Recent Posts in pictures - Page 5
August 7, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:
The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.
"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.
He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.
"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."
Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Everyone is in a sexualized trance at this FKA Twigs show @ Webster Hall" - @AngelaSouMaithy
"FKA Twigs conjured up some Kendra the Vampire Slayer vibes at Webster." - Bruce
"New unattainable life goal is to be able to dance like FKA twigs" - @simonwilliam
"Twigs talking about her friend who taught her to vogue: "he said if all else fails, just be soft and cunt." Yass" - J. Escobedo Shepherd
UK electronic pop singer FKA twigs is less than a week away from releasing her debut LP (out 8/12 via Young Turks), and last night (8/6) she kicked off a short North American tour surrounding its release at NYC's Webster Hall. Even without her album officially out, the large venue was sold out, very packed, and the crowd was loving it (lots of girls even came to the show dressed like her). Like when she made her NYC debut this past April in two much smaller rooms, her dance moves were a highlight and she went all out this time. She even vogued. Pictures of the whole thing, including opener P. Morris, are in this post.
Earlier that day, twigs performed live on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, playing three songs from the new album, "Two Weeks," "Give Up" and "Pendulum." Listen to that show, with more pictures and a video from Webster, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
John Fogerty @ Jones Beach - 8/5/14
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is on a tour this year which already included three NYC-area dates and includes one more this Friday (8/8) in Atlantic City (tickets). Two of those, Monday (8/4) at PNC Bank Arts Center and Tuesday (8/5) at Jones Beach, were co-headlining shows with Jackson Browne. We caught the Jones Beach one which included a ton of Creedence favorites -- "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Who'll Stop The Rain," "Down on the Corner," "Up Around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising," etc -- and Jackson Browne coming out during Fogerty's set. Pictures of that show are in this post.
If you want to catch Jackson Browne in NYC (proper) again, he'll be back on October 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on Chase and local presales (password: BROWNE) today (8/7) at 10 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/8) at 10 AM.
More pictures and Fogerty's setlist from Jones Beach, below...
August 6, 2014
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Bob Log III @ The Wick 8/5/2014
Leader of the one-man-band that bears his name, Log assures that his gigs are perfectly appropriate for the younger set, despite the fact that one of his most popular ditties is "Boob Scotch," a song that's about, you guessed it, drinking Scotch off boobs and is often acted out by bare-breasted attendees of both sexes at shows. Kids, like boozers, "drool, fall over, and are mostly just having a good time, but there's always the surly one in the corner."Arizona's one-man-slide-guitar-band, Bob Log III, brought his audience-participation "party mess" (and his dinghy) to NYC, rocking the McKittrick Hotel on Monday (8/4) and last night (8/5) at The Wick. Both shows were with his Tucson neighbors The Pork Torta. The Wick show also featured openers DN'T and pictures from that are in this post.
It's hard to be surly at a Bob Log III show, which he describes as: "One man band. Guitar. Party. Mess." Oh yeah, he wears a helmet (think Evel Knievel) and often "sails" on top of his audience in a rubber dinghy (three falls; one injury). "My shows are like the un-birthday in Alice in Wonderland," he explains. "I do parties for no reason. All over the world, all the time." No presents needed; just presence. - [Village Voice]
Bob Log III's tour hits New Haven, CT tonight. More pics from The Wick show below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Haim / Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/5/2014
With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Haim and Sleigh Bells played Brooklyn Bridge Park last night (8/5), a free show to promote the launch of Levi's new "Live in Levi's" campaign. (You had to wear an item of clothing from the manufacturer to get in.) Este Haim remarked that she used to eat playdough as a kid -- so much so that she had to get her stomach pumped -- and the smell from the park smelled exactly like playdough. She had a craving...but ate a candy bar instead. Sleigh Bells, meanwhile, said this would be their last show for a while. Both played for about an hour each. Pictures from the whole night, including ones of their setlists, are in this post.
August 5, 2014
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
The Young in Austin - 7/25/14
The Young are releasing their new album, Chrome Cactus, later this month (8/26) via Matador. They've already released its excellent single "Metal Flake," and since we last spoke they put out the video for a new single, "Cry Of Tin. Like "Metal Flake," it's another great dose of psychedelic punk and is keeping hopes high for this album. Watch the video (dir. Winston H. Case) below.
Late last month, we caught The Young in their hometown of Austin at The North Door (7/25) with Sun God. Pictures of that show, which was about a month after their pre-release show in NYC, are in this post. The Young will hit the road for a full tour after the album comes out which hits NYC for previously mentioned shows on September 11 at Glasslands and September 12 at Mercury Lounge. Since our last post, Degreaser were added to Glasslands and Charly Bliss to Merc. Tickets for Glasslands and Merc are still available.
All dates are listed, with the video and more pics from the Austin show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Zack Baker
"Just saw told slant, foxing, prawn and the hotelier at webster hall. It was such a great line up and foxing is such a beautiful band and there was non stop moshing during the hotelier I am v beat up and it feels awesome" - fluffycatprettypuff
"also fyi the hotelier is my favorite because christian told off some dude for fucking with the personal space of those around him BEFORE they even played the first song" - yessarahsmiles
The Hotelier / crowd / Foxing
Two excellent lyric-heavy rock bands, The Hotelier and Foxing, are currently on a co-headlining tour together that they brought to NYC for a show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/2). Pictures from the night are in this post. The lineup was stacked from start to finish with New Jersey's Kinsella-esque Prawn and Brooklyn's emotional Told Slant opening. The crowd was engaged the whole night (see: Told Slant's Felix Walworth's sheepish excitement when the crowd overwhelmed their vocals during "Tsunami"), but it wasn't until the tail end of Foxing's set that things really started to get raucous.
When The Hotelier took the stage, frontman Christian Holden laid out ground rules: "Stay in your own personal space" and "Don't yell at me." It quickly became apparent how necessary those rules were with the front half of the room turning into a mosh pit before the end of the first verse on album-and-set-opener "An Introduction To The Album." The pit's energy never wore down, even withstanding the band's encore of what Christian called "the most boring song on the record" ("Housebroken").
More pictures from all four bands below...
August 4, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
United Nations @ Saint Vitus 8/2/2014
The Geoff Rickley-fronted screamo/powerviolence supergroup United Nations played a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/2), and we've got pictures of the show in this post. They were joined by Florida post-hardcore crew and current tourmates Frameworks, and Brooklyn-based heavy post-hardcore bands Descender and the death-ier Primitive Weapons. The packed house at Vitus got pretty rowdy, with some mosh pit and crowd surfing action punctuating the sets. United Nations played a bunch of stuff from their recent Temporary Residence-released full-length The Next Four Years and closed the set with fan favorite "United Nations vs. United Nations," about that time they got sued by the non-musical United Nations. UN member Jonah Bayer's sister Vanessa Bayer, who you might recognize from SNL, introduced the headliners, or should we say ROASTED the headliners (watch the video below).
Check out more pictures from all four sets in Brooklyn, as well as setlists for everyone but Frameworks, and the Vanessa Bayer roast video, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.
The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]
Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.
Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...