Entries tagged with: Chris La Putt

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Odeath on a roof

Odeath on a roof

Not all of the "Rooftop Films" are actually on roofs. Last night (June 12, 2008) the show happened in the field at a high school right next to McCarren Park. The musical guest O'Death played for about 30 minutes. Then there were a whole bunch of short movies. A.R.E. Weapons plays one in Manhattan tonight. More pictures from last night below....

Continue reading "O'Death @ Automotive High School, Brooklyn, NY (part of the Rooftop Film series) (but not on a roof)"

Nicole Atkins @ Highline Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
Nicole Atkins

June 14 - Shakespeare
June 17 - Nicole Atkins & The Sea, Salt & Samovar
June 21 - Summer Solstice Celebration

These are being added to the free show calendar as we speak.

words & photos by Chris La Putt

Alex Battles

Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves, and The Sadies were the free entertainment at the second day of the Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park on Sunday (June 8, 2008). Yes, the main focus at the "block party" was food, but we were there for the music.

Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion (pictured above) played first, and they showed Manhattan some impressive Brooklyn country music with a tinge of humor. They were clever enough to write a song about bbq and tea in just a day, and ballsy enough to pull it off on stage. Sadly, this was my first time seeing this band, but it will definitely be not the last. Check them out on Friday as they record a live show at Hill Country.

Continue reading "The Sadies, Eli Paperboy Reed & Alex Battles in a park - pics"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt

Opeth @ Terminal 5

"If you don't like the Scorpions, get the fuck outta here"

Mikael Åkerfeldt made clear where he drew the line during the break between songs at night one (May 21) of Opeth's two night stay at Terminal 5 - part of the "Progressive Nation" tour. The band ripped through their hour long set, drawing from from each of their last four albums as well as their new one on deck, Watershed (due June 3rd). Look for the setlist below.

What the band lacked in live energy and on-stage movement was made up in spades when it came to effortless, buttery-smooth execution. Even Åkerfeldt's unholy death growl seemed second nature as he slid from his satiny singing voice and back again.

Although Peter Lindgren was missed, new guitarist Fredrik Åkesson (ex-Arch Enemy, Krux, Talisman) ably traded leads with lone original member Akerfeldt. I think he'll be just fine.

Overall, Akerfeldt and his horror-movie-voice-over voice kept inter-song banter witty, funny, and inconsequential except for one tasty nugget of info:

"We will take a break for the summer and then be back for a North American tour in September"
Dream Theater headlined both shows that also had Between the Buried & Me and 3 on the bill. Setlists and photos of all four bands (from night two - May 22), below.....

Continue reading "Opeth (+Dream Theater/3/BTBAM) @ Terminal 5, NYC - pics"

photos & words by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins
Medical Marijuana Benefit

Looking at the list of celebrities in this lineup made me very confused, but by the end of the night (May 14, 2008) I understood why they support the cause of medical marijuana.

The benefit was actually an effort to protect seriously ill patients who use medical marijuana in New York. Incidentally, the host committee and the guest list was made up of a number of Libertarians, Conservative Party members, as well as a handful of Republicans. State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R) was awarded for his continued effort in pushing this through NY legislation. I was disappointed though - he didn't actually accept the award himself. His Director of Public Affairs in NYC, Lisa Black, accepted it on his behalf because he had other business to attend to.

Montel Williams
Medical Marijuana Benefit

Comedian Steve Marshall was the mc of the benefit that included an appearance by my favorite all-time MTV heroes/Libertarians Kurt Loder. Kurt took the stage and started by rattling off a number of statistics on medical marijuana. Up next, talk show host and Montel Williams gave an impassioned speech on legalizing medical marijuana and how much it helps with the pain for those seriously ill. Williams himself is afflicted with multiple sclerosis. He gave an award to Joel Peacock, a member of the Conservative Party who has been leading the fight to gain medical marijuana after a debilitating car accident in 2001 caused him excruciating pain. Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas introduced the only musical act of the evening,Nicole Atkins and the Sea (Nicole is also a fan of medical magic mushrooms). John Stossel closed the evening by telling everyone that he wants to legalize every form of drugs on the planet (well not really, but it was close to it).

More pictures from the night below....

Continue reading "Medical Marijuana benefit @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - pics"

photos by Chris La Putt

Duffy @ the Apollo

Welsh soul singer Duffy has been dubbed the Princess of Wails by leading US newspaper the Wall Street Journal.

The paper says Duffy's concert at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem next Monday last night is part of the American debut of the 23-year-old, whose take on the Motown sound has made her a hit in Britain and across Europe.

"Duffy is part of a trend in pop music: the retooling of classic American soul by young British women. In that category the unrivaled champion is Amy Winehouse, whose multiplatinum album, Back to Black, spawned five Grammys and was critically hailed for its hip, horn-stabbed sound. But even as Ms. Winehouse has been showered with awards for her work, her career has been sullied by personal and legal troubles.

"As for the comparisons to Ms. Winehouse, Duffy's representatives are confident they will fade as Duffy's profile rises on the radio and with TV appearances next week on Live With Regis & Kelly, Ellen and Late Night With Conan O'Brien." [NewsWales]

The pictures in this post are from the Apollo show last night (May 12, 2008). Duffy also recently played Leno and Coachella. Today she'll be at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square. More Apollo pictures below....

Continue reading "Duffy @ the Apollo Theater, NYC (pics) ++ Virgin show today"

photos & words by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay @ Joes Pub

Nellie McKay played two shows at Joe's Pub in NYC yesterday (April 1, 2008) (and another NYC show the day before that) (and she has even more coming up). I had tickets to the late show, but almost didn't go due to the freak rain storm. I don't know why I was so hesitant on going. I always enjoy myself at a Nellie shows, and last night ended up being no different. I got to the show around the start time of 11:30 thinking that she would be on time for once. No dice. She was half an hour late for the 9:30 show, so we got pushed back to midnight, but it wasn't that much of a hassle. We were finally let in as the audience from earlier show (David Byrne included) were letting out.

The show started and I saw two video cameras filming. I discovered later that they were a team of Canadian film makers doing a documentary on the ukulele, and that they decided to film Nellie playing one. I thought it was an April Fools joke at first, but it wasn't, and she ended up playing more songs than usual on the little instrument. She was quirky as usual, and the audience loved it. For the crowd favorite "Zombie," she brought in a couple of her friends (pictured) to act while she sang. That was definitely the highlight of the evening for me. More photos below.....

Continue reading "Nellie McKay @ Joe's Pub (late show), NYC - pics"

photos & video by Chris La Putt

Norah Jones @ Living Room

As you know, The Living Room has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary with some special shows night after night since March 19th. And as promised, Norah Jones showed up. It happened last night (March 31) around midnight which was right around the time John Vanderslice and St Vincent were finishing up right next door at Pianos......

Continue reading "The Little Willies, Norah Jones & friends @ the Living Room - pics & video"

photos by Chris La Putt

DRive By Truckers

Drive by Truckers played Terminal 5 in NYC last night (March 26, 2008). More photos below....

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photos by Chris La Putt

Magnetic Fields @ Town Hall

Verbally meticulous, restrained and constitutionally glum, the songwriter Stephin Merritt is no one's idea of a rocker -- apparently not even his own. His band the Magnetic Fields usually performs in a quiet acoustic lineup. So "Distortion" (Nonesuch), their latest album, was a surprise, since its songs are awash in guitar discord over a big beat. Would the Magnetic Fields plug in and rock out for their four-night stand at Town Hall?

On Thursday night the answer was no. [NY Times]

The Magnetic Fields played their fourth of four shows in a row at Town Hall last night (Feb 24). These pictures from are from the February 22nd performance. More photos & stuff below....

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GZA @ Studio B, NYC - Feb 1, 2008 (Chris La Putt)
GZA @ Studio B

Spank Rock never showed up to that show. Check out the heated comments section for more like the quote above.

Now it's RZA's turn to play Studio B......this Friday, and it's free...

Continue reading "RZA playing Studio B (free), GZA did, Spank Rock didn't"

photos by Chris La Putt

Stella Hosted, Nina Persson, Alberta Cross, OK Go & Joan as Policewoman played

Shudder to Think setlist

Get Up and Vote

Paul Rudd also showed up at the event. More photos & videos below...

Continue reading "Shudder To Think reunited @ Get Up & Vote @ Bowery"