Entries tagged with: Escort
Those in need of something a little different for Valentine's Day this year might want to consider attending the fourth annual "Valentine's Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute" which happens at Joe's Pub on February 13. (You don't even have to go out on V-day). The event is put on by singer/performer Xavier (who's collaborated with Scissor Sisters, New Power Generation and others), and also features appearances by Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), vocal performance artist Adam Matta, Del Marquis (Scissor Sisters), Escort's Adeline Michele and more.
Tickets are on sale now.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Prince at SXSW 2013 (more by John Sciulli)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Prince @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Prince never slows down, having spent most of 2013 playing epic-length shows and releasing a series of digital singles that found him regaining some creative juice (and his classic sound). Tonight's the first of three holiday shows he's got lined up at Mohegan Sun.
Patti Smith @ The Space at Westbury
The Godmother of Punk still lives up to that title, delivering fantastic sets that span her almost-4-decade-long career which includes a number of stone cold classics. As usual, she's celebrating the end of the year in her hometown of NYC with Webster Hall shows on Sunday and Monday, which are sold out, but she's also in Long Island tonight.
The Bouncing Souls, Laura Stevenson, The Brigantines, Molly and the Zombies @ The Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls are on night 2 of their four-night 'Home for the Holidays' shows at home state venue The Stone Pony tonight. Like every night, there's three openers, all chosen by The Souls, and there's two especially notable ones tonight, including singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and a mysterious band called Molly and the Zombies. We're not sure who they are, but we couldn't help but notice that Bouncing Souls pal Brian Fallon has been really obsessed with zombies lately, and that his band The Gaslight Anthem seem to think this band is cool. It's not The Gaslight Anthem themselves though.
H2O, Youth Brigade, Cruel Hand, ShitKill, Angel Dust @ Gramercy Theatre
If you're not headed to the Bouncing Souls tonight but still need a stacked bill of punk, Gramercy Theatre is your place. NYC's H2O not long ago wrapped up a tour supporting Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory, but a smaller headlining show is a much better way to see them. Plus LA punk vets Youth Brigade (who opened for Bouncing Souls last night) are hanging around the area for this show too.
GWAR, Battlecross, Iron Reagan @ Irving Plaza
Nothing says the holidays like the mutant warthog from Hell metal of GWAR. Who knows what antics they'll have cooked up for this week.
Clutch, Into Another, Empire Escorts, Mike Dillon Band @ Starland Ballroom
Stoner rock greats Clutch have an upcoming New Year's Eve show in NYC, but if you wanna catch them sooner than that, you can head to NJ tonight. Also of note on this bill and the NYE one is reunited post-hardcore vets Into Another.
Psychic TV, Heliotropes, House of Blondes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It will be more like A Night Bizarre this weekend when Genesis P. Orridge and crew headline this free shopping/eating/minigolfing space. Having made everything from pure noise, pysch-pop, acid house and everything in between -- this year's Paramartha rattles around ambient blues dirges -- who knows what to expect.
Zedd, Classixx, Alvin Risk, Tommie Sunshine @ Pier 94
Russian-German electronic producer Zedd headlines this big show, but we're partial to the poptronics of Classixx, whose album this year was a lot of fun.
John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
The Stone's founder and artistic director John Zorn is in the midst of his annual Improv Week which is a benefit for the venue. Tonight features Uri Gurvich (sax), Eyal Maoz (guitar), Ron Anderson (guitar), Chris Cochrane (guitar), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Ikue Mori (electronics), Shanir Blumenkranz (bass), Michael Nicolas (cello), Don McKenzie (drums) and Zorn himself on sax.
The Front Bottoms, HmfO: A Hall and Oates Tribute The Bynars @ Bowery Ballroom
Before The Front Bottoms ring in the new year and head out on an extensive tour in January, the NJ folk punks will squeeze in two last NYC shows of 2013 (both sold out). Tonight's is at Bowery Ballroom, and tomorrow's is at the far more intimate Shea Stadium (and that one doubles as a BV holiday party).
Escort, Exmag, Mun & Special Guests @ BB King's
Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort open for the jammy Disco Biscuits at their New Year's run at Best Buy Theater tonight, but after that they head to BB King's for the afterparty which they'll headline. Special guests are promised.
Valerie June, Michael Daves ft. Jen Larson @ Highline Ballroom
Valerie June is a newcomer with a hell of a voice, and it's no surprise that the powerhouse singer is quickly moving up in the world. Tonight's Highline Ballroom show is her largest headlining gig in NYC yet.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.
Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.
Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...
The Movement Electronic Music Festival is returning to Detroit's Hart Plaza from May 24-26 in 2014. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Action Bronson, Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, Simian Mobile Disco, Metro Area, The Martinez Brothers, Terrence Dixon, Escort, Carl Craig, Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Speedy J and Lucy's US debut of their collaborative Zeitgeber project, and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full initial lineup and the trailer video for the fest, below...
Smif n Wessun are playing Mercury Lounge on December 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/08) at noon.
Dropkick Murphys and Lucero are going on a St. Patrick's Day tour that hits NJ on March 10 at Starland Ballroom and Long Island on March 11 at The Paramount. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (11/8) and there's a venue presale for the Paramount show starting Thursday (11/7) at 10 AM. No NYC date on this tour at the moment, but Lucero will be in NYC this Friday (11/8) at Terminal 5 for a show with Titus Andronicus and The Menzingers. Tickets to that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.
The Front Bottoms' upcoming BV-presented show in NYC is sold out, but they just announced a tour with You Blew It! that comes to the area for a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North. Tickets for that entire tour, including the LI show, are on sale now.
Escort and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing The Bell House on November 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Another Brooklyn band, Escort headlines the similarly sized Bowery Ballroom on August 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (7/3) at noon.
Silversun Pickups play a Long Island show on August 7 at The Paramount two days after their other NYC-area show at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for the Paramount and the Capitol Theatre are available.
People Get Ready are playing Knitting Factory on August 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Escort at MHOW in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Brooklyn 17-piece disco orchestra Escort returned this week with the new single "Barbarians," and if you've been digging the new Daft Punk album, this single takes its inspiration from a very similar place. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Escort play a hometown show TONIGHT (5/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support at tonight's show comes from Lady Miss Kier (DJ), Tippy Toes, Leverage Models, and JKriv (DJ). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Song stream below...
Tickets for the Depeche Mode shows at Barclays Center and Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre with Bat for Lashes go on general sale Saturday (4/6) at 10 AM. Meanwhile, many presales have been going on, incuding the LiveNation mobile and venue presale, which starts today at 10 AM. The password for the Facebook Presale is "DELTA." Other passwords to try for other presales include "SHOWERS" and "MACHINE."
Tickets to see The Official XXL Freshman Live Concert with Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travis Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.
Escort is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Jake Bugg is playing Webster Hall on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Ani DiFranco is playing Town Hall on November 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Fitz & The Tantrums are playing Irving Plaza on June 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Pokey LaFarge is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine is playing Bowery Ballroom on July 3. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Bad Veins and Born Cages are playing Mercury Lounge on May 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Anders & Kendall and Chris Mills is playing Mercury Lounge on May 29. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Escort w/ Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, WFC 8/25/2012
This year's Ecstatic Summer Festival, which paired more traditional bands with composers and avant-garde musicians, came to a close on Saturday (8/25) at World Financial Center Plaza with a performance from NY's disco-loving Escort and Canadian jazz ensemble Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. The bands did separate sets, but joined together with strings and horns, it made for a highly-orchestrated disco blowout to finish the season.
More pictures from Saturday night's show are below...
The Death Set is playing Cameo on November 6 with Deathface. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are playing Beacon Theater on November 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort is playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Slackers play a Christmas show at The Bell House on December 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Electric Guest is heading out with No on a tour which brings both bands to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on October 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Nouvelle Vague are playing Irving Plaza on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, you can also catch Araabmuzik playing a free NYC show on Monday (8/20) at East River Park with Teengirl Fantasy, Flosstradamus, and Nick Hook.
Trey Anastasio is playing Beacon Theater on October 26 and The Capitol Theater on October 28. Tickets for the Beacon Theater show go on sale Thursday (8/23) at 11 AM. Tickets for the Cap show are on sale now.
Boys Noize Live hit Roseland Ballroom on November 30. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, we're giving away tickets to the upcoming Craig Ferguson show.
Now we really know what's going on. The CBGB Festival is happening July 5 - 8 at some 30 venues across the city, with over 300 bands participating, including the previously mentioned free Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Cloud Nothings show at Summerstage (which now also includes The War on Drugs), the The Baseball Project and Craig Finn at City Winery, L.A. Guns at Highline, the Cro Mags, Sick of it All, Vision of Disorder, Absolution, and Sal Naim show at Webster Hall, and D Generation's Bowery Electric show. Newly added artists include Rocket from the Tombs, MEN, PS I Love You, Reggie Watts, Gary Lucas, Weekend, and more TBA. The full list of currently confirmed artists is below.
It's also a film festival with both new and classic rock films/docs, including the world premiere of The Rise and Fall of The Clash, plus American Hardcore, Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements, The Dead Boys - Live at CBGB/OMFUG 1977, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Kurt Cobain About a Son, The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 and more.
In addition, they've added a CMJ/SXSW-like music industry conference with panels/workshops concerning the music industry, independent artists, and a CBGB "Tales from the Club" panel each day. All conferences take place at the Sunshine Cinema and East Village Cinema. The festival also closes with the "distilled spirits fest" at Beekman Beer Garden on July 8.
There are variety of badges available too, from music and film showcase badges to one that get you into everything (or potentially at least...badges don't guarantee admission). The press release we got claims badges have been on sale since May 7 but this is the first we've heard about it. Regardless, early bird prices on music showcase badges is $69 and runs through May 31. It jumps to $79 if you buy before July 4 and walk-up badges once the fest starts are $89. Film fest badges are $99/$159/$219 for earlybird/regular/walk-up. You can also get a music conference badge which gains you entry to the showcases, workshops, and panels, and a music/film combo badge which gains you entry to all of that plus the film screenings. Full details on the vast array of CBGB Festival badge options are at their website. What this means to people who already bought tickets to individual shows already but want a badge too, we're not sure.
A list of all confirmed bands, films, conferences, and participating venues is below.
tUnE-yArDs at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Indie/classical festival Ecstatic Music Festival has expanded and now includes a free summer concert series called Ecstatic Summer, which is part of the River to River Festival and will happen at the World Financial Center. The first show will is June 30 with Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), 8-piece vocal group Roomful of Teeth, composer William Britelle, and The Yehudim. Roomful of Teeth will be performing compositions by Merrill Garbus and William Britelle, and in addition Merrill will be playing some tUnE-yArDs material as well.
The second show is on July 14 with Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin), composer David Lang, and A Far Cry Orchestra. The show will include some re-arrangements of Oneohtrix Point Never material.
The third show is on August 25 and will feature Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort collaborating with the equally large Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. They'll play new work in addition to interpretations of each other's existing work.
Speaking of tUnE-yArDs, their tour comes to NYC next month for a previously mentioned show at Terminal 5 on June 1 with Micachu and the Shapes and Delicate Steve. Tickets are still available. The video for "My Country" is below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Hall & Oates & Peelander-Z - in Prospect Park (5/20/2012)
Unlike Chris (who took these pictures), I didn't get to the Nethermead until 5pm, but what I saw was consistent with reports that the second day of GoogaMooga was free of a lot of the kinks experienced on Saturday. Lines were shorter on Sunday, there was more food, there were maybe a few less people, and everyone just generally seemed to be having a great time. Conversations on the first day were all about how long you had to wait to get something. Conversations on the second day seemed to be more about how much better things were, and how awesome it was to hear Hall & Oates play 80 minutes of hits in a huge park on a beautiful day to thousands of people, many of whom were dancing and singing along. Sure there were still lines for popular items, but nothing like the day before, and there were a lot less of them (would you agree?).
Other highlights of Sunday's free but ticketed event included a memorable performance by colorful punks Peelander-Z (whose red member can be seen flying over a porta-potty in one of the pictures above), a rocking set of Led Zeppelin tunes by Lez Zeppelin, soul by both Charles Bradley and Fitz & the Tantrums, another hour ExtraMooga Q&A session by the extremely entertaining, even to vegans, Anthony Bourdain who went into detail on his opinions of vegetarians at the request of one audience member (Anthony appears live in Brooklyn again at BAM on June 9), and an ExtraMooga night-closing Big Gay Ice Cream Dance Party complete with a DJ, alien dancer things, drag queens, free ice and ice cream, and scantily clad stilt workers (also ExtraMooga only).
The plan seems to be to bring GoogaMooga back in 2013 (hopefully next time with more vegan options), so stay tuned. More pictures from Sunday in Prospect Park, below...
"The Festival will feature two stages of music per day, both located in the Nethermead Meadow. More artists to be announced. Performances start at noon and end at 8:30 pm on Saturday. Performances start at noon and end at 7:30 pm on Sunday." Announced music lineup for the two day Prospect Park food and music festival, below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Escort at MHOW in February (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Brooklyn's 17-piece disco orchestra Escort are releasing their self titled debut full length on November 15 on their own Escort Records. The album features the single "All Through The Night," which you can watch the video for below. Also below is the album's artwork and tracklist.
Escort are having a record release party at Cameo Gallery on November 18, where they'll be DJing along with other DJ sets by Prince Language and Darshan Jersani. They're also playing a live performance of the album at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17 with Midnight Magic and DJ sets by Sean B and Will Automatgic of Spank, who is presenting the show. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now.
All dates, video, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Music Hall of Williamsburg turned into a disco Saturday night (2/27). Live sets were performed Escort and Midnight Magic. DJ sets came from Sean B and Will Automagic of Spank. Pictures from that show are in this post, and they continue below...
"One year after their incredible performance at Celebrate Brooklyn, Escort are assembling their 17 piece disco orchestra for a rare live appearance at Le Poisson Rouge. And the rumors are true: they've completed their highly anticipated full-length album, which they'll be playing live for the first time in its entirety. The night will also feature sets by some of the city's most beloved DJs: Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area, DJ Druzz of the Rapture, and Prince Language (No Comprendo, Negroclash). Dress to sweat. This is a general admission, standing event. [Le Poisson Rouge]Doors are at 10:30pm (LPR loves late shows on weekdays), tonight (Wednesday), May 12th (Prince Language, DJ Druzz of The Rapture, and Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area are also on the bill). Escort's awesome Muppet video and the flyer below...
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Ghostland Observatory @ All Points West - Day 3 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last week in dance it seemed like there was even more than usual going on. While I missed what looked like a typically awesome night of deejaying from A-Trak & co. at Webster Hall on Friday I made it out to the Tribeca Grand Saturday night to see Dirty Sound System. Unfortunately the dirty duo did not live up to my perhaps too high expectations after seeing their French partner in crime, Pilooski, kill it back in May. They played some tracks I was happy to hear out...Tiga's "Shoes", the Pilooski edit of Elvis' "Crawfish"...I was even glad to hear Dolly Parton's "Jolene". However, after an hour of many classic pop tracks, with very little mixing (which I anticipated but was hoping wasn't true for the pair who refer to themselves as "more selectors than traditionnal dj's") I was left a little disappointed, hoping for something a little more left field.
Luckily by the time they started letting people in and I got to All Points West on Sunday, things had turned around. Mogwai (who I'd never heard before) sounded great from the beer garden and Ghostland Observatory, who former Week In Dance writer David Bruno had urged me to check out years ago, lived up to the hype. What was already a great night ended on an even better note, with everyone in the Queen of the Valley Tent going crazy for Etienne de Crécy's live set:
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DJ Van Scott @ The Musuem of Natural History - May 30, 2008
Last weekend (Friday in particular) was all about making decisions, which is one of my least favorite things to do, especially when choosing among bands/deejays playing at the same time. Friday I think I might have made the wrong decision. I went to One Step Beyond (which featured Switch and Van Scott) at the Museum of Natural History. I arrived around 10:30 or so and witnessed a great deejay set from Van Scott. It touched on a variety of styles, all highly danceable. The tracks were current, but not overplayed, and Van dropped some lesser known remixes of familiar tracks making for a very fun lead up to Switch.
Switch @ The Musuem of Natural History - May 30, 2008 (CRED)
I'd been looking forward to seeing Switch for months, but I found his set Friday night to be just ok. I wasn't hooked from the beginning and nothing he did brought me in until the last half hour. That's when he started teasing the crowd with "This is Sick", periodically sampling bits and pieces of it, not dropping the track until the very end of the night. When he finally did, it was loud and awesome and made me feel slightly less bad about my decision which made me miss tons of other things happening that night.
Goon & Koyote @ Love, NYC - May 30, 2008 (CRED)
When it was over, I found out that Escort still hadn't gone on at the Masonic Temple. I tried to make a mad dash to Brooklyn from the Upper Westside but the D train was not having it. I gave up at 2nd Ave, and instead caught the tail end of what I'm sure had been a great night of dance from Goon & Koyote at Love.
Luckily things already seem to be looking up this week. This Friday there are way fewer decisions to be made.....
Tommie Sunshine @ Hiro Ballroom - May 22, 2008 (CRED)
This past weekend was not one of the best I've experienced, but there were some good moments: Thursday night at Hiro, Tommie Sunshine dropped an hour and a half of very interesting, highly danceable, wobbly/fidgety house. Sunday night I got down to a decent, fun set by VDRK at Damn! at the Knitting Factory. He played Fred Falke's Love Theme which was absolutely amazing to hear out.
The less exciting parts of the weekend were Junkie XL's set at Hiro, which started off fine, but got a bit repetitive. Then it went from really hard stuff to a very mellow track which you probably would've appreciated a lot if you were on drugs, otherwise it just seemed a bit cheesy.
People getting down @ Damn! @ the Knitting Factory - May 25, 2008 (CRED)
The second disappointing part of the weekend was Apparat's set at the Knitting Factory. The show sold out. The Knitting Factory was as packed as I had ever seen it and people were actually dancing. But I just could not get into it. I went into this show loving what I had heard of Apparat thus far, but I found their live show to be very underwhelming. They had a few moments where they were rocking, but other than that it was just kind of eh. The parts that were more guitar-driven and rocking reminded me of the past few times I saw m83 (who are currently on tour and will be in town next week) a few years ago and once that happened they were all I could think about. I realize that m83 and Apparat are two different bands, trying to accomplish different things, each with their own sound, but they were similar enough that I felt as though I was watching a far inferior version of an m83 show.
From the looks of it, this week in dance should be much better. Fortunately/unfortunately most of it is happening on the same night:
Friday (aka TONIGHT - MAY 30).......
Maceo Parker in Prospect Park, 2006 (more)
Tickets are on sale for the following Brooklyn shows....
May 30 - Lose Your Shit Party w/ Escort, Herbaliser (DJ Set), Dego from 4Hero, DJ Smallchange317 Clermont Ave., at Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205
Jun 1 - 651 Arts Presents: Toshi Reagon plus Sharde Thomas & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
Jun 18 - Jazzfest & boomBOOM Presents: MACEO PARKER & TBA
Jul 10 - Brooklyn Hip Hip Festival: REVIVE DA LIVE featuring Chris Dave with special guests Bilal, Smif & Wessin, Chip Fu, Ladybug Mecca , and surprise guests TBA
Jul 31 - APPLES IN STEREO / Earlimart / Posion Control Center
Aug 21 - SUZANNE VEGA plus CHRISTINA COURTIN
Daniel of LA Riots @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
Cut Copy set the bar pretty high with their very energetic and fun set Wednesday night. Luckily things continued down that path for the rest of the week. Friday night I made it to Webster Hall just in time to catch the last half hour or so of a very disco-fied set by James Murphy. He also threw in some classics which you could not help smiling at when you thought about where you were. Speaking of which...as much of a weird/hellish crowd the Webster Hall-based event drew, I really appreciated having space to dance and not sweating my ass off merely from being inside the venue. After James, LA Riots spun a great, banging set which was much more what I was expecting from them after experiencing their lower key set at Love last month. Daniel (1/2 of LA Riots -- the other half J'ob was not there) had the crowd perfectly warmed up and right where it needed to be for what can best be described as the dance explosion that ensued when JFK and AL-P got behind the decks. Things went from everyone getting down as they had been, to a sudden rush of people storming the stage and everyone in the place going accordingly bananas.
MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
They played for about 2 hours, from 2ish-4ish and covered every great electro song you've heard recently along with tons of new stuff. For anyone who's seen them the past 2 times they were here, the set was much more along the lines of their CMJ set (which I thought was much more exciting and creative) than their one last month at Studio B...
H&LA @ Studio B - May 17, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
...which is where I headed Saturday night to catch Hercules & Love Affair's debut performance that everyone has been talking about since. Overall I thought it was a great show...for a debut performance. The first couple of tracks were a bit shaky, but the group quickly rebounded with "Blind" which was still good, albeit different, without Antony (see for yourself here. A few of their songs had me absolutely losing it (namely "Athene" and "You Belong") while others were just ok. I think the problem I ran into was...I kept comparing them to Escort, and in some instances found myself wishing Zena Kitt was singing in place of Nomi, though I'm not sure if that would've worked out as ideally as it did in my head. Hercules & Love Affair's tracks have a much more modern sound vs. Escort's classic disco.
Speaking of Escort, don't miss them at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 30th. Tickets are on sale.
At the end of Saturday night when all was said and done, I had a great time...there is nothing like live disco. Sadly that's one thing there isn't enough of, but luckily there are plenty of other great dance happenings in the city this week: