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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
King Khan & the Shrines @ LPR 6/6/2014
King Khan & the Shrines spent the weekend in NYC, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (6/6) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/7), part of their tour with fellow Canadians Red Mass. Pics from LPR are in this post.
Khan's voice sounded a little shot on Saturday but he and the band were in typically good spirits. The Shrines are one of those bands whose jobs it is to "have a good time" and to exalt the King. Keyboardist Fred Fredovitch had his enormous organ (ahem) in crowd by the second song. It's schtick, but it's good schtick, and they're killer musicians with good songs at the base. Great songs, even, like "Bite My Tongue" and "Land of the Freak," "I Wanna Be a Girl" and "Born to Die" from last year's Idle No More." Check out the full setlist from LPR below.
Openers Red Mass were good too and, like The Shrines, mix genres. But where King Khan imagines a Motown that would've signed The Stooges, Roy of Red Mass doesn't have quite as singular a vision. Some songs were straight-up garage punk, others had an almost disco backbeat that would've been at home in 2005. They were all pretty good though. (Their drummer is crazy good.) Not sure why they came out in hoods and animal masks only to almost immediately discard them, something it doesn't look like they did at the LPR show. Also: at MHOW, the band brought out Rick Froberg (Obits/Hot Snakes) for the song he sings on for Red Mass' new album due out later this year.
Both King Khan and Red Mass play again tonight (6/8) at NJ's Asbury Lanes. You can also catch Red Mass on Monday (6/9) at The Flat with Foster Care and Atlanta's Dasher.
More pictures and the setlist from LPR, below...
The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, King Khan will be in NYC when he and his band The Shrines bring their tour with Red Mass to LPR on Friday (6/6) (tickets) and MHOW on Saturday (6/7) (tickets).
After that, he and the Shrines will be sticking around for a FREE show at Manhattan Inn on Monday (6/9) with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Manhattan Inn is tiny, that should be a crazy show. Also a late one, starting at 10 PM.
UPDATE: The band and some of their representatives tell us that, despite what Manhattan Inn is listing, King Khan and the Shrines will NOT be playing there.
King Khan will be back in NYC this fall when his band the BBQ show tours with Black Lips.
The same night as King Khan's free-or-not-happening Manhattan Inn show, folk legend Ed Askew plays a free early show (7 PM) with Abhay Singh. Later int he month, Ed hits the stage in NYC again on June 23 at Cake Shop with Opal Onyx and George Sand. Also Monday: King Khan's current tourmates Red Mass play The Flat.
Sooner than that, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser plays Manhattan Inn too.
Montreal's Red Mass are a mercurial lot. Led by onetime CPC Gangbangs member Roy Vucino (aka Choyce), the line-up has expanded and contracted but the MO remains the same: pysch-punk with a flair for arty drama. I caught Red Mass' first-ever show back in 2008 when there was about 10 of them; these days the band are down to a more typical lineup. Red Mass' new album, A Hopeless Noise: The Story of a Diamond Girl will be out later this year and features appearances from King Khan, Mac DeMarco, Obits/Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu's Rick Froberg and Mike Watt. You can check out "Sharp," the video of which has DeMarco in it, below.
Red Mass are currently on tour with King Khan & the Shrines which rolls into the NYC area this weekend: Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 6 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 7 (tickets); and NJ's Asbury Lanes on Sunday, June 8 (tickets). If you wanna see Red Mass in a more up-close-and-personal enviornment, they'll play Brooklyn's The Flat on Monday (6/9) with Dasher and Foster Care.
Choyce's other current project, PYPY, were through NYC not too long ago.
King Khan and the Shrines also play a free show at Manhattan Inn on Monday, the same day as Red Mass' Flat show.
All dates, plus the "Sharp" video and flyers, below...
Black Lips @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
With their new album, Underneath the Rainbow, out, The Black Lips train keeps on rolling with no signs of stopping. Already having made their way across North America this spring, the band have their eyes set on a fall tour as well, with the The King Khan & BBQ Show. While a formal tour announcement hasn't been made yet (UPDATE: announced, all dates below), much of the tour has popped up, including two stops in NYC: September 30 at Irving Plaza and October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (5/30) at noon; tickets for Irving Plaza go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
All Black Lips tour dates are listed below...
The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:
This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.Tickets at BAM's website.
This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.
Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:
We mentioned yesterday that King Khan & the Shrines' song "Born to Die" was getting an epic video treatment. That phantasmagoric video has made its debut and you can watch it in this post. There are comets, executions, 17th century fops, minotaurs, cats and more. What does it all mean? King Khan illuminates:
I was really inspired by this story i once read about Marie Laveau, the legendary voodoo priestess of New Orleans. They say that she was asked to help with a court case where an innocent Creole man was falsely accused for something and was supposed to be sentenced to death. She stood outside of the courtroom every day and put some very hot chiles in her mouth and held them there for the entire time the court was in session for days, with tears rolling down her face constantly. The man was set free. I wanted to show Louis the 14th ordering modern executions to show folks that things have really not changed much. The powers that be are still these royal families that call all the shots. I still believe there is a ray of hope that comes from some mysterious spiritual place. Ultimately, I wanted to pay tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky who is one of my spiritual gurus and one of the greatest film makers of all time.Catch King Khan & the Shrines live when their tour hits NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on June 6 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 7. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/28) at noon. Tickets to LPR go on sale Friday at 1 PM.
"Born to Die" video below...
King Khan & the Shrines, who last played NYC back in October, have just announced a tour with Montreal's Red Mass. Dates include two stops in NYC: Le Poisson Rouge on June 6 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 7. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/26) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/28) at noon. Tickets to LPR go on sale Friday at 1 PM.
"Born to Die," the lead track from King Khan's 2013 album, Idle No More, is getting what looks to be an epic video treatment. Check out the trailer for that, along with the list of all 2014 North American tour dates, below....
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
King Khan & the Shrines @ Webster Hall, 10/30/2013
Arish Ahmad Khan seems to have the spirit of James Brown trapped inside his big frame. Decked out in a shiny suit and dancing like a maniac (when not playing guitar), Khan was pure showbiz at Webster Hall on Wednesday night (10/30), the NYC stop on King Khan & the Shrines' current tour supporting Idle No More, their first record in five years. There's nothing new about what they do, but Khan is a) a good songwriter who knows what garage soul should sound like and b) surrounds himself with crack musicians who are nearly -- if not sometimes more -- energetic as he is.
Given his wild man rep and that the show was happening on Devil's night, I was actually expecting more "shenanigans" but Khan and The Shrines let the music do the talking. (He did come out in his golden underwear, cape and headdress for the encore.) The folks at Webster Hall -- including at least 10 people dressed as "French KISS" -- were eating it up. To continue the JB analogy, I haven't seen a crowd so wanting to just touch a performer (or any member of the band), as they were to Khan on Wednesday in ages. I wish they'd played slow burner "There is Darkness" off the new album, but otherwise great show.
HellShovel opened the night (who I missed) and Jonathan Toubin kept things hoppin' between sets with a selection of rock n' roll Halloween novelty singles from the '50s and '60s. Our photographer was there for the whole night, however, and pictures from the show are in this post.
by Bill Pearis
The Black Lips are about to start their East Coast tour which includes two NYC stops: Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 4 with Subsonics and Weird Womb, and Bowery Ballroom on November 5 with Tweens and Habibi. They're also playing NJ's Asbury Lanes on November 3 with Subsonics. Tickets those shows are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below.
In addition to their live shows, Black Lips will also be presenting the film Kids Like You & Me, which documents their 2012 tour of the Middle East a trek that took two years of planning and incurred no shortage of figurative and literal roadblocks. You can watch the trailer below. In NYC the film screens on November 4 at Nitehawk Cinemas at 7:30 PM (tickets) and on November 5 it screens at the Village East at 7 PM (tickets). All screening dates are in a flyer below.
Meanwhile, Black Lips good pals King Khan and the Shrines play a big gig tonight (10/30) at Webster Hall. These guys always put on a wild show and add in that it's Devil's Night and who knows what mischief they'll get into. HELL SHOVEL open the show, with DJ sets from Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard KK&tS' new album, it's terrific and can be streamed in full over at Merge's site.
And related, ATL garage rockers Carnivores (also pals of the Black Lips) are playing a NYC Halloween show at Shea Stadium where, in addition to their own stuff, they'll do a set as The B-52s. Other "costume" sets include Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground, which they announced well before Lou Reed's passing) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). $8 at the door ($10 without a costume).
Black Lips tour dates are listed, along with the film trailer and screening dates flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Action Bronson appealing to a new demo
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.
by Bill Pearis
King Khan & the Shrines @ House of Vans 2012 (more by Courtney Dudley)
Apart from last year's terrific single, "I'll Bite My Tongue," it's been six years since King Khan & the Shrines have had a new album. Happily, they're idle no more -- which is also the name of their new album which will be out September 3 on their new home, Merge Records. You can stream Idle No More's groovy first single, "Born to Die," below.
Known for a wild and wooly live show, look for King Khan on tour this fall, including a stop in NYC on October 30 at Webster Hall. No info on tickets to that show just yet, but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. All tour dates are listed below.
still from "I Appear Missing" video
As mentioned, Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out June 4 via Matador. They already released the first single, "My God Is The Sun," and now they've given us another... well half of it at least. A 30-second teaser for QOTSA track "I Appear Missing" aired on Adult Swim last night (5/5), and now the band have released a three-minute video for the track, but the album version is reportedly a six-minute song. You can watch the three-minute video below.
Speaking of Adult Swim, they just released the free Garage Swim compilation, which features new music from Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff & Gap Dream, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Lips, Mikal Cronin, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, OBN IIIs, Weekend, Cheap Time, Bass Drum of Death, and more. You can download it for free HERE and stream the entire thing below.
QOTSA video and Garage Swim stream below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Goat / Deap Vally / Moving Sidewalks at Austin Psych Fest Day 3 - 4/28/13
Sunday was also about giving credence to the forbears of pysch-rock. Roky Erikson put on an energetic show to a loving and enthusiastic audience. The main attraction, and headliners for the fest, were the Moving Sidewalks featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Any time one can catch Gibbons, it's worth paying attention, but unfortunately it seemed like some members of his old band hadn't played since the 1960s. Gibbons's familiar growl and deft guitar work did make up for most of it.Austin Psych Fest wrapped up its 2013 festival at its new home of Carson Creek Ranch last Sunday (4/28). The third, and final, day of the fest included sets by Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band Moving Sidewalks, Swedish psych freakout group Goat, former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Black Angels collaborator/tourmate Rishi Dhir's project Elephant Stone, Clinic, King Khan & BBQ, White Fence, Deap Vally and more.
Sweden's Goat had the unfortunate slot coinciding with the second half of the Black Angels, but neither the crowd or the band seemed to notice. Dressed as gypsy druids, the band played a sort of jam-pysch rock with insane energy. The band wore masks, but the two female leads stole the show, euphorically jumping and singing throughout each song. [Austinist]
photos by P Squared Photography
"At Glasslands watching my bros King Khan and BBQ enter the wormhole of love"
- Sean Ono Lennon
King Khan @ Glasslands
The King Khan & BBQ Show brought their tour with Bloodshot Bill through NYC last week for shows at Santos Party House (4/11) and Glasslands (4/13). We caught the Glasslands show, which was sold out, and like he's done before, Bloodshot Bill joined King Khan on stage at the show. Were you there? Sean Ono Lennon was (as you can see above). If you were, what did you think?
More pictures from that show below...
King Khan & BBQ @ Wired Store 2008 (more by Kurt Christensen)
As previously discussed, the The King Khan & BBQ Show are back together and will tour their way around North America this month beginning with a show at Il Motore in Montreal tonight (4/9) and ending at Austin Psych Fest.
When the tour was first announced we didn't know who the opener would be, but now we know it's none other than their pal Bloodshot Bill. NYC: if you slept on getting tickets to the 4/13 Glasslands show, hurry up and grab your tix to 4/11 at Santos.
All dates are listed below...
They said it could never be done. They said the hate was just too severe, the wounds too sebaceous. They said Mark Sultan was working as a spy at Sunmaid Raisins and that King Khan was crossing the world taped to three swans.King Khan & After teasing the coasts with select Midwest dates, BBQ Show will be ripping up either side of North America in April, including two stops in NYC: Santos Party House on 4/11 and Glasslands on 4/13. Tickets to both Santos and Glassland are on sale now.
They were wrong.
Absolutely legendary and crucial REAL rock'n'roll recording artists/magicians/nuts, 'THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW' are BACK!!
And while we wait for news on possible new recordings, you can peruse a full list of King Khan & BBQ Show dates below...
Bloodshot Bill (right) w/ King Khan at The Bell House (more by Keith Marlowe)
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has been on the road all summer, and will join forces with Daddy Long Legs and T.Valentine for a show at Union Pool on Saturday (8/18), a Norton Records event. The show is Bloodshot Bill's third round through the area this year, having logged appearances with the Gories at Maxwell's in January and at the Psychobilly Luau. Stop by the merch table to scoop up copies of his new 10" The Out of This World Sounds of Bloodshot Bill, new 7" "Out The Door," a new split with Slim Sandy, and a comp called This Stuff'll Kill Ya featuring a contribution from Bloodshot Bill.
As mentioned, the show will also feature an appearance from Chicago's T.Valentine, who is clearly breaking old habits by appearing in NYC again this year (Lakeside Lounge and a show at the Friars Club back in April were part of his first NYC outing) after avoiding it for the previous 79 years! But the plot thickens... T.Valentine has ALREADY planned even another show in NY, this time set to support The Remains and The Stompin' Riff Raffs at The Bell House on November 3rd (tickets). Let's not diminish the appearance of The Remains though, who havent played NYC in a very long time.
All Bloodshot Bill tour dates are listed, along with the Union Pool flyer and videos, below...
words and photos by Courtney Dudley
King Khan / Nicky Da B, House of Vans 7/26/2012
Just as doors opened at 25 Franklin, a dark, ominous cloud rolled over Greenpoint like a barge. Despite threats of tornadoes in the metropolitan area polluting social media outlets all day, a ton of people showed up for the third Vans House Party on July 26th featuring King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B and The Everymen. It was shocking, really. Huddled under umbrellas or not (apparently having come to terms with the wetness), BK kids weren't gonna let a little lightning get in the way of their booty shaking-- or the free booze.
After one really epic downpour, the weather turned to a light sprinkle that, when compared to the heat, was actually quite refreshing. Inside, however, the combination of hundreds of damp people and relatively still air turned the place into a sauna-- the perfect setting for a dirty, ass shakin' dance party. No one even had to try for an excuse to take off their clothes. The Everymen opened, warming up the crowd with their energetic rock n roll. The seven piece outfit from New Jersey, reminiscent of the New Pornographers in structure, took command of the stage and the crowd was pretty into it considering that most of them were waiting for King Khan.
Nicky Da B took stage next and gave everyone what they were waiting for-- some serious ass shaking inspiration. I believe there is something comforting in having the desire to dance and going to a place where no matter how hard you try, one can never be the most risque or ridiculous person in the joint. What freedom! No one is looking... well maybe they are but they're looking in the direction of a shared, sweaty, collective experience where everyone goes home satisfied even if they don't get laid. But as the crowd got closer together, hair sticking to faces, glitter and neon flying about and SO MUCH ass in the air-- getting laid was more likely than not.
Finally, King Khan and the Shrines went on and energy sort of switched from sex to light hearted anarchy. You know, the kind of dancing where you accept the fact that you may get a black eye. What other kind of dancing is there, really? So many crowd surfers kept security occupied as King Khan screeched and wailed in front of a full backing band with horns and all manner of instruments. Strongly rooted funk but with a Bollywood flair thrown in, the man gives the late James Brown a serious run for his money. King Khan, with his feather headpiece, flamboyant dress and ironic, funny lyrics, doesn't take himself too seriously. The loose hilarity of it all creates a safe haven for humans to forget if you're a boy or a girl or you have to work in the morning and just GET DOWN.
King Khan plays NYC again, tonight (7/27) at Bowery Ballroom. Nicky Da B will be at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night. The next free show at House of Vans is August 2nd with Washed Out, Chairlift, and Lemonade.
More pictures from House of Vans last night are below
King Khan at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
For King Khan, the House of Vans show is part of a short east coast run that he kicked off yesterday, and which hits Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes TONIGHT (7/24). Tickets for tonight's show are available. As mentioned, after House of Vans, he'll play another NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/27) with Hector's Pets and M. Lamar. Tickets for Friday's show are still available too.
A list of updated dates and the House of Vans flier below...
King Khan at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:
July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, TournamentThe parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."
The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.
King Khan at Bell House (more by Keith Marlowe)
Raucous soul/garage combo King Khan and the Shrines have announced a few East Coast dates this summer surrounding their festival appearances, including a show at Bowery Ballroom on July 27. Tickets for the Bowery show are on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon. All listed dates, including North Coast and Bumbershoot, are at the bottom of this post.
The Shrines' most recent release was "Bite My Tongue," a '60s-sounding bopper that is one side of a split 7" with Mikal Cronin that was released on Bruise Cruise (yes they're more than just a cruise now). You can download that track at the top of this post or stream it below.
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
words & photos by Keith Marlowe
Tandoori Knights @ the Bell House
I started the night, the fourth and final night of the the Norton Records 25th Anniversary celebration at the Bell House, watching Andy Shernoff from the Dictators playing an acoustic set in the front room. He ended with his hilarious zombie Jew song, based on Jesus's return to Earth.
The Figures of Light, who originally formed in 1970, played their classic proto-punk songs as well as tracks off their new album, Drop Dead, which was recorded this July in Brooklyn by the Gories' Mick Collins, who plays guitar in the band along with original members Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey, as well as Mark Natale and Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.
The Real Kids had to cancel due to illness, so another New Jersey band, the Swinging Neckbreakers filled in for them.
After them came the A-Bones, who feature vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer Miriam Linna from Norton Records. They were joined at the end of their set Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flaming Groovies, who also played with the Daddy Long Legs the night before, and who played 'Teenage Head,' which was inspired by Kim Fowley when he was recording their record. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, who played the celebration on Friday night as part of the Condo Fucks, was also playing guitar in the A-Bones. as he often does.
Tandoori Knights, a take-off on the British show Tandoori Nights were next. They are fronted by King Khan and Bloodshot Bill, and the band is a slightly slower, more melodic sound than the two are known for in their other projects, but they still kept the crowd moving until after 1 am, when Norton founders Billy and Miriam came out to thank everyone who had made the sold-out four day event such a success. Billy, Miriam, and King Khan also all made late night appearances on the first night of the fest.
The Sonics @ The Bell House
After they finished the thank-you's at nearly 1:45, the band everyone was waiting to see, The Sonics, took the stage. They had headlined a show Saturday afternoon at Maxwell's too. I didn't see that, but Sunday night they took the Bell House stage and just completely laid it down. I was really impressed. They played an hour and a half set that just kept picking up energy the entire time, hitting all their well-knows songs, like Strychnine, the Hustler, Boss Hoss, Psycho and climaxed with their first and best-known hit, the Witch, and tore right into a cover of Louie Louie they totally owned, probably playing it better and with more authority than any other band in the world is capable of doing. The biggest surprise to me was how good their new songs are. Usually a band reforms knowing that they have a catalogue that people celebrate and will pay to hear, and they can tour on that nostalgia factor, or write some songs that completely lack the chemistry that the original members once had. I've definitely groaned when a reunion band announces, "we're gonna play some of our new songs tonight." but the Sonics have hit the studio hard. The new songs, Cheap Shades, Bad Attitude, Don't Back Down, and Vampire Kiss were really tight, and would sound right at home on both Here Are the Sonics and BOOM. Their new record, 8, was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino and was released in 2010. It's great to see such an important band still touring and recording great songs......
More photos from the Sunday night show below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
The Black Lips / The 18.104.22.168's
King Khan joined The Black Lips on stage at Bell House on Thursday, 11/10, the first night of the four-night celebration of Norton Records' 25th Anniversary at the Brooklyn venue. The Black Lips, who headlined Webtster Hall two weeks earlier, were a late, surprise addition to the already-sold-out bill. King Khan was a surprise addition to their set. The show also included The 22.214.171.124's from Japan (who played Mercury Lounge two nights later), Alarm Clocks, Phantom Surfers, Dex Romweber Duo, and The Nor-tones.
Here are some pictures, and video, from that whole night. They continue below...