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"Kanye reacts to getting a 10.0" (pic by Hipster Runoff)

As I retweeted earlier Monday night, TEYANA M.J. TAYLOR (who is "all over his new album") spilled the beans. "Just got to rehersals for my performance with mr Ye West tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom 2morr. Dark Fantasy Baby!!!," she wrote. She since followed it up with a retweet of her own too. "At rehearsals with @TEYANATAYLOR & @KANYEWEST for their show tomorrow. They both just sat here and made another hit too..smh GENIUS," said Mo-Barz. And if rumors are true, it will be a full album performance of his (perfect?) new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. How does one get in? That I have no idea (at the moment anyway). UPDATE: There are tickets.

photos by Diana Wong, words by Jared Levy


As the holiday season rapidly approaches, last summer feels more and more like a distant memory. So, how can a collection of bands whose music felt topical a few months ago sustain interest in the late fall and winter? In the service of answering this question and building on their success this year, the Spanish Balearic band Delorean, along with True Panther label mates Lemonade and Chicago indie-rockers Light Pollution, added a stop at the Bowery Ballroom, the perfect NYC venue to gauge their current appeal. And, judging by the near capacity crowd gathered as Delorean eased into their set, either New Yorkers cannot let go of breezy pop or these bands offer an infectious sound irrespective of season.

Speaking to the latter, the Brooklyn band Lemonade opened in a style befitting the night. With drums, bass, and electronics, the trio focused on explosive rhythms and playful samples of four-on-the-floor style dance music. In support, members of Delorean stood on the side, dancing and, in the case of one member of Delorean, wearing a sharpie penned Lemonade fan t-shirt. These bands are kindred spirits of sorts and their mutual support lent a familial feel to the show.

Following Lemonade, Delorean issued a quick sound check as the crowd packed in. Once on the stage, guitarist and sampler artist Guillermo Astrain triggered an ambient loop, presumably easing the audience into Subiza stand-out "Stay Close." This loop, however played far longer than expected, and after an apology for the uncertain glitch, the familiar vocal sample kicked in, sign posting the larger than expected opening song. Immediately the band embraced the energy of the room, with keyboardist Unai Lazcano shifting and jostling his set-up to the rhythm and drummer Igor Escudeo switching in and out of double time.

Where Subiza can feel a bit hollow, tracks such as "Real Love" sounded richer from lead singer and bassist Ekhi Lopetegi's melodic accompaniment. At times Lopetegi's voice got swallowed in the mix, highlighting the group's frustrating tendency to indecipherably blend song parts and sounds together, but Escudeo's precise drumming kept the crowd and band perpetually engaged. Also, between songs, an airhorn blast, reminiscent of being at a European football match, cut through the silence, another reminder of the band's foreign culture and approach.

Regardless of the temperature or one's temperament, Delorean makes effective dance pop. The crowd ecstatically clapped, jumped, and grinded throughout the show, displaying if for nothing else that Delorean creates music that moves bodies. But, beyond the revelry, Delorean taps into a sound that produces moments, rather than having context dictate its appropriateness. And, when judging the merits of a band, longevity beyond a limited seasonal window surely speaks to strong song writing and staying power.

Delorean, Lemonade and Light Pollution continue on tour, and if you missed the Bowery show last night (11/21), there's always Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday. Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

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Sharon Van Etten at Bruar Falls (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten just released a new 7" via Polyvinyl and is currently on the road with Junip. In December she plays some shows in Japan! In 2011 she'll return to the stage for a hometown show at Bowery Ballroom on January 8th! It's always exciting to watch someone book their first show at the 600+ capacity venue, especially when they can probably already list every other smaller NYC venue on their resume (and bigger ones too - as opener). Tickets go on sale at noon today (11/19). Let's pack the room.

Van Etten's current tourmates will be in NYC much much sooner, but she isn't opening the show. Junip (Jose Gonzalez's band) play Irving Plaza on November 24th but with Lost in the Trees. Tickets are still available.

Later in January Sharon will play even more US dates, and then in February she heads to Europe to open shows for the National.

Tour dates for both bands and some videos below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

"I'm glad I scrapped 6 different remixes for Tame Impala, because the one I have almost finished is 1000 times better then the last one" - Erol Alkan

"why the fuck would anyone even bother remixing tame impala? its like saying "this 1990 La Tâche would be better with more bubbles"" - Acid Jacks

DOWNLOAD: Tame Impala - Lucidity (Pilooski Remix) (MP3)

Tame Impala

"head hurts from headbanging so much tonite @ tame impala/stardeath. pa' la cama to have sweet psyched out dreams of swimming in guitar riffs" - [cheep de ville]
Tame Impala, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and Kuroma played their first of two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom last night (11/18). All reports say it was a fantastic show. More pictures from it, TI's setlist included, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Land of Talk
Land Of Talk

Living in Brooklyn, it's all too easy to get swept up in the thriving local music scene. After all, bands seem to be coming into existence faster than bedbugs in Bushwick. But Saturday night at the Bowery Ballroom featured tunes from another exciting musical oasis: Montreal, the home of all three of the evening's artists.

First on the bill was Little Scream, the captivating project of singer-songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer. Even her sparkly black leggings were outshone by her innovative songs, which seemed to constantly switch tempo and require a different series of emotions to pull off. She may have been alone on stage, but Sprengelmeyer's ferocious foot tapping took on the feel of a bass line, and her presence was easily impressive enough to fill the space.

Up next was the CMJ veterans Suuns. Unlike many of their musical peers, the guys from Suuns do not completely cocoon their music in reverb, distortion, and effects (though these things do have an undeniable presence in their music). Instead, guitar riffs and synth lines are provided with ample breathing room and remain distinct. Suuns may be feel repetitive to some but their music is a well-executed exercise in minimalism.

Suuns were not the main act, but its members seemed to get in the most stage time since Land of Talk's Lizzie Powell borrowed multiple Suuns members for help during her set, relying especially on Joe Yarmush on bass.

Of course, the spotlight was unmistakably on Powell... and her short, white lacey dress. With her pleasant (and dare I say wholesome?) voice, Powell could have easily forged a career at the top of the adult contemporary charts, but instead, she chose to use her voice and her songwriting skills for good. The combination of Powell's pensive melancholic lyrics and assertive guitar riffs is arresting. Here's a woman who seems to be equally comfortable with bearing her soul and shredding - often within the same song.

After allegedly playing a bajillion times at the Mercury Lounge, Powell repeatedly conveyed her excitement to be playing at the Bowery Ballroom. "I feel like I'm graduating," she joked at one point. "I'm dressed for the occasion," she said.

After concluding their initial set with a rowdier number, Powell prompted a change of pace for the encore upon seeing a pocket of fans start to dance/trample their fellow concert-goers.

Look alive, Brooklyn. Montreal is bringing the A game.

More pictures and Land of Talk's setlist from the show, below...

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Robert Plant @ Bowery Ballroom on 9/12 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Robert Plant

Missed Robert Plant's recent show at Bowery Ballroom? Listen to the whole thing below courtesy of NPR...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Syracuse, N.Y., band Ra Ra Riot borrowed elements from the Cure, the Smiths and New Order -- though much less morose -- and molded them into a string-filled sound that embodied indie rock at its best. Their upbeat energy lifted the packed all-ages crowd at the Nike Sportswear Stage. Beats were propelled by bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci and drummer Gabriel Duquette, but it was the engaging vocals of singer Wes Miles that moved this group. His emotive, high voice drew the crowd closer, and his ever thankful politeness -- he thanked the crowd numerous times throughout the hour-long set -- made him a fit for a young crowd he called "very attentive."...

The group played copiously from its two albums, "The Rhumb Line" and the just-released "The Orchard." Their indie pop sound shined on tunes like "Boy," "Shadowcasting" and the uber-catchy "Too Dramatic." Their sound was less shoegazing indie and more celebratory pop, making for a strong start to the festival. Heck, some tunes would have even fit neatly into a Molly Ringwald-John Hughes movie.

New York synth-dance electro duo Phantogram proved a worthy warmup. Sarah Barthel's sweet voice floated over ethereal '80s and '90s style synth pop as guitarist Josh Carter used heavy effects to create solid grooves and a nightclub vibe. -[The Oregonian]

The above review comes from a recent Portland, Oregon show that was part of Music Fest NW, where Ra Ra Riot also shared a bill with Phantogram, like they did last night at Bowery Ballroom (9/21).

Last night was also Ra Ra Riot's first of four NYC shows and one of two sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom (they play there again tonight with Lower Dens). On Thursday, RRR head over the river to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a pair of shows, with tickets to the first night (on Thursday 9/23 with North Highlands & We Barbarians) still available, though the second night (9/24) is sold out. After NYC, Ra Ra heads out on a bigger tour with more assorted openers.

The show was a tour kick-off for Phantogram who hit Rochester tonight and eventually make their way back to NYC for an October 29th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their tour-mate Josiah Wolf (of Why?). Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Updated dates below.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, the headliner's setlist, and some videos from the show, with the dates, below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Patricia Scull

Dan Black @ Bowery Ballroom
Dan Black

Dan Black headlined Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night (9/10), one night before he played a pair of Fashion's Night Out events. Dan returns to play a dancey BMI & SPIN CMJ showcase at Highline Ballroom on on October 19th, eleven days after he is scheduled to play Austin City Limits 2010. Also playing that CMJ show are The Golden Filter, Neon Hitch, Boy Crisis, Body Language, and The Chain Gang of 1974. Tickets are on sale for those who don't have and/or want to chance getting in with a CMJ badge.

Pictures and a review of the Bowery Ballroom show, continue below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Robert Plant

"The doors opened at 7:30 and Robert Plant and the Band of Joy hit the stage just after 9 pm. I stood front row, center stage (my usual spot), but tonight this spot was extra magical. I was inches from where Robert Plant's lyric book was and for the entire show, I was less than 2 feet away from him. During the concert, my brain would suddenly shout out - "you are close enough to reach out and touch the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, a band whose music has shaped your life." Needless to say, I broke into tears many times during the night." [According to G]
While many were watching a mildly-amusing and vodka-soaked host introduce a woman in a meatsuit, Robert Plant and fans squeezed their way into Bowery Ballroom last night (9/12) for a rare appearance at the venue in preparation for Band of Joy, the legendary frontman's latest solo LP (he spent the last few years dabbling in country rhythms with Alison Krauss). Band of Joy is not just Robert Plant's latest post-Zep LP/moniker, but a calling card to his olden days with Bonzo; before joining Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones in Led Zeppelin, Plant and John Bonham served in a psychedelic folk band called Band of Joy.

Robert Plant's band included vocalist Patty Griffin, guitarist Buddy Miller, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Daryl Scott, bassist-vocalist Byron House, and drummer-percussionist-vocalist Marco Giovino.

"The Band of Joy played songs from their self-titled album, 2 of my favorite tracks off "Raising Sand," Plant's Grammy winning album with Alison Krauss, ("Please Read the Letter" and "Rich Woman,") and they also reinterpreted 4 Led Zeppelin songs ("Misty Mountain Hop," "Houses of the Holy," "Gallows Pole," and "Rock and Roll.")" [According to G]
The whole setlist, with more pictures and some videos (including two of the reworked Zep classics), below...

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Bowery photos by Chris Gersbeck, ATP photos by Samantha Marble & Abbey Braden

BEAK> at Bowery Ballroom

Certainly the band with the most curiosity aimed its way is Beak>, the new project from Portishead multi-knobbist Geoff Barrow. These question marks were quickly straightened out into exclamation points as the trio dropped future-minor-classic after future-minor-classic. Despite their musical chairs -- with Barrow switching spots with mates Matt Williams (of Team Brick) and Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) -- their sound was remarkably together for a band formed around a set of songs written and recorded within a self-imposed allotment of twelve days.

Any fan of the tightly-bolted Kraut of Fujiya & Miyagi, or the crusty textural embellishments of Broadcast, or the steady-handed groove-keeping of, say, Hallogallo 2010 (who would play later on the same stage) would instantly warm up to the hard-stamped rhythms, spectral vocals, thick melodic slabs, feral oscillations and (big bonus!) disarming humor of Beak>. -[Boston Globe review of BEAK> at ATP]

Beak> made a rare appearance on our shores this week in the form of four select dates.The third one was last night at the Independent in San Francisco. The next one is September 10th at the Troubadour in LA. The second one was at ATP (described above), and the first one was at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/3) with an assist from People Of The North (members of Oneida). The NYC show wasn't sold out, but to quote Chris, "both bands were pretty amazing."

Beak>'s Bowery show was one night before Mudhoney (who played Friday at Kutshers) played Bowery Ballroom with Pissed Jeans and White Hills (who would play ATP the next day). A post about the NYC Mudhoney/Pissed Jeans/White Hills show is on the way.

More pictures from both east coast BEAK> shows, below...

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Bed Intruder

Last night's Zach Williams show at Bowery Ballroom featured an opening set by Sarah Fullen who happens to be a member of the Gregory Brothers who are the ones behind Auto Tune The News who just scored a hit song based on the words spoken by Antoine Dodson to a news team after someone tried to rape his sister in the projects (they also gained some notoriety just a month or so earlier thanks to their auto tuned Double Rainbow song). Well, Sarah brought the whole family (though not Antoine) along to Bowery Ballroom and gave a surprise to most in attendance. Video below...

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Robert Plant throws his hood up
Robert Plant

"Burlington, MA - Rounder Records is pleased to announce that Robert Plant is back with Band of Joy, his first album since 2007's six time Grammy® Award winning Raising Sand (Rounder). Band of Joy was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians and will be released on September 14.

A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. "Buddy's integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation," enthuses Plant. "Buddy's zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis."

As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant's lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino."

Robert Plant will celebrate the release of that new album by playing a special show AT BOWERY BALLROOM in NYC on September 12th. Limited tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday at noon.

More North American dates to be announced, but for now there are a set of European ones. They are listed, with more album info, below...

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photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Autolux @ Bowery Ballroom

While Maxwell's is normally filled with locals excited and ready to see their favorite act perform, Los Angeles fuzzy rock trio Autolux seemed to have attracted more people from New York City than the Mile Square.

"How many people here are actually from Hoboken?" bassist and lead singer Eugene Goreshter asked the crowd during Sunday's sold-out show.

Although only a smattering of hands peeked out of the crowd, this didn't mean that the rest of the city couldn't get a taste of what Autolux had to offer. While Autolux is composed of Goreshter, guitarist Greg Edwards and drummer Carla Azar, the amount of sound they make not only fills the confines of Maxwell's but also leaves you with aftershocks of distorted bass chords and drumbeats. Even with earplugs lodged into one's ears, the sound seems to creep through and make your eardrum vibrate a bit more than it's used to. If all that happens, then Autolux have done their job. Usually compared to the likes of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, the volume level can outdo even the largest group of prepubescent teenyboppers at a Justin Bieber concert. [Hoboken Patch]

Autolux completed their three-night run in the NYC-area on Sunday night at Maxwell's. All three shows, like tonight's in Philly will be, were with This Will Destroy You, though as of 9/1 Gold Panda takes over as opener on the tour.

Oberhofer was also the opener at the Bowery Ballroom show and that's where the pictures in this post are from. More of them, with the Manhattan and Brooklyn setlists (they're almost identical actually), below...

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photos by Chris Gersbeck

Cosmetics @ Bowery Ballroom

Wild Nothing headlined/co-headlined the show Saturday night at Bowery Ballroom, but there were also sets by Blank Dogs, MINKS, and Cosmetics (who play Pendu Disco at Glasslands tonight/Tuesday). Pictures from the rest of the sold out NYC show (where 100 lucky people who made it to the merch table in time got an exclusive CD-R/tape), below...

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photos by Chris Gersbeck

DOWNLOAD: Wild Nothing - Golden Haze (MP3)

Wild Nothing

There's a lot going on in Wild Nothing's world. The band, who hail from Blacksburg, VA, are packing their bags and moving to Brooklyn. Not really surprising, except that it took this long. They also have a new EP, Golden Haze, coming out on Captured Tracks sometime in the near future. Apart from the title cut (which you can download above), tracklistings on the CD, 12" and digital versions will vary, which reminds me of the way they used to release multiple versions of UK CD singles in the '90s to get a higher chart position. Fun with formats, or milking the fans? I guess if all the songs are worth hearing it won't matter.

No matter which one you buy, "Golden Haze" is another sparkler from these guys who have been playing a lot of new songs at their shows. And if you haven't picked up their debut Gemini yet, I think it's one of the year's best. And with a permanent line-up (and a new, really solid drummer), Wild Nothing have been a really good live band too. [Bill]

Wild Nothing co-headlined (headlined) a show with their label boss's band Blank Dogs at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night. The all-Captured Tracks bill also featured sets by MINKS and Cosmetics. It was sold out. Pictures from Wild Nothing's set are in this post.

On September 22nd Wild Nothing will leave on a tour with Stars who they'll support through October 9th in Detroit. That trip includes the September 24th show at Terminal 5 in NYC (tickets still on sale), which will actually be Wild Nothing's 2nd NYC show after today because they also open for Superchunk at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 19th (Todd Barry is also on that sold out bill).

All WN dates and more Bowery pics, below...

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words & photos by Tracy Allison

"Just remembered I threw up at bruar falls last night." - WAVVES


"Monday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, the Wavves founder and frontman announced he'd just been "mildly sued" by the Walt Disney Company, which was less than psyched about seeing a song called 'Mickey Mouse' listed on his band's latest album.

Williams said he'd agreed to modify future pressings of 'King of the Beach,' out today on CD and vinyl, and replace the offending track with an unreleased B-side. He then offered a succinct legal critique of the plaintiff's case.

"Walt Disney was a Nazi," Williams said. "You go [to Disney World], you feel Nazi vibes. It's disgusting!"

The outburst was one of many quotable moments of the concert, and throughout the evening, Williams and drummer Billy Hayes spent nearly as much time joking about booze and weed as they did playing actual songs. With the presence of soft-spoken metal-dude bassist Stephen Pope, Wavves was like a Kevin Smith movie come to life: two Jays and a Silent Bob." [Spinner]

Last night (8/2) Wavves played Bowery Ballroom, their last New York City show before the just-announced September 21st show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets on sale Friday at noon, AmEx presale Wednesday at noon). That is followed by opening for Phoenix at Madison Square Garden on October 20th (and other tour dates). A line began to form at the venue around 7:15 p.m. with people hoping a few tickets would still be available. The show sold out by 7:30 p.m.

The night began with a 30 minute set by Total Slacker who took the stage at 8:15. They were followed by The Smith Westerns who also played a 30 minute set as the crowd quickly began to fill the 550+ person venue.

Wavves began their set at 10:20 p.m. and immediately after walking on stage commented on the thick smell of drugs in the air, saying, "It smells like pot out here. It smells like a lot of pot." Throughout the course of the 14 song performance, the rambunctious audience thrashed into each other and danced wildly. The level of audience interaction was much like it was at Wavves' recent show at Knitting Factory- fans freely jumped on and off stage, and bassist Stephen Pope even offered an audience member a swig of whiskey after asking, "Are you cool? You can have some if you're cool." The band finished up their set by 11:20 p.m.

They then headed to Bruar Falls for puking, peeing in garbage cans, sparring with Black Lips, playing video games, etc... More pictures and Wavves' setlist from Bowery Ballroom below...

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words and photos by Keith Marlowe

The Gories, gettin' down
The Gories

The Gories played Bowery Ballroom on July 30th (with Chickensnake and The Revelons), one of three shows scheduled for the reunited Detroit threesome. Keith Marlowe's viewpoint of the show, with more pictures, can be found below...

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The Sadies
The Sadies

"The Sadies are already well known as 'musician's musicians'--famous for playing with well-known musicians, namely, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and punk-monolith John Doe. Now, the band has announced that they will be joined onstage during their July 23 show at the Bowery Ballroom by an absolute legend--one whose distinct organ playing helped define one of the world's most treasured bands--Garth Hudson of The Band."
It's been special guest week at Bowery Ballroom. Amanda Palmer made a surprise appearance on stage with Steel Train last night, and David Byrne joined Crowded House on stage the night before that. Amanda joined Steel Train on "Behavior" and also performed Radiohead's Creep. Videos below

Garth and Maud Hudson and Chicken Snake are the openers at tonight's Sadies show. Tickets are still available and probably will be at the door. All Sadies dates below...

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photos by Andrew St Clair


Crowded House completed their three-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (7/21). It was also at the third show that David Byrne came out for the encore to join the band on two Talking Heads covers. We actually have pictures from that show too, but the pictures in this post are from the 2nd night, July 20th. Stay tuned for the ones from night three.

If you missed the show, there's one more NYC-area chance when Crowded House plays Wellmont Theater in NJ on Friday.

More of the night two pictures, video of the David Byrne part from last night, and all three setlists (including which songs Neil Finn's wife Sharon son Liam played on), below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

"Heartless Bastards at Bowery. Big Herms says: "righteous!"" - Jonathan Cohen

Heartless Bastards
Heartless Bastards

"I've seen the Heartless Bastards multiple times. Twice in Austin and twice in the New York City area. They are a fine band and always put on a quality performance. I suspect that they might have done the same l[Thursday] evening, but it was hard to tell because I couldn't hear the band over all the meaningless drunken conversations happening while the band was playing. I might be old fashioned, but I am of the opinion that one goes to a rock show to watch and LISTEN to the band. I don't understand the point of paying for the ticket (and Ticketmaster's obnoxiously high service fees) to stand around and have a drunk conversation that you could have with your friend at a bar before and/or after the show. Sure, of course you are going to talk a little bit when you are watching a band because you want to share opinions on the show and/or band or simply say "I LOVE THIS SONG". A show doesn't demand complete silence like a trip to the movie theater does, but chit chatting through an entire show disrupts the people around you and their enjoyment of the show.

The worst part about [that evening at Bowery Ballroom] was the drunk hipster in his trucker hat intentionally bumping into people with (I presume) the hopes of getting into an altercation. After he tried to provoke me three times, I had to go to the downstairs bar and call it quits on the evening. Missed the last eight songs of the set."
[I Had an Awesome Time]

That "review", and the pictures in this post, come from the July 15th Heartless Bastards show at Bowery Ballroom with Peter Wolf Crier and Builders and The Butchers. The NYC gig came one night after the same lineup played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows were part of a tour that continues until the end of the month.

More pictures and the setlist from the Bowery show, below...

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The Soft Pack @ Cake Shop in February (more by Gabi Porter)
Soft Pack

The Soft Pack have some festival dates coming up, confirmed for several NXNE shows, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits. Between those the band will be playing two nights at Bowery Ballroom on September 10th and 11th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Their self-titled record, which came out in February on Kemado, is streaming on Myspace.

Videos and all tour dates are below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Rachel Kowal

Besnard Lakes

Going into Friday night's show at the Bowery Ballroom, I thought I was in for a mellow evening, but boy was I wrong. Holopaw, the first of two openers, may have made good use of the pedal steel, but thanks to a healthy dose of electric guitar as well, their Americana bent definitely recalls good old indie rock... and even a little punk. And from there, things just got more raucous.

Canadian group Land of Talk makes the kind of music that's made for dancing with abandon in your empty apartment. With the exception of a few mellower tunes, the majority of their catalogue is upbeat and packed with raw power. Lead singer (and sole female member) Lizzie Powell is far more than eye candy. She may have a sweet demeanor, but with a guitar around her neck and a mic at her lips, she is fierce - and quite emotive when it comes to facial expressions.

Land of Talk is a fitting band for the evening - and not just thanks to their sound and impressive energy level. Their upcoming album (to be released in August) on Saddle Creek was produced by Besnard Lakes singer Jace Lasek (who has also worked with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown). At the end of Land of Talk's set, Lasek also joined them on stage to contribute backing vocals.

By the time The Besnard Lakes took to the stage, it was already nearing midnight but spirits were high. After playing just a single song, Jace Lasek excitedly announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, it's a very special day. It's my wife Olga's birthday." For her birthday, bass player Olga ('Auggie') Goreas had apparently put in a request for unending mojitos from a man dressed like Fidel Castro, but Lasek was unable to find someone with the right facial hair configuration and the appropriate army fatigues. Goreas did get a mojito and a chorus of Happy Birthdays from the audience, though.

Mojitos and birthday announcements out of the way, The Besnard Lakes launched into "For Agent 13" from The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, which features a nice call and response with Lasek and Goreas on vocals. With the exception of a few sleepier songs like their 2007 stand-out track "Disaster," the majority of the songs in the headliner's set had a definite bent toward rock. I suppose it's hard not to act like a rockstar when you've got what must have been a custom-made 12-string sparkling white guitar and tinted aviators like Lasek. Given the name of their newest album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, I guess I should have had a better idea of what to expect.

The Besnard Lakes wrapped up their nine-song set with the expansive song "And You Lied to Me," which features a pretty sweet guitar solo. Mid song, Lasek walked over to Goreas and started jamming, and before they walked off stage, Lasek leaned gave the birthday girl a hug and a kiss.

After a brief hiatus backstage, the band came back for another couple of songs - Goreas, with mojito in hand. In response to a couple of screaming audience members, The Besnard Lakes closed with "Thomasina" from their 2007 EP, Volume 1.

The two openers' setlists, some videos and more pictures from the whole night, below...

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words by BBG, photos by Andrew St. Clair

"Just saw Trash Talk at the Bowery. The six girls standing against the stage waiting for Alexisonfire LOVED Trash Talk. Sooooo much. #sarcasm" - Zed Cutsinger

Lee of Trash Talk, hanging out in the crowd
Trash Talk

Alexisonfire is livin' large in their native Canada, and they're not doing so bad in the US either. They just concluded a string of sold-out US shows with tour-mates Trash Talk, La Dispute and Therefore I am. One of the last shows on the tour was Friday night, May 21st, at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Pictures and setlists from that show are in this post.

For La Dispute and Trash Talk it was their first of two shows that night. They both also played the BV/1000 Knives show at the Acheron after midnight. It was an honor to host Trash Talk towards the end of the tour, and at the very beginning.

Pictures from Acheron coming soon. More pics and full setlists for all bands from Bowery Ballroom, below...

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photos by Eric Townsend

Kate Nash

Kate Nash, who I hardly recognize in these pictures, played a show at Bowery Ballroom last night (4/29). It was her first of two NYC shows on her current tour in support of a new album. The next one is Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (it's sold out). Having recently injured her leg or ankle, Kate was walking on crutches, couldn't stand much and had to rest her knee on a stool for balance.

"Playing with a punk band, The Receeders, in her off time has served Nash well, imbuing her latest material with a compelling, believable and, dare I say, informed anger and sass, as evidenced by hyper takes on "Take Me to a Higher Plane," and "I've Got a Secret," and the fearless, stream-of-consciousness mania that encompasses the best parts of "Don't You Want to Share the Guilt?" and "Mansion Song." These are no PMS tantrums; no, these are the panicked thoughts of a successful young girl finding her inner riot grrl and licking her red-stained lips in bemused satisfaction. While Q Magazine warned readers to "look away now," I wholeheartedly disagree - with lines like "Take a piece of raw vegetable and hold it to your breast and say you stood for nothing/You were just a hole that lacked passion. /Another undignified product of society/That girl should have been a mansion," it's time to start paying attention. Nash isn't talking about knitting or shoe-shopping or a game of croquet before supper. No flower-picking, strolling, picnicking parklife here, darling." [Sentimentalist Magazine]
I believe the new UK folk scene has a serious admiration for the NYC alt-folk scene of the early 2000's. Staying consistent with that, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow spin-off group Supercute! opened the show, and were, to quote Eric, "cute".

More pictures from the show below...

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photos by Lori Baily

Xiu Xiu

"The night was started by Twin Sister, a quintet with only one raspy voiced female. I certainly hope she's got a twin somewhere!...

...Next up was Zola Jesus, moniker for Nika Roza Danilova. Last year, she collaborated with Freddy Ruppert and Jaime Stewart for the Former Ghosts project, via the The Bull and the Ram. At that point, I had no idea who she was, but that song sounded pretty much like a nightmareish synth pop tune sung by Kate Bush, then after grabbing a couple of mp3s off her debut album The Spoils, it became clear that was her preferred line of work. She recently released a new EP called Stridulum that still goes down that same line of being the second coming of Kate Bush in an even more refined manner...

...Tune-Yards is another one-lady band, in this case her real name is Merrill Garbus....she proceeds to create her musical and vocal loops right in front of you. I have no idea how she does it, but it's incredibly fascinating to watch and makes her set electrifying...

...Xiu Xiu went through yet another line-up change, now it's only a duo with new member Angela Seo...About half the set consisted of songs from the new album Dear God, I Hate Myself. I've been listening a lot more to the album and it's currently on the rise with me. At first it struck me as a bit too 8-bit, but once you really give it a listen the sheer melodic genius of it all starts to shine through. Guess it won't really appeal much to the people who complained about Women As Lovers not being noisy enough, it probably is the most pop album. [pecusita]

Xiu Xiu and Tune-Yards' setlists and more pictures from the Friday night show at Bowery Ballroom (4/9), below...

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