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The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

photos by Ryan Muir

Guns N Roses at Webster Hall
Guns n Roses

Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.

His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.

Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.

Continue reading "Ryan Muir's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 (that he took) "

Screaming Females in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

We at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce the opening of a gallery show called '480 Pixels - An Exhibition of BrooklynVegan's Music Photography,' which will feature work by BV photographers. The gallery opens at 92YTribeca on August 16 and runs through September 6, and is free to the public. For many of these photos, the gallery will be the first time that they have been publicly displayed at a size larger than 480 pixels, the standard width for photos on BV.

On the opening day, there will be a free opening reception at 6:30 PM and a BV-presented show on the 92YTribeca mainstage at 8 PM with Screaming Females, Hunters, and Heliotropes. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The list of BV photographers whose work will be on display at the exhibition is below. Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will also be showing a few pieces of her artwork at the exhibition.

The show is one of many scheduled for Screaming Females, who come to Brooklyn this summer for Riot Fest Brooklyn which goes down at Williamsburg Park on September 8. They also play C.L.I.T. Fest in NJ this weekend. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan photo exhibit at 92Y Tribeca in August; Screaming Females, Hunters & Heliotropes play opening night"

photos by Ryan Muir


"The band on everyone's lips [at Pop Montreal] was local solo artist tUnE-YaRdS, a.k.a. Merill Garbus, whose looped ukulele electronica captured many people's attention at the festival. (Her track "Sunlight" was also the de facto Plateau coffee shop jam.) Though attendees planned to give it up for Faust, and sang the praises of local heroes like The Luyas, you couldn't escape the giddy enthusiasm they had for Think About Life. Dancing in a packed room with everyone I'd met that week, I finally understood just how small the Anglo music scene really was. And I kinda liked it that way." [Eye Weekly]
Merill Garbus performed at least three times last week in Montreal. One emotional show was her last with her band Sister Suvi (RIP). One (pictured above) was in a museum...
"Tune-Yards blew me away this time when she played at the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
This time she had a backing band and sounded alot better than her being just one musician.
There was also visuals during the show.
Totally packed the small theatre." [MW Music Review Blog]
And finally there was a private performance that was being filmed by Vincent Moon for a new La Blogoteque Take-Away show. It's her second Take-Away show as tUnE-YaRdS. The first was made at SXSW. You can watch the older one below.

Last night (10/6), tUnE-YaRdS shared a bill with Dragons of Zynth at Union Hall in Brooklyn. In November she's touring with Dirty Projectors (with four more NYC shows on that schedule). Ryan Muir, who spent a bunch of time with Vincent at Pop Montreal, was at all three of Merill's performances. More more pictures of both of the tUnE-YaRdS ones, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-YaRdS played Union Hall, a museum for Pop Montreal (pics), another Take-Away show (pics & video) "

photos by Chris La Putt

Dave Deporis / Olof Arnalds
Dave Deporis
Olof Arnalds

"Opener The Tallest Man on Earth was a pleasant surprise, too. Playing solo with just an acoustic guitar, he overpowered the audience with a GIGANTIC voice that at times reminded me of JEFF BUCKLEY, though the sound was more akin to if Buckley was fascinated with Americana as opposed to NINA SIMONE, GENESIS and THE SMITHS." [The Big Takeover - review from the Philly show]
Thanks all for coming to the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (6/12). The lineup worked out perfectly. From 7-9, photographers and friends of photographers hung out around their pictures hanging on the wall. At 9pm, those who were there early enough and were interested in watching the music were wowed by the magical Dave Deporis (at least the people I talked to). His set was especially emotional due to the song dedications to his grandfather who passed away one day earlier. Then Olof Arnalds played to a much more filled in crowd who did not want to let her leave the stage, especially after the amazing Nina Simone cover she closed her set with. Earlier she covered Springsteen. Up next came the, to quote the above review, "gigantic voice" of the not-that-tall Tallest Man On Earth which was followed by the headlining full-band set by the one and only John Vanderslice. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "John Vanderslice, Tallest Man On Earth, Olof Arnalds, Dave Deporis & the BV photo show @ MHOW in Brooklyn - pics "

Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "announcing the 1st-ever BrooklynVegan photo show ------ part of the Northside Festival - WIN 1 of 3 BADGES"

photos by Ryan Muir

Jordann Baker
Lady Circus

Lady Circus is a performing arts troupe in New York City composed of nine ladies who perform solo, in small groups, or in a variety show setting in their entirety. Founded by New York based Anya Sapozhnikova in 2007.

Lady Circus, self-described as "an intoxicating cocktail of riot and glamour," considers themselves to be, "a mix of sideshow, brooklyn grit, and 1920's gilded decadence finished off with a modern edge." Their performances use circus arts to entertain and address political and social issues. Members have been sighted using stilts, hula hoops, fire fans, poi, aerial silk, lyra, trapeze, contortion, glass walking, sword swallowing, fire eating, rhythmic gymnastics and combinations thereof across a variety of venues including warehouse parties, galas, benefits, parades, art openings, and private events presenting a diverse skill-set.

Lady Circus performed traditionally one gig at a time, tailoring their acts to each performance space and purpose. As their rehearsal space at The House of YES became rebuilt after a devastating fire in April 2008, their ability to create a full stage show came to fruition.

January 2009: Lady Circus completes first full stage production for The Sky Box Aerial Theatre that operates at the new House of YES. The show is titled "Lady Circus and The Mickey Western Band Present: The Rusted Gun Saloon" A tumultuous tale of love, jealousy, greed, and violence. Including live music and circus in the sky and on the ground!

Lady Circus performed The Rusted Gun Saloon four times (so far). The final show was January 24th. That's the one Ryan and I both went to. The live music, the Lady Circus performers, the DIY space, the original story, the homemade costumes, the $20 ticket price... everything was great, In case they do it again, I don't want to spoil it any more than the pictures already do. More of them (NSFW), below...

Continue reading "pictures from Lady Circus & the Mickey Western Band's 'The Rusted Gun Saloon' @ the House of Yes"

words and photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Department of Eagles - Balmy Night (live @ the Bell House) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Pictures of Trees (MP3)


Last Saturday, December 13th, I found myself at an intimate loft party in Williamsburg to see Sebastian Krueger's sad-pop song writing project, Inlets. The show was a pretty low key affair. People sitting on the center-of-the-room-staircase made the place seem full and active, but i'd be surprised if there were as many as 100 people there. The bartender was friendly and served complimentary beer and wine. Everybody seemed conversational and friendly and space didnt seem to be that much of an issue.

Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles played only a couple of songs (including one Dept of Eagles song), and Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors also played a short set. It seemed to take a long time for the third band Glass Ghost to get set up and then I didn't really enjoy their set as much as the people around me seemed to.

Inlets was a very nice professional step up in sound and presence. The arrangements at times were very full and accomplished, but also sounded appropriately sparse as well-- in some songs band members would drop out completely as the set went on.

Favorite moments were the toy piano melodies on one of the later songs, and when Beirut's Zach Condon watched from the upper balcony and joined on trumpet for the last song of the evening. Overall a pleasant and mellow show that was well-suited to the well-manicured loft space.

Zach Condon

Beirut has three Brooklyn shows coming up. Department of Eagles are touring in January. Dirty Projectors are playing New Years Eve at Knitting Factory. More pictures from the loft party below...

Continue reading "Inlets (w/ Zach Condon), Fred Nicolaus, Deradoorian & Glass Ghost @ Whisk and Ladle (a loft party), NYC - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir



AC/DC played their third November NYC-area show at the Izod Center in NJ last night (11/20). One week earlier it was two nights at Madison Square Garden. Both of those setlists and a lot more pictures from Jersey, below...

Continue reading "AC/DC @ the Izod Center, NJ - pics + both MSG setlists"

Photos by Ryan Muir


"A highly contagious stomach flu is circulating through New York City.

The Health Department has issued a statement reporting that visits to the city's hospital emergency rooms have increased by 19 percent over the past two weeks, to about 400 a day, of people suffering from vomiting and diarrhea.

The stomach flu is caused by a norovirus infection that is prevalent in late fall and winter. Health officials say the good news is that norovirus infections are usually not serious and most people recover within a few days.

A medical epidemiologist at the Health Department, Dr. Sharon Balter, advises thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water, before eating food and after using the bathroom, to avoid being infected with the stomach flu."[Newsday]

A tip for your health in lieu of an actual HEALTH review.

One night after they opened for Nine Inch Nails in Atlantic City, HEALTH headlined a show at Knitting Factory in NYC. Videohippos and Health's new label-mate (Angel) Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors fame) were also on the Friday night bill (11/7). More pictures below...

Continue reading "HEALTH, Angel Deradoorian & Videohippos @ Knitting Factory, NYC - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir

Joy Riot

Joy Riot

Ryan got off the Bedford L stop at North 7th St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn last night around 1 AM. The sidewalks and streets were filled with people celebrating Obama's win. At one point the cops decided they needed to clear the street out a little, possibly so a garbage truck could get through. One reader wrote into Gothamist...

We were trying to get onto the sidewalk, as requested but hard to do when it is packed. The police pushed my boyfriend because he wasn't moving fast enough and when he spoke back to them the incident escalated.

He was basically thrown to the ground, hit with billy clubs and then arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest & obstructing governmental administration. Others who got arrested were only given a summons, however a police officer hurt himself while arresting my boyfriend. That is why he is still in central booking in Brooklyn.

By 2:30, when Ryan decided to go home, a lot of people had already dispersed from the intersection, many thanks to the urging of the police in riot gear (who apparently were holding at least one mace grenade). The party kept going all night though. More pictures from the 'joy riot' below...

Continue reading "Obama revelers party in Williamsburg, clash w/ police on Bedford (some pictures from last night in Brooklyn)"

photos by Ryan Muir


Japan's DMBQ played a Halloween show at Danbro Studios in Brooklyn with Fiasco, The Homosexuals, Ponytail, Aids Wolf, Child Abuse and Matt & Kim on Friday (10/31). I heard the show was great from start to finish, BUT Ryan only got there in time to shoot pictures of Matt & Kim (the headliners) and DMBQ who played right before them. More from DMBQ's set below...

Continue reading "DMBQ @ Danbro Studios Warehouse, NYC - Halloween pics"

photos by Ryan Muir

Matt & Kim

FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, is pleased to announce their partnership with Brooklyn-based music collective Matt and Kim. The all-encompassing collaboration between FADER Label and Matt and Kim is more than a record deal. It's a new and unique model that gives the band access to the unlimited resources of The FADER and its' sister company Cornerstone, a premiere music and lifestyle agency. This announcement comes on the heels of Matt and Kim's new full-length, Grand, which will be available on vinyl, CD and online formats on January 20th 2009 through SONY/RED distribution.

Under the watch of The FADER's careful eye, Matt and Kim have already begun experiencing the benefits of the relationship by recently releasing free online singles, Good Old Fashion Nightmare and Daylight, both of which will appear on the upcoming sophomore effort. The structure of this deal will give Matt and Kim unique resources that will allow the band to connect with current and future fans. An important component of the relationship will include Zync, who have successfully represented Matt and Kim to film and TV previously.

Recorded over a nine-month period in Matt's childhood bedroom in Vermont, Grand stands to be the band's most compelling work to date. Matt self-produced the record in it's entirety while paying attention to every detail with meticulous precision, achieving production that Matt and Kim have never had, yet still being very Matt and Kim.

The lightning in the bottle? Matt and Kim will be bringing their elated live show worldwide as they plan to tour nonstop throughout 2009.

"The partnership with FADER Label has been amazing this far and we are looking into the future," remarked, Kim Schifino. Matt Johnson added, "We have already been able to give fans free music [like through Mountain Dew's "Green Label Sound"], play free shows [ditto] and reach new people. It's really important for us to be able to give back to those who have supported us from the beginning."

"We are excited to have Matt and Kim join The FADER family," said Jon Cohen, Co-CEO of Cornerstone and The FADER. "Their songwriting and live performance matched with their amazing creativity set them up for a successful career. With this new model we're able to put Matt and Kim in front of new audiences and create opportunities that aren't available to most artists. Now they are going to have the freedom to connect in many ways with their fans."

Matt & Kim headlined the Halloween party at Danbro Warehouse on Friday (10/31). Fiasco, The Homosexuals, Ponytail, Aids Wolf, DMBQ and Child Abuse also played the show. Now M&K are on tour. More Halloween pics below...

Continue reading "Matt & Kim played Danbro (Halloween pics), on Fader & tour"

photos by Ryan Muir


Ramember all the way back in September when St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens shared a stage at BAM in Brooklyn? Well, Daptone's own Naomi Sheleton was on that bill too, and here finally are the pictures from her portion of the evening which I thought would go nicely with this show announcement::

Thu. 10/23 @ Southpaw in Brooklyn
Daptone Family Fundraiser for Barack Obama
featuring the Budos Band and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens plus very special guests from the Daptone Stable, as well as DJ's Honeydripper, TNT and Neal Sugarman
$20 adv./$25 d.o.s, 8 pm doors
>> buy tickets
That's one of two upcoming Daptone events at Southpaw (the very venue Sharon Jones used to play a lot before she got too big) (that would be awesome if she showed up at the benefit). The other Daptone show is TONIGHT (Friday, October 17th). More Naomi pics below...

Continue reading "Naomi Shelton BAM pics, a Daptone fundraiser @ Southpaw "

photos by Ryan Muir


The show was/felt short, but sweet.

Clocking in at under 90 minutes (he started around 8:15, and we were definitely on the street by 9:45), Antony brought down the house at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem last night (Oct 16, 2008). Dressed all in white, Antony stood (the whole time) on the hardly-lit stage with a full orchestra playing behind him. Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) played piano (a job Antony used to have in addition to singing), and two regular members of the Johnsons (Julia Kent and Maxim Moston) played with the orchestra that had roughly 20 members and a conductor (Robert Moose) who looked like Nico Muhly from the back (the side we saw of Robert throughout the whole show as he eloquently moved his baton and body behind Antony). He wasn't Nico though. That was most evident when Nico, the co-arranger for the show, came on stage for a bow with everyone else at the end.

Speaking of the end, it came way too soon and after an encore that only lasted for one song. Heavy on new songs, and light on the 'hits', highlights of the setlist included a jazzed up, re-arranged version of the classic "Cripple and the Starfish", a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", and a beautiful, beautiful, old-school-Antony-full-of-emotion-and-magic, minimalistic-with-not-too-much-orchestra (aka I loved it the best) version of "Another World" which is the title track from Antony's new EP. There were no special guests, though Antony's friends Nomi and Lou Reed were both spotted in the audience. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Antony & the Johnsons & orchestra @ the Apollo, NYC - pics"

Photos by Ryan Muir

Fucked Up

Ryan's official shift at the 12-hour Fucked Up show was really only 4-6, but he got there a little late and stayed much longer. John Joseph did two Cro-Mags songs with Fucked Up ("Malfunction" and "Life of My Own"). Tim Harrington sang "Over the Edge" by Underdog, "Victim in Pain" by Agnostic Front, and then moshed while someone grabbed the mic and sang Agnostic Front's "Last Warning" F'd Up played "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones twice. First with Moby singing and then later with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend singing. Moby also did "12XU" by Minor Threat and "Nervous Breakdown" by Black Flag. Ezra also sang "Parents" by the Descendents and a Blitz song. J. Mascis did "Chunks" by Last Rites (a song D Jr often covers) with them while Matador's Gerard was on guitar and then J. played drums while Fucked Up played "I Saw It" by Deep Wound. Fucked Up of course played lots of hardcore and punk covers on their own too, and even some originals. Pictures of it all below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up, Moby, Vivian Girls, John Joseph, Matt Sweeney, J Mascis & frends @ the Rogan Store (4:30-12:30) - pics"

Photos by Ryan Muir

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand played a not-so-secret show at Music Hall of Williamsburg for the second night in a row last night (Oct 7). Their next NYC show will also be this week. More pictures and the setlist from last night below...

Continue reading "Franz Ferdinand @ MHOW, Brooklyn, NYC - pics & setlist"

Photos by Ryan Muir

Revenge of the Bookeaters

While millions were home watching the town hall debate betwen Barack Obama and John McCain, I was at Town Hall the venue missing it watching a variety of entertainers help raise money for 826NYC, an organization that helps educate children (Oct 7, 2008). The night went like this: Ira Glass came out and told a story. Then Thao Nguyen played two songs by herself. Zach from Rogue Wave was supposed to be with her, but he had to cancel. The Daily Show's John Oliver was the host and he was my favorite performer of the evening which was an extra bonus because he performed comedy between almost every other act.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Department of Eagles then played three songs - two of them as the core duo of Daniel and Fred and one just as Daniel. It was, as they pointed out, only their second show ever. Their first was the night before at the Bell House and was much longer, and I guess they weren't counting Conan where they only played two less songs than they did at Town Hall. Their album is out now (as they also pointed out).

Then 826NYC board president (and driver license-less) Sara Vowell pretended to be Sarah Palin unintelligently explaining what 826NYC is as 826NYC founder Dave Eggers told us what it was in an intelligent fashion. TV on the Radio's members did not perform music. Kyp Malone came out next and read a funny little story written by a kid at 826NYC and then (not counting John Oliver again) Paul Simon played four songs - three classics including "Mrs. Robinson", and one brand new song that he recently wrote and never played before. The new song felt the most special, but the old songs were definitely very great to hear from the legend in the somewhat intimate atmohsphere that is Town Hall. Paul was accompanied by one guy on guitar who also sang backup and played other instruments. You would think Paul would have played last, but I guess he wanted to get home early. After Paul came a surprise two song set by Angelique Kidjo who got the whole crowd to sing along with her and her guitar player.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

And last but not least (well, maybe least), a whole group of people including TV on the Radio's Tunde Adibempe (showing off his acting side) and Parker Posey read a story about NY that was also a sorta-funny chapter from a book that was available for sale in the lobby. More pictures from the night below...

Continue reading "Revenge of The Bookeaters (Paul Simon, Department of Eagles, Thao Nguyen, Kyp Malone, etc) @ Town Hall - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir


Meghan McCain favorite Stereolab played their first of three shows at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (October 2). Atlas Sound, in the form of Bradford Cox completely solo, was one of two openers. Bradford also returned to the stage later in the night to join Stereolab for one song.The other opener was Van Allen Belt.

Friday the openers are Anti-Pop Consortium and Hospitality, and Saturday has Monade and Le Loup. More pictures and the setlist from Thursday below...

Continue reading "Stereolab & Atlas Sound @ Irving Plaza, NYC - pics, setlist"

photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Au - RR vs. D (MP3)

the Dodos
The Dodos

Despite having one sick member, San Francisco's the Dodos played their scheduled show with Portland's Au (pronounced "Ay-You") at Spiegelworld in NYC last night (9/29) They did have to cancel the secret show they were going to play tonight (9/30) at Death by Audio though, and the not-secret one they were planning on playing in Northampton on Wednesday. All other tour dates are still on. More pictures from last night's show below...

Continue reading "Au & the Dodos @ the Spiegelent in NYC - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir


Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) rocked BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM's all-night party The Takeover [Saturday] night. While it was a little weird to see a rock show at a sit-down theater, her music was suited to the venue. She manages to somehow sound delicate and strong at the same time, filling the theater with sound, but causing the audience to hold our collective breaths for fear of overwhelming the poor girl. She had five other people on stage with her, with a sax/clarinetist, a pianist and a violinist in addition to a bassist and drummer, lending a chamber pop flavor to the mix.

Let not all this lead you to believe that the girl cannot rock, though. She totally shreds on the guitar. It creates a good incongruousness to her fragile voice.

She played a few new songs, although this was my first time seeing her, so I wouldn't have realized. But they were as well received as the older stuff. Though the show was almost an hour long, she played about seven songs. I don't know if it was the setting, the hour, or what, but each song seemed to last forever (in a good way) creating an ideal atmosphere in which to kind of bliss out.

She wrapped up the show by inviting Sufjan Stevens onstage (he had curated and hosted the night's performances) for a cover of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."... [AM NY]

More pictures below...

Continue reading "St Vincent & Sufjan Stevens @ BAM's Takeover, NYC - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Sigur Ros - gobbledigook (instrumental) (MP3)

Sigur Ros @ United Palace

"It was transcendent. I have never seen a show this good - they played a gtr with a saw and played the same measure 30 times in a row, getting gradually louder until they started singing in this made up language, really high & slightly off key - then they did it again, except this time no made up language!!! And so it went!!! I'm a berklee trained musician and I've seem some amazing shit, but no one will ever top what I saw this magical night." [Anonoymous]
Sigur Ros played their first of two shows at United Palace in NYC last night (Sept 17, 2008). More below...

Continue reading "Sigur Ros @ United Palace (night 1), NYC - pics & setlist"

photos by Ryan Muir

Nico Muhly

Sam Amidon

Just in time for the Olof/Sam/Kria show in a church tonight (Sept 16), here are the pictures from last week's (le) poisson rouge show that Deerhunter also played (if you count it all as one show with a late intermission) (Sept 9). More below...

Continue reading "Olof Arnalds, Nico Muhly, Laurie Anderson, Skuli Sverrisson, Sam Amidon, Shahzad Ismaily & friends @ lpr, NYC - pics "

photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Amazing Baby - Head Dress (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Amazing Baby - Infiniate Fucking Crosses EP (ZIP file)

Amazing Baby @ MHOW

FADER: What's going on right now with you guys?
Simon Amazing Baby: Recording and playing and recording. We're releasing a single in the UK hopefully in October, album dropping in 2009. Label stuff is on the DL for now.

How long have the two of you been playing together?
Simon: Since January 1st 2008.

How many bands were you in before you knew you had found one that might stick?
Simon: In Brooklyn, only two. In New York City I have been in about 20. I can't wait for one to stick.

Amazing Baby's next NYC show is free. Last night (Sept 15) they opened for A Place to Bury Strangers and Sian Alice Group at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from that, below...

Continue reading "Amazing Baby @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - pics"