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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Jennylee was Amazing - if anyone was worried." - m[ike]

"Amazing set tonight @rightonjennylee!
Can't wait for the album to drop in December!!!" - Daniel Grote


Warpaint say they have a new album in the works for 2016, but in the meantime a couple of their members are focusing on solo projects. Theresa Wayman actually has a solo record and a new band BOSS, and Jenny Lee Lindberg went solo as jennylee. Her debut album right on! isn't out until December 11 via Rough Trade, but ahead of that she played a one-off at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (11/4).

Only two singles were released ahead of the show, so we were hearing most of the music for the first time last night. It's not a million miles away from Warpaint, which of course isn't a bad thing at all. Young Magic opened, and among the audience members were Torres and Jenny Lewis. Pictures continue below...

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Ghost / Warpaint / The Mummies / crowdsurfer @ Beach Goth 4, 10/24/2015
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Over the past four years, Beach Goth has morphed from a handmade, hipster Halloween party to a megafest-on-the-rise. The last couple years have seen a serious overgrowth of frenzied fans pile into the Observatory's inside/outside extravaganza not just to see The Growlers at their own festival, but for a host of marquee acts that could probably sell the place out on their own. Again, this year's Beach Goth was a packed, sweaty beast of weekend that saw Grimes premiere two new songs, as well as legendary sets from weirdo veterans like The Mummies, rising stars like the Allah-Lahs, and even a surprise cameo or two (Warren G popping up on the Beach Goth Stage!). The crowd also got a huge shot of adrenaline from acts like Die Antwoord, Mac Demarco, No Bunny and Sir-Mix-a-Lot, just a handful of the grab bag of entertainment that somehow managed to work well on this year's bill. - (OC Weekly
The 4th annual Beach Goth Fest happened at the Orange County Observatory in Santa Ana on October 24-25. The festival, created by LA garage-rockers The Growlers (who played both days), had a pretty stacked, eclectic lineup. Day 1 was headlined by Grimes who debuted a couple new songs from the forthcoming Art Angels LP and had a strict no-photos policy. Our photographer shot pretty much everyone else, though, including Mac DeMarco, Ghost, Warpaint, Wanda Jackson, together PANGEA, The Drums, The Mummies and lots more. The fest's OC-meets-Halloween theme was prevalent in costumes on stage and off.

Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. Meanwhile, check out more pics from Day 1 of Beach Goth 2015, below....

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by Tatiana Tenreyro

jennylee warpaint

Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg announced last month that she's releasing her solo album, right on! as jennylee, which is coming out on December 11 via Rough Trade. She accompanied the announcement with a trailer featuring three clips of the videos from her album's tracks, "never," "boom boom," and "he fresh." The video for single "never"  is available to watch now. Lindberg co-directed it with Mia Kirby and features some in-studio live performance footage as well as her dancing around at home. The track itself is reminiscent of English '80s new wave, and a bit heavier than Warpaint's sound yet should still appeal to fans.

Jenny Lee is currently on tour and will be stopping by NY's Baby's All Right on November 11 with Young MagicTickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. To enter to win, below.

In other Warpaint news, Theresa Wayman is working on a new solo album that will be produced by Dan Carey, who previously produced albums for Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip, Kate Tempest, and more. Wayman is also releasing a 7" with BOSS, her new band comprised of Guro Gikling of All We Are and Sarah Jones of Hot Chip/NZCA Lines , featuring tracks "I'm Down With That" and "Mr. Dan's I'm Dub With That." The single will be released on November 27 via Speedy Wunderground.

All jennylee tour dates are listed, along with the video for "never," BOSS streams and ticket contest form, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Dumb Numbers

As mentioned, Dumb Numbers have a box set of split-10"s, one of which is with David Lynch. Dumb Numbers' side pays homage to Lynch's cult hit Twin Peaks (which is coming back, like that gum you liked). The title, "I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night," is a tip of the hat to the actor who played Pete on the series (and was the star of Lynch's Eraserhead), the bassline is basically the same as the Twin Peaks theme, and then there's its general dream-like atmosphere. It more evokes than steals, though. The song features Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass, Best Coast's Bobb Bruno on mellotron, and Melvins' Dale Crover on drums. Have a listen below.

The Split Series is out now digitally, and the vinyl will be out October 31.

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by Andrew Sacher


Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg is releasing a solo album under the name jennylee this year called right on!. It's due out December 11 via Rough Trade, and going by the teasers in the album trailer, if you're a Warpaint fan you'll probably like this too. The trailer includes clips of "never," "boom boom" and "he fresh." Check that out, along with the tracklist, below.

Norm Block (who's worked with The Brian Jonestown Massacre) co-produced the album with Jenny and played on it, and it also features her Warpaint bandmate Stella Mozgawa and Dan Elkan (who's worked with Broken Bells, Hella and more).

Jenny and her band have one upcoming show at the moment: Brooklyn on November 4 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show should be on sale soon.

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Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.

Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.

The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.

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Beach Goth

The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The's and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.

Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...

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photo: Jamie xx at NYU in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

The man behind The xx's fantastic production has been making solo art for a few years now, and finally put out his first full length, In Colour, this week via Young Turks. Jamie xx's xx bandmates are supportive of his solo career, contributing vocals to multiple tracks on In Colour. And earlier this week, Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim (as well as Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa and a live choir) joined Jamie for an all-star performance of "Loud Places" on France's Le Grand Journal talk show (video below).

Jamie is also touring this year, including a big NYC show at Terminal 5 on August 8 which has since sold out. He's now added yet another big NYC show happening later that month at 50 Kent on 8/23. It's part of Verboten's StageONE at 50 Kent summer concert series. Maya Jane Coles, Andhim, Matador, Nastia and Bedouin are also on that bill. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, with a Spotify stream of In Colour and the "Loud Places" video, below...

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photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

The first of Warpaint's new singles for 2015, the slinky "No Way Out," is officially out now. Here, the song is significantly longer than the version we first heard, clocking in at over seven minutes, plus the three-minute "redux" and a digital b-side "I'll Stop Believing" which is pretty good too. You can stream them all via Rdio below and they can be bought via the digital music seller of your choice.

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photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.

The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...

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tom tom mag

When I was 29, I was Google searching "female drummer," "girl drummer," and " woman drummer" out of curiosity. The results were really terrible at best. There were pages of "Can women really play the drums?" and "Top sexiest drummers of our time" lists then immediately after it would just go to lists of guy drummers. Having been a riot grrrl since I was a teenager and having played music since I was 15, having worked in music all my life, and having thrown many shows at my loft house in Brooklyn (The Woodser), I was kind of shocked to see that the internet hadn't caught up with the world of female drummers I knew. I wanted the world to know we existed. So I started Tom Tom as a blog with the intention to solely change the Google search results of those keyword searches. I thought there would be someone else that was already running a magazine about women drummers and was so convinced that they were going to eventually email me to let me know that they were already doing it. Then within six months time, it became obvious that there wasn't anyone else doing it. - Tom Tom founder Mindy Seegal Abovitz [via Bitch Media]
The only magazine specifically about female drummers, Tom Tom Magazine is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the current issue, seen above, that includes interviews with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, Emily Rose Epstein (Ty Segall Band) and more.

The magazine has also started the Tom Tom Academy drum school:

In line with Tom Tom Magazine's vision of uniting and elevating the female musician community, the academy is run by highly experienced female drum instructors. The Tom Tom Academy welcomes students of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.
In addition to lessons, Tom Tom Academy has a free "Last Thursdays" event at their Bushwick HQ, the next one being February 26:
Join us for free 15-minute drum lessons (all skill levels welcome) courtesy of our highly experienced instructors, academy tours, group sticking exercises, food, drink, Tom Tom Magazine reading, and drummer networking.
To attend Tom Tom's "Last Thursdays" you need to sign up for details.

Then on February 28, Tom Tom has a workshop called The Shed:

Split into two tiers based on skill level, this two-hour workshop will outfit you with the skills, fills, tools, tips, and exercises you need to take your drumming to the next level.

The $20 registration for this workshop includes two hours of intense instruction plus all the coffee you'll need, plus a fresh pair of complimentary drumsticks.

You need to reserve a spot to attend.


Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

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Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards' Favorite Photos of 2014

James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...

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Tigers Jaw
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.

Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.

The Menzingers were also featured, along with Mineral, Touche Amore, Into It. Over It. and others, in AltPress' recently-completed Fest documentary. You can watch all three parts here, here and here.

In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.

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It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...

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Q Mag

Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...

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Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

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Tickets for the Cat Stevens/Yusuf show at Beacon Theatre go on Amazon presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks and Gates show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added solo acoustic Ryan Adams shows at Carnegie Hall with Butch Walker go on sale today at 11 AM. Tickets for his second Hammerstein Ballroom show are still available, the first night is sold out.

Tickets for the newly-added Flying Lotus and Thundercat show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for their Terminal 5 show are still available and we're also giving away a pair of tickets to that one.

Tickets for the Gesaffelstein show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Centro-Matic farewell show at Mercury Lounge with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for the Rough Trade show.

The Range is playing Glasslands on November 22 with DJ Aurora Halal. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Australia's Movement are returning to the US and playing NYC on October 1 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Alberich, Work/Death, Gordon Ashworth and Negation are playing Saint Vitus on November 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper, Denmark's Puce Mary and Ligature are playing Saint Vitus on December 11. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Xeno & Oaklander are playing 'Synth Nights' at The Kitchen on October 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Warpaint are DJing Webster Hall's Marlin Room after their show in the Grand Ballroom on October 14. Tickets for the afterparty go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher

Warpaint at Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Earlier this week SBTRKT dropped the Raury collaboration "Higher" from his new album Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and now he's put out "Voices In My Head," which features rapper A$AP Ferg and indie band Warpaint (drums from Stella Mozgawa, vocals from Emily Kokal). So far none of these singles have sounded very much alike, so it'll be interesting to see how this whole thing comes together. Listen to the new one below.

SBTRKT's tour hits NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5 (tickets).

Warpaint also have a previously discussed tour coming up, which brings them back to NYC on October 14 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that that show and a few others will be opened by New Zealand's Liam Finn (who played a handful of his own NYC shows over the summer). Tickets for the NYC show are still available.

All Liam Finn dates are listed, with the new SBTRKT song, below...

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Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1

There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.

...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]

Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...

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Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.

SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "SBTRKT reveals more LP details (ft. Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, more), announces tour (dates)"

Warpaint at Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Warpaint have done a lot of touring this year in support of their solid sophomore album, having already played NYC three times. They'll be heading back on the road this fall and will return here for a fourth time on October 14 at Webster Hall, the same place they played in March. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting now (7/9, 10 AM) which continues until the general on-sale begins. To get tickets in the BV presale, use the PASSWORD: KEEPITHEALTHY.

Full list of new tour dates below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Warpaint @ Prospect Park - 6/26/14

Warpaint put out their second album at the beginning of this year, and after having supported it in NYC with an intimate Union Pool show and a much larger Webster Hall show, the LA band returned last night for an even larger (and free) Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park. The venue filled out pretty well, though it wasn't hard to get into or anything, unlike the Janelle Monae show earlier this month.

The band were in great form, going through their many sounds that included haunting folk, psychedelia, dream pop, and shinier/dancier pop, all while being an adept and big-sounding band that had no problem projecting to the back of the big outdoor venue. Vocal harmonies were spot on too. They were doing some complex stuff that came across more last night than on record, and I don't think they hit a wrong note.

Yellowbirds opened the show. More pictures of both bands below...

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words by James Richards, photos by Joshua Ford

Nick Cave

Kansas City's Midland theatre hosted Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Wednesday night (6/18). Warpaint opened the show with a solid set of their post-punk influenced psych-rock and what seemed like two hundred feet of rope lights.

Then came Cave dressed in a blue suit and unbuttoned shirt--Neil Diamond on speed with the bearded Bad Seeds in tow. They opened with "We No Who U R" and wasted no time upping the energy on a rocked out version of "Jubilee Street" that saw Cave dance from one end of the stage to the other, and then move behind the piano for a few measures before bouncing up toward the front again, whipping the mic chord behind him like the tail of a caged panther.

During "Tupelo", Cave paced with intense eyes fixed on his congregation, pointing and holding out his hands only to recoil before someone could grab them--a weird foreplay the singer kept with the audience throughout the night. At one point in the song, he descended into the crowd and they pulled at him and lifted him up and his pale hairless chest shown in the spotlight while endless cell phones flashed in the theatre.

The set continued to build intensity through "Red Right Hand" and "Mermaids" on into a violent rendition of "From Her to Eternity" where Cave went into attack mode, slapping the audience's hands away and screaming the chorus. The first half of the set culminated in a soaring version of "The Weeping Song."

While the band reloaded, Cave went solo at the piano for "Into my Arms," "God is in the House," and "The Ship Song."

Nick Cave

When the Bad Seeds rejoined--phasers set to kill--they ratcheted up the horsepower on the slow burner "Higgs Boson Blues" and an acoustic-driven "Mercy Seat." "Stagger Lee" followed and, while looser and less noisy, the tune managed to maintain the funky menace of the record. Midway through the tune, Cave's gaze, full of seductive vehemence, zeroed in on a heavyset gentleman as he sang, "I'll crawl over fifty pussies just to get to one fat boy's asshole." People cheered while Cave serenaded the man for several verses and the fan pressed forward and reached up like a proselyte at a tent revival.

The closer "Push the Sky Away" came too soon and left the crowd hungry for more. They performed "Papa Won't Leave You, Henry" for an encore. As the song ended, the Bad Seeds looked ready to soldier on, but a spent Cave abruptly dropped the mic and exited the stage.

The band may not have reached too far into their catalog, but the set was tight and scorching. Cave and company show no signs of slowing down.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are on tour now, a tour that includes concerts and film screenings and three NYC events, two of which are still on sale.

More pictures and the setlist from Kansas City, below...

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