Recent Posts in pictures - Page 5
February 10, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Murder City Devils / Tweens @ Union Transfer - 2/7/14
If you do not know the Murder City Devils, take a quick look on YouTube to get an easy idea of what their live shows are like. The band's been around since 1996 and are still going hard. Opening with "It's In My Heart" they hammered straight through a 19-song setlist. No in-between banter, no stopping, no encore.Organ-loving garage punks Murder City Devils haven't played NYC in years but they finally returned over the weekend when their tour with Cincinnati's poppy, punky Tweens hit Webster Hall on Saturday (2/8). We missed them in NYC, but we did catch the two bands at Philly's Union Transfer a day earlier, which the above review is from. Pictures from the Philly show are in this post.
...There was nothing between the band, the music, and the fans. The holy trinity of concert magic where you can feel the music and energy vibrate through your being. The crowd was wild with fans moshing and crowd-surfing all over the venue. There are some concerts you go to where the fans and the crowd you are with really make the show, and this was one of them. You fall down in the pit; someone's already picking you up before you hit the ground. If you ever wanted to crowd surf before but were too scared to try, this was the night. [That Music Mag]
They continue, along with the Philly setlist and a video from Webster Hall, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman, words by Doug Moore
Amon Amarth @ The Paramount, 2/5/2014
As far as big-tent metal live acts go, Amon Amarth are something of a Platonic ideal. Their repertoire isn't the most diverse, but they deliver the material with the ease and flair that only a truly professional band can command. And more importantly, they know how to play to their crowd. The audience reaction at this show was easily one of the most rabid I've ever seen; mosh pits are a common sight, but virtually the entire crowd went airborne at critical moments in this performance. - [Invisible Oranges]Amon Amarth, Enslaved, & Skeletonwitch brought their tour to the NYC area last week, playing Irving Plaza on February 4 and the Paramount in Huntington, NY on February 5. We've got a writeup and pics from the Irving Plaza show over at Invisible Oranges, plus a separate photo set from the Huntington show, which you can check out in this post.
We will continue to give away tickets for this tour via our East Village Radio show, which airs every Tuesday at 10pm. Tune in and check out those Huntington pics below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Speedy Ortiz / Krill / Odonis Odonis @ BKNB - 2/7/14
The free music at Brooklyn Night Bazaar continued this past Friday (2/7), as Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz returned to Brooklyn as part of their ongoing tour to headline the show. They were joined by a great lineup of fellow Massachusetts indie rockers Krill and Toronto noisemakers Odonis Odonis, plus two local bands: Heeney and Infinity Girl. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar's free music (and not-free food, drinks, shopping and games) continues this weekend with Team Spirit on Valentine's Day (2/14) and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on Saturday (2/15).
Speedy Ortiz are back in NYC tonight (2/10) for a free in-store at Other Music at 8 PM, in celebration of their new Real Hair EP, which comes out this week via Carpark (stream it at Pitchfork). Admission is free, first come, first serve.
As discussed, Krill will head out on a tour with Ava Luna soon, which includes a NYC show happening on 3/24 at Silent Barn with Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, Jerry Paper, Ashcan and Railings.
More pictures from BKNB below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"@mutual_benefit and @leaplingband played the best show i've been to in a minute @ Mercury Lounge last nite. thnx 4 the beautiful tunes guys!" - @torenhardee
The stage was shared by six members in total, including Jordan's sister and a live violinist. The natural human emotion that he created on the album springs to life in the live setting, recreated in a scarily accurate fashion.Jordan Lee's art pop collective Mutual Benefit wrapped up their tour over the weekend with NYC shows at Mercury Lounge on Friday (2/8) at Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/8) (the latter moved from Rough Trade). We caught Jordan's gorgeous music and stage banter at the sold-out Mercury Lounge show, and pictures of that show are in this post. Local support on both dates came from Leapling.
There was plenty of clever stage banter from Jordan, who mentioned how in a interview he was misquoted as saying that he believed in love, when really he said he didn't. His response from this interview has sort of followed him around to other interviews and features, and he wanted to clarify that "romantic love is bullshit...unless you find someone special." It was his sense of humor along with his beautiful music that made his performance quite a memorable evening. [We All Want Someone]
If you missed it, check out the video of Mutual Benefit's recent BV Studio Session.
More pics below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.
They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.
Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."
Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...
February 7, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Amazing show tonight, @devhynes!" - @DitaVonTeese
Blood Orange (w/ Samantha Urbani) @ Webster Hall 2/6/2014
While last night's Wester Hall show (2/6) wasn't as (indie) star-studded as the Cupid Deluxe record release show at 285 Kent back in December, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes has more than enough charisma to hold his own. This was Dev's first big, proper show since the release of his acclaimed second Blood Orange album and, while David Longstreth didn't make an appearance, Caroline Polachek of Chailift was on hand for night opener "Chamkay" and Queens rapper Despot joined later for his verse on "Clipped On."
Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani, who is on much of the record, is basically a member of Blood Orange at this point and spent most of the evening on stage providing vocal support (there were back-up singers too, part of his very able band). UNO R&B singer (and frequent Mykki Blanco/Le1f collaborator) Ian Isiah opened the show. Pictures of both artists are in this post, as is Blood Orange's setlist.
Blood Orange are heading to the UK for a few dates. No word on an actual North American tour, but Dev and the band will be at Coachella in April. All dates are listed, along with more pics from Webster Hall, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, former (?) members of Pussy Riot, have been in NYC this week to (bravely) appear on The Colbert Report, speak at the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center, and then last night (2/6) they appeared again at a reception/fundraiser for the Voice Project at The Spotted Pig. An English speaker gave a brief history on Pussy Riot, but not much came from the "hosts" that were listed (we did spot Kim Gordon at the event though) (update: we're told Marina Abramovic, James Murphy, Questlove, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jemima Kirke, and Sean Lennon were all floating around somewhere at the event).
Pictures of Masha and Nadya are in this post. They continue below...
February 4, 2014
photos by Chris Graham
Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.
photos by Tim Griffin
Disclosure @ Stubb's - 1/31/14
UK dance duo Disclosure recently brought their North American tour to NYC for a 3-night run at Terminal 5, and since then they played Fallon, released a song with Bishop Nehru, made a video for their version of "F For You" with Mary J. Blige (below), and continued on tour, hitting other cities like Austin this past Friday (1/31) at Stubb's. That show, like the rest of the tour, was opened by Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and LA producer Samo Sound Boy, and pictures of all three artists are in this post.
Disclosure also recently announced "WILD LIFE" shows for select US cities, which each include eclectic support coming from Joey Bada$$, Kaytranada, Claude Vonstroke, Bishop Nehru, and others. Other WILD LIFE shows TBA, but for now check out the details for Chicago and Berkley, CA. Their next NYC show is Governors Ball.
Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Austin and the Mary J Blige video, below...
February 3, 2014
photos by David Andrako
Dawn of Midi @ Ecstatic Music Festival 2/1/2014
The Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off its 2014 season over the weekend with Hospitality & Face the Music on Friday (1/31) at the Greene Space, and then on Saturday (2/1), Dawn of Midi and Bright Wave performed at Merkin Hall. Pictures from Saturday are in this post. The first half of the show was electro-acoustic chamber music ensemble Bright Wave who performed three pieces written, respectively, by members Michi Wianckoall, Aaron Roche, and William Brittelle -- all of which were making their world premiere. They were then joined by the acoustic trio Dawn of Midi and the combined groups performed "Kanye Demands A Son." The evening finished with Dawn of Midi performing their new album, Dysnomia, in full.
Next up at the Ecstatic Music Festival is Lesley Flanigan and People Get Ready at Merkin Hall on February 19. Tickets for that show are still available. More pics from Bright Wave / Dawn of Midi below...