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photos by Chris La Putt
Boris @ Irving Plaza
Japanese band Boris have been touring across America with a rotating cast of notable openers including Coliseum and Tera Melos (who they played with in Chicago), and Asobi Seksu and Liturgy who supported them in NYC at Irving Plaza on Thursday night (10/27).
More pictures from the NYC show, including a shot of Boris's setlist, below...
Devo @ Irving Plaza 2009 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
You have multiple chances to be and see DEVO over the next few weeks and months. Tonight (10/28) go to that Halloween party dressed in a yellow DEVO suit. Saturday switch it up by doing the grey and blue look. And meanwhile grab tickets to see Devo at one of the shows they just announced in NYC, VA, NJ and Long Island. All dates are listed below...
photos by Devan Council
X is for extreme, which is the only way I can describe Friday night's sold-out performance of X's 1980 debut album, Los Angeles, in its entirety. The show began with the viewing of X's 1986 documentary film, X: The Unheard Music, followed by the LA based band band taking the stage a little before 10pm....X played all of their landmark LP Los Angeles at Irving Plaza on 9/30, a feat they repeated the next night (10/1) at the same NYC venue, and the night before at Maxwell's. The band is currently touring and will hit Chicago for Riot Fest this week. An updated set of dates, and more pictures from Irving Plaza, below...
In front of a sold out crowd of some 1200 fans, X kicked off the set by playing "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not." As the masters on stage played each song with pure raw energy, the audience with all their pent up anticipation burst into excitement. X's version of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" was just as an exciting rendition of the original. "Los Angeles," the title track from the album of the same name had a strong delivery propelled by guitarist, Billy Zoom's mastery of his Gretsch guitar. Besides playing the entire Los Angeles album, X played songs from their albums Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World -[Concert Log]
Jane's Addiction @ T5 in July (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Jane's Addiction played their 2nd of two shows at Chicago's Metro last night (9/25), and we can now semi-exclusively reveal that the promised NYC club shows happening on 10/17 & 10/18 will take place at Irving Plaza. Tickets will go on presale Tuesday (9/27) at 10am EST via CitiPrivatePass.com. Tickets go on general sale Saturday (10/1) via Ticketmaster. We also have a few pairs you can win to the show on 10/18 (the same day JA's new album The Great Escape Artist is released). Contest instructions, all dates and a video from Chicago, below.
photos by Chris La Putt
OMD @ Irving Plaza - 9/21/2011
"You've gone back to friggin' guitar, bass and drums, how can that be the future? Bloody hell."Pictures from last night's OMD show, including one of the setlist (that isn't exactly what they played), and the actual setlist from the night before, below...
That's Andy McCluskey, of the English synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, circa 2000, reacting to the garage-rock bands that were suddenly all over. He was, to put it mildly, peeved. Once upon a time, OMD sounded as fearlessly futuristic as anything in pop music, and they were certain that their magical machines would render guitars obsolete. Now, well into middle age (and in the midst of an American tour that hits New York [last night and the night before]), they sound like a glorious old vision of a future that never arrived. The emergence of synth pop coincided with that of punk rock in the late 1970s, and the two shared similar do-it-ourselves, reject-the-geezers values. But although synth pop was eminently more progressive and daring, it's the punk rockers whom everybody looks back on with intense fondness and admiration. Who knows why this is? It could be as simple as that the guitar is such an awesome prop and that nobody has ever looked cool fingering notes on a synthesizer.
Whatever OMD may lack in stage presence, they make up for with songs. They had great danceable hits like "Enola Gay and "Electricity", and they also indulged in sonic experiments that are just as appealing, if you can give them time to sink in. [NY Times]
Just when it looked like Q-Tip (who recently cancelled a Brooklyn Bowl gig, a European tour and a Quicksilver free show appearance) was going to DJ a show this weekend, well, "The MJ party at irving plaza will be rescheduled due to irene. NYC." There will still be a 3-hour party in Prospect Park Saturday morning though.
OMD at Terminal 5 in March (more by Chris La Putt)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who reunited earlier this year to tour in support of 2010's reunion album History of Modern, are returning to North America this fall for another string of dates. The tour includes two stops in NYC: September 20 and 21 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale for both NYC shows Friday (7/8) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting Thursday (7/7) at 10 AM. Like the last tour, OMD will appear with their original lineup.
The last US date on this tour is October 13th in Austin, TX where an incident at SXSW caused the band to make the national news in March. They end their tour two days later in Mexico.
All tour dates and some videos from their Terminal 5 show in March below...
Much like the Damned (who will perform Damned Damned Damned and The Black Album on their upcoming tour), legendary punk band X will perform all of Los Angeles at some upcoming shows. They'll also host a screening of the classic documentary The Unheard Music when they hit Irving Plaza in NYC on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets for both shows, also available as a 2-day pass, went on Live Nation / Mobile App / Music Geeks presale today (6/14). General sale begins Friday.
Speaking of Los Angeles, the LA band is currently on tour in California where they're playing with the entire original lineup. That includes Exene who announced she was suffering from MS in 2009. That may be partly be because....
Nearly two years later, she reports that she may have been misdiagnosed.Well, that's great news!
"My doctor doesn't think I have MS anymore. He thought I had a virus, like a killer virus, then he decided I don't have that either. All I do is get tested - blood tests all the time. I go to a different doctor and they tell you something different, go to another one and they'll tell you something different. I've had so many doctors tell me I have MS, then some say I don't ... I don't even care anymore."
Yet she believes her diagnosis was a godsend: "I learned so much about people that are sick, people that are generous, people that share, people that give you advice, people that care about you and love you. It changed my life completely," she says.
"It made me a better person, made me take care of myself, whether I'm sick or I'm not. I've learned that everyone is sick with something. Our immune systems are failing, especially women. I know so many women with fibromyalgia, lupus, MS, cancer -- breast cancer, primarily -- chronic fatigue syndrome, depression ... we're falling apart. We can't do the work of five people."
Cervenka takes vitamins every day, exercises, keeps busy and spends time with her companion Minnie, a four-year-old miniature pincher. She's known she's been sick for a long time, she admits, but given the runaround so many receive from the medical community, she simply tries to tend to herself and not think about it.
"I've taken care of myself my whole life or I wouldn't be alive now. Look at the people who were in the early punk scene or the L.A. scene -- so many have passed away. A lot of that was misfortune and accidents, and some of it was just youth, suicide and drugs. The people that are around now that I've grown up with, we take pretty good care of ourselves. I mean we'll go out and have a drink or smoke a cigarette, but we take our vitamins." [OC Register]
John Doe also has some upcoming solo dates, many of which are with Jill Sobule who he's been recording with.
"A Day at the Pass finally captures an ongoing collaboration between Jill Sobule & John Doe. It was funded entirely by their fans & w/ an all-star band, recorded live at The Pass studio on one fine day in Los Angeles.You can listen to the CD with all tour dates, below...
It's available now as a digital download while a CD version, featuring 2 extra tracks, will be sold exclusively as part of Record Store Day beginning April 16th.
Included in both releases, for the hell of it, is a new garagey rockin' version of the "original" I Kissed a Girl."
photos by Matthew Eisman
Echo & the Bunnymen @ Irving Plaza
In the last few months they've been extensively touring, playing their first two albums in their entirety each night: 1980's Crocodiles and 1981's Heaven Up Here. It has been very successful thus far, and in May, they bring the Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here Tour to the U.S. It's a real treat for fans who've been there since the beginning. Or fans like myself who dove into the entire discography and cherished these records years after their release. But does playing two entire albums every night wear them out?That tour, with Kelley Stoltz, came to NYC for shows at Irving Plaza on Friday and Saturday night. Pictures from the first night, and both setlists, below...
"Well, we'll play both records in their entirety, then go offstage for a few, then come back and play more songs. Songs that aren't on either of those records, just ones we want to play anyway. It's a long show. It doesn't feel exhausting vocally; it's a pleasure really, and we all get a real thrill from it. I don't feel tired on stage. It's all split up; we play slower songs to relax a little then dive into rougher songs. There's an almost physical ebb and flow to it. Honestly, I could have a broken back, but once I'm on stage I don't feel anything else," said Ian McCulloch to the Aquarian Weekly
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tickets are now on Live Nation presale (password = "concert") for Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Irving Plaza on June 2nd. Presale ends at 10PM tomorrow (3/31) and tickets go on regular sale on Friday (4/1).
The show is two days before Ariel plays the 4th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA. There he'll meet up with The Dismemberment Plan, Nas, Man Man, Wiz Khalifa, and many others. Tickets are still available. Ariel's only other date at the moment is Coachella which is much sooner.
Ariel Pink played The Rock n Roll Circus under the Big Apple Circus big top in January (a day after the "unruly" Japanther). Another, long lost set of pictures from that show are below, along with the list of dates...
words & photos by BBG
Crowbar @ Irving Plaza
"Helmet promised and delivered the entire "Meantime" album and more. Never got to see them in the early 90's when they were all the rage, cuz' I was already really not into going to shows in 92' and much more into smoking pot and making videos at the School of Visual Arts, but that "Meantime" CD, I remember, sure did get a workout for awhile.The Metalliance tour hit Irving Plaza on Friday, 3/26, kicking off at the early hour of 6:30 PM with The Atlas Moth. At that hour it's a bit optimistic to expect a full crowd, but there were quite a few folks that made it in for the duration of the sold-out show. Headlined by Helmet (who played Meantime, and in order), the rest of the show was rounded out by Crowbar (who were awesome as usual), Saint Vitus (ditto), Kylesa (again), Red Fang, and Howl (along with the previously mentioned Atlas Moth).
Paige Hamilton, probably the most infamous post-hardcore millionaire ever, has always been an interesting fella in the annals of the mini-major/independent controversies that sort of started and ended in the post Nirvana, halcyon days of 90 whatever, with A & R's running around and signing every art school weirdo, whilst taking all the blue M&M's from their green rooms. Interesting to see them after all these years and ponder, "Has it really been 20 fucking years since film school?" Jeez. Paige looks good and his guitar was quite loud and supra, ahem, "staccato". Just a really weird bill, what with Helmet sort of inheriting that weird art school place they once lorded over. Not really metal, not really alternative, not really punk. Couldn't help but wonder how much of that one million bucks he still has? Great set, nada banter, just loud and sing alongish..." [TrashmansReader]
Metalliance is in Merriam, Kansas tonight (without Helmet). All dates and more pictures and some videos from Irving Plaza are below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
I'm starting to think Bob Pollard is some sort of miracle of modern science; a man capable of extreme alcohol/tobacco consumption, yet somehow able to give a flawless vocal performance. "Anybody got a joint?" Pollard asked a few songs in (someone from the crowd did in fact pass him one). The 53 year-old singer was swigging off a bottle of tequila most of the night and was practically incoherent between songs, but was shockingly able to hit every note and land every high kick on his own two feet. All this in a nearly three-hour New Year's Eve set from his band Guided by Voices that stretched past 1AM at Irving Plaza.
Former Cobra Verde and Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard opened the show with full band in tow. Gillard's backup group held their own with a great set of songs that I'm certain any GBV fan could appreciate. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made a special appearance for one song, but the real highlight of the set came aftger Gillard subtly suggested someone else join him on stage for their last song. Of course, this was the cue for Pollard to sing the post-classic lineup song "I Am A Tree" (which Gillard wrote), and halfway through the song, Pollard did just that. I don't think I was alone in hoping/predicting this would happen as soon as it was announced Doug Gillard was opening this show, and I was ecstatic when it did.
When I saw Guided By Voices at Terminal 5 back in November, I was impressed by how tight they sounded, especially considering how ridiculously lo-fi the recordings of these songs in particular are. This performance was no different. And much like that show, Tobin Sprout was again given the spotlight to sing three of GBV's most classic songs penned by the guitarist: "A Good Flying Bird", "Awful Bliss" and "14 Cheerleader Coldfront". There's something about this lineup that just seems so right. Forget that these songs are among Guided By Voices' most memorable and popular throughout their prolific catalog, the five of them seem to have great admiration for each other. The crowd was a different story. I witnessed two scuffles break out on the floor during the set and before GBV came out there was one fan vocally upset that his girlfriend was talking to a group of guys ten feet ahead of him. I guess this is what happens when emotions and champagne run high...
But leave it to a band like Guided By Voices to play a New Year's Eve show and totally miss the countdown at midnight. Despite several warnings that they were going to stop at midnight, it became apparent towards the end of "Exit Flagger" that, yeah, it was now 2011. It was definitely funny, but something tells me there were a few people who were a little confused. Either way, the band played for over another hour, returning for three encores (48 songs total), and ending with the appropriate "Don't Stop Now". Hopefully if you're a GBV fan you made it out to one of these New York-area shows, but something tells me this is not the last we'll see of this lineup.
They also played Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. Both setlists and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"still pumped from seeing KILLING JOKE at Irving Plaza last night. They played a ton of old stuff, and the new jams were just as good!" - John
"Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza. They have lost nothing over time" - Ann Wagner Hall
Invisible Oranges: The new album is called Absolute Dissent. In a world where about two percent of the population controls half of the wealth and thus the power associated with it, is real dissent even possible?Killing Joke was supposed to kick off their US tour on 12/2 at The Black Cat in DC, but due to visa issues, ended up playing their first show in NYC at Irving Plaza the next night (Friday, 12/3). The now-twelve date jaunt (was thirteen) is to show off their colossal new and reccommended LP Absolute Dissent (discussed above).
Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke: I think so, and I think it comes down to education in the end. We invariably create elites when only about one percent of the population understands the complex issues of the day. Look at the American electorate with the tea baggers and [Sarah] Palin. When it comes to foreign policy, many of these people aren't very informed. I believe in personal politics. I don't really participate in actual politics. Civil liberties are very dear to me, something we must not relinquish. That's the responsibility of every citizen, to ensure that civil liberties are maintained in a free and democratic system. Basically, what I'm trying to say is we are shaping the future. We all have to participate in finding solutions.
Greg Cristman, who goes to a lot of shows, described this one as one of the best twenty-five he's ever seen, and definitely the best of 2010. It was insanely loud but sounded great. "Jaz went off on this rant about the condition of the world and the rip offs and pollution and shit chemical companies with his magnificently scorched vocals. It was a truly an epic moment- fucking Godhead! Coleman was in full makeup and looked insane. Like Al Pacino in Scarface possessed by vampires. The crowd was really into and most everyone was dancing wildly. The set was about an hour and a half."
The full Killing Joke setlist with more pictures from the show (Android Lust opened), below...
photos by Alexander Stein
Are you in the holiday spirit yet? Last night (12/1) was the first of the 101.9 RXP "Yule Rock Holiday Concert Series" featuring Broken Bells (whose member Danger Mouse recently collaborated with Jack White) and Karen Elson (who is married to Jack White), a series that continues tommorrow night (12/3) with My Chemical Romance at the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom (one of three upcoming NYC MY Chemical Romance shows). The show was also the start of a short stint of Broken Bells tour dates that will last through the middle of the month, hitting nine cities before closing up shop at Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, California.
Karen Elson next appears in NYC as part of her group the Citizens Band at Highline Ballroom on December 18th...
"Equal parts show-stopping performers, political activists, eclectic tastemakers and headstrong personalities, The Citizens Band has been one of the most lauded and prominent staples of New York City nightlife for the past few years - a potent combination of the city's urban smarts, diverse style and forward-thinking attitude. Performers for "The Past is a Foreign Country" include Chelsea Bacon, Mr. Blue, Ian Buchanan, Michael Cavadias, Adam Crystal, Jorjee Douglass, Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Rachelle Garniez, Mike Jackson, Dave Lebleu, Mark McAdam, Angela McCluskey, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Jeff Palmiotti, Rain Phoenix, Kelly Pratt, Matt Ray, Ronin and Leah Siegel with direction by Calla Videt."The show "promotes the new Blue Key campaign, tackling the topic of refugees and displaced people. The Blue Key campaign, organized by USA for UNHCR draws attention to the work of the UN Refugee Agency and the global refugee crisis." Tickets are on sale.
Were you at the Irving Plaza show? Did Broken Bells mention their Grammy nomination from the stage? Maybe RXP morning host Matt Pinfield said something about it?
More pictures from the show, with both setlists, below...
The members of Junip may not have celebrated Thanksgiving growing up, but the Swedish group's music was perfect for Wednesday night's lazy, pre-holiday haze.
The evening began with a set by the talented group Lost in the Trees. From watching the cheerful interactions among the musicians on stage, it may be tempting to write off the North Carolinians as a bit too precious, but chief songwriter/composer Ari Picker's dark lyrics and foreboding orchestral solos are often anything but sweet and innocent. Dead babies, dashed hopes, dirty secrets, and sick hearts were all mentioned in the band's opening song, "All Alone in an Empty House." With the lyrics in mind, all those knowing glances exchanged on stage take on the sinister tone of a conniving group of co-conspirators.
The band may not have directly serenaded the audience by unplugging their instruments and hopping off stage as is often the case at their shows, but their performance was certainly not lacking in bravado. The audience easily warmed to their satisfying set.
Following Lost in the Trees, a strange series of projected images and videos (like psychedelic shadow puppets and car-driving cats) filled the screen as a way to distract concert-goers during the set-up process. Then, the screen lifted and Junip began to play at 9:45 sharp.
Even those who are relatively new to Junip may recognize the dulcet tones of José González on vox. What may come as a surprise is that González began making music with Junip more than four years before he embarked on successful career as a solo artist. Junip retains González' understated, largely indecipherable vocals and serious guitar work while boasting peppier percussion and fuller instrumentation thanks to collaborators Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. Now, after over a decade of sporadic activity, the group has embarked on a more serious regimen to coincide with the recent release of Fields.
In my personal experience, getting used to a bedroom musician's work with a band can be rough (Iron & Wine, anybody?), but since this project's name denotes a departure from José González, the solo artist, Junip becomes much easier to digest and enjoy.
Junip's setlist, more pictures from the show, and a Big Ass Lens profile of the band that was filmed at the show, below...
photos by Chris Doss
"Wow...New York, jaded? HELL NAW, New York was on FIRE!!!!! The best show I have ever had in the city in 14 years. Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow!!" - DJ Shadow
This time [DJ Shadow] came with his "Shadowsphere" a giant white orb that he dj'ed inside of, fully equipped to take you to another dimension. This video [below] doesn't give justice to 3D effect it has in person, but it's pretty incredible. While DJ Shadow cranks out the beats, his nerd navigator projects multiple video sequences on the sphere and onto the main screen behind it. Some of the effects are mind blowing and will freak you out! This vid has some of my favorite tunes back-to-back with some really nice live dnb remixing. It's another must see DJ Shadow performance. -[AOK Studios]Pigeon John opened and does again tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, which was sold out but it back on sale. More dates HERE. More pictures and some videos from Irving, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
[The Dresden Dolls have] been on hiatus for a few years, with both members working on other projects. ...It's difficult to find a crowd as receptive as the one that'll skip Halloween parties to show up for a cult act that hasn't played in a few years. This was a sold-out venue full of people who really, really wanted to be there -- most of them to see the Dolls, but also a few older rock geeks who came to see the Legendary Pink Dots, a long-running and hard-to-define act that Palmer calls her favorite.The Halloween show at Irving Plaza was the first of a short reunion tour run for The Dresden Dolls, and was one date on a separate tour for The Legendary Pink Dots who also played Le Poisson Rouge a couple of days earlier.
The fans got their money's worth, too, and not just because of the big balloon drop during a cover of the viral-video "Double Rainbow" song. The band -- Palmer on electric piano and vocals, and the terrific Brian Viglione on drums (and pantomime asides) -- is built to be stagey and theatrical, and they have a looseness that's great to watch. They know each other and their set well enough that they can wind down in the middle of a song to chatter among themselves or talk back to the audience. They pepper their act with storytelling numbers. They've also collected exactly the kind of fan base that enjoys dressing up and gathering together at their feet, which is a good bet for Halloween. -[New York Magazine]
The show was also an anniversary of sorts for the band; it was on Halloween in 2000 that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione first met. While the band has been on hiatus, Amanda has been busy making an even bigger name for herself. And take note: she is reportedly moving to Brooklyn in July (which is when she is also reportedly getting married to Neil Gaiman).
More Pictures from the gig (including DD's setlist and the costumed crowd), and some videos (including their cover of "War Pigs"), below...
Did you get your Guided by Voices New Years Eve tickets? If so, you probably got this email from Ticketmater:
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backstage @ the Atlanta show (seanstarwars)
I can't tell you how many times I asked people "when is Guided by Voices going to add a 2nd NYC show?" "Not going to happen" they always responded. Well, from one point of view they were right. It still didn't get added to the tour they announced almost four months ago. That's the same tour that hit Matador 21 and includes a single, sold out, November 7th NYC show at Terminal 5 (which also happens to be the final date of the tour).
However, a 2nd NYC show has been added! And it takes place almost 2 months later, December 31st, 2010 to be exact, at Irving Plaza ($72 ADV; $75 DOS, Tickets on sale Sat, Nov 6 @ 10AM).
Check out the 40 song setlist Guided by Voices played in Atlanta this past Saturday night, below...
photos by Keith Marlowe
In his book Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God, Greg Graffin says, "For me, the existence or nonexistence of God is a non-issue."Author Greg Graffin and his band Bad Religion are in the midst of celebrating 30 years with 3 special shows at Irving Plaza in NYC. The third and final date is tonight (10/27). Off With Their Heads and Aggrolites are the openers at all three. More dates, including the now Devo-less Fun Fun Fun Fest, HERE.
He's a naturalist, the lead singer of the punk rock band Bad Religion.
The notorious punk riot at the El Portal Theater in Los Angles on December 29, 1990 made his band infamous... but Graffin wasn't involved in it.
He still tours internationally with his band, whose new album The Dissent of Man celebrates 30 years of Bad Religion.
Graffin also has a PhD in zoology from Cornell. When he is not on stage, he teaches evolution at UCLA. -[CNN]
The first NYC show was on 10/20, during CMJ. At that show they explored early material. The second show was last night (10/26). Pictures from the first show adorn this post. They continue, with both setlists, below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Unfortunately, I missed most of the [CMJ] day panels due to work and school - but I was able to get my badge and head over to my favourite venue, Irving Plaza, to see Jenny and Johnny...Jenny & Johnny headlined the Ground Control Touring showcase at Irving Plaza last night (10/19), their only CMJ show . The openers on the other hand are each playing other times in NYC this week. They were Wild Nothing, Times New Viking, Happy Birthday, and La Sera.
At Irving Plaza, a more mature-sounding Jenny Lewis with fresh material awaited my presence. Jenny and Johnny do drift a bit away from Rilo Kiley by adding a mix of country and a male voice to Lewis's new sound. The country guitar twang on "Scissor Runner" was defintely more pronounced when performed live and was appreciated by everyone in attendance. Jenny also dedicated "New York Cartoon" to the people of New York City, which was something I appreciated...
Jonathan Rice has been a great addition to Jenny Lewis's repertoire. Hope there's more Jenny and Johnny in the future. -[B-Sides]
Jenny and Johnny are now on tour. More pictures, some videos and the setlist from the show (just the headliner for now), below...
photos by Alexis Maindrault, words by Andrew Frisicano
As their Twitter makes clear, this tour, the Thermals are into Furbys. The blinking, ear-wiggling, talking (though not during the show) animatronic creatures took the stage, courtesy of a roadie, five minutes before the band: The Thermals will not play without their Furbys. The trio came out (Hutch, Kathy and drummer Westin, who always kind of looks like their child playing drums for mom and dad's band), and it was "Here's Your Future," the rousing first track off The Body, the Blood, the Machine (BBM, if you will) that got the blood flowing to start off the night.
"We opened for Sleater-Kinney here five years ago," Hutch said of Irving Plaza, the mildly impersonal hall (partially because of the barricade between band and crowd) that hawks its popcorn and pizza (both a bit too pricy) between bands.
Tonight they were headlining, and playing in support of new record Personal Life, an inward look from the band prone to fist-pumpable anthems (the "When We Were Alive" boast of "you shoulda seen us in our PRIME" being one prime example). Shedding some light on the LP, Hutch remarked, "It's not about my personal life [pause]...it's slightly about my personal life." Which is good news for people looking for the band to take a new direction after the sorta meandering "Now We Can See," the much lighter follow-up to the agit-punk epic BBM.
At Irving Plaza, BBM's "Returning to the Fold" elicited mock baptisms and prayerful hands aloft in rapture. For that same album's single, "Pillar of Salt," even the soundboard operator, who had previously sold me my ticket (multi-tasking!), sang along.
The group also tapped into their first two albums, collections that could be described with words like "arty," "lo-fi," "post-." Thankfully, almost 10 years later, those tracks still stand up to repeated abuse live. They continue to be among the most energetically recieved, and it's fairly easy to see why. The tempos are fast, and Westin at the edge of his seat pounds the beats into the hi-hat and snare.
Personal Life is another beast all together. The drum kit is less manic, often tapping away at the ride cymbal, while the guitar drops at times to out put the bass up front. For those songs ("There's Nothing You Can't Learn," "Never Listen To Me," "Not Like Any Other Feeling") Hutch barely goes to his guitar, instead articulating the lyrics in Craig Finn-like gestures and poses. I'm sure the crowd will be jiving along with him in future shows, but here at least, it was fun to watch.
Second opener Twin Shadow (I missed So Cow unfortunately) filled in ably for Cymbals Eat Guitars, with their laid-back synth-pop. Twin Shadow's sound is immediately appealingly, syrupy and retro (chill, even), but the smooth vocals of George Lewis Jr. make the band a sexier enterprise than other gauzy '80s-inspired bands. In their hands, the big space felt like an intimate bedroom session.
More tour dates HERE. More pictures from the show (So Cow included), and the Thermals setlist, below...
Change of plans. Though all signs pointed toward a single date at Roseland for Bad Religion on 10/20, the band will now take their show downtown for a TRIO of shows at Irving Plaza: 10/20, 10/26, and 10/27. But wait! There's more:
To celebrate their 30th anniversary Bad Religion has chosen New York City's Irving Plaza to host 3 historic nights of music showcasing different albums from across the decades.All three shows will be opened by The Aggrolites & Off With Their Heads. Thinking the third night won't be too popular. Tickets go on presale Wed 8/25 at 10AM, and go on general sale Saturday (8/28) at noon for all three shows (10/20 tickets, 10/26, 10/27) or you can buy a VIP three-day pass! ("Includes ticket to all 3 nights, front of the line access, exclusive poster created for this event and a photo with the band on October 26th")
Night 1 (10/20) - From How Can Hell Be Any Worse to No Control:
On this night a selection of songs focusing on the first decade of the band will be played. A great cross section of songs that introduced the world to Bad Religion. This will also include an evening of hits and new songs.
Night 2 (10/26) - Against the Grain to No Substance:
Just like night one, this first set will focus on songs from Against the Grain, Generator, Recipe for Hate, Stranger than Fiction, The Gray Race and No Substance as well as hits and sings from the new release.
Night 3 (10/27) - The New America to The New Maps of Hell and Beyond:
Focusing on the last Decade of Bad Religion, This will include songs from The New America, Process of Belief, The Empire Strikes First, The New Maps of Hell and the new release.
Updated tour dates, and some videos below...
DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - I Don't Believe You (MP3)
The Thermals @ Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Andrew Frisicano)
The Thermals will release a new album entitled "Personal Life" on September 7th via Kill Rock Stars...
"For their upcoming album Personal Life, The Thermals re-teamed with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie). Walla and The Thermals have a long history together - Chris mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced their second LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). Walla brought his signature brand of crisp, shiny pop production to Personal Life, as he has done for records by Tegan and Sara and Telekinesis, to name just a few. Personal Life was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape, with no computers involved.Download that track for free above.
Sonically, Personal Life continues the Thermals tradition of high-energy punk/power/pop while also exploring darker, more introspective territory. Lyrically, Personal Life obsesses over love and lies with the same passion The Thermals have reserved for politics and death in the past.
The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released as a 7" and digitally by Kill Rock Stars on August 10th, 2010."
September is also when the Portland band will start playing shows again including a pre-tour performance at the Bumbershoot Festival, and a during-tour show at Irving Plaza in NYC on October 13th. That show, like many on the tour, is with Cymbals Eat Guitars who just played Siren Fest and Irving Plaza before that (weird for an "indie" band to play there even once these days). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Monday at noon.
All dates below....