Entries tagged with: Interpol
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.
Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.
And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.
As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.
In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.
Apple knows its maps app sucks.
Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."
Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.
On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.
Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.
Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."
While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."
If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?
Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:
It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.
Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.
Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.
Kreayshawn's new album flopped.
Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.
more stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Paul Banks - "The Base" (MP3)
Paul Banks at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
As written about previously, Interpol frontman Paul Banks, who has (as recently as this past June) released solo material as Julian Plenti, will put out his first album, simply titled Banks, under his own name on October 23 via Matador.
He's already got a European tour announced and is now beginning to reveal North American dates surrounding his appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. One of those dates happens in NYC on November 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at noon.
If you haven't heard Banks single, "The Base," you can download it above or stream it, along with a list of all currently known dates, below.
DOWNLOAD: Paul Banks - The Base (MP3)
After a couple releases under the guise of Julian Plenti, Interpol frontman Paul Banks will release his first record under his own name on October 23 via Matador. You can download Banks opening track, "The Base," at the top of this post. While still from the same gloomy mold as Interpol, there's a sweeping orchestral/electro sheen to this that suits Banks well.
While no tour has been set up, Paul will play L.A.'s FYF Fest in September and Austin's FFF Fest in October. You can check out the LP artwork and tracklist below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Paul Banks - Summertime is Here (MP3)
In case you haven't been outside in the last couple weeks, summertime is here. And if you don't believe me, perhaps you'd take the word of a more public figure, like Interpol's Paul Banks. Actually his song is called "Summertime is Coming," but he probably wrote it a while back. It will probably not usurp Carly Rae Jespen from her Queen of Summer 2012 iron throne, but it is a fine bit of Banks-ian melodrama. You can download it at the top of this post.
It's on Banks' new Julian Plenti Lives EP which came out today and features two Banks originals plus covers of J Dilla, Frank Sinatra (he kinda nails Ol Blue Eyes' "I'm a Fool to Want You"), and '80s-era composer Harold Faltermeyer (the guy who wrote the Beverly Hills Cop theme). You can listen to the whole thing below via a Spotify widget. Banks will also have an album out in the fall which seems more his season. He'll also be performing at FYF Fest in L.A. in September.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
We're pleased to welcome Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino in person to present a new collaboration between the band and legendary filmmaker David Lynch, plus a screening of Lynch's Cannes-winner WILD AT HEART. A new animated short created by Lynch to accompany Interpol's song "Lights" from their self-titled fourth album, I TOUCH A RED BUTTON MAN is a hallucinatory black, white and red all over lo-fi extravaganza. Following the screening, Fogarino will discuss the band's work and take questions from the audience.More details and tickets at the NYC movie theater's site.
This press release went out this morning...
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK SURF CONTEST WILL RUN: Update from Long BeachDamn. You can see the list of who was supposed to play, below...
An important update from Long Beach - Quiksilver is working closely with the City of Long Beach to preserve the heart of the professional surf contest scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 in light of the impact of Hurricane Irene and concerns for the Long Beach community, which suffered significant damage from the storm. The Quiksilver Pro is scheduled to start its 11-day "holding period" on Monday, September 5. The Quiksilver Pro Trials presented by Unsound Surf will run on Sunday, September 4.
The situation has been changing daily, and we recognize that City resources are focused on hurricane restoration and clean up as first priority. In that context, we have been informed by the City that the festival and music components of the event are no longer achievable.
The Quiksilver Pro NY is first and foremost about the surf contest and Long Beach has an incredible surfing tradition and spirit. We are committed to holding the ASP tour event at Long Beach so that together we can promote the sport by bringing together the best surfers in the world to this terrific community.
Set times have been revealed for the free Quiksilver-hosted shows taking place in Long Beach, NY this September. Shows either start at 1:15 PM or 3:15 PM with headliners going on between 5:30 and 6:15. As mentioned, bands performing include The Flaming Lips, Interpol, Neon Indian, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Wavves, and others. All set times are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Last night, U2 arrived at New Jersey's New Meadowlands Stadium in a giant green-and-orange spaceship. At least that's what the nearly 100,000 people in attendance might have assumed upon first seeing the blinking, glowing, four-legged, 167 foot tall contraption straddling the area that otherwise serves as the Jets' and Giants' home turf.Interpol opened for U2 last night (7/20) at the Meadowlands, and will again for two more shows before U2 plays a final '360' date in Canada with Arcade Fire and Carney (the band who plays in the Spiderman musical!).
More confusion may have ensued around half past nine when the base of the structure began to smoke furiously; shortly thereafter, David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' announced a countdown over the loudspeakers. At zero, the sound of live guitars cut through the heavy air and U2 charged onto the stage as the stadium heaved with applause. The band played for over two hours, rocking through hits like 'Beautiful Day' and 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday,' punctuated with shout-outs to Amnesty International and bits of banter by Bono.
'I'm a man of simple needs, just 200 trucks, 400 tons of equipment,' he said of the group's current tour. 'A work in progress.'...
...The group's  tour takes its name from the aforementioned structure that allows U2 to play stadiums 'in the round'; in other words, to open up thousands of seats that would ordinarily be behind a stage - and actually sell out 80,000-seat venues (or larger). The contraption is dismantled and trucked from city to city between shows along with all the group's equipment. As a result, U2 has been playing to average crowds of 96,000 people per night and grossing just shy of $10 million per show. By comparison, Bon Jovi, the second-highest earning musical act over the past year, drew an average of 34,000 fans and grossed $3.5 million per night. [Forbes]
More pictures and the setlists from last night in NJ below....
Superchunk @ Radio City in March (more by Tracy Allison)
today in NYC
* Yoro Ndiaye @ SOB's
* Juakali @ Southpaw
* Dawn Landes @ Barbes
* The Slip @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Marc Cohn @ City Winery
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* tUnE-yArDs, Austra @ Pier 54
* Dean and Ravo, DMC @ Europa
* Tim Berne, Kris Davis @ The Stone
* Johnny Thunders Birthday Celebration
* Swamp Dogg @ MetroTech Commons
* Gomez, Good Old War @ Terminal 5
* Mike Bones, Favourite Sons @ Zebulon
* Old 97's, Robert Ellis @ The Bell House
* Gary War, K Holes, Pop. 1280 @ Union Hall
* Mona, The Static Jacks @ Knitting Factory
* Superchunk, OFF!, Lemuria @ House of Vans
* The Wooden Birds, Ma'am @ Mercury Lounge
* King Creosote, Jon Hopkins @ Mercury Lounge
* Wild Beasts, Marques Toliver @ Le Poisson Rouge
* John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach @ Don Pedro
* White Hills, Man Forever, Weird Owl @ Union Pool
* Bambara, Yvette, French Miami @ Death By Audio
* Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers @ Hiro Ballroom
* Living Days, Chelsea Boys, Frances Rose @ Cake Shop
* Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Patti Smith @ Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park
* Heaven (The Rock Shop's 1st Anniversary Show) @ The Rock Shop
* Reggie Watts, Yellowdogs, Aislyn, Los ToughFists @ Public Assembly
* Celestial Shore, White Laces, Arches, Megafortress @ Shea Stadium
* A&R, Little Star Dweller, Bermuda Bonnie, Infernal Devices @ Glasslands
* Emilyn Brodsky, Anna Vogelzang, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Silent Barn
* Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Girl in a Coma @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Liam O Maonlai, Mcpeake @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Tiberius, Selfsame, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Supagroup, Diamondsnake, Unicorn @ Pianos
* Gunfight!, Shark?, Autodrone, DJ Steve Morehouse, The Benefit Of Music @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Marley Marl, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista, Chairman Mao, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Twilite Tone, Getlive (Salute the DJ) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Check out This Week in Indie for more on some shows.
Get in line now for Patti Smith.
Too many free shows to choose from tonight.
We're giving away VIP tickets to see DFA1979/The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront, via Facebook.
Check out our interview with Austra who plays the free show at Pier 54 tonight.
How to Dress Well recorded a live in-studio version of "Decisions" with an orchestra off his orchestral EP Just Once, out now on Yours Truly. Video below.
David Lynch set his short film, I Touch a Red Button to Interpol's "Lights" off their 2010 self titled LP. Check out the collaboration below.
Bono realizes he needs new shoes @ Giants Stadium in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, is launching the Take Off Your Boots campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and giving away tickets to the U2 360 Tour to those who participate. From May through July, StubHub with the help of Hard Rock Cafe, will host events in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle to collect new or gently used shoes. In exchange for donating a pair of shoes at these events, fans will receive a pair of U2 tickets.The Take Off Your Boots campaign will come to NYC on July 20 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the StubHub Last Minute Services Storefront on 40th and Broadway. The full list of cities with dates and locations is below.
Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.
"We are thrilled StubHub is making it easy for people in these cities to donate to our cause. We hope that as a result of the Take Off Your Boots campaign , Soles4Souls will be able to distribute thousands of pairs of shoes to those who are most in need," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.
There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of shoes at the Take Off Your Boots events, while supplies last. Shoes must be gently used or new to be accepted.
U2 played Glastonbury Festival this past weekend. Check out a video of that with their setlist and all tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Interpol @ Terminal 5 - 5/8/2011
In a time where the genre is thriving, dream pop vets Blonde Redhead reminded the audience at Terminal 5 last night (5/8) that they're still on top of their game. Performing with a fervor unlike many of their contemporaries, Blonde Redhead delivered a tremendous set comprised of songs off their two most recent albums, 23 and Penny Sparkle. Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace fed off each other's energies with ease, while sincerely retaining a youthful spirit of intensity. Pace's twin brother Simone completed the sound perfectly with a style that refuses to choose between precision and attack.
Having always considered Blonde Redhead's more recent material to be on the more relaxed side, they successfully proved me wrong with one of the loudest sets I've ever seen. They translated the subtle trip hop rhythms of "Here Sometimes" into dark bass-heavy dance beats that filled the entire venue with the same power the band was generating on stage. Standout track "Spring and by Summer Fall" ended with a blaring noise section and a light show spastic enough to blind the crowd, further accentuating what may have already been the most memorable part of the set.
A half hour later, Interpol emerged out of the shadowy lighting and fog machines and dove into Interpol album opener "Success." They followed the song with an hour and a half of material off all four of their albums, "Say Hello to the Angels" was an especially pleasant surprise early on. The band performed with a level of confidence that has evidently grown from album to album, and each member's distinct playing style cut through. Not being able to see Carlos D (or even Dave Pajo) was extremely unfortunate, but his trademark bass lines were well replicated by Interpol's current touring bassist Brad Truax. The highlight of the set came when Truax broke into the opening bass line of "Evil," which was responded to with excessive applause from the crowd who proceeded to shout along to every word in the song.
The NYC show was a benefit for Sickday Safety Net. Interpol is done touring for now, but has more dates scheduled all over the place throughout the summer. Their setlist from last night and a couple videos from the show, below...
Interpol @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Interpol are now on tour, hitting the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ tonight (5/6) (their first time playing Asbury Park in a decade which isn't that weird actually because how many times does a band really ever play Asbury Park?) (it's weirder that Interpol have been around long enough to even have that statistic), followed by a Saturday show in Rhode Island with School of Seven Bells, and than a Sunday night charity performance at NYC's Terminal 5 with Blonde Redhead. Where do the proceeds go you ask?
All proceeds will go directly to raising Sickday Safety Net's awareness in Manhattan, expanding into Brooklyn and increasing the number of community heath care partners and providers.Tickets for the NYC "Sickday Fuzzy Sock Hop" are still on sale, but if you're not in the giving mood, we also have a pair you can win. Details and more tour dates, below...
Sickday Safety Net is a new program launched recently by Sickday Medical House Calls, a New York company providing acute urgent medical care to patients in the privacy of their homes, offices or hotel rooms. Sickday Medical House Calls has been serving New Yorkers for ten years and has grown its active patient base to over 10,000.
The Safety Net is free to join and open to any uninsured New Yorker working in the creative arts including musicians, actors, painters, dancers, photographers, models, art directors, dancers, filmmakers, writers and visual artists. Members of Safety Net have access to Sickday's medical house call services and will never again need to get out of bed, find a babysitter or cancel a meeting to get quality, affordable medical care and no crowded waiting room, no blank forms, no inflated pricing - quality care, delivered via a medical house call. Medical professionals come directly to you, in your home or office, at a fixed Safety Net rate of $75. It's free to join and you only pay when and if you need services. Sickday guarantees same-day service.
photos by David Andrako
Here are a few things that happened on Coachella Day 1:
- it was hot.
- lots of celebrities, like Coachella regular Danny Devito, were walking around
- The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and the Chemical Brothers were the big headlining acts of the day (all on the main Coachella Stage)
- people wore funny outfits, and sometimes NSFW outfits.
- people sinned.
- Lauryn Hill started late, but not too late (aka she still got to play).
- Cee Lo showed up very late, apologized, but acted mad he had to play a short set. He used that anger to give his set-closing hit "Fuck You" context.
- Odd Future predictably drew a huge crowd, and were joined by Pharell.
- Odd Future's set resulted in a possible broken nose (again)
- There were 20 arrests
- Paul McCartney was there, and along with Usher, stood on stage during Afrojack's set.
- YACHT played
- Many other people played, and lots of other stuff happened too, as you can see in the pictures below...
What were your highlights of Coachella Day One? Are you there or watching the stream?
Photographer David Andrako managed to catch 18 acts and other random stuff in between on Friday. His pictures from the whole day continue below...
Interpol @ Radio City in Feb. (more)
Interpol, who recently announced a partnership with the Creators Project to bring "a new visual experience to match (the band's) live set," has announced more tour dates including May 6th at Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ and May 8th at Terminal 5 in NYC. It's unclear who's opening the NJ show, but Blonde Redhead are definitely also playing the NY one which goes on "Sickday" presale this Wednesday. Tickets for the "Sickday Fuzzy Sock Hop" go on general sale Friday, and tickets for the NJ show are available at the Pajo-less band's site now.
All tour dates and a Creators Project video below...
New personnel change: Dave Pajo is tagging out, folks.
Dave has decided to step out of the spotlight for a spell, and will no longer be touring with Interpol.
We're all friends. It's just an Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing.
He's going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.
He's sharp as a tack and funny as all get-out.
Anyway, if you saw us perform recently, I'm sure you'll agree - we were lucky to have him.
Dave wanted to speak to you personally, so please see below for a note from the man himself.
And now for the good news:
We have tapped our friend Brad Truax to perform bass duties effective immediately.
Brad is the man. His musical resume includes work with a horde of awesome bands: Home, Soldiers of Fortune, Gang Gang Dance,
The Broke Revue, Animal Collective, Cass McCombs, White Magic...
He's got taste and he's got chops. And that's what we want.
Our next gig, and our first with Truax, will be in Hamburg on March 3rd. So hop on over to Germany and come down say hi.
We look forward to seeing every last one of you in the coming months.
"I would like to announce that I will no longer be performing live with Interpol on their upcoming campaign. I'll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons--it's really as simple as that!
I would like to thank Paul, Daniel, Sam, Brandon, everyone in the crew, and all of the Interpol fans for the remarkable support and patronage they have shown me during my time with them. I feel a tremendous amount of love and respect for everyone involved and will genuinely miss them.
I will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won't be touring as much.
I am truly grateful for the experience and look forward to enjoying Interpol in the future, as a fan and friend.
Walk in light, walk in darkness.
February 20, 2011"
"We should do a residency here" - David Pajo, pre-encore
Interpol sounded great Thursday night at NYC's grand Radio City Music Hall (just one stop on their current tour with School of Seven Bells). And they played a mighty fine setlist's worth of material to an enthusiastic, standing crowd full of people that weren't afraid to dance (like Daniel Kessler danced), scream out requests (like "Stella!!") and just generally have a good time (even the ones in all black). The full setlist, some videos and a couple more pictures, below...
Florence & The Machine at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
"ARETHA TRIBUTEIt's finally warmer out, so what a perfect time to be thinking about Central Park Summerstage. Fresh off the Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine have announced a show happening at Central Park Summerstage on June 24th (if you count The Script, that's two announced 2011 Rumsey Playfield shows in total so far). Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and general sale Friday.
Enough to put Aretha six feet under.
Note to Christina... SUBTLETY! And just because you're in the public eye that doesn't mean anybody wants to pay to see you. What planet are you living on? AND LOSE THE HAND!
As to why Florence and Martina were there...can you say DEMOGRAPHICS?
At least Jennifer Hudson can sing, even if she does look like a completely different person."
The NYC show comes during a run of summer shows that include other headlining performances and some gigs with U2 as part of their 360 Tour. All dates are listed below.
In the meantime, you can catch Florence Welch on the Oscars in a couple of weeks. She'll perform "If I Rise" from the 127 Hours soundtrack with composer AR Rahman . Video of last night's Grammys performance is below.
Speaking of U2 (who's Spiderman Broadway musical is getting hammered right now), tickets are still available for their show at the Meadowlands on Jul 20th with Interpol who also open a bunch other dates on the rescheduled tour.
Interpol are now on tour with School of Seven Bells and will play their headlining show at Radio City Music Hall this week (on 2/17). Tickets are still available. In March they head to Europe with Matthew Dear before returning to tour even more leading up to their run with U2. All dates for everyone and a video from the Grammys below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Crisp pressed shirts, khakis, sport coats, and bulging neck veins (due to vocal exertion) were the order of the evening at Terminal 5 last night (12/2), as The Walkmen headlined the NYC venue.
"The Walkmen deftly tore through a set with singer Hamilton Leithauser playing up the frontman role to a tee. His voice was absolutely fantastic and there are few vocal performances that I've seen in recent memory that had me as captivated. Songs like "Canadian Girl" and Lisbon cut "While I Shovel The Snow" were exquisite, and the set closing crowd favorite "The Rat" was very powerful. This was a set I did not want to end, but I can't say I was angry when it ended before midnight thanks to it being a weeknight. I would go see them again tonight if I could." [I Have 19 Voices]School of Seven Bells and Tennis both opened the show.
The Walkmen play a "hometown show" of sorts tonight at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC (the band grew up in the area before moving to NYC), and then call it a day with respect to shows for 2010. The new year means a new batch of dates though. In January Hamilton will belt it out at various venues in the Southeast before heading overseas to bless the UK. All dates are below.
Denver's Tennis, who will join The Walkmen again in DC, headlined Mercury Lounge the night before Terminal 5. All of their dates are below too.
School of Seven Bells (now a duo, Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis) will hit the road for a string of dates with Interpol in the new year. And though they are not currently scheduled to open for Interpol at Radio City, no openers have been announced for the NYC show yet, and SoSB do open the shows right before and after that one (so maybe they'll get added?).
All dates and more pictures, and videos from Terminal 5, with the Walkmen's setlist, below...
Aretha Franklin & wine
Aretha Franklin has been ordered by doctors to cancel all personal appearances for the next six months, including her scheduled December concert at the Fox Theatre.Those cancellations include the two February shows she was scheduled to play at Radio City Music Hall, and makes four NYC show cancellations in less than a year.
The news comes days after the 68-year-old Detroit star was hospitalized for several days at Sinai-Grace for undisclosed reasons. She'd been forced to cancel shows last week in Missouri and Virginia.
"Doctors' orders have required her to cancel all concert and personal appearances through May 2011," publicist Tracey Jordan told the Free Press this morning.
A statement from the singer's camp said Franklin "sends her sincerest apologies to her loyal followers and colleagues for the canceled shows. [Detroit Free Press]
And speaking of artists who recently cancelled a NYC-area show, and then scheduled a new one at Radio City Music Hall, Interpol's Radio City show goes on AmEx & WRXP presale on Thursday at 9am, and then on general sale Friday at noon.
Iron & Wine's Radio City show is on AmEx presale now, and goes on general sale Friday at 11am.
words & photos by Chris Gersbeck
United Palace is probably one of those venues that people groan at when they see the stop listed on a band's tour dates. Located on 175th St. and Broadway in Washington Heights, it's probably a hike for most in attendance, but once you arrive it's something special. A movie palace from 1930 through '69, United Palace was restored and turned into a church, and as a few years ago has been used as concert venue. Not many acts have played there since, but among them are Sigur Ros, Bob Dylan, Iggy & the Stooges, Arcade Fire and now, Interpol. I can only imagine the chaos the Stooges caused during their stay--anyone who's seen them knows they're not exactly a seat-friendly act but Interpol's performance was clearly a good fit for the intricately designed hall and big, open environment.
The Brooklyn-based White Rabbits opened the show, their last stop on this tour, a little after 8pm to a theater of mostly empty seats. A six-member group of multi-instrumentalists, their sound was energetic and full, with members constantly switching off instruments and an additional percussionist providing snare rolls, tambourine and tom hits. Admittedly, it was my first time hearing the band, but it came as no surprise when I learned their 2009 album It's Frightening was produced by Britt Daniel; the influence of Spoon was more than apparent. With the bass and percussion often providing a repetitive yet propulsive rhythm, songs would build up frantically as they went along, with keyboardist/co-frontman Steve Patterson doing his best (unintentional?) Thom Yorke impression. Not to say they reminded me of Radiohead, if anything White Rabbits reminded me more of On A Friday, but I'm certain the Radiohead comparison has been made before. Though it's difficult to gauge an audience's interest when they're sitting (and texting), the response was positive in the end, and it being their last show with Interpol, I'm sure a good way to end a tour.
The last time I saw Interpol was at Lollapalooza in '07, mostly a rainy affair, so my anticipation for an indoor theater show like this was strong. As it got closer to them taking the stage, the sold-out theater was now practically full, and people began leaving their seats and standing in the aisles. The band, clad in their iconic suits, took the stage around 9:20pm and opened with the first song, "Success," off their latest self-titled album. Although a bit of a dark and dreary way to open a show, you have to remind yourself that this is Interpol- dark & dreary is what they do. The band made no hesitation in going through their back catalogue, something I always appreciate, immediately following with Turn on the Bright Lights' "Say Hello to the Angels" before going into Antics' "Narc" and "Length of Love". The energy on stage was definitely there, though a lot of the credit there goes to guitarist Daniel Kessler, who rarely stops moving and acknowledging the crowd. I'm sure a lot of fans were initially disappointed upon hearing of Carlos D's departure earlier this year, but current touring bassist David Pajo of Slint is a worthy replacement. One of Interpol's strongest aspects are its flawless bass and drum interplay, and along with Sam Fogerino on drums, I don't think anyone dwelled too much on Dengler's absence.
While the crowd seemed initially reluctant to get too into the performance, by the time they went into "Slow Hands" the aisles were now nearly full of dancing fans. Following it with a slow song like "Untitled" might seem like an excellent way to kill the momentum, but instead playing the first song on their debut felt like the first time the band bonded with its audience. It reminded me of why I got into Interpol in the first place; the band that in 2002 suddenly became the so-called messiahs of New York City's indie scene.
Back to the momentum: a highlight of the show was "PDA", and the guitar breakdown in the middle received the most uproarious response the entire night, but this time following it with slow new song "Memory Serves" really brought things to a halt. They were able to pick things up with the great "Not Even Jail", but in my opinion, not the best way to close a set. Including favorites "Evil and "Obstacle 1" during the encore definitely helped, and while it seemed like for a minute there was going to be a second encore, all hope was lost when some of the brightest house lights I've ever seen shone down on the audience cueing a collective moan. Those who headed for the subway entrance at 175th Street were stuck trying to squeeze into the only two available turnstiles, prompting amusing belittlement to anyone whose Metrocard didn't work on the first swipe. If United Palace starts having more shows they might want to solve that problem, but for now the few big shows they have throughout the year should remain as exceptional as Friday's.
Interpol @ Voodoo Experience 2010 (more by Alysse Gafjken)
Interpol will complete their current North American tour at a sold out United Palace in NYC on November 5th. A week later they'll head to Europe for more touring, and they'll end the year with a New Years Eve show at the Falls Festival in Australia. Then near the end of January the band will start touring North America again, and that tour will include a February 17th show at Radio City Music Hall (ticket onsale date TBA). All dates below...
photos by Alysse Gafkjen
MGMT / My Morning Jacket
"It's more than an average sweat-your-brains-out, suffer-in-the-mud music festival. It's the Voodoo Experience, and it went down at City Park this weekend in New Orleans.MGMT probably had the most talked about costumes of the weekend. The band dressed up as the cartoon cast of Scooby Doo. More pictures and a bunch of videos from this past weekend's Halloween-themed New Orleans fest (not necessarily in order - a big mix of all three days), and MMJ's setlist (they covered Black Sabbath again), below...
Voodoo Fest, one of the world's largest Halloween parties, housed thousands of attendees who, for three days of musical bliss, watched some of the world's most notorious names -- including Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, MGMT and My Morning Jacket -- and donned costumes ranging from zombies to superheroes, fictional characters to condiments and anything and everything in-between." [The Daily Reveille]
photos by David Andrako
"show was amazing.got to hear try it on and stella.paul was smiling and actually speaking a little to the crowd about being spaced out about the setlist.Interpol played a last-minute show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Friday night. More pictures, a video, and the setlist from the show, below...
i was so happy to go to the show i was in interpol withdrawl thinking i would have to wait for november.
the setlist was awesome.the crowd was beyond into the show.it was nice to be with fans who really are into the band and to be in NYC made it all the more special for me.
very happy this morning.daniel and sam were on point as usual.i was dead center about 5 feet from the stage and i felt like the king.thanks guys." [julianerikson]
Interpol @ the Creators Project (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Interpol have added a Brooklyn show, taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg THIS FRIDAY, September 10th, and tickets are on sale now.
Interpol were supposed to play Wellmont Theatre in Montclair in August, but it was cancelled so the venue could do some emergency renovations. Their last NYC show was part of the "Creators Project", Their next one after this new Brooklyn show is not until November.
The band, in the midst or promoting their new album, played Kimmel last night.