Modern Baseball, Jeff Rosenstock & Pinegrove played Baby’s All Right (pics)
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Modern Baseball / Jeff Rosenstock / Pinegrove
Pinegrove kicked things off, fresh off releasing their very impressive new album Cardinal that day. They’re still a little amateur-ish as a live band — Evan Stephens Hall is clearly a great singer and performer but the rest of the band is a little stiff — but they were good and unquestionably had a great crowd. The sold-out show was already packed, and the majority of the room knew every word to every song. On Cardinal highlight “Cadmium,” which is mostly a quieter song, you heard the crowd loud and clear. When they announced they had one left, only to be told by the sound guy that time was actually up, much of the crowd actually booed the sound guy and repeatedly demanded the one more song. (No such luck.) This all happened for a young band whose first high-profile album had only come out hours ago and who were first on a three-band bill. If you’re not hip to this band yet, you should change that now. Their future is looking bright.
As they always do, the next two bands got the place in a total nonstop frenzy. Jeff Rosenstock (playing, as usual, as a trio with his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass) basically has a cult following that shows up at every local show turns the crowd into a jumping mob very time. He hit plenty of highlights off last year’s We Cool? and older stuff too, whipped out a harmonica for one song, and did his usual show-ending keyboards/xylophone solo. The crowd ate up every second of it.
Then Modern Baseball wrapped things up and had the crowd going even wilder than Jeff did. The room was more packed than ever for MoBo (who had sold out the significantly larger Webster Hall two months ago) and it was just constant push-pits, crowd surfers and stage divers. They sounded great as ever and hit us with plenty of favorites off You’re Gonna Miss It All (which turned two years old that day), some off last year’s MOBO Presents: The Perfect Cast featuring Modern Baseball EP, one off the upcoming album, and a bit of older stuff too. And of course we got a Killers cover: this time it was “All These Things That I’ve Done.” (It still impresses me how this band gets punk crowds acting like punk crowds for Killers covers.) For the crowd favorite “Your Graduation,” drummer Sean Huber did his usual thing where he hands the kit over to a member of one of the opening bands (this time it was Jeff Rosenstock’s bassist John DeDomenici) and takes the mic for his verse. This time though, Ian Farmer also turned bass duties over to Jeff Rosenstock and took to the mic for backup duties. Sean ended up launching himself into the crowd, and it was basically a huge party on stage and off.
More pictures from Baby’s below…