Entries tagged with: Irving Plaza
by Andrew Sacher
Paul McCartney celebrated Valentine's Day in style, coming to NYC for an extremely intimate show at Irving Plaza, a 1000-capacity venue -- compared to his two nights in 2013 at the 18,000-capacity Barclays Center and his two nights in 2011 at the 50,000-capacity Yankee Stadium. A few hundred tickets were sold that morning, but needless to say it was nearly impossible to get into, and even ticketholders were waiting on a huge line down the block (it moved fast though). The show coincided with Paul's appearance at SNL's 40th anniversary tonight, and tons of famous faces were watching from the VIP balcony, including Meryl Streep, Fred Armisen, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, David Spade, Steve Van Zandt, Chris Rock and more. It's a big weekend for surprise shows in NYC in general, also thanks to NBA All-Star Weekend and Fashion Week resulting in the previous night's private Drake / Nas show at the same venue, the Prince show on Wall Street that night, and the Kanye West show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza on Thursday.
Because of the occasion, the show was a little different than other Paul McCartney shows. He and his band took the stage at the late hour of 11 PM, and played a 26-song, one-encore set that ended just over an hour and a half later (as opposed to his 38-song, two-encore set at his recent Barclays Center show). They spent a good portion of the night playing acoustic guitar-led songs, and they seemed to be choosing the setlist based mostly on love-themed material (for example, we didn't get "A Day In The Life," "Live and Let Die," "Helter Skelter," "Eleanor Rigby" and other huge live staples). But you don't leave a Paul McCartney show at a venue that size and get picky about the setlist. When he did play the heavy hitters, the whole place lit up like only few concerts ever can. Not many live music experiences rival a tightly-packed awestruck crowd of 1,000 people singing "Eight Days a Week," "All My Loving," "I've Just Seen A Face," "We Can Work It Out," "And I Love Her," "Lady Madonna," "Drive My Car," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Let it Be" and "Hey Jude" right back at the guy who wrote them.
The one spectacle of the night happened during "My Valentine," which Paul dedicated to his wife Nancy who was in the audience, when red confetti poured out over the crowd. Other than that, we just got to see Paul and his fantastic band for exactly what they are: a fantastic band. No videos playing behind them of The Beatles in their early days, no fancy lights, no rainbow-colored piano pushed to center stage. Just a few guys playing some of the best rock and roll songs ever written without a misstep in sight. Every four-part harmony, every guitar solo, and every minor embellishment was played exactly the way you remember it. It really doesn't need to be said, but in case there was any doubt, popular music's most ageless frontman and his band are flawless.
A few more pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show, below...
Let's do the math. A band, who just put out the 12th best album of the year (just kidding), and who feel confident enough to announce a show at Citi Field (capacity: 45,000+) (not kidding), is playing a show at Irving Plaza (capactity: 1000+). No tickets were available in advance, and a good portion are obviously going to the guestlist. This is the type of band people will camp out to see, and they're giving tickets out first come, first served. Translation: YOU PROBABLY AREN'T GETTING IN, no matter what system they implement. If they gave out wristbands-good-for-a-ticket before 3pm (which was the time they said you couldn't line up before), then that's definitely kind of messed up, but then again, a giant mob of people showed up, and some of those people that got tickets slept in their spot in line last night! If you got there at 3pm and found out it was sold out already, at least you didn't have to wait in line at all.
If you didn't get tickets, look at it this way... you're now free to see all the more interesting shows happening around town like tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Sharon Jones, Elvis Depressedly, Doomriders, Single Mothers, The Feelies, Philip Glass, and The Blow. Or you can set yourself up for even further disappointment by using your new found free time to try and weasel your way in to that Vice shindig.
"Usher is preparing for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour, however ticket sales reportedly have been lackluster.August Alsina can't catch a break. The up and coming R&B singer recently collapsed on stage at Irving Plaza in NYC, as you can see in the scary video below. He then spent two weeks in the hospital before being discharged. The exact reasons for the fall and hospital stay are unclear, though TMZ says he later had seizures and ended up in a coma. "August's rep tells us doctors are prescribing lots of rest before he attempts the tour [with Usher]. We're told the seizures were the result of a head injury when he fell -- and August doesn't need medication."
Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the crooner's 27-city outing is said to have sold only a small portion of the available seats.
"Usher's sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he's selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can't offset the bad ones," says one source.
In addition, tour promoter Live Nation could potentially lose $5 million due to soft ticket sales, which some insiders attribute to the lack of a strong opening act -- August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are currently on the roster." [ABC]
Usher's NYC show is at Madison Square Garden on 11/7. More dates at his site. Irving Plaza fall video below...
Last week's Chicago show (more by James Richards)
Last minute NYC show cancellation "due to illness". More details as they are announced including a possible make up date.
Check out their new video for "Pitbull Terrier" instead, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Magical show. Magical night. @londongrammar, I love you. @ Irving Plaza" - Anais Hooligan
"hannah's voice is so hauntingly beautiful...gave me goosebumps. thanks for great show at irving plaza" - @xxsimplysusanxx
"London Grammar straight up killing it. @ Irving Plaza" - Tamara Cabrero
Like fellow Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith, UK synth pop trio London Grammar are now known for much more than their contribution to Settle, and have been selling out shows on their North American tour with Haerts, like last night's BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show at Irving Plaza (4/9). Their 10-song set (encore included) hit a bunch of the favorites from their 2013 EP Metal & Dust and debut LP If You Wait, including both releases' title tracks, "Strong," their cover of Kavinsky's Drive contribution, "Nightcall" and more. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More pics, including one of the setlist, and videos of LG playing those four aforementioned songs at last night's show, below...
Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.
UK electronic pop trio London Grammar, who were one of the collaborators on Disclosure's Settle and also released their own debut LP If You Wait this year, were in North America not long ago, and they've announced that they'll return in 2014. We already knew they'd be coming for SXSW, and they'll do other shows on our side of the Atlantic around then too. Those dates include a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show happening on April 9 at Irving Plaza (their last NYC show was a sold out one at the smaller Gramercy Theatre). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (11/21) at 9 AM (check back Thursday morning for the password). After that, Live Nation and Music Geeks presales start Thursday at 10 AM. All currently announced dates are listed below, but stay tuned for more too.
When London Grammar's September/October tour hit Seattle, they recorded a KEXP session, which was recently uploaded and can be watched in full below.
The trio are also set to release a single/EP for the track "Nightcall" which was on their debut LP, and that will be out on November 8. That will feature a remix of the track by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. You can listen to that, along with those videos and the list of tour dates, below...
by Caroline Harrison
Built to Spill @ Irving Plaza
Indie rock stalwarts Built to Spill played a sold out show at Irving Plaza on Thursday night with openers the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk.
Anyone who's been to a lot of concerts has had to sit through at least one unforgettably bad opener. For me, the Warm Hair has officially usurped the title of worst of the worst all the bad openers I've ever sat through. I was honestly left wondering if Built to Spill had lost a bet and had to include them on their national tour, or if I'd just witnessed an Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece about a washed up J. Geils wannabe and I hadn't been let in on the joke. It even got so bad that the crowd started chanting for Built to Spill before the Warm Hair had finished playing.
Built to Spill took the stage shortly before 10 and tore through two solid hours. They played a fair number of 90s and early aughts material, including fan favorites "Carry the Zero," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Center of the Universe," and "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss." About halfway through their set they busted out a raucous rendition of Captain Beefheart's "Abba Zabba" with guitarist Brett Netson on lead vox -- and on top of the stacks at Irving. (Full set list below)
They led off their encore with two covers -- Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" and the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" For me, Martsch has always been one of those guitarists whose style has been immediately recognizable, like a sonic fingerprint. So, it was fascinating to see how, despite straight renditions of the covers, Martsch's unique sound still shone through.
Pictures of the show are in this post. More of them along with the full setlist and all tour dates, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
FLAG @ Irving Plaza, 9/19/2013
FLAG are one of two groups currently touring with Black Flag members and playing their songs, this one featuring original memebers Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, along with guitarist Stephen Egerton. They just wrapped up their tour with fellow LA punks TSOL and Cerebral Balzy and one of the last stops was at Irving Plaza last week (9/19). Though controversy and lawsuits abound between the two Flags, the crowd at Irving Plaza didn't seem to care. Pictures from that show are in this post.
You can also catch Cerebral Ballzy in NYC when they play The Grand Victory on 10/17 (tickets). More pictures from Irving Plaza, a sweet shot of audience members Jerry Only and John Joseph included, below...
J Cole at Pier 36 in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As mentioned, rapper J. Cole released his new album, Born Sinner (listen on Spotify), this week and is celebrating with $1 shows in select North American cities. The venue for each show is being announced day-of, and it's been announced that tonight's NYC show will be at Irving Plaza, and the only way to get in is to go down to the venue and pay the $1 at the door, starting NOW (2 PM). Wristbands are being given out - first come, first served.
(UPDATE: this post originally said there were two shows tonight, and while you never know what might happen, we are now being told it's actually just one show for now).
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumor turns to fact. Godflesh have announced more US dates, and now those include a stop in NYC! Save the date... October 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon. All known dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.
Sigur Ros sent out the following message today:
a band note about madison square garden showThe MSG show was first announced as part of tour in November 2012.
almost a dozen years ago we played our first nyc show at irving plaza. we'd originally booked to do angel orensanz, but it blew out fast and we had to move to the bigger room. even so, all the way through the subsequent beacon theaters, united palaces, radio city music halls, even, we never thought we'd get to play madison square garden. it just seemed so...iconic?, establishment?, or maybe just big? when we performed downstairs at the madison square theater in 2006, billy joel was doing a 15-night run above us. that seemed like the right order of things. and yet, here we are, two weeks out from what we can only described as the big one!
we are currently "warming up" in europe, so that when we hit the east coast we are the real hot tamale for y'all. of course, we would say the show's great, but, you know what?, it is. there will be a bunch of new songs and all the stuff we currently love the most from our back pages, all set to the best and brightest production we've ever managed to cram in a small fleet of trucks. most of the show's sold, but there are still some tickets left with the building just having opened up more seats at $35. plus, everyone buying tickets gets a free 3-track digital ep of new material, which will be sent out in advance of the show. we're excited. we hope you are too.
- sigur rós
Blonde Redhead at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Blonde Redhead have been quiet for most of 2012 (perhaps spent writing songs for their next album) but will play NYC on New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza with openers Beach Fossils (whose new album features vocals from BR's Kazu Makino). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter are below.
For a glimpse at what Blonde Redhead did do this year, the band gave us a Top 10 of 2012 list that includes, travel, food, parties, memories, live shows... and albums too (Dirty Projectors made their favorite). Check out their list below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Fred Pessaro
The room was only half full by the time Chris, Kim, Matt and Ben returned to the stage for their second, and only true encore last night at Irving Plaza (11/13). Most assumed the show was over after the curtain went down and the house music went on, but the diehards forced the band back back on stage to play Badmotorfinger's breakout single, "Rusty Cage". The intimate record release show was technically the band's third in two days (they played the Ed Sullivan Theater and with Chris at Bowery Ballroom one day earlier), but it was their first proper gig on the isle of Manhattan in more than 15 years (they played Jones Beach, Prudential Center and Atlantic City in 2011). And the reunited foursome delivered again this time around
With all four players back in the fold and no support band to warm the crowd, the momentum would belong wholly to Soundgarden. The energy in the room in the moments before the quartet hit the stage was palpable, and when the band finally did open with Ultramega OK's "Incessant Mace" and eventually transitioned to "Jesus Christ Pose" it was clear that the older-skewing crowd was into it. Way into it. Like 35-year olds crowd-surfing into it.
One of the greatest things about Soundgarden was always the individuality between the players... a meeting of four forces that formed a bit of a less-virtuosic, "grunge version" of The Who. Ben Shepard's low slung bass and tone always cut through the mix, and coupled with Matt Cameron's always impressive drumming that never feels overly showy, they were one of the tightest rhythm sections in popular music. Kim Thayil's beef-stroganoff-riffs always felt intricate yet astonishingly simple. And last but not least, pretty boy Chris Cornell's high-pitched wail soared above it all. When Soundgarden split, it was the dissolution of four individuals that formed a whole.
The reunion has been kind with tons of interest from fans. And as a band, they are well-prepared and Cornell's voice has clearly aged like a fine whiskey. Each of the individual players haven't lost a step. Their set was well in tune with the audience's needs, yet included plenty of material from their new album King Animal which was released this week (setlist below). Soundgarden is clearly as good or better than a reunited band should be.
Yet I couldn't help but be disappointed by sound. Kim Thayil's thunder seemed toned down. Soundgarden came up in the era and scene that bore greats like Melvins, Nirvana, Mudhoney and so many more, yet at Irving Plaza, the guitar muscle was sorely lacking. The individual players were barely distinguishable... unlike all of the cymbals and hi-hats. This was a heavy band that pop met in the middle, never a band that went down the pop road willfully and purposely.
Either way, Irving Plaza is much too small for a band of this size. Look for the mix to be vastly improved (hopefully) at one of their upcoming bigger shows. Until then, check out more pictures and the setlist from Irving, below.
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soundgarden are set to release King Animal, their first album since 1996's Down on the Upside, and first since the band reunited in 2010, on November 13 and they've just announced that they'll play three intimate North American shows in support of it. Those shows happen in NYC, Toronto, and LA. The NYC show happens the day of the album's release, November 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale November 9 at 10 AM, and if you pre-order King Animal at Soundgarden's website before 11:59 PST on November 7, you'll gain access to a presale which begins November 8 at noon.
A list of all dates and a stream of King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," are below...
photos Chris La Putt
"Listen, I just watched OFF! and The Spits. I know nothing about with binders or whatnot, but Keith Morris lectured me about voting. #punk" - Scare Gardscare
The Spits @ Irving Plaza - - 10/16/2012
CMJ at Irving Plaza (where there are big shows every night this week) began Tuesday night with the touring combo of OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative. It was a night of angry-not-punk rock... From a recent Rolling Stone article:
"With part of the hardcore mentality there became this batch of rules," [OFF!'s Keith] Morris tells Rolling Stone. "If somebody says, 'Well, you're hardcore' or 'You're punk rock,' I'm not gonna argue with you - except I'm not any of that stuff. I'm 57 years old. I'm just angry, and I'm pissed off."Though it continues:
"What we're doing now is kind of like a party," Morris says. "And we invited some of the bands that we believe are the best to be playing with us, to make this special, to make our party on wheels something that we want a lot of different people to come to."The party on wheels continues TONIGHT IN NJ (for those who missed the Irving show because they were home watching the debate).
Check out more pictures from NYC, OFF!'s setlist included, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Best Coast at Terminal 5 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Last year, a video made internet rounds of Best Coast covering Blink 182's "Dammit" at one of her shows, and soon after she contributed vocals to New Found Glory's 2011 LP, Radiosurgery. But Best Coast's pop punk love doesn't stop there. It's just been announced that Best Coast will open for Green Day on their upcoming tour which hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on January 16. (Tickets for that show are still available.) Maybe this also has something to do with Green Day's desire for power pop, garage rock, and a return to the simplicity of Dookie?
This tour kicks off in January, 2013 but in advance of it, Green Day stopped by NYC for an initimate show at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/15). At that show, they played a 38-song set spanning their career and included eight songs from their Lookout! Records days. The setlist and a video from that show are below.
You can also stream ¡Uno!, the first of their three upcoming albums, in its entirety at the band's facebook page (in exchange for liking the page).
A list of all dates, along with that setlist and video are below.
Ariel Pink at Irving Plaza - 9/12/12 (via Leandro Justen)
As mentioned, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti are on tour now (a tour that hit Austin recently) in support of their new album, Mature Themes, and the tour hits NYC TONIGHT (9/14) at Webster Hall with BODYGUARD (aka James Ferraro) and TEEN. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All tour dates are listed below.
After the Webster Hall show BODYGUARD will head to 285 Kent for a show with three secret artists. Any guesses on who they might be?
You might be aware that Ariel Pink was also in NYC a few days earlier and played a private Proenza Schouler Fashion Week party at Irving Plaza on Wednesday (9/12), which is pictured above. If you were at the party, how was it? Weyes Blood (aka fromer Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering), who plays with Sun Araw soon, was at the show and sang backup vocals with Ariel Pink for his song "Early Birds." Wonder if Ariel has any surprises like that in store for tonight.
Speaking of shows happening in Manhattan tonight, Holy Other will be opening for Amon Tobin at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight (9/14). Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Amon Tobin is also DJing a boat party on Saturday.
An updated list of Ariel Pink dates is below...
JAMC at Irving Plaza, 9/13/2012
The Jesus and Mary Chain played their first of two NYC reunion shows at Irving Plaza last night (9/13), backed by support from The Psychic Paramount and The Vandelles. The band, who also hit Hopscotch on this tour, returns tonight to close out their stay. Unfortunately I arrived shortly before The Jesus and Mary Chain got on stage, so I missed the openers but pictures of the Reid brothers and Co are in this post.
To say that I am a huge fan of JAMC is a bit of an understatement; Psychocandy is one of my favorite records ever. My last experience with them was during their reunion tour in 2007, and I was more than a little disappointed with their "stage show" that night at Webster Hall. That said, their music has meant so much to me over the years, that I decided to give it another go.
But some things are better left in your head. The brothers Reid definitely had a great setlist (see it below), but there was a looseness (a few times they were just plain sloppy) that wasn't befitting a "professional band," let alone one that charges around $50 for their shows and his been around for close to 30 years. That noisy guitar tone that marked those early records is not in the same city, let alone ballpark. And though it seems to fit the persona, Jim Reid's vocal delivery is a hair above full-on sleepwalk.
But all that said, there is nothing taking away from those songs, so despite my misgivings it was still great to hear them open with "Snakedriver" and play classics like "Reverence" and "Just like Honey" (anybody know who sang backing vocals?) though "Sometimes Always" would have been nice (yes, I know that Hope Sandoval isn't exactly the easiest pin down, let alone replace live).
Pictures from Irving Plaza, including the setlist, are below.
Pinback at MHOW in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pinback are finally releasing the followup to 2007's Autumn of the Seraphs with their new album, Information Retrieved, which is due out on October 16. The album will feature the tracks "Sherman" and "True North," which were released as Record Store Day singles in 2011, and the new track, "Proceed to Memory" -- all of which can be streamed below, where you'll also find the album's cover art and tracklist.
Pinback will be supporting the new album with a tour later this year.
All of the dates haven't been announced yet, but some have been revealed including a NYC show which happens on November 12 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/31) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Music Geeks presale starting Thursday (8/30) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: All dates have been announced and are listed, along with the song streams, cover art and tracklist, below.
Heartless Bastards at La Zona Rosa in Austin 4/20/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Heartless Bastards just announced a wide-reaching fall tour in support of their most recent album Arrow which came out back in February on Partisan Records. The tour will stop in NYC on October 27 at Irving Plaza with openers Futurebirds (who just played Outside Lands). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10 AM, with a Live Nation mobile app presale starting Thursday (8/16) at 10 AM.
You can check out a video for Heartless Bastards' "Only for You" below, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
Big K.R.I.T. at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Big K.R.I.T. released his first official album (following a number of mixtapes), Live From the Underground, earlier this year via Def Jam. It's a solid album and continues to prove that K.R.I.T. is one of the most consistent rappers (and producers) in today's game but, like his other recent mixtapes, it lacks a standout single like "Country Shit." He recently made a video for album track, "What U Mean" (featuring Ludacris), which you can watch below.
K.R.I.T. is currently on a tour supporting the album, which hits NYC on September 20 at Irving Plaza with Slim Thug. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and the video are below.
The previously discussed dates (10/11 - 10/14) for the Revelation Records 25h Anniversary show have been confirmed publicly by the label who has now released a second flyer. The first was the one with the "X" that we posted about 6/17 (which went up on the Revelation site the next day) and now we have this second flyer which clearly points out the state of Texas. Can we look forward to Chain of Strength with Texas is The Reason? Seems alot more likely than Quicksand.
UPDATE: Looks like Into Another is on board, from the looks of the flyer below (that came from the Revelation Records website).
According to a source close to the festival, the previously rumored Chain of Strength will indeed headline two of the four nights of the Revelation Records East Coast four-day celebration. The band will appear at both the October 12th and 13th shows, though still no word on additional bands slated for the gala. We do know that Quicksand isn't one of them though (at the moment anyway). Ticketing info is still forthcoming.
Chain of Strength split 21 years ago, leaving a lasting impression with their True Till Death 7" and The One Thing That Still Holds True full length, both of which hit via Revelation Records. The LP's catalog number was REV-010, could that (and a straight edge reference) be the significance of the "X" in the flyer?
Check out some video of Chain of Strength in the 90s below, alongside a video of Mouthpiece covering the band's "True Til Death" in Pomona for Revelation Records West Coast Anniversary show....
JAMC at The Fillmore, SF 6/14/2012 (via @Starflyerboy)
As we knew The Jesus & Mary Chain were heading to the East Coast (Osheaga in Montreal in August and Hopscotch in North Carolina in September), and various dates around Hopscotch have leaked, but we've been wondering when and if an NYC show might appear. Turns out there are two: the JAMC will play Irving Plaza on September 13 and 14. Tickets for the 9/13 and 9/14 shows go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10AM with a presale starting June 21 at 10AM. All currently known JAMC dates are listed below (more to be announced).
The Reid brothers played California last week, with a Stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/14. Here a bit of SF Weekly's (mostly) positive review:
Last night at the Fillmore, The Jesus and Mary Chain botched the beginning of three different songs, accidentally knocked over multiple microphone stands, and dropped many drum sticks. The Reid brothers, Jim and William, who comprise the group's core, bickered; additional guitarist John Moore was told to "shut up"; and the microphones fed back intermittently. Yet it was incredible how well all of this negativity suited the band.It's not a good JAMC show unless the band are on the brink of a fistfight. A few videos from the Fillmore show and the setlist are with the dates below.
The JAMC's aesthetic is marked by a duality that permeates every facet of its existence. Each hook is balanced with noise. Its catchiest tunes are usually the most depressing lyrically. During the band's set last night, this duality manifested itself in more than just the songs. Adorned in black blazers underneath minimal lighting, and enshrouded in gratuitous clouds of smoke, the group maintained a stoic attitude throughout the evening that was only broken by fits of frustration...
... The most upbeat tunes were followed by the most mournful, and activity on the sold-out dance floor degenerated into a bog of underwhelmed fun-seekers. Seemingly in a reaction to the morose pace of "Sidewalking," one attendee clambered on stage and began crawling. For the duration of the song's final verse, chorus, and outro, the woman slowly crawled her way from one side of the stage to the other, uninhibited, and looked decidedly cool doing it. A frenzied stage diver would not have had nearly the same effect. Anticipating the inevitable plunge and capture, she donned shades and plodded along with the perverse determination of a cult ritual. Like the tragic heroine in a JAMC lyric, she made a spectacle before self-destruction. [SF Weekly]