Entries tagged with: Terminal 5
by Andrew Sacher
Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bloc Party at Terminal 5, 8/07/2012
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 .
The Darkness at Stubb's in Austin, 5/27/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Back in 2002, Taking Back Sunday released their debut album, Tell All Your Friends. After that album, the original lineup split up and TBS continued with new members, moving further and further away from their original sound until they basically became the epitome of MTV pop emo. The original lineup reunited for a self titled album in 2011, but saying that album didn't quite capture what was achieved on TAYF is an understatement -- that album was pretty downright bad.
So say what you will about the band now (or even then), but when Tell All Your Friends came out, it was up there with albums like Thursday's Full Collapse, Brand New's Your Favorite Weapon, and Thrice's The Illusion of Safety for one of the most impacting emo albums of the early 2000's for those teenagers (like myself) who were beginning to discover that you can pour your heart out in music and rock the fuck out while doing so. It did for my generation what Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker did a decade earlier, and what bands like Cloud Nothings and Touche Amore are doing for kids right now. I haven't really thrown on TAYF in recent years, but it was reissued in 2011 and I'm listening to that reissue on Spotify as we speak and remembering that I know every word to this album and it's got a huge load of nostalgic value for me and a countless amount of others.
I mention this because Taking Back Sunday have announced that they'll be taking Tell All Your Friends on a 10th anniversary tour this fall, performing the album in full at a number of venues across the US throughout October and November. The tour culminates with a NYC show on November 23 at Terminal 5, and it also hits Sayreville, NJ on November 16 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC area shows go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. Bayside supports on all dates.
A list of all dates, videos from the album, and a spotify stream are below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum; words by Andrew Sacher
The xx at Terminal 5, 8/2/2012
The xx released their hugely buzzed about debut, xx, back in 2009, and then kept pretty quiet after their 2010 tour ended. Now they're set to release its followup, Coexist, on September 11, just over three years since xx came out, which begs the question: do The xx still have it or was xx just a random stroke of genius and a bit of luck? Going by their show at Terminal 5 last night (8/2), their first of four NYC shows since 2010 on their North American tour (three of which, including last night, are sold out), I'd say they more than still have it. The crowd reactions were some of the most massive I've seen at any show this year. For almost any given moment of material from their debut being played, most of the 3,000 or so people in Terminal 5 were singing along at the top of their lungs. Even during the band's opening song, "Angels," the single off the new album, a huge chunk of the crowd already knew every word.
Any fears that the relatively quiet band wouldn't be able to handle a large venue like Terminal 5 were immediately crushed as well. At exactly 9:30 the lights in the venue shut off and the band's giant 'X' appeared lit up on the stage's backdrop, and from that moment on the band had complete control of the entire night. They played drowned in fog and glowing pastel colored floodlights, with sleepy visuals drifting behind them. Frontpeople Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim performed with the sultriness of R&B singers but swung their guitars like rockers, and Jamie xx took over the backline with countless boards, drum pads, acoustic drums, and more. Their sound includes many reference points -- the wandering guitar of Beach House, the singer/songwriter meets beatmaker approach which is shown in their influence on James Blake -- but The xx truly have their own sound, and the new material continues to reflect that. Jamie xx has said he has a more prominent role in the songwriting for the new album, and it shows. The deep house of "Reunion" and the dancey "Swept Away" reflect an influence from the club scene that Jamie's solo work has ties to, and when combined with the band's signature guitar/bass/vocal work, it marks unchartered territory for The xx.
Though the show provided increased anticipation for the new record, it was largely about old favorites as well. Every song on their debut was performed, with the largest moments coming during "VCR," "Islands," and Jamie's huge crashes in "Infinity." They began their encore with "Intro," which saw the band and the lightshow at their most intense of the night, and because of the wordless song gave the crowd nothing to sing to, they provided piercing shouts of applause throughout the entire thing. Like they usually do, they ended the set with a reworked version of "Stars," which sees Jamie bringing in heavy beats at the end, in comparison to the more somber album version. This show wasn't easy to pick a standout from, but if pressed, that performance of "Stars" had to be it.
The band's next NYC show is the much smaller Staten Island venue Snug Harbor Music Hall on Monday (8/6), which tickets are still available for. After that, they'll continue to tour North America and make their way back to NYC for two sold shows in the Bronx at the Paradise Theater in October.
The show began with a DJ set from Jacques Greene and a live set from New Look. More pictures from last night's show are below.
No openers or special guests at Terminal 5 last night (7/26), but Frank Ocean, backed by a full band, was pure sex. From start (with a Sade cover at 9pm) to finish (10:15), the entire three-tiered room was going nuts and sang along while Frank effortlessly played songs off Channel Orange, arguably the best album of the year. Banter included acknowledgement of all the "trouble" he's been causing as he fearlessly and honestly introduced "Bad Religion" which, preceded by "Lost" and followed by "Pyramids", had the energy level in the Hell's Kitchen venue at record levels. Trash Talk and Odd Future buddies like Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt (who sang at the LA show but not in NY) and Left Brain, cheered Frank on from the balcony stage right. He closed the show with a one-song encore of "I Miss You", leaving everyone (missing him and) wanting more. For that he was just on stage alone sitting at a keyboard.
Check out the setlist and some videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip at Prospect Park, 7/1/2012 (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
Hot Chip, who finished up their tour last night (7/22) in MD with Sleigh Bells, played Terminal 5 on Friday night (7/20), their second NYC show of the week following a slightly-damp show at Prospect Park two days before. And while the crowd was tamer than I've seen at previous Hot Chip shows (I think this was my 10th time seeing them?) it was certainly not the fault of the band who have honed the electronic band live experience to a science. With a blinding stroboscoopic light show and two auxiliary members beefing up their sound, they seemed not just ready for the floor but ready for arenas.
One of my favorite things about seeing Hot Chip live is that they are never afraid to mess with their best-loved tracks. "Over and Over" and "And I was a Boy from School" both got massively reworked, the latter now driven by electric piano that gave the song an early-'90s balaeric kick. I could of used a few more oldies, as we got nothing from Coming on Strong and just those two songs from The Warning, plus two each from Made in the Dark ("Hold On," and "Ready for the Floor" which was clearly the crowd's favorite) and three from One Life Stand ("I Feel Better," "Hand Me Down Your Love" and the title track).
We got most of the new album In Our Heads (though not my favorite song "These Chains"), which the crowd didn't seem to know very well. For the encore, Alexis Taylor invited out Lizzie from Gang Gang Dance (who opened for Hot Chip at Prospect Park) to sing on ballad "I Have Always Been Your Love." The show finished with "Let Me Be Him" which veers into M83 territory, what with the "whoah oh oh" chorus and a bombastic finish that was especially arena-ready.
Wed don't have pictures from Terminal 5 but you can look at shots from from Prospect Park and Pitchfork too. Watch their appearance last week on Fallon if you missed it, and catch Hot Chip this December on on one of the Coachella Cruises. Chromatics opened the Terminal 5 show and also played Sunday (7/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg which you can see pics of here.
Setlist for Friday's Terminal 5 show is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Chromatics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chromatics were in town this past weekend, opening for Hot Chip on Friday (7/20) and playing a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (7/22). I caught their T5 set -- my first time seeing the group -- and they were more engaging than I thought they were going to be, with a live drummer keeping things banging. I like their new album just fine but to this point, though, Chromatics don't so much make music to dance to as music to melancholically bob your head to. Kill for Love's "Lady" and the Survivor-esque "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" came closest to getting the crowd moving. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
Chromatics recently played the Pitchfork Festival too (which we have pictures of). More pictures from the MHOW show, a FIXED production (that was originally supposed to happen at Dekalb Market) where the band shared a bill with DJs JDH, Dave P and Paul Raffaele, below.
Australian electro duo The Presets will release Pacifica in September, their first album since 2008's Apocalypso (which went to #1 in their home country). That's the cover art above. The record's coming out in the U.S. on the newly-revitalized Casablanca Records which is really cornering the market on indie-leaning, vocal-oriented dance music. (TEED, Saint Etienne, Ladyhawke). No music has been released yet from Pacifica, but there is a teaser for a song probably called "Youth in Trouble" here.
The Presets will also be coming to North America this fall for a short tour, including a stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on October 19. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (6/29) with a AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All tour dates are listed below, along with a video for Apocalypso's "Talk Like That."
Wilco in Chicago, December 2011 (more by Matt Zeigler)
As you may know, Wilco are playing Prospect Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23 and 24, both of which are sold out. If you didn't get tickets, Wilco have just added a Terminal 5 show on July 25. Tickets ($45) go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon. No ticket link yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fiona Apple just played Governors Ball on Randall's Island on Sunday (6/24) and photos and setlist from her performance are in this post.
Fiona just announced that her next NYC appearances will be two shows at Terminal 5 on October 16 and 17. Tickets for the two T5 shows go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon
with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (6/27) at noon. The new dates are an addition to her already-announced North American tour which hits Washington, D.C. tonight. UPDATE: And She's playing Wellmont in NJ too.
All Fiona Apple tour dates are listed below along with more pics from her Governors Ball set.
Jens Lekman at McCarren Park, Northside Festival 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jens Lekman, who just played the Northside Festival, will be back this fall for a tour with Victoria Bergsman's Taken by Trees, including an NYC stop at Terminal 5 on October 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon (maybe they'll be an AmEx presale before then too).
Tickets to Morrissey's October 10 show at Radio City Music Hall went on sale Friday and, no surprise, sold out pretty much immediately. It may also not be a big surprise to learn that the Moz has added not one but two additional NYC shows: October 12 and 13 at Terminal 5. Kristeen Young will open both. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon. No ticket link yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
We also have a pair of tickets to give away for each show. Details are with all tour dates, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
tUnE-yArDs at Terminal 5 - 6/1/12
Over a year after the release of her album w h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs still seems to be going strong, playing her biggest paid show yet at Terminal 5 on Friday (6/1). Did you go? How was the show?
If your copy of w h o k i l l is played out, Merrill teamed with Questlove, Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, and Ghanaian-American rapper Akua Naru for a cover of Fela Kuti's "Lady" which is on the new (Red) Hot + Fela tribute and is streamable below. They played this at Terminal 5 immediately after tUnE-yArDs' ended and the T5 crowd stuck around to dance to it instead of shuffling off home.
The Terminal 5 show was with Micachu & the Shapes who play tonight (6/4) at Glasslands, and Delicate Steve who's new album was streaming via public listening ports at various Manhattan/Brooklyn locations over the weekend. More pictures of tUnE-yArDs, plus Micachu and Delicate Steve, are below.
The Walkmen at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
The Walkmen are playing Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/6) -- a relatively small show for them that will be streamed live -- but have just announced a fall headlining tour that will hit Terminal 5 on October 18. No general on sale information yet but presale tickets will be available on June 6 via The Walkmen's website.
In addition to the Bowery Show, The Walkmen will perform tomorrow night (6/5) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band's new album, Heaven, is out now. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
photos by Joe McCabe
The Gossip played Terminal 5 on Tuesday (May 22), supporting their new, disco-ized album A Joyful Noise which came out the same day. Given the success of the Soulwax remix of "Standing in the Way of Control," it's a logical progression, and Beth Ditto has taken on the new role with the command you'd expect. Maybe you watched the show from your couch, as it streamed live from Bowery Presents's YouTube channel. There are video clips from that stream below if you missed in on Tuesday.
The band jet off to Europe soon for a tour and those dates are listed below. Check out more pictures of The Gossip's T5 set below, as well as openers Ssion and Creep (who got a little help from School of Seven Bells' Alejandra Deheza).
The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Gossip's headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (5/22), that SSION & Creep are opening, not only still has tickets available, but will be streaming online at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel at 9:45 PM. And tonight's show isn't the only thing Gossip is streaming. Listen to their new album, Joyful Noise (which is out today via Columbia), in its entirety over at Exclaim.
And finally, since we're talking about Terminal 5, we were offered a pair of tickets to give away for the Wednesday (5/23) Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated show, so let's do it. Contest details below...
The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx, who are working on a new album this year, have just announced a few North American dates in the midst of their mostly-European touring schedule. They'll head over to our shores in late July and stick around through early August, when they'll play a NYC show at Terminal 5 on August 2. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
Late last year, The xx dropped a new demo called "Open Eyes," which you can listen to HERE. They've since been playing a handful of small shows in London previewing more new material, which will presumably end up on the new album. Check out streams of five new songs recorded at one of their London shows, along with a list of all dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
School of Seven Bells just released the video for "White Wind" which was filmed by the For No One folks who like to put bands in empty rooms have them play live to just the cameras. Watch the video at the bottom of this post.
The band will head to Beijing for this weekend's China Music Valley International Music Festival on May 19 and will be in Mexico City next weekend (May 25), but will be back in the U.S. will be back in the U.S. for two shows with The Temper Trap, including a NYC show on June 5 at Terminal 5 (sold out). All upcoming tour dates are listed with more pictures from their LPR show below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Three or four chords, a handful of verses and a brazen guitar line are all Jason Pierce, a k a J. Spaceman, needs for songs that can heave along for a good 10 minutes without wearing out their welcome... While Mr. Pierce rasps out his vocals, the keyboards swell, backup singers deliver oohs and la-las, and guitars work themselves up toward scrabbling tremolo and feedback. Amid it all, Mr. Pierce presents himself as a disillusioned hedonist, a sufferer with himself to blame, a lost soul: alone in the vast turmoil of the music, mourning lost chances and wishing for more.Spiritualized with special guest Nikki Lane played Terminal 5 on May 7th, part of a round of dates for Jason Pierce and the band that brought them to Chicago and sees them hit Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight (5/11).
On albums like this year's Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the band's seventh in 20 years, Spiritualized deploys a large cast: strings, horns, singers, free-jazz saxophonists, all taking their place in the music's tidal crest and ebb. Onstage things were leaner, with a five-man band and two female backup singers. Yet the music grew just as colossal -- perhaps even more so, with fewer distracting details in the grand expanse. -[NY Times]
If you miss thje shows, look for streaming audio via NPR from Spiritualized's appearance at 9:30 Club in DC last night (5/10). Spiritualized also appeared on Letterman on May 7 (the same night as T5). Watch that, along with more pictures and the setlist from the NY show, below...
Somewhere in the midst of bouncing fans, the glow of raised cellphones, men dressed in monster costumes and the rumors of a Zola Jesus appearance (she was in town and guests on their album), M83 played a show drenched in spectacular neon at Terminal 5 last night (5/11). No Zola Jesus, but plenty of synth bombast. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Dipping into their recent Hurry Up, We're Dreaming and including stops along the way for cuts from Saturdays = Youth, M83's set was one of THREE scheduled in NYC in the next few months, including a stop at a sold-out Summerstage in August and another at Hammerstein Ballroom in October. The band did Chicago and Coachella recently (week 1 and week 2 in pics) and will fill in the holes in between NYC stops with other US dates and festival stops like Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot.
More pictures and M83's setlist below...
After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.
But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Nikki Lane - Sleep for You (MP3)
If you're heading to see Spiritualized on their current North American tour (like tonight's show at Terminal 5) you might want to get there early to check out Nashville's Nikki Lane. Her album Walk of Shame came out last fall on IAMSOUND records and is indebted to '60s classic country. (Wanda Jackson is a common comparison.) You can download "Sleep for You" from it at the top of this post and watch the video for it (and "Gone Gone Gone") below, or stream the whole album on Spotify.
Check out photos from the Nikki Lane and Spirtualized show in Chicago here. All Nikki Lane / Spiritualized tour dates and some videos are below.
Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the two Wilco shows in Prospect Park. They go on general sale on Friday at noon which is also when the My Morning Jacket show at Williamsburg Park goes on sale. My Morning Jacket dates meanwhile goes on presale at noon but access requires signing up for their fan club or something (promo code MMJ2012).
Williamsburg Park now has five shows total announced and will be part of the Northside Festival in June too.
UPDATE: The Beach House show that was announced yesterday also had an AmEx presale at noon (that went instantly) .