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Murder City Devils / Tweens @ Union Transfer - 2/7/14
Murder City Devils
Tweens

If you do not know the Murder City Devils, take a quick look on YouTube to get an easy idea of what their live shows are like. The band's been around since 1996 and are still going hard. Opening with "It's In My Heart" they hammered straight through a 19-song setlist. No in-between banter, no stopping, no encore.

...There was nothing between the band, the music, and the fans. The holy trinity of concert magic where you can feel the music and energy vibrate through your being. The crowd was wild with fans moshing and crowd-surfing all over the venue. There are some concerts you go to where the fans and the crowd you are with really make the show, and this was one of them. You fall down in the pit; someone's already picking you up before you hit the ground. If you ever wanted to crowd surf before but were too scared to try, this was the night. [That Music Mag]

Organ-loving garage punks Murder City Devils haven't played NYC in years but they finally returned over the weekend when their tour with Cincinnati's poppy, punky Tweens hit Webster Hall on Saturday (2/8). We missed them in NYC, but we did catch the two bands at Philly's Union Transfer a day earlier, which the above review is from. Pictures from the Philly show are in this post.

They continue, along with the Philly setlist and a video from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Murder City Devils & Tweens played Philly's Union Transfer before Webster Hall (pics, video & setlist)"

Bowery Ballroom (more by Tracy Allison)
Bowery Ballroom

If a show is happening at NYC's famous Bowery Ballroom, it was booked by Bowery Presents talent buyer Johnny Beach (who started at the company booking Mercury Lounge). Johnny also keeps busy by co-booking Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Union Transfer in Philly, and other Bowery Presents-affiliated venues. The man books shows all day and is literally at one or more almost every single night. He told us what albums he listened to the most in 2012. Check out his list, and some related videos, below...

Continue reading "Johnny Beach from Bowery Presents: Top 10 Albums of 2012"

JAMC at The Fillmore, SF 6/14/2012 (via @Starflyerboy)
JAMC FIllmore

As we knew The Jesus & Mary Chain were heading to the East Coast (Osheaga in Montreal in August and Hopscotch in North Carolina in September), and various dates around Hopscotch have leaked, but we've been wondering when and if an NYC show might appear. Turns out there are two: the JAMC will play Irving Plaza on September 13 and 14. Tickets for the 9/13 and 9/14 shows go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10AM with a presale starting June 21 at 10AM. All currently known JAMC dates are listed below (more to be announced).

The Reid brothers played California last week, with a Stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/14. Here a bit of SF Weekly's (mostly) positive review:

Last night at the Fillmore, The Jesus and Mary Chain botched the beginning of three different songs, accidentally knocked over multiple microphone stands, and dropped many drum sticks. The Reid brothers, Jim and William, who comprise the group's core, bickered; additional guitarist John Moore was told to "shut up"; and the microphones fed back intermittently. Yet it was incredible how well all of this negativity suited the band.

The JAMC's aesthetic is marked by a duality that permeates every facet of its existence. Each hook is balanced with noise. Its catchiest tunes are usually the most depressing lyrically. During the band's set last night, this duality manifested itself in more than just the songs. Adorned in black blazers underneath minimal lighting, and enshrouded in gratuitous clouds of smoke, the group maintained a stoic attitude throughout the evening that was only broken by fits of frustration...

... The most upbeat tunes were followed by the most mournful, and activity on the sold-out dance floor degenerated into a bog of underwhelmed fun-seekers. Seemingly in a reaction to the morose pace of "Sidewalking," one attendee clambered on stage and began crawling. For the duration of the song's final verse, chorus, and outro, the woman slowly crawled her way from one side of the stage to the other, uninhibited, and looked decidedly cool doing it. A frenzied stage diver would not have had nearly the same effect. Anticipating the inevitable plunge and capture, she donned shades and plodded along with the perverse determination of a cult ritual. Like the tragic heroine in a JAMC lyric, she made a spectacle before self-destruction. [SF Weekly]

It's not a good JAMC show unless the band are on the brink of a fistfight. A few videos from the Fillmore show and the setlist are with the dates below.

Continue reading "The Jesus & Mary Chain add two NYC shows @ Irving Plaza, played San Francisco & other gigs in CA (setlist & dates)"

words & photos by Colin Kerrigan

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah

Rumors that Sean Agnew of R5 Productions was planning to open his own venue had been swirling around for a couple years now but were always denied by Mr. Agnew. However, everyone had a sense that it was bound to happen eventually. Earlier this year it was finally confirmed. Agnew/R5 Productions teamed up with NY promoters Bowery Presents and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management to open a new Philly venue.

Union Transfer, which was most recently a gigantic Spaghetti Warehouse and was apparently at one time a train depot back in the day, had captured the attention of all the music lovers in the city prior to its opening. Everyone wanted to know what it was like and what the sound was like (R5 boasted that it would be the best sounding venue in the city). On Wednesday night they found out.

The space has very tall ceilings with chandeliers hanging down, both standing and seated balconies (with great sightlines), three different bars each with their own unique atmostphere, plenty of floor space and the sound lived up to expectations.

Even though the venue has had only one show so far but it's safe to say that the venue is one of, if not the best, venue in the city.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Polica played that first show at the the venue (one night after they played Bowery Ballroom in NYC). Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below...

Continue reading "CYHSY & Polica played the 1st show @ Philly's new Union Transfer (pics)"

Union Transfer rendering
Union Transfer

Lots of interesting stuff to report in the world of live concert promotions...

NYC concert promoter Bowery Presents, who already has expanded to NJ, Boston, Maine, and Canandaigua, NY (not to mention MSG, Jones Beach, the Meadowlands, Radio City, etc), is opening a new music venue in Philadelphia this month. In partnership with Philly's one and only Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, Union Transfer is...

... "named after the original train depot station that occupied the building [and] was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia's need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headline the very first show at the new space. Felice Brothers, Shellac, Mogwai, Tune-Yards, RJD2, Langhorne Slim, Little Dragon, CSS, Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, The Black Angels, Boris, SBTRKT and many others are also already on the initial schedule.

In perhaps less exciting news for Bowery Presents, Mercury Lounge talent buyer Jay Belin has reportedly moved on and started booking Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the new Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island for Live Nation.

The Paramount Theatre is...

...located on New York Avenue a block and a half north of Main Street. The space is the former home of the nonprofit Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.

The 1,500-capacity venue has been undergoing renovations for months. Among the changes, there will be a VIP lounge on the balcony and a member's only "Founder's Room" with a separate entrance in addition to the general admission floor.

"With both the architecture and the vibe of the venue dedicated to quality sound, hospitality, and experience, The Paramount is sure to be a hotspot for all of Long Island, and especially for Huntington," the founders said in a news release." [Long Island Press]

Upcoming shows at the Paramount include Rusted Root, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Weird Al Yankovic, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Pixies, Brand New and Ray Davies.

Speaking of moving on, Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden aka Skippy has moved to the music capital of Texas. He is still booking the Brooklyn club (and other NYC rooms) though. You just won't see him there as much.

Speaking of expanding, the race is on to see who can open in Chicago first. Will it be Brooklyn Bowl? or City Winery?

Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, and last but not least for this post, the Wetlands is having a Class of '96 reunion at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (9/11). Ex-employees of the famed Tribeca club who will probably be in attendance include Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski, Bowery Ballroom (and Union Transfer co-booker) Johnny Beach and of course ex-Wetlands owner and current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro. Brooklyn Bowl hosted a Wetlands get together of sorts in 2010 too, though that one was on a much sadder note, as it was to remember Wetlands' very first employee Dave Nolan who died of a heart attack last year.