Entries tagged with: M83
Black Breath @ SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Redd Kross in Chicago in May (more by John Yingling)
today in NYC
* Willie Nile @ Joe's Pub
* MikeQ @ Public Assembly Loft
* Van Hunt @ Knitting Factory
* DJ Jonathan Toubin @ The Box
* Roger Waters @ Yankee Stadium
* Timeless Club Sound @ Zebulon
* Hollis Brown @ The Living Room
* Matthew Shipp Trio @ The Stone
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Carol Lipnik and Spookarama @ Barbes
* D&M, Miko and the Musket @ Joe's Pub
* Scissor Sisters, Rye Rye @ Terminal 5
* Sunny Ali & The Kid, Bangladeafy @ Glasslands
* Scorpions, Queensryche @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Ronnie Spector's 'Beyond the Beehive' @ City Winery
* BELLS>, Trophy Wife, Lozen, Cycles @ Cake Shop
* New Cassettes, The Naturals, Two Lights @ Pianos
* DJ Rashad, Wheez-ie, J-Cush Teklife @ 285 Kent Ave
* Patrick Watson, Loney, Dear @ South Street Seaport
* Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Enabler @ Acheron
* Reggie Watts, Radio 4, The Jigglers @ The Bell House
* Alan Watts, Arc Light, Images, ATM, Very Rare @ Big Snow
* The Virgins, Mykki Blanco, Grand Rapids @ Bowery Electric
* L.A. Guns, Electric Black Horse, Strotakin IV @ Saint Vitus
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Lissy Trullie, Fawn @ Highline Ballroom
* Harmonica Lewinskies, The Dough Rollers, Shoshin @ Cameo Gallery
* JD Samson MEN, PS I Love You, The So So Glos @ Gramercy Theatre
* Swear and Shake, These Animals, Tall Tall Trees @ Mercury Lounge
* Redd Kross, The Men, The Labor Pool @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yellow Dogs, The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, The Shipwrecks @ Pianos
* Mxpx, I Am The Avalanche, Such Gold, Gasoline Heart @ Best Buy Theater
* Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Woodsman, Troller, Meadowlands @ Shea Stadium
* Colin L. Orchestra, Bird Names, Guardian Alien, K Salvatore @ Death By Audio
* Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, Vision of Disorder, Absolution, Sai Nam @ Webster Hall
* Hank & Cupcakes, Deadbeat Darling, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun @ Mercury
* Lido Beach, Diagnostics, Minshara, The Astronaut, Science @ The Studio
* Reagan Youth, Dust Angel, Geek Skull, Lords of Death, Empty Vessel @ Grand Victory
* Runny, The 10 Cent F$ck Flicks, The Archive, Man's Gin, Thee Swank Bastards @ Hank's Saloon
* Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Empire Beats, Camille Atkinson, Erin Barra @ Knitting Factory
* Omar-S, Voices From The Lake, Donato Dozzy, Neel, Mike Servito, Eric Cloutier, and Spinoza @ Public Assembly
* Grooms, Hieroglyph Thesaurus, G. Lucas Crane, Nonhorse, Hagfish and Poet Lounge, Black Crown Ceremony, Swaggbrarians @ Muchmore's
Roger Waters plays his first of two Yankee Stadium shows tonight.
CBGB Festival continues today.
BrooklynVegan and Southern Lord are proud to present tonight's show at The Acheron with Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and Grudges. Tickets are still available.
Redd Kross, who play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with The Men, were originally supposed to play a now-cancelled show at Beekman Beer Garden with Superchunk who play tomorrow in Times Square (early).
The DJ Rashad show at 285 Kent tonight goes like this:
? very special guestWho is the guest?
?? DJ RASHAD
??? Total Freedom
Friends play Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. I wonder if it will be a NSFW show.
Warm Up starts at MoMA PS1 on Saturday.
Watch Nardwuar talk to M83, about Iron Maiden and stuff, below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
M83 at Terminal 5 in May (more by BBG)
After selling out MHOW and Webster Hall last year, Terminal 5 last month, and Summerstage which happens this August, it was a little surprising that M83 have yet to sell out their Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/2). Tickets for that show are still available, but they must be running low, because M83 just announced another Hammerstein show which will take place one day after the first, on October 3.
Tickets for the 10/3 show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon. Updated dates and the video for "Reunion" are below.
I Break Horses at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* YG, Pure @ SOB's
* Adron @ Zebulon
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Dawn of Midi @ Roulette
* David Yazbek @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Amy X Neuburg @ The Stone
* Tinklepotty/D-Bakl @ The Stone
* Selah Sue @ The Bowery Electric
* Ra Ra Riot (DJ set) @ Living Room
* Susan Alcorn @ Issue Project Room
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Since, I'm In You, Desert Stars @ Union Pool
* Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino @ Highline Ballroom
* Ballou/Robinson/Ilgenfritz/Schuller @ Barbes
* I Break Horses, Field Mouse @ Mercury Lounge
* Kent Odessa, Pegasus Warning @ Cameo Gallery
* Mecca Bodega, Old Monk, Young Gung @ Cake Shop
* Busdriver, Lakutis, Tron and DVD @ Santos Party House
* Parlovr, Mainland, We Run, The Drowners @ Glasslands
* Great Lake Swimmers, Cold Specks @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Orion Experience, Damon Daunno @ Mercury Lounge
* Sweet Georgia Brown: A Tribute to Etta James @ BB King's
* Vintage Trouble, Neal Carlson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Judah Friedlander, They Might Be Giants, David Rees @ UCB
* Midnight Spin, Tingsek, Shane Gamble @ The Bowery Electric
* Foster The People, The Kooks @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* River City Extension, The Drowning Men, Ben Henderson @ Maxwell's
* Magmana, Ram's Head Lady Slipper, Strange Shapes @ The Rock Shop
* The City Streets, The Ballroom Jacks, Galapagos Now @ Knitting Factory
* Henry Cole & Afrobeat Collective, Gilad Hekselman Quartet @ 92YTribeca
* Algernon Cadwallader, Living Room, Spook Houses @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Coathangers, Hunters, The Numerators, Desert Sharks @ Death By Audio
* Galactic, Corey Clover, Corey Henry, The New Orleans Suspects @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Crystal Ark, Avan Lava, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Sean B @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Missing Documents, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Pale Lights, Honey Dos @ Shea Stadium
* These Animals, Coastgaard, The Can't Tells, Baby Teardrops, Fairweather Friends @ Pianos
Kanye West and Jay-Z have a new video for the Frank Ocean-featuring Watch the Throne opening track, "No Church in the Wild." Check it out below.
You can also check out the new video for M83's "Reunion" which continues the story of the creepy kids from the "Midnight City" video. It's below as well.
And one more: the trippy video for PS I Love You's "Princess Towers" can also be watched below.
photos by Diana Wong
I love you but I've chosen Moog
"he Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. Company founder Dr. Robert Arthur Moog had begun manufacturing and selling vacuum-tube theremins in kit form while he was a student in the early 1950s and marketed his first transistorized theremin kits in 1961. Moog became interested in the design and construction of complex electronic music systems in the mid 1960s and the burgeoning interest in his designs enabled him to establish a small company (R. A. Moog Co., which became Moog Music and later, Moog Electronics) to manufacture and market the new devices." [Wikipedia]Thank you Google for not only honoring the great Robert Moog today on what would have been his 78th birthday, but for reminding us that we have this unposted final set of pictures from last year's Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina....
Moogfest capped off three days of fun on 10/30 with sets from M83, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Ford & Lopatin, Passion Pit, The Drums, Baths, Ghostland Observatory, and many more. If you missed it, we previously posted pictures from the first and second days featuring Tangerine Dream, TV On The Radio, Asutra, Chromeo, and others on the first day, and Suicide, Amon Tobin: Isam, Toro Y Moi, Crystal Castles, Cant, and others (but no YACHT who had to cancel) on the second.
More pictures from the final day of Moogest 2011 (which you can check out after you're done playing with the Moog on Google's homepage), below...
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
Somewhere in the midst of bouncing fans, the glow of raised cellphones, men dressed in monster costumes and the rumors of a Zola Jesus appearance (she was in town and guests on their album), M83 played a show drenched in spectacular neon at Terminal 5 last night (5/11). No Zola Jesus, but plenty of synth bombast. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Dipping into their recent Hurry Up, We're Dreaming and including stops along the way for cuts from Saturdays = Youth, M83's set was one of THREE scheduled in NYC in the next few months, including a stop at a sold-out Summerstage in August and another at Hammerstein Ballroom in October. The band did Chicago and Coachella recently (week 1 and week 2 in pics) and will fill in the holes in between NYC stops with other US dates and festival stops like Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot.
More pictures and M83's setlist 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
photos by David Andrako
Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...
Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE
Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.
Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.
We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.
ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.
Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...
M83 @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was widely reported/tweeted that Katy Perry was among those enjoying M83's set at Coachella. Anthony noticed too, and posted, "I think I saw Katy Perry dancing on midnight city yesterday night. Katy, let me write your next album:)". And to that, I just wanna say.... "No!!!!"
You saw pictures already. Watch M83's full Coachella 2012 (week one) set, along with the setlist, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
M83 / The Black Keys / Refused
"Coachella's new dueling weekends have unwittingly started a bitter turf war between those at the festival now and those who plan to come next week.After sets by Jimmy Cliff, Madness, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Death Grips, and many more, night fell and the massive crowds at Coachella's first of two Fridays were treated to sets by Pulp (setlist & video HERE), Mazzy Star (more on their set in a second), Refused (more on their set HERE), The Black Keys (setlist below), M83, Amon Tobin (more about him HERE), and others (that we didn't get pictures of).
In years past, if you were the socially adept, party-minded type, you could pretty much bank on the fact that all the cool kids in your social satellite system would be somewhere on the Empire Polo Field, in line for Spicy Pie pizza, or wearing next-to-nothing at the Ace pool party.
This year, however, a text bearing the age-old Coachella rallying cry, "Dude! VIP lounge, now. Shots!" has a 50% chance of being met with the reply, "Dude. I'm coming next weekend. Too bad for you cuz it's so cold there right now."" [LA Times]
Our first set of Coachella Friday pics is HERE. The rest, along with the Black Keys setlist, below...
M83 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
M83 recently announced that....
"Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control M83 will now not be able to play the shows that were recently announced in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas. We are very sorry about this and hope to be able to visit these cities later in the year."That recent cancellation definitely sucks for M83 fans in the Southwest, and the band added insult to injury today by announcing ANOTHER NYC date on October 2nd at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets are on fan presale now and will hit Ticketmaster on Wed, 4/18. The show is in addition to the band's already-sold-out appearances at Terminal 5 in May AND Summerstage in August. Sick burn broze.
In other M83 news, the band posted
and quickly removed a post on their Facebook wall that was targeted only at French users and stated their outrage at extreme-right political party Le Front National using the band's hit "Midnight City" in a campaign video according to Pitchfork
To my horror, I discovered that the Front National have been using "Midnight City" in one of their campaign videos. They are doing this without my permission, and I am appalled at their lack of artistic respect. At the very least, artists should be asked if they agree, or disagree, with being associated with a certain image or brand. Even the most commerce-minded advertising agencies and brands do so.Show your outrage or solidarity with M83 at one of the shows listed below, which include Coachella (this weekend and next), Lollapalooza, and a gang of festivals in the EU...
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
I Break Horses
When we first mentioned that Swedish duo I Break Horses were planning to tour with M83 this spring, which hits NYC at the now-sold out Terminal 5 on May 10, we hoped that they would also play a smaller show while they're here. Well, that came true. I Break Horses have announced four post-M83-tour headlining shows (all listed below), including one happening at Mercury Lounge on May 30. Tickets for the Mercury show are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Friday (1/27) at noon.
M83 recently announced an August Summerstage show too, which, like the T5 show, is also now SOLD OUT (over 6 months in advance).
All I Break Horses dates and a video below...
M83 @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
M83, who released one of our favorite albums of 2011 and sold out Webster Hall and MHOW this past fall, recently announced a tour with I Break Horses which will hit the much larger NYC venue, Terminal 5 on May 10. That show has since sold out too, and now M83 just revealed an even larger NYC show, which will happen on August 8 at Central Park Summerstage. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx and a Summerstage presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon.
The show is the fifth Summerstage show to be announced for 2012, whose schedule also includes a Beirut show and three Foster the People shows.
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
The Terminal 5 show with I Break Horses is not surprisingly part of a larger tour for M83 who have now announced the full set of April & may North American dates along with a fan presale that is underway now. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
At first glance, Swedish duo I Break Horses (aka Maria Lindén and Fredrick Balck), who released their debut album, Hearts, earlier this year, do not give you what you expect to hear. They share their band name with a Smog song title and released their album on Bella Union, whose Fleet Foxes-referencing 2009 sampler 'White Winter Hymnals' put a large emphasis on the label's folk artists, which makes me almost feel the need to constantly remind myself that this is not a folk album. In fact, it's far from it. It's an electronic take on shoegazey dream pop (which is, of course, embraced by the Bella Union founders, both of whom were members of Cocteau Twins) with huge melodies suppressed by tiny arrangements.
Yet, after a minute of the looping synth on album opener "Winter Beats," Maria Lindén's breathy voice kicks in and is soon followed by exactly the kind of beats you want to hear when you're staring at the snow-tipped trees outside your bedroom window in mid-winter. After the dynamic shifts of that song die down and that same looping synth leads into the album's second track, "Hearts," the duo resorts to hiding under shoegaze gloss for the remainder of most of the album, only coming up for few more defining pop moments, and it's that mix of sounds which makes Hearts such a compelling listen. On "Pulse," the duo sound as big as this album allows them to, with Maria delivering her most confident melodies over a pulsating bass drum.
I Break Horses have only begun playing shows in the last month, and have not played at all in the US yet. But that will change when they open for M83 at Terminal 5 on May 10. The show should make for a good pairing, considering I Break Horses share M83's electronic interpretation of shoegaze and dream pop. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/9) at noon and AmEx presale begins Wednesday (12/7) at noon.
There are no other US shows to report yet UPDATE: Full tour announced and listed below.... but hopefully they'll also grace us with a performance somewhere smaller than Terminal 5 while they're here.
You can download "Hearts" and "Winter Beats" above and stream them both below, along with the video for the latter. Also below is a Star Slinger remix of "Load Your Eyes."
M83 @ MHOW (more by Erik Erikson)
M83 were just in NYC for two much-talked-about shows (Webster Hall and MHOW). They've already had a ton of other dates scheduled well into 2012, and they've since tacked on another NYC date which will (unfortunately?) take place, as predicted, at Terminal 5 on May 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/9) at noon. With the demand for Webster Hall and MHOW tickets close to those dates, it won't be surprising if tickets to this one go fast.
Updated dates below...
M83 afterparty above Public Assembly
M83's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 23, 2011 was, for me, one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. And their album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which came out on October 18th, was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2011 for me. So much so that it has the distinction of being the only record I have ever illegally downloaded out of sheer impatience for the release date. Don't worry though; I bought the actual CD when it came out. Full price. In person at a retail outlet and not online. Sales tax and all. So, you know.
Active Child had been the opener for the entirety of the M83 tour, and Wednesday's Thanksgiving-Eve show was no different. As Rachel pointed out in her review of the show, Active Child went over really well with the packed room, though their energy and song structure was kind of anemic and the direct opposite of the sonic assault M83 would release upon the room later on. Though Active Child had moments of true sonic greatness, I felt that, overall, their sonic ripple didn't expand very far; whereas some bands have a sonic ripple like a boulder being dropped into a lake, Active Child were more like a marble dropped onto wet cement. There is no doubt that some of the aural textures they pulled off were incredible (and not without a hint of Vangelis), and there is no doubt that the harp playing was superior, but there was something about the monotony of the rhythms and chord patterns that almost put me to sleep. And I hate to say it but vocalist Pat Grossi came across as sounding like a cross between Jimmy Somerville with a dash of Herbert Pervert from Family Guy. Maybe it was the anticipation of M83's set that was making me impatient, but they were decent, just not my cup o' tea. But what do I know?
Moments after the clock in the town square struck 10:00pm (22:00), an alien being was summoned to a very dark Music Hall of Williamsburg stage to usher in the great M83. Top to tail, M83's 90-minute (too short!) set was an absolute feast for the senses. They kicked things off with their stellar Intro track from Hurry Up which set the tone sonically and visually for the rest of the evening's fare. Since it was the last show of the tour, I was really hoping that Zola Jesus was going to come out and crush the vocals for that one. No such luck though. Luckily Morgan Kibby was able to fill Zola's role with an impeccable set of pipes. The chest-poundingly high volume and stage lighting absolutely blew the lid off the place and got everyone's asses moving. They followed the intro with the truly anthemic and mesmerizing track Teen Angst, which is the first song I ever heard by them and essentially got me hooked right away. Prior to the album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83 had already established a MASSIVE canon of incredible music and I could hardly stand still when they crushed tunes like Kim and Jessie, We Own the Sky, and Couleurs. However, with the addition of the near flawless 23-song epic Hurry Up, We're Dreaming to their catalog, they could have relied more heavily on their new album and I would have been happy. New tracks like Midnight City, Reunion, and Wait were absolutely deafening triumphs. But I would have killed to hear songs like Raconte-Moi Histoire, Soon My Friend, the bombastic Echoes of Mine as well as Klaus I Love You (for obvious reasons). But that's just me being a prig. (Maybe some day they'll follow the recent full-album performance trend and play Hurry Up, We're Dreaming from start to finish). My only complaint is that the show was over by 11:30pm (23:30). Too short! Being Thanksgiving eve, I was ready for a boozy, long-haul shindig at MHOW, and although a 90-minute set is generous (and exhausting for all involved), even another 30-minutes would have ruled, regardless of how hot it was in there.
M83 has had some serious success in recent years, but right now M83 are freaking huge. The sheer success of this recent tour coupled with the fact that Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an absolute modern masterpiece of dance, shoegaze, dream pop and whatnot is no doubt going to launch them into a higher stratosphere of popularity. We were lucky enough to get Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg on this past tour, but I wouldn't expect such intimacy next time around. I'd wager that they are officially a Terminal 5 and larger act now. Without exaggeration, this M83 show was one of the most fulfilling and mind-blowing concert experiences this 34 year old sack of doodie has ever experienced and I am holding onto the experience like grim death because they simply don't cross my path enough.
I didn't go to the afterparty that was right next door above Public Assembly, but photogrpaher Erik Erikson did. His pictures from the show and afterparty, and the MHOW setlist I found on the floor, and a video, below...
M83 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Riding from a wave of hype and good press surrounding their string of CMJ shows last month, Active Child showcased their unique sound to a decent crowd Wednesday night and no doubt played an integral role in making the show one of the most in-demand tickets of the month. Though backed by a drum machine and a couple of laptops, Active Child managed to achieve a sound that was surprisingly thunderous at times, but for me, it was the delicate touches - Pat Grossi' dynamic Owen Pallet-esque voice or the unexpected swipe of a harp - that set them apart from their R&B-influenced, laptop-wielding contemporaries.
When it was time for M83, they kicked off their lively set with the aptly named "Intro," wasting no time to showcase their bigger, more confident sound. Energy coursed through the venue both on stage and off, and the two groups fed off each other's fervor from the time the house lights dimmed to the rousing two-song encore. The crowd's ecstatic cheers became something of a challenge, and stepping into the mic, singer/guitarist-turned-motivational speaker Anthony Gonzalez responded to the call with a resounding, "Carry on! Carry on!" (No, there was no appearance by the LA-based Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus who lends her vox on the album, but of course singer/keyboardist Morgan Kibby easily filled the role.) From there, it wasn't long before Kibby pulled back her long, curly hair and everyone danced around in the barrage of blue flickering lights.
Without such excitement, M83 would hardly have been successful executing the ambitious sound of this year's double-album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but everything about the Thankgiving eve show - the crowd, the lights, the knowledge that it was the final night of the tour - propelled it, making M83's bombastic sound soar. Though many bands exude confidence, few simultaneously rise to a comparable level of competence. Initially Kibby's vocals were hardly audible in the mix, but instead of stuttering or gesturing awkwardly to the sound guy, she grabbed the mic, pulled it closer, and powered through with poise. Even the drummer seemed to be somehow in control of his facial muscles and didn't suffer from the typical assortment of odd facial tics as he delivered propulsive beats.
As if taking a few moments to rest and recharge before the finale, M83 slid into a few slower songs toward the end of their set, starting with "We Own the Sky," which gave Kibby another opportunity to shine on vox. But by "Midnight City," which features the first of two extended sax riffs, they had returned in full force.
Though they opted to omit playing anything from the first two albums, they did throw in a couple from 2005's Before the Dawn Heals Us and a number from 2008's Saturdays = Youth, including one of my favorites, the dark 80s-influenced electro pop gem "Kim & Jessie."
Given their popularity, I confess I'm still surprised M83 didn't opt to play one show at a larger venue (like the dreaded Terminal 5), but I'm certainly thankful with their choice to play a couple of more intimate shows, Webster Hall included, instead. It was about time I heard their music as it deserved to be heard - not through a pair of headphones, but in a space full of sweaty, exuberant fans.
The full setlist and more pictures from the show below...
M83 @ Webster Hall - 11/22/2011 (via balirsmith)
M83 is in NYC to play what are probably two of the most in demand shows (that are on my radar) since Radiohead at Roseland. Tonight (11/23) it's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last night was Webster Hall. That show's setlist with more Instagrams from the night, below...