Entries tagged with: Brooklyn Bowl
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Hello from LUCERO HQ. We've been kind of quiet publicly but quite busy professionally... A new record is currently making its way onto tape here in Memphis. Exciting! Soon those sounds will be mixed and edited together and y'all will begin to hear a little of what's next. Until then it's all studio magic.Lucero's new material will more than likely peek out at some Southern dates in November and during a newly announced string of dates in December along the East Coast. Those dates include New Year's Eve at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and 12/30 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are currently on fan presale for all dates, and go on regular sale for Brooklyn Bowl at noon on Friday (10/14).
All tour dates, a video, and more pictures that were taken at the Mohawk in Austin as part of their recent 5th Anniversary celebration (that Les Savy Fav also played) below.
"There is a surprisingly high ratio of Vermonters employed at Blue Man Group, particularly in the cast of Blue Men (three in NYC). When news of Tropical Storm Irene's devastating effect on our homestate, we wanted to rally together and see what we could do to help. We called our sympathetic and wildly talented friends and with the wonderful support of the Brooklyn Bowl put together a night of music, art and, deliciously, maple syrup.Tickets for tonight's event, 10/10, at Brooklyn Bowl are still on sale. Amanda confirms this show in her tour dates which also include fall shows in LA, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The night will include live music by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, long-time friend and artistic collaborator of Zea Barker. Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, in addition to being a Blue Man, is also a published cartoonist for the New Yorker. He got Ed Koren of New Yorker andf Vermont fame on board to create a special poster for the event. The silent auction will include loads of original art, photo prints and a variety of Vermont crafts and services.
Music. Art. Dancing. And to send it all right over the top, there will be a farmers market style stand selling a variety of Vermont maple products right in the club.
All proceeds from the night go to Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund."
Union Transfer rendering
Lots of interesting stuff to report in the world of live concert promotions...
NYC concert promoter Bowery Presents, who already has expanded to NJ, Boston, Maine, and Canandaigua, NY (not to mention MSG, Jones Beach, the Meadowlands, Radio City, etc), is opening a new music venue in Philadelphia this month. In partnership with Philly's one and only Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, Union Transfer is...
... "named after the original train depot station that occupied the building [and] was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia's need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headline the very first show at the new space. Felice Brothers, Shellac, Mogwai, Tune-Yards, RJD2, Langhorne Slim, Little Dragon, CSS, Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, The Black Angels, Boris, SBTRKT and many others are also already on the initial schedule.
In perhaps less exciting news for Bowery Presents, Mercury Lounge talent buyer Jay Belin has reportedly moved on and started booking Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the new Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island for Live Nation.
The Paramount Theatre is...
...located on New York Avenue a block and a half north of Main Street. The space is the former home of the nonprofit Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.Upcoming shows at the Paramount include Rusted Root, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Weird Al Yankovic, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Pixies, Brand New and Ray Davies.
The 1,500-capacity venue has been undergoing renovations for months. Among the changes, there will be a VIP lounge on the balcony and a member's only "Founder's Room" with a separate entrance in addition to the general admission floor.
"With both the architecture and the vibe of the venue dedicated to quality sound, hospitality, and experience, The Paramount is sure to be a hotspot for all of Long Island, and especially for Huntington," the founders said in a news release." [Long Island Press]
Speaking of moving on, Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden aka Skippy has moved to the music capital of Texas. He is still booking the Brooklyn club (and other NYC rooms) though. You just won't see him there as much.
Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, and last but not least for this post, the Wetlands is having a Class of '96 reunion at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (9/11). Ex-employees of the famed Tribeca club who will probably be in attendance include Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski, Bowery Ballroom (and Union Transfer co-booker) Johnny Beach and of course ex-Wetlands owner and current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro. Brooklyn Bowl hosted a Wetlands get together of sorts in 2010 too, though that one was on a much sadder note, as it was to remember Wetlands' very first employee Dave Nolan who died of a heart attack last year.
After moving their show from upstate to Brooklyn Bowl which was then followed by a 50% reduction in ticket price, Saturday's Daytrotter show is now not happening at all, as the bowling alley venue has cancelled all Saturday and Sunday shows "due to the hurricane. Ticket refunds will be offered." No bowling or food on those days either. Affected artists include JBM, We Are Augustines, Guards, Doug Paisley, Des Ark, Christopher Paul Stelling, The Loom, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and (DJ) Talib Kweli.
Daytrotter's Monday show at the Living Room is still on though, and you can head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight (8/26) for a free show by Slowdance. The Dex Romweber Duo and Birds of Avalon show tonight was also cancelled, but that was a coincedence.
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: Ume - "Captive" (MP3)
"@ Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. I like funky spots. I will become a regular. Live bands playing tonight. The opener is pretty good, UME" - Ariana Simmons
Ume played Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/13) as part of their tour which also hit Pianos two days earlier (8/11). They opened for Stockholm Syndrome at B Bowl, though we didn't stick around. Pictures and some videos from their set only are in this post.
Ume's upcoming LP Phantoms comes out August 30 via Modern Outsider. Grab the album track "Captive" above. More pics & videos below...
photos by Grant MacAllister
B.A.D. @ Lolla
Big Audio Dynamite brought their reunion back to North America this month. It included another visit to NYC in the form of a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on 8/3) and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon where they played two songs (one was a web exclusive). They since hit Lollapalooza (on Saturday). More pictures from Chicago, both Fallon videos and the entire Brooklyn Bowl setlist, below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Langhorne Slim and band brought their brand of folk pop to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/6) with an opening set by The Woes. The show was the same day that Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal (aka List Christee) DJ'd the venue, which was one day before Of Montreal didn't play Escape to NY.
More pictures of Langhorne Slim (and Kevin Barnes) and videos from that show, below...
Q-Tip @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (more by Brook Bobbins)
"Unfortunately we have recently been told that Q-tip will have to cancel his planned tour of Europe this summer. This means he will not be appearing at The Øya festival in August. This is sad news, first of all for the fans. We know that many of you have been looking forward to seeing Q-tip in the Medieval park. We have not yet recieved much information concerning the cancellation, but we have been told that this is a health related matter as the artist has to go through an operation around the same time that The Øya Festival takes place. As you can understand, this is entirely beyond our control. We hope Q-tip will soon recover, and that he will be able to guest Øya at a later date." [Oya]Q-Tip was supposed to hit Oya Fest in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Way Out West in Sweden, and a bunch of other festivals on a tour that was set to last August 11 - 27. Lots of disappointed Europeans right now. That said, Q-Tip says "The european tour is currently being rescheduled. Even in festival cities."
UPDATE: Q-Tip cancelled his Brooklyn Bowl DJ gig too, but will be replaced by Reptar and a DJ set by Talib Kweli
photos by Andrew Frisicano
The Growlers @ FYF Fest 2010
The Growlers have a few shows coming up including one tonight (8/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with Wild Yaks. Entry to the show is free before 7 PM so get there early. If you can't make it before 7, Tickets are $5. The Growlers will also play a completely free show this Sunday (8/7) at the new "Rock Yard", which just replaced Rock Beach with Japanther, The Death Set, Cerebral Ballzy, The So So Glos, and CSC Funk Band. Wild Yaks, who are on the bill with The Growlers tonight, played Rock Beach earlier this summer.
All Growlers dates and more pictures that were taken back in 2010 at FYF Fest in LA, below...
photos by Colin Kerrigan
Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.
Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.
"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.
And, boy, did that snake get grilled.
Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.
Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.
With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.
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In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".
More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Radio Dept @ The Great Escape
Swedish dream-poppers The Radio Dept are releasing all three of their albums on 180 gram vinyl. This includes the classic Lesser Matters, its followup Pet Grief, and the more recently released Clinging to a Scheme, which came out during a time the sound they helped make popular was achieving massive success.
The Radio Dept have a few upcoming shows announced at the moment. On July 15 they'll play a free show at South Street Seaport with Asobi Seksu, and then hit Pitchfork Fest the next day. The only other show they currently have schduled in North America is in Dallas in November with Memoryhouse.
Memoryhouse meanwhile have been added as opener for some of Peter Bjorn & John's upcoming dates including the 9/12 show at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is the day before Sub Pop releases the Memoryhouse EP. Tickets are still on sale. No other openers have been added to PB&J's other NYC shows yet.
Asobi Seksu also plays a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on October 1). Tickets are on sale now.
More pictures and all tour dates below...
The Bronx at FFF Fest (more by BBG)
The Bronx hits the dock in a few short hours from now (6/22), playing a Rocks Off cruise aboard the Queen of Hearts TONIGHT (6/22). The boat shoves off at 8PM with doors opening at 7. There are VERY limited tickets at the door, so make sure and get there early (like now) if you don't have 'em already.
After NYC, The Bronx will have a bit of an identity crisis, as they'll alternate from The Bronx to Mariachi El Bronx from night to night along the East Coast. Mariachi El Bronx will return to play a FREE Sailor Jerry-sponsored show at Brooklyn Bowl on 6/28 with Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and The Two Man Gentlemen Band. You just need to RSVP.
In addition, Mariachi El Bronx will also make their way back to the NYC area to support Foo Fighters with Rise Against at Izod Center on 9/26 as part of a larger tour. Tickets are still available for that show and the Foo Fighers show at Prudential Center on 11/14. You can also get Rocks Off Express Party Bus tickets for each show too (aka Rocks Off is running a bus from NYC to the shows and back).
All tour dates and some video is below.
most photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher
Let me start off by saying the Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) show at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (6/19) was the most fun I had at all of Northside Festival.
WATERS opened the sold out show, which was appropriate. Deer Tick was covering Nirvana and WATERS is the indie-folkie turned '90s-guitar-rocker Van Pierszalowski's new project. WATERS played material off their upcoming debut Out in the Light, which is being released on TBD in September. If the recordings sound as good as the songs did at Brooklyn Bowl, then Out in the Light is definitely an album to look out for. Towards the end of their set, Van said, "Nirvana are one of my favorite bands of all time and In Utero is my favorite album of all time. I'd also like to pay tribute to one of my other favorite bands of all time." WATERS then proceeded to, possibly ironically, cover Hole's "Violet." They ended the set with the one song they've released, "For The One." Catch them at their third and last NYC show on this run, this Tuesday (6/21) at Mercury Lounge before they head back to Oslo, Norway, where the band is based.
About 15 minutes, 9 guitars, and a few beer pitchers later, Deervana walked out on stage and said, "Tonight we are not Deer Tick." They proceeded to pay a more-than-sincere tribute to Nirvana. I very unfortunately never saw Nirvana, though I know Deer Tick honored them in more ways than one. Their set notably left out hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and "Heart Shaped Box," in favor of the less popular, but even more revered live mainstays like "School," "In Bloom," "Aneurysm," "Scentless Apprentice," "Blew," and others. Deervana not only echoed Nirvana in their approach to live setlists, but also in their raw energy and silly stage antics.
Mosh pits broke out to every song (save for "Something in the Way") and the crowd often overpowered Deervana while singing along. Fans crowd surfed, stage dived, grabbed band members, and threw drinks in the air. "It's like playing a party in your friend's garage whose dad is really rich and bought a bowling alley," said Deer Tick/Deervana frontman John McCauley. After only an hour of thrashing around to Nirvana songs, Deervana thanked Fender for "giving them things they could break," and broke into "Curmudgeon" which they ended by kicking over their drums and destroying their guitars, aptly aided by the dropping of bowling balls on the instruments. Despite the fact that Deervana could have played for another hour without losing crowd interest, the conditions on stage made it pretty clear they weren't even doing a one-song encore.
Setlist and more pictures from the show below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Summerstage in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death By Audio lists tonight's show like this:
6.17 -$5- (doors are at 10pm for this show)Well, we may know at least one band on the bill. Thee Oh Sees play Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (6/18) but list "06-17 shhhhhhh...." on their website (thanks Maxim), so it's either them or there are two secret shows. Who do you think the other bands are?
Adventure, CO LA (Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine), and Weekends were supposed to play Death by Audio Friday night, but that show was cancelled. Weekends will instead open for Dom at Brooklyn Bowl.
To add to the mystery, a "Surprise special guest" is also listed on the Saturday Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show that Yellow Dogs, and Emil and Friends are also playing. Who's playing that one?
All Thee Oh Sees dates below...
Drive-By Truckers recently trucked through the area, hitting Wellmont Theater in NJ on Saturday, June 11th with Alejandro Escovedo. If you missed out or were just hoping for a NYC show, your wish is granted. Drive-By Truckers will play a last minute show back at Brooklyn Bowl THIS MONDAY, June 20th at 8pm. Tickets go on sale at noon today (6/16). This show is not as small as their last NYC show, and they recently played Brooklyn Bowl too, but it's still much more intimate than Terminal 5 where they've also recently played. Also, stay tuned to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets., and a signed poster (like the above).
The Brooklyn show is one day after they hit the Clearwater Festival up in Croton-On Hudson, and one day before they appear on Letterman. All tour dates below...
DOM at BV-CMJ 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The openers have been announced for the free shows happening at Pier 54 this summer. We already mentioned that Austra is opening the tUnE-yArDs show on July 14. It was also revealed that Class Actress open the Metronomy show on July 28, and DOM open the Deer Tick show on August 11.
In related news, DOM announced that the Family of Love EP, their follow up to Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, will be released August 9 via Astralwerks. The EP was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Bjork). "I want to pump out as many records as possible," Dom said, "and actually make a difference in pop music. No matter how a.d.d. it all sounds, the more I write, the more I really wanna do this thing."
All DOM and Deer Tick dates and the EP tracklist below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Tip Top in 2010 (more by Rebecca Smeyne)
"Thee Oh Sees perch comfortably atop a vibrant Bay Area garage-rock scene. It's a spot they've earned for a number of reasons: seniority (the band has been bashing since 2005, and head Oh See John Dwyer fronted primal pounders the Coachwhips before that); an inhuman prolific streak (being an Oh Sees completist is like being a member of a fabulous record-of-the-month club); and the simple fact that the band is one of the best live acts on the West Coast, East Coast or anywhere in between, delivering a blur of hip-shaking, revved-up mayhem every time it's onstage." [Washington Post]Like Ty Segall, fellow California bruise cruisers Thee Oh Sees, who are appearing at the return of Bruise Cruise in 2012 have added a NYC show to their 2011 summer tour. They play Brooklyn Bowl on June 18 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for the "Tell All Your Friends" showcase are on sale now, or you can try to use a Northside badge to get in.
And speaking of bands playing the Bruise Cruise, don't forget that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have cancelled their current tour (5/28 @ 285 Kent included).
All Thee Oh Sees tour dates below...
Big Audio Dynamite at Roseland (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"If there was any disappointment it was they have been playing the same set at all these shows... I would've liked a couple more songs from 1989's Megatop Phoenix (that album's single, "Contact," was conspicuously missing) but hopefully we'll get some different tracks next time. And I sure do hope there is a next time."We since found out that Big Audio Dynamite will in fact return to North America to play both Lollapalooza (August 6) and Outside Lands (August 14), and now there's even more good news. B.A.D. have started announcing pre-Lollapalooza U.S. dates including Boston, Philly, and another NYC show, but this time the NYC gig is at the much more intimate Brooklyn Bowl on August 3rd! Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Thursday, 5/19 at noon. All dates are listed below...
-said Bill after the B.A.D. show at Roseland
photos by Tamara Porras
Matthew Houk & Kim Krans
"About three quarters the way through the night, The Taking It Easy band left the stage to Houck to perform mostly solo. Joined by Family Band's Kim Krans on the song "Endless Pt. 1" off of Aw Come Aw Wry, and then briefly by his aforementioned metal god keyboard player on an electrifying version of "Wolves" from his 2008 album Pride, Houck turned down the volume but not the energy. If anything, his charisma and charm, which allowed him to pull off a key/capo change right in the middle of "My Dove, My Lamb" and receive only a mild chuckle from the audience, managed to fill the space that had once been occupied by the screech of feedback and the pounding of drums. After a few more solo numbers, the rest of the band finally returned to stage to close out the show, ending with an absolutely devastating version of the song "Los Angeles" that sent the crowd home entertained if not slightly unsettled." [ChunkyGlasses]Phosphorescent & Family Band ended their tour together Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl. More pictures from that show below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Phosphorescent @ the Parish in Austin
Phosphorescent has been on tour since before Coachella. Let's give Matt and band a proper welcome home at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/11). Tickets are still on sale, and if you act quick you can try and win a pair on our Facebook too.
Back on May 5th, Phosphorescent played a show at The Parish in Austin, Pictures from that show are in this post. They include an audience member who helped Matt sing "Wolves" on stage, and opener Family Band (who also open the Brooklyn show). More of those pictures, a recent La Blogoteque Take Away Show video, and more upcoming dates (Bonnaroo included), below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Michael Hurley @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jonny Corndawg @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jonny Corndawg completed his April residency at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/25) with an impressive lineup of openers that included Jason Isbell (who played Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier) and folk legend Michael Hurley who Jonny is now on a short tour with. And Rude Bear was even there. More pictures and a video from the night, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit @ Bowery Ballroom
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Hayes Carll, and Shovels and Rope played a show together at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (4/22). The show was part of a tour that ended at Brighton Music Hall in Boston one night later, but Jason is back to join Jonny Corndawg at his final residency show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (4/25). The previously-undisclosed final lineup looks like this:
Jason Isbell - 8pmAct now and you can still win a pair of tickets to the show. You can also buy them.
Michael Hurley - 9pm
Stray Dawg (Jonny Corndawg film) - 10pm
Jonny Corndawg - 10:15pm
If you miss tonight's show, Jonny is back on June 1st to open for Roger Alan Wade of Jackass at Mercury Lounge.
Hayes Carll plays Summerstage this summer with Emmylou Harris. More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show, and Hayes's setlist, below...
Pharoahe Monch @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Pharoahe Monch's latest tongue-twisting LP W.A.R. is out now via Duck Down Records and Monch has a pair of dates scheduled in the coming weeks. He'll head to Santiago, Chile to play a date on May 15th with Heltah Skeltah and Das Efx, and will play Brooklyn Bowl on May 10th with Jean Grae, Boogie Blind, J Period, and DP One. Tickets are on sale.
Pharoahe Monch recently joined Buckshot for a performance at the Comedy Awards of "Jon Cryer Will Fuck You Up" featuring the Two & A Half Men star. Check out video from that comedic performance as well as a recent interview below.
words & photos by Ben Lozovsky
The Go! Team returned after a three-year lull stateside, bringing their outrageous Saturday morning cartoon funk assault to Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (the second of two NYC shows that included Bowery Ballroom earlier in the week).
On what might be the band's final tour ever, according to group founder Ian Parton, there was never an air of finality or remembrance. From the second the booming beat proclamation that introduced opening number "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." rang out, it was unwaveringly go time for The Go! Team. The band rarely dialed down the raucousness while highlighting the understated yet notable growth on their third and latest album, Rolling Blackouts. There's a darker mood to many of the tracks on the disc, including album bookends "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." and "Back Like 8 Track." On numbers like those, the band managed to provide a seesaw soundtrack for all the pissed-off tweens out there hell-bent on revenge on whoever their oppressor might be. This is monkey-bar brawl music, with a nuanced adult edge- tighter production, unpredictable structure shifts, and jarring atonal horn and orchestral samples demonstrated the band's interest in augmenting its template with intrigue and sophistication.
The band has also embraced its girl power side more than ever. MC Ninja's assault was never much concerned with showcasing the delicacy and emotional depth of the fairer sex, but new tracks like "Ready to Go Steady" and "Secretary Song" have a doo-wop and garage-pop girl group pureness and softness to them. The bitter-sweat jangle of sunny "Buy Nothing Day," one of the standouts of Blackouts, was like an empowering acknowledgement of the confusing burdens of female adolescence.
Even as their music gets more nuanced, the band still bewilder with their live performance. All six members frantically ran around the stage, switching between guitar, drums and keyboards, as well as odder instruments like melodica, steel drums, banjo, and even a type-writer. They created walls of sound and guitar distortion, broke them down with crisp chorus singing, and leaped and cheerleaded at any moment that felt big enough (which was at least several times a song).
They might have had a bit too much fun, because as the band finished their performance with a giant group dog pile, Ninja appeared to have hurt herself fairly bad while caught in the middle. She was carried off-stage when she couldn't lift herself up, and was later evaluated by medics in an ambulance outside, flanked by all her concerned band mates.
Ninja later posted this message to Facebook:
Ninja says: Ended up in hospital last night after the Brooklyn show. A band member body-slammed me in the ribs! (All in the name of rock) Thought I had a punctured lung. X-rays showed no broken bones but I'm still sore. Spent the night in a Manhattan A&E with Sam and kept expecting an actor from Grey's Anatomy to walk past. It happened on stage and I think the crowd thought it was part of the show. Nuff scary.Even as an unpleasant end to a riotous and enthusiastic performance, it was proof that this team sticks together through it all. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...
Also, thank you Brooklyn for braving the violent weather to watch our violent show.
words & photos by Ben Lozovsky
Without insider knowledge, it would be hard to discern where Morning Teleportation was based. Below the surface of flippant freak and awe, the band's boisterous concoction of aggressive Manhattan new wave, longhorn state roadhouse blues, crisp Appalachian finger picking and bittersweet Northwestern sentiments could be from anywhere in the lower 48. At Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (4/08), the second of two nights in New York, the group presented it's bicoastal Indie atlas, stopping briefly for souvenirs and snapshots just about everywhere in between. Woody Guthrie would have been proud.
Guthrie spent time in Oregon, where the members of Morning Teleportation currently reside. Although his stay was brief, the place he called "a paradise" was highly inspirational to his work. During his short month traveling along the Columbia River, Guthrie wrote 26 songs, including some of his most recognized works like "Roll On, Columbia, Roll on." Commissioned by the government, many of those numbers were written essentially as propaganda pieces to promote the region.
Morning Teleportation's own music might as well be used as state-approved examples of Portland's much needed musical expansion. Maybe it's the 10% unemployment or the 80% racial homogeneity there, but either way PDX folk have no choice but to diversify. The band still maintains many of the local trademarks: the plaintive, at times melancholy vocals, the earnest emotion, the springy jangle that could turn dark and weighty with little foreshadowing. It's not surprising that Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock produced their debut album. That's where the comparisons cease though; instead of a steady barrage of rain-soaked Pacific gloom, there's a recurring sentiment of rejuvenation, a picturesque scene from after the storm.