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Black Lips @ Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ – pics

words by Nick Masi, photos by Leia Jospe

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

A day after their three day run opening for The Raconteurs at Terminal 5, Black Lips headlined the significantly smaller Maxwell’s across the river in Hoboken, NJ (June 2, 2008). They played only a few new songs – the rest of the set consisted mostly of tracks from their older albums and covers, one dedicated to the late Bo Diddley and another by their friends (and sorta-labelmate) King Khan & BBQ….

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

I knew it was going to be one of the last times to catch Black Lips in such a small setting (in NYC anyway) and the band must have been looking forward to the show as well because they were on point. They took a request and kept saying how much fun they were having. The crowd was going crazy too, especially upfront (which always helps). The night ended with two solo performances by drummer Joe Bradley – a nice treat. Overall, everything I was hoping for.

Black Lips play one more local show on Thursday at the Ridgewood Temple in Brooklyn. Should be sick! -Nick

They’re also playing McCarren Pool this summer.

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