Entries tagged with: Beacon Theater
For the better part of 10 minutes Friday night, at his first of two NYC shows, Andrew Bird, he the all-world whistler/musical alchemist, said not a word. Before he was joined on stage by the rest of his band and before laying down his crooning baritone, Bird started his show at the Beacon Theatre flexing his multi-instrumental talent: whistling, tapping out a loop on the xylophone, plucking his violin, looping that. Adding a bit of guitar.
In a review a few years ago, I said Bird was like a mad scientist the way he flutters about the stage pulling all his instruments into gorgeously complex arrangements. And for sure, his aw-shucks demeanor and professorial (some would surely add dreamy) looks - all suits, sport coats, and perpetual five o'clock shadow - affirm this.
When I saw him at Tarrytown in October it was just he and collaborator/drummer Martin Dosh. Bird took his time and was more self-indulgent. And rightfully so.
On Friday, with a full band, Bird seemed more focused and inclined to stay on task as they attacked songs like "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe" (both from his new full-length Break It Yourself) with purpose and ferocity.
When someone in the audience shouted "Measuring Cups!", Bird responded, "We can do that. We hadn't planned to..." And following the song he chipped in, "Happy to oblige."
But it was the old tyme part of the show where the band truly excelled. "What you hear is what we hear," Bird said following "Effigy", which, like songs "Give It Away," and the encore's cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You", was performed around a solitary microphone. The songs also featured upright bass, adding to the folksy and, yeah, old tyme feel.
"Action/Adventure" from Weather Systems was also re-introduced. "Hadn't done this one in a long time," Bird admitted, "and never with a full band." All the while Bird waved his hand in the air, wagged his finger around trying to driving home his point like an animated lecturer.
A particularly intense version of "Plasticities" preceded the set closer "Tables and Chairs." "Fake Palindromes" wrapped up the show to a standing ovation.
Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson was the first night opener and is cut from the same cloth as Andrew Bird. His songs build in much the way Bird's do, going from quiet intros to soaring highs, dropping to hushed tones before coming back in. The title track is a good example. But there were no weak spots in this set, "Quiet Crowd," "Into Giants," and particularly "Words In The Fire" all impressed. Watson also pulled his band out from behind their positions to perform around a solo microphone. Bird even paid tribute to Watson during his set saying, "You know you're doing well when you can have openers of that level."
Watson played a 2nd NYC show -an early one, at Manhattan Inn on Saturday, right before Tift Merritt opened for Andrew Bird at the second Beacon show (where Tift joined Andrew on stage to help perform "Lusitania" much like St. Vincent did at Coachella).
More pictures from Friday and the setlist from Saturday, below...
Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.
The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.
After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
DCFC @ Beacon Theater
Death Cab For Cutie completed their 3-night run at Beacon Theater in NYC last night (4/29). You saw pictures and the setlist from the first night. Here's some pictures from the Saturday, the second night, along with news that Death Cab will return to the NYC-area to play the Wellmont Theater on July 19, 2012 as part of just-announced summer tour (tickets on sale Friday, 5/4, at noon, after a fan club pre-sale on 5/2). All dates and more pictures from Beacon, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie are trying something different for a 2012 tour that kicked off Tuesday in Colorado, performing with the eight members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra -- six violins and two cellos.You saw last night's setlist. Check out more pictures from Friday's show at Beacon Theater, below...
That's the same group that appeared with Death Cab in its "Storytellers" episode on VH1, and helped add a deeper texture to last year's Codes and Keys. Still, Magik*Magik -- which has previously worked with Mike Patton, John Vanderslice, the Walkmen and the Dodos -- have become the principal storyline for a tour that [hits Beacon Theater in NYC three nights in a row this weekend].
The interesting part for concertgoers will be hearing some of the Death Cab's back catalog, including favorites like "Soul Meets Body," in this format. Gibbard admitted a little apprehension -- OK, a lot...
"It's a little terrifying," Gibbard tells HeyReverb. "There are so many variables. The entire show is a series of variables, for the first time in a long time. And that's a good thing. The first handful of shows, at least from our end, will be like walking through quicksand." [Something Else]
Death Cab For Cutie @ Beacon Theater (photo via thismeik)
While Jack White was at Webster Hall, Death Cab For Cutie played their first of three shows at NYC's Beacon Theater last night (4/27). Youth Lagoon opened like they will again Saturday and Sunday. We'll have pics and more later (update: pics HERE), but check out the Friday setlist, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Glen Hansard @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW 2012)
Over 20 years in the making, singer songwriter Glen Hansard will release his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Anti- Records June 19. Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard's debut solo album and first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season. The album will be available for presale at http://www.anti.com/storeGlen Hansard previewed some of those new songs at SXSW where one of the shows he played was the BrooklynVegan day party at 'Hotel Vegan' on Thursday, March 15th. Some pictures and videos from his 12:45pm set are in this post.
In recent months Hansard has been seen in the documentary The Swell Season which has toured the film festival circuit this year, contributed two songs to the blockbuster soundtrack, The Hunger Games, and been active in the promotion of Once, The Musical which successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews, including the New York Times who explains, "what was always wonderful about 'Once,' its songs and its staging, has been magnified." Hansard will support the new record on a U.S. tour.
Rhythm and Repose is a result of Hansard's last year and a half of living in New York City. The album was recorded by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson) and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The National, Antony and the Johnsons). The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings (Bon Iver, Y Music), David Mansfield on slide guitar (Dylan's Rolling Thunder Tour), Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen touring band) and half of Bruce Springsteen's current horn section. Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi (Marketa Irglova touring band).
As the above blurb points out, the Once musical is running NOW in NYC, though Glen does not personally act or sing in it.
Glen, who meanwhile is hitting the road with Eddie Vedder, will headline four select shows in June including one on June 29 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for the NYC show went on presale today, and will become available to all as of 9am on Thursday (4/5).
All tour dates, the new solo album tracklist, and a Once musical video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The Magnetic Fields @ Beacon Theater
"Though Merritt performs much of the music on his studio albums himself, the live incarnation of Magnetic Fields has long featured Claudia Gonson on piano and vocals, cellist Sam Davol and guitarist John Woo, all of whom where in typically elegant form [at the recent Friday night LA show]. The core group was augmented by vocalist/ukulele player Shirley Simms, whose presence tilted the set list toward songs on which she has appeared over the years, including "Drive On, Driver" and "No One Will Ever Love You."" [LA Times]Like they did in Chicago, the Magnetic Fields are playing two shows in NYC as part of their current tour. The first of those was last night, 4/3, at the Beacon Theater with Devotchka who open for them at the same venue tonight. The setlists have been pretty similar on this tour, so check out what they played in LA (which Chris remembers as being about what they played in NYC), under the pictures from Tuesday's NYC show, below...
Al Green at Outside Lands 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Legendary soul crooner Al Green has a growing set of live shows laid out for him throughout 2012. Those now include a NYC show at Beacon Theater on August 22nd with Charles Bradley. Tickets go on sale Friday 3/30 at 9AM and will set you back anywhere from $55 to $135. All dates are listed below.
Joining Al Green at Beacon will be the also awesome Charles Bradley, who will also embark on a tour of his own in April. Bradley's future schedule includes a few stops at festivals like Newport Folk Fest in July and Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY on June 2nd. At Mountain Jam he'll be joined by names like The Roots, Ben Folds Five, James Murphy, Dawes, Givers, Mariachi El Bronx and many more across four stages and over the festival's four days. Full lineup below.
Aziz Ansari at Bell House (more by David Andrako)
I could endlessly hit reload on Tom Haverfoods, but it would probably be much more rewarding to catch Tom Haverford live and in person. Thankfully Aziz Ansari will hit the road for the Buried Alive tour which kicks off on April 14th at Wellmont Theater in NJ and includes a NYC date at Beacon Theater on June 16th. Presale tickets for both shows go up today (2/29) at 10AM. Ticketmaster presale for Beacon kicks off at 10AM on 3/1 and go on regular sale the next day, while Wellmont tickets go on sale at noon on 3/2.
Do you want to go to Beacon Theater? We also have a pair of tickets to give away... details are at the bottom of this post.
All "Buried Alive" dates and the tour poster below.
Bonnie Rait, who recently performed on the Grammys, has announced a big May and June tour that includes many dates with Mavis Staples including a June 20th NYC show at Beacon Theatre which goes on sale at 10am. All dates are listed below...
The reunited Beach Boys, after playing the Grammys and announcing their appearance at Bonnaroo, have announced a full North American tour including two shows at NYC's Beacon Theater: May 8 & 9 (both on sale 2/21). All tour dates are listed, with on sale dates, below...
Devotchka @ Metro in Chicago in January (more by Ben Rodig)
The accidentally revealed it on the intitial tour announcement, so we always figured there would be two, but now the 2nd is annnounced too:
"The Magnetic Fields have added a second show at the Beacon Theater in New York City on April 4th, the day following their current, nearly sold out show. Devotchka (acoustic) will open the show. Presale tickets are currently available via Music Today. General tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb 10 via Ticketmaster.Devotchka (acoustic) also open the April 3rd NYC show, and all dates that are listed below. There will also be an AmEx presale for the new show on Wednesday at noon. More info on both Beacon dates at Ticketmaster.
Devotchka recently played a show at Metro in Chicago. More pictures like the one above, at BV Chicago.
Death Cab at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
One. Two. Three shows at Beacon Theater in April. The new NYC show happens on Sunday, April 29th, and like at the other two, Youth Lagoon will be opening for Death Cab For Cutie who will be joined by The Magik*Magik Orchestra. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday, 2/03, at noon. Low is not opening any of them.
Updated tour dates are listed below..
Death Cab for Cutie at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death Cab For Cutie have just announced a tour that will take place this spring. The tour will see the band being joined on stage by San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra (who often work with John Vanderslice too). All dates are listed below.
The tour hits the NYC-area
on April 24 at State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and (UPDATE: the initial dates Death Cab sent out have changed, and now there's no NJ show) at Beacon Theatre on April 27. The Beacon Theatre show, as well as every other North American date from 4/27 to the band's culminating hometown show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre (5/13) will be opened by Youth Lagoon, who has a headlining tour of his own that hits NYC for two sold out shows on 3/27 at Bowery Ballroom with Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family) and 4/28 at MHOW.
Fan Club pre-sale for all dates on the tour begins Friday (1/20) at noon and includes regular pre-sale tickets and the option for a limited number of DCFC t-shirt and poster bundles. Tickets for the Beacon Theatre show go on sale Friday, 1/27 at noon.
All dates (now updated) below...
Note: not a recent photo of The Allman Brothers
Speaking of the Allmans at the Beacon, the tradition continues... The Allman Brothers will return to Beacon Theater for their annual residency in March, this time hitting the venue on March 9-10th, 13-14th, 16-17th, 20-21st, and 24-25th for shows. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday 1/6 at 10AM.
In related news:
The Recording Academy today announced its 2012 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, and Gil Scott-Heron; this year's Trustees Award honorees are Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder; and Celemony and Roger Nichols are this year's Technical GRAMMY Award honorees.The Grammys air on February 12th.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The guest-filled six-night run of National shows came to an end on Saturday night (12/17), complete with an opening set by Bristol, England-based group This is the Kit who the National discovered on their recent tour of Europe. Maybe you watched the whole show livestreaming online.
Most of the guests on Saturday were the same as Friday, though no Trey. Saturday guests were Thomas Bartlett, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Conrad Doucette and yMusic. Ben Lanz, who also played Thursday and Friday, was on trombone again after leaving the band earlier this year to join Beirut full time.
photos by Chris La Putt
The National played their fourth of six shows at Beacon Theater last night (12/15). Wye Oak, who toured a lot with the National in 2011, opened the show. It was Wye Oak's last show of the year. Their first was on the same stage when they opened for the Decemberists in January. If they're ever playing there again, make it a point to go see them because they sound so good in there.
Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner later joined the National on stage for "Blood Buzz" and again for "Conversation 16" which Matt said was named that partly because his wife didn't think it was a good idea to name it "Brains". Andy and Jenn came back out for the show-closing, a capella "Vanderlyle".
Things run pretty similar each night. You can read our review (with pics) from night one HERE. Watch videos from night two HERE. Check out pics from night three HERE. Watch night six LIVE ONLINE COURTESY OF FUSE TOMORROW (12/17). Check out more pictures, the setlist and a couple of videos from last night, night four, below...
photos by Winnie Cheung
"got to beacon, realized my tickets to the national were for tomorrow. this will be the fourth time i got tickets but didn't get to see them!" - naveen
"One of my new favoritist groups EVER is "The National." I heard them do one number on Letterman about a year ago, and heard "something" in their music that grabbed me. So I asked Liz if she knew about them, and she sent me a few tracks. Then I got "Boxer" - one of their albums, and it was amazing. Then I got their newest album "High Violet" and it was astounding. I don't know anything about music, really, but their songs are very musical, and complex musically, and some of the songs do what Amy describes as giving her "The Chills." The National does that for me, so I got a ticket for their performance tonight at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. The venue is relatively small and really nice, their music is great and their performance was wonderful! So glad I got to see them live." [Ken Spencer]The National played their third of six shows at Beacon Theater in NYC last night (12/14). So Percussion opened (but we sadly missed them). Wye Oak, who were also there on the second night, opens tonight.
Some pictures from last night, and a video of the band doing one of the two new songs they've been playing, below...
The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)
Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...
Opening night of the six that The National will be playing at the plush Beacon Theater did not disappoint. The first guest opener was The War on Drugs who were fresh from their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom the night before. WOD put on a sonically interesting (but visually dull) performance - a mix of weaving, trippy layered guitar and saxophone. National frontman Matt Berninger joked that the name of the band is somewhat misleading because they were doing a tons of blow backstage before the show. War on Drugs played for 40 minutes before abruptly leaving the stage without a word.
At 9:10 the house lights went down and "Wild Boys" by Duran Duran began thumping over the PA system as a live feed of the band enjoying last minute dressing room banter was projected onto the stage's backdrop. The band emerged and opened with the brooding "Runaway" followed by "Anyone's Ghost", both from High Violet, and then "Mistaken For Strangers" from Boxer. You can see the full setlist below.
The variation of the band's back-catalog was perfectly appropriate with songs like "Available" from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and "Mr. November" from Alligator, along with two 'new' songs: "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl". Perhaps it was the grandeur of the venue, the 31st NYC room they've played, but the on-stage chemistry was a bit off. The music however was exceptional,
After Matt had stage walked over the orchestra's seats, and accidentally had his leg trapped between the seats, there was still time for an accapella version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" at the front of the stage as the entire audience were invited to crowd around (I wish they had done that at the beginning). The overall-amazing show ended at 11:00 PM on the dot.
Sharon Van Etten opens the 2nd show at the same venue tonight (12/13). More pictures and the setlist from night one, below...
Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...
Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.
A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."
Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.
Andrew Bird @ Tarrytown Music Hall (NY) in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird will pack-up the horsehair and steel (that makes playing the violin sound so burly!) as part of a string of dates in celebration of his forthcoming long-player Break It Yourself, out March 6th in the US (5th internationally) via Mom + Pop Records. Look for Bird to play selections from the follow-up to 2009's Noble Beast on that three-month jaunt that will include two nights at Beacon Theater, May 4th with Patrick Watson and May 5th with Tift Merritt. Tickets for both May 4th and May 5th go on AMEX presale at 11AM tomorrow (12/7) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
In related news, Chicago is welcoming the opening of Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum at the Museum of Contemporary Art today (12/6). Details are available at BV Chicago.
Tour dates and a teaser video for Break It Yourself is below.
Josh Ritter at BookPeople in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Singer/songwriters Josh Ritter, John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), and Steve Earle are also authors, and all three of them put out novels this year. They'll be teaming up for "a night of talk and songs" at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library on Tuesday (12/6). Tickets for the event are on sale now.
Josh Ritter made a promotional appearance for his novel, which is titled Bright's Passage, in Austin this past October. As you can see above, it was also an event that included some music. Pictures and full recap, including a part where Josh says Wesley was one of his writing inspirations, HERE.
Ritter has also been added to the bill of the previously mentioned WFUV show, which is happening on 12/5 with Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available.
Dawes played Occupy Wall Street today and according to Rough Trade, they put out the 48th best album of 2011. They also have two more shows at Maxwell's after the Beacon show (12/6 and 12/7), but both are now sold out.
All dates below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
SET 1 (approx 40 minutes)The United States only got these special Cure shows in NYC (these shows at Beacon Theater) and in LA (at Pantages Theatre last week). You can look at the setlists from both cities, multiple encores included, along with more pictures and some videos from the first NYC show, below...
'THREE IMAGINARY BOYS' (1979)
The Cure Trio - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums
SET 2 (approx 40 minutes)
'SEVENTEEN SECONDS' (1980)
The Cure Quartet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys
SET 3 (approx 40 minutes)
The Cure Quintet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys & Percussion / LAURENCE TOLHURST: Keys & Percussion
SET 4 (approx 30 minutes)
'ENCORES' of the period...