Entries tagged with: DIIV
Parquet Courts @ 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, DIIV were to play with Guards and Fletcher C. Johnson at a "JanSport Bonfire Session" at Williamsburg's Havemeyer Park on Saturday (9/21) which is free but the RSVP is now closed. Whether or not this has anything to do with last weekend's incident on the way to Basilica Sound Scape, DIIV have dropped off the show. In their place is a band called "Parkay Quarts" which is the same way Parquet Courts are spelling their name on the cover of their forthcoming EP. Is this how they're spelling it now? Probably not if the Con Agra legal department has any say. Updated flyer for the Havemeyer Park show is below.
Parquet Courts (spelled like that) open for Pixies's sold-out show tonight (9/20) at Bowery Ballroom and will play an EP release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 2 with support from The Beets, Yuppies, and Future Punx. Tickets for that show are still available.
That EP, titled You've Got Me Wonderin' Now, is out October 8 and you can stream a track below.
DIIV at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Sky Ferreira were arrested late Friday night in Saugerties, NY after a traffic stop. Smith was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all of which are misdemeanors. Ferreira was charged with misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. From The Daily Freeman's police blotter (via P4k):
Officers stopped a 1990 Ford pickup truck with New Jersey registration after the driver made several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Police said a registration check showed the license plates on the truck were stolen and the driver, Smith, was wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin, police said. Police said Ferreira, a passenger in the truck, was found in possession of Ecstasy and resisted arrest. Smith and Ferreira were arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail -- Smith in lieu of $2,500 bail and Ferreira in lieu of $1,500 bail.Smith and Ferreira were out in time for DIIV to play Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday, where Ferreira joined the band to cover Cat Power's "Nude as the News" which you can watch a bit of below.
by Andrew Sacher
blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)
When I was 8 years old I first heard "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and I still credit that as the moment I realized music was important to me. Before that I had known my parents' classic rock records (many of which I fully appreciated years later) and '90s boy band-era pop, but something about those perfect power chords, speedy tempos, and blunt lyrics was different than all of that other stuff, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It led me to the "punk" section of my local CD store, which in turn began my hunt to eventually discover everything I listen to today (in fact, blink-182's cover of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Freak Scene" is the first time I ever heard that song). Forget nostalgia, this is an important, milestone band. And yet, for one reason or another, I never got the chance to see them. Until last night (9/11). At Music Hall of fucking Williamsburg.
Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard conversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw. And of all bands, Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV opened the show. Cole told the crowd that blink-182 was the first song he ever learned on guitar, and Mark Hoppus could be spotted watching the band from the balcony. You might remember that he's openly a fan.
And the actual show was honestly great. Of course somewhere inside of me the preteen me was like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'M SINGING EVERY FUCKING WORD TO 'ALL THE SMALL THINGS' LIKE TWENTY FEET FROM THE GUYS WHO WROTE IT," but it was a good show beyond nostalgic value. Travis was a maniac behind the kit as usual, Mark still runs around stage like he's 23, and Tom doesn't, but he's at least sounding great these days, which wasn't always the case in Blink's post-breakup period. And all the songs were good. Even the Neighborhoods songs were good. If you had walked in that room, knowing nothing of blink-182's fame, polished production, or goofiness, and saw the whole place going nuts with the band ripping through "Josie," you'd swear you just found the greatest new rock band. Until someone told you that song came out over a dozen years before Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids began doing a similar thing.
Proceeds from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases," as will the t-shirt sales of Red Bull Records-signed opener New Beat Fund. Check out pictures of blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre, and if you're in Chicago, catch them at Riot Fest this weekend. The setlist from MHOW below...
DIIV at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Jansport and Noisey are teaming up for their fifth and final JanSport Bonfire Session (which also included the Divine Fits/Japandroids show at SXSW), set to take place in NYC at Williamsburg's temporary community space Havemeyer Park on September 21 (between S3/S4 & Wythe/Kent) with three NYC artists: shoegazey rockers DIIV, anthemic popsters Guards, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson. The show is free and RSVP is required, but it doesn't guarantee entry so get there early. 21+. Flyer and streams from all three artists below.
Havemeyer Park is also the same location that Nitehawk Outdoors is bringing free screenings and music to, the next one being Tuesday (9/10).
DIIV is also playing NYC this week as an opener for blink-182 at MHOW on Wednesday (9/11). Sold out.
Flyer and streams below...
photo by Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan Instagram
Still underway as I type this, the two-day Captured Tracks Festival happening this Labor Day Weekend at The Well in Bushwick featured a very special set on Sunday by a label supergroup dubbed Shitfather, featuring Cole Smith (Diiv), Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing) and Mac DeMarco. That's them pictured above.
They did two songs by Cleaners from Venus ("Only a Shadow" and "Victoria Grey") whose records have been reissued on CT, brought out a couple of the Craft Spells guys for two of their songs, covered The Wake's "Pale Spectre" (with Cole dressed in drag as Charli from Blouse) and then did two Blank Dogs songs ("Setting Fire to Your House," "Tin Birds").
More about the whole fest later, but you can check out video of "Pale Spectre" and "Tin Birds" from Sunday, plus one of Mac DeMarco playing "Rock and Roll Nightclub" on Saturday at the Well (the first day of the fest), below...
The most intimate one happens in Brooklyn on September 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets for that one go on AmEx presale today at noon. All proceeds will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases." And since we last spoke, Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV were added to this one.
And tickets for their larger (but still small for their standards) show in NJ at Starland Ballroom (9/10) go on
AmEx presale today at 9 AM. Proceeds from this one will support "Sandy Relief as well as cancer and diabetes research and treatment." You may remember that Starland Ballroom recently reopened after facing damages from Sandy.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]
Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.
Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...
photos by James Richards IV
Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE
We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.
by Bill Pearis
No Joy @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We didn't figure No Joy would come down from Canada for Pitchfork's Basilica Sound Scape festival in September and not play at least a NYC show. It turns out, however, they've plotted a whole tour. That does indeed include an NYC show: Mercury Lounge on September 17. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
If you haven't checked out No Joy's latest album, Wait to Pleasure, yet it does a great job of blending the heavy and ethereal. You can stream it via Spotify.
Meanwhile, Basilica Festival (September 13-14) has announced it's full line-up which includes additions like Julianna Barwick, Teengirl Fantasy, Malang Djobateh, artist Genevieve White, and a reading from Peter Sotos. Tickets are still available and you can check out the full line-up below.
No Joy tour dates are listed, along with Basilica Sound Scape flyer and line-up, below...
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
DIIV / Charli XCX / DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo's inaugural hip hop Superjam--an R&B/rap counterpart to the festival's long-running, rock-dominated all-star jam sessions--was an uninhibited, messy rager for still-partying night owls at the Tennessee music fest. Paul McCartney might have been the Friday night highlight, but if you wanted to dance, this was the show to see.Bonnaroo 2013 is definitely in the record books already, and we've posted a set of pictures from Day 2 (6/14) big names Paul McCartney, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, and Jim James. But there was other stuff going on that Friday as well, including sets from Calexico, Big K.R.I.T, Charli XCX, Glen Hansard, DIIV, Amadou & Mariam, and the hip hop "Superjam" featuring RZA, Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo (Neptunes/NERD) and more. Photos from those acts are in this post.
The slickest and sickest set came from Solange, who enraptured the crowd with a funky, lovely cover of the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly." She also sang the hook on surprise guest Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele single "Cherchez La Ghost" and covered "Umi Says," an uplifting jam from Mos Def's solo debut. - [Fuse]
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.
Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.
What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?
I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]
In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.
Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.
Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.
Pig Destroyer at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may remember from last summer that Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY began hosting live music, like the Basilica Music Festival and a Grimes show, and the festival (co-presented by Pitchfork) is set to return this year, only now it's called BasilicaSoundScape.
This year's festival happens from September 13-15 with sets from PIg Destroyer (9/13), Cass McCombs, DIIV (9/14), and more TBA. Tickets for the fest go on sale today (6/28) at 5 PM. Head to the festival's site for more info.
Cass McCombs also just released a new song, "Morning Star," which you can watch the video for here.
Basilica Sound Scape flyer below...
DIIV at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Bonnaroo began today (6/13) (and begins streaming on Friday), and unfortunately there's already been some mishaps. And now we just found out that Earl Sweatshirt had to drop off the festival (via Pitchfork). He tweeted, "To everyone at bonnaroo: im sorry i cant make it im really really fucking sick but i will make it up to tennessee as soon as i possibly can." This means his 4 PM set on Friday and his appearance at the hip hop Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo and more (Friday at midnight) are both cancelled.
Meanwhile, today's weather caused DIIV's flight out of NYC to be cancelled, and they've now moved their set (which would have been today at 4 PM) to Friday at 4 PM, when Earl would have played.
Hopefully the weather doesn't mess up too much else. If you're already down there, maybe consider checking out some of the other interesting stuff besides the big names too.
Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed)
We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:
Converse Represent series in San FranciscoThe only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.
Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's
JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest
JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies
JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch
JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
As mentioned, the Weezer Cruise is returning in 2014 from February 13-17 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, and the lineup for the 2014 cruise has just been announced. Like the inaugural cruise, the lineup is heavy on solid indie rock/pop, including Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash (who appeared on the Angus Soundtrack with Weezer), Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, The Orwells, and more. It also includes Adam Devine from Workaholics. Cat Power performs with Weezer at the beach show, and the cruise will also give concertgoers a chance to see the band members take yoga classes, do karaoke, and more.
In related news, Toro y Moi just remixed Disclosure, which we posted in today's What's Going On? post, but if you missed it, you can also stream it below.
photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis
DIIV / LODRO @ Mercury Lounge, 5/11/2013
It was the kind of line-up you might see at Shea Stadium or 285 Kent, but Brooklyn crossed the bridge on Saturday night for the Downtown Music Festival on Saturday night (5/11). Well some of its bands did at least, specifically DIIV, LODRO, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick -- for a show at Mercury Lounge. Fresh off their tour with How to destroy angels_, DIIV played the small-for-them Houston venue, cranking out their well-honed whirling sound. The band have a few festival dates lined up and those are listed below.
LODRO are are starting to rival DIIV for sheer number of locals shows played in a given week, and its clearly working as their claustrophobic blues has already come into its own a mere four months since the band's first live show. (And as DIIV showed, playing all the time helps.) You can catch them tonight (5/13) at Knitting Factory as part of the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with headliners Foxygen as well as Amen Dunes and Prince Rupert's Drops. That show is only $3 at the door (no advance tickets) and doors are at 7 PM (which is what time I start DJing). I you haven't seen their new video, which we premiered on Friday, you can watch that below.
The night started with sets from Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick. Saturday night's other DTF offerings included Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom and we've got more coverage of the fest's maiden voyage still to come. For now, check out more Mercury Lounge pics below.
DIIV at Apollo last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Austin festival Chaos in Tejas further expands their lineup with the addition of some notable names across many different genres. Among those announced today: Wolf Eyes, Morbosidad, Antwon, Deep Time, DIIV, Roc Marciano, Meyhem Lauren, and many many more. Full listing of artists is below, and tickets are still available for the fest and individual shows.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
How to destroy angels_ at The Apollo - 4/29/13
Trent Reznor's band How to destroy angels_ brought their tour with DIIV in NYC last night (4/29) at The Apollo after hitting Coachella, Chicago, Montclair, NJ, and other cities. Like on their other dates, the band was complemented by elaborate on-stage visuals, and you can see pictures of the spectacle in this post.
How to destroy angels_ wrap up their tour tonight (4/30) at The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD. It won't be too long until they return to the stage though, because How to destroy angels_, along with Trent's other band Nine Inch Nails, were both just announced for Asheville's Mountain Oasis Festival. More pictures and the setlist from the Apollo below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Htda_ @ Wellmont Theatre, 4/28/2013
How to destroy angels_ made their debut in the NYC area last night (4/28) at Wellmont Theatre as their tour made its way east after Coachella (they hit Chicago along the way too). Trent Reznor, for the most part, took a backseat during the show, letting his wife Mariqueen Maandig's sultry vocals take the spotlight. Though, really, they all took a backseat to Htda_'s elaborate stage setup that had the band playing the first part of their set behind a curtain of illuminated cords to dramatic visual effect. DIIV, who continue to tighten their live show, opened (and have done so the whole tour). Htda_ and DIIV play NYC proper tonight (4/29) at the legendary Apollo Theatre, which is sold out.
More pictures from Wellmont and the Htda_ setlist below...
Kendrick Lamar at SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
A whole bunch of other tickets just went on sale too.
Day-by-day schedule for Downtown Music Festival below...
TEEN @ Glasslands. Sept. 2013 (more by Courtney Dudley)
The Downtown Music Festival happens in two weeks (May 10 - 11) at NYC venues on or below Houston St. A few artists have been added to the fest's line-up: Nguzunguzu, Antwon, TEEN, Branchez, Mess Kid, Jade <3 & Blind Benny, Anais Mitchell, Crush Distance and Nire & Nani. Tickets (single day and two-day passes, and VIP passes) are still available.
The festival has also announced the daily line-ups, so we now know things like that Black Hippy and Fat Tony will be playing at Capitale on Friday night (5/10); Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon will be at Element on Friday; and Ratking, Black Dave, Vashtie, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire and Jade <3 & Blind Benny will be at Tammany Hall on Saturday night (5/11), to name a few. Check out the full schedule below.
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...
Autre Ne Veut at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year, including NYC from May 10 to 11 across various LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more.
In addition to the previously announced lineup of Black HIppy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Palma Violets, Teengirl Fantasy, and others; more acts have just been added. Those new acts include Andrewy Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Autre Ne Veut, Guards, Ryan Hemsworth, Port St. Willow, Kilo Kish, Ratking, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Vashtie, Fat Tony, d'Eon and Kingdom (playing with Kelela, who sang a song on the Teengirl Fantasy album last year and sings a song on the new Kingdom EP this year, which you can listen to below).
photos by Debi Del Grande
Hdta @ Fox Theater 4/10/2013
One could sense the electricity in the air when the lights dimmed at the Fox. The curtain finally pulled back to reveal streams of electric lights four sheets deep as Alessandro Cortini, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor and Rob Sheridan worked in the shadows conjuring up the opening notes of "The Wake-Up."Everyone is gearing up for the madness that is Coachella, which especially true for the bands. Case in point, How to destroy angels_ and DIIV, who teamed up to play The Fox in Pomona, CA last night (4/10) before their respective appearances in the desert. For their first ever live performance, Trent Reznor and crew played through incandescent cords that stretched the entire height of the stage, performing tracks from Welcome Oblivion. Due to the XL stage production of the HTDA gang, DIIV performed in front of it, using the giant stage curtain as a backdrop.
How to Destroy Angels refer to themselves as a collective with all members contributing equally to their visual and auditory aesthetic. They recently added Cortini to their live band to help take on some bass guitar duties as well as extra synthesizer wizardry. All the members were hunkered over their work stations and grooved in time to the snarling synthesizer bass of "Keep It Together." - [OC Weekly]
After Coachella, the Htda_ tour heads this way, playing two NYC area shows on April 28 at Wellmont Theatre (tickets) and April 29 at Apollo Theatre (sold out). More pictures from Fox Theater, as well as the Htda_ setlist, are below.