Entries tagged with: FADER
Grimes, who is on the cover of FADER, spoke in her cover story for the issue on her anticipated followup to 2012's Visions. We're still waiting on details like a title and a release date, but the interview does give some insight on the album. For one, it talks about the misconception that Grimes "scrapped" her new album after negative reactions to "Go," which was never intended for her new album anyway. Here's an excerpt:
While Visions wasn't Grimes' first album, it was the first to find widespread acclaim, giving the delay between that 2012 success and her announcement this past March that a follow-up was on the way the appearance of a sophomore slump. Still, Boucher says that starting over was worth it. "Everything I made after that was 10 times better," she says, explaining that the extra time gave her room to expand upon the electronic palette that Grimes had become known for and mine the '90s rock and punk and nu-metal that soundtracked her adolescence. "I want people to feel, if they're buying something, like I put my heart and soul into it and I improved myself as a person and a writer." Boucher recorded and self-engineered every instrument on the new album herself, including guitar, drums, keys, ukulele, and violin--but she had to learn how to play them first, in addition to mastering a whole new battery of production programs and learning how to mic her own vocals. (On one track, she used the very same tube condenser mic that Taylor Swift did to record Red, a fact that Boucher, a longtime fan of the country-star-turned-pop-idol, cites with pride).The whole thing's a good read. Check it out here.
Grimes has a few live dates coming up, including Santa Ana's Beach Goth festival and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Right in between those, she'll come to NYC to play the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party on November 4. $350 tickets are on sale now.
Drake @ SOB's (via)
Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.
iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.
Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).
Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.
The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.
Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...
Vic Mensa at Mad Decent Block Party NYC (more by Chris La Putt)
VIc Mensa has been playing shows, most recently hitting NYC to open for Iggy Azalea in late September, and he'll return for the next show in FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series happening October 15 at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway). Also on the bill is DJ Envy and a surprise headliner. Any idea who it could be? The show is free but you have to RSVP, which is open now. All of his dates are listed below.
In related news, Vic Mensa collaborator Kaytranada is currently on tour, hitting Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/8) (tickets) and MHOW on Thursday (10/9) (sold out). His remaining dates, and Vic's dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series in NYC continues with another show on August 19 at SIR Stage 37 (508 West 37th St) featuring R&B crooner Jeremih and Killer Mike and El-P's no-bullshit rap project, Run the Jewels, plus a DJ set by DJ Envy. It's free but you have to RSVP to get in. RTJ have a few other dates coming up, including FYF Fest and FFF Fest. All of their dates are listed below.
Run the Jewels spoke about their upcoming sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2, in a new interview with XXL, where they talked about two guests they'll have on it, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker:
El-P: Well we can share what's already out now. We got Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. My boy Travis Barker is on the album as well. Me and Mike are on the album, we're on every song. [Laughs] It's a dope record. The fact of the matter is it's the El-P and Mike show. The record really doesn't have a lot of features on it. There are some friends that pop up here and there but it's not a big feature record.Jeremih is also planning a new album, which Buzzfeed just did an interesting article on, discussing how he bridges the gap between indie-approved R&B and the more radio-ready stuff. You can hear his "indie" side on his recenty-released EP with Shlohmo, and for the radio stuff, check out his new single with Omarion, "Show Me," below.
Killer Mike: We didn't plot to go find Zack De La Rocha and Travis Barker. We were at the studio smoking a joint and El and Zack saw each other grabbing a sandwich. Him and El was there and I was with Travis smoking weed. This record is very organic. One thing, when we made Run The Jewels, we never wanted to get--you can't make a better collab record than DJ Khaled, so if you ain't Khaled don't go fucking around with all the features, just do what you do to the best of your ability. And that's what Run The Jewels is. When you buy a Run The Jewels album, you're buying a Run The Jewels album.
photos by Misha Vladimirskiy
Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.
From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.
That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...
Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.
Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...
FADER Fort is returning to NYC for CMJ this year, and will be at small Brooklyn recording studio / performance space Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. The full lineup and schedule hasn't been revealed yet, but so far FADER has announced that Travi$ Scott, The Internet, Kelela, Glasser and The Bots will be there. The full lineup will be posted on Monday (10/14). As always, FADER Fort is totally free but you need to RSVP, which is open now.
If you can't make it to the show(s), you can stream them live on TheFADER.com, powered by Dell.
Flyer with more info below...
Bon Iver / Frank Ocean @ Angel Orensanz 9/24/2012
Following their respective Radio City and ATP NY appearances, Bon Iver and Frank Ocean played the intimate, ornate LES space Angel Orensanz last night (9/24), a surprise RSVP-only affair presented by Vitamin Water/Fader. The lines for the show wrapped around the block and only a fraction of people who RSVPed actually got in, but those who did were treated to hour-long sets from both performers.
Bon Iver is taking a break from touring for a while after nearly two years of constant activity, but recent reports of his retirement appear to be greatly exaggerated. We previously posted a picture Frank Ocean's setlist. More pictures from the show, below...
Bon Iver at Radio City - 9/20/12 (via Bon Iver Instragram)
Bon Iver, who just wrapped up a four-night run at Radio City has been revealed as one of the two acts for the last show in FADER and Vitamin Water's #uncapped series, which happens in NYC TONIGHT (9/24) at Angel Orensanz (172 Norfolk St). Spots are very limited and RSVP is open now. If you've been following along, you know that for these shows, FADER and Vitamin Water partner two different artists together. Any guesses on who the other act will be? (hint: Frank Ocean who played ATP Friday night)
The archive of Bon Iver's Radio City show from this past Friday (9/21) is now streaming at the Bowery Presents YouTube Channel for the next 48 hours.
The Uncapped flier is below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon and Big Boi @ Fader on 8/7/2012
Little Dragon played East Austin's Millenium Center last night (8/7) as part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped series of parties being thrown by Fader. For their last song, Big Boi came out for a performance of "Mama Told Me," a single off of his upcoming album, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (due out 11/13), which Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano sings on. According to Big Boi, the track is one of two on his new album to feature a collaboration with Little Dragon. A-Trak performed after that, with Little Dragon and Big Boi returning to the stage for "Shutterbug." As you might imagine, the party (which was also MC'd by onetime BET host Miss Info) was mobbed. Pictures from the event are in this post.
More pics and Little Dragon's setlist from the Austin show are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Kendrick Lamar - "Cartoon & Cereal [ft. Gunplay] (MP3)
ScHoolboy Q, who has been making tons of buzz lately, has a few upcoming shows, including one in NYC this week happening at Santos Party House on Thursday (2/23) with Kris Kasanova, Flatbush Zombies (who opened the A$AP Rocky show that Q guested at), and Nakim. The flier for this show is below.
If you haven't seen it yet, fellow Black Hippy collective member Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown (who Q recently joined on stage in LA) are both on the cover of the new issue of the FADER (pictured below) and Black Hippy and Danny Brown were both profiled in the issue. The Black Hippy piece, which you can read HERE, mentions that ScHoolboy Q came up with the idea for the group:
"[Black Hippy] was actually my idea because I was slacking in my music," adds Q. "I figured if I could be in a group I could just write one verse and I could be good." He admits to being intimidated when he first started coming to the studio but eventually the tenacity of his collaborators rubbed off on him. Now he raps effortlessly in elastic word blurs. And while he still habitually clowns everyone good-naturedly--On Lamar: "When I first heard Kendrick, I'm like this nigga a bitch, I don't like this nigga"; on the possibility of a Black Hippy full length: "That shit ain't never gonna come out."--their collective pride in his rapid improvement runs deeply. So much so, that they unanimously anoint him the most talented rapper in the group. Q, of course, concurs.Kendrick Lamar also recently dropped a killer out-there track with Gunplay called "Cartoon & Cereal" which is way less elementary than its name implies. Download that above or stream it below.
All dates, stream, and show flier, below...
Though most of the lineup has yet to be revealed - except for King Krule, Metronomy (who also play MHOW), Purity Ring, Fat Trel (pictured above) and Bleached (more on them in a sec), this year's CMJ Fader Fort RSVP is up and running for their 10/21 and 10/22 shows at 443 w 18th St in Manhattan. More details, including the lineup, TBA soon.
Those dates are the same as the two free BrooklynVegan parties happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (no RSVP required), though Fader Fort runs 2-9pm, and the BV parties are from noon-6pm.
Vice's Noisey party with Twin Shadow happens at Santos Party House on the night of 10/19, and as previously mentioned, Twin Shadow are also playing another show which is now announced and is also free and also requires RSVP. The newly-announced show also happens at night, but on Saturday, 10/22, at Le Bain. It's the "Making Time" party and Seekae is also on the bill.
Making Time is FIXED's Philly sister, and FIXED have a CMJ party of their own as well. Their showcase will take place at Public Assembly on 10/19 with Teengirl Fantasy, Still Corners, Lemonade, Chad Valley, Radio People, Warm Ghost, CFCF (DJ Set), and Resident DJs JDH & Dave P (who also DJs Making Time). Tycho was originally scheduled to play this showcase but has since cancelled all of his CMJ shows in favor of a single pre-CMJ show happening at MHOW this Sunday. Tickets for the FIXED show are on sale.
the current issue of FADER
It's all about Lykke Li all of a sudden. There she is on the cover of the new issue of FADER which has appeared not long after the recent release of her new single and video which was followed by the announcement that she...
"...is set to release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, on her label LL Recordings on March 1st, 2011. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John and recorded in Stockholm, Wounded Rhymes is the follow up to Lykke Li's critically-acclaimed debut, Youth Novels.And that album release comes with a May tour which came with a May 17th Webster Hall show which must be close to selling out because she added a May 18th show at the same venue (it goes on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon).
On top of all that, Lykke is now in NYC for a one-off, pre-tour, pre-album, very-sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge which goes down tonight, 12/1, with the recent addition of DJ Scribe on the bill. AND, we spent some time in the past few days prepping an interview which we'll be conducting along with a video team from Kanon Organic Vodka who are sponsoring both the show and the afterparty which Lykke Li is DJing at SoHo Grand Hotel after the show. Stay tuned for that along with pictures and a review from LPR.
Updated Lykke Li tour dates below...
most photos by Jason House, some photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG
OFF! at Fader Fort (by Jason House)
OFF! completed their NYC invasion with a three-day stint of reportedly raucous shows at a packed out Europa on 10/21, Generation Records on 10/22, and at Fader Fort on 10/23. I attended Europa and caught the tail end of Cerebral Ballzy and the entire 20+ minute OFF! set which was, exactly how I like my hardcore: brutal, unrelenting, lightning fast, and intensely fun. Fans of Circle Jerks, Black Flag, and early 80s hardcore take note, these guys rule.
OFF! currently has two dates on their calendar though none on the east coast. November 7th will see the band play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (tickets) while two+ weeks later the band will appear at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles for an in-store.
OFF! performed their entire first EP (of four) on Carson Daly on 10/15 (before CMJ). Dig on video of that, some video from Europa courtesy of ((unartig))), and lots of pictures from Europa, Fader Fort, and Generation Records, setlists included, below.
This year's FADER Fort is located at 38 Delancey Street at Forsyth and runs from 2-9PM on Friday and Saturday (10/22-10/23). Full lineups have yet to be announced, but some of the artists playing there are Jamaica, Zowie, Cloud Nothings, Wild Nothing, and The Knux. You can RSVP (though admission is still based on capacity). "CMJ Music Marathon registrants will receive expedited admission into The FADER Fort. Registrants must also RSVP to this invitation and pick up FADER credentials/wristbands for admission."
The Apple store doesn't have much going on. The short list of events happening there, and all Glasser dates below...
DOM @ Mercury Lounge in May (more by Andrew Frisicano)
If you missed the recent Mercury Lounge, can't wait until the Northside Festival, and like a good bargain, DOM will be playing a free show in NYC Tuesday night (June 1st) at Brooklyn Bowl. Grab some MP3s above. A video and all dates below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
DOWNLOAD: Harlem - Gay Human Bones (MP3)
I do too many BV parties to make it to the Fader Fort anymore. This is the second SXSW in a row I completely missed it (didn't even get to see Bone Thugs). Luckily I have these pictures and videos (and stories about a band being booed off stage)...
photos by P. Nick Curran
Thanks to past exploits and possibly fake leaks, rumors were running wild about who might show up at this year's "Fader Fort" at SXSW. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, The Strokes, and Black Eyed Peas were all names I read in unsubstantiated tweets and on other websites. Ends up there weren't many unannounced guests at the four-day, outdoor Levi's-sponsored venue space. Nas & Damian Marley (who have a new album coming out and are on other festival lineups) were the "special guest" on the first night, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were the announced & exclusive headliner of the final frigid night. They went on after Sleigh Bells played.
"Yo, let's take this shit back, wayyyyyyy back," Krayzie Bone said onstage at the Fader Fort. "Back to 1995, motherfucka!" The reunited Cleveland rap group then busted out a handful of tracks off their four-million-selling '95 release, E. 1999 Eternal: "1st of tha Month," "Tha Crossroads," and "East 1999." The sound was initially a bit muddy on their turbo-fast raps, but hit a smooth streak when they got all Boyz 2 Men on "I Tried" and "Days of Our Lives," two piano ballads with three-way vocals. Hey, they're not joking about the "harmony" in their name. The throwback streak continued with tributes to Tupac, Eazy-E, and Notorious BIG, including a particularly awesome version of "Notorious Thugz," their collabo with Biggie. "Bring that fat motherfucker back to life!" Bizzy belted. Oh, snap! -- WG [Jukke]More pictures from the show below...
photos by P. Nick Curran
"The worst group in history just finished on stage at the Fader Fort, Sleigh Bells." - Daniel Berkal
"Sleigh Bells just blew the doors off the Fader Fort" - Enthusiastic Amateur
"M.I.A.-anointed Sleigh Bells closed the showcase with their bombastic drum-and-bass combination, a live show that's growing leaner, tighter and stronger, like a prizefighter before a big payday. Alexis Krauss, Sleigh Bells' frontwoman, is just soaked in superstar potential. She screams, coos, pumps her fist, snaps her head back in the "sexy-lady-moshing" style Sophie described earlier this week. Though the band is just Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller, they sound massive on songs like "A/B Machines," "Crown on the Ground" and "Infinity Guitars." With cred in tow, Sleigh Bells' spring release should be one of the year's most anticipated records." [Time Out]The review is from the Pitchfork show Sleigh Bells played at SXSW. The pictures are from the Fader Fort where they went on right before Bone Thugs n Harmony!
I previously posted that "M.I.A. is playing NYC & LA Hard Fests & Oya (lineup), co-releasing the new Sleigh Bells". An update to that is that Sleigh Bells are opening the NYC show which is taking place at South Island Field @ Governors Island on Saturday, 7/24, 5pm. Blaqstarr, 12th Planet, Destructo, Nguzunguzu, Borgore & more" are also on the "Hard" bill. "$40 Pre-Sale Tickets / $45 Limited Advance Tickets / $55 Advance & Day of Show Tickets + $5 Round Trip Ferry Fee for all tickets". On Sale Fri 3/26 at 12:00PM. More pictures from Fader, and a video, below....
DOWNLOAD: Salem - Frost (MP3)
"If we wanted to, we could go on about how this is a perfectly timed reaction to all the beach jams released this summer, but we know it's not like that. No, it's just Salem pumping out another ultra-creepy windswept song, no matter what the temperature, only this time they've added some complexity to the drum programming, unscrewed the vocals and turned the whole thing into a battle between lush misery and the kind of marching band drum machine claps we expect from Mannie Fresh. We're more or less watching this band go from good to really awesome, and that's a good situation to be in. "Frost" is the a-side from Salem's 7-inch release with Audraglint." [Fader]Salem, the dark electro trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue, play a show at Glasslands in Brooklyn tonight (1/5) with synthy Gatekeeper. DJs play "new+classic-dark-electro-synthpop hits". Tickets are available at the door.
As far as we can tell, Salem only has a handful of releases to their name. Recently they released a single for the track "Frost/Legend" on Audraglint. The video for the "Legend" is below; "Frost" and more are streaming on their MySpace. Salem split a 7" with Tanlines as the December pick for the Fader/SoCo single series. That's streaming.
Flyer and videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Fader Issue 65 (PDF)
The American Museum of Natural History rings in 2010 with One Step Beyond, presented with The Fader Magazine on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 9 PM - 1 AM, with a headline DJ set by Animal Collective and openers, the Activaire DJs. Joining will be a surprise guest, who will be announced the week of. For the first time, advance tickets are $20 until 6 PM on the day of show, and $25 at the door; both ticket prices include a free future visit to the museum, cosmic visuals by Fuevoz (with VJs SeeJ and Benton-C), and entry to the Museum's breathtaking Passport to the Universe Hayden Planetarium Show, narrated by Tom Hanks. Advance tickets are recommended and available at www.amnh.org/osb. The entrance to the event is located on Central Park West at West 79th Street.First person to guess the secret guest in the comments wins a pair of tickets when it gets revealed (make sure to fill in the NOT-visible email field in the comment form so I know how to get in touch with you).
Animal Collective guest-edited the new issue of FADER. That's the cover up there, and right above it is a download of the entire issue.
According to Pitchfork, Animal Collective wrote the best song of 2009. "My Girls" video below...
By Andrew Frisicano
Real Estate's 1st national tour starts [11/2] at Maxwell's with GIRLS. It's in NJ... HOW FITTING. -realyrealestate twitter
Real Estate @ Glasslands, Oct. 22nd, 2009
"Very rarely does one see a show where all the bands are equally satisfying. Last night at Maxwell's was one of those times. The double whammy of a bill featured two sides of the same coin: Real Estate, the New Jersey rockers who focus on solos and long, textured rhythmic build ups, and Girls, the San Francisco band focused on the major-swoon inducing Christopher Owens and his superb heartbreak act. By the end of the show I didn't know whether to jump up and down with enthusiasm or run home and cry.The full dates of their trip, which includes another NYC-area Girls show on Friday, November 6th at Bowery Ballroom, are posted below.
I've seen Real Estate before and each time I do I like them more and more. It's just that kind of band that gets into your head and grows, filling up all the space between synapses, like a re-uptake inhibitor drug. The band is really all about jams- of course there are lyrics and melody but the power in Real Estate lies in their guitar solos and Alex Bleeker's interesting and almost guitar-like bass playing.
Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney trade back and forth, when one solos the other builds the song- it happens slowly and deliberately. It's easy to get lost in the hazy chord progressions... and that's a good thing." [MME]
The band's self-titled debut record is officially out November 17th on Woodsist, but it has been available at shows throughout CMJ. During CMJ week, the band hit a number of showcases, official and unofficial. Those included the Pitchfork/Showpaper show at Market Hotel on Oct. 24 and the Death+Taxes show with Japandroids at Glasslands on Oct. 22. Pictures from that Glasslands show are posted below.
Between shows, they also found time to record an acoustic "Hotbox" session at The Levi's/FADER Fort, which is also posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) MP3
DOWNLOAD: Dam-Funk - Toeachizown (MP3)
Stones Throw's Dam-Funk will be headlining a free show tonight (10/27) at Brooklyn Bowl presented by Fader to celebrate his new record and appearance on the cover of the mag. Also on the bill are Cubic Zirconia and DJ sets from Duane Harriott & Master Khan, Snack N Cmish and special guests. It's the first in a new monthly series, dubbed Fader Bowl, from the mag.
Dam's 2xCD Toeachizown came out earlier this week (on 10/20) through the Stones Throw label, which also has a 5 LP version of the record scheduled for a Dec-Jan release (because of production issues). You can catch the album's instrumental title track, loaded with gorgeous retro synths, above.
In addition to his new Reflection Eternal material with DJ Hi-Tek and Black Star shows with Mos Def, Talib also guests on the new Madlib-produced record by Strong Arm Steady (ex-Death Row-ers Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick) called Stoney Jackson (release date TBA on Stones Throw) (also with guest spots by Guilty Simpson, Little Brother's Phonte, Planet Asia and "a host of underground Los Angeles's emerging rap talent"). Talib gets the first verse on the first single, up for free on iTunes. Maybe that has something to with Talib's Blacksmith label set up to release Strong Arm Steady's debut Arms & Hammers in 2010. The release was delayed when Warner split with Blacksmith in '08. There's also a Dam-Funk mixtape at the iTunes link.
A flyer for the Fader show, a Dam-Funk interview, two Strong Arm Steady/Madlib tracks (definitely harder-sounding than Madlib's usual work) and a Reflection Eternal video are below...
Last week in dance was not my favorite. I enjoyed Losoul's set at Sunday Best, and the urban landscape "Afterparty" at Warm Up at PS1 (though not the music so much) . More about both of those in Part 2 of the Week In Dance. For now, here's what's happening Thursday & Friday:
photos by Faith-Ann Young
..."Most of the songs came off as early 90s industrial dance music - big beats, big sounds, not much else. Even classics such as "Karma Coma" were roughed up by the sound and presentation. The closer, "Vent," a scary juggernaut on album, felt overlong at the show, straining under the effort to make it transcendent, Tricky, shirtless and wearing suspenders, doing his best ranting like a madman.vs.
As one local musician put it on his Facebook status, "(I) did not know live music could be as bad as Tricky was tonight." I wish I could say I disagreed. I really do. [Austin360]
I was all the more impressed by Tricky's set, who readied himself for the show by smoking a joint with his back to the crowd during the dark and brooding opening number. He turned to the crowd and stripped out of his shirt, bare chested in suspenders the rest of the show. While his albums Maxinquaye, Pre-Millenium Tension and Angels with Dirty Faces all have their esteemed place in trip-hop history, I clearly underestimated the timeliness and versatility of the singer and his band, who, minus the vocals of Martina Topley-Bird, still delivered a suspenseful, dramatic show. His raspy, gravelly voice still cut with "Christiansands" and the industrial warehouse feel of "Black Steel" was just as intense. [PrefixMag]The reviews above detail Tricky's March 20th SXSW show - one of two performances Tricky gave at the festival. The other was in the Fader Fort (which is where the pictures in this post were taken).
All tour dates and more SXSW pictures below...