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Deerhunter @ LPR

Last night was a special night of music at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (September 9). Unfortunately I missed the early show where Skuli Sverrisson and Olof Arnalds each performed a full album and were joined by guests such as Nico Muhly and Laurie Anderson whose husband Deerhunter's Bradford Cox later said he just missed meeting (and getting an autograph from) in the back room.

Deerhunter hit the stage around 11:20. Bradford immediately began chatting with the crowd and seemed to be in great spirits. The music started and the sound was a little off, but they seemed to fix it by the second or third song (though people standing near the front later told me the sound was messed up the entire show). One thing with Deerhunter is that when they are played at a high volume, they sound that much stronger and last night was LOUD. I even caught a few people with fingers in their ears, which is always a good sign. The setlist was very accessible and full of crowd pleasers. They played a lot of older material ("Fluorescent Grey," Spring Hall Convert," "Strange Lights," "Hazel St."), a few from Microcastle ("Agoraphobia", "Saved By Old Times" and I think "Never Stops") and "Operation" off of the recently leaked and soon to be released Weird Era Cont. They started the encore with a hilarious, yet well done death metal version of what sounded like Jay Reatard's "Always Wanting More," introducing the segment as a "unique opportunity to hear material off their new album." The show seemed a little short, clocking in at little over an hour, but I didn't leave disappointed. Actually, I left thinking it was one of the best Deerhunter shows I have seen yet.

More pictures below...

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Lykke Li @ (le) poisson rouge (more by Ryan Muir)
Lykke Li

@ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ 2008
Oct 21 - Lykke Li, Friendly Fires, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (tix)
Oct 22 - ?
Oct 23 - ?
Oct 24 - Jay Reatard, White Lies & Japanese Motors
Oct 25 - A Place to Bury Strangers
Full lineups TBA. I don't know what the missing dates are, but I do know that one of them is NOT Sub Pop (unfortunately).

Merge's CMJ showcase will be at Mercury Lounge.

This post could have also been titled "Lykke Li adds a 2nd NYC show". Her previously announced Music Hall show is one day before CMJ starts and Friendly Fires open that show too (tix).

A Place to Bury Strangers are playing Music Hall this Monday September 15th with Amazing Baby, Artanker Convoy and Sian Alice Group. Tickets are on sale.

photos by Ryan Muir


1349 is a black metal band hailing from Oslo, Norway. The band's music is purposely similar in style and construction to that of bands from the Second Wave of Norwegian black metal of the early 1990s, and does not incorporate synthesisers. As a result, 1349 have been compared to the early incarnations of Enslaved, Emperor, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone, Immortal, and Mayhem, being described as much heavier than most other black metal bands. The band has so far, rejected the more commercial style of black metal exhibited by some bands.

The name 1349 comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway. [Wiki]

I saw them at SXSW, at night in a field which was also a VICE party with not many people, but with very drunk people. The band takes the scary act to the next level. The scary faces never leave their faces, so between the scariness on stage and the scariness in the crowd, it was overall kind of scary scary (but very entertaining). Now the band is on tour with Carcass and that brought them from their lair in Norway to the heavily guarded and corporate Nokia Theater in NYC on Saturday night (Sept 6). Black Bubblegum was at the show and his full review is coming soon, but I can tell you now that he was less than impressed with 1349. Ryan also found them hard to take seriously, but did admit they do a good scary (and a good Kiss). More pics below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Zebulon

Saturday (August 30, 2008) was a long day. After four bands in a row at McCarren Pool, (Ryan and) I considered going to watch some bands perform 'round robin', but the idea of a hot Market Hotel didn't seem that appealing. Instead I went over to the much smaller and much less DIY bar and performance space, Zebulon, to catch Holly Miranda (The Jealous Girlfriends) and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (the Internet). Ironically, Zebulon ended up ridiculously crowded and hot, but I'm not complaining.

Holly was great, though I stood towards the back of the bar where I couldn't even see her for most of the set. Miles and band put on a good (and free) (not counting tips) show, but not a great show. I moved near the front of the club early on in his set because there was no chance of enjoying it from the back of the noisy venue. That helped a lot. Unlike Holly's voice who cut through the whole club, you could barely hear what Miles was saying, even from the front row. There's something soft and choppy about his voice live that makes it hard to get into. Production has fixed that on the record. Maybe he just needed to turn his mic way up. That said, the songs still made me want to tap my foot (which is about all the dancing you can do when the setup is such that the whole crowd needs to shift so someone can get from the bar to the bathroom) and there were still a few big clapping moments.

I have yet to read a good review of his live show (here in the comments or elsewhere) (ok, I take that back...). People probably expect a little more once they've seen you on the cover of Fader. Maybe touring with TV on the Radio will be good training. He and full band played for about an hour with no encore (crowd's choice). More pics below...

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Yard photos by Chris La Putt, Seaport photos by Ryan Muir

Oneida @ the Yard
Oneida @ The Yard

Oneida @ the Seaport
Oneida @ South Street Seaport

There have been no shortage of Onedia shows this summer. One of them took place back in July at the Yard. Another was just this past Friday at South Street Seaport. They played, strangely, after Raphael Saadiq at the latter. Their next NYC show is this Saturday in Williamsburg (Sept 6). More photos from the Yard & SSS below...

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photos by Ryan Muir


Nearly six years ago, long-time record producer and performer Raphael Saadiq released his solo debut, Instant Vintage. Similarly to his work with Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl, the project received rave reviews and earned the Oakland native five Grammy nominations. Since then, Saadiq has spent time working behind the scenes with A-list artists like Joss Stone, Snoop Dogg and Q-Tip, among others.

On September 16, Saadiq will release his third studio album, The Way I See It, courtesy of Columbia Records and his independent label, Pookie Entertainment. Led by the Temptations-influenced single, Love That Girl, the album's inspiration was drawn from the soulful atmosphere and organic sound of tropical vacation spots like Costa Rica and the Bahamas. Known to fully immerse himself in his work, the multi-talented musician is solely responsible for writing, producing, arranging and performing the entire project. [DJBooth.net interviewed Raphael]

A last minute announcement revealed that Raphael Saadiq was playing the free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (Labor Day Weekend-eve). More pics from Raphael's set below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Anti Pop Consortium @ Terminal 5

Anti-Pop Consortium opened the Faint show at Terminal 5 eariler this month. Here are the pictures.

Stereolab are playing three shows at Irving Plaza in October. Here are the openers:

10/2 - with The Van Allen Belt, Atlas Sound
10/3 - With Anti-Pop Consortium
10/4 - With Monade, Le Loup
Tickets for Stereolab are on sale. More Anti-Pop pix below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Wilco @ McCarren Pool

Was Jeff Tweedy on edge last night at McCarren Pool (August 13, 2008)? Did he not like the crowd? I ask because of a few jabs he took during their approximately 2.5 hour mesmerizing (yes, I have a huge crush on them) set. I think he gave me a complex.

There was the "something is missing tonight" comment which after an awkward pause turned out to be about a gong that was on stage at their Cambridge Tanglewood show the night before. Jeff missed the gong, so drummer Glenn Kotche then did his best to recreate the sound of it.

Then there was the part when Jeff said something like, "Matrix [guitar tech] has heard that song we just played a lot of times, and he says we never played it that well. At least that's what I think Matrix meant when he said 'I cant wait to get out of here'. Just Kidding. He said he loved it". I can't remember the exact quote, but it was weird.

Jeff also criticized us for clapping the wrong beat to one song (which was pretty funny actually - not that the other stuff he said wasn't...) - he called the Brooklyn crowd 'free thinkers' - the term his father used for Bob Dylan (who played a show in a different section of Brooklyn one night earlier). Later Jeff told us to scream on his command because it made him feel powerful and helps him affirm what he is doing with his life (or something like that).

And last but not least there was the comment that definitely had only one meaning. That was the one when Jeff straight up dissed Brooklyn for not clapping in unison. He said something like, "Are you all too cool to clap?! Would it be better if we add the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" drum beat to it?!"" I realize Jeff is a comedian, but now there is also one person I know that considers him a mortal enemy for that one. Also, I mean, did he look at the crowd? It wasn't exactly a 'Pool Party'. This Brooklyn McCarren Pool show was definitely filled with the kind of (mostly male) people who like Wilco more than they like Joy Division (at least that's the generalization I'm going to make).

Great, packed show. Great setlist. 'Total Pros' is a good way to describe Wilco. It's also the name of Wilco's backing 3-piece horn/clarinet section that they had on tour and at this show with them. Jeff said Wilco would be back when they finished their next record. I can't wait for them to come back, and for the new record which I hope utilizes the full power of guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Glenn Kotche this time. They're working on the new album in between all this touring (that also included recent stops at the Baltimore Virgin Fest and Lollapalooza). (insert McCarren Car Pool jokes here). The Brooklyn setlist, and more of Ryan's beautiful pics below....

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photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons (MP3)

"this is a Yahtzee"
Bowerbirds @ MHOW

Bowerbirds @ MHOW

Making a great show even greater, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver (on his current tour and( last night (July 30, 2008) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn...

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Movies with a view

As you may have seen in the free show calendar, tonight (July 31) is another free event under the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a "movie with a view" to be exact and the night starts with a DJ at 6pm. Then comes two movies at sundown. The headliner is Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, but more importantly, the opener is a short movie called "The Deadpool" by none other than sometimes-BV-photographer Ryan Muir.

photos by Ryan Muir

Bon Iver

Musical ecstasy is the only way I can desribe Bon Iver's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (and not just because I drank too many Yahtzees). New song = amazing. Amazing = an overused word, but it works. Bon Iver's next NYC show will be headlining Town Hall in December! Details TBA soon. More pictures from the Brooklyn show (July 30, 2008) below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Santos Party House

San Diego's The Muslims are returning to the East Coast in August to play four more NYC shows. Last time they were here they played seven, one of which was at Santos Party House with the Vivian Girls. The Muslims pics from that show are in this post.

The NYC shows: The Muslims will open both upcoming Walkmen shows at Bowery Ballroom, play at Union Pool the following night (8/20) with Atlanta's The Howlies (great site guys), and then again at the clothing store Dunderdon on the 21st. All dates and more pics below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Jarvis Cocker

Seeing Jarvis Cocker makes you realize that almost all other bands are chumps. This is how it's done. This is a show. This is charisma. This is It. You can't take your eyes off him. [Sound Bites]
Jarvis also just played the Pitchfork Festival and he does it again tonight (July 22) @ Terminal 5 (tix). Last night (July 21, 2008) was at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. More pictures and the setlist from that show below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Crystal Stilts

At Glasslands on Saturday (July 19, 2008), there's a pretty killer bill featuring The Crystal Stilts, San Francisco's The Girls. I caught the Crystal Stilts at the Charleston last week, and they just get better (and further from the JAMC comparisons) every time. Definitely one of my favorite NYC bands of the moment and their full-length debut is due out later this year on Slumberland. [Bill]
Crystal Stilts opened for the Vaselines at Southpaw. More pics from that show below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Ratatat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The dangerous duo that is Ratatat came on 3 hours after doors opened, and were joined by a third, a keyboardist, who was rocking a serious 'fro and flared jeans, which I hadn't seen in a minute. In true party boy form, Stroud, the lead guitarist, crept onstage with 2 beers and a bottle of Jameson in tow. They played a good mix of tracks, mainly from their newest, more ecletic, album LP3, which dropped last week, and of course, a bunch of tracks from Classics, the house party soundtrack of 2006. As per usual, they projected generally weird stuff in the background (including clips from the "You Can Call Me Al" music video by Paul Simon and digitally-altered '70's reel) and used lighting to project their silhouettes onscreen. To top off the '70s-tinged vibe, there were even a few unexpected bongo solos. [BUST]
Their next NYC show is at Terminal 5. More info on that and other tour dates HERE. More pictures from last night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (July 15, 2008), below...

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words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Ryan Muir


Ever since a friend of mine played me the Dungen tune "Panda", the band pretty much immediately skyrocketed to the top of my list of bands whose records I will buy as soon as they shuffle off the presses and whose live shows I will catch when I can. I missed them when they were here for Siren, but saw them at Maxwell's back in July 2005, then again at Bowery in October 2005. I haven't seen them since that October 2005 gig, so when their intimate Le Poisson Rouge show was announced, I knew I had to be there, and was lucky enough to get a ticket.

I actually dug the vibe of the Dungen show more than I liked the performance itself (July 15, 2008). The room was teeny-tiny, comfortable, and sparsely attended. You could stand anywhere in the room and not be more than 10 feet from Gustav Ejstes (the brains, piano, vocals, guitar) and drummer Johan Holmegard (who sang back-up too). The event started as a listening party where they played the new record over the house system. The tracks I heard from the new record were, upon first listen, 80% compelling stuff and 20% throw away rehash. Definitely an album worth buying. However, I thought the songs the guys actually played live - tunes culled from records past and present - hardly worked as unplugged jams. Some things you just cannot unplug. It was definitely a show worth witnessing, but for me hearing the songs stripped down to drums and grand piano, or drums and acoustic guitar, really fell short. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them with the full band when they roll through town in the fall.

More pictures below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields announced some dates that are now on presale. One of the shows is at Loews in Jersey City. All dates and more pics Ryan took at Noise Pop, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

A sea of 60,000 fans eagerly greeted, cheered and sang along with superstar band Bon Jovi as the group hosted a free concert in New York's Central Park Saturday night that could be seen -- and heard -- several blocks away.

With the lights of the city's skyscrapers looming beyond the park, the New Jersey band rocked in the first free performance on the Great Lawn since the Dave Matthews Band graced the concert site five years ago. Bon Jovi gave ABC News exclusive backstage access before the show, to talk about what it meant to them to perform on the site that Simon and Garfunkel made famous with their 1981 performance there. [ABC News]

I doubt many people reading this could care less about Bon Jovi (except maybe from a nostalgic childhood point of view), but this was a huge event, so we figured we might as well take some pictures. More of what Ryan saw, below...

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Breeders @ McCarren Pool

Gothamist: Are you guys excited about the upcoming show at the McCarren Pool?

Kelley Deal: The Breeders seem like a natural fit for the Pool Parties. Well, we do have the album Last Splash. And you know what a Cannonball is, right? But there's no water, is there? It seems like it would be hot.

I like to read the New York Times, so I saw a pictures of the Hold Steady show there last week. Why are they closing it.

more pics below,,,

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Breeders @ McCarren Pool

Breeders @ McCarren Pool

Breeders @ McCarren Pool

Sunday (July 13, 2008). Matt & Kim. Before The Breeders. Free...

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words by BrooklynVegan Mike, photos by Ryan Muir

Basia Bulat

The shortlist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize was announced last week.

a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected critics and experts.
Unlike previous years, there are no "heavyweights" among the nominees. Stars is the biggest name on the list that also includes The Weakerthans and Black Mountain, but by no means do Stars tower over the other nominees like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, and Feist did in years past. Except for maybe Stars, this year's shortlist is a collection of artists who haven't crossed over yet, but who have a good following and heavy rotation on college and CBC radio.

Crystal Castles, Born Ruffians, Destroyer, and Sandro Perri are conspicuously absent from this year's shortlist, although they did make the original 40-album long list. I think they should have also made the final cut. As we approach the awards, I will once again give my two cents on who I think will win, looking to avenge picking Feist over Patrick Watson, last year's eventual winner.

Basia Bulat also made the shorlist this year. Basia Bulat opened for Devotchka at Terminal 5 in May. Ryan took some pics that we haven't posted yet, so here they are. More of them and the entire 2008 shortlist, below...

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The Vaselines @ Southpaw

The Stranger: Why the decision to replace the original rhythm section [James Seenan on bass and Kelly's brother Charles on drums] with members of Belle and Sebastian?

Eugene Kelly: We thought it was going to be a one-off gig in Seattle, but it's sort of expanded. So we asked the guys in Belle and Sebastian because we figured it'd be quick and easy. They're really good at picking up songs and not having to rehearse very often. It's worked out really well. Before, the Vaselines never really played what was on the record. We played a different version. Before, it was much more spontaneous and sometimes you didn't know what was going to happen. We thought we'd get people who could reproduce what's on the record. People are going to come and expect to hear that and we want to deliver it for them.

The Vaselines @ Southpaw

The Vaselines played their second US show (with members of Belle and Sebastian) at Southpaw in Brooklyn last night (July 10, 2008). Was it much different than the show at Maxwell's the night before? More pictures below...

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