Entries tagged with: Terminal 5
words and photos by David Andrako
Seeing My Morning Jacket play Z on the Friday of the nearly week long CMJ festival immediately knocked all the overhyped bands, blog posts and sponsored parties of the week down a few pegs. This was a band at their peak, sufficiently warmed up and hitting all cylinders after playing 3 shows in the last 4 days. Their night off was spent playing solo or as special guests at other venues in the city. The cavernous Terminal 5 could barely contain the energy that MMJ produced all night.
Z, released in 2005 to almost universal critical praise, marked a turning point as the band brought in an outside producer, John Leckie, and recorded the album at Allaire Studios in the Catskills rather than at home in Kentucky. This was the album that made My Morning Jacket a headlining act at Bonnaroo and an international touring act that headlined Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
MMJ took the stage shortly after 9:30 and tore through the three opening songs of the set ("Wordless Chorus", "It Beats 4 U" and "Gideon") before settling down with the fuzzy surf guitar influenced "Off the Record" and the calliope-like and rarely performed "Into The Woods." Although they were performing the songs of Z, I couldn't help but be reminded of their 2006 live album, Okonokos, which starts with the same first three tracks. The "Z" set ended with a 20 minute plus version of "Dondante" which featured lead guitarist Carl Bromel picking up a saxophone and soloing into a Jim James guitar solo using a glow stick as a bow on his guitar.
The band took a brief break and returned to the stage for a encore that ended with The Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away", Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". "Careless Whisper" was dedicated to George Michael who Jim James described as "One of the best singers of our lifetime" and encouraged the crowd to "send him some good vibes." James led the audience in a "Bananas" chant while throwing dozens of bananas to the crowd as the show was ending.
Opening act Holy Miranda kicked off her set with the slow building "Pelican Rapids" and by the time she covered Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind" she'd earned hundreds of new fans.
More pictures from night four at Terminal 5 (night five post coming soon), and the Wham! video, and both setlists, are below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"My Morning Jacket returned to New York's Terminal 5 after a night off to perform its ATO debut It Still Moves in its entirety (though all five members of the group performed on their night off) (at Joe's Pub and Beacon Theater). Like the previous nights of the band's Terminal 5 run, the venue was decked out with drapery and blown up images of MMJs five albums.They perform "Z" tonight and "Evil Urges" Saturday. More pictures from last night, the full setlist, and video of the Lionel Richie cover, below...
Elvis Perkins in Dearland opened the night and the Dearland Horns sat in with My Morning Jacket at various points throughout the night, including "One Big Holiday." Former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid rejoined his former band on a few songs for the third night in a row, this time flanked by former Jacket keyboardist Danny Cash (2000-2004), Sex Mob/Levon Helm Band trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Levon Helm Band saxophonist Erik Lawrence. [Two nights] earlier Perkins made a surprise appearance with members of his band when they performed as Diamond Doves at Brooklyn, NY's Rock Shop (oddly enough, on a bill with longtime MMJ associates The Barr Brothers)." [Jambands.com]
photos by Kurt Christensen
My Morning Jacket's Terminal 5 run continued with a complete performance of 2001's At Dawn last night. The band ran through the entire album in sequential order, including the rarely--if ever--played "If it Smashes Down." Many of My Morning Jacket's early songs faded out of rotation after the group's December 2006 shows at San Francisco's Fillmore so "Death Is My Sleezy Pay" (last played 2005), "Hopefully"(last played during a full band performance), X-Mas Curtain (last played 2006), "Just Because I Do" (last played 2004) and "Strangulation!" (last played 2005) were also bustouts.Danzig! Video of that (complete with funny fan commentary), along with the full setlist and more pictures from last night (tonight is their night off - except for Carl), below...
Like Monday night's performance, the members of My Morning Jacket returned for an extended encore that featured covers and B-sides the band played during the At Dawn era. The band's covers ranged from the moody Danzig song "How The Gods Kill" to an extended jam during Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath." [jambands.com]
photos by Andrew St. Clair
One down, four to go. My Morning Jacket played Terminal 5 last night (10/18) with Dungen as part of their five night stay highlighting their past album output. Last night, The Tennessee Fire got the nod:
While the band has toyed with The Tennessee Fire songs like "Nashville To Kentucky" and "Butch Cassidy" at recent shows, My Morning Jacket had not performed numbers like "It's About Twilight Now" and "Picture of You" in over four years. With the exception of a 2007 benefit performance that found the members of My Morning Jacket performing with different musicians, the group had also not played "Old September Blues" in almost a decade.The party continues tonight (10/19) with MMJ focusing their energies on At Dawn with support from Hacienda. Tickets may still be available.
The group returned for a seven-song encore that featured several covers and b-sides James and company recorded for its various EPs around the time of The Tennessee Fire. The mini-set opened with "I Just Wanted To Say" from the group's holiday EP Does Christmas Fiasco Style and included covers of Elton John's "Rocket Man," Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" (which the band played with the singer in 2008), The Great Society's "White Rabbits" and Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs." -[JamBands]
More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...
poster art via Emblem Studio
WHAT. A. SHOW.That review refers to the show My Morning Jacket played Friday night in Portland, Maine. The show marked the reopening of Portland's State Theatre, courtesy of Bowery Presents who will also host the band at Terminal 5 in NYC for five nights starting tonight.
If I could have made it to any of the T5 shows (which I can't) it would have been TFF so I was so happy they played a bunch of tunes from that on Friday. They Ran had an incredible outro which some wailing falsetto. I've never been much of a Butch Cassidy fan, but this live version made me appreciate it so much more (the sounds Tommy was getting out of his bass were incredible). I was really hoping for a Dondante and it was great to hear this song after a few shows without it.
The encore was a thing of perfection for me, but hell the whole show was perfect! Phone Went West is a great song to "end" the show on before a rippin' One Big Holiday. I was right in front of Carl and got blasted with confetti during OBH, a great touch.
There was a point during the encore when I realized how wonderful my life was as I stood holding my woman watching my favorite band in the world play the best setlist I've ever seen.
LONG LIVE THE JACKET
FIVE NIGHTS @ TERMINAL 5 IN NYCAccording to Bowery Presents, tickets are still available for the first two nights, but you can always try your luck to see if they put more on sale for the other nights too.
10/18 - MMJ plays The Tennessee Fire, Dungen opens
10/19 - MMJ plays At Dawn - Hacienda opens
10/20 - night off, Carl Broemel plays Joe's Pub
10/21 - MMJ plays It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland opens
10/22 - MMJ plays Z - Holly Miranda opens
10/23 - MMJ plays Evil Urges - Everest opens
You can also try your luck winning a pair of tickets. I have one pair to "Tennessee Fire" and one pair to the "Z" show. Details below.
Before Maine, like Gorillaz before them, My Morning Jacket played an hour set "Live on Letterman". Watch the whole thing below.
Between Maine and NYC, My Morning Jacket stopped by Levon Helm's Ramble (Saturday night) where they played a 10-song set in addition to jamming with Levon. The setlist from that show, the Maine show (with videos), the Letterman show (with video), and contest details, below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Complete with a stage full of awesome musicians, a cool video projection in the background and James Mercer singing only to me (ok, that part may have just been in my imagination) [Broken Bells put on] a pretty far out show. I thought maybe the live performance of their songs might have gotten a little cooler, the guys didn't really stray too much from the album version, which was a little disappointing, but they did play a cool cover of a Black Keys song." -[Via Le Shrn]Broken Bells and Elf Power teamed up for a show at Terminal 5 in NYC on Monday night (10/11). Through the magic of television, Broken Bells also appeared on two LA-based talk shows on Monday and Tuesday, taped when the band was in LA to also play the Wiltern in LA last week (and at the Wiltern). Between LA and NYC, they stopped by for a set at Austin City Limits which also had them covering Sparklehorse and Black Keys songs (both artists that Broken Bells member Danger Mouse has worked with as a producer). Full T5 setlist below.
Video from Broken Bells' appearances on Carson Daly and The Ellen Degeneres Show (Ellen??), and more pictures and the setlist from Terminal 5, below...
Bob Dylan and His Band have announced twelve new fall dates including three nights at Terminal 5 in NYC: November 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Tickets for those and other shows go on presale at 10am (password: tamarind), AmEx presale Wednesday at 10am, and general sale Friday at 10am.
Bob Dylan is currently on tour through November across the US (and hits Atlantic City in addition to NY). Which is a good reminder that it's almost Santa time (all dates below)...
If they chose to cover this song the other night at Terminal 5 because they knew it would get blogged about, good idea (though maybe the idea was just related to the name of their new album). Spike Lee-directed live video from the show, below...
No, Teen Wolf did not play Terminal 5 Saturday night.
Considering the genres and subgenres and whatever other classification you want to put Eels into, the two openers for Saturday night's show at Terminal 5 (9/25) were an odd trio. Carla Rhodes, also known as the "Rock and Roll Ventriloquist" - comedienne and ventriloquist alike - produced a Keith Richards dummy from her traveling suitcase and sang "Dead Flowers" with it. Not to be topped, her second puppet act, Cecil Sinclair sang songs about saltwater taffy and commanded her to "crank up that Victrola!"
Second act Jesca Hoop, donning a hot pink top with bell-shaped sleeves draped over her acoustic guitar, possessed a pure and ethereal voice and also made an unlikely pairing with the Eels. Hoop sang a "batch of precocious tunes" for us (her words) in a light, airy soprano that impressively did not lose its airiness even when visiting the lower registers. Her style is very Regina Spektor-like at times, switching octaves and then continuing on in a smooth legato. While the songs on her album Under My Dress are backed by a full band, Hoop's performance was solo, only accompanied by her guitar and would fit perfectly on a bill with Sarah McLachlan and co.
The Eels took to the stage after an odd symphonic prelude of "When You Wish Upon A Star" while the stage lights illuminated the various instruments atop it. Mark Oliver Everett, ubiquitous front man for the Eels, started the show with a solo version of "Daisies of the Galaxy," from 2000's album of the same name. Looking much like a painter/trucker, Everett had his head wrapped in a blue bandana and wore all white, rocking his signature grizzly beard. Switching guitars, he went on to play a version of "What I Have To Offer," still solo but accompanied by band mate "The Chet" on slide guitar. The whole band hopped on for the first ensemble song "Prizefighter," off 2009's Hombre Loco, and from there on out performed material from the newer albums - the aforementioned Hombre Loco, End Times, and just released Tomorrow Morning. No one can accuse E of slowing down (the man's almost 50), as he and the Eels have released 3 records in a little over a year's time.
One instrument missing from the stage altogether was Everett's signature Wurlitzer electric piano, used heavily on Beautiful Freak, Daisies of the Galaxy, and Blinking Lights. This Terminal 5 show was just straight up, gritty, down-home rock 'n roll. E and the band revisited the past a few times with "Jungle Telegraph," "Dog Faced Boy," and a couple revamped versions of "My Beloved Monster," "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues," and "I Like Birds." Everett howled like a banshee on "Fresh Blood" and performed a retro cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City."
The band consisted of Everett, The Chet, and new kid P-Boo on guitars, bassist Cool G Murder, and Knuckles on drums. With 3 guitars simultaneously riffing on "Souljacker Pt. 1," it occurred to me that having that many guitars on a live stage was like typing in all caps - a little unnecessary, but hella fun. Eels wrapped up the show with two encores, one a somber "I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" and finished the night with "I Like The Way This Is Going" and "Baby Loves Me."
Fans expecting to see emo-Eels perform stuff off Beautiful Freak or Blinking Lights would have been sorely disappointed, as it's obvious Everett is going through some type of mid-life rocker phase. Proving his vocal chops are still intact and that he's versatile as ever, it's clear that E and the Eels are definitely not too old to party.
More pictures fom the Eels Terminal 5 show, though unfortunately none of ventriloquist Carla Rhodes, with remaining tour dates, below...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - NYC Tour Dates
03.14.2011 @ Terminal 5 (on sale Friday at noon)
03.15.2011 @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (SOLD OUT)
03.16.2011 @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (SOLD OUT)
03.17.2011 @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle (SOLD OUT)
03.18.2011 @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle (SOLD OUT)
More dates HERE.
photos by kolored
DJ Asma took the stage for a couple of joints before bringing out a makeup-less M.I.A., dressed in a green safari hat and a black Middle Eastern getup straight out of the first "Mummy" movie, for /\/\/\Y/\ opener "The Message."After a late, but not too late, start, Rye Rye kicked things off at Terminal 5 lat night (9/27). Her opening set was complete by 10pm, giving M.I.A. plenty of time to play without even ending later than normal. If you missed it, M.I.A. will be back later in her tour for a free show at Brooklyn Bowl.
From there the British singer/rapper launched into gems from her first two albums, Kala and Arular, with the crowd leaping on top of itself for "Galang" and bass-heavy "Bamboo Banga."
She then removed her black top to reveal a T-shirt that said, "F--- Google. Ask Me!"
Although there were some sound issues in the beginning of the set -- at one point, M.I.A. took it upon herself to turn the speakers on the stage to face the audience -- the crowd didn't seem perturbed in the least.
As she strode in to hit "Boyz," M.I.A. stripped down to what would be her outfit for the remainder of the night: a white satin top with matching boy shorts. Chanting "Oy, oy!" and "New York!" the crowd met her with equal fervor for new album joints, "Lovalot" and "Story to Be Told," which had her switching between a sort of Bharatanatyam snake dance and a writhing punk twist.
For "Born Free," M.I.A. launched herself into the crowd and surfed above her fans. After throwing her mic to the audience so they could join in, they threw it back. "There's a dent in this!" she noted. "See, this is what YOU can do!"
A mesmerizing feature of the show was the kinetic movement of dancers Cisko and the awesome White Boi, who were both at M.I.A.'s side throughout the show.
She returned for her encore swigging from a bottle of Patron before singing "Teqkilla" and received an electric reception for her blowout finale, "Paper Planes," which saw her entire entourage and a few audience members joining her onstage. [mauldin brand agency]
More pictures from Terminal 5, that prove must of what is described in the review above, below...
MIA is electric (more by Matthew Eisman)
Due to unforeseen electrical issues in the neighborhood in and around Terminal 5 the show schedule is currently pushed back approximately 90 minutes. We anticipate opening doors by 8:30pm and hopefully no later than 9pm. We ask that you arrive at the venue closer to 9pm or later so you don't have to stand out in the rain. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you all a little later at the Terminal!In related news, the date of M.I.A.'s free NYC show has been revealed.
Terminal 5 & The Bowery Presents
UPDATE: The show started. As of 10pm, Rye Rye already finished her opening set. So basically on schedule.
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Montreal's Stars and Virginia's Wild Nothing are the latest casualties of the hit or miss sound at Terminal 5. To be fair, Stars are just as culpable for the uneven show Friday night (9/24), especially considering their familiarity with the venue (they played there in 2008).
If you're going to play T5 then you need to play as many upbeat songs as possible. After starting well, Stars' first misstep was bringing out a bench to perform one of their fastest numbers, "Ageless Beauty", stripped down. Way down. The stripped down versions should be saved for intimate shows (like the one happening at Littlefield TONIGHT, Sunday, 9/26). Any momentum built to that point was gone and didn't return until a singalong of "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" which was the highlight of the show.
That was followed by a confusing and rambling pre-encore lecture about the use of the military, coming out over the PA. Then Amy Millan came out alone to start the 5-song encore with "Celebration Guns." Songs like "Big Fight" and "Going, Going, Gone" never made it into the 23-song set which was dissapointing since the dynamic between the soft-around the edges Millan and the ever-intense, way-over-the-top Torq Campbell is the centerpiece for Stars. They closed the show with "Changes". A picture of the full setlist is below.
Stars are a good band and spent a good part of the night thanking the appreciative crowd, tossing roses and petals into the crowd. Campbell reminded everyone that they were a New York band first. Hopefully on their subsequent trips "home" they opt for playing the cozier Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg on consecutive nights.
Wild Nothing opened the show, delivering a solid and business-like performance, though it was to a one-third capacity crowd in the echoey venue. More dates, including Littlefield tonight, HERE. More pictures and the setlist from the Terminal 5 show are below...
Minus The Bear at Webster Hall (more by Matthew Eisman)
After headlining Webster Hall in July, Minus The Bear has stepped it up by scheduling a show at Terminal 5 on December 4th with The Whigs as part of a larger East Coast jaunt. Tickets go on sale on sale Friday, October 1st at noon ($25.50 advance / $30 day of show).
The band is touring off of their new and biggest LP yet, Omni, and will hit the road in middle October for a string of West Coast dates before hopping the pond to do Europe with Jimmy Eat World and then back to the US for some East Coast love.
All tour dates and some video of the band on Jimmy Kimmel Live is below...
The ST Army, 2010...
Suicidal Tendencies are touring in October and November. And in what will undoubtedly be an absolute mosh-stravaganza, they'll play Terminal 5 in NYC with Cro-Mags NYC (yes, the John Joseph version) and Underdog on November 14th. Tickets go on sale Friday 9/24 at noon, but are on American Express presale Wednesday (9/22) at 11AM. For the curious, Suicidal Tendencies 2010 is:
Mike Muir - vocals (1981-present)Suicidal Tendencies recently released No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family, a new LP featuring re-recordings of songs by ST-related project No Mercy, as well as Join The Army. Their tour dates also include Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. All dates are listed below.
Mike Clark - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1987-present)
Dean Pleasants - lead guitar (1997-present)
Steve 'Thundercat' Brunner - bass (2002-present)
Eric Moore - drums (2008-present)
In related news, John Joseph of Cro-Mags has released his new book, Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names. The book, a look into health and a meatless diet is on sale now. Order a copy.
All Suicidal dates, some great video of John Joseph training, and more below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
"As the set progressed Mr. Barnes sometimes set clowning aside. Although he sang "Casualty of You" in a gold lamé robe and a miterlike headpiece, it was a bitter piano dirge. He performed most of his set-closer, "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," without the dancers, as its relentless drumbeat and tense tremolo violin led him toward desperate incantation. And then, for encores, came three songs from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- another way to wrap anxieties in gleaming pop.Of Montreal and Janelle Monae, on tour together, played Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday and Saturday night. More pictures from the first night, the OM setlist and video from the Michael Jackson encore, below...
Of Montreal shared the bill, and the stage, with Janelle Monáe; she sings on "False Priest," and Of Montreal appears on her album, "The ArchAndroid" (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic). Ms. Monáe has a bright voice with more than a hint of Michael Jackson in it, and she shares Of Montreal's fondness for funk, soul and new wave, for science fiction and for overstuffing songs. Her set zoomed through styles and ideas -- rock and soul, swing and Hendrixy psychedelia, futurism and romance. She went high-stepping through them all like a vaudeville trouper, complete with black-and-white saddle shoes to show off footwork ready for Broadway." [NY Times]
Enslaved at The Grand Ballroom in 2009 (more by Chris LaPutt)
Enslaved will hit the road with Dimmu Borgir (vom), Blood Red Throne, and Dawn of Ashes for a string of dates entitled Darkness Reborn, which will impact Terminal 5 on 11/8. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/17) at noon (with maybe an AmEx presale at 11AM Wednesday).
The progressive black metal band will welcome their new LP, Axioma Ethica Odini, via Nuclear Blast on 9/28 (currently on presale). Enslaved recently launched a contest for a fan-filmed video to the song "Ethica Odini" which includes a free download of the track. For rules/regs and the MP3 (in exchange for your email addy) head to the video site.
All tour dates and some video is below...
Ted Leo @ FYF Fest 2010 (more by Chris Juarez)
We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human historyThe final lineup/sort-of-schedule for Matador 21, taking place in Las Vegas from Oct 1-3, was recently released. Check it out below.
To enter the lottery please send an email to email@example.com with the title, "21 LOTTERY" in the subject line of your message.
On the Matador 21 schedule you'll see that both The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play the final day of the festival, Sunday, October 3rd. It was also just announced that those same two bands will share a bill again two months later in NYC. Tickets for the Monday, December 6th show at Terminal 5 in NYC go on service-fee-free Presale today (9/14), AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale Friday at noon.
In between Las Vegas and NYC, the New Pornographers will play a series of dates with Tokyo Police Club who also have a bunch of shows scheduled without their fellow Canadians. All dates are listed below.
Ted Leo has an even busier schedule between now and December, and as usual, good taste in openers. In September and October he'll hit the road with So Cow and then Kevin Seconds and then Screaming Females again.
All dates and stuff below...
The Walkmen on Governors Island in August (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"We took two trips to Lisbon over the course of writing this record... None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. Even when we were there for the rainy season - it literally never stopped raining - it was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck at all in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record Lisbon as sort of a 'thank you' and a small tribute." -[The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to NPR]The Walkmen, currently on a tour of the west coast, will return to the town that inspired the album on November 14th. That's exactly two months after the album's U.S. release date. "Lisbon" is out Tuesday, September 14th, in various packages that include 7" vinyl, 12: vinyl, CD, tees, and everything in between. It's also currently streaming at NPR.
The last NYC show took place on Governors Island in August. The next will happen at Terminal 5 on December 2nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/15), and then regular sale at noon two days later.
All Walkmen tour dates and a bunch of Big Ass Lens videos from Governors Island show, below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
Pallett's set began after he announced (and tweeted!) that he was having a set list crisis. The set was decidedly split into two acts. First came his solo looping and building detailed architectural songs using just violin and MIDI keyboard... For the second half, Thomas Gill came to the stage, providing multi-instrumental layers on top of the looped violin textures. From bopping auxiliary drums on "The Great Elsewhere," to shredding guitar on "Many Lives -> 49 MP." ...As amazing and obviously talented Pallett is on his own, the addition of a second member to the stage show keeps him from being considered too gimmicky or one trick-y.The show sold out a few hours before doors. Owen plays his last show with DP tonight, 9/13, in Boston, and then hits the road with The National.
... From the beginning of the [Dirty Projectors] set with the harmonic shrieks of "Fucked For Life," and blasting strobe lights into the eyes of everyone in the crowd, it is easy to get sucked into how much of a powerful rock force these guys are and forget how weird these songs actually are. Catchy and rocked out to be sure. But when it comes down to it, these alien harmonies sung by Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle, along with Longstreth's finger-mashing guitar licks, these are not songs that many bands selling out big rock venues could dream of writing. - [FreeWilliamsburg]
The perfectly harmonized band (DP) is currently on the road through the end of September (with Happy Birthday and then Dominique Young Unique), but will be back in the tri-state area to play Madison Square Garden with Phoenix on 10/20 (tickets) before playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.
More pictures from the T5 show, a shot of the setlist and a video, below...
photos by Diana Wong
"The Scissor Sisters, a home town band born in NYC's gay dance clubs, proved Tuesday that you can't be too campy.It wasn't exactly a four-year stage hiatus, but the Scissor Sisters burned through tracks like "Filthy/Gorgeous," "Skin Tight," "Any Which Way," "She's My Man", "Whole New Way," and many more at Terminal 5 in NYC on Tuesday and Wednesday (aka last night, 8/25). Casey Spooner (of Fischerspooner) and DJ Sammy Jo (as usual) were on crowd-warm-up detail.
At the first night of two performances at Terminal 5, the Sisters -- featuring him-and-her lead vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic in leather and Lycra -- played a powerhouse 100-minute set that seemed to release all of the band's pent-up energy after a four-year stage and recording hiatus.
The colorful, burlesque-inspired show combined fashion, frantic dance moves and falsetto vocal harmonies that would have made the Bee Gees jealous. The Scissor Sisters also projected a B-52's-like knack for call-and- response party anthems." -[NY Post]
More pics from Wednesday with the setlist, some videos and lots more tour dates (which they're playing in support of a new album), and the new video for "Any Which Way", below...
photos by Zachary Alex Stern
"Last night I went with some friends to see Crystal Castles at Terminal 5 for HARD Summer Tour and it was an awesome show. Sinden, Destructo, and JDH & Dave P opened and I have never seen so much sweat in my life. Alice Glass fell on me." [Cactus Crown]More pictures from the Saturday night show (which did not include Rusko), below...
"devendra is sessy" -Carenish
"Devendra Banhart.. *sigh* you make me smile (: Marry me?" - RaverBabies
"Adam Green is dressed as a pirate so this already rules" -Hello Smashley
When Adam Green (formerly of Moldy Peaches) launched into Edward Elgar's graduation classic, "Pomp and Circumstance," mere seconds after walking on stage, I cringed. His set could go one of two ways: funny-bad, or just plain terrible.
I'm not sure how Adam Green managed to get on the bill last night (8/19). Sure, he was quite a sight to behold in his black pirate hat and complimentary red jacket and Devendra did speak positively of him later in the show (and even called him a 'genius'), but thanks to Green's failed jokes, mediocre talent, copious allusions to drugs, and eye-rolling stage antics, his performance fell flat. To be fair, it was hard to tell if Green knew his act was a total farce or not, but if it was all a joke, he didn't have the charisma or cleverness to pull it off. A bizarre opening band is somewhat fitting for a show headlined by Devendra Banhart, but I expect the eccentricities to be underlined with talent.
In a failed attempt to incite the audience and fulfill his rock 'n roll fantasy, Green kept walking out to the barrier between the stage and the audience and reaching out to people in the front, but with the exception of a handful of fans, the majority of the people in the audience couldn't even muster a response between songs. Instead of pushing forward, they left large pockets of space scattered throughout the floor, which Green found out the hard way when he tried (and failed) to crowd surf, leaving his band mates on stage to cringe in embarrassment as they continued to play.
During the one song that Green attempted to play solo, he managed to forget the lyrics ("I didn't have my passport, so they turned me into snow"), interrupt himself ("What is that echo? Do you hear that?"), and accidentally repeat a verse. By the time he feebly ripped through his white V-neck undershirt as he sang the line "she grabbed me," audible groans mixed with cheers. When he leaped into the pit for another round of (failed) crowd surfing, it wasn't long before the venue's bouncer intervened and tossed him back on stage. Finally, after nearly 50 minutes of shenanigans, Adam Green trounced off stage in his pirate captain garb, but not before briefly stopping mid song to sing a few lines from the chorus of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day.
Suffice it to say that I was relieved (and a bit confused) when a relatively clean-cut man in a button-up shirt and fitted blazer walked on stage. Had Devendra Banhart really traded in his signature look - the messy long hair and mountain man beard? I admit I wasn't convinced it was him until he started singing, and I heard the characteristic warble in his voice. I couldn't help but smile when I realized what he had chosen for his first song - "Long Haired Child."
All of my lingering frustrations about the opening band quickly faded away. The contrast between the two artists was astounding. Green and Banhart may both be showmen, but with the latter, it doesn't feel like a cheap gimmick. Devendra and The Grogs played well off each other. Though the majority of the songs were Banhart's (with the exception of some covers), members from The Grogs often lent their vocal talents to the mix. The interplay between Banhart and Grogs drummer Greg Rogrove was especially compelling early in the set with "Shabop Shalom." Rogrove began the song with a smooth, spoken word introduction turning to Banhart who walked over to sing directly to him in response.
In addition to facilitating a more raucous sound with the help of a backing band, Devendra also appeased the audience by playing a portion of his set solo. The mood in the room shifted dramatically from the first of his solo songs, "The Body Breaks." Suddenly instead of a whirlwind of lights and effects, just two white, immobile spotlights illuminated Banhart first on guitar and then the organ as he played through a handful of older songs.
Midway through his set, Banhart asked for requests and was met by a largely indecipherable jumble of screams. Banhart did his best to address the requests, but each song he sang was enthusiastically received by the audience. He even managed to break a string sometime near the end of the epic song "Seahorse," which featured lovely backing vocals and something bordering on a jam session. He also played a number of entertaining covers, including an impassioned rendition of the Taylor Dayne hit "Tell It To My Heart."
Though he had certainly played a lengthy set, Banhart returned to the stage to rapturous applause and churned out another three songs. Though I often find myself growing restless by the end of a show, this was not the case last night. When I glanced at my watch at the end of the encore, I was surprised to see that Devendra Banhart and The Grogs had played for nearly two hours. Thankfully, the encore did not include a cameo by Green.
More pictures, a video and Devendra's setlist from the show, below...
Cadillac Sky in the studio w/ Dan Auerbach
The November 15th Mumford and Sons show at Terminal 5 is sold out, so they added a second show for November 16. Tickets go on American Express presale on Wednesday at 11 AM and general public sale starts Friday at noon.
Both shows are being opened by fellow UK artist, King Charles (Mi7 Records), and the Texas bluegrass-infused rock band Cadillac Sky who recently released their third full length album, Letters In The Deep, on Dualtone Records. The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Two "making of" videos below...
photos by kolored
DOWNLOAD: Sue Jorge & Almaz - Everybody Loves The Sunshine (MP3)
Seu Jorge @ Terminal 5 - July 30, 2010
"When Seu Jorge sauntered onstage at the Trocadero [in Philly] on Wednesday night, he seemed to have taken the crowd by surprise. It's not like an artist of his stature to forgo an opening act and start playing at 9 o'clock sharp. Nor is it like Jorge to begin a show without the sunny samba and bossa nova grooves of his native Brazil, but rather with a brooding downer filled with dissonant guitar and anguished wails.Last night (while Spiritualized was occupying Radio City Music Hall), two nights after the Philly show, Seu Jorge and Almaz came to NYC to perform at Terminal 5 (where the National, Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, and Smashing Pumpkins all performed earlier in the week). More pictures and the setlist from that NYC show, and more tour dates, below...
Then again, Jorge's always been a bit difficult to pin down. The singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro has made successful turns at acting in widely acclaimed films such as City of God and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic - the latter of which Jorge scored using nothing but David Bowie songs translated to acoustic guitar and Portuguese. Now he's touring with his new band Almaz, in support of their self-titled debut album of bilingual, pan-genre cover songs.
The familiar South American rhythms soon returned to the mix, however, leaving the biggest surprise one even Jorge might not have foreseen: the sparse crowd. With only a couple hundred fans in attendance, the venue left plenty of wiggle room for dancing and cavorting on the floor.
To Almaz's credit, they responded to a lackluster turnout in the best way a band can: by making fools of everyone who wasn't there...
...Using its new album as a template, the band mostly served up covers of everybody from Krautrock progenitors Kraftwerk to famous jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, through the colorful lens of Brazilian psych-soul. Though even the show's most obscure selections were a delight to hear, highlights included a take on Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," a medley of Jorge's own material, and a wonderfully laid-back inversion of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You."... [Philadelpha Inquirer]