Entries tagged with: Sharon Van Etten
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
Bowery Ballroom (more by Tracy Allison)
If a show is happening at NYC's famous Bowery Ballroom, it was booked by Bowery Presents talent buyer Johnny Beach (who started at the company booking Mercury Lounge). Johnny also keeps busy by co-booking Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Union Transfer in Philly, and other Bowery Presents-affiliated venues. The man books shows all day and is literally at one or more almost every single night. He told us what albums he listened to the most in 2012. Check out his list, and some related videos, below...
As mentioned, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release their new album, Push the Sky Away, on February 19 via Bad Seed Ltd. They just revealed the first single off the album, "We No Who U R," and you can stream it below via Rolling Stone.
The band have announced that they'll support the album with a tour with Sharon Van Etten which hits NYC on March 28 and 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for most of the dates go on sale Thursday (12/6) at 10 AM local time but check ticketmaster for exact details on tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows.
A list of all dates and that song stream, below.
Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year. This list may need to be updated in January, but meanwhile check out the rest of what she chose (with links to the full sets above each picture), below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Arto Lindsay of legendary no wave group DNA, The Lounge Lizards, and pursuer of an impressive solo career, will be performing material from throughout his career in NYC TONIGHT (11/30) at the New Museum. Tickets for the show ($12 for members, $15 for non-members) are available.
Speaking of no wave legends, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), who played Knitting Factory earlier this month will be playing with her band Big Sexy Noise in NYC on December 17 at Bowery Electric with "Caught on Tape" duo Thurston Moore/John Moloney. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For Thurston Moore and John Moloney, the Bowery Electric show is part of a short December northeast tour that the duo will be on, which also includes the previously discussed Brooklyn show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf. All of their dates are listed below.
In other related news, Thurston's ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, who will guest at the upcoming, sold-out Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at T5, will also be a guest with John Cale (of the Velvet Underground) when he does a tribute to Nico at BAM on January 16 at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Other guests at that show include Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Joan as Police Woman, Peaches, Nick Franglen, and Meshell Ndegocello. Tickets for that show are available. It's one of two shows that John Cale is doing for the BAM Next Wave festival.
A list of all Thurston Moore/John Moloney dates and some videos, below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Sharon Van Etten at Town Hall earlier this month (more by Chris La Putt)
Sharon Van Etten put together a show with her "favorite people in the world," happening at Cameo Gallery on December 15. Though she isn't on the bill (anymore), the venue lists "special guests." And though we have no clue if Sharon will actually play her own set at this, She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain definitely will. Plus there will be DJ sets by Call the Doctor (Christian Schaal and Andreas Knutsen). Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Sharon just played Town Hall with a bunch of guests, and you can check out pics of that HERE.
A stream of She Keeps Bees and Sharon Van Etten's "Cuddle Alone," below.
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Groovy & Linda" (MP3)
Sharon Van Etten @ Town Hall
Sharon Van Etten brought her tour through NYC for a hometown show at Town Hall on November 15, her biggest headlining date in the area yet. Though she unfortunately was not supported by Damien Jurado, who opened most of the tour, she treated her hometown fans to a special show without an opener, which instead saw Sharon playing two sets and an encore with a number of special guests. The guests, mostly past collaborators, included Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak, Peter Silberman from The Antlers, Brad Cook from Megafaun, Aaron Dessner (who produced her new album) from The National, Thurston Moore (and his band, Chelsea Light Moving), and her own father, who came out to cover "Barstool Blues" by Neil Young (who he is a fan of and it was his birthday, which is why Sharon chose that cover) during the encore. A special night for many reasons.
When Thurston Moore first came out, it was all the members of his band Chelsea Light Moving (Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney) and all the members of Sharon's band, to play the CLM song, "Groovy and Linda," which you can download above and stream below.
Sharon is also presenting a show in NYC soon with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain, that she may or may not be performing at.
More pictures and the setlist from the show, below...
Sharon Van Etten at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten is on tour now and as discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 15 at Town Hall. At that show, Sharon will be joined on stage by a number of guests, including Thurston Moore, John Maloney, and a handful of her usual friends/collaborators Aaron Dessner (The National), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), and Brad Cook (Megafaun). Tickets for that show are still available.
In other news, Sharon is releasing a deluxe edition of her 2012 album, Tramp, on November 13 via Jagjaguwar with demo versions of every song on the album, a bonus demo of "Tell Me," a self portrait, and liner notes from Sharon's journal. Regarding the demos, Sharon just told RedEye, "I'm kind of excited about [the demos] because I'm always interested in hearing where people came from and how they progressed. I believe my songs are strong enough to stand on their own--even way back then when they were recorded badly and minimally."
A stream of the "Tell Me" demo and an updated list of dates are below...
UPDATE: We're told Sharon Van Etten is no longer playing this day party at Ace Hotel.
Sharon Van Etten at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten is about to kick off her North American tour which hits NYC on November 15 at Town Hall (tickets), but you can catch her in NYC even sooner than that, in a smaller venue, and for free.
Sharon will play the free, all ages Converse and Search Party CMJ day party at Ace Hotel on Thursday (10/18) with Choir of Young Believers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Hey Marseilles, and Brainstorm. That party runs from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The show fliyer and an updated list of Sharon Van Etten dates is below.
Choir of Young Believers have other CMJ shows and they'll also be playing the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20). The whole lineup is coming soon, we promise.
Speaking of CMJ shows at the Ace Hotel, there will also be "hangout sessions" and DJ sets from various indie labels for the third annual "Notes from the Underground." It takes place on Wednesday (10/17), Thursday (10/18), and Friday (10/19) in the hotel lobby with representation from Beggars Group, Mom + Pop, Modular, Frenchkiss, FADER Label, White Iris, Third Man, and artist Caris Reid. More details are below.
Sharon Van Etten recently made a video for "Magic Chords." You can check out that video, a list of all upcoming dates, and those show flyers below.
This one gets a big "!!!!". Listen to the song, with more info about the above-pictured new holiday album, below...
Swans at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Trio Hornito @ Barbes
* Jason Collett @ Joe's Pub
* Ben Harper @ Carnegie Hall
* Ches Smith Trio @ The Stone
* Martha Wainwright @ Littlefield
* Secret Chiefs 3: UR @ The Stone
* Alice Cohen, Odo, Lauds @ Zebulon
* Luke Rathborne, Cartright @ Cameo
* Sloan (performing Twice Removed) @ Maxwell's
* Heart, Alejandro Escovedo @ The Paramount
* Swans, A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ The Capitol Theatre
* Heaven, Computer Magic, Rumors @ Mercury Lounge
* Morrissey, Kristeen Young @ Radio City Music Hall
* Grooms, Royal Baths, SISU, Punks On Mars @ Glasslands
* Action Bronson, Jonwayne, Party Supplies @ Public Assembly
* Texas is the Reason, States & Kingdoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Blind Shake, Xaddax, Cellular Chaos, Radio Shock @ Cake Shop
* Bomb the Music Industry, The Fifth Street Band, No Way @ Death By Audio
* The Shivers, Alana Amram and The Rough Gems, Jesse Anderson Ainslie @ Union Pool
* John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Gordan Gano, Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox @ (le) poisson rouge
* "Special Guest," Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, The Underachievers @ Villain
* Pusha T, Biz Markie, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Sicky Brett @ Bam Parking Lot (Downtown Brooklyn College Festival)
Twi The Humble Feather play Manhattan Inn four Wednesdays this month including tonight.
Minneapolis' The Blind Shake, who were just terrific opening for Duchess Says last month, are back in town, playing Cake Shop tonight. They'll also play Death by Audio tomorrow (10/11).
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Jack White made a video for "I'm Shakin'." Check it out below.
Sharon Van Etten made a NSFW video for "Magic Chords." Check it out below.
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
Yellow Ostrich at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Yellow Ostrich, who have been supporting their new album, Strange Land on tour this year and have been making the festival rounds this summer, have announced a fall tour. Those dates include a few with Sharon Van Etten surrounding both artists' appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The tour culminates in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on November 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/30) at noon.
Sharon Van Etten isn't on the NYC show (no one else is at the moment either), but she'll make her way to NYC on her own tour to play Town Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, Yellow Ostrich will release a new six-song EP called Ghost digitally on October 23, which will also be available on vinyl exclusively at the shows on their fall tour. A list of all dates on the tour and the video for "The Shakedown" from Strange Land are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)
The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.
All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
Sharon Van Etten at Pianos in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sharon Van Etten is continuing to tour internationally in support of her new album, Tramp, which was released earlier this year, and she's just announced a new run of dates to go down this fall. Sharon was originally set to play ATP NJ, but unfortunately she had to cancel. Could it have anything to do with the fact that ATP filed for liquidation? Stay tuned for more on the state of ATP, though as of now all events are still on, and ATP tweeted this morning, "Thanks for your patience in waiting for our statement on the changes within the company - they'll be ready to announce in the next few days."
Meanwhile, Sharon will still make her way back to NYC this year, and it's for her largest headlining gig in the area yet. She'll play Town Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates. No opener has been announced for that show yet, but it comes right at the end of her run with Damien Jurado.
As mentioned, Sharon was recently interviewed by the Human Serviette Narduwar. Check out a video of that interview below, along with a list of all tour dates...
photos and videos by Jessica Amaya
Natureboy w/ Sharon Van Etten at Pianos - 6/28/12
Brooklyn's Natureboy (aka Sara Kermanshahi) wrapped up a residency at Pianos last Thursday (6/28). The residencies took place every Thursday in June, and each one featured a different lineup of artists. For the 6/28 show, Sara was joined by Doug Keith, Cat Martino, She Keeps Bees, The Roadside Graves, and DJ Sharon Van Etten, who, as predicted, joined Sara on stage during her set.
In related news, Sharon Van Etten and her bandmate Doug Keith were just interviewed by Nardwuar. A video of that interview is below, along with more pictures and videos from the Pianos show (unfortunately none of Roadside Graves).
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn folk pop singer Natureboy (aka Sara Kermanshahi) kicks off a residency at Pianos TONIGHT (6/7), which will take place every Thursday night in June. Each show is with a pretty solid lineup; tonight it's Caged Animals, Christine Horberg, Vorhees, and St. Claire. Other artists appearing during the residency include Shenandoah & The Night, Shilpa Ray, Cat Martino, She Keeps Bees, Doug Keith, The Roadside Graves, and more. On the last night of the residency (6/28), Sharon Van Etten, who sings on Natureboy's album, will be DJing and it wouldn't be too surprising if she joined in on vocals during Natureboy's set while she's there. The full schedule and flier for the residency is below and tickets for all four shows are on sale now.
Natureboy's album can be streamed in full at her bandcamp and it's a pretty enjoyable listen. Check it out for yourself over there and stream some tracks below.
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...