Recent Posts in pictures - Page 5
November 12, 2013
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine @ Hammerstein Ballroom
My Bloody Valentine famously end their sets with 1988 single "You Made Me Realise," with its jet engine, tinnitus-inducing "holocaust" section. Like when James Franco cuts his arm off in 127 Hours, you know it's coming, and people prepare themselves for it. When they launched into it last night (11/11) at Hammerstein, people held up their arms, wiggling their fingers, like they were about to go over the first big drop on a rollercoaster. It is, admittedly, a hell of a ride. Some people throw up!
We'll back up a bit first. This was the first show the shoegaze legends had played in Manhattan since 2008, and first since releasing new album mbv earlier this year. While generally adverse to big rooms like this (I hadn't been to Hammerstein since New Order in 2006), I thought the sound was pretty good, with Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher's vocals reaching above the miasma just enough. Shields, who greeted the crowd with a perfunctory but cheerful "Hi," took up at least a third of the stage with his wall of amps and the same could be said of the sonic real estate.
That tremelo'd "glide guitar" is what a lot of people were there to see (or hear, a lot of tall dudes were in the crowd), but I spent a lot of time watching bassist Debi Goodge and, especially, drummer Colm O'Ciosoig who played with a ferocity that matched the volume of Shield's amps. (O'Ciosoig is MBV's not-so-secret weapon.) Butcher stayed still for most of the show, with more time holding than playing her guitar, but her voice is still honey sweet.
It was hard to argue with the setlist, which gave us the lion's share of Loveless, three cuts from Isn't Anything (but no "Soft As Snow," which they haven't played in eons), choice EP cuts ("Honey Power" from Tremelo was very welcome), and four tracks from mbv. As much as I liked hearing "Soon," "To Here Knows When," and "Feed Me With Your Kiss," the new tracks were the real surprises of the night, taking on extra gravity live, especially "Only Tomorrow" which was one of the night's highlights. The intense (occasionally stroboscopic) light show and very cool projections added to the sensory overload experience.
Then of course "You Made Me Realize" where the volume went up to 13 and you could feel it in your chest. Don't know whether it's age or the need to accommodate new material, but the "holocaust" only lasted about six minutes. But it was long enough for me.
(Murph of ) Dumb Numbers @ Hammerstein Ballroom
I missed openers Dumb Numbers that featured old tourmate Murph (from Dinosaur Jr.) on drums, as I didn't get to Hammerstein till about 8:15 PM and had to deal with a line that went all the way to 9th Ave, thanks to some serious security. Arrive early for that coveted sonic sweet spot. (But I did see Dumb Numbers on Sunday night for their surprise show at The Flat where their sludgy doom went over pretty good.) East Village fixture BP Fallon kept the Hammerstein crowd entertained between sets with a DJ set of rock standards. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from the first night at Hammerstein Ballroom and the headliner's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica @ Webster Hall
"It was clear onstage -- less so than on Polica's two albums -- that the two drummers rarely play in unison. In each song, they've orchestrated a dialogue of half and double speeds, of stolid backbeats behind rushing cymbals, of seismic crescendos that converge from two directions into a furious shared rumble, only to drop suddenly away.Minneapolis pop band Polica brought their tour to NYC last week (11/08) for a show at Webster Hall. Having just released their sophomore LP, Shulamith, they naturally played many songs off of that. Among their encores was a cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," and a stripped down version of "Wandering Star."
On Polica's albums, Ms. Leaneagh's voice is often processed through effects that make her nearly unintelligible: a lot of Auto-Tune on the band's debut album, "Give You the Ghost," and other processes on its new album, "Shulamith" (both released by Mom & Pop). The band had some arty rationales for doing so, but the resulting mixes make the songs more remote than they should be.
Live, the combination of ache and back-to-the-wall tenacity in Ms. Leaneagh's voice comes through as clearly as it should; it made perfect sense for Polica to perform Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" among its encores. Stripped of its old electronic clutter, "Wandering Star" -- which Ms. Leaneagh performed simply as a duo with Mr. Bierden's bass -- sounded as sad and solitary as what its lyrics describe: "Now the world turns without me."
Near the end of the set, Ms. Leaneagh suddenly announced, "I'm having, like, one of the worst shows of my life." But she had sung with purity and finesse, and the audience disagreed, loudly." - [New York Times].
It was an all Minneapolis evening at Webster Hall (where Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir recently played when they were in NYC) with Twin Cities supergroup Marijuana Deathsquads opening. The band features Gayngs/Polica member Ryan Olson, Har Mar Superstar (and sometimes Polica's Channy Leaneagh and Drew Christopherson, to name a few) and they brought their noisy, multi-hyphenate show to open, including a chaotic three drummer drone collage. Pictures of both bands are in this post.
Polica still have a ways to go on their tour and all tour dates are listed, along with more pictures from Webster Hall, below...
photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher
Lucero / Titus Andronicus / The Menzingers
Memphis country punks Lucero have been on tour with Titus Andronicus that came to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5, which The Menzingers opened, making for a great triple bill of heartland punk. Not long before the show, Lucero had told us in an interview that they were nervous to return to the venue, because when they were last there, opening for The Black Keys, it was one of their worst shows ever with the crowd heckling them, equipment malfunctions, and more disaster. Things seemed to go over better for them this time around though. In Lorraine Schwartz's review for Examiner, she wrote positively of the show, only saying it was subdued in comparison to the drunken Brooklyn Bowl shows Lucero played pre-New Year's Eve this past December.
Lucero played a lengthy set, hitting tracks from all over their career, as far back as their self-titled 2001 debut, and as recent as this year's Texas & Tennessee EP. Co-headliners Titus Andronicus played many of the usual live favorites, a bit of new stuff, and ended with a tribute to Lou Reed by covering The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray. And though Lucero were fine this time, maybe it was openers The Menzingers plagued by the venue's size? Pictures of all three bands and Titus' setlist are in this post.
Lucero (and Titus and The Menzingers) were also recently down in Gainesville for The Fest, and speaking of country-punk bands that played The Fest, Pretty Boy Thorson (of country-punk band The Falling Angels) was down there with his band The Slow Death who play NYC tonight (11/12) at Coco66. Like I wrote in today's What's Going On Tuesday post, The Slow Death (not to be confused with Slow Warm Death) drop the "country" but keep the "songwriter punk" element, resulting in raw, anthemic jams.
As discussed, The Menzingers also have upcoming headlining shows in NYC with Modern Baseball, Banquets, and Ma Jolie (sold out); and West Chester, PA with Modern Baseball, Cayetana, and Cassavetes (tickets).
More pictures and Titus' setlist from T5 below...
by Caroline Harrison
Built to Spill @ Irving Plaza
Indie rock stalwarts Built to Spill played a sold out show at Irving Plaza on Thursday night with openers the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk.
Anyone who's been to a lot of concerts has had to sit through at least one unforgettably bad opener. For me, the Warm Hair has officially usurped the title of worst of the worst all the bad openers I've ever sat through. I was honestly left wondering if Built to Spill had lost a bet and had to include them on their national tour, or if I'd just witnessed an Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece about a washed up J. Geils wannabe and I hadn't been let in on the joke. It even got so bad that the crowd started chanting for Built to Spill before the Warm Hair had finished playing.
Built to Spill took the stage shortly before 10 and tore through two solid hours. They played a fair number of 90s and early aughts material, including fan favorites "Carry the Zero," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Center of the Universe," and "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss." About halfway through their set they busted out a raucous rendition of Captain Beefheart's "Abba Zabba" with guitarist Brett Netson on lead vox -- and on top of the stacks at Irving. (Full set list below)
They led off their encore with two covers -- Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" and the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" For me, Martsch has always been one of those guitarists whose style has been immediately recognizable, like a sonic fingerprint. So, it was fascinating to see how, despite straight renditions of the covers, Martsch's unique sound still shone through.
Pictures of the show are in this post. More of them along with the full setlist and all tour dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
CocoRosie at Brooklyn Bowl - 11/10/13
In support of their new LP, Tales of a Grass Widow, eccentric art pop sister duo CocoRosie went on a North American tour that kicked off at NYC's Webster Hall in October and just wrapped up with another NYC show on Sunday (11/10) at the more intimate Brooklyn Bowl, part of the ongoing Sunday "School Night" series. Opening the show was former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams aka Arc Iris, the synthy Chain Gang of 1974, who you may have recently heard in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, and the uniquely talented Xenia Rubinos. David Byrne was in the audience. Maybe he was there to see if Xenia Rubinos would do her Talking Heads cover, though we only saw him watching headliner CocoRosie. Pictures from the show are in this post.
They continue, along with a couple videos, below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon teamed up for a show at Saint Vitus last Friday (11/8). The show served as a sendoff of sorts for Tombs, who left the following day for Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel)'s Mana Studios in Florida. The band will spend the next few weeks recording and mixing the follow-up to 2011's Path of Totality.
Consequently, Tombs played most of their new album -- which sounds very, very promising -- at this show. (Primitive Weapons trotted out some impressive new tunes too.) We've got a full writeup and photos over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
More people started filing into Saint Vitus's performance space as Primitive Weapons set up their equipment. Initially, the crowd had formed the familiar horseshoe pattern around the room that creates a gaping, empty space in front of the stage. Once Primitive Weapons were ready to begin, Dave Castillo, the band's manic frontman, ordered the crowd to approach the stage and chastised the probably-drunk couple sitting on the floor near the stage for getting in everyone's way. The crowd obliged and Primitive Weapons launched into a furious, energetic set. Castillo isn't one to shy away from getting in the crowd's face and even touching people. I spotted two young guys appearing to flee from the front of the stage to escape Castillo's attention.You can check out the full writeup and photo sets over at IO. You can check out some of the pictures below, along with footage of all four bands' sets. Make sure to give the Tombs footage a look; it's a full-set video, so you can hear most of the songs from the new Tombs record before it's even recorded.
November 11, 2013
photos by Greg Cristman
Cherie Currie @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall - 11/8/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie is seemingly getting closer to the release of her long-awaited solo album, but ahead of that she's on a solo tour which began in NYC at Gramercy Theatre last week (11/6). After the NYC show, the tour hit a few other venues in surrounding areas, including Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Friday (11/8). Pictures of that Long Island show are in this post.
Cherie played a couple songs from the upcoming solo album, including "Mr. X" and her cover of Sweeney Todd's "Roxy Roller." She also played a number of Runaways songs -- "Cherry Bomb," "American Nights," "Queens of Noise" and more -- plus covers of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" (which she dedicated to Lou Reed), Tommy James & the Shondells' "Draggin' the Line," and her set-ending rendition of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was featured on the soundtrack to the Runaways movie and has also been covered by former Runaway Joan Jett. Speaking of, Joan was in attendance at the Long Island show (pictured below), but didn't make any appearances on stage. Instead of an encore, Cherie hung out with fans and very kindly signed anything and everything all the fans handed her.
More pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, along with videos of "Cherry Bomb," "Rebel Rebel," and "Rock and Roll" (from the Gramercy show), below...
November 8, 2013
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Frankie Rose & Dub Pies @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opened in its new permanent Greenpoint location last weekend, offering up shopping, food, fun (ping pong, blacklight mini-golf) and music, with free admission for those willing to wait in the long line to get in that stretched down Banker St. (The line moved pretty fast, though.) The new space is pretty nice, it was never too hard to maneuver around with most of the food and the stage at the far end of the large space. The stage, off to one side, is backed by a wall of projection screens which looked pretty cool I must say. There's no way to go and not smell like a deep fryer, but otherwise it's not a bad way to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
The music for last Saturday (11/2) was headlined by Frankie Rose whose short set nonetheless packed in most of the songs you'd want to hear, including her great cover of The Damned's "Street of Dreams" which I think is better than the original. The vibe of the Bazaar made for a loose fun set. I got in just in time to catch Mahogany who are currently operating as a duo. I miss the maximalist days of their two-drummer, three guitarists and more line-up, but they still sounded pretty good. Pictures from their sets, as well as openers Monogold, are in this post.
Tonight (10/8) at BK Night Bazaar it's The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis (who played last night opening for pals Deer Tick at Webster Hall), and Grandchildren. Then on Saturday (11/9) it's Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ski Lodge and Pearl & the Beard. Psychic TV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Au Revoir Simone and more will play in the weeks ahead. Again the shows are free and open to the public.
More pics of Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
Spires @ Baby's All Right 10/19/2013
Spires played a lot of shows during CMJ. Maybe not as many as Joanna Gruesome, but close. And when they weren't playing, they were out and about. It felt like wherever I went that week, there was usually at least one member of Spires there, just hanging out. One of those shows was opening our Saturday party at Baby's All Right where they brought a lot of energy to the tough noon slot. We already posted one set of pictures from their set, and we've now got a second in this post.
Spires released their debut single a couple weeks back and have just put forth the video for its very catchy A-side, "Candyflip," a pretty straightforward performance clip of the band superimposed with crashing waves. You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Spires play tonight (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom with Pure Bathing Culture and headliners Widowspeak. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other shows lined up too: opening for UK band Temples at Union Pool on November 26 (tickets); opening for the Allah-Las at Rough Trade NYC on December 6 (tickets); and playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 show with Au Revoir Simone, Splashh, and Grooms.
Dates are listed, plus the music video and more pics from their BV CMJ party performance, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Bree Roberts
Black Lips, and their documentary, are on tour, and the band played a show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Monday November 4th with Subsonics and Weird Womb, before hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday 5th November with Tweens and Habibi. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post, but I was at the one in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn punks Weird Womb opened the show. They amused the crowd with their self-deprecating humor and between song quips, "Lets do Four Loko and Five Hour Energy drinks- it's a Four By Five!", but singer Dakota seemed mostly keen to just get off stage. This made more sense later, as I learned the guitarist had no voice and should have been at home drinking lemon tea.
Described as "the best band in Atlanta" by the Black Lips-and chosen for this show and others on the tour by the band specifically for that reason- Subsonics, who remind me a little of the always awesome 'The Gories', came out like a surf punk garage noir dream, and rocked it out for their whole set. My personal favorite band for the night, Subsonics killed it with songs from their new release 'In The Black Spot' (Slovenly Recordings)- 'Too Damaged' rocked, as did the older hit "Frankenstein". Singer Clay Reed was definitely channeling the late Lou Reed a little tonight with his vocals and stance, and the crowd was more than receptive. Subsonics have been around since the early 90s and hopefully with more exposure will gain the recognition they so clearly deserve.
The venue packed to capacity as the Black Lips came on stage. The last time I saw them was Halloween 2011 at Webster Hall with Puerto Rican rockers Davila 666- who are no longer active. I don't remember much of that shit show, because I was wasted like most of everyone else I know that was in attendance (including the bands) - but from what I recall- they played technically better tonight. 'Dirty Hands' was a bright light sing along for the entire room, and 'Bad Kids' will always be a crowd surfing highlight. Even the fluffy haired, leopard print fur coated Bebe Buell copycat groupies that were endlessly pushing in front of me knew the lyrics to that one. The only criticism with Black Lips is that they keep getting better, smoother, more shiny- less Black Lips! The stage antics they built their reputation on are over. Black Lips are all grown up now, ironically on Vice Records, and in case you didn't notice- Vice is all grown up now too. The old school antics are gone. They're Beastie Boys gone from talking about your Right To Party to talking about Buddhism. I'm not hating, everyone needs to pay their bills. As a reviewer though; it does make for a less interesting show. Nobody got their dick out, nobody pee-ed, it was post-garage punk by numbers; delightfully inoffensive rocknroll. Very "nice"- your mom would have loved it. I quite liked it too.
More pictures from the Bowery show, wild crowd included, below...