Entries tagged with: Rooftop Films
by Rachel Kowal
the rooftop (irinaskaya)
People packed into the chairs on the massive roof of the New Design High School in lower Manhattan in anticipation of the evening's theme - 'Hopelessly Devoted.' The weather was right, and the mood was ripe as Air's "Playground Love" rung out over the PA system and greeted the crowd.
Rooftop Films founder and artistic director Mark Elijah Rosenberg introduced the band of the evening with a big grin on his face, saying: "We are very pleased to present you with one of my favorite bands tonight. Give it up for Frances." (There was a reason for the wildly effusive introduction, as we would later learn.)
Frances may not be as hip as some of the other bands lined up to play for Rooftop Films this summer, but they also seemed more at home on stage than last week's season opener, Twin Sister. Frances played eight songs in total, including a number of new songs that lead singer and bassist Paul Hogan says they hope to record on a new album.
The roof of the NDHS is a hard space to play. It's wide open, spans three separate semi-walled off sections, and many people talk throughout the performance. But despite these potential setbacks, the pleasant indie pop of Frances, who played again Saturday night at Pianos with ARMS, was well-suited to Friday evening's romantic theme.
Interestingly, the event that got the biggest cheer from the audience wasn't the music... or the films. As Mark Elijah Rosenberg introduced the shorts for the evening, he called up his girlfriend, Stephanie Skaff (of Frances), and things got a little bit mushy. "I love you. I will always love you," said Rosenberg. Then, the inevitable: "Stephanie Skaff, will you marry me?" At this point, the shrieks from the audience were so loud that they overshadowed Skaff's response, so she leaned down into the mic, and said, "Of course I said yes!"
The films for the evening were a bit overshadowed by this dramatic proposal, but they were still fun to watch. In some ways, the romances on screen seemed less scripted than the real-life proposal. The six shorts covered everything from "the best/worst first date ever," to kissing cousins, lovesick octopi, and a group pilgrimage to Iowa in the name of gay marriage. Two directors were also present - Gillian Robespierre ("Obvious Child) and Cody Stokes ("Heartland Transport").
Spike Jonze's eagerly anticipated Absolut-sponsored short "I'm Here" is a delightful - if not a bit sad - story of a devoted (robotic) boyfriend who is willing to sacrifice it all for his clumsy robotic girlfriend. Besides looking fantastic, it also has a pretty killer soundtrack. Songs by Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Girls, and Aska (of Moonrats) all factor into the score. You can stream Jonze's short in its entirety (35 mins) at its website. The trailer is below.
Another standout short was "Obvious Child," which features new SNL cast member, Jenny Slate. "Obvious Child" tells the awkward and surprisingly comical story of a bad break-up, a drunken hook-up, and the unplanned pregnancy that ensues. Watch that in its entirety below.
The evening concluded with free drinks at Fontana's, and I can't help but wonder if anyone took Rosenberg's advice and made a move.
Rooftop Films happened again on Saturday at the same venue, and that's where it will be again this Friday (5/28) and Saturday (5/29). Thursday you can catch them in Brooklyn w/ a performance by Natureboy.
photos by Chris La Putt
Rooftop Films officially kicked off their 2010 season of showing films on roofs accompanied by opening bands. Twin Sister helped launch the series on Friday night at the Design High School on the Lower East Side (350 Grand Street). Nine short films were screened including "Star Wars: Retold" which you can watch in its 4-minute entirety below.
Saturday night's show, also at Design High School, was a sneak peek at Kevin Asch's Holy Rollers which is about Hasidic Jews smuggling ecstasy into New York City. Mahogany was originally supposed to play that one, but they canceled and were replaced by Sephardic indie rockers DeLeon.
Catch Twin Sister this summer at the BV Northside Festival show at MHOW. Pictures from Friday and Saturday (5/15-5/16) continue below...
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh and Onlys
Last week, I focused on shows you could get into if you didn't get tickets to the weekend's many, many worthy shows. For this refreshingly informed and enthusiastic edition of TWII, all the exciting stuff (in my opinion) doesn't have advanced tickets. (Only one sold-out exception.) It's a pretty exciting weekend for music, so let's get into it.
San Francisco's fantastic Fresh & Onlys are back in town, playing Friday night (5/14) at Monster Island with Golden Triangle (who headline), The Babies and Coasting (who recently performed at that Chris Knox benefit). They also play Saturday (5/15) at Cake Shop with Liquor Store, Darlings, Girls at Dawn, and Xray Eyeballs (OJ from Golden Triangle's other band). Regular readers of this column, if those exist, know I'm a pretty huge fan of F&Os, but I really do think they're one of the best new bands out of the San Francisco scene. And one of the few bands whose quality nearly matches their hyper-prolific output.
Their latest EP, August in My Mind, is new on Captured Tracks and the band have releases due out this year on Hozac, Sacred Bones and In the Red, who'll be putting out the band's third album (within a year!). The band are already in town -- I ran into bassist Shayde Sartin on the street yesterday and he said the band were hoping to do some recording while here. They are hard workers!
I'm happy to report that singer Tim Cohen's arm has healed after a nasty break last summer that had him switching guitar for keyboards for all of their previous NYC shows. So the axe is back, though I'm gonna guess he'll play a little of both this time out. The MP3 for August in My Mind's "Diamond in the Dark" is at the top of this post. And if you can't see them this weekend, The Fresh & Onlys will be back for the Northside Festival in June.
Also this weekend: the American debut of UK band Veronica Falls, who play Glasslands on Saturday (5/15) with Crystal Stilts, Minks and Home Blitz ($12 and you need to RSVP); and then on Sunday (5/16) at Bruar Falls with Frankie Rose & the Outs, German Measles and The Surprisers ($8). Both shows are pretty killer, line-up wise. Veronica Falls are kind like a Fantasy League indiepop band. They met at a Comet Gain show (!), with members culled from short-lived but awesome Glasgow bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids, as well as the excellent-and-still-going Your Twenties. They owe lots to their ancestors -- a song like "Stephen" just has to be about The Pastels -- are mopey without being morose, and are just twee enough to be endearing. It's a delicate line, but Veronica Walls walk it perfectly.
Mind you, they've only released one single so far, the great "Found Love in a Graveyard" (downloadable above) with its killer cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes" on the flip, but there are few bands recently who've left me so hungry for more. Their second single, the Crystal Stilts-ish "Beachy Head," is pretty good too and due out next week. Hopefully they'll have copies with them at the shows.
If you can't make either show, or you like them so much you want to see them again, by all means come to Cake Shop next Thursday (5/20) when Veronica Falls play NYC Popfest along with Sweden's Leaving Mornington Crescent, the UK's Horowitz, the Sweater Girls from Los Angeles, plus winsome locals Dream Diary and Elephant Parade. We're going to be giving away a NYC Popfest festival pass...stay tuned to this channel for details!
And a few more shows, night by night:
Rooftop Films opening 2009 @ Open Road Rooftop (more by Ryan Muir)
Rooftop Films will open this year with a May 14th film & music event at Open Road Rooftop (above New Design High School, 350 Grand St in NYC), with music from Twin Sister (who have shows at a taqueria and elsewhere coming up). From there, the series will program movies and bands every weekend through August 15th.
On Friday, April 16th (tonight), there's a special pre-summer-season event with Norway's Hanne Hukkelberg at the Open Road Rooftop. Along with her set will be "a special presentation of Knut Eric Jensen's fantastic documentary, Cool & Crazy, a portrait of the dedicated members of Norway's Berlevag Male Choir." The unsubtitled trailer for that film is below. Tickets are on sale.
The schedule hasn't fully been announced yet, but what has, and a clip of last year's Troll 2 screening, are also below...
Jay-Z @ Gramercy Theatre on 9.9.09 (more by Brian Ach/WireImage)
The Melvins @ Webster Hall in May (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Jay-Z @ Madison Square Garden
* Ben & Vesper, Ortolan @ Sycamore
* Pomegranates, Phantogram @ Union Hall
* Gowns, US Girls, Noveller @ Cake Shop
* Shilpa Ray @ Rooftop Films on the LES
* The Cult (performing "Love") @ Terminal 5
* The Rapture, The Golden Filter @ Stone Pony
* All Tomorrow's Parties @ Kutshers Country Club
* Down, Evil Army, Weedeater & The Melvins @ Nokia Theatre
* Wild Beasts, Rifle, The Library Is On Fire @ Union Pool
* Telefon Tel Aviv, Hanne Hukkelberg, The Race @ The Bell House
* Nakatomi Plaza, The Reveling, The New Dress, Avec @ Shea Stadium
* Super Furry Animals, Real Estate, The March Fourth @ Highline Ballroom
* Wordless Music w/ Tim Hecker, Grouper, Julianna Barwick @ Miller Theatre
* Glenn Branca Ensemble, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Spits, Woven Bones, The Heart Punchers, Cerebral Ballzy @ Knitting Factory
* The Intelligence, Golden Triangle, Wild Yaks, Arrington De Dionyso, Smarts @ Market Hotel
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Experimental Dental School, Reading Rainbow @ Death By Audio
All Tomorrow's Parties kicks off at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, NY. WFMU will be broadcasting live from the fest Saturday and Sunday. Many of the bands playing tonight will be performing an entire classic album live.
The Cult aren't playing ATP, but they're also performing a full album live in NY tonight.
Fucked Up aren't playing tonight, but they're also performing a full album in NY, and tickets went on sale today.
Super Furry Animals warm up for ATP with a show at Highline Ballroom tonight (and Maxwell's tomorrow). This one is opened by local boys Real Estate and The March Fourth.
Real Estate also have a show scheduled for Saturday at Silent Barn with Desolation Wilderness.
Melvins play ATP on Saturday. Tonight they're at Nokia Theatre with Weedeater who played a semi-secret gig at The Charleston last night.
Jay-Z plays a sold-out 9/11 benefit at Madison Square Garden. If you can't be there, you can watch it commercial free and live on Fuse (9pm). Two nights ago Jay-Z played a much smaller show at Gramercy Theatre.
Telefon Tel Aviv is back on the road. Tonight they play The Bell House with Hanne Hukkelberg and The Race. Tomorrow they're at Mercury Lounge.
Wild Beasts play the last of three NYC shows tonight at Union Pool with Rifle and The Library Is On Fire. Last chance!
Noveller, who is at Cake Shop tonight, has been announced as one of the openers for The Jesus Lizard's upcoming NYC shows. Jesus Lizard play ATP NY tonight.
Nakatomi Plaza is playing two final farewell shows this weekend at Shea Stadium which is the venue These Arms Are Snakes just announced an upcoming show at.
Wordless Music's series of shows at Columbia's Miller Theatre continues with Tim Hecker, Grouper and Julianna Barwick.
Austin band Woven Bones' big tour stops at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Also on the bill are The Spits, The Heart Punchers and Cerebral Ballzy. Woven Bones and The Spits also play Cake Shop on Saturday.
Knitting Factory is now on its third day as a music venue in Brooklyn. Les Savy Fav was the first band to play on Wednesday. Boss Hog (who also plays ATP this weekend) and Shilpa Ray was last night.
Shilpa Ray plays a probably-moved-indoors Rooftop Films show at 350 Grand Street @ Essex tonight (which is followed by an afterparty at Fontana's)
The Intelligence is in from Seattle to play Market Hotel with Golden Triangle, Wild Yaks, Arrington De Dionyso and Smarts. The Intelligence are also at Cake Shop on Sunday.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Experimental Dental School and Reading Rainbow are on the bill for the second night of The Maze at Death By Audio.
Good thing Glasvegas frontman James Allan was found, and good thing it was in NY because he and his band are set to open for Kings of Leon, not to be confused with Kings of Convenience, at the Izod Center on Saturday and again at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.
Glenn Branca Ensemble play with Paranoid Critical Revolution at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tomorrow Branca talks with artist Dan Graham. Glenn played PS1 last Saturday.
If it stops raining, PS1 is again an option for this Saturday.
A new episode of Breakfast at Sulimay's below...
Move over Grizzly Bear... Sunset Rubdown also has a new video out! That is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
Kurt Vile will be playing a Rooftop Films event on July 31st. There he'll ditch his backing band the Violators for a performance before a screening of the documentary on the film Troll 2, "the legendary worst movie ever made, according to IMDB ratings."
That flick is such an event, Rooftop Films decided to stretch it over two nights. On July 30th they will show the actual film, accompanied by a performance from The Drums (one of many upcoming shows from that band, who also played last night at the Bell House). Other bands with Rooftop Films shows scheduled include Stars Like Fleas and Teengirl Fantasy. Full schedule below.
Vile (with the Violators on hand) just played the first of several upcoming shows with Blues Control (who announced more fall dates, below) at Bruar Falls on July 17th. Blues Control's distorted wall of sound worked well through the club's cozy sound system, but the arsenal of the Violators maybe pushed the backline a little too far. Lyrics and flourishes that came through crystal clear at Broadway Backyard (where he played one of my favorite sets of the day) roared out as energetic albeit indeterminate gestures. Not quite as engaging, considering many of the songs still aren't out in recorded form.
Vile's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, is still on the way. Check out mellow jam "Overnite Religion" off that, above. The full Rooftop Films schedule, with all Kurt Vile and Blues Control tour dates, and the Troll 2 trailer, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
SATURDAY, JULY 4That's the description of how the Rooftop Films 4th of July party went down on Saturday night. Chris ran up there after the Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst concert in Battery Park. Bachelorette also played South Street Seaport one night earlier. More Rooftop pictures below....
AMERICANA - SOLD OUT - VENUE CHANGED!
Rooftop's annual celebration of the weird and wonderful country we live in. A sunset party with free drinks, a fantastic fireworks view, live music, and short film comedies, dramas and political documentaries.
Venue: The show has been moved to the roof of The Xchange.
Address: 640 W 28th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenue, 9th Floor (Chelsea, Manhattan)
6:00PM: Doors open
6:30PM - 8:00PM: Open bar provided by Radeberger Pilsner and Carlo Rossi sangria
7:00PM - 9:00PM: Music by Bachelorette, Love Like Deloreans, and Class Actress presented by Sound Fix
9:20PM: Great view of the fireworks
The Antlers will be playing an upcoming Rooftop Films show on Friday, June 26th at the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St). Tickets are on sale. The performance will be accompanied by a showing of the indie film Humpday, which comes out July 10th and costars Mark Duplass, formerly of the Polyvinyl band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!. (As a side note, that now-broken-up band's only, self-titled LP is being released for the first time on vinyl by the label.)
Frenchkiss is the label releasing a remastered version of The Antlers' debut, Hopsice. That's out now digitally, and available in physical form on August 18th. The album is also currently streaming online.
The band's Friday, August 21st show at the Mercury Lounge will be its release party. Murder Mystery, Twin Thousands and Brent Arnold (solo cello) open. Tickets are on sale now.
All Antlers tour dates, with the upcoming Rooftop Films music schedule, which includes a 4th of July show with Bachelorette, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Rooftop Films kicked off their 2009 season on Friday night (5/15). The event took place on the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street @ Essex - Manhattan). Before the films, Cymbals Eat Guitars played a set of live music.
Upcoming bands haven't been announced yet, but a bunch of the movies have been. More pictures from the first night below...
by Andrew Frisicano
O'Death @ Automotive High School (more by Chris La Putt)
The Rooftop Films 2009 Summer Series returns for our 13th season, screening every weekend from May 15 - September 20. This summer, Rooftop will host more than 40 unique outdoor events, featuring programs of new, independently produced films from around the world paired with New York's best and brightest musical acts. [press release]Rooftop Films kicks off its summer of music + films with a program entitled This is What We Mean By Short Films on Friday, May 15th on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St) in Manhattan. On hand for the opening will be the band Cymbals Eat Guitars. Tickets are on sale.
Last summer, Rooftop started off June 6th with a program at Open Road Rooftop that featured now-defunct Brooklyn band Dirty on Purpose. Other program highlights (on the music side) from 2008 included Phosphorescent, O'Death (photo above), Deer Tick and others.
Cymbals Eat Guitars' first show since the cancellations will be the Rooftop Films event. Also coming up for the band is a Sunday, May 17th show at Glasslands, an opening spot for White Rabbits at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, May 21st, and a show at Southpaw on Wednesday, May 27th. Tickets for the White Rabbits show are still on sale.
Full Cymbals Eat Guitars message and tour dates, plus details on the Rooftop Films opening, with a video of Rooftop's '08 Animation Block Party featuring Plushgun, below...
"January 2009 will be a time of reflection for the entire country. As America looks to a future of change, the pundits will provide their own spin on what the last 8 years have meant.One such screening is taking place for free tonight/Monday (1/12) in NYC at Chelsea Market.
CRAWFORD, an extraordinary documentary by first-time filmmaker David Modigliani, provides a unique perspective on the Bush presidency: through the eyes of the 705 residents of Crawford, Texas.
B-Side Entertainment is proud to announce a nationwide grassroots exhibition program for this exceptional film - "Host Your Own Farewell to W. - CRAWFORD's 50-State Screening Party". Through February, we will be coordinating grassroots screening events in all 50 states - red, blue, and everything in between."
"Before the film, Matteah Baim will be performing live, and throughout the show there will be free Radeberger Pilsner for all in attendance." I know Matteah most as a friend and collaborator of Cocorosie, Devendra Banhart and Antony, but she makes her own music too. Joining her at this free show, as her band I assume, will be Birdie Lawson and Hisham Bharoocha. I know Hisham best as an ex-member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and most of all as Soft Circle.
All screening details below...
As I hid in the comments yesterday, Parenthetical Girls weren't able to make it to NYC to open for Sunset Rubdown at MHOW tonight (Sept 16)...
"due to gross mechanical incompetence on the part of an auto mechanic, our engine basically blew up last night on our way to Boise. We towed back to Portland. The mechanic has to rebuild the engine, and it won't be done until either Monday or Tuesday. We will not be able to make it to the first Sunset Rubdown show. Hopefully we can make it to Philadelphia." [Zac from PG]Phosphorescent takes their place. Tickets are still available.
Sunset Rubdown also play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday.
Phosphorescent also play a Rooftop Films shindig at 350 Grand st. in Manhattan on Thursday.
I'm super excited to announce that ROOFTOP FILM's Summer Series will screen SONG SUNG BLUE on the lawn at South Point Park on Roosevelt Island SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th @ 9PM. THUNDER and her children, Rachel and Dana are all scheduled to be in attendance. The screening will be FREE and details can be found [here]...August 16th is also the last of four shows that the real Neil Diamond is playing at MSG in NYC this week. The first is tonight (Aug 12). Check Ticketmaster for tickets to those.
...SONG SUNG BLUE has screened only once in NYC back in February to a packed house at IFC Center. This NYC screening comes at a wonderful time given the many emails of inquiry I continue to get from New Yorkers that could not make the previous screening or have since learned of the film.
As an extra bonus ROOFTOP FILM's will have a NEIL DIAMOND karaoke hour before the film that should be "off the hook". All are encouraged to [sign up] for an opportunity to belt out their favorite ND tune and make a beautiful noise as the sun sets over the big apple. [filmmaker Greg Kohs]
photos by Chris LaPutt
Not all of the "Rooftop Films" are actually on roofs. Last night (June 12, 2008) the show happened in the field at a high school right next to McCarren Park. The musical guest O'Death played for about 30 minutes. Then there were a whole bunch of short movies. A.R.E. Weapons plays one in Manhattan tonight. More pictures from last night below....
Dirty on Purpose on a roof - June 6, 2008 (photo by Sarah Palmer)
Rooftop Films kicked off their 2008 season last week with a movie preceeded by a performance by Dirty on Purpose (who also opened for Swervedriver at Bowery Ballroom last night). Tonight (June 12) things keep going with a pre-movie show by O'Death. More O'Death tour dates below....
Rooftop Films is proud to present a new partnership with Sound Fix Records!Dirty on Purpose is tonight (June 6) ("limited number of tix available at the door"). A few more exact dates below...
Since 1997, Rooftop Films has been screening new independent films on rooftops throughout New York City. Live music has always been part of Rooftop's programming and this summer Sound Fix Records will be presenting the music for The Rooftop Films 2008 Summer Series....
Highlights from Sound Fix presents at Rooftop Films: Dirty on Purpose, O'Death, A.R.E. Weapons, Deer Tick...
The Rooftop Films 2008 Summer Series will consist of 38 unique, outdoor, film and music events. It will run from the first week of June through the end of September, with 2 or more events each week. All of the screenings will take place outdoors in New York City, either on rooftops or in other uniquely scenic locations. Live music precedes each of the films, and free after-parties or receptions follow most events.