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Pond @ Hotel Vegan on Saturday
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

Australian band Pond (not to be confused with Portland band Pond), who include two members of Tame Impala, just hit SXSW and are now on tour with Oberhofer. That tour arrives at Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (3/21) for what will be Pond's first-ever NYC show (at a venue Tame Impala have headlined and sold out). Tickets are still on sale, so go out and give them a proper welcome (and then stick around for Oberhofer too). Afterwards head to Tribeca Grand for the afterparty. Flyer, details and more tour dates below.

I caught Pond once in Austin, at our own show at Hotel Vegan, and it was one of the most memorable of the week, in part from the performance, and in part from all the fun everyone/friends around me were having as the band rocked the intimate and packed Volstead space on Saturday afternoon.

Stereogum posted some SXSW awards, and Pond won for...

BEST BARE FEET: Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook, the perpetually shoe-bereft bassist for Tame Impala, who was recast this week as the perpetually shoe-bereft livewire frontman for Australian classic riff-rock vamp band/Tame Impala spinoff POND. What he lacks in shoes he makes up in HEART (and amphetamine-y spasms and contortions). -Amrit
Some pictures and videos from our Hotel Vegan show, and a video from another show, are in this post (a full stream of their set at Hype Hotel can be watched HERE, but the audio sucks). More pics and videos, with the other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Pond killed it at SXSW, touring with Oberhofer, in NYC now (Hotel Vegan pics & video, NYC afterparty info)"

photos by Tamara Porras

JKS @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/15/2012
John K. Samson

John K. Samson of the Weakerthans (ex-Propagandhi) brought his tour in support of a new solo album to the NYC-area for two shows last week. One was at Maxwell's, the other at Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post. Shotgun Jimmie opened.

John may be solo, but he played with a full band and performed material from throughout his career. There were Weakerthans songs, many which were recently performed in the same venue over the course of four nights, and even two Propagandhi cuts during the first of two encores. The full setlist, and more pictures, below...

Continue reading "John K. Samson played solo, Weakerthans & Propagandhi songs @ Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist)"

Jonathan Richman at MHOW in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman has a few upcoming dates scheduled this year including two in NYC happening on June 12 and 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale on Friday (3/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/14) at noon.

Jonathan was last in NYC for two Bell House shows in October of last year. Some videos from those shows and all currently announced dates below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Richman schedules 2 NYC shows, 3 in CA (dates)"

Bowery photos by Amanda Hatfield, MHOW photos by Anna Webber

Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).

The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.

Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.

Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten played 3 NYC shows (pics), playing SXSW, BAM, ATP, Newport & other dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Other Lives @ Bowery Ballroom on 2/17
Other Lives

"Other Lives' sound is lush and rich, full of varied but precise instrumentation. Each member seamlessly switched from violin to guitar, trumpet, keyboard, bells, cello, percussion, harmonium etc., somehow getting to their instruments just at the right time in every song. Their CD Tamer Animals is a gorgeous reproduction of their sound, but seeing them live was an altogether different and wonderful experience. Watching the set up of keyboards, effects, laptop and other electonic gear, I was a little concerned that the 'music' would come off sounding too artificial. But all the band members were consummate musicians, and it didn't seem as though much of their sound came from prerecorded tracks."
[Words & Music]
Other Lives played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on 2/17 with support from both from WIM and Lucius. The show, reviewed above, is pictured in this post.

The NYC show was part of a headlining tour leading up to Other Lives' run supporting Radiohead which began last night, Monday, 2/27, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. We're not sure how Other Lives' set was in the huge Florida venue, but you can check out Radiohead's setlist, video of two new songs included, HERE.

Radiohead's announced tour dates include an Austin City Limits TV show taping, Bonnaroo, and both Coachellas. Still no NYC shows, but also still no shows announced around Bonnaroo at all

All Other Lives tour dates and more pictures from their NYC show, below...

Continue reading "Other Lives played Bowery Ballroom w/ WIM & Lucius (pics); Radiohead played Florida (setlist & video of 2 new songs)"

Mark Lanegan at Bowery Ballroom 2/7/12 (via Mindy Bond)
Mark Lanegan

The Mark Lanegan Band released their new album, Blues Funeral, earlier this month and played a NYC show in support of it on the day of the album's release (2/7) at Bowery Ballroom.

The set paced eight of Blues Funeral's 12 new tracks with favorites from Bubblegum and older solo releases, eventually closing on a Screaming Trees favorite during the encore. There wasn't much Lanegan could've done on Tuesday night to piss off the sold-out crowd short of maybe calling it quits after one note. The evening's disappointment came only after the encore of "Crawlspace" and "One Way Street," when Lanegan closed on a pregnant pause instead of coming back for thirds. Scattered groans rose in tandem with the house lights, forcing fans to abide the 19-song set they received. [CMJ]
It was the band's first show in support of the new album, which is Mark Lanegan's first solo release since 2004. You can stream the entire album below (via MOJO) along with some videos and the setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show.

The band will continue to tour over the next few months, and upon returning to the US after an Australian run in late April, they'll play NYC again on May 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/22) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Videos and setlist from the 2/7 Bowery Ballroom show, album stream, and updated dates including Sasquatch! below...

Continue reading "The Mark Lanegan Band played Bowery Ballroom, playing Webster Hall (and other dates)"

Fiona Apple

BrooklynVegan is more than thrilled to present Fiona Apple's return to the Big Apple NYC on March 23 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg and then again on March 26 @ Bowery Ballroom. Both shows go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon, but we'll have an exclusive pre-sale for tickets starting one day earlier, and an AMEX presale on Wednesday. Stay tuned for the passwords for the Thursday presale. UPDATE: It looks like the Ticketmaster listings were updated. No more American Express presale.

3/23/12 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg: PASSWORD = promise
3/26/12 @ Bowery Ballroom: PASSWORD = shadow

Passwords for other cities HERE.
UPDATE : Damn those sold out quick. Who got tickets? General sale begins Friday.


Fiona Apple is also playing the Pitchfork showcase at SXSW in Austin this year. To quote LA Reid, "Welcome back Fiona!"

UPDATE: There are a few more dates including Atlantic City and Chicago. They are all listed below...


(And speaking of artists playing Pitchfork's SXSW show, tickets for Charli XCX's upcoming Brooklyn show are still on sale.)

Continue reading "BV Presents: Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg (after SXSW and other dates)"


Due to the water main break around Bowery Ballroom, tonight's Doomtree show has moved to Gramercy Theatre (2/16).

The Miineapolis hip hop collective is currently on tour in support of their new record. We're giving away tickets to the Chicago show on BV Chicago.

by Bill Pearis

Of Monsters and Men

While the rest of the world was asking who the #$%@ Bonny Bear and Paul McCartney were, I was asking that same question of Of Monsters and Men who are playing here in April. They've already sold out their 4/5 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 4/6 show at Bowery Ballroom, though the Bowery show was moved to Webster Hall (tickets are still on sale, but maybe not for long). Actually, half their US tour is already sold out (all dates at the bottom of this post).

Then I remembered I had actually seen Of Monsters and Men -- who are from Iceland --  at last year's M for Montreal at teeny tiny club Casa Del Popo. Their name is a bit on the generic side which is why I think I couldn't place it. (You also see a lot of bands at festivals. It's a blur.) Anyway, here's what I wrote then:

The other Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, made more of an impression with their stirring folk rock that was augmented by horns and an especially fancy accordion. (It had LED switches on it.) While also similar to a lot of other sweeping ensembles (fill in your favorite here), the songs were memorable and I did wish their set had been a couple songs longer. So it goes with festivals.
I don't think a folk band has snuck up like this since Mumford and Sons (or maybe The Head and the Heart).

They're already huge in Iceland (which is like being huge in Rhode Island, but still), where their debut album, My Head is an Animal, was released last year. Of Monsters and Men signed to Universal who rushed out the Into the Woods EP in America late December, which contains the KEXP hit "Little Talks". The band will be at SXSW too and are surely one of the "Bands to Watch" this year for some folks.

Click through for all Of Monsters and Men tour dates, plus some videos as well.

Continue reading "are Of Monsters and Men Iceland's Mumford & Sons? (MHOW sold out; Bowery moved to Webster Hall) --- 2012 Tour Dates"

photos by Diana Wong

Kimbra & Gotye @ Bowery Ballroom

Gotye's recently announced giant show at Terminal 5 with Kimbra is SOLD OUT, much like Monday's much smaller Bowery Ballroom show was, and Kimbra was there too...

When it finally came time to play the song everyone was waiting for, the guy standing next to me said, "Already?" and then begrudgingly removed his cell phone and started filming the stage. Truth be told: Gotye's set, which lasted a bit over an hour, was about three-quarters done. So it seemed as good a time as any.

De Backer joked with the audience that perhaps he'd sing the song in a creepy low-octave vocoder. Nobody laughed; they didn't want anyone messing with the song they'd come to see.

And as the band played, crisply and assured, it remained a bit puzzling that this song is as catchy and perfect as it is. Its simple verse line sounds straight out of a modern folk-rock tune, nothing out of the ordinary, with the Brazilian guitar sample plugging along in the distance. But then that chorus! The doubled vocals and easy-going nature of the whole thing. Kimbra, the 22-year-old Australian artist who guests on the song and in the video, came out from backstage in a black romper to sing her second verse and belt out some "aahs" during the final chorus. [Huffington Post]

More pictures from the smallest show Gotye will probably be playing in NYC for a while, and a Wall Street Journal video interview, below...

Continue reading "Gotye sold out Terminal 5, played Bowery Ballroom with (Kimbra and) Sea of Bees (pics)"

Chavez @ ATP NJ (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Chavez, after playing ATP NJ, a small NYC show and Fallon in 2011, will return again at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 5/18. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday at the same time (2/8).

As previously mentioned, the band are also on board for an ATP in the UK in May, and they're also on the lineup of this year's Primavera Festival in Barcelona. All three dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Chavez playing NYC, London & Barcelona (dates)"

Rob Delaney

After quickly selling out his May 11th Bowery Ballroom show, L.A. comedian Rob Delaney, has added a second show happening the same night. The first (sold out) one is at 9 p.m., and the second is at 11 p.m. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday at noon, and note: "Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis when doors open at 11pm."

Rob Delaney is also playing Sasquatch this year.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


Like he did the night before at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Hugh Cornwell showed up as Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein's special guest at Bowery Ballroom on 1/21 (the second NYC show on the the Portlandia live tour). This time Hugh played hit single "Golden Brown" by his band The Stranglers to the sold out Manhattan crowd. Bowery showgoers also got live appearances by Portland mayor Kyle MacLachlan and music by Annie Clark aka St. Vincent (who just announced a tour). Annie covered Pearl Jam's "Black" at the Feminist Bookstore Pop Up Shop (Eddie Vedder, who recently announced a tour, was also a guest on the IFC show this season). Video of the cover with more pictures and the setlist of the show, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent & Kyle MacLachlan joined Fred & Carrie for Portlandia @ Bowery Ballroom (pics, video setlist)"

Pete and Pete

Didn't get a ticket to An Evening With The Cast and Crew of "The Adventures Of Pete and Pete"? All is not lost! A second show, happening earlier the same night, has been added and goes on sale Monday at noon.

photos by Amanda Hatfield


Chairlift released their new-wavey sophomore LP, Something, on January 24 and played a record release show one night earlier at Bowery Ballroom (1/23) with Violens and Dive. The show seemed to have gone pretty well until frontwoman Caroline Polachek was mauled by a drunk fan who refused to get off stage during the last song of the encore. A video of this show finale and another of Chairlift playing Something opener, "Amanaemonesia," along with more pictures from the show (Chairlift keyboardist Olga Bell aka Bell included) is below.

This weekend, Chairlift will kick off an Australian/European tour and upon returning to North America in March for SXSW, they'll head out on a full North American tour with fellow pop strivers Nite Jewel that runs from late March into April. The two bands play their last show together in Philly two nights before Nite Jewel headline Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. Chairlift have no upcoming NYC show, but stay tuned for an announcement (probably Webster Hall) soon.

All dates, more pics, and videos below...

Continue reading "Chairlift played Bowery Ballroom w/ Dive, Violens & a crazy fan on stage (pics, video & more dates) "

by Bill Pearis

The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Here's an early '90s reunion I was not expecting, but is genuinely welcome. The good folks at The AV Club are hosting "An Evening with Pete & Pete" which will happen at Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets are on sale at noon today (1/26).

Airing from 1993 - 1996 on Nickelodeon, The Adventures of Pete & Pete was one of the weirdest, funniest, coolest shows of the '90s. What will this event entail? Here's what the AV Club says:

The list of cast and crew attendees is still growing, but as of right now, the whole Wrigley clan (Michael Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe, and Hardy Rawls) are confirmed, as are Ellen (Alison Fanelli) and Artie (Toby Huss). The show's creators Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb will be there, as will writer and director Katherine Dieckmann.

Earlier this year, some of the cast re-united in Los Angeles at Cinefamily, for a sold-out event that streamed live online. That was so much fun that we decided to help make this happen at least one more time-Chicago, watch your calendars-for all longtime blowholes and scab-biters. The A.V. Club's reviews of The Adventures Of Pete And Pete have brought together old cast and crew members, so this just seemed like a natural next step.

Maybe Steve Buscemi, who played Ellen's father, will show up? Who can say. One thing we do know is Polaris won't be there to perform the super-catchy theme song. The band, which featured Miracle Legion's Mark Mulcahy, existed only for the purposes of the show and never played live to my knowledge.

But being Bowery Ballroom you'd expect some live music, right? The show featured tons of indie rock on the soundtrack (Magnetic Fields were all over this show) and featured on-camera cameos from such musicians as Michael Stipe, Juliana Hatfield, Syd Straw, Marshal Crenshaw, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. And Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete) is now a musician himself, fronting the band Jounce, so maybe that's a possibility? Sounds like a fun event in any case. Pipe!

Click through for a few classic Pete & Pete clips:

Continue reading ""An Evening with Pete & Pete" coming to Bowery Ballroom"

Happy New Year! (artskooldamage)
Patti Smith

Michael Stipe joined his friend Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve for what was also the end of her final year at the venue...

On New Year's Eve, Patti Smith announced from the stage at the Bowery Ballroom that the concert was her last -- at the Bowery Ballroom.

For 14 years, the three-pack of shows by Patti Smith and Her Band in the final week of December has proved to be a reliably exhilarating way to usher out the old and ring in the new. If it's not the Allmans at the Beacon Theater, it's in the same area code. It's cozy: the smallish Ballroom accommodates fewer than 600. It's egalitarian: tickets are general admission, mostly standing room and reasonably priced. And it's personal: the shows always include one on Dec. 30, to celebrate Ms. Smith's birthday (she turned 65 on Friday).

After the last show -- an excellent night, with many special touches, including Michael Stipe singing "Wichita Lineman" -- Lenny Kaye, Ms. Smith's lead guitarist and general rock subversive, confirmed that the band would still perform, but at some other location. "It's just time to move on," he said. [NY Times]

Catch Patti this February with Philip Glass at the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory. Stay tuned for info on where Patti will spend her birthday this year.

Check out video of Patti & Michael at Bowery below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith played her final Bowery Ballroom New Year's Eve run (with help from Michael Stipe)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Twin Sister @ Bowery Ballroom
Twin Sister

You saw one set of pictures from this BrooklynVegan Holiday Party. Here's a second. More shots of Twin Sister, Widowspeak & Ava Luna @ Bowery Ballroom, below...

Continue reading "Twin Sister, Widowspeak & Ava Luna @ Bowery Ballroom (pics part 2)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Thank you The Bowery Presents, Brooklyn Vegan , Twin Sister, WIDOWSPEAK for an amazing night full of holiday cheer and Mexican beer. NYC is the best town in the whole land" - Ava Luna

"So, so happy to see Widowspeak tonight. They are a real dream." - Jaime Chu

Twin Sister @ Bowery Ballroom
Twin Sister

"The five-piece specializes in a mellow style of spaced-out disco, the likes of which might be at home on an easy-listening station--on Mars. Equal parts soothing, chilling, ethereal and danceable, the music contains a unique otherworldly quality, largely due to singer Andrea Estella's singular voice, which ranges from smooth and velvety to a high-pitched coo." [House List]
Twin Sister headlined our third holiday party in a week, at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (12/17) with Widowspeak and Ava Luna. The sold out Saturday night show was night after we hosted Fucked Up and others at Brooklyn Bazaar and four days after the Anna Calvi show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Like at Music Hall, we hosted a charity raffle for Toys for Tots. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all who donated!

We posted a bit about Widowspeak's set already. And The Girl Rag Doll said:

"Soooo good! The both fo them! I only heard about Widowspeak when I heard they were playing with Twin Sister, but I have been listening to them non stop ever since. And they are from Brooklyn, so even better! Twin Sister was amazing as always, Andrea even gave a little birthday shout out to me :)"
Happy Birthday Emily! More pictures and videos from the whole show HERE, and below...

Continue reading "BV Holiday Party pics: Twin Sister, Widowspeak & Ava Luna (part 1)"

photos by Natasha Ryan

Atlas Sound @ Bowery Ballroom
Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound (aka Bradford Cox) played his annual winter shows in NYC this past weekend at The Bell House on Saturday (12/17) and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (12/18) where he he played most of the recently released Parallax, a few older cuts and a Christmas song called "Artificial Snow."

NYCTaper was there and you can download the complete show at his site. He wrote:

What elevated this Bowery show above the rest was not just the final polish on a finished and released album, but the near flawless level of proficiency with which Bradford performed. The Parallax numbers (nine of the twelve songs were played) were stretched out and allowed to breath, while Bradford developed looping tracks that were faithful to the album's theme.

Bradford recently gave us his list of his ten favorite albums of 2011 and 20 older songs that he's been into over the past year. Check that list out, along with more pics, videos, and the setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show, below...

Continue reading "Bradford Cox told us his favorite albums of 2011; Atlas Sound played Bowery (pics, video, setlist & a live recording)"

photos by Tamara Porras

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

"I hope people don't expect a lot because all I do is go out there and be me," [Sharon Jones] says. "The band comes out, they introduce me, I come out, I dance, I sing, I interact with the audience. I love when I can get people up to dance. I dance, I jump around. I don't know. I just be guided. Before I go on that stage every night I have that prayer. Me and my girls say a prayer with me before I walk on, I say that extra prayer. That prayer is: "Give me the right things to say, Lord. The right things to come out of my mouth." And that's what I do." [Syracuse New Times]
VH1 Diva Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings wowed NY audiences for seven nights in a row this month while celebrating 10 years of Daptone Records. We posted some pictures from the Tarrytown show. Here's a set from Wednesday's show at Bowery Ballroom (12/14). More below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings completed their 7-NY-show run @ Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher

The Weakerthans

When The Weakerthans walked on stage at the sold out Bowery Ballroom Friday night (12/9) to play their 2003 album, Reconstruction Site, you could see the appreciation of the crowd's enthusiasm on John K. Samson's face before he even picked up his guitar. And from the first chord of album opener "(Manifest)," it was obvious that the band were going to feed off of that enthusiasm for the entire show. Things picked up even more on the very memorable "The Reasons," which left no one out of the venue-wide sing-along.

As Ted Leo has pointed out, often times when bands play their older albums in full, it can come off as a cheap attempt at nostalgia. But what The Weakerthans did at Bowery Ballroom was the exact opposite of that. They played through the 2003 album's songs with the energy of a band touring their debut. And they were in great spirits all night, cracking jokes and coming off as totally genuine. Reconstruction Site is also the most carefully orchestrated of all their records, which came across flawlessly as they interwove pedal steel, trumpets, and glimpses of folk rock into the power chord driven fun they were having throughout the show.

After a couple slower cuts, the band and crowd hit their highest peak on "Plea From a Cat Named Virtute." When the distortion-charged song led into its much softer ending, the crowd's energy was still so high that they were even louder than John Samson as they belted along, "I swear I'm going to bite you hard and taste your tinny blood." When the band got to the second of the three hospital sonnets, "(Hospital Vespers)," they appropriated the reverse guitar of the album version to crashing chords and cymbals, turning the song from one of the album's most introspective tracks into something way more anthemic. They did keep things toned down a few songs later, when the band minus John left the stage so he could play "One Great City!" on his own. Before he began the track, he thanked NYC for our Occupy Wall Street movement and said it has inspired many others around the world, himself included. He opted to play the track on his electric guitar, despite having an acoustic on stage, and if anyone wasn't singing along with him the whole time, they definitely joined in on the refrain, "I hate Winnipeg."

The band closed their set with a few songs off of their other albums which they played in full on one of the other three nights, the last of which was last night (12/10) when they played their 2007 album, Reunion Tour.

The Friday show opened with a set from fellow Canadian band Rah Rah. Their set was full of upbeat indie pop songs culminating in pretty huge choruses, which often brought to mind I'm From Barcelona (if they had like, 23 less members). The members did a lot of instrument switching and almost everyone in the band sang lead on at least one song. And just in case their catchy songs weren't enough, their stage antics are sure to be remembered, which included throwing "R" "A" & "H" ballon letters into the audience, shooting out confetti, and breaking open a piñata at the end of their last song.

Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson will be back at Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in support of his forthcoming solo album.

We didn't take any pictures at the last two nights of the Weakerthans Bowery residency, but we did post some from the first night, and we took some on the second night when Dinosaur Bones opened. Those continue, along with a shot of the limited edition NYC poster, below...

Continue reading "The Weakerthans played 4 NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom (night 2 pics, night 3 review)"

photos by Kurt Christensen

The Weakerthans @ Bowery Ballroom - night 1
The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans played their first of four shows at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/7). Last night's featured album was "Fallow" which they played in its entirety like they did in San Francisco....

"There were only a number of times when the crowd wasn't singing along with John K Samson who came out in a plaid shirt and jeans (so Canadian) proclaiming they would be playing songs from their debut album "Fallow' which features some of the "worst lyrics I've ever written" but that didn't stop the packed Independent to sing along with the humble front man who thanked the loving crowd to death for the all the support.

Some of the biggest cheers actually came when Samson acknowledged and praised the Occupy Oakland/Occupy San Francisco protests as "one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen... " this obviously would lead in to "Confessions of a Futon-Revolutionist" which despite the very politically driven lyrics got the biggest response during Samson's cry "leave the apartment to buy alcohol"

The title track "Fallow" finished the set containing the Weakerthans first album, then John K Samson seemed to breathe a little easier and lead in to a set and encore filled with fan favourites, all of course would be present over the next 3 evenings."
[Walk Left, Stand Right]

We got a shoutout to the Occupy movement too.

Tonight (12/8) they play "Left and Leaving". More pictures from last night's show below...

Continue reading "The Weakerthans played 'Fallow' @ Bowery Ballroom show #1 w/ Said the Whale (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt & Ryan Barkan

Lana Del Rey @ Bowery Ballroom
Lana Del Rey

After years of playing around NYC as Lizzy Grant followed by a secert-first-NYC-show at Glasslands, and all the chatter and controversy and love and hatred, "Lana Del Rey" made her official NYC debut at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/5).

Lana Del Rey finally took the stage in her self-appointed hometown of New York City earlier this evening in what she clearly felt was a put-up or shut-up performance. "It's good to be home," she told the Bowery Ballroom audience as she strode on stage to the bold entrance music of Bernard Herrmann's iconic score from Psycho. After a couple uncomfortable moments of "f***in technical difficulties" (her words), she quickly launched into "Without You," a song which contains lyrics that arguably define her ethos: "I think I found God in the flashbulbs of your pretty cameras."

Del Rey is an artist with undeniable vocal chops, but one that is also clearly a character through and through; this, however, is not a bad thing! Throughout the course of tonight's 40-minute(ish) set, her voice alternated between that of a baby-voiced vixen and a husky, world weary veteran, often pitching up and down between these vocal registers within the same verse of a single song. The visual imagery projected onto a series of three white balloons behind her on stage during her gig included a well-curated mix of Highbrow Brilliant and Lowbrow Despicable video clips -[VH1]

What did you think? Pictures from the NYC show are in this post, two sets of them.

Lana Del Rey is currently preparing for the release of her new LP Born To Die due on January 30th (maybe you listened to the title track while staring at her naked). Check out a live video of new track "Summertime Sadness" (courtesy of According2g), along with the setlist from Bowery and more pics, below...

Continue reading "Lana Del Rey played Bowery Ballroom (pics, video, setlist)"

Frank Ocean at Bowery Ballroom (photo by djerickidd)
Frank Ocean

"During this show Mr. Ocean didn't do much. Mostly he stood at center stage, moved his hands a little and allowed the audience to take note of his background visuals, which were thematically pegged to each song: clips from "The NeverEnding Story" during "Dust"; a montage from "Menace II Society," "Boyz N the Hood" and other black coming-of-age tales during "Songs for Women." For "American Wedding," a remake of the Eagles' "Hotel California," he strapped on a Guitar Hero controller, turned his back to the crowd and pretended to play the song on the game as the screen showed him ringing up a flawless score: "1000 note streak!"" [NY Times]
Frank Ocean played his first two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (11/27) and Monday (11/28). The dates were rescheduled from his original 11/6 date at the venue which he postponed at the last minute due to illness, and both were sold out. The show was performed like most of the other shows on his tour with his usual antics and a similar setlist (which you can check out below). Time Out New York thought the show was "all in all, a modest statement," but The Village Voice seemed to really like it, and mentioned that Frank "has brought a sort of relevance to [R&B], a hipness usually associated with indie-indie rock or underground rap." What did those of you who made it out to the shows think of it? If you missed them, some videos are below.

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