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Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

Shugo Tokumaru opened for the Magnetic Fields at the Loews Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey last night (10/23). The headliner's setlist and more pictures from the show below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Little Boots

A 24-year-old Blackpool lass (aka Victoria Hesketh) who is shaping up to be 2009's big pop breakthrough. Popjustice.com has called her "the pop star we've all been waiting for for years and years and years". [Guardian]
Little Boots played to "an anxious and overdressed" crowd at the Tribeca Grand at midnight on Wednesday night (10/22) and, according to Chris, "they were not let down". Chris also added...
"Mixing beats on a brightly blinking Tenorion it definitely sounded as if Hot Chip has a new successor to their throne. What I feel makes her different, is, if you take away the tenori and the hype, she still knows how to make wonderful hooks and that voice is such a knockout."
OK, maybe Chris is getting carried away with the "successor" thing, but Joe Goddard from Hot Chip is producing her album, and she does do a mean "Ready for the Floor"...

Little Boots - Ready for the Floor (Hot Chip) (on tenori-on)

Catch her this Saturday for free at the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory. More pictures from Tribeca Grand below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (MP3)

Phenomenal Handclap Band

The BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (Tuesday, 10/21) is sold out, though a limited number of CMJ badges will be given "free" entry on a first come, first served basis. Happy Hour ($3.00 drinks) starts at 6pm. Emmy the Great goes on at 7pm sharp. The no-longer secret guest Shearwater goes on at 8:30. Jens is at 11:00, and The Phenomenal Handclap Band go on at midnight which is also the time we'll open the doors, capacity permitting, for free. Come see TPHB after whatever else you're doing tonight, at no cost, no badge required (assuming the place is still not at capacity after Jens).

Tonight will be TPHB's 4th show ever. Their third was the other night at Southpaw with their Daptone cousins the Menehan Band. Some more pictures from that show, a few more dates, and a video, below....

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot and Walter Meego played their first of two NYC shows together last night (10/16). It was at Bowery Ballroom Tonight's (10/17) is at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night including one of RRR's setlist, below...

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Kickball Katy playing with Fucked Up (more by Chris La Putt)

The L Magazine (aka Marc Hogan): I know you've covered one of the Wipers' songs. Is there an album in particular of theirs that you guys are big on?
Kickball Katy (aka 1/3 of Vivian Girls): We love Youth of America. Like, the first couple. Youth of America, the Over the Edge album and Is This Real, those are three of the best albums ever made, in my opinion. Cassie definitely agrees, and so does Ali. We just wanted to write some crazy songs like that. We're not that good, but we do like those albums a lot, and those are the things that we really had in common. We also really liked Dead Moon. They're in that new band, what is it? Pierced Arrows. I haven't seen them yet, but I saw Dead Moon like two years ago and it was awesome.


The L: Not to belabor the point, but with Frankie, that was officially a "kick out" not an "I'm quitting" kind of thing?
KK: Yeah, I wouldn't want to harp on this too much, but yeah, we had to ask her to leave. For various reasons that I won't get into.

The L: You guys are still friends with Crystal Stilts?
KK: We love Crystal Stilts. JB [Townsend, guitar], Brad [Hargett, vocals], and Andy [Adler, bass] are three really, really cool dudes. We were just hanging out with them the other night. We're still good friends with them. Things are cool, still.

Pierced Arrows play Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (Oct 17). All tour dates below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Fucked Up

Chris stopped by the Rogan Store before heading to Highline Ballroom to catch Jamie Lidell. Like Ryan, he saw the Vivian Girls play the store with Fucked Up (10/14). It's a lineup that repeats itself tonight at Bowery Ballroom (10/15) and again Thursday (10/16) at Market Hotel. Chris was going to stay at the Fucked Up show until 8:00, but they went on an hour break around 7:00 (a 12 hour show? false advertising!). More of Chris's pics below...

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Jamie Lidell

Q: Do you write your songs on a piano?

A: No, I write it all with my voice ...

Q: With no accompaniment from anything else? You just make up melody lines?

A: Yeah. I sing the bass, then sing it all.

Q: So the demo versions of your songs are basically a cappellas?

A: Essentially, yeah.

Q: Are they worth listening to, or are they just sketches?

A: Well, this album ... I was using a voice recorder, singing into the phone.

Q: Singing into it like a psychiatrist takes notes?

A: Yeah, exactly. "Note to self, this could be a worthy song."
[The Seattle Timess vs Jamie Lidell]

Jamie Lidell returned to NYC and played his first of two shows last night (no TV this time). It was at Highline Ballroom. Tonight (10/15) is at Music Hall of Williamsburg - still not sold out. More pictures from last night and the setlist below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay

The quirky and talented Nellie McKay played a show at Spiegelworld in NYC last night, Sunday, October 12, 2008. It was billed as "Songs of Fear and Longing - Nellie McKay Covers the Classics" and that's exactly what she did. She sang a number of jazz standards by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Irving King, and also played less popular songs, and some of her own.

Tickets are now on sale for a show she's playing at (le) poisson rouge on December 2nd. All dates and more Spiegel-pictures, and a partial setlist, below...

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Violens @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)

92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street, Ground Floor, NYC) doesn't officially open until October 18th with a show by John Vanderslice, but there is a free show there this Saturday, October 11th to test out the space. It starts at 8:30 PM. Crystal Stilts, Violens & Chairlift are on the bill, and it's FREE if you RSVP. Ro RSVP, e-mail BSisto@92y.org (subject: 10.11.08 - 92YTribeca - BV). Make sure you get the subject right. Include your first and last name so they can put you on list. More Crystal Stilts dates HERE.

Photos by Chris La Putt

Twi the Humble Feather

Tonight (10/7) is a good chance to try out the new venue (le) poisson rouge if you haven't already because Twi The Humble Feather are playing a free Wordless Music Series show there. The pictures in this post are from the set they played (with a chorus) before Shugo Tokumaru at Mercury Lounge on September 23rd. More of them and other dates below...

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concert photos by Chris La Putt, backstage shots by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (MP3)

Jenny Lewis

"It was a great show with a nice mix of songs from Rabbit Fur Coat & Acid Tongue and I have to say, the songs from Acid Tongue (most of which I was seeing live for the first time tonight) came across very well, especially "The Next Messiah"! It was a a really nice show tonight and I had a lot of fun!" [Sean]
Jenny Lewis took the stage at The Apollo for the second time in a month on Saturday night (Oct 4) (the first time was for an Elvis Costello show taping) (Elvis also appears on her new album). Last weekend Jenny played twice at Austin City Limits.

Sarah Silverman (who made a guest appearance in one of Jenny's videos) made a surprise appearance as the Apollo opener. More pictures below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt


Nomi, now best know as a singing member of Hercules & Love Affair, played solo at the Zipper Factory in NYC on Tuesday night (September 30). The next time Nomi performs in New York will be with Hercules & Love Affair when they open for the B-52s at Hammerstein Ballroom. More pictures from the solo show below...

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MSG pics by Chris La Putt, Maxwell's pics by Leia Jospe

DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Juno (Ra Ra Riot / Andrew Maury remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club on AOL's Interface (MP3)



Tokyo Police Club opened for Weezer at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Wednesday (9/24). One day later they headlined their own show at the much, much smaller Maxwell's across the river in Hoboken. The NJ show was a night off from the Weezer tour that continues through October. More pictures from both shows below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Steve Earle (musician, activist, Joan Baez album producer, and actor on The Wire) & Allison Moorer (who happens to be married to Steve) played their third of four 'solo & acoustic' show in a row, at Judson Church in NYC last night (Sept 25, 2008). The fourth performance is tonight (Friday).

Alison opened the night with a quick 30 minute set and then later returned to join Steve on stage for a few songs. More pictures and the setlist (including The Wire theme song) from last night's seated show below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Weezer @ MSG

Weezer @ MSG

"I was seriously thinking of skipping this one despite having tickets. Very glad I didn't - great show. Forgot how hard Weezer can rock and TPC was great too.

Angels & Airwaves was just silly. Tom was prancing around stage like someone who had won an MTV contest to be a rock star and didn't quite know what to do with his limbs. My friend and I were laughing ourselves silly at his antics.

I think there was a near-riot when Weezer brought him on to do a verse of the Sweater Song, but fortunately he didn't butcher it too badly and thus saved himself from being mobbed by an angry crowd." [IA]

more pictures below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Shugo Tokumaru

So it ends up that Magnetic Fields show in Jersey City is not Shugo's next NYC-area appearance. Tickets just went on sale for the following October 22nd CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom:

Margot And The Nuclear So & So's w/
Wild Sweet Orange / Love As Laughter / Audrye Sessions / Shugo Tokumaru / Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Last night (9/23) Shugo made his NYC debut at Mercury Lounge with an all-star cast featuring members of Beirut, The National and So Percussion. More pictures and the setlist below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Bell House

September 18th was the official opening of the Bell House, the new venue in the Gowanus of Brooklyn. Though a private show happened Wednesday, Thursday night was the public's first look at the place which bears a slight resemblance to its sister bar, Union Hall. No bocce at this one though. What did you think?

The night was a celebration that included sets by Takka Takka, Robbers on High Street, Matt Pond PA and headliner Lilys - all free.

Tickets for upcoming events at the Bell House are on sale. That includes the BV Presents Department of Eagles show on October 6th.

More pictures of the venue, and of all three openers, below...

Continue reading "Takka Takka, Matt Pond PA & ROHS @ the Bell House - pics"

photos by Chris La Putt


Valient Thorr

"Triple H and wife Stephanie were in attendance at last night's Motorhead Concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The concert started off with Triple H's "The Game" theme music blaring over the PA system with the man himself appearing on stage. Triple H introduced the band and stood on the left side of the stage in clear view of the crowd for the entire 90-minute show. Stephanie was also there with Triple H, headbanging throughout the concert and "wearing way too short a skirt for a mother of two," according to the person in attendance. At one point, Stephanie jumped on stage to high five drummer Mikkey Dee. During their third song, Lemmy said, "I'd like to dedicate this next song from Motorizer to Triple H and his lovely wife." The song was "Rock Out," the theme for the Unforgiven pay-per-view. After the show was over, Triple H came on stage to take a final bow with the band." [Professional Wrestling Mania]
ASG, Year Long Disaster and Valient Thorr (but not the Misfits) rounded out the Volcom Tour bill. More pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Vivian Girls @ EVRFest

Vivian Girls @ EVRFest

Their new official video is below the pictures and above the tour dates...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Thomas Bartlett (Doveman)
Martha Wainwright @ Spiegelworld

Martha Wainwright
Martha Wainwright @ Spiegelworld

Martha Wainwright played Spiegelworld's Spiegeltent in NYC near the South Street Seaport last night (Sept 16). As usual, she was joined on stage by a cast of talented musicians - some friends, some relatives. Unlike usual, this show, entitled "Martha Wainwright sings Edith Piaf", was heavy on the Piaf covers. She said it was a rehearsal of sorts for a future recording. The setlist also included "Dis quand reviendras-tu?" by Barbara, a French folk song sung by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and a Josephine Baker song performed by Rufus. More pictures and the setlist below...

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a catch up post...

photos by Chris La Putt


Though the show was billed as just Tricky, I think his female counterparts deserve a little more credit. Veronika, who wrote the song of the same name on Tricky's new album Knowle West Boy, sang the female parts this time around. Unlike Fluxblog, the show exceeded my expectations. I have vague memories of bad times at Tricky shows in the past. No, Veronika isn't Martina Topley-Bird and she definitely faked her way through some notes and lyrics, but I still wasn't disappointed. The setlist was a good mix of old and new and I liked watching Tricky - I assume with the help of what he was smoking with his back to the crowd for a large majority of the show - go into a different place, especially during the extended, emotional encore. I also had a good spot right near the stage. I'm sure that helped a lot.

Check out our recent interview with Tricky if you haven't already. More pics and the setlist from the September 4th show (sorry for the delay) below...

Continue reading "Tricky & Veronika @ Irving Plaza, NYC - pics, setlist"

photos by Chris La Putt

East Village Radio Fest

For a guy just sitting there pressing buttons on his home-made lap-based contraption, Dan Friel manages to put on a super satisfying show. His music speaks for itself, and if you have a good view, you can try and figure out what he's doing. Tonight (9/16) he's at Cake Shop in NYC. Recently he played the side stage at the East Village Radio Fest by the South Street Seaport. More pictures from that and more dates below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

"Kelly Jones is Ace!" [Anon 1, today]

"If by 'Ace' you mean 'tosser' - yes he is!" [Anon 2, today]

"This brooding Welsh rock band is enormously popular in Britain, although it has never recreated that success in the United States." [NY Times, 2008]

"Stereophonics are the British equivalent of a H.O.R.D.E. tour band." [Pitchfork, 1999]

Stereophonics @ Webster Hall

Welsh rockers Stereophonics partied with George Clooney at Lake Como last week, say reports. Singer Kelly Jones and guitarist Richard Jones apparently spent the night with the Hollywood star before the red carpet premiere of his new movie Burn After Reading. According to The Sun, the band drank vintage wine at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo before visiting Clooney's villa.

"George is a massive fan of Stereophonics," said an insider. "He's followed them throughout their career and has always wanted to meet Kelly to tell him how much he loved their music. [Digital Spy]

Stereophonics played Webster Hall on Wednesday night (9/10). One night later Kelly Jones joined Paul Weller on stage at Nokia Theatre. More of the pictures Chris took at Webster Hall below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

ex-Vivian Girl, standing drummer Frankie Rose
Crystal Stilts

The Crystal Stilts are moody-sounding fuckers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop. Their mix-and-match post-punk ditties manage to sound both affected and effective at the same time; they're weirdly life-affirming and very fun. You want to dance when you hear them-- dance with a furrowed brow, maybe, but move around nonetheless. Singer Brad Hargett is from Brooklyn by way of Florida but sounds like he's from Manchester by way of Slough. The main thing I wonder when I listen to Crystal Stilts is why is it so hard to make exceptional garage-pop like this? [Pitchfork]
The Crystal Stilts played one of my favorite sets of the day on the side stage of the East Village Radio Festival on Sunday (9/7). Brad comes off like he doesn't care on stage, yet he draws you in and occasionaly gives a hint that he really is enjoying himself. His eyes roll back into his head, he does a little dance - it's hard not to watch what he'll do next even though he's barely doing anything. My biggest revelation was how much the Vivian Girls lost when Frankie their drummer decided to go full time with the Crystal Stilts. More pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Shahzad Ismaily & Ólöf Arnalds
Olof Arnalds

Ólöf Arnalds's set time was 2:30 at the East Village Radio Festival at South Street Seaport on Sunday (Sept 7). That's when I planned to get there, so naturally I arrived at 2:50. Luckily I was still able to catch a couple of her instantly-recognizable songs from her 2007 Sigur Ros-produced album Við og við.

The crowd watching her was small, and included many random passerbys including tourists and some homeless dudes with 40's (the crowd filled in later by the time the Vivian Girls took the stage). That didn't stop Olof from seeming excited to be there. She even introduced one of the songs with a story about her younger sister who she wrote the song for twelve years ago. The song urged her sister to be creative, and now at 20 years old, she was just accepted into graphic design school. She asked us to give her sister (who I don't think was in attendance) a hand. We all clapped for her sister.

Kind of an Icelandic Joanna Newsom, Ólöf has the kind of voice people either love or hate. The Seaport security guard in front of the stage definitely seemed to be in the latter category. I like it, but I didn't see enough of her live show to say she was amazing. That said, I never wanted to see Joanna Newsom perform outside, and Ólöf is probably also better off in a darker enclosed room with great acoustics. Luckily she is playing two such places before she goes home to Iceland.

Tonight she performs her entire album at a special show at (le) poisson rouge...

On September 9, Skuli Sverrisson and Olof Arnalds and will debut their respective albums, Seria and Vio og Vio in full at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Seen as brother and sister albums, each was voted Best Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland's biggest daily newspaper, Morgunblaoio. Olof played an important role on Skuli's album Seria, singing her own lyrics on three songs as well as playing guitar, viola, charango, koto, and glass. Skuli in turn was influential in bringing the various players together to make Olof's debut album, Vio og Vio.

With Skuli living in NYC and Olof in Reykjavik, the two have been unable to bring their albums together in the live domain. However, Olof's recent addition to the East Village Radio Festival lineup offered them one day (9/9) in their disparate tour schedules to make this happen. Joining them on stage for this historic show will be a glittering array of guests including Laurie Anderson, Peter Scherer, Okkyung Lee, Hilmar Jensson, Shahzad Ismaily, and Nico Muhly.

I don't know how she met all those cool Americans, but I do know that Nico Muhly is friends with Sam Amidon and that Sam and Shahzad Ismaily are both Doveman band members. If you haven't noticed already, that was also Shazad and Sam playing her at the Seaport, and Sam is billed to play solo at her 3rd NYC show next Tuesday in a church with Kria Brekken (who has a connection to Olof through Mum).

In June she opened for Sigur Ros and Bjork in Iceland. Shahzad also played with her at that show. Tour dates and more Seaport pics below...

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