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August 11, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Black Bananas / Shockwave Riderz @ Seaport Music Fest 8/8/2014
Black Bananas
Shockwave Riderz

Well, this was definitely the weirdest Seaport Music Festival show since Suicide and The DeathSet in 2007. The current project of Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux and RTX), Black Bananas have added electro elements to the garage/Stones/whatever rock that's been her bread and butter. Her new album, Electric Brick Wall, is kind of a mess but one with discernable songs and hooks. Live, at least on Friday (8/8), it was just a mess. I think they were having equipment problems, it was definitely not loud enough, or maybe an off night. Also, while the astroturf on Fulton St is nice for sitting, people seem happy to sit through the entire performance -- even right up front -- which isn't exactly rock n' roll. But it was a freak scene for sure, and subjecting the Wall St. TGIF happy hour crowd to its own perverse pleasure.

Pittsburgh's Shockwave Riderz, on the other hand, were pretty great. They're definitely a band you can't easily sum up. There are garagey elements, but its entirely played on samplers and keyboards but with a live drummer (onetime Modey Lemon singer Phil Boyd) to give it oomph. Shockwave Riderz would be better someone smaller and more in-your-face, like Cake Shop (or Baby's All Right where they played on Saturday), but they definitely made it work.

This week's Seaport Music Fest show is a good one, with Brazil's Boogarins and the Netherlands' Jacco Gardner. It's free. More pics from Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike

For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...

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August 8, 2014

photos by Ebru Yildiz

Temples / Here We Go Magic / Spires @ River Rocks 8/7/2014
Here We Go Magic

River Rocks wrapped up its 2014 season with UK band Temples, whose chiming brand of '60s poppy psych and '70s glam hairstyles brought the biggest crowds to Pier 84 this year. Their 10-song set hit most of the highlights from their debut album, Sun Structures, plus a couple non-LP tracks as well. Opening were Here We Go Magic, and brothers-in-vibe Spires (who played with Temples at Union Pool last year). Another lovely evening, with an especially picaresque sunset, on the Hudson. Pictures from the evening and Temples' setlist are in this post.

Temples' tour stays in the NY-area this weekend, playing again with Spires tonight (8/8) at Asbury Lanes, and then hitting the Surf Lodge in Montauk on Saturday (8/9) which is free. They'll then be back in October, on tour with The Districts. More pics from the River Rocks show below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Future Islands was so good last night. Incredible energy and so much booty shaking. The man has soul." - Jett Wells

"Probably written more words on this band than any other over the years, but let's say it again: Future Islands are something special." - @cmgzine

"Omar Souleyman and his serious live clapping giving me everything" - Carrie Wilds

Future Islands
Omar Souleyman

Long-running, but more popular than ever, Baltimore's dancing synth-pop act Future Islands came to NYC last night (8/7) for a free show at the House of Vans. The bill was filled out by a trio of excellent pop-minded acts: Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) new act Operators and local indie pop act Mas Ysa. Not surprisingly, the show was already near capacity by the time the first opener went on around 7pm. Those who RSVP'd but didn't get there early enough were being turned away all night.

Omar is a great opener for Future Islands because Omar doesn't do much. It's hard to tell if the deadpan thing is his shtick, if he's just phoning it in, or if he's just reacting to a crowd full of non-dancers. He walks around the stage in sunglasses, sometimes staring at the not-dancing crowd as he croons. His signature moves are moving his outreached arms up and down and clapping to get the crowd energized and moving. Backed only by a keyboard player and/or track, his music is booming, loud and sounds great. And It would be a great dance party if people danced, or maybe if Omar did.

Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on the other hand is a dancing machine, a living meme, a sex machine. Smiling, chatting, crooning and dancing while backed by a very able and seasoned band. The crowd goes nuts and rightfully so (even with the muddy, poorly-mixed sound in the House of Vans warehouse that kind of ruined it for me, as I stood towards the back). The large, enthusiastic crowd, drunk on free Shiner beer, cheered before and after every song, and even more when Sam showed off his special moves, and even more when hit single "Seasons" came up in the Singles-heavy set list.

House of Vans is a spacious, corporate-funded, skate park and event venue in warehouse located in the heart of hip Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Future Islands know the neighborhood well, or at least certain places in the neighborhood like the small, long-running DIY venue called Death By Audio that they've played many times, and that Sam gave a shoutout to from the stage (It was hard to understand but he said, but it was something about going there the night before because it's the only place he knows).

For Operators, it was their 2nd-ever NYC show. Their first was the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase. House of Vans ended up being the first show of a Future Islands and Operators tour together. They'll hit Millvale, PA tonight. Check out all the dates for that tour, as well as the rest of the pictures from last night's House of Vans show, an Instagram video featuring some of his moves, and a stream of Vince Clarke's new remix of "Doves", below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Tashaki Miyaki

Indie pop infusion filled the garden at MoMA last night as Los Angeles-based Tashaki Miyaki took the stage as part of the MoMA Nights series that continues through the end of the August. Families, older couples, twenty-somethings, art-types, music lovers and everyone in between came to support the trio's lilting, spacey folk-pop in the beautiful enclosure that flanks MoMA's galleries. While there were no waves of dancing or swaying sing-alongs, you could tell the audience was paying attention. Plus, it gave Tashaki Miyaki the honor of standing alone as a piece of art, among the other modern art greats. With no openers, the night was truly Tashaki Miyaki's, and those who stayed for the entire set were not disappointed. [CMJ]
Like Ex Hex before them, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki played the ongoing MoMA Nights series last night (August 7). Their dreamy, Mazzy Star-influenced pop was a great fit for the arty outdoor space at MoMA, and in addition to their own stuff, they threw in a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Tashaki Miyaki are in NYC for the weekend, playing a couple more shows. They'll be at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/9) with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets), and then they'll be at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, and Belle Mare (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker

"That was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed." Jarvis Cocker had just seen a nine-year-old boy named Graham belt out Pulp's "This is Hardcore." (Feel free to peruse the lyrics if unfamiliar.) "It was a little disturbing... but I will not forget that, ever." Nobody who saw it will. The kid won.

Cocker and Pulp documentary director Florian Habicht were judges in a Pulp karaoke competition that also featured a girl who came out dressed as an old lady for "Help the Aged," only to then perform a striptease; and audience favorite Chance who had clearly studied Cocker's stage moves for his very enthusiastic rendition of "Babies" where he recovered fully from falling off the stage. Jarvis seemed amused and bemused by the whole thing, noting that "I can truly say that was a unique experience."

This was the afterparty for last night's Rooftop Films screening (8/7) of Habicht's terrific documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in Sunset Park's Industry City that also featured a Q&A with Cocker and Habicht. Filmed around Pulp's 2012 show in their hometown of Sheffield, the last date on their reformation tour, the documentary spends as much time with fans and local residents as it does the band, painting a vivid portrait of the city that shaped the band. It is not a film charting Pulp's beginnings through their breakup in 2002. "That's what YouTube and Wikipedia is for," said Habicht. It's a sweet, charming movie that you don't have to have even heard "Common People" to enjoy.

If you missed the Rooftop Films screening (and the Lincoln Center "Sound & Vision" series screening), the Pulp documentary will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters and VOD in November, with a home video release not too long after. Screening dates and more pictures from the screening, Q&A and afterparty as well as Graham's audition video, below...

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August 7, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt

Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
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.

"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."

Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.

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...

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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

FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs

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...

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photos by P Squared Photography

John Fogerty @ Jones Beach - 8/5/14
John Fogerty

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...

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August 6, 2014

photos by Ellie Pritts

Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival

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...

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