Entries tagged with: The Orwells
Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.
Full lineup below...
photo: The Orwells in Chicago, 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Chicago's The Orwells are going on an eight-date tour sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks that kicks off at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween. Shark? open the show, just like they did at the BV-presented show at Shea Stadium, and the show is free. You do have to claim tickets, however, can they become available at 5 PM today.
UPDATE: The Orwells' Chicago pals Twin Peaks have been added to the bill.
All dates on the tour feature openers selected by The Orwells, picked from emerging artists who have previously recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Countless band reunions, Wet Hot American Summer, and the '90s/early '00s revival continues when Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 comes out this fall. It's the first THPS game since 2002. As fun as the games were, the soundtracks were equally important and for people of a certain age they probably turned you on to a lot of stuff. Maybe playing those games was the first time you heard Agent Orange's "Bloodstains" or Gang Starr's "Mass Appeal" or Adolescents' "Amoeba."
The soundtrack for the new one has been revealed, and it's got a lot of cool stuff. There are great newer songs that weren't around during THPS' initial run, like Cloud Nothings' "I"m Not Part of Me," Bully's "Milkman," Cold Cave's "A Little Death to Laugh," Death From Above 1979's "Virgins," The Orwells' "Who Needs You" and Temples' "Shelter Song." Plus some more legendary stuff too, like Death's "Keep On Knocking." Check out the full tracklist and a playlist of the whole thing (via Wired) below.
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."
The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]
It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium) (video below), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.
I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM
I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.
The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP
The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM
After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.
The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP
The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP
The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP
by Andrew Sacher
James and Mario in the studio (photo by Heather Harris)
The Stooges guitarist James Williamson is releasing a solo album, Re-Licked, features "lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time" with an impressive list of guest lead singers, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.'s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album's due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records. Artwork and tracklist below.
"I'm Sick of You," which has The Orwells' Mario Cuomo on guest vocals, makes its premiere in this post. James says it "was one of the very earliest songs [he] wrote with Iggy back in around late 1970," and that they "played it live at the King's Cross Cinema Show while [they] were in London just before [they] recorded Raw Power." Mario's a good choice, considering Iggy seems like a big influence on him, and he gets his Danzig or his Jim Morrison on a bit for this one too. Check it out below.
Song stream, LP artwork, tracklist, and another pic from the recording session, below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
The Orwells at Lincoln Hall Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Orwells get shut down: So many people packed in to see the Illinois rock band at the Miller Lite's New Music on Tap Lounge that about 20 kids climbed onto the top of the tent in hopes of getting a better view. Security stopped the show to get them down, prompting chants of "(Expletive) Miller Lite!" Once the show restarted, the crowd surged against the barricades, forcing security to cut the power again and end the set. [USA Today at BONNAROO]Chicago's The Orwells have been on a roll lately. They released their new album Disgraceland on June 6, which they followed up by playing two NYC shows in one day on June 9, including an in-store performance at Rough Trade and a sweaty and rowdy BV-presented late show at Shea Stadium with Shark?. The next day they appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" AGAIN (their first appearance was a notable one), and then capped off their week by appearing at Bonnaroo last weekend (see review of their short set above).
They'll play their third free Chicago show in a row tomorrow (6/19) at Schubas before heading out on tour in August and September with Skaters. As mentioned, that tour brings them back to NYC for a date on October 15 at Irving Plaza, They also play October 17 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. All dates are all listed, along with video from Bonnaroo, Shea Stadium and Letterman, below...
The Orwells at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We recently mentioned that the first 50 people to buy The Orwells' new album Disgraceland from Rough Trade NYC would get a bracelet for a TBA afterparty in addition to a place at tonight's Rough Trade in-store (6/9). We're now happy to announce that we're presenting that afterparty which will actually be an intimate (read: sweaty) show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium tonight at 9:30 PM. If you've got a wristband (which are already gone), you're guaranteed entry, and for everyone else it's free with RSVP. RSVP HERE. Entry is based on capacity, first come, first served.
As mentioned, Peter Murphy has a new album, Lion, and is currently on tour with openers Ringo Deathstarr. Ahead of his June 9 Irving Plaza show (tickets), the goth icon will play an in-store at Rough Trade on Sunday afternoon (6/8). Entry to the RT show is free with purchase of his new album anytime that day before the show. The store opens at 11 AM, doors for the show are at 1:30 PM with Murphy on at 2 PM.
If you want to catch Ringo Deathstarr in a smaller room too, they play Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/10) with Heaven, Harsh Vibes and Residual Kid.
In other Rough Trade in-store news, you can now buy The Orwells' new album which gets you into their RT in-store on Monday (6/9). The first 50 people who buy a record and guarantee themselves a place at the Rough Trade show, will also get a bracelet that gets them into a TBA afterparty.
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
The Orwells w/ a fan in Chicago in April (more by James Richards IV)
Chicago garage rockers The Orwells have a new album due out this year. It's called Disgraceland, will be out on June 3 via Canvasback/Atlantic, and includes production by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear), and Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club). Get a taste of the album with the videos for "Let It Burn" and "The Righteous One," along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
The band will also be supporting it on a tour with Skaters later this year. That tour kicks off in September and hits NYC on October 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales starting Thursday (5/15) at 10 AM. All dates, including an Asbury Lanes show, are listed below.
The Orwells will be in NYC much sooner than that Irving Plaza show though. Around the time their record comes out, they'll celebrate with an in-store at Rough Trade on June 9 at 7 PM. To get in, you have to buy the album from Rough Trade between June 3 and June 9 to receive a wirstband for entry.
All dates are listed, with the videos and LP info, below...
Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in February (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Bonnaroo happens from June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN this year, and since we last spoke they've announced the lineup for the Club Stage, which showcases smaller artists. The lineup includes Speedy Ortiz, The Orwells, Diarrhea Planet, Kins, Syd Arthur, Kevin Devine, Asgeir, The Bots, Cayucas and more. Full Club Stage lineup below.
The rest of the main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Damon Albarn, and many more. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Bonnaroo Club Stage lineup below...
Production great Shlohmo recently announced that he'd be touring North America this year after his appearance at Coachella, and since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded. It already included a NYC show happening on May 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it now also includes one at Bowery Ballroom (5/8) a day later. Both are with Purple. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and tickets for the MHOW show (same link) are still available. All dates are listed below.
Shlohmo will also be in Austin for SXSW, where he'll join Jeremih for his set at day 2 (3/13) of FADER Fort. The rest of that lineup includes Chromeo, Theophilus London, Eagulls, Sam Smith, Mas Ysa, Connan Mockaskin, Glass Animals, 100s and Buscabulla. The day 1 lineup includes Little Dragon, YG, London Grammar, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, The Orwells, Temples, and more. RSVP is open.
Shlohmo and Jeremih have an EP coming out soon. You can stream a track from that, along with the list of Shlohmo dates, below...
After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and
Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).
UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.
Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.
Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...
Courtney Barnett @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Courtney Barnett is the latest to have her show moved from Rough Trade -- still not done dealing with those sound/noise problems -- to somewhere else. Her February 22 show will now happen at Knitting Factory with Kins and Marco with Love opening. All previously-purchased tickets will be honored. Good news with this, with the new venue, this previously sold-out show now has a few tickets available.
If you missed it, tonight's Sylvan Esso show was moved to Baby's All Right. The show, which is opened by Arp, is at 10 PM.
Also recently moved: The Lanterns on the Lake show on 2/7 was also moved to Baby's All Right, the Mutual Benefit show on 2/8 was moved to Knitting Factory, and the together PANGEA show on 2/14 was also moved to Knitting Factory.
The Orwells @ BV-Soundwave stage @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Last week The Orwells made their network television debut on Letterman, an impressive rock 'n' roll performance that even got Dave and Paul super worked up. The video is below if you haven't seen it. Make sure you watch to the end.
Catch the band on their upcoming tour which includes a free show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, dates with the Arctic Monkeys, SXSW, and a run with Twin Peaks which brings them to Bowery Ballroom. All dates are also listed below.
The Orwells @ MHOW in May 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, The Orwells will be in NYC in a few weeks, playing a free matinee show at Rough Trade on Febraury 8, which is a night off from their tour opening for Arctic Monkeys.
Not long after that, The Orwells will start their own headlining tour with fellow Chicagoans Twin Peaks. NYC gets the second night of the tour with a show at Bowery Ballroom on March 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/15) at noon.
Hopefully we'll get some of the new songs the band has been working on with producer Chris Coady for their TBA new album. All tour dates are listed below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
The Orwells at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Harriet Roberts)
Chicago garage rockers The Orwells have announced that they'll head out as a support act on Arctic Monkeys' 2014 North American tour. They won't be at the NYC stop of the tour -- which happens on 2/8 at MSG with Deerhunter (tickets) -- but The Orwells will still be in NYC that same day for an in-store at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC (2/8). All dates are listed below.
The Orwells plan on releasing a new full length in the summer of 2014, and they recently released a new single, "Dirty Sheets." You can stream that track, along with the list of tour dates, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts; words by Bree Roberts
FIDLAR / The Orwells @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/24/2013
FIDLAR and The Orwells' current tour slammed into NYC last Thursday (10/24) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. It was entirely appropriate that this Bowery punk show was opened by dirty New York rockers Shocked Minds. Singer Josh Martin cut his teeth in Atlanta with the much loved Carbonas and currently plays guitar and sings with the esteemed Ex Humans, but with Shocked Minds is where he really shines. Compared to bands like Dead Boys and Exploding Hearts, Shocked Minds have a reputation that precedes them with quite large shoes to fill, but they don't disappoint. Their brand of gritty, old school New York punk was not what this teenage crowd came to hear, but it's maybe what they should be listening to. Songs off their self titled LP (released earlier this year on Hozac) hit the mark -- drummer Kirk Podell punctuating each beat with accuracy.
The Orwells, from Chicago, are incredibly young and most of them looked like they were going to get grounded for playing this show. The singer Mario walked out like he owned the stage, and the crowd went wild for him. He continued to flip his hair and ponce around like a curly blonde Mick Jagger/Adam Ant hybrid for the entire set, simultaneously warning the crowd about destroying the "VERY EXPENSIVE" monitors, and then almost pushing them off the stage himself while attempting to touch hands/bodies with as many audience members as possible. The crowd lapped it up, and they went down a treat.
stage divers doing FIDLAR's set
This particular show was a 16+ sold out affair, and as the room filled to complete capacity I started to feel old as shit. FIDLAR have been touring for the best part of a year and a half, but they don't seem even slightly fazed, their energy resonating with the crowd who were thrilled to be in their presence. At all times throughout their set, almost half the stage was filled with people dancing, singing, fist pumping and stage diving. FIDLAR took it all in good grace and gave the crowd exactly what they wanted -- singalong 90s skate punk, short and sweet and to the point, no complications and lyrics about being 'awkward' and "I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU" etc.
Their cover of 'Red Right Hand' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whilst giving props for taste, fell flat and seemed disjointed and out of place. The single "No Waves," though, was a highlight, an upbeat song about self destruction -- the teenage crowd sang along to every lyric, one girl crowd surfing with a backpack and a grin. The Blink 182 reference kept flashing bright in my brain but I assumed it was my '90s teenage years giving away my age, until they finished the set with 'Dammit" by Blink 182. The crowd was going wild throughout their entire set and FIDLAR gave back much love. Despite my reluctance to buy into West Coast '90s throwback skater punk, this band feels authentic and genuine with everything they are.
More pictures from the whole Bowery Ballroom show are below.
photos by Cory Dewald
Ghost BC w/ Chris Gethard / Jessie Ware / Frightened Rabbit
We were just over in Chicago for tons of Lollapalooza fun, including three full days spent at the festival, and some afterparties we threw too. As you may know, while we were at the festival, like we did at Firefly in Delaware and are doing again this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, we hosted two hours easy day inside the Soundwave Tent, which included interviews and stripped down performances by Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, School of Rock All Stars, and Deap Vally on day 1; Local Natives, Smith Westerns, IO Echo,, Drowners and another set of School of Rock All Stars on day 2; and Bear Mountain and The Orwells on day 3. The BV-portions of the tent were hosted by Billy Jones and comedian Chris Gethard of The Chris Gethard Show.
We'll have the full audio from these sessions available at some point, but meanwhile I can tell you that we learned Ghost's guitarist was not very Ghostly at all and he speaks beautiful English (when we could hear it though his mask), Chris Gethard has two Morrissey tattoos, Jessie Ware likes to ride the subway, the kids from School of Rock do in fact rock, the frontwoman of IO Echo has stage fright and a thing for Enya, each member of Bear Mountain has a different symbol tattooed on them and our show was their first-ever try at going acoustic, the Smith Westerns like to party, and the ladies LOVE the Orwells. who were collecting phone numbers from girls in the audience throughout our entire interview with them. Though short, both Frightened Rabbit's and Local Natives' super intimate sets in our tent were huge treats for the crowd in attendance, some of whom were in the tent waiting on line to get their bodies painted.
Pictures of all three days of our activities are in this post. They continue below...