Entries tagged with: Alex English
The Escape Music Festival, which recently moved ot Governors Island, is happening this weekend. Tickets are still on sale and we have a couple of VIP passes you can try to win courtesy of doNYC. Enter via the form below...
The two-day Escape Festival happens October 11-12 in NYC but has just moved locations. Originally set for Pier 9 in Brooklyn, it will now take place at Governors Island Beach Club. Other than locations, the line-up remains the same with Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method, Girl Talk and more. There will be free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island. More info on Escape's site. Tickets are still available.
As mentioned the two-day Escape Festival is coming to Brooklyn this fall, happening October 11-12 on Pier 9 at Degraw St and Van Brunt St. The final lineup has just been announced and includes Girl Talk, a Moby DJ set, Anoraak, and The Joy Formidable, in addition to previously announced artists Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method and more. There's also a second stage curated by Barcelona's Elrow party-throwers. Tickets are on sale now and full line-up is listed below...
"I wonder how guarded these drug amnesty bins will be at electric zoo?
Cause I want one." - Brian Christopher
As you probably heard on the news, NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo, went down without a single reported overdose over the weekend. This may have been in part due to their major effort to educate people and stop drugs from getting in, and maybe.... thanks to the drug amnesty bins that were placed on premises. I wonder if anyone really dropped anything in to one of those. More pictures like the two above by Scott Lynch, at Gothamist.
Electric Zoo was not without its problems though. Its third and final day was shut down early due to fear of rain. Many have taken to Facebook to voice their frustration, where so far all the fest has said is: "Many of our fans have asked about refunds for today's show. We appreciate your patience. More info will be posted soon".
One angry comment on their page has been liked over 450 times, and reads:
Today was my fiancé and I's 2 year anniversary. If it weren't for our good friends, you'd have ruined it. Thanks for nothing. And if you delete this comment, I'll make it a review. Also: your security is horrid. Imbeciles in red shirts roving around looking for people stumbling over themselves (i.e. everyone dancing). You made my fiancé go to the medical tent (front for the NYPD) and detained her for over and hour in handcuffs without asking me (her fiancé), what the situation was. She had only had two drinks, but tripped on the ledge of the barrier at GRiZ while walking backwards. You bruised both her arms (we have pictures!) and only released her after finding out I was in the military. Your red shirts went from telling me to "Go f!%# myself to thanking me for my service." Awful. Shame on all of you.---
Billboard points out:
There were about six hours of music remaining when the event was called off, and organizers emphasized there would be no re-entry. Sunday's storms passed within an hour, leading many fans to lambast organizers on social media for jumping the gun, especially as the Made in America festival soldiered on just two hours south in Philadelphia. But the risk of pushing through the inclement weather was probably too high. (Remember what happened at the Hudson Project in July.)
Still, eager to make the most of the long weekend, many of the DJs who were scheduled to play Sunday night -- Kaskade, Bingo Players, Fedde le Grand -- took to Twitter to assure fans they were in talks with city clubs to play make-up sets. Slake, a relatively new venue near Penn Station, scooped the most impressive last-minute party lineup with a bill that included What So Not, Chase and Status, Heroes x Villains, Milo & Otis, LOUPVCK, Netsky, Mat Zo, Alex English, and more. Tickets reportedly sold out in less than 30 minutes. Elsewhere, Fedde le Grand performed at Pacha and ATB played club Marquee.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Alex English & Vince Clarke / Daniel Miller & Clarke
Synthpop vet Vince Clarke celebrated his birthday (7/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, DJing with his old friend, producer and Mute Records label boss Daniel Miller. Between the two of them, they've had a hand in some of the most iconic electronic music of the '80s (Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Normal). Clarke's set was a little more on the poppy club-oriented side, where Miller spun more deep bass and techno. Pictures from the night, including an opening set from Alex English, are in this post.
Clarke will be back with Erasure later this year, including two New Year's Eve shows in NYC. More pics below...
Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn earlier in May (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Alexis Taylor's new solo album, Await Barbarians, is out in a couple weeks (June 17) on Domino and he's got a new video for mellow single "Without a Crutch" which you can watch, along with the previously released "Elvis Has Left the Building," below.
You may have seen Alexis perform those and about half a dozen other new tracks when he played a very intimate solo show at Manhattan Inn earlier this month, right after the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, where he was backed by Jonny Lam and current Hot Chip (and New Young Pony Club) drummer Sarah Jones. It was a nice set that also included a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" plus Hot Chip songs "Look at Where We Are" and "Made in the Dark." If you missed that, Alexis will be back in NYC to play a solo show at Joe's Pub on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.
That seems to be the only North American date for Alexis currently. He will, however, be doing some DJ gigs over here around the same time, including one in NYC at Williamsburg club Verboten on July 10 with additional sets by Klangkarrussell, Headband + Hooligan, and Alex English. As to which members of the band will be doing the DJing, that's unclear but tickets are on sale now. Taylor will also DJ San Francisco's Mezzanine on July 11 with the Juan Maclean and Sleazemore.
And while we're on the subject, The 2 Bears, which is HC's Joe Goddard and mate Raf Rundell, will release their second album The Night Is Young in September. The first single, "Angel (Touch Me)," is out now and you can stream it below. You can also watch the Dan Henshaw-directed video which pays humourous homage to Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates, plus videos and streams, below....
by Andrew Sacher
DC producer Lindsay Lowend, a member of Kastle's Symbols label, was one of the many electronic artists announced for Lollapalooza this week. Whether or not you had plans to attend that festival though, you can catch him in NYC TONIGHT (3/28) at new-ish club Slake (251 W 31 St, formerly Rebel). Joining him at that show is UK house/garage/pop producer Shift K3Y and Cameron Kush. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Lindsay Lowend recently released the Wind Fish EP and remixed Anamanguchi's "Prom Night." Stream those, with Shift K3Y's recent track "Touch," below.
Speaking of UK house/garage/pop, London duo Gorgon City operate in that realm as well. They're planning on releasing their debut album on Virgin / EMI this year, but ahead of that they put out the single "Ready For Your Love" with vocals from Duke Dumont/Rudimental collaborator MNEK. You can check out the video for that below. (You also may remember they produced a recent Klaxons single.) They hit NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (3/29) with Kidnap Kid and Jonas Rathsman. Tickets are available.
Rhode Island IDM wizard The Range is also at Glasslands on Saturday.
Other dance stuff is coming up in NYC later in the year too. Detroit house producer Omar-S, still playing shows behind last year's impressive Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself, returns to NYC to hit Glasslands on April 19 with Jay Simon and Steve Summers. Tickets are on sale.
UK IDM master James Holden, still going strong off last year's excellent The Inheritors, plays a Bunker party at Output on April 26 with Bryan Kasenic, Timothy J Fairplay and Mike Servito. Tix available.
Another UK producer Clark brings his new Phosphor live show to NYC on May 2 at Glasslands with great local support from Octo Octa and Ital. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the Phosphor trailer below and stay tuned for more dates.
London's Mighty Mouse, who we last spoke about when his duo with Van She's Matt Van Schie Du Tonc made their NYC debut, plays a solo set at Slake on May 3 with Lane 8 and Alex English. Tickets are on sale.
Dutch dubstepper Martyn returns to NYC on April 3 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party with Leon Vynehall and Matrixxman. Tickets, including access to Bloody Mary and Carlos Alkalina in the venue's Panther Room, are available.
UK duo Psychemagik and NYC/Paris musician Joakim will team up for a FIXED party at Le Poisson Rouge on May 15 which doubles as Joakim's Tropics of Love album release party. FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill, and tickets are on sale now.
Less than two weeks later, FIXED throws another party at Cameo on 5/23 with Benoit & Sergio and JDH. You can get tix for that as well.
Previously announced dance options in NYC include The Orb w/ Blondes, Actress, Tycho, Shlohmo, Cajmere, Kastle, Jacques Greene, Duke Dumont, Rone, Odesza, Flume, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke at Webster Hall (5/28) as part of Red Bull Music Academy (tickets), and more.
Of course those are just a few of the upcoming dance options in NYC. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Baauer - USB Drive (ZIP)
Baauer, or that guy who made "Harlem Shake," has done more that accidentally create a viral meme; he can get pretty big crowds moving. He had the whole place dancing when I saw him DJ before Kendrick Lamar's set at SXSW and he was a hit at Coachella too. He's currently on the road with AraabMuzik and S-Type, and after that he'll do a few year-end dates including New Year's Eve in Philly and a NYC show a few days earlier at Webster Hall on December 28. That show is a Brite Nites party and also includes cloud rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth in addition to CZ, Alex English, and rekLES. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM. All dates, including the South American Lollapaloozas, are listed below.
On his tour, Baauer's been throwing out USB drives with new music on them, and telling fans, "If you get one, share it with your friends, upload it to the Internet, or just keep it for yourself. Do with it as you please." You can download all four songs from the USB (via This Song Is Sick) above and stream them, along with the list of tour dates, below...
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
As discussed, UK dance duo Disclosure are bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining show with TNGHT on August 6 at Central Park Summerstage. It's with Julio Bashmore, who plays Warm Up that weekend. It's also two days before Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith plays Mercury Lounge, and around the time Jessie Ware is in the area too. It's also totally sold out.
However, Disclosure have now announced that later that night they'll be the Summerstage show afterparty which happens at The Wall (251 West 30th Street) with Alex English and "Guests." Any guesses on who they might be? Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
In related news, Sam Smith recently released his own new song, "Safe With Me," which you can stream below.
In other related news, Jessie Ware collaborator Sampha (who, like Jessie, sang on SBTRKT's album), released his own EP, Dual, this week (7/29) via Young Turks. Watch a video of him performing its track, "Indecision," for Yours Truly, below.
SBTRKT also DJs Output on Thursday (8/1) (sold out).
All Disclosure dates are listed, along with that video and song stream, below...
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
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Drop the Lime at BEMF 2012 (more by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky / HiFi Cartel)
Brooklyn Fire, UG Strategies, Live Nation, and GBH Events have teamed up to present "EDM for Sandy Relief," a benefit concert which will consist of a number of DJs in the EDM scene like The Crystal Method (dj set), Tommie Sunshine, Drop The Lime, Run DMT, The Disco Fries, Dances With White Girls, Gosteffects, FIGO (dj set), Blaqwell, Prince Terrance (Hussle Club), Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Alex English, Righteous Trash, and more TBA. The all ages show goes down on Monday (11/19) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. At the show there will also be a canned and non-perishable Thanksgiving food drive and a silent auction courtesy of the show's sponsors. Flyer below.
UK dubstep pioneer Skream is currently on his Skreamizm tour over in Europe and upon completing that he'll head over to NYC for a Girls & Boys show with FaltyDL and Stryker Matthews on December 7 at Webster Hall. The bill also includes Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for the show are on sale now. A list of all Skream dates and the flier for the Webster Hall show are below.
As mentioned, FaltyDL is releasing his new single, "Straight & Arrow," on November 13 via Ninja Tune which features that track backed by three remixes. You've already heard Four Tet offer his take on the tune, and the Gold Panda remix has since been revealed, which you can stream below. You can also pre-order the single now at the Ninjashop.
A list of all dates and that song stream below.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Bass Squad are hosting the "On the Rocks" summer residency at Drom, which kicked off in May with Baauer and Flosstradamus, continued in June with Nicky Da B and Heartbreak, and in July with Kingdom and Sleepyhead. The August party at Drom goes down tonight (8/2) with LOL Boys, Sound Pellegrino, Thermal Team, Sleepyhead, Crisp, and Alex English. It's a 21+ party, $15 admission, and runs from 10 PM to 4 AM. The flier for tonight's show is below.
LOL Boys just released their Changes EP, which includes four original songs and remixes of the title track by Shlohmo and Anenon. Though it's a little hard to their name seriously, LOL Boys' music is a different story. The new EP works as the chill, sunny afternoon cousin of the ghostly Shlohmo, who they've shared multiple bills with. All vocals on the album (though heavily manipulated) were performed live by guest singers Heart Streets and Angelina Lucero. You can stream the EP in full below or purchase it for $6 on bandcamp.
Flier for tonight's show, the LOL Boys EP stream and a list of all dates below...
Of course, this is not a true reunion of the legendary NYC rave club (that was located at Shelter right next door to Wetlands), because there is some bad blood between certain members of the scene, most notably between Scotto's N.A.S.A partner DB, but it's a trip down memory lane nonetheless, not to mention a somewhat rare appearance by Manchester's 808 State who released "Blueprint: The Best of 808 State" in 2011. Though note, 808 State's website says they are just DJing.
A video commercial for the Saturday (7/21) Music Hall of Williamsburg show, with set times, and a video Scotto shout outside N.A.S.A. in 1993, below...
Chris Keating w/ Yeasayer at Jones Beach (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When we first mentioned that Yeasayer will be going on tour this summer in support of their upcoming Fragrant World LP, tickets were only available at the band's website. Since we last spoke, tickets for the NYC show, which happens on September 12 at Central Park Summerstage were posted to Ticketmaster as well. They're currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/1) at noon.
In related news, you can catch Chris Keating of Yeasayer DJing tonight (5/31) at a Vibrations party on the Hudson Terrace Roof Deck. Doors are at 10 PM and admission is free til midnight with RSVP. The show also includes Punches (who will be celebrating the release of their new EP, It Can Only Get Better), Sean Glass, and Alex English. The flier for tonight's show is below.
DOWNLOAD: Lindstrom - "De Javu" (MP3)
Simian Mobile Disco at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Simian Mobile Disco released their new LP, Unpatterns, this week via Wichita Recordings. It's a bit of a return to form to their dancefloor-ready debut, Attack, Decay, Sustain Release, rather than the in your face electropop of 2009's Temporary Pleasure. Not as many guest vocalists on the new album, and when they do appear on Unpatterns, they're backgrounded and sparse, like Jamie Lidell's contribution to "Put Your Hands Together." Check out a stream of the entire album below.
Simian Mobile Disco are continuing to tour in support of the album, and will come to NYC this month to DJ Webster Hall on May 25 with DJ sets by Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P< and Alex English & Rekles. Tickets for this show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
Simian Mobile Disco will return to NY for Camp Bisco which goes down in Mariaville, NY from July 12-14. Other artists playing include Amon Tobin, Big Boi, Tycho, Thundercat, Shigeto, Daedelus, Skrillex, Star Slinger, Crystal Castles, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale.
Speaking of Lindstrom, his most recent album, Six Cups of Rebel was released earlier this year. You can stream that entire album below and download the track, "De Javu," at the top of this post.
And speaking of FIXED, their Kindness-headlined show at Le Poisson Rouge is TONIGHT (5/17). It's the NYC live debut for Kindness, whose solid debut LP, Word, You Need a Change of Mind, was released this year. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Album streams, show flier and a list of all dates are below.
Soulwax brings the dance party back to America this fall. After playing San Francisco and HARD Haunted Manion in LA, the Belgian group will headline a HARD-presented show at Webster Hall on November 2nd. Tickets go on sale today (9/28) at noon. All dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The first-annual Escape to NY Festival kicked off on the Shinnecock Nation reservation in South Hampton on Friday. Patti Smith headlined the day, and we already posted those pics. Now here are the rest from the three-turned-two day festival, Best Coast included. They continue below...
Vampire Weekend's last release was an Apple iTunes session (recorded this past September at New York's Avatar Studios... "It includes a completely reworked rocksteady version of their hit "Holiday", plus "A-Punk", "Cousins" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". The session also includes two covers: Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" and The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right". Three horn players joined the band for the sessions".).
At Drom Saturday: BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire weekend) DJs with Alex English.
Monday, March 07, 2011 at 7:00 PM: "Alela Diane & Wild Divine in a live charity performance for Housing Works. Special preview show of her new album and band Alela Diane & Wild Divine (produced by Scott Litt) out on Rough Trade 4/5."
That's a picture of Alela Diane's new album above. More about it below....
photos by Brook Bobbins
A-Trak & Dave 1 @ Webster Hall Friday
In a new Valentine's Day feature posted over at Hearty Magazine, "eligible bachelor" A-Trak says he is "rambunctious" in the sack and hopes not to spend Valentine's Day on an airplane (ok, it's a pretty boring interview actually). On Friday night, after checking out his brother's show at Terminal 5 with The Suzan (who are signed to A-Trak's label Fool's Gold), A-Trak helped his brother DJ at the Chromeo afterparty at Webster Hall (where A-Trak is officially playing with The Suzan on March 4th).
Mr. Oizo played the party too, but Brook wasn't there for his set. More pictures and a couple of video from the Chromeo/A-Trak part (there's a shot of Alex English in there too), below....
Daniel of LA Riots @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
Cut Copy set the bar pretty high with their very energetic and fun set Wednesday night. Luckily things continued down that path for the rest of the week. Friday night I made it to Webster Hall just in time to catch the last half hour or so of a very disco-fied set by James Murphy. He also threw in some classics which you could not help smiling at when you thought about where you were. Speaking of which...as much of a weird/hellish crowd the Webster Hall-based event drew, I really appreciated having space to dance and not sweating my ass off merely from being inside the venue. After James, LA Riots spun a great, banging set which was much more what I was expecting from them after experiencing their lower key set at Love last month. Daniel (1/2 of LA Riots -- the other half J'ob was not there) had the crowd perfectly warmed up and right where it needed to be for what can best be described as the dance explosion that ensued when JFK and AL-P got behind the decks. Things went from everyone getting down as they had been, to a sudden rush of people storming the stage and everyone in the place going accordingly bananas.
MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
They played for about 2 hours, from 2ish-4ish and covered every great electro song you've heard recently along with tons of new stuff. For anyone who's seen them the past 2 times they were here, the set was much more along the lines of their CMJ set (which I thought was much more exciting and creative) than their one last month at Studio B...
H&LA @ Studio B - May 17, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
...which is where I headed Saturday night to catch Hercules & Love Affair's debut performance that everyone has been talking about since. Overall I thought it was a great show...for a debut performance. The first couple of tracks were a bit shaky, but the group quickly rebounded with "Blind" which was still good, albeit different, without Antony (see for yourself here. A few of their songs had me absolutely losing it (namely "Athene" and "You Belong") while others were just ok. I think the problem I ran into was...I kept comparing them to Escort, and in some instances found myself wishing Zena Kitt was singing in place of Nomi, though I'm not sure if that would've worked out as ideally as it did in my head. Hercules & Love Affair's tracks have a much more modern sound vs. Escort's classic disco.
Speaking of Escort, don't miss them at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 30th. Tickets are on sale.
At the end of Saturday night when all was said and done, I had a great time...there is nothing like live disco. Sadly that's one thing there isn't enough of, but luckily there are plenty of other great dance happenings in the city this week: