 years of beef. Good year for Courtney Love ending beefs, having probably made up with Dave Grohl earlier this year too.
More pictures, a couple videos, and the setlist from Webster, below...
December 8, 2014
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Foo Fighters put out a new album and an HBO series about it, both called Sonic Highways, this year. The premise of the show was it had Dave Grohl & co. traveling to eight different US cities -- Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, and New York City -- and discussing those cites' musical histories while also showing clips of them recording parts of their album in each. A.V. Club gave the show a B+, sounding mixed on the Chicago episode but more positive about the DC one (the two episodes they had watched for review before it premiered). An excerpt from their review reads:
That kind of self-awareness from Grohl--knowing that he's reached a level of success far beyond the people who helped feed his roots--deepens Sonic Highways in incalculable ways. Without making too big a deal about it, Grohl contrasts himself with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who admits in "Chicago" that he doesn't really know or care much about the blues, and in "Washington D.C." confesses that he's never been part of any kind of indie scene. And Grohl himself admits that the unusual method of recording this new Foo Fighters album is just a way for a seen-it-all/done-it-all veteran rock band to introduce some novelty. Sonic Highways subtly acknowledges the differences between the scholarly and the intuitive, and between the mega-millionaires and the guys still making records in their basements.Jezebel had another take in their article "Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Systematically Erases Women in Music." They write:
Grohl knows he's fortunate to have played in two of the most popular rock bands of the past 25 years, and to have the backing of HBO and the well-heeled production company Worldwide Pants Inc. (whose founder, David Letterman, is a big Foo Fighters fan, hailing them for going out every night and "fighting foo"). But Grohl also knows none of this happened by chance. Sonic Highways is about Chicago, D.C., Austin, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles; but it's also about Grohl, remembering where he came from and what he owes.
Sonic Highways is meant to reflect Grohl's own fandom and musical upbringing--but it also positions itself as a type of definitive oral history of each city's music scene. And with each episode, it becomes more dismaying, and much clearer, that Grohl's version of that history begins and ends with men almost entirely.Have you seen the show? What did you think?
...[The Seattle] episode spends a majority of time on the local punk rock scene of the '80s and '90s, and the music that would eventually be called grunge. Sub Pop Records' Megan Jasper gets some cursory airtime, but beyond that, there is not even a sole mention of women in the scene, other than Grohl cheesing that he was shocked that women in Seattle actually went to these shows. GUESS WHAT GROHL, it wasn't just because there was more melody, or that you know, Chris Cornell and Kurt were cute. It was because there were plenty of women bands who were completely crucial to the scene, including 7 Year Bitch and The Gits, of whom I am assuming he is aware because, when Gits singer Mia Zapata was raped and murdered, Grohl's band Nirvana donated money to hire a private investigator to find her killer.
Hole is not mentioned.
Nor is Bikini Kill, who were not from Seattle but were integral to the actual existence of Nirvana, the band--Tobi Vail dated Kurt and turned him on to feminism, while Kathleen Hanna coined the title of their biggest hit by writing "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the mirror at a party. Oh and also, Hanna actually DATED Grohl. (Allegedly.) Also, they were punk as fuck, a musical tenet Grohl apparently values above all others.
The documentary wrapped up this past Friday (12/5) with the NYC episode, and like The Foos have done in other cities, they celebrated with an intimate show that night at Irving Plaza. As you may know by now, the only way to get in was lining up for tickets -- people camped out overnight and those tix went really fast. Only about 1,000 people got in (and the guestlist was probably huge) but if you didn't, you'll have another chance when they play the 45,000+ capacity Citi Field on their 2015 tour. They played for about 3 hours, and in addition to the Sonic Highways stuff, those in attendance got "Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "I'll Stick Around," "Big Me," covers of The Stones, Tom Petty and Queen & Bowie's "Under Pressure" and more.
More pictures from Irving, and the setlist, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
tUnE-yArDs / Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon
Last week, tUnE-yArDs kicked off a tour with Cibo Matto that began in NYC with a four-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Beep!. That run wrapped up last night (12/7), and this Wednesday they'll continue (without Beep!) on the West Coast. We caught Saturday's show (12/6) which was also Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda's birthday. In celebration of that, main tUnE-yArDs member Merril Garbus and Cibo Matto's pal Sean Lennon came out during their set to bring a cake and sing happy birthday. Merrill left after that, but Sean stuck around and joined Cibo Matto on guitar.
More pictures of the show, with TY's setlist and a video of the birthday cake, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow / Zambri
Brooklyn venue Glasslands has less than a month left before the corner of S. 2nd & Kent is no longer a hub for live music in Williamsburg (Death by Audio and 285 Kent have already said their farewells), and this past Friday (12/5) they hosted The Blow, Zambri and Cookies. The Blow changed it up a bit from the kind of shows for which they had become known. It used to be Khaela Maricich putting on a show that was as much a concert as it was performance art, and with funny/endearingly awkward banter between songs. But this one was different, with both Khaela and her bandmate Melissa Dyne hunched over keyboards playing a less confrontational set -- one that was maybe not suited for a chatty crowd like the one there. Reviews have been mixed. One person said, "The Blow stripped down sounding absolutely beautiful underneath these 200 people's conversations," while another said, "The Blow kinda #blew tn ;(". Were you there? What did you think?
This was Zambri's first show in a while which pulled mainly from 2012's House of Baasa. You can check out pictures from the whole night in this post. Other upcoming shows at Glasslands before they close include How to Dress Well, Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Waxahatchee, Jana Hunter and more.
More pictures from The Blow's show below...
December 7, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...
The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!
"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]
Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.
Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).
Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...
On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.Tickets and information available HERE.
As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..
You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.
Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).
The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...
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December 5, 2014
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DTA / Obituary / Massacre
Death to All (Death DTA), the touring Death tribute frequently featuring ex-members, brought their ongoing tour to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater on November 30. The bill was pretty stacked all around, with more veteran death metal from Obituary and Massacre, as well as comparative newcomers Rivers of Nihil. More pictures from that show below...