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"Amazing set by Tinariwen last night in Ft Greene. Also loved Daniel Lanois on pedal steel." - @theinnerbanks

"Most eclectic, amazing concert last night. Just wow. Great show @daniellanois @theantlers @lonnieholley @TINARIWEN" - Carolyn Waters

Tinariwen / Antlers
The Antlers

The Daniel Lanois and ANTI- Records co-curated ANTI-Thesis show went down this past Monday (11/10) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, bringing together artists from entirely different musical backgrounds. Lanois himself performed, as well as Malian Tishoumaren band Tinariwen, atmospheric pop heroes The Antlers and cult artist Lonnie Holley. The show went late (ended around 1 AM) and ended with Lonnie, Lanois and The Antlers all joining Tinariwen on stage. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Lanois is fresh of the release of his latest album, Flesh and Machine, and is currently out on tour with Lonnie Holley in support of it. Monday's show was the first US date of the tour, which hits several East Coast cities throughout November. Updated dates are listed below.

Before the show, the bands did some remixing of one another. The Antlers' frontman Peter Silberman remixed Tinariwen's "Toumast Tincha," which we posted HERE, and Lanois put out his takes on both The Antlers' "Doppelganger" and Tinariwen's "Adounia Ti Chidjret."

Streams of both of Lanois' remixes, a video of his set, more pictures from the show and tour dates, below...

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"Darkside, final show, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. One of the best shows I've seen in a long while." - Alex Schaaf


Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's collaborative Darkside project has come to an end ("for now"), but before the break they played their "last show" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (9/12) with their pal Valentin Stip opening. For a band who's headlined Terminal 5, the Masonic Temple was a more intimate location for them (and sold out), and a nice space for their sound. Plus, lots and lots of smoke.

More pictures and a couple videos from the show, below...

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Jessie Ware at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware

We mentioned not long ago that to get tickets to Jessie Ware's upcoming tour you had to enter via a ballot on her website. The NYC show happens on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and it turns out they've actually decided to release some regular tickets to the show that you can purchase. Tickets for NYC go on sale Wednesday (8/27) at 10 AM.

The shows are in support of Jessie's upcoming album, which we recently posted a new remix from. The album can now be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Jessie also recently spoke to NME about the Kate Bush comparisons she's gotten:

It's a massive compliment to be compared to her. I don't think I'm anything like Kate Bush. I mean, I just... I'm not there yet. She inspires me. I love the femininity in her voice and the way she uses it but I don't really see how I'm like her. But there's definitely been influence from Kate in some of the more high-registered stuff for this album ['Tough Love']. I definitely think on this album I've been like, "Let's make it a bit more Kate".

I just think the way she puts across a song with such emotion and feeling, there's nobody quite like her.

Jessie also mentions in the interview that she has a ticket to Kate's first live dates in 35 years, which begin this Tuesday, August 26 (all at London's Hammersmith Apollo). Don't take any pictures, Jessie!

In other Kate Bush news, BBC recently aired an hour-long documentary where they talk to St. Vincent, Bat for Lashes, Elton John, Bret Anderson (Suede), comedian Steve Coogan and more. It's really good and can be watched below...

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Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.

The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...

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Jessie WareJessie Ware

Jessie Ware, who features on the new SBTRKT album, recently announced a new album and tour which brings her to NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. We said to stay tuned for ticket info but have since realized that the only way to get in to all shows on the tour is via a ballot on her site. Registration is open through July 28 at noon UK time, and if you end up being one of the lucky ones, you'll find out by July 30 with a link to buy tickets. Jessie adds, "your name will be printed on each ticket so you can't flog them to touts!"

Jessie Ware

UK pop singer and Disclosure/SBTRKT collaborator Jessie Ware recently released "Tough Love," the single from her sophomore album of the same name which comes out this year. Now she's announced a tour which includes a few North American dates, culminating in NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. (That's a pretty cool place to see her.) Stay tuned for ticket info.

All dates are listed, with the "Tough Love" video, below...

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photos & videos by Greg Cristman

Robert Henke's Lumiere
Robert Henke's Lumiere

The screen imagery exploded: into squares, spirals, circles, curves and, with some puffs from smoke machines, three-dimensional shapes unfurling overhead. The lasers were tightly coordinated with the music, with shapes expanding on each wallop; distorted tones got dotted lines, clearer tones got straight ones. For much of the set, the on-screen geometries were hard-edged white or near-white; when the screen suddenly turned blue, the dancing crowd roared. Later, the screen offered flickering numbers, letters and two words: "Love Code." [NY Times]
The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued this past Saturday (5/10) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with German electronic composer/Monolake member Robert Henke presenting the US premiere of his laser and sound show, Lumière, and dark Tri Angle-signed producer The Haxan Cloak. Robert went on first, doing his set from the front row of the balcony with only the light of the lasers for illumination. The sold-out room emptied out a bit for The Haxan Cloak's set, though both were great. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Red Bull Music Academy continues on Wednesday (5/14) with the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets at Town Hall (tickets). Performers include Jamie Lidell, Jherek Bischoff, Kaki King, Petra Haden, Shigeto, Nels Cline, Daedelus, and more.

More pictures from Brooklyn Masonic Temple below...

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photos by Lukas Hodge

Cat Power going 'Station to Station'
Station To Station - 2013

When it comes to Cat Power, what do we all REALLY want? We want to hear the Chan Marshall we first fell in love with, the one with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a microphone. Not surprisingly, her November 14th NYC solo show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has SOLD OUT. Luckily she added another "special intimate evening with Cat Power solo", though it's a late one (the same night). Tickets for the 11pm NYC show go on sale Tuesday at noon ($40 advance / $45 day of show).

Other dates on the November tour include New Haven, Philly, Ohio, Chicago and the upcoming Elliot Smith tribute at Glasslands (speaking of people we'd love to see play live again with nothing more than an acoustic guitar).

All dates are listed, along with a set of pictures from Chan's appearances on the Levi's Station to Station tour in California (she wasn't on the NYC date) below.

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Cat Power at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Cat Power

The brains behind Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, is about to come to NYC to do a solo set at the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands (10/21), but Chan's just announced that she'll be back to play her own songs with an acoustic show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on November 14. Tickets for that show are on presale now (password: "SUNCAT123").

Cat Power doesn't appear to have any other announced dates at the moment besides the Weezer Cruise.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

iamamiwhoami @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 9/24/13
iamamiwhoami, ital @ Masonic Temple - 9/24/2013

Swedish electronic art pop musician iamamiwhoami (the project of Jonna Lee) has been getting internet buzz and doing some European shows for a couple years now, but this month she finally made her way across the Atlantic for some live shows in the US. First she played the Symbiosis Gathering in California, and two days later, she made her way to NYC for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (9/24). If you're unsure about how some of these synthy projects tend to come across live, Jonna's a great performer and she's got an elaborate stage setup and a full band which adds to the whole spectacle of it all. The crowd seemed really into it the whole time too.

NYC's Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick, also of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, and Sex Worker) got things started, and pictures of both artists are in this post. More below...

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iamamiwhoami in Sweden in 2011 (more)

iamamiwhoami (aka Swedish electronic art pop musician Jonna Lee) made a name for herself on the internet a few years back when she uploaded some singles indebted to artists like Bjork, The Knife, etc, and since released two albums -- 2012's kin and this year's bounty. We caught her in Sweden in 2011, seeing that she was not just an anonymous figure hiding behind the mask of YouTube, but actually an elaborate live performer. She'll now be taking that live show to the US for the first time this year.

One of the two US shows she'll be playing happens in NYC on September 24 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which is the same place that Todd Terje and Lindstrom play that month. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The other show is two days earlier as part of the Symbiosis Gathering in Oakdale, CA.

Some videos below...

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review by Andrew Marinaccio

QOTSA at Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 6/7/13 (via Grace Harris)

Josh Homme and his fellow Queens of the Stone Age supposedly went through their fair share of strife while writing their latest LP, ...Like Clockwork. You wouldn't know it by their new live shows. Friday night's "secret" gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple found Homme and the current incarnation of the band as sharp as ever, maintaining their customary onslaught of mighty desert riffs. Even a relatively tidied-up, buzz-cut Homme still retained his fiendish Lizard Prince rock star persona. "Thanks for letting us get drunk [in] your place tonight," he said, while the band ripped through the entirety of their new album. As sickly and distressed as Clockwork sounds, old habits can't help but die hard.

And it's fortunate that's the case. While all the Clockwork songs retained their slinky, subdued dread live, Queens rollicked through most of the set, liberally swapping guitar-- and occasionally, Mellotron -- duties with stadium-sized swagger. "If I Had a Tail" and "Fairweather Friends" were issued with devil-may-care abandon. Even when Homme took to the keys to play a pitch-perfect lounge crooner on "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," Queens' rowdier zeal visibly won out. Homme gleefully bragged over the busted mechanical groove of "Smooth Sailing" -- introducing it as a "nihilistic fuck song" -- while the extended solos on "I Appear Missing" strained the band's terrific dexterity towards an appropriately theatrical climax, sweating and spitting through it all.

Needless to say, the crowd was packed with diehards who only aimed to match the escalating enthusiasm of the band, which peaked during their encore. Fans were primed to rush the stage when newcomer Jon Theodore began the cruising beat of "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire." Naturally, Homme sauntered over to his guitar amid the impending chaos, and flicked his cigarette behind him before digging into the riff. "No One Knows" typically delighted, and the band capped things off with another forearm-rending jam in "A Song for the Dead."

The Brooklyn show was one day after QOTSA played NJ's Vintage Vinyl and two days after they performed Live on Letterman. The band just announced more dates surrounding previously discussed festival appearances, like Philly's Made In America, but unfortunately no more in NYC at the moment. All dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing Fairweather Friends" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple and their full setlist from that show, below.

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Queens of the Stone Age Live on Letterman - 6/5/13

So it turns out that secret Queens of the Stone Age show in Brooklyn this Friday isn't such a secret after all. It's happening on Friday (6/7) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets go on sale today (6/6) at 4 PM (aka in like 5 minutes from this posting). Doors for Friday's show are at 9:30 PM.

Meanwhile, they play a sold out in-store at NJ's Vintage Vinyl tonight (6/6). All dates are listed, along with the video of yesterday's 'Live on Letterman' performance (6/5), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Josh Homme

Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.

In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.

The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).

And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).

All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...

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Lower Dens at Central Park in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens

As mentioned, Liars are coming to NYC this month for shows at The Met on May 18 (sold out) and Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 19. Since we last posted, Baltimore dream pop crew Lower Dens has been added to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show. Tickets for that one are still available and we've also got two pairs to give away.

UPDATE: As quick as they joined this show, Lower Dens have dropped off of it.

Details on how to enter to win tickets and videos from both bands below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher

"Back from Brooklyn. Full of Oasis falafel and grape leaves. Neurosis blew my mind and ears. Easily the loudest set I've seen a band play." - @HolyShitJustin

Neurosis @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple 1/19

Neurosis made a triumphant return to NYC over the weekend when they headlined a sold out show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Saturday (1/19), the same spot they played with Mastodon the last time they were in NYC, almost exactly five years ago. Neurosis are now without their graphic artist, so the lack of visuals may have made the room bit less ominous than it was five years ago (not to say it wasn't still totally life threatening) but the band still ripped like no other. Their 11-song, hour and a half encore-less set was bookended by two Through Silver in Blood tracks ("Eye" to open, "Locust Star" to close), and in between they focused entirely on their atmospheric, Steve Albini-produced era, relying most heavily on their two most recent albums, 2007's Given to the Rising and 2012's Honor Found in Decay.

People have varying definitions on what "heavy" music is, but if their albums don't already, it's undeniable that Neurosis' shows carry the weight of the word. They tore through boulder-crushing chords, razor-in-throat screams, and a storm-approaching atmosphere that you could feel in your bones (and eardrums). Some moshed, others headbanged in place, and others just watched in awe as the band delivered. There were some moments to breathe during the set, like the post-rock passage of "My Heart For Deliverance" and the half-sung intro of "The Tide," but moments like those are equal in intensity to the heavy sections, and are part of what keeps Neurosis so consistently interesting. They never let up during the set to talk to the crowd, and it was rarely ever silent, even while tuning their guitars. Just an onslaught of peaks and valleys that had command over the crowd throughout the entire set.

The show opened with an industrial drone set from No Fun boss Carlos Giffoni and an experimental guitar/drum/sampler duo set from James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida, who were both members of Khanate. More pictures from the show, Neurosis' setlist, and a video of them playing "At the Well" (via (((unartig)))) below...

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Liars at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)

As mentioned, Liars are playing a special show in NYC on May 18 at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing at the Met Museum. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They've also just added another NYC happening a day later (5/19) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and it's being presented by Wordless Music (who are also presenting the Met show) and BOOM Collective. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of updated dates and a video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Destroyer at Webster Hall, April 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destroyer at Webster Hall

Destroyer have added a second NYC-area show -- June 19 at Le Poisson Rouge -- which is one day after their previously-announced show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (5/4) at noon.

Armed with the "Destroyer Orchestra," Dan Bejar is ably reproducing the lush grooves of last year's Kaputt (my favorite album of 2012). Destroyer's show at Webster Hall last year was terrific, so do go see them this time around.

All Destroyer tour dates are below, along with footage of Destroyer's recent Coachella performance.

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Destroyer at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Destroyer did a fair amount of touring last year in support of Kaputt, which was one of our favorite albums of the year. After playing Coachella this April, he'll kick off another tour in support of the album in June which hits NYC on June 18 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (3/2) at 9 AM. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Destroyer's Dan Bejar and his old band Points Gray are planning to issue their 2000 LP Offshore on vinyl. It was initially only released in a limited amount of CD-Rs. The band are raising money on IndieGoGo to press the album. You can check out the campaign video below.

All dates and video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Amon Tobin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Amon Tobin

Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue...

But perhaps the most ambitious of this year's traveling visual circuses is Amon Tobin's ISAM, a fully HD, 3-D mapping experience that brings Tobin's experimental electronic album of the same name to subtly stunning life.

"Comparisons could be made to Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, who make electronic music and surround themselves with technology as they perform," says Tobin, who brings the "ISAM Live" show to the Congress Theater on Friday. "But unlike that, ISAM doesn't focus on making people dance. It's not a DJ set where you're raving; it's a much more cinematic experience, and is more closely guided by a narrative, how the visuals and music work together."

The show features a shape-shifting DJ booth/art installation. Washes of color, shapes and video images stream over the structure, triggered by Tobin in a storyboard mapped to the music in real time...

"Whether people are into my stuff or not, they come to the show and have an awesome experience regardless," he says. "And then the hope is that there'll be some people who get more curious about the record itself." -[Chicago Sun Times]

Amon Tobin brought his ISAM live performance/light show to Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (10/25), the first of THREE sold out dates at the venue. Emika supports Tobin on all three nights, but won't join him at MoogFest 2011 in North Carolina, his last US date before heading overseas to play the UK. All dates and more pictures and some video from the impressive Brooklyn spectacle, below...

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Amon Tobin

"The ISAM tour will feature a stunning 25' x 14' x 8' multi-dimensional/ shape shifting 3-D art installation surrounding Tobin and enveloping him and the audience in a beyond 3-D experience. A fantastic visual journey to accompany ISAM"
If you missed out on tickets for the other two shows, you still have one more chance to get your ISAM on because Amon Tobin has added a THIRD show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The new date is October 27th and tickets go on sale Saturday at noon.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor complete their 5-night NYC run tonight (3/18) at Church of St. Paul The Apostle which is also where they played last night after playing two nights in a row at Brooklyn Masonic Temple which came after a show at Terminal 5. Pictures and the setlist from the 3/15 show, and the setlist and videos from 3/16 are in this post. More below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG


Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, and the new incarnation of Swans played their first NYC show since reformation at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday night, 10/8. They were joined by tour-mate Baby Dee and recent addition Ben Frost as support. The show was one of two NYC dates on a larger tour for the reactivated post-punk/noise/industrial pioneers (previous shows included Pop Montreal and the Black Cat in DC). Swans played their 2nd NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (sans Ben Frost, avec Baby Dee). Both NYC shows sold out in advance. The Brooklyn gig featured an afterhours party with Sasha Grey, Caleb (Sacred Bones), and DJ JonBenet (Prurient, Cold Cave) on the lower level. That drew its own separate crowd in addition to the post-show revelers.

Ben Frost's opening set was particularly impressive, mixing guitar acrobatics and laptop scientifics that took full use of the considerable soundsystem. It was a fantastic set; I normally have a hard time enduring solo laptop-musician/DJ sets, but watched the entire thing. Unfortunately I missed all of Baby Dee.

Swans blasted on stage with the opening thump of "No Words/No Thoughts", before transitioning into a bit of a reworked version of that song. Their set was overwhelmingly heavy with material from the incredible new My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (five of the eight tracks), but the band made stops by their earliest works too ("Sex, God, Sex" from Children of God, "Your Property" from Cop, "I Crawled" from Young God EP). Moving, crushing, beautiful, and magnetic, Michael Gira and Co delivered one of my favorite performances at a space that has hosted its share of memorable moments: Neurosis, sunn o))), Sleep, and Throbbing Gristle.

Don't believe the hype though; it wasn't quite as overwhelmingly loud as you have been lead to believe... not that it matters either way. It was/is always more about electric performance and there is no doubt that Swans delivered on a Friday night on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

More pictures and video from the Brooklyn show, with the Swans setlist, below..

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They announced their return earlier this year along with the promise of nine American shows. Well, counting Canada there are now actually at least 15 Godspeed You! Black Emperor shows coming up in America and two of those are in NYC!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Avenue at Lafayette, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
8pm doors / 9pm show / $25 general admission / Tickets on sale here
Co-presented by Wordless Music and The Blackened Music Series

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street at Columbus Avenue, NYC
7pm doors / 8pm show / $25 general admission / Tickets on sale here
Co-presented by Wordless Music and The Blackened Music Series

It will be their first NYC shows in eight years. All dates below...

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