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October 6, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014
Mr. Twin Sister

Having futzed with their name and their sound just a bit, Mr. Twin Sister celebrated the release of their new album with two sold-out shows at Baby's All Right this weekend (October 3 & 4). Whether it was this tweaking, leaving Domino to self-release their new album, or just taking time off, Andrea Estella and the rest of the band (a six-piece) seem energized and they sounded great on Friday night, ably reproducing the new LP's deep shag disco/R&B. For a few songs they were aided by Ava Luna's Felicia Douglass and Becca Kauffman for backup vocals and, on singles "In the House of Yes" and "Blush," a string quartet joined them for some seriously lush sounds.

The night also featured Ava Luna whose Carlos Hernandez did the string arrangements for Mr Twin Sister, and Touch. More pictures from the night, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Robert Plant

Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recently brought his tour to the NYC-area for three shows here, and he's now announced that he'll be returning for something much more intimate. Plant and his band The Sensational Shape Shifters will hit the 800-cap Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (10/9) with an opening DJ set from Questlove. Tickets will only be available online, and they go on sale via Ticketfly this Tuesday (10/7) at 3 PM (4-ticket limit, will-call only).

Earlier that day, Plant will appear on The Colbert Report, and the following day he'll appear for a TimesTalks Conversation at The TimesCenter (10/10) (242 West 41 St) (tickets). His only other upcoming US date happens in LA two days before the Brooklyn Bowl show, and then he'll tour the UK in November. All dates are listed below.

The Sensational Shape Shifters' tour also hit Chicago this past Thursday (10/2) at the Riviera Theatre. More pictures of that, with the list of dates, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Just losing it to Lykke Li at Radio City right now" - Kaan Hiini

"Everyone was on their feet @radiocity for this pop goddess (thank you @lykkeli for an amazing night)" - @daniyrselfclean

"more than a little bit in love with @lykkeli last night @radiocity" - @HAPPYH0LLYDAY

Lykke Li

Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idiosyncratic to fully fit that mold. She, of course, has some indelible hooks out there, and who wouldn't want to hear "I Follow Rivers" on a Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall? But it's not exactly a pop show where you're going to go dance your weekend night away. This is especially true now, as Li tours behind her most recent record, I Never Learn, perhaps the best and most thoroughly heartbroken break up album of the year. These are all songs about mistakes made, love lost, and a conflicted take on the past that runs the spectrum from yearning to regret to resolve. I mean, that's how you spend all of your Saturday nights, too, right? [Village Voice]
Lykke Li is currently on tour with Mapei in support of her great new album I Never Learn, and she hit NYC this past Saturday (10/4) for a big show at Radio City Music Hall. She played a good deal of the new album, older favorites like "Little Bit" and "I Follow Rivers," included a couple covers -- Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and one of "Du Ar Den Ende" by fellow (but much older) Swedish artist Lill Lindfors -- and brought Mapei out with her for the final song of the night, "Heart of Steel."

Pictures of the show are in this post and they continue, along with a couple videos and the full setlist, below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder & Tim Griffin

Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
ACL Festival - Day 1 - Weekend 1 - 10/3/2014
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1

Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.

"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"

On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]

The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More of day 1 below...

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October 5, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.

The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).

The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).

Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...

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October 3, 2014

photos by Ilya S. Savenok, Bryan Derballa & Luis Ruiz

SPOON, Dev Hynes & Danny Brown
SONOS Studio
SONOS Studio
SONOS Studio

Sonos is in the midst of a week-long Sonos Studio NYC residency at NeueHouse. Each day there's a variety of cool events in their intimate space (that hopefully you RSVP'd to before RSVP closed).

On Tuesday (9/30), Spoon stopped by to present the world premiere of a collaborative video and audio installation between Spoon and artist JD Walsh. In the installation, Walsh deconstructs and abstracts sounds from the track 'Outliers' off Spoon's new album They Want My Soul. FADER presented a Best Coast performance there the same day, and then Dev Hynes and Brooklyn's The Principals unveiled "Ancient Chaos" which was "inspired by the freedom of SONOS speakers to travel anywhere and impact space with sound.... free floating kinetic units embedded with SONOS speakers....A floating landscape that physically expands and contracts in connection with light and sound." The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones hosted a Q&A with the artists afterwards. Dev also played a set.

On Wednesday, (10/1), Aloe Blacc talked about stuff ("Imagine if all the politicians around the world were raised listening to Bob Marley--could be a different place"). The Skins, Flight Facilities and and Mikky Ekko all also played that day.

Thursday brought the rowdiest moment when Danny Brown played a set to the crowd lucky to see the rapper in a venue MUCH smaller than Webster Hall where he played later that night, and much smaller than House of Vans where he plays tonight (10/3).

Today they continue the party with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Party Supplies, "very special surprise guests", and more. You can see the remaining schedule (it ends Sunday) at the Sonos Studio NYC RSVP page. More pictures of some of the action so far, below...

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October 2, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Bryan Ferry @ Beacon Theatre, 10/1/2014
Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry

Ferry opened his show with a note-for-note reassembly of the freak-out solo sections from "Re-Make/Re-Model." Same with the break-down section in "Virginia Plain." From the look of it, many members of Ferry's band weren't alive when these songs were written. That made for a telling constrast with his commonly high-priced touring groups, which have featured star players like Chris Spedding. The new band played dutifully, but without the high-flying inspiration of the musicians from Ferry's last U.S. tour, three years ago.

His set leaned more on early Roxy material than usual, dipping back to early '70s glam-era gems like "Ladytron," "Editions of You" and "If There Is Something." It also included pieces from their smoother, less ironic era, like "Take A Chance With Me" and "Avalon." - [NY Daily News]

While a throat infection caused a few recent dates on his North American tour to be postponed, Bryan Ferry's pipes were back in shape for Wednesday night's show at Beacon Theatre (10/1). As the review above mentions, Ferry's set was heavy on Roxy Music, but made room for solo favorites, his cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" (originally on Todd Terje's 2013 album) and a few songs from his forthcoming Avonmore. Setlist and pictures from his Beacon Theatre show are in this post.

Opening the show was Dawn Landes. Pictures from her set, and more of Bryan Ferry, below...

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photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Prong @ Santos - 9/30/14
Prong

Long-running metal band Prong released their fourth album since their 2002 reunion and ninth overall, Ruining Lives, earlier this year and they've been on tour with another veteran metal band Overkill. That tour included a NYC show without Overkill that happened this past Tuesday (9/30) at Santos Party House (moved from Gramery Theatre). Though they're out supporting Ruining Lives, the band's been offering an even mix rather than just focusing on the new album (plus including their cover of Chrome's "Third From The Sun"). Sunlord opened the show. Pictures, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

Prong's not the only metal show that was recently moved from Gramercy to Santos. The Deicide / Septicflesh / Abysmal Dawn / Carach Angren / Inquisition show set for October 9 at Gramercy will now happen at Santos as well. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from the Prong show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Fiona & Blake @ LPR - 10/1/14
Blake Mills

Frequent Fiona Apple collaborator/guitarist/opener Blake Mills is currently on a headlining tour that Fiona has been showing up at for a few songs a night. She joined him once again when the tour hit NYC last night (10/1) for its first of two shows here. Last night's was at Le Poisson Rouge and had Blake and his band -- which includes Bon Iver/The National collaborator Rob Moose, Stuart Johnson, Tyler Chester and Sebastian Steinberg -- playing off Blake's recently-released Heigh Ho album, plus some of his 2010 debut Break Mirrors and a couple covers too. Full setlist below. Rob Moose's group yMusic opened. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Blake & co. and yMusic do it again at Rough Trade NYC on October 8 (also sold out). More pictures from LPR below...

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October 1, 2014

photos by PSquared

Lucinda Williams @ Rough Trade 9/29/2014
Lucinda

On past albums Ms. Williams has portrayed herself at moments of rage, excess and grief; now she prefers stability. Her songs are fully aware of wounds and pitfalls, but they're more likely to be looking back or looking outward. Ms. Williams shows her kindly side in songs like "Temporary Nature (of Any Precious Thing)" "Stand Right by Each Other" and "When I Look at the World," which admits, "I've been a total wreck" before it goes on to cherish "the world and all its glory."

The surly, righteously wrathful Ms. Williams hasn't disappeared. She's still seething, and revealing some lingering pain, in "Cold Day in Hell" and "Big Mess," each a good riddance to an ex. And she's still thinking about loneliness: in "Wrong Number," which gradually reveals a tale of trouble and abandonment, and in "This Old Heartache," an old-fashioned honky-tonk tune that conceals neat craftsmanship behind the tearful scrape of her singing. - [NY Times]

Lucinda Williams celebrated the arrival of her first self-released album, the double-length Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone at Rough Trade on Monday (9/29). (Rough Trade, the label, put out Lucinda's acclaimed 1988 self-titled album.) Accompanied by guitarist Stuart Mathis (who played in The Wallflowers), Williams performed stripped-down versions of songs old and new. Pictures from the Rough Trade show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

While in NYC, Williams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Protection" and video of that is below. Lucinda will be back in NYC to play at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band, part of her fall tour. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Rough Trade and the Tonight Show performance video, below...

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