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Enigmatic Swedish duo The Knife released Shaking the Habitual last year and are playing Coachella in April. They've have started to add other shows while here as well. A full tour has not been announced yet but. It includes an NYC date at Terminal 5 on April 30. Tickets for T5 go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM. All dates -- including Chicago -- are listed below (update: now with the full tour).

This seems to be a much bigger production than when the Knife toured here in 2006. Says the band:

Shaking the Habitual, the album, lays the groundwork for this show. Based on the artistic and political ideas therein, we play with the expectations and question habits of the concert, the dance performance, the club and the music festival. Working within a highly commercial, professionalised and male-dominated music industry, we strive to twist and strangle hierarchies to find other ways of organizing work and its conditions. Disrespecting borders between digital and analogue, fake and real, professional and dilettante, star and cast, experimental acts and glamorous shows, nature and culture, audience and artist, blood family and chosen family, dance and action, a Buchla and bongo and the sound of a hit and a kiss.

We use the full potential of the electronic concert. In addition to bodies playing electronic music, we suggest different bodily engagements. We suggest dancing together as a mobilization, a collective moment for everyone in the room - on and off stage - to take part in. - [The Knife]

Among the performers being used this time is Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess. Full roster of performers is below.

Continue reading "The Knife touring around Coachella, including T5 (dates); Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess part of the production"

photos by Lori Reyes

"Stood in front row, cried during 'Into Dust', and witnessed Hope Sandoval be her perfect self. Mazzy Star, thank you for tonight." - Janet Jackson

"I'm not too manly to say that I cried at the Mazzy Star concert tonight. And also before it a lot. And also still right now." - Rich Karski

Mazzy Star @ Terminal 5 in NYC
Mazzy Star

""Seasons of Your Day," Mazzy Star's first album since 1996, reunites the dreampop duo of Hope Sandoval and David Roback. Despite the long hiatus, not much has changed about the group's sound: The new album highlights Sandoval's wistful, melancholic vocals and Roback's shoegazy guitars." [Washington Post]
Though they reformed to play Coachella and a handful of West Coast dates in 2012, Mazzy Star played their first NYC show in 15 years on Wednesday night (11/20). It seemed unfortunate that the band, who sounds best when you're laying down, chose Terminal 5, such a large standing-room-only venue, but at least a lot of people got to to see them; the sold out multi-level room was packed in every direction. Amazingly, the room was also completely silent at times, such as during "Into Dust" which was my favorite moment of the 75 minute, 15 song show. Due to the size of the venue and the bars in the perimeters, you could hear people talking during less-adored songs, but the shear amazingness of so many quiet people during other parts, not to mention the chance to see Mazzy Star at all, made up for it (note: I would have been freaking out in anticipation even more than I was about the show, but I managed to get my first live reunion fix in June 2012, when I traveled to London to catch them as part of a trip that also included a wedding and some sightseeing).

There was also an amazingly few amount of cell phone screens visible in the crowd, which means people really heeded the warnings, and probably because they knew that not listening could cause their show to end early for one reason or another. Many cell phone videographers still couldn't resist when hit song "Fade Into You" was played towards the end of the pre-encore set, but even that was minimal in comparison to normal shows, though that didn't stop Hope Sandoval from breaking her stage banter silence once. The NY Times says:

For the length of its set on Wednesday night, Mazzy Star managed to suspend time in all but one aspect. Despite the efforts of the club's security staff, the band couldn't entirely prevent the use of cellphones, prompting Ms. Sandoval to break her onstage reticence to complain about "those jackass flash phones you all have." The band performed in dim light, with members' faces in shadow; a video screen showed starscapes, rippling coastal waters or old stereoscope images. There was just enough visual information to keep the focus on the songs.
Despite the main set only being an hour, Mazzy Star played three encores. Each was one song which included the full band walking on and off the stage each time.

I wish they acknowledged the recent passing of Lou Reed during their rare Velvet Underground-influenced set in Lou's hometown, and I wish they played longer, but their final song choice of "California", the single off the new record, still left me leaving the show in a great mood. To quote Jon Parales from the NY Times one more time,

Pedal steel guitar hovered over the folk-rock of "Disappear," as Ms. Sandoval sang, "I'll never be what you want me to be/No, I can't disappear." But she was exactly what Mazzy Star fans have wanted her to be: back and unchanged. Mazzy Star has applied the hovering, meditative stasis of its music to its career.
Mazzy Star complete their tour in Philly and MD on Friday and Saturday, and then return to NYC for a Jimmy Fallon taping Monday.

Unrelated, but a big-but-small tribute to Lou Reed is happening in NYC on Sunday.

Mariee Sioux and Psychic Ills are touring with Mazzy and opened the Terminal 5 show, but I missed them.

Pictures are not allowed at Mazzy Star shows, but they did have their own photographer who took the few pictures in this post. A sneaky person also managed to get a video of "So Tonight That I Might See" and posted it online. The video, more pictures and NYC setlist, below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)
Terminal 5

Memphis, Tennessee's Lucero are as much country as they are punk, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the band's sound since their inception in 1998 has evolved along with their fans who are devoted to the refusal to be compartmentalized as the band is themselves. Lucero's latest, Texas & Tennessee, saw the band sidestep the more involved sounds of previous releases without sacrificing the core element of songwriting that continues to underscore their signature sound. On tour now with Titus Andronicus, they return to Terminal 5 in NYC this Friday, November 8th, with Titus and The Menzingers for what is sure to be a great show. I had the opportunity to talk to vocalist/guitarist Ben Nichols about his writing process, appreciating his roots, and how he hopes this Terminal 5 show won't be like the last.

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My first question just concerns the formation of Lucero, Ben, and how you've seen the band evolve since then.

Ben: We started in '98 or something like that. Actually, our first show was in April of '98. There's definitely been an evolution over those fifteen years. We started off trying to go against the grain and playing these punk rock shows and just playing the quietest, slowest, saddest music possible. It was mainly just me and Brian Venable, the guitar player, who started the band. Then we had Roy and John, and we became a drunken rock n' roll band pretty fast after that. Then we hit the road, and yeah...we were quite possibly a too drunken rock n' roll band. There were some dark years in the middle there. Actually, for the last six years, we've had Rick Steff on the piano, and we added a horn section for a couple of records. That kind of brought us out of the darkness. As far as me, personally, is concerned...it made me really enjoy playing music again. The touring had kind of just worn me down, but adding those extra elements and those instruments - that really got me excited about the band again. With the last two records it's evolved into this...I don't know...the Memphis sound and the Memphis roots, we've definitely tapped into those sources a little more than we did in the past. We're kind of more comfortable with being a Memphis band. I think we're more comfortable showing where we're from a little bit and letting those roots show. Now we're this rock n' roll soul band. I don't know. I'm not sure what the hell we are [laughs]. There's still some country songs. Actually, the next record will probably be fairly countryish. It's a big ol' mess of fifteen years that's tough to remember.

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Continue reading "an interview with Ben Nichols of Lucero (who are on tour with Titus Andronicus now, playing Terminal 5... again)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

MIA @ T5 11/4/2012
MIA

MIA's new album, Matangi, came out this week. Surrounding that, Maya talked with NPR where she explained a little about the album title (Matangi is the Hindu goddess of music), which also relates to her troubles with a certain "offensive gesture" during the 2012 Superbowl that she now claims was actually a Hindu hand gesture:

It's the Matangi mudra... in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you're meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you're meditating over. There's not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi -- the Matangi mudra.
NPR followed that, basically, with a "really?" to which Maya replied, "Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It's good, isn't it?."

MIA was just in NYC for two shows at Terminal 5 and an appearance at the YouTube Music Awards. We already posted a set of her first T5 show (11/1) and now we've got a set from her second show at the venue which happened on Monday (11/4) in this post, plus bigger versions of some of these photos up on Facebook. After those shows, MIA then played an invite-only affair in Bushwick last night (11/5) presented by SPIN and the Soho House. Did anybody go to that?

More pics from Monday's T5 show, including a few of openers Partysquad, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

MIA

"Not every dance party starts -- as did M.I.A.'s show on Friday night at Terminal 5 -- with a live video transmission from Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, urging a sold-out crowd to fight the "military occupation of cyberspace." Mr. Assange called M.I.A. "the most courageous woman working in Western music" and "prescient." He cited lyrics from "The Message," a song M.I.A. released in 2010 with the lines "iPhone connected to the Internet/Connected to the Google/Connected to the government," and added, "It turns out she was right."" [NY Times]
Video of Julian's entire speech is below along with more pictures from the show.

But back to the dance party... Big Freedia shows and a zillion Miley Cyrus extended-Halloween costumes weren't the only ways to get your twerk on this weekend. M.I.A. took a moment during Galang to do the dance move of the moment. Many in the engergetic crowd were doing the same.

Venus X and a drummer for Maya and her backup singer, kept things moving at a driving, if slightly repetitive, pace, with the only downtempo break happening during closer Sexodus, Weeknd samples included. It felt a bit strange to end such a high energy, dynamic set on a lower note, but the highs were high enough, so nobody seemed to mind. Sacks of coloredpowder thrown into the dancing audience and a whirling carnival of colorful lights provided the backdrop for M.I.A. and her Versace-clad backup dancers

On Sunday, M.I.A. appeared at/on the new YouTube Video Awards to play "Come Walk With Me". She returns to Terminal 5 on Monday night for a 2nd sold out big NYC show. More pictures from the first, along with M.I.A.'s full setlist and the Julian video, below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. played Terminal 5 with... Julian Assange (via Skype) ----- pics, video, setlist"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013
Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013

Placebo came to New York for a rare and big US show at Terminal 5 with Jesca Hoop (who we also caught the next day at Ace Hotel). We've got some pictures and their two hour setlist, below...

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Terminal 5 attack

[Andrew] Billington, who lives on the upper West Side, had taken his girlfriend to see Welsh rock band the Stereophonics on Saturday night at Terminal 5, located on W. 56th St.

Following the concert, the couple was walking on W. 58th St. between 10th and 11th Aves. at 10:45 p.m. when a violent goon emerged from the shadows, a police source said.
The mugger, believed to be a homeless man, came up behind Billington and bashed him in the back of the head with what his girlfriend told police appeared to be a brick wrapped in a cloth, the source said. Billington fell to the ground and the assailant hit him again in the face with the brick before searching his pockets for money, the source said.

The robber, dressed in a hoodie or jacket and wearing a baseball cap, fled empty-handed, leaving Billington bloodied and his girlfriend, whose name was not released, screaming for help.

Cops are still trying to identify the attacker, hoping security cameras in the area filmed the robbery, a throwback to the bad days of New York City. [NY Daily News]

Andrew Billington, 37, is an internationally known British marathon runner, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.

If you saw anything, say something. A security camera picture of the alleged mugger is below...

Continue reading "Andrew Billington in critical condition, beat with brick after Stereophonics show at Terminal 5"

Big Sean

Big Sean's new album, Hall of Fame, is out today (8/27), and the above tweet pretty much says it all.

He's also doing an in-store signing from 5-8 at Best Buy in Union Square.

Check out a video from the new LP, below...

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photos by Robert Altman

Father John Misty

Sometimes I worry about the crowd at Terminal 5, but this was clearly an audience of devoted fans, belting out every word of Fear Fun's deeper cuts like "Everyman Needs a Companion" and "Only Son of the Ladiesman" in addition to popular tracks "I'm Writing a Novel". Straddling the line between Jim Morrison and someone making fun of Jim Morrison, Father John Misty made stunts like singing with his microphone stand completely upside down work, while others, such as trying to wrap the mic cord around his neck or struggling to hop back on stage after singing from the photography pit, were met with Tillman's hilariously self-deprecating comments about trying to make this a memorable night for everyone. [Baeble Music]
Former Fleet Fox Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty has been on tour, playing places like Bonnaroo and his intimate acoustic Maxwell's show, and last night (7/24) he came to NYC for his largest headlining show here yet: Terminal 5. In addition to the material from FJM's 2012 debut album, Fear Fun, he did a cover of The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and a newer song, "I Love You, Honey Bear."

Opening the show was dream poppers Wild Nothing, who play a much smaller (sold-out) show at Maxwell's (7/26) on Friday and the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Pictures of both bands are in this post.

Father John Misty also plays a free show in the Hamptons at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Sunday (7/28).

More pictures from Terminal 5, along with videos from FJM's set, below...

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Gogol Bordello at Vintage Vinyl - 7/22/13 (via Emily Ragle)
Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello's new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, just hit stores today (7/23), and they've also taken today as an opportunity to announce that like they usually do, they'll be celebrating New Year's Eve right here in NYC. The gypsy punks will be doing two nights at Terminal 5: December 30 and 31. Tickets for the T5 shows (2-day pass included) go on sale Friday (7/26) at noon.

Meanwhile, Gogol are also in NYC today for a previously discussed in-store at the SoHo Urban Outfitters at 1 PM and a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with A Tribe Called Red.

They also played an in-store at NJ's Vintage Vinyl yesterday (7/22). Some videos from that show and an updated list of tour dates below...

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Kurt Vile at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze this past April and has pretty much been on tour in support of it ever since. He already came to NYC for a relatively intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in May, and more recently he was here for two free outdoor shows: his mesmerizing set at 4Knots and his contributions to the Big Star tribute in Central Park. Now, KV is set to return to NYC in the fall for what will be his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5 on October 25. (He's played the venue before, but not as a headliner.)

Support at the T5 show comes from Beach Fossils, who also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...

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The Flaming Lips at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, who were last here for the Great GoogaMooga, are heading out for select US dates this summer including shows with Spirtualized, and after a brief stop in the EU for some festival appearances, they'll return to the East Coast for a string of dates with Tame Impala. The five dates will include a pair of NYC appearances at Terminal 5 on October 1 & 2. No word on when tickets go on sale but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.

UPDATE: Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at noon.

All tour dates and some video of the band doing a cover of Bowie's "Heroes" is below.

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photos by Robert Altman

Ellie Goulding @ T5, 1/21/2013
Ellie Goulding

VICE: What are you doing differently from the Lights Tour with the Halcyon Days Tour?

Ellie Goulding: It's way more "live." There's hardly anything on track anymore. Not that there really was before, but everything is like live now. Everything is live and everything is the right kind of sound, but it's also something visual. I wanted there to be a proper band as well for the performances. The smallest things amuse me, like the fact that Simon plays bass and there will be this trigger where the string reverberates and you can make that really cool dubby "womp womp" sound. I can't really describe it, but it's a really cool sound. And I'm doing a bit more with my voice and stuff. I'm adding "Hanging On," which I've never done before. It's just going to be way more happening. It's a bit more of a show than before.

Have you added anything strange to your tour rider?

No, just healthy stuff. I'm really boring; I should say something strange

Rising UK dancepop singer Ellie Goulding just wrapped up her two-night stint at Terminal 5 with St. Lucia opening. We've got pics from the first night (1/21) in this post. Did you go to one of the shows? How was it? While here, Ellie woke up early to appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday (1/22), performing her hit "Anything Could Happen." You can watch that, along with more pictures, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

There were a ton of great New Year's Eve shows in NYC, but no doubt one of the craziest ones was Amanda Palmer's Terminal 5 show. The show began with a set from Jherek Bischoff (who also plays as a member of Amanda's band) joined by string players, followed by The Simple Pleasure (which included members of Amanda's Grand Theft Orchestra), who were then followed by Skella (aka bellydancers Belladona and SuperKate). Then finally Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra came on for their first set, which included mostly original material from Amanda's solo project and Dresden Dolls, in addition to the theme from '60s kids show Fireball XL-5 (in tribute to its creator, Gerry Anderson, who just died) with help from husband Neil Gaiman and a cover of Bat For Lashes' "Laura."

Then Amanda left the stage for a set by Ronald Reagan ("Boston's Premiere '80s Pop Saxophone Duo") and then finally the clock struck midnight and confetti cannons were shot off into the venue. Then Amanda and her band returned to the stage to perform Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety and a two-song encore. She was joined by John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig fame for two songs including Prince's "Darling Nikki" and a cover of Hedwig song "Midnight Radio" in the encore. During the Purple Rain portion. And before the encore the venue was graced one more time with confetti.

The full setlist and more pictures from the show below...

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Lou Barlow @ Terminal 5 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lou Barlow

Like Dave Hill, Gretchen Robinette and many of us, The Dinosaur Jr. 'you're living all over me' 25 year celebration show at Terminal 5 was a major highlight of 2012 for Dinosaur Jr.'s own Lou Barlow. He told Pitchfork:

people kept saying 'can you believe it's been 25 years since that record was released??' yes, yes i can.. easily.. so much happened since the release of that record..many bands, more band mates, lotsa fights, lotsa love..children! babies were born in the interim, human children ..so , i -can- believe it ..what REALLY surprised me was Frank Black singing one of the new dinosaur jr tunes ( 'almost there' (? , it really is impossible to figure out the names of J's songs) - the one i like to call the 'birkenstock tune' ) AND dinosaur jr playing a pixies song ('tame') with francis on vocals.. yea.. that part blew me away.. after years of fighting it i am ready to be a pixies fan, i will resist no longer.. he's got a serious set of lungs and learned our song like a proper musician.. much respect.. that ridiculous anniversary show was the #2 highlight of my year..or maybe it was number #1 ..i can't really rate events like this , once my mind is blown it's all equal, if you know what i mean..
More pictures and a recap of that show HERE. Lou's full list of three 'Best Moments' of 2012, below....

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jane's Addiction

Jane's Addiction are set to ring in the new year at Atlantic City's House of Blues tonight, and to warm up for that they came to NYC on Saturday (12/29) for a show at Terminal 5. They played a bit off of their late-period/reunion albums, but most of the set was split pretty evenly between the classic early albums with songs like "Mountain Song, "Jane Says," "Been Caught Stealing," and many others. During the set, Perry Farrell also brought out firefighters who aided in Hurricane Sandy recovery that he knew from his high school in Queens, where he grew up, and he gave a speech about being proud of the way New Yorkers handled the hurricane.

A video of Perry giving that speech after playing "Ted, Just Admit It...," plus some other videos, the setlist, and more pictures from the show below...

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"Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, tonight's show in Boston, and tomorrow in New York are POSTPONED. Hang on to your tickets, as make-up dates will be announced very shortly. More to follow soon." - Deftones

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Morrissey

Morrissey completed his three-night run in NYC last night, Saturday, 10/13 at Terminal 5 where he also played one night earlier. All shows were with tour-mate Kristeen Young. Pictures and setlist from the Friday night show are in this post.

The first of three NYC shows, unlike the last two, was at Radio City Music Hall (pics HERE, Dave Hill review HERE). That came right after an appearance on The Colbert Show.

Though the setlists varied, each night included nods to his days with The Smiths in addition to solo work. Saturday night pics & setlist coming shortly. Friday stuff below...

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photos by Matt McGinley

SBTRKT @ Terminal 5
SBTRKT

SBTRKT brought his tour to NYC last night (10/11) for his largest headlining gig here yet at Terminal 5 with Kilo Kish (who also has upcoming CMJ shows), Nick Hook, and Koreless. SBTRKT (whose live lineup includes main member Aaron Jerome and vocalist Sampha) were joined by a string quartet for a few songs and the stage was set up with two enlarged versions of the masks that SBTRKT wears. They played a good chunk of 2011's excellent SBTRKT and also worked in some bonus tracks and non-album singles.

We were pretty bummed to hear that SBTRKT had "stuff being stolen one minute before stage time from dressing room in Terminal 5" and (possibly related) he had sound issues that delayed the show for about an hour. But once he finally started, the show was wild and the crowd didn't seem to hold the late start against them. Pictures, videos and the setlist from the show are in this post.

The show was presented by Red Bull Music Academy, who also presented the Brainfeeder showcase at VIllain on Wednesday (10/10), and will present Four Tet, Jamie xx, and Floating Points at Autumn Bowl (10/26) and Grace Jones at Roseland (10/27).

More pics, videos and the setlist from last night show are below.

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photos by Tracy Allison

"Hearing every person in Terminal 5 sing every word of Alabama Shakes' "Hold On" is an extremely emotional experience." - J. Edward Keyes

Alabama Shakes

"The reason people talk about them like they descended from the firmament in a golden chariot is because they've emerged at a time that is starved for purist rock and roll. The popular music market consists almost exclusively of glossy, big-budget EDM; the Shakes, on the other hand, sound like they were born during a jam in your living room. Like Jack White (for whom they served as an opening act back in the spring), they are a refreshing reminder that bare-bones rock music used to be a big thing, and can still be a thing if you're persistent enough." [EW]
Alabama Shakes are out on tour, playing huge venues across the country with Nashville's Fly Golden Eagle. That tour came to NYC Thursday night when the band headlined Terminal 5. Missouri's Riley Downing opened the night. Here are some pictures of all of it.

The band are now down in Maryland to play Virgin FreeFest this afternoon (10/6). If you're not there, you can watch the livestream. The tour ends in Austin at the ACL festival, and you won't be there, you can stream their set that day too. On 10/25 the Shakes open for Neil Young & Crazy Horse in their home state of Alabama. On 12/1 they return to Chicago where they last played on 9/11 as part of a free American Family Dream show.

All tour dates, more pictures from Terminal 5, and the band's new video for "I Ain't The Same", below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Vaccines at Webster Hall, 4/23/2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
The Vaccines

The Vaccines' sophomore album, The Vaccines Come of Age, is out today (10/2) in the U.S and is loaded with more sprightly, twangy hook-filled pop tales of love and lust. It's streamable at Spotify if you haven't heard it yet and are curious. The band, who were here just a couple weeks ago, have just announced a headlining tour for early 2013 that will bring them to NYC at Terminal 5 on January 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 5 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (10/3) at noon.

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The Weeknd at MHOW in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
Weeknd

Having sold out two nights in NYC already (10/26 at Terminal 5; 10/27 at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx) already, The Weeknd has added a third show in the area, which will happen on October 25 at Terminal 5, which makes it the first of the three shows. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon.

by Andrew Sacher

Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party

Terminal 5 flooded with blues and purples last night (8/9), revealing a bull's-eye on the back wall, as a a building synth filled the venue and Bloc Party walked out to play their new single, "Octopus," one of their most Silent Alarm-y songs since Silent Alarm. In the song's chorus, as Kele shouted "come on!," he reached out his arms and waved his fingers to rile up the crowd, and when Bloc Party followed that song with A Weekend In The City favorite, "Hunting for Witches," and the arms-raised singalong, "Positive Tension," the energy in Terminal 5 took off.

Like The Strokes and Interpol, Bloc Party are one of the many post-punk revivalists of the early 00's with two great albums who were plagued by an awful case of third album syndrome. For the two former bands, it was a case of over-polishing their sound. For Bloc Party, they went in a total synth pop direction that works for some but was totally unwelcome for this group of Brits, who had made some of the most vital guitar rock of the last decade. Not to mention it's taken Bloc Party four years to follow that album, and over three since they've played NYC, during which time rumors began floating around that Kele was kicked out of the band. So when they made their return, I wasn't without my doubts, but Bloc Party didn't once fail to deliver. The show was their last in a sold out three-night run which also hit the NYC venue on Tuesday (8/7) and Wednesday (8/8). Despite telling the crowd that he's not a huge fan of doing three-night runs in the same venue, Kele was in super high spirits the whole time. The setlist was great too -- we got four new ones (including iTunes bonus track, "Black Crown") and tons of old favorites like "Banquet," "Helicopter," "This Modern Love," and more.

Four isn't exactly a "comeback record" for the band, but it's their most guitar-centric since Silent Alarm and doesn't sound like they are trying to prove anything on it. It pulls as much (or more) from stoner rock as it does from the post-punk they initially made a career out of, which was a totally unexpected turn but I can't say it wasn't pretty badass hearing Bloc Party whip out sludgey power chords on "Team A" and "Black Crown" last night. And when I left the show right after hearing "Helicopter" and complaining that they didn't play "Like Eating Glass" like they had the night earlier, it was "Octopus" that was stuck in my head.

Like they had done the previous two nights, The Drums opened the show. Bloc Party's setlist and a video of them playing "Helicopter" from last night are below.

Continue reading "Bloc Party wrapped up their stay at Terminal 5 (night 3 setlist, video, review)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bloc Party at Terminal 5, 8/07/2012
Bloc Party

Mid-'00s survivors Bloc Party kicked off a post-Lollapalooza three-night run at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (8/7) with openers The Drums. The band's 17 song set (including two encores) hit most of the highlights of their eight-year career, including "Banquet," "So Here We Are," "Helicopter," and "The Prayer", but they only played four songs off their forthcoming album, Four. The setlist is at the bottom of this post which contains pictures from the show .

Don't forget, tonight's Bloc Party T5 show is streaming live via Bowery Presents' YouTube channel (UPDATE: this happened and you can watch it). More pictures from last night's show are below...

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The Darkness at Stubb's in Austin, 5/27/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Darkness

Before heading to South America, The Darkness are playing two U.S. shows in October: Terminal 5 in NYC on 10/21 and Club Nokia in LA on 10/24. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon with an AMEX/fan presale happening Wednesday (8/8/) at noon.

The Darkness' third album, Hot Cakes, is out August 21 which is around the time they'll be touring Europe with Lady Gaga. Flyer for the U.S. shows is below.

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