Entries tagged with: Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead's new album Barragán, their first in four years, is out next week (9/2) via Kobalt. The band have offered up a few tracks already but you can check out the whole thing now via NPR. Same day as the album's out, Blonde Redhead will play a release show at Rough Trade NYC. To get in you need to buy a copy of Barragán that day (store opens at 11AM) which will get you two wristbands for entrance to the show.
In addition to this very intimate gig, Blonde Redhead have three lrager NYC shows at the end of their fall tour. Updated dates are listed below...
Blonde Redhead's 2014 tour has grown a bit since we last posted and now includes a third NYC show which is happening at Bowery Ballroom on November 25, which is before their other Bowery Ballroom show (11/26) and date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/02). Tickets for the 11/25 Bowery show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/20) at noon. Tickets for their other two NYC shows are still available.
The band's new album, Barragan, is out September 2. Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
We already heard two songs from the new Blonde Redhead album, Barragan, and they've now put out a third, "The One I Love" (not an REM cover). It starts off as a soft acoustic number but more layers soon enter, turning it into something entirely different. One thing is for sure, not one of the three singles sound alike, so it should be exciting to see how this full album turns out. Check it out below.
Full list of dates, with a stream/download of the new single, below...
Blonde Redhead at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Blonde Redhead have a new album on the way that we've already heard two songs from, and they've since confirmed a tour in support of it too. That tour includes shows in their hometown of NYC happening November 26 at Bowery Ballroom and December 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.
All dates are listed, with both songs from the new LP, below...
NYC indie vets Blonde Redhead announced that they're new album Barragán would be out September 2 via Kobalt and released the guitar-driven single "No More Honey." Now they're back with a more subtle (and perfectly titled) album cut, "Dripping," which you can stream below.
by Andrew Sacher
Blonde Redhead at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
NYC veterans Blonde Redhead haven't released an album since 2010's Penny Sparkle but that will finally change on September 2, when they release Barragán via Kobalt. After the bigger, synth-driven Penny Sparkle, new single "No More Honey" is calmer and more guitar-centric. Take a listen to that, with the album artwork and tracklist, below. Also below is their list of tour dates (none in NYC).
Need an excuse for a vacation to Colorado? (the state that recently legalized marijuana). Denver's Underground Music Showcase festival happens this year from July 24-27 with a lineup of Real Estate, Blonde Redhead, People Under the Stairs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Baths, The Men, Gems, Residual Kid, Woodsman, Confluence, Equals, TV Girl and many more, plus still more TBA. The shows happen across over 20 Colorado venues. Passes are on sale now.
Full lineup (as it currently stands) below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Raveonettes / Blonde Redhead / DIIV @ Desert Daze 4/26/2014
Speaking of Deap Vally, the female rock duo had a wonderful set filled with dancing, child fans and Moon Block Party members on stage to dance and back them up on vocals. These ladies seemed comfortable in the desert air probably due to the fact that their first show ever was at the desert venue of Pappy and Harriet's. The only real hiccup for Deap Vally was that right as they were getting ready to play, guitarist Lindsey Troy had to use the Porta-Potti and couldn't find her setlist. Otherwise, most band's had smooth sailing, though Autolux started a half hour late due to technical difficulties with its keyboard, resulting in Autolux guitarist Greg Edwards cutting into his wife Raveonettes singer/bassist Sharin Foo's set. - [CMJ]The Desert Daze festival began in 2012 as an alternative to Coachella but has come into its own since, mixing international acts and California local artists. This was the second year in a row for it to be at Sunset Ranch in Oasis, California and the one-day event (4/26) featured Blonde Redhead, DIIV, The Raveonettes, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deap Vally, Autolux, Cosmonauts, and many more. Pictures from Desert Daze 2014 are in this post.
Blonde Redhead @ FFF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Blonde Redhead are among those you can catch at the Surf Lodge in Montauk this summer. The band isn't the most active but they pop up sometimes, like for that New Year's Eve show at Irving Plaza with Beach Fossils whose new album Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino sings on. We last caught them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2011.
Their Hamptons show is 7/13 and FREE, and it's the first of 7 dates they currently have scheduled around the country. Four of those dates are in California and one of those is LAUNCH which is a two-day September Sacramento fest that also features Girl Talk, Rocket from the Crypt, Dredg, Washed Out, Minus the Bear, Van She, Cults, Surfer Blood, P.O.S., Doomtree, Turquoise Jeep and more on the bill. The poster is with all BR dates below...
MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.
Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...
Nosaj Thing at MHOW in 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
LA glitch hop producer Nosaj Thing is set to release his new album, Home, on January 22 via Innovative Leisure. The album will feature guest vocals from Toro y Moi on the song "Try" and Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino, who sings on the song, "Eclipse/Blue," the latter of which you can watch the video for below, and the former of which you can stream. You can also stream another album cut, "Snap," a teaser for a third track, "Light 3," and check out the cover art and full tracklist below.
Nosaj Thing doesn't have a tour in the works to support the album just yet, but he'll be in NYC TONIGHT (1/18) at Webster Hall for a Girls & Boys party with "guests," and GIrls & Boys regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Video, song stream, cover art and tracklist 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!.
What did we miss?
Blonde Redhead at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Blonde Redhead have been quiet for most of 2012 (perhaps spent writing songs for their next album) but will play NYC on New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza with openers Beach Fossils (whose new album features vocals from BR's Kazu Makino). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter are below.
For a glimpse at what Blonde Redhead did do this year, the band gave us a Top 10 of 2012 list that includes, travel, food, parties, memories, live shows... and albums too (Dirty Projectors made their favorite). Check out their list below.
by Bill Pearis
Beach Fossils have been quiet of late, letting members' side projects DIIV and Heavenly Beat grab some of the spotlight, but they will be back in 2013 with their second album, Clash the Truth, which is out February 19 via Captured Tracks. You can stream or download the album's first single, "Careless," below. If this track is any indication, the LP marks a somewhat new direction for the band. Gone is the intertwining guitars in favor of breathless strumming and super-distorted leads. Still poppy, but different.
Helping out on the album is Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino who contributes vocals to the track "In Vertigo." That makes Beach Fossils opening slot at Blonde Redhead's New Year's Eve show at Irving Plaza a little less random. Tickets to that show are still available.
Beach Fossils will also play a record release show at Bowery Ballroom on February 23 and
tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (12/5) with the regular on-sale happening Friday (12/7). (UPDATE: This show has been removed from Bowery Ballroom's website. Stay tuned.)
Meanwhile, Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur contributed to our growing series of artist Top 10s for 2012. Instead of an albums list, Payseur gave us "top ten memories of 2012" which you can read below, where you'll also find the new Beach Fossils track stream, album art and tracklist.
Beach Fossils at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Beach Fossils have been added as the opener to the previously discussed New Year's Eve show with Blonde Redhead at Irving Plaza. Presale tickets (Live Nation Mobile App, Live Nation, and Music Geeks) start today (11/8) at 10 AM and general on-sale begins Friday (11/9) at 10 AM. VIP tickets include "front of the line access, VIP area in the balcony, poster, and champagne toast."
You can also find Chris Puidokas of Blonde Rdhead at the third annual Rock Lottery at Knitting Factory on December 1 along with members of My Morning Jacket, Against Me!, Yuck, Hospitality, and more.
A list of all Beach Fossils dates and a video below.
Please welcome the third annual Rock Lottery to Knitting Factory on December 1st:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's event
2012 lineup for Rock Lottery and video from previous events are below.
Blonde Redhead at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
Long running NYC dream rockers Blonde Redhead were last seen repping NYC at the Brooklyn Sweden Festival on their 2012 international late summer/fall tour, but they haven't actually played a local show in over a year. So it should be a treat when the band rings in the new year with a show at Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/9) at 10 AM with Live Nation Mobile App, Live Nation, and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (11/8) at 10 AM. VIP tickets include "front of the line access, VIP area in the balcony, poster, and champagne toast." It's the band's only announced show at the moment.
Blonde Redhead's most recent release was 2010's Penny Sparkle. A 4AD Session video of the band playing "Here Sometimes" from that album is below.
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.
The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.
Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Interpol @ Terminal 5 - 5/8/2011
In a time where the genre is thriving, dream pop vets Blonde Redhead reminded the audience at Terminal 5 last night (5/8) that they're still on top of their game. Performing with a fervor unlike many of their contemporaries, Blonde Redhead delivered a tremendous set comprised of songs off their two most recent albums, 23 and Penny Sparkle. Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace fed off each other's energies with ease, while sincerely retaining a youthful spirit of intensity. Pace's twin brother Simone completed the sound perfectly with a style that refuses to choose between precision and attack.
Having always considered Blonde Redhead's more recent material to be on the more relaxed side, they successfully proved me wrong with one of the loudest sets I've ever seen. They translated the subtle trip hop rhythms of "Here Sometimes" into dark bass-heavy dance beats that filled the entire venue with the same power the band was generating on stage. Standout track "Spring and by Summer Fall" ended with a blaring noise section and a light show spastic enough to blind the crowd, further accentuating what may have already been the most memorable part of the set.
A half hour later, Interpol emerged out of the shadowy lighting and fog machines and dove into Interpol album opener "Success." They followed the song with an hour and a half of material off all four of their albums, "Say Hello to the Angels" was an especially pleasant surprise early on. The band performed with a level of confidence that has evidently grown from album to album, and each member's distinct playing style cut through. Not being able to see Carlos D (or even Dave Pajo) was extremely unfortunate, but his trademark bass lines were well replicated by Interpol's current touring bassist Brad Truax. The highlight of the set came when Truax broke into the opening bass line of "Evil," which was responded to with excessive applause from the crowd who proceeded to shout along to every word in the song.
The NYC show was a benefit for Sickday Safety Net. Interpol is done touring for now, but has more dates scheduled all over the place throughout the summer. Their setlist from last night and a couple videos from the show, below...
Interpol @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Interpol are now on tour, hitting the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ tonight (5/6) (their first time playing Asbury Park in a decade which isn't that weird actually because how many times does a band really ever play Asbury Park?) (it's weirder that Interpol have been around long enough to even have that statistic), followed by a Saturday show in Rhode Island with School of Seven Bells, and than a Sunday night charity performance at NYC's Terminal 5 with Blonde Redhead. Where do the proceeds go you ask?
All proceeds will go directly to raising Sickday Safety Net's awareness in Manhattan, expanding into Brooklyn and increasing the number of community heath care partners and providers.Tickets for the NYC "Sickday Fuzzy Sock Hop" are still on sale, but if you're not in the giving mood, we also have a pair you can win. Details and more tour dates, below...
Sickday Safety Net is a new program launched recently by Sickday Medical House Calls, a New York company providing acute urgent medical care to patients in the privacy of their homes, offices or hotel rooms. Sickday Medical House Calls has been serving New Yorkers for ten years and has grown its active patient base to over 10,000.
The Safety Net is free to join and open to any uninsured New Yorker working in the creative arts including musicians, actors, painters, dancers, photographers, models, art directors, dancers, filmmakers, writers and visual artists. Members of Safety Net have access to Sickday's medical house call services and will never again need to get out of bed, find a babysitter or cancel a meeting to get quality, affordable medical care and no crowded waiting room, no blank forms, no inflated pricing - quality care, delivered via a medical house call. Medical professionals come directly to you, in your home or office, at a fixed Safety Net rate of $75. It's free to join and you only pay when and if you need services. Sickday guarantees same-day service.
Interpol @ Radio City in Feb. (more)
Interpol, who recently announced a partnership with the Creators Project to bring "a new visual experience to match (the band's) live set," has announced more tour dates including May 6th at Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ and May 8th at Terminal 5 in NYC. It's unclear who's opening the NJ show, but Blonde Redhead are definitely also playing the NY one which goes on "Sickday" presale this Wednesday. Tickets for the "Sickday Fuzzy Sock Hop" go on general sale Friday, and tickets for the NJ show are available at the Pajo-less band's site now.
All tour dates and a Creators Project video below...
words and photos by Chris Gersbeck
Blonde Redhead played their first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (11/3) with Pantha Du Prince. The party continues tonight (11/4) with Rain Machine (and not Taken by Trees or Pantha Du Prince). Tickets are still available.
There was a line outside of Webster Hall before doors opened shortly after 7pm that nearly reached the movie theater on Third Ave. Though I had read there were still tickets available on my way to the venue, I heard murmurs that it was sold out from people being turned away at the box office. Clearly, Blonde Redhead's two night stay in New York City, their first official show in the area since playing Prospect Park in '09 (they played private shows at 92Y Tribeca in August and Tribeca Grand after that), has been greeted with much anticipation following the release of Penny Sparkle.
Despite the line, the crowd was sparse all the way up until the beginning of Pantha Du Prince's set. I was somewhat familiar with the German musician's latest album Black Noise, but as usual I never know what to expect from a one-man act/producer whose primary instruments are electronic. Pantha took the stage right at 8pm, cloaked in his hoodie on a dimly lit stage, and quickly began tapping various pads and adjusting knobs creating an atmospheric layer of sound. Though he did have a laptop on stage, nothing about it seemed pre-recorded or staged. I've seen his music described as "minimalist", but as the set went on and his sounds became deeper and blanketed, his performance was anything but minimal. While there would often be a four-on-the-floor beat, on top of that would be a complex layer of synth and percussion, and occasionally a looped pre-recorded vocal track. Oddly enough, as his set was coming to a close and his wall of sound was hanging on a note, something abruptly happened and his sound was shut off, leaving a bit of an awkward silence followed by an enthusiastic response from the crowd. By this point, Webster Hall was completely full, and everyone was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the headliner. It's worth noting that when Radiohead's Myxomatosis was played on the P.A., the crowd let out a collective cheer. Note to Radiohead: new album and tour please...
The audience didn't have to wait long for the main act, as Blonde Redhead stuck to the set times and took the stage shortly after 9pm. Hidden behind a long white mask burgeoning with tufts of long blonde hair, Kazu Makino set the tone for the rest of their set: mysterious, somber, calculated and beautiful. The band started off slow, as Amedeo and Simone Pace, both incredible musicians in their own right, passionately tore through openers (and new songs) "Black Guitar" and "Here Sometimes" while Kazu enigmatically danced around on stage. Joined by a fourth multi-instrumentalist member, their songs stayed true to their studio counterparts; Blonde Redhead sounded as tight as ever.
There were some pauses in between the first few songs that I think made everyone a little nervous. The band quickly tried to switch from keyboard to guitar, from guitar to keyboard, from mask to no mask, but that's what happens when a band takes itself this seriously and doesn't exactly acknowledge the audience. Not that anyone seemed to care. As soon as Amedeo teased the audience with the guitar riff from "Falling Man" the crowd responded enthusiastically before being pummeled with some of the tightest rhythm work I've heard from a band in a while.
Simone Pace' sdrums can sometimes sound sequenced on recording, but not a song passed where I didn't recognize how integral a part he plays in this band's sound. It also became apparent as the set went on how seamlessly the band can go from a beautifully arranged synth-heavy song like "23" with Kazu solely on vocals, then watch her strap on a guitar and suddenly, they're a punk band. After two(!) encores, the band left for good. I'm quite certain tonight's audience will consist of many repeat fans.
Blonde Redhead are touring in support of their new LP, Penny Sparkle, out now via 4AD. If you are on the West Coast/Southwest, catch 'em on tour with Olof Arnolds.
More pictures, the setlist and video from Webster Hall last night, below...
Blonde Redhead in Prospect Park (more by Chris LaPutt)
Blonde Redhead kick off their two night stay at Webster Hall TONIGHT (11/3) with Pantha Du Prince (tickets are still available as of this posting), and tomorrow (11/4) with newly added support Rain Machine (aka Kyp Malone) who has replaced the previously listed Taken By Trees (Pantha only plays tonight). Tickets are also still available for tomorrow's show, or you can try your luck at winning a pair. Details on how are at the bottom of this post.
The two NYC dates mark the end of the road for their East Coast tour and for Pantha Du Prince as their tour-mate, but Blonde Readhead will head out west then south for a string of dates with Olof Arnalds. They will conclude the tour on 12/1 at La Zona Rosa in Austin, TX. All dates, some videos and contest details below...