Entries tagged with: Cate Le Bon
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.
The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.
Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.
Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge 1/17/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cate Le Bon just wrapped up her East Coast tour with Kevin Morby (their Mercury Lounge show was great) and she's about to head to Europe for a monthlong tour there. After that, she'll be heading back to North America where she'll be in Austin for the insanity that is SXSW. After that she's joining Warpaint's tour for a week's worth of dates, including the NYC show at Webster Hall on March 21. That is a great double bill and tickets to Webster Hall are still available.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge 1/16/2013
Cate Le Bon is my kind of "singer-songwriter." Her songs can be touching and beautiful, but they can also be mossy and strange with occasional loud bursts of atonal keyboard or skronky guitar solo. As I've said before, "Welsh" might be the perfect descriptor for her. All sides were on display last night at Mercury Lounge (1/16), the lone (and sold-out) NYC stop on her current tour with Kevin Morby. She stuck mainly to songs from last year's wonderful Mug Museum, save for "I Think I Knew" which is a duet with Perfume Genius. Cate gave us a few from 2012's CYRK, the rockin' "Falcon Eyed," the pretty "The Man I Wanted" and single "Fold the Cloth" for the encore.
Apart from her drummer, it was a different band this time but her guitarist this time pulled triple duty, also playing keyboard and providing the falsetto harmonies that add to her music's quirky charm. Cate's bassist and guitarist also played in Kevin Morby's band and his set was pretty terrific too. Solo, his music is a little more laid-back than what he does in The Babies (his bandmate Cassie Ramone was in the audience), but still fits perfectly with his soulful, world-weary vocals. If you haven't heard his album, Harlem River, yet it's definitely one of last year's overlooked gems. Cate sings with Kevin on the LP's "Slow Train" and that they didn't perform it was last night's only dissapointment.
Pictures from Kevin's set and more of Cate's, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
photos & video by Autumn Andel
Cate Le Bon @ Doug Fir, 12/5/2013
After gracing opener Kevin Morby's set with a vocal contribution on the lonesome "Slow Train", Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon began her own set, dark and cool, smocked in black. She said she hadn't expected the freezing air here, and began to warm us up.Cate Le Bon's West Coast tour with Kevin Morby (Babies/Woods) wrapped up over the weekend. Those dates included a stop at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge on 12/5 and pictures and videos of that show are in this post. Fresh off the road, Cate and her band stopped by KCRW this morning (12/16) for a live set on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and you can stream that below too.
Her style is neo-classic, thick with bass, and folksy, with off-kilter psychedelic tendencies. This makes for the perfect vinyl album. She swung her guitar back and forth to the slow rhythms, and picked through fast romps like "Sisters". At times, the keyboard/organ solos felt like traveling back in time to a Doors show, then Cate joked of a "future song" about Bill and Ted: a little bit of country, a little bit of new wave beeping melody, called "He's Leaving". - [ElevenPDX]
by Bill Pearis
Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies and plays bass in Woods, will release his first solo album, Harlem River, on November 26 via Woodsist. The album was made in Los Angeles (where he currently lives) with producer Rob Barbato (The Babies, Bleached) and features appearances by White Fence's Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. The latter sings on languid and lovely "Slow Train" which you can stream, along with another track from the album, below.
Morby and Le Bon will be touring the West Coast in December and those dates are listed below. NYC will get Cate on January 16 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of her more extensive tour for new album, Mug Museum (out 11/12). All Morby and Le Bon dates are listed, along with Morby song streams and a trailer of Le Bon's album, below...
by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon's terrific third album, Mug Museum, is out November 12 via Wichita/Turnstile and if you haven't checked out the two released tracks so far, both are streaming below. "Are You with Me Now?" is especially good.
If you live on the West Coast you can catch Cate live this weekend where she'll be opening for Warpaint, and she'll do a longer run of dates on that side of the continent in December with The Babies' Kevin Morby opening. The East Coast, meanwhile, will get a look in January and though she hasn't announced a full tour, Cate will play NYC at Mercury Lounge on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced, dates are below.
In other news, Cate recently appeared with Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield for a duet of new Manics song, "Four Lonely Roads," on BBC program The Review Show and you can watch that below.
All dates are listed, along with those track streams and video, below...
by Bill Pearis
When Cate Le Bon toured here last year for her great album, CYRK, she was playing a number of new songs too. One of them, "Are You With Me Now," was a standout I distinctly remember, with its loping rhythm and spooky/beautiful backing vocals. That song is the first official single from Cate's excellent new album, Mug Museum, which is out via Wichita Records on November 12. You can stream it below along with the previously released collaboration with Perfume Genius, "I Think I Knew."
Cate, who is from Wales but lives in California currently, will be playing some West Coast dates this fall, including a couple in October opening for Warpaint and then a few with Kevin Morby (of The Babies, Woods) in December. Hopefully she'll announce East Coast dates sometime soon. All dates are listed, along with the track streams, below.
by Bill Pearis
Welsh singer Cate Le Bon has finished her third album, Mug Museum, which will be released November 12 via Wichita. The album was made in Los Angeles (where Cate now resides) with producer Noah Georgeson who's previously worked with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. That's the cover art above and you can check out the first released cut, a lovely duet with Perfume Genius titled "I Think I Knew," and the album tracklist below.
For fans who don't mind paying overseas shipping, her UK label, Turnstile, is offering a Mug Museum pre-order bundle that comes with a handthrown mug made by Cate herself. The maker elaborates:
ALL ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO MAKE A UNIFORM RUN OF MUGS BUT ALL ATTEMPTS FAILED.Only 60 mugs were made. If you haven't checked out Cate's 2012 album, CYRK, it was one of my favorites of last year and can be streamed at Spotify or Rdio.
ALTHOUGH ALL MUGS LOOK MORE LIKE A CHILD'S DRAWING OF A MUG THAN A REAL LIFE MUG TRUST THAT THEY ARE ACTUAL REAL LIFE MUGS AND WILL HOLD YOUR LIQUID QUITE WELL
ALL MUGS WILL MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE BEVERAGE TASTE A TOUCH TARTER.
New song stream and Mug Museum tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.
Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.
Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
photos by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool, 9/22/2012
Cate Le Bon's second of two NYC shows this past weekend was at Union Pool on Saturday (9/22) and was a woolier affair than her show at Mercury Lounge the night before. The crowd was more into it, and Cate and her band, who played against a projected VHS test pattern backdrop, were clearly having more fun too -- bassist "Sweet Baboo" played the entire show shirtless and jumped into the crowd for the final song, the two-part "Ploughing Out."
A friend who came with me to the show told me afterwards, "I liked her but I couldn't quite get where she was coming from." To which I replied, "Wales," which was kind of a joke but not really. They just do things differntly over there and Cate Le Bon definitely comes from the charming, oddball lineage of Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. (Her "Thankyouverymuch" sounds just like Gruff Rhys'.) It's a style that cannot easily be pigeonholed but is no doubt all hers.
I had come straight from seeing Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees at The Well, so I missed opener Natureboy but there are pictures from her set below, along with more from Cate Le Bon's set.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge, 9/21/2012
Cate Le Bon is on tour was in New York for two shows this weekend, following an appearance earlier in the week at Pop Montreal. Friday night (9/21), one night before she hit Union Pool, she played an early show at Mercury Lounge with Boston psych-folk quartet Quilt making for a well-matched double bill.
Those whose only know Le Bon from her mostly gentle debut album and her tour with St. Vincent (where she played alone) does not prepare you for the wonderful, weird Welsh world of seeing her with her ace band who also feature on her fantastic album CYRK (one of 2012's best) from earlier this year. Songs turn on a dime from delicate finger-plucked Wendy and Bonnie faery folk to ragged Neil Young-style ragers, with moments of organ-fueled Krautrock groove as well. Mind you it all makes sense when watching Le Bon's do her magical thing.
I missed Quilt but will hopefully catch them while they're on tour with The Fresh and Onlys which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8. Tickets for that show are still available. Cate Le Bon's North American trek rolls on through the South, playing Raleigh, NC tonight (9/25).
Pictures of Quilt and Cate Le Bon (including the setlist for Cate), along with a list of tour dates for both, below...
24-year-old singer Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia but spent most of her life in Finland. With only spare guitar and her whispery, expressive voice, her songs are delicate and brittle like beautiful little spiderweb. Her debut album came out on Friendly Fire Recordings back in March. You can stream it below via a Spotify player and check out the video for album-opener, "To the Bone," below.
Mirel will be playing her first North American shows next month, including the Hopscotch Festival and a few dates opening for Deerhoof. She's got two shows in NYC: a solo show, as mentioned, at Joe's Pub on September 16 (tickets) and then at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Deerhoof and Buke and Gass on September 17 (tickets).
Opening for Mirel at Joe's Pub is Natureboy who maybe you caught at her Pianos residency back in June. She'll also be opening for the amazing Cate Le Bon at Union Pool on September 22 and tickets are still available. Natureboy also just recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here.
A list of all tour dates, the video, and album streams below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh charmer Cate Le Bon's show at Mercury Lounge back in February remains my favorite show of 2012 so far. When I saw she was playing Pop Montreal in September I hoped we might get another North American tour and today learned the answer is yes, with two stops in NYC: September 21 at Mercury Lounge and September 22 at Union Pool. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, June 22 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/20) at noon. No word on advance tickets to the Union Pool show.
Cate Le Bon will also release a new EP, CYRK II, around the same time, which will be out August 21 via The Control Group. It consists of songs recorded during the same sessions that produced CYRK (one this year's finest platters) but were left off for thematic reasons. The six songs on CYRK II are all a little more confessional lyrically but have the same pastoral-folk-meets-Velvet-chug vibe. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
When Cate was here in February she filmed a live session in All Souls Church and you can watch the performances from that below, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.
POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.
Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.
Initial POP Montreal lineup below...
By Bill Pearis
Siren singer. Champion skronky guitar solo-er. Drone princess. Dressed in an iridescent dark green smock-frock, Welsh singer Cate Le Bon looked a like Crannogmen royalty at Mercury Lounge last night (2/9), where she held court over a rapt, smiling audience. Those who didn't come as fans left as converts. There is nobody quite like her and, for me, this is the current show to beat for 2012.
Previous visits from Le Bon have been mostly solo, which fit the general faery folk vibe of her first album. Le Bon's new LP, Cyrk, is definitely a "band" album, however, and the group she brought with her were more than capable of recreating its pastoral psych-rock. The night opened with the icy and discordant "Julia" but things warmed up from there as band members switched places as Cate went from guitar to keyboard and back again for singles "Puts Me to Work and "Fold the Cloth." Only her New Zealander drummer, who was flash-free but rock-steady, stayed in one place the whole night.
He also got the evening's biggest laugh. Cate invited the audience to go on tour with her, at least to tonight's show at Maxwell's where we'd get "the same band, and the same songs." Then the drummer piped in, "...but New Jersey" and immediately hit a rimshot to much groans and laughter. The evening finished as Cyrk does with the two-part "Ploughing Out," which starts off gentle and haunting but grows into a chugging, noisy rocker. In a tribute to Wales legends Super Furry Animals (Gruff Rhys was one of her early champions), the songs comes to a clamorous end with Cate and the bassist crossing their instruments like swords.
Cate plays Maxwell's tonight (2/10) before continuing on tour, again with openers Pigeons, and I highly recommend you go to this show (and then stick around for the comedy). If you haven't heard Cyrk yet, it's one of 2012's best so far. You can download "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post, watch the video for "Fold the Cloth" below, or stream the whole album on Spotify. But really, go see her live. Click through for a couple more grainy cameraphone pictures from Mercury Lounge, and all 2012 tour dates...
by Bill Pearis
"Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Tracks of 2009 list and have been waiting a full-length ever since. The band does not disappoint. There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs are equals to early singles which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the originals. This is haunted pop, a brisk October breeze that calls for a nice cardigan.Veronica Falls just released a new track, "My Heart Beats," to coincide with their North American tour and you can stream it at the bottom of this post. The song is sunnier than what they normally do but still fits within their sound. Sounds like a single to me. The band are touring with Slumberland labelmates Brilliant Colors (in from San Francisco) and local noisemakers Grooms are also on the bill. Tickets are still available. Veronica Falls look timid in their press photos, but they whip up a storm live. Go see 'em.
Bleached at BV CMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
After the MHoW show, Bleached will also be part of the Veronica Falls/Brilliant Colors tour. (Dates at the bottom of this post.) The band are currently on the road with The Black Belles, a tour that rolls into town onSaturday (2/11) at Knitting Factory that also has Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) and Habibi on the bill. I caught Bleached at the BrooklynVegan day party during CMJ last year and thought they were a lot of fun in a Runaways kind of way. Good snarly attitude and big hooks. Maybe you caught them last week opening for Smith Westerns at Webster Hall?
It's worth showing up early for Habibi, whose debut single (streamable below) is a cool, understated take on '60s girl group sounds. You can stream it below.
Cate Le Bon
As excited as I am to see Veronica Falls on Thursday (2/9) , I might be slightly more pumped to catch Cate Le Bon's early set at Mercury Lounge that same night. (She also plays Maxwell's on Friday [2/10] as part of her tour) I've been pretty enamoured with the Welsh singer's new album, Cyrk, that came out a few weeks ago. The spare, detached vibe is a little like the Velvet Underground or Electrelane or Stereolab, but there's a hint of pastoral psychedelia in there too. (Shades of Welsh indie royalty Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). The record is loaded with wonderful little touches that reveal themselves with repeated listens. It's a fantastic album.
You can download single "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post and stream Cyrk at Spotify. Cate has played New York a few times, usually solo, but for this tour she's got her band with her which should be pretty special. Both shows are with local band Pigeons.
Ed Vallance - 'Volcano'
What else is going on? London born, Brooklyn-based singer Ed Vallance released his second album, Volcano, this week and plays a record release show tonight (2/8) at Pianos. The record is dramatic turn from the indie folk of his debut. I bet he still writes his songs on acoustic guitar, but the approach to the arrangements and production are definitely have definitely taken a pop approach this time. While this sort of stuff isn't in vogue so much these days (it's got a distinct early '00s post-Radiohead vibe) it's quite lovely nonetheless. You can download the single "Crystaline" at the top of this post and stream the album at Spotify.
In addition to tonight's show at Pianos, an early show with Pursesnatchersopening, Ed's doing a month-long residency at the Ace Hotel, playing every Sunday in February.
And finally, K Records artist Jeremy Jay is in town this week, playing Glasslands tonight (2/8) and Cake Shop tomorrow (2/9). Jeremy's most recent album is Dream Diary, which came out about a year ago. Like most of his work, it's minimal folk rock with a strong '80s influence. He's an engaging live performer, and tonight's Glasslands show is a stacked bill with Boston psych-folk band Quilt, quality locals Slowdance and Backwords. The Cake Shop show is with Sapphire Mansions and a couple TBDs. (Cake Shop's website isn't especially updated these days.) Jeremy lives in London these days, so go see him while he's here -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Some more day by day picks, of things not already covered, are below.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Cate Le Bon at the Rock Shop last month (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Cate Le Bon is releasing her second LP, CYRK, on January 17 via The Control Group. The album will be the followup to her 2009 debut, Me Oh My. It includes the track, "Fold The Cloth," which you can watch the video for below, along with the album artwork and tracklist. She also recently recorded a Daytrotter session, where she played some material off of the new album.
Cate Le Bon is touring in support of the album this February. Her tour will hit the NYC area on February 9 at Mercury Lounge and February 10 at Maxwell's. Tickets are on sale now for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show.
All dates, video, artwork and tracklist below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Cate Le Bon @ The Rock Shop
"I'm not one for overly dressing up. My 'on-stage look' is my everyday look. It's most important for me just to feel comfortable and feel like myself when playing. I've brought quite a few jumpsuits with me and my trusty fringed T-shirt dress. I am a fan of buying second hand and vintage clothing--it's more fun than buying clothes off the peg and it's nice knowing there's little chance you'll ever bump into anyone else with the same item. I [also] like to pretend I'm French and dress like I imagine a French woman to dress--although a French woman would probably never dress like a Welsh woman imagines her to."Welsh woman Cate le Bon played a post-St. Vincent tour show at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop last night with H. Hawkline. Here are some pictures. They continue below...
- Cate Le Bon to Elle
Twinkling blue lights covered the backdrop of the stage like stars when I arrived at Webster Hall last night (11/3), but as if to mirror the sparse simplicity of opener Cate Le Bon's brief solo set, everything faded to black when the Welch singer-songwriter appeared carrying a single electric guitar. Themes of heartbreak shaped Le Bon's songs, injecting a note of sadness into her deep, rolling voice. Though much of her older material is in Welch, Le Bon sung in her native tongue just once last night - to cover the Gruff Rhys song "Pwdin Wy 2."
Though Le Bon later lent backing vox to St. Vincent, the contrast between the performances of the two female artists was stark. The lights and effects were minimal for Cate Le Bon, but for the main act, columns of rainbow-colored light shone through the thick, machine-generated fog. A master performer, Annie Clark easily matched the intensity of the light show with her explosive guitar solos and urgent lyrics, often introducing slight deviations not found in the recorded versions of her songs to keep things interesting. Though covered in shadows for the majority of the evening, her backing band of 3-4 was solid.
Clark drew heavily from her most recent album, the excellent Strange Mercy, omitting just one song ("Hysterical Strength"), but she also peppered her set list with a handful of older songs, like "Marrow" and the buoyant "Actor Out of Work."
Apart from her sheer talent - Clark's voice was flawless, what made her performance so compelling was her ability to channel both her sweet and kick-ass sides. One minute, she was charming the audience with stories of chatting up eccentric bar tenders and sneaking into cemeteries to chase deer, and the next she was crowd surfing while playing the guitar. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the appropriateness of the title of her chosen cover, The Pop Group song, "She Is Beyond Good and Evil." At one point, a debate broke out in the audience:
"Shred it Annie!" someone yelled.
"She doesn't shred!"
"Yes she does!" a third person quickly countered.
"What is this, a live Twitter feed?" Clark joked.
I do believe this debate was resolved several times over.
Clark wrapped her show with a two-song encore of older songs, ending on "Your Lips Are Red," the only song from her debut album that made the cut. Annie also stage dove during the song, continuing to play on the crowd, but then back on stage in time to sing "your skin's so fair it's not fair."
Despite the annoying strobes that started to take over as the night progressed, St. Vincent's show will undoubtedly make it into my top ten list this year.
St Vincent's tour comes to an end in Boston tonight, but you can catch Cate Le Bon again Monday at the Rock Shop.
More pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work (MP3)
St. Vincent @ ACL Live
St. Vincent is currently touring across America with Cate Le Bon in support of Strange Mercy which was released by 4AD back in September. That tour actually comes to an end on Friday in Boston, but not before a sold out show at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (11/3). Don't have a ticket? MTV will be streaming the show live. Want to just see Cate, and in a much more intimate setting? She's back for a show at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on Monday. You can download Cate's new single at the top of this post.
Annie and Cate played the Moody Theater at ACL Live on 10/24. Tim was there and his pretty pictures continue below...
words & photos by Ben Lozovsky
Oh No Ono might have a solution to the fuel crisis. After a manic SXSW run that saw them play six shows in four days, the Danish band continued to churn out gigs, making their last two pit-stops in America before heading back to Europe. The first was Wednesday (3/24) at Mercury Lounge; showing little signs of road wear, the five piece brought back their big hair and bigger musical ambitions to one of the same venues they played in January.
With a seemingly endless supply of renewable energy, Oh No Ono kept their Egg rolling, playing a set packed with numbers from their 2009 album. If there was perhaps any consequence of exhaustion, it could have been Oh No Ono delving into longer stretches of ambient territory as wide rumbling preludes smoothly introduced circuitous numbers like "Swim" and "Eleanor Speaks." It could also be more of an elaboration on the moments of quiet discomfort that pop up throughout their last recorded effort. On Eggs, those spots of downtime and atmosphere hardly prepare you for the largeness of oncoming numbers. Live, Oh No Ono used those build-ups more effectively, adding anticipation and counter balances to their riotous assemblage of electronic fuzz and extraterrestrial power pop.
Oh No Ono's singular variety of space funk surely is not without influences; at times on the album, they channel predecessors ELO, Of Montreal, and Air. But as a red-cheeked bunch of Danish lads only could - by replacing cocaine-induced sunshine (of the former) and sexualized serotonin (of the two latter) with a full on barrage of plutonic happiness.
They still might be drugged or sexed up on the side, but musically Oh No Ono represent a youthful abstention from all those frontiers of full-on adulthood. Sometimes it worked to their disadvantage, when things got off-kilter and out of sync at times Wednesday night.
But for the most part, in concert, they used their unrelenting rambunctiousness to move away from the more borrowed elements of their sound. Even during a jaw-dropping cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes (Arpeggi)," which has now been planted firmly in their repertoire, they took momentary ownership of the slinky number with a post-rock meets punk-fireworks interpretation. In drilling the depths of well-known rock iconoclasts, they've found a new source of fossil fuel all their own.
Their show last night was with Little Dragon and VV Brown at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from Mercury Lounge where Cate Le Bon was the opener (and their setlist), below...