Recent Posts in pictures - Page 5
March 28, 2014
photos by Rebecca Greenfield
the band / Ahmed Gallab with the Lijadu Sisters
One of the most anticipated events at this year's Red Bull Music Academy is "ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor" which happens May 2 & 3 at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House. The two nights will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer. Tickets are still available for both nights.
While we're still over a month away from those shows, the backing band -- led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab and featuring Money Mark, Pat Mahoney (LCD, etc), the Lijadu Sisters and Sinkane's Jason Trammell, Ish Montgomery and Jonny Lam -- have already started rehearsals. We've got a set of pictures of them working things out in this post.
As mentioned, in addition to these concerts, there is an Onyeabor remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist. You can stream the Alexis Taylor remix (which is practically a cover), and check out the album's tracklist, below.
More pics from "ATOMIC BOMB" rehearsals and the remix stream below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
How to Dress Well / Forest Swords @ Le Poisson Rouge - 3/26/14
How to Dress Well continues to evolve from a maker of chilled-out, reverby R&B to an emotive songwriter, and he's been showing that off on his current tour which sees him playing a bunch of new songs. Joined by a live band, he brought that tour to NYC last Friday (3/21) at Rough Trade NYC for the venue's first night back open, and again at Le Poisson Rouge this past Wednesday (3/26). On stage at LPR, he said that he promised his manager he wouldn't say anything about when a new album comes out, but we're hoping it won't be too long. His tourmate, Forest Swords (also with live accompaniment), opened the show with his psychedelic electronic music which pairs well with HtDW.
The LPR show also included an opening set by drone musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Pictures of all three artists are in this post. They continue, with a stream of HtDW's recent single "Words I Don't Remember," below...
March 27, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls @ MHOW 3/26/2013
Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse rolled through NYC, making sold-out stops at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/25) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/26). Pictures from MHOW are in this post. Against a neon blue heart, Dee Dee and the rest of the gang rattled through an hour set drawn from all their records (including this year's Too True), plus their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You." Setlist is in this post.
Blouse was a well matched opener, their agreeably gloomy pop brightened by psychedelic, oilpaint-esque projections. Their second album, Imperium, has been a grower for me and I was glad to finally get to see them play those songs live. Good set. The night started early with Young Boys whose singer has definitely watched live footage of The Cramps and The Birthday Party. Pics from their sets, and more from Dum Dum Girls, below.
Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Basement Tapes Band..
A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.
"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]
Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...
photos by Bruno Simões
SVPER @ Cameo, 3/26/2014
Barcelona duo SVPER made their NYC debut last night (3/26) at Cameo Gallery, their first of three shows in the city. The band's set-up -- Sergio Pérez and singer Luciana Della Villa facing each other while playing vintage analog gear -- makes for a cool profile, and their brand of motorik synthpop sounds great loud. Pictures from Cameo, and a stream of their album, are in this post.
NYC has two more chances to see SVPER: Tonight (3/27) at Silent Barn with
Palehound, Arm Candy and Blizzard Babies; and March 28 at NYU's King Juan Carlos Center as part of the Spain Fresh Fest (more info). More pics from Cameo below...
March 26, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 - 3/21/14
Whether it be jumping up and down, waving your hands in the air, undulating your hips back and forth, or singing along, a Cut Copy show is a fully engaging experience for everyone involved. I'm not going to lie, during "In Memory Capsule," I closed my eyes and felt like I was at a Culture Club concert back in the 80's; and it felt so good, and not something that I would have admitted to myself in the early-mid 90's, as I was going through my grunge stage. As my musical tastes have matured with age, along with the gray hairs in my beard, it doesn't seem as if survival would be possible without music such as this. [Live for Live Music]Australia's Cut Copy just brought their tour to NYC this past weekend to headline two sold-out Terminal 5 shows (3/21 & 3/22), and then DJ the new dance club Verboten the next night. The shows were in support of the band's newest album, Free Your Mind, and included about half of that, but was really split up between their last three records pretty evenly. Pictures of the first night are in this post.
Hyperdub-signed singer/producer Jessy Lanza opened both T5 shows, but unfortunately we missed her (we did catch her at SXSW though). She'll be back in NYC when her newly-announced tour hits Santos on 5/4 (tix).
More Cut Copy pics, plus their setlist and a video, below...
March 25, 2014
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Cate Le Bon / Warpaint
Warpaint have a dedicated fanbase, who showed their adoration for the ladies early on by showering them with roses that fans threw on stage as the ladies walked up to their spots on stage. The ladies greeted fans back with "Bees" from their debut album, before kicking into the new album's "Intro" which led right into "Keep It Healthy." It was wonderful as ever to see the girls rock out. Seeing the calm precision of drummer Stella Mozgawa and vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman was dreamy when compared alongside the more lively movements of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Emily Kokal and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg who almost never kept still. -[We All Want Someone to Shout For]Warpaint's tour with Cate Le Bon hit NYC on Friday (3/21) with a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Both had just been at SXSW (where Cate played our Thursday day party), and the trek wraps up this weekend.
Pictures from the show are in this post. More, along with Warpaint's setlist, below...
photos by David Andrako
Colin & Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Greg Fox
The Ecstatic Music Festival continued this past Saturday (3/22) at Merkin Concert Hall with sax great Colin Stetson (collaborator of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and many others), joined by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. After their set together, Colin did a second set with an ensemble that included his sister Megan, Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Nefueld, and ex-Liturgy skins master Greg Fox, who also collaborated with Colin in NYC last month. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Ecstatic Music Festival wraps up this week with two shows: So Percussion with Buke & Gase on Wednesday (3/26), and Man Forever (fronted by Kid Millions of Oneida) with William Basinski on Saturday (3/29). You can still get tickets to both.
More pictures and the setlist from the Colin Stetson show below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Gary Numan @ Webster Hall - 3/22/14
In his second SXSW performance of the evening, the U.K. singer behind the still-totally-genius hit "Cars" leaned hard against his mic stand as he delivered futuristic songs from the Seventies and Eighties plus brooding tracks from last year's Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind), his first album of new material in seven years. At Elysium (where the pool tables were turned into a display of the latest Moog gear), he was overcome with gloom and intense emotion, feeling every throb of his synths. [Rolling Stone]Synth pop pioneer Gary Numan is currently on a tour that he brought to Austin for his first-ever SXSW appearances (one of which the above review is from), and then to NYC for a headlining show at Webster Hall this past Saturday (3/22). Like at SXSW, we got a good deal of his new album plus those old favorites like "Cars," "Metal" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?". The show was opened by Gary's tourmates -- M83's pals Big Black Delta and Duke Spirit side project Roman Remains. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
More pics, along with the setlist and a video of "Cars" from the show, below...
March 24, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Fat White Family @ Pianos 3/21/2014 (via @ebruyildiz)
This weekend in NYC was a good opportunity to see foreign bands strip down to next to nothing (or less). UK heathens Fat White Family stormed the city this weekend, leaving a trail of clothes, sweat and other bodily fluids across three shows. By all accounts, the Friday (3/21) show at Pianos was the wildest, with frontman Lias Saoudi, not unlike Lux Interior or Iggy Pop, going full monty and the band generally tearing things up. (The instagram above is from Pianos.) At Saturday's Union Pool show (3/22), pants stayed on but when the bassist's instrument broke, all hell (aka the drummer) broke loose and leveled the stage. Then last night (3/23) the band played Shea Stadium...anybody go to that one? While no longer video clips from those shows have surfaced, you can watch a full show from SXSW where things got pretty demented.
La Femme @ Glasslands, 3/23/2014 (via @goldenxratio)
Meanwhile, at last night's sweaty La Femme show at Glasslands, frontman Sacha Got ended up performing in Speedo-like skivvies by the end of show, though their set was definitely on the more innocent side (but no less crazy).