Entries tagged with: Violent Soho
photos by Chris Graham
Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.
Autolux @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Foreigner @ Wellmont Theater
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Luke Roberts, Mike Bones @ Zebulon
* Brandon Flowers @ Highline Ballroom
* Violent Soho & Dead Stars @ the Charleston
* Rhett Miller & Zee Avi @ City Winery
* Blue Oyster Cult @ Aviator Brooklyn
* The Backstreet Boys @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Steel Train, Max Is King, Wyldlife @ Bowery Electric
* Charles Burst, Sam Izdat, Corpse of Discovery @ Union Pool
* Autolux, This Will Destroy You, Oberhofer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bill Goffrier, Doug Gillard, the Norfolk Downs @ The Rock Shop
* Tennis, Magic Bullets, Family Portrait, Cool Runnings @ Glasslands
* Kid Koala, Baby Jewelry @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Midnight Magic, Synfinite, Fresh Daily, Dujeous, DJ I Truth @ Littlefield
* BAD REPUTATION:Pierre de Gaillande sings Georges Brassens @ Barbes
* The Secret History, My Teenage Stride, Kristeen Young @ Knitting Factory
* Lichens, Matteah Baim, Golden Slumbers (Fall Sneak Peek) @ JF & Son Storefront
* Ninjasonik, Team Facelift, Star City, Johnny Nelson, Jasmine Solano @ Mercury Lounge
* Tre Orsi, Martha's Vineyard Ferries, Arc in Round, Zachary Cale Band @ Death By Audio
* DJ AM Lives: Celebrate the life and music of Adam Goldstein w/ very special live DJ performances by DJ PREMIER, DJ STRETCH ARMSTRONG, MARK RONSON, SUPER DJ CLARK KENT, ELI ESCOBAR, ROCTAKON, JUS SKE, JESSE MARCO and DJ RIZ
Violent Soho play the Charleston tonight, and Bruar Falls on Saturday.
It was one year ago on Saturday (8/28) that DJ AM passed away suddenly, but he isn't forgotten. In fact, some incredibly hard-hitting DJs will be out in full force at Santos TONIGHT (8/26) in support of the DJ AM Memorial Fund, dedicated to fighting addiction. Among those scheduled to be on hand are DJ Premier, Stretch Armstrong, Mark Ronson, Clark Kent, Eli Escobar, Roctakon, and many others. $12 gets you in for this worthy cause/night of dancefloor burners. - BBG
Its one of two high profile hip-hop related DJ showings for tonight as The Diabolical Biz Markie can be found on the 1's and 2's at Brooklyn Bowl along with host Fab 5 Freddy and Schott Free.
Antony and The Johnsons's new video for "Thank You For Your Love", below...
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
The Bronx at Bowery
When I heard that hardcore punk band The Bronx were doing an entire mariachi album, I had to see it for myself.... The seven-piece band came out all smiles and wearing full mariachi outfits - they looked fantastic. "Slave Labor", which is my favorite song from their album, was the first songs they played. From those first few notes I knew we were in for a good show. Every one of the seven or so songs they played sounded fantastic - Mariachi El Bronx filled up Bowery Ballroom with their sound and positive energy. You could tell that the band really enjoyed what they were doing - they were laughing and joking between every song. Lead singer Matt Caughthran would dance around during guitar solos causing the rest of the band to crack up. - [HeardTheySuckLive]The above review is of Mariachi El Bronx, alter ego of LA punks The Bronx who played separate sets as both bands at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (4/6). El Mariachi opened the evening and was followed by Australian trio Violent Soho who recently dropped their self-titled LP on Ecstatic Peace and announced their inclusion in Lollapalooza 2010.
The Bowery show was one of three NYC-area shows on a tour that continues across the country as we speak. Those dates again, with more pictures and some videos from the show, below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Japanther - Spread So Thin (MP3)
Mariachi el Bronx @ MWTX (not-SXSW 2010)
[The Bronx] has an alter ego: Mariachi El Bronx, which released an album last year and showed up Wednesday night at Emo's in traditional embroidered mariachi costumes with traditional instruments, from trumpet to guitarron. It performs the Bronx's repertory, but with long-lined melodies and the rhythms of Mexican rancheras and sones. It turns out that Matt Caughtran, the Bronx's lead singer, doesn't have to shout; he can carry a tune. And the Bronx taps a side of Los Angeles that many rock bands ignore. [NY Times]The pictures here are from Mariachi El Bronx's set at MWTX Fest's first day in Austin, TX on Friday, March 19th.
The Bronx and their alter-egos Mariachi El Bronx start a run of three NYC-area shows with a gig at Maxwell's tonight (4/1). Tickets are still on sale.
They go on to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd, then after a pair of out of town shows, Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, April 6th. Tickets are still on sale for those.
Japanther did play at new show space Party Expo last night (3/31) with Boys Who Say No and Filthy Savage though. How was that?
More Mariachhi el Bronix pics and all Bronx tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Jemina Pearl @ Union Pool...
The audience was left to wonder exactly what happened when Jemina Pearl walked off stage less than 30 minutes into her headlining set Saturday night (2/13) at Union Pool. The question wasn't the shortness itself, but the abruptness of her departure: after getting increasingly frustrated with something, she kicked the drum set, gave the one-finger salute to her band and left, to the stunned then embarrassed faces of her supporting trio. The show was really just getting started. "As long as everyone had fun, that's what matters," said the bass player sheepishly before getting a lit cigarette thrown at him by the singer, in a brief return to the stage.
They did manage to get through "I Hate People," a cover of "Band on the Run" and a handful of others (though not "Heartbeats" which one of the most enthusiastic fans requested as a not-to-be encore). It was an awkward hometown end to nearly a month of touring.
Openers Harlem were admirably sloppy and enthused (it's hard not to think of a less manic Black Lips). Their animated, banadana-ed singer/guitarist and more straight-laced drummer swapped roles halfway through the set, which brought out a different dynamic for sure - round two was cleaner with more of a focus on pointed guitar riffs and less on effusive vocals. The Austin band's second album is due this summer on Matador, and they'll be touring the West Coast for the next few weeks.
Jemina's next scheduled show/shows are SXSW. The full Ecstatic Peace SXSW showcase lineup (Thurston Moore, J Mascis & Andrew WK included), more Union Pool pictures, a video and Harlem tour dates are below...
I have no idea who it is, though...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)
There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....
One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.
If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.
Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.
92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.
Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.
One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Passion Pit and the Clipse -- featuring Cam'ron and Rick Ross -- have just been confirmed to perform at the sixth-annual Woodies, joining already-announced acts Death Cab for Cutie, the Dead Weather and Matt & Kim. Breakout Woodie nominees Passion Pit will be performing their breakout single "The Reeling," while the Clipse will take on a pair of tracks, teaming with Cam on "Popular Demand (Popeye's)" and Ross for "I'm Good." Genre-blurring DJ/producer Diplo, who lately has been spending time as one half of Major Lazer, has also been announced as the house DJ for the night.Tickets to the Woodie Awards were mainly given out to college students. Last night (11/17), The Dead Weather played a pre-Woody show with Violent Soho at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Less than a day earlier the news broke that Dead Weather drummer Jack White would be working with Wanda Jackson on her new album. More pictures and a video from the Brooklyn show, below...
But all the onstage action won't just be of the performance variety. On Monday (November 16), the Woodies also announced a slate of big-name presenters, including Pete Wentz, Zooey Deschanel, 3OH!3, Mary-Louise Parker, David Cross, Janelle Monáe, and Woodie of the Year nominee Asher Roth.
The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards will take place this Wednesday [tonight] at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The show will then premiere Friday, December 4, at 10 p.m. ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia.
Holden is a French duo who began recording in 1997. Band members are Armelle Pioline (vocals) and Dominique Dépret (aka Mocke, guitar). With Pierre-Jean Grapin (drums), Evan Evans (clavier) and Richard Cousin (bass), they released 'L'arrière monde' in 1998. In 2001, they met the producer Senor Coconut aka Atom aka Uwe Schmidt, who mixed their second album, 'Pedrolira' (2002). They recorded their last album, Chevrotine, in Chile, 2006Holden's newest album Fantomatisme was released in 2009. The four songs streaming at their MySpace are great. Time Out describes it well: "Parisian duo Holden offers wistful, transporting folk-pop, accented with bossa nova and jazz. Armelle Pioline's yearning French vocals make us feel like we're inhabiting an early Godard film." The slower / bossa nova songs remind me of Keren Ann or Astrud Gilberto, though in some videos (below), they also rock out a little more.
Supposedly the band is big in France, but nobody knows about them here. That means we get to see them in intimate venues while they're visiting NYC for five shows this week. The first was Saturday night at Zebulon (did you catch it?). Sunday (11/15) the show is at Sycamore. Monday is at Matchless. Tuesday at Barbes (as well as a WNYC radio session with David Garland earlier that day), and then Wednesday they end the run at Pianos (they play right before Violent Soho who play before... Group Sounds?!). All dates and some videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Violent Soho - Son of Sam (MP3)
Ecstatic Peace-signed Australian band Violent Soho, who you may have just caught with Built To Spill, are opening for The Dead Weather at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 17th. Tickets (whatever is left after the fanclub presale) are on sale at noon.
Violent Soho also open for Band of Skulls at the same venue two days earlier. Actually they have four upcoming NYC shows total. They are listed below...
photos by Chloe Rice
Built to Spill, just days after the release of their seventh LP There Is No Enemy, stopped by Cambridge for a three night run at The Middle East Downstairs last weekend. After seventeen years and a handful of different lineups, songwriter Doug Martsch is still at the helm, looking aged but adjusted. The "well-groomed" five-piece took the stage on Sunday, warmed up after two nights in the same venue, opening with a powerful version of "You Were Right," a tune from 1999's Keep it Like a Secret. The song pulled the audience back and forth through a dynamic maze, always climaxing with Martsch's accusation, "you were wrong/when you said/everything's gonna be alright." The song benefited from the controlled layering of three guitars. Most notably, guitarist Brett Netson's overdriven leads cut through the mix at times to reveal a deeper counterpoint against Martsch's riffing. [The MIT Tech]
Built To Spill played the last of four NYC performances in a row last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (10/15). After the show they appeared on Letterman. The pictures in this post are from the third show which was also at Music Hall (10/14). Pictures from the second show, which was at Webster Hall, are HERE. First night's setlist is HERE. The other three setlists, more pictures from the third night, and the Letterman video, below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Built to Spill played their second Webster Hall show in a row last night (10/13). That's where the pictures in this post are from (anyone have the setlist?).
Tonight (10/14), the band moves on to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn where they'll also be playing two nights in a row. They'll then appear on Letterman the same night the NYC run ends (10/15).
Oct 12 @ Webster HallTickets are still available to all, but one of the Music Hall shows. Disco Doom and Violent Soho open all four shows. Doug Martsch will be DJing after Built to Spill play on both of the Music Hall nights.
Oct 13 @ Webster Hall
Oct 14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 15 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Recent live videos below...