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August 4, 2015

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
Hot Chip
Hot Chip

As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore.  (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).

Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.

Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.

For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.

This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

CYHSY @ Bowery Ballroom, 8/2/2015
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just wrapped up their nostalgia tour, playing their "blog rock" classic debut in full. The tour included two shows in their hometown of NYC, Saturday (8/1) and Sunday (8/2) at Bowery Ballroom. Both were opened by Teen Men, the new band of The Spinto Band's Nick Krill and Joe Hobson. We caught night 2. Pictures continue below...

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August 3, 2015

photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Total Control

Australia's Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Dan Stewart did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.

Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Stewart was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they'd played "Scene from a Marriage?" Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let's hope this is not the last time we'll get to see them in NYC.

Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal -- and the band's arresting lighting -- was impressive. They play again on August 21 at Saint Vitus with Uniform and Alberich (tickets).

More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below...

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Flesh World @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Flesh World

San Francisco's Flesh World just played three NYC shows: Baby's All Right on Thursday (7/30) with Radioactivity and Honey Radar, then they opened for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with Lust for Youth and Sannhet, and then played later that night (much later) at Acheron. Jess Scott still writes the same style of songs, musically at least, as she did in the underrated Brilliant Colors but Limp Wrist's Scott Moore's snaking, snarling guitar leads definitely push things into the punkier side of post-punk. It was a short but terrific set from them at MHOW. Pictures from their set are in this post.

We mentioned that Limp Wrist would be playing Silent Barn on August 6 after the Flesh World tour ends. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but they added a late one. After the 7 PM show with Didi, In School, Frau and Honeysuck, they'll play an 11 PM show with Crazy Spirit and Frau (tickets).

More Flesh World pics below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins (Jimmy Chamberlain included) continued the NYC-area run of their tour with Marilyn Manson on Friday (7/31) at Jones Beach. You already saw pictures of the PNC Bank Arts Center stop, and we've got shots of Jones Beach here. The setlist was the same as PNC, but luckily for Billy Corgan, no stage rushers this time.

More pictures below...

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Bruce Springsteen w/ U2 @ MSG 7/31/2015 (via
Bruce Springsteen u2 MSG

U2 played a massive eight shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden as part of their "INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour and it wrapped up on Friday night (7/31). Bruce Springsteen was brought out for the encore to play on "Where The Streets Have No Names" and a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." Video of that is below.

There were lots of special guests across the eight shows, all of which began with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." Night 3 (7/22) had Jimmy Fallon joining U2 for "Desire" and The Roots for "Angel Of Harlem"; Night 5 (7/26) had Lady Gaga joining them on piano and vocals for "Ordinary Love"; Night 7 (7/30) had Paul Simon come out for "Mother And Child Reunion" and also featured a Lou Reed tribute with U2 covering "Satellite of Love" for the first time live since 1993. There were famous people in the audience, too, including a few 2016 Presidential hopefuls: Rick Santorum was there for Night 3 (7/22) and Hillary Clinton and hubby Bill were there for the final show with Bruce.

In addition to the Paul Simon appearance, Night 7 also had the run's most awkward moment, when Bono introduced the woman who called 911 after his Central Park bike crash last year. It started with cheer but then Bono passed the mike to her and she recounted the incident, saying "obviously I had to stop and help because I'm not from New York, I'm from Virginia, where people are nice." Cue massive booing. Video of that is below too.

While in NYC, Bono and The Edge appeared at Ellis Island with Yoko Ono for the unveiling of a "Yellow Submarine tapestry honoring John Lennon. At the event, Bono said of Lennon, "Let's claim him. In fact, let's claim all the Beatles not as immigrants but as Irish," which irked some. That tapestry will be on display at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration through August 16.

You can check out pictures from Night 1 here and we've got all eight setlists (via below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Duran Duran @ Capital Theatre 8/1/2015
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Lead singer Simon Lebon marched with a certain swagger all the way to front of the stage and stared at the audience with an intense look without even a hint of a smile. Part of his charm has always been his dramatic quirkiness - which has translated to his persona as well as the fantastic music he writes for Duran Duran. The band kicked off with "Wild Boys" - which today, sounds like a reference to what they used to be when they first took the world by storm. The hits rolled for around ninety minutes with not a single moment of "filler". The setlist revisited the most commercially successful endeavors from their legacy - including songs from albums such as "Rio", "Notorious", "The Wedding Album", "All You Need Is now" and "Astronaut". - []
New Wave survivors Duran Duran played two sold-out nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre over the weekend (August 1 & 2). While they have a new, guest-filled album due out in September, the band mostly stuck to the hits, opening with "Wild Boys" and cranking through the lion's share of their '80s MTV-era hits. They did play new single "Pressure Off" and did "Election Day" by spinoff band Arcadia, as well. Setlists differed a little between the two nights and you can check out both and pictures from Saturday's show (including a few of opener Penguin Prison) in this post.

Duran Duran's show at South Street Seaport was canceled but they are playing Nile Rodgers' two-day FOLD Festival in Riverhead, NY on Wednesday (8/5). The Long Island fest also includes Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae (who sings on "Pressure Off"), Grandmaster Melle Mel (whose "White Lines" Duran Duran cover), Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra and Chic. Rodgers is promising a unique festival experience, as he told Entertainment Weekly:

"With FOLD Festival I curate the artists and I curate the playlist as well, to a large extent," Rodgers tells EW by phone as he prepares for the event, which has a lineup that includes Beck, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams and Chic itself. "What winds up happening is that you are bombarded with hit records from the moment you walk in the door, you just hear hit after hit after hit after hit."
Tuesday's FOLD Fest (8/4) lineup features Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold. Tickets to both nights of FOLD Fest are still available. More pictures of Saturday's Duran Duran show at Capital Theatre are below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Florence / A$AP Rocky / TVOTR / Albert Hammond Jr + Billy Jones
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015

A$AP Rocky pauses to watch the sight of a person in a wheelchair crowd surfing. Ordinarily, hip-hop shows don't spawn mosh pits but then again, most don't blare both House of Pain's "Jump Around" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" over the speakers in succession. For A$AP, yes, it's that easy, and lest anyone forgets, the initials to his name get shouted out by his trio of hype men with regular frequency. To his credit, A$AP doesn't entirely coast. He establishes and maintains a crazed level of energy for a majority of the set and treats it all as a giant party. On Sunday night, with the prospect of heading back to work fans (well, the small percentage over 18, anyway) in the face, it's the appropriate atmosphere and vibe. A$AP boasts a lyrical flow most peers would envy, and his entourage scatters like ants to the very front rows on the ground to pump up the crowd. There's even room for a compelling avante R&B turn in the form of "L.$.D." Self-promotional references, tributes to weed, descriptions of loose women and homages to money spill from the emcee's mouth. So do shout-outs to Chief Keef and Chance the Rapper. Yet it's local boy Vic Mensa who scores the guest spot for a duet on "U Mad," putting the punctuation mark on a booming celebration of modern hip-hop culture that, in spite of positive messages prouncing unity, still include clicking gun-chamber sound effects. - [Chicago Tribune]
Threat of severe weather (thunderstorms, hail) caused Grant Park to be evacuated briefly during the final day of Lollapalooza 2015 (8/2) and also had the fest end 30 minutes early. (This happened at Pitchfork too this year, and at Lolla in 2012.) Otherwise, the show went on with sets from Florence + the Machine, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Albert Hammond Jr. (who started his day in the Toyota Tent for a Q&A with BrooklynVegan correspondent Billy Jones), Of Monsters and Men, Twin Peaks, Gogol Bordello, and many more.

Pictures of Lollapalooza 2015 day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More pics from day 3 are below...

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August 2, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015

The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]
Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.

Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.

Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...

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August 1, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015

Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.

If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.

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