Entries tagged with: Wavves
photos by Eric M. Townsend
B.O.M.B. Fest went down over Memorial Day Weekend at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. You already saw the Dan Deacon pictures from the first day of the two day fest. Now here are the rest from that Saturday (May 28th) (we have no pics from Sunday). They continue below...
"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.
Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.
Wavves's Nathan Williams is a modern day renaissance man. Besides being a guitarist/songwriter and a weed connoisseur, Williams is also a comic book author and has penned a twelve part series with friend Matt Barajas and illustrator Nicholas Gazin. Pitchfork says that,
According to an email from Gazin, "Negative Dad is like an extra retarded X-Men. There's heshers, evil parents, cat people, juvenile delinquents with partially functioning mutant powers, aliens, dreams."That's Negative Dad art above.
There will be at least 12 issues, and according to Gazin, it will possibly come with a cassette. He says, "This is going to be our gift (although it will cost money) to people who enjoy pot. Put the tape on, put in a beanbag chair in a space small enough to get clambaked and just read the comic and stare at the pictures and chuckle at the pictures while your friend plays Nintendo and eats all your Pirate Booty or something."
Maybe you can find copies of the comic at Wavves' merch table on tour. NYC'ers will have two chances to find out this summer. First, when Wavves plays the Northside Fest with Guided By Voices at McCarren Park Stage on 6/18 (tickets), and then at a free Summerstage show at Manhattan's East River Park Ampitheater on 8/25 at 7pm (enter at Delancey Street bridge over the FDR Drive and walk south or via Cherry St/Jackson Ave entrance into Corlears Hook Park and over the FDR Drive bridge leading directly to the ampitheater).
All Wavves tour dates below..
Wavves @ MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
In the earlier ticket post today, I forgot to mention...
It's unclear how many Northside badges they'll let in to that show, but those are on sale too.
Tickets are also still on sale for the Beirut Northside show happening at McCarren Park too.
Fang Island are playing Brooklyn Bowl on May 27th. Tickets are on sale.
Free Energy are playing Glasslands & April 29th. Tickets are on sale.
GBV @ Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Guided By Voices is returning to NYC and will headline the McCarren Park Stage on Saturday, June 18! Wavves is going to open the Brooklyn Northside Festival show which is going on sale Friday, April 8, at 10am EST. Tickets are $30 in advance. You can also attempt to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
"For the record wavves has NOT confirmed anything for sxsw I have no idea why they posted our name that shit is bogus" - Wavves
"wavves covered nervous breakdown. black flag covers are like birthday cakes, or pizza." - Joe Frontirre
Brooklyn may still be covered with a few layers of dirty, icy snow, but last night's bill at MHOW offered a brief respite from the cold, gray weather.
With their noisy, high-energy music, the first openers, No Joy, seemed a fitting addition to the evening's bill. The guitar levels may have been a bit muffled for much of their performance, but they powered through their set regardless. The two main singers let their long hair fall over their faces and around the microphone, pushing it back only between songs to make sure they got the timing right. They hardly said a word between songs or sought to engage the audience with anything resembling eye contact, but their performance exuded the most energetic manifestation of lethargy I've seen in quite a while. For their finale, they unassumingly crouched down on stage over pedals as the sound died out around them.
From the first few notes of Best Coast's set, the dynamic in the room shifted to make way for the band's deceptively upbeat songs of LA life, inertia, and unrequited love. The trio kicked off their set with "This is Real," a sweet little song with a buoyant chorus that sounds almost as if it were made for Tennis's Alaina Moore.
They stood far apart on stage, but the isolation seemed to work for them. Unlike No Joy's muddled sound, Best Coast benefited from a mix that emphasized each player's strong points. Though not particularly insightful, the short, poppy format and pleasantly innocuous lyrics ("I wish he was my boyfriend") made nearly every song sound like a single.
After breezing through much of their discography and a Loretta Lynn cover song, Best Coast concluded their set with "Each and Every Day," and at Bethany Cosentino's lead, the crowd gladly clapped along.
I confess I got a bit sleepy between sets, but I immediately perked back up as soon as Wavves began to play. Suddenly, the calmly swaying, casually dancing crowd turned into a whirlpool of activity as beach balls and (soft) frisbees were hurled into the sold-out room. Up front, a mosh pit developed almost instantaneously as if on cue.
After a number of heavily publicized debacles, it was good to see Wavves feel a bit more at home on stage. Sure, there was one false start when guitarist Nathan Williams got a little ahead of himself on the set list, but other than that, the boys kept it together. A few songs in, Williams even paused a few seconds to deliver a little PSA about safety after one eager fan took a nasty stage dive into the unprepared crowd. "Guys, if somebody falls down, pick them up. Don't step on their face."
One of the highlights of the show came when another fan who had also managed to get on stage, overstayed his welcome and promptly got hurled back into the crowd by a bouncer. ("That was pretty good," said Williams afterward. "He got real leverage with that push!") (update: video below)
After Wavves' frenzied, encore-less set, I quickly surveyed the crowd from my spot in the balcony. The sweep of the spotlights revealed a couple making out and a number of happily bruised, disheveled people, searching for belongings that had gotten lost in the mad shuffle and grabbing a few beach balls as souvenirs on their way out.
The tour continues in Boston tonight. Two nights ago they played the larger Webster Hall in Manhattan. More pictures from the Brooklyn show (though none of No Joy - Bao had train problems), and Best Coast's setlist, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"Off to Wavves and Best Coast -
maybe I'll show up on Hipster Runoff tomorrow" - Wesley Barrow
"At best coast/wavves, 99 percent of people here
follow best coast's cat on twitter" - WiLD ViBES
Best Coast @ Webster Hall
"The '90s are back, and along with flannel, environmentalism and 20-something ennui, the resurgence has brought some great self-deprecating rock songs.You won't be able to see the stage, but the entire DC show is streaming at NPR. It took place the same night Best Coast's Letterman's appearance aired.
Best Coast and Wavves are responsible for the best of them. The two young bands performed at the 9:30 Club on Monday night, singing about California boredom and slacker romance - the latter made all the more intriguing by the fact that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino and Wavves singer Nathan Williams are a couple.
And while the neo-grunge lovebirds have both toured doggedly (and separately) in support of their both-excellent 2010 albums, Monday's gig proved that neither act has quite figured out how to translate the heroic loserdom of their recordings to the stage.
Still, these losers have been wildly successful." [Washington Post]
Two nights after DC, last night (2/2), Best Coast, Wavves, and tour-opener No Joy played a sold out show at Webster Hall, and they do it again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from Webster Hall are below...
Madeline Follin of Cults & Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more)
Congrats to Madeline Folin and her band Cults who have inked a deal with Columbia Records for release of their forthcoming debut LP in May. The band will hit the road to play a string of dates with Asobi Seksu on their way to SxSW, and then loop back to their native NYC to play a pair of headlining shows at Knitting Factory on 3/30 (ticket info forthcoming) and Mercury Lounge on 3/31 (ditto).
Meanwhile, Bethany of Best Coast (pictured above with Madeline) played "Boyfriend" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and is preparing to hit the road with her beau Wavves for a US tour. That Best Coast/Wavves trek hits NYC (with No Joy) on Feb 2nd at Webster Hall and Feb 3rd at Music Hall of Williamsburg. MHoW is sold-out, but tickets to Webster Hall are still available.
To commemorate their tour, the love birds (Nathan and Bethany) have collaborated on a split 7" named after, and only available at stops on, the Summer Is Forever tour. The seven inch will feature fresh tracks from both bands. Best Coast will contribute "When You Wake Up" for the A-Side, with Waaves contributing "Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Yr Heart)" for the flip. Mexican Summer, the label responsible for the vinyl, will offer both tracks on an iTunes sampler due on January 11th, for those of you who are vinyl-impaired. The cover art is below.
Asobi Seksu also plays Highline Ballroom on January 27th (tickets still avail) supporting White Lies and February 17th at Mercury Lounge (tickets still avail).
Full tour dates, video of Best Coast on Fallon, and a stream of Cults uber-buzzy 7" are all below.
And the winner is... (obviously) Kanye West. Pitchfork posted their annual much-talked-about list of the best albums of 2010. Much like Rolling Stone, SPIN and others, Kanye's new album topped the list. Pitchfork's recipient for best song of the year, Ariel Pink, landed the 9th best album. Wavves, who they dissed pretty hard in 2009, was given the #50 spot this year (Best Coast got #39). Metal was represented by Kylesa at #44 (BBG's #21). You can scan the whole list below...
Willie Nelson's mugshot
Forget the Tea Party -- country music legend Willie Nelson has a different kind of movement he wants you to join.Support Willie Nelson in his trek for decriminalization by joining the Teapot party, or just support him when he hits the road for a string of dates in December and in the new year. Full tour sked is below, and quite a few (non-NYC) dates are on sale and/or pre-sale.
"There's the Tea Party...How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left."
Nelson, 77, was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol for possession of marijuana last week, despite the fact that he was roughly 100 miles [from] the U.S. border at the time.
"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin told Rolling Stone. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to."
...If Nelson's new party succeeds, he won't be a lawbreaker anymore.
"Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Nelson wrote. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved." -[About]
Two of those dates (2/13 & 2/14) will go down at Austin City Limits - Live, the studio that houses the famed series which recently relocated. The show's new home, Moody Theater, will begin taping shows there in early 2011. The new location is now walking distance from the main drag that is 6th Street.
I'm not sure of Wavves' political affiliation, but I am guessing he's all for switching to the Teapot party. He just got arrested for pot in Germany. Hopefully he's more careful on his upcoming tour with Best Coast. There won't be a smoke-filled tour bus that asking to be pulled over since, well since Willie Nelson.
Willie Nelson tour dates and some videos below..
Wavves @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Guster, Chief Xcel of Blackalicious, Darker My Love, Natalie Hemby, Crystal Antlers, Bishop Allen, Jenny O, Little Jackie, Ceci Bastida, and "Best Coast, Wavves" have contributed new songs to a Target Christmas album which is currently streaming at Target's site (a download of the songs is "coming soon"). Maybe the two bands will perform the song live when they collaborate on stage during their 2011 tour together. Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino told SPIN:
"We're both in summery California bands and I think by doing the tour in winter, we're bringing summer to places where it's fucking freezing," she says. "We've been talking about what we want the vibe to be -- we want it to be a beach-themed sort of thing, but we're still brainstorming."That tour kicks off on 1/21 on their home coast which is also where it ends on 2/26. Along the way they hit, as previously mentioned, Webster Hall on 2/2. They'll also be at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn one day later. Tickets for both NYC shows are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Friday at noon.
Cosentino and Williams haven't planned all details of their sets yet -- Wavves are currently touring in Europe -- but she says fans can definitely expect some on-stage collaborations between the acts. "I'm sure we'll end up doing some songs together," she says. "We were joking that the whole show should be a Wavves-Best Coast jam, but everyone would probably just want a refund if we did that."
Williams also promises there will be a special, limited-edition piece of merch for sale. "I can't say what it is but it's definitely cool," he says. "I think we're also gonna breed cats before the shows and sell them at the merch table."
No Joy, who you maybe caught during CMJ, opens almost every show on the tour.
Other upcoming shows for Best Coast include two dates with Weezer, and EIGHT shows in FOUR DAYS at the SAME LAS VEGAS HOTEL (the new Cosmopolitan). Not sure what that is all about, but all dates are listed below...
"Best coast and wavves are touring the US together Jan/Feb 2011. Who wants to party with me while mom and dad are gone?" - Snacks the Cat
Wavves watching Best Coast @ NXNE (more)
Friends, lovers and now tour-mates. Best Coast and Wavves are about to announce a tour together, and when they do it will list at least one February 2nd show at Webster Hall in NYC with No Joy. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Digital Retribution: When I last interviewed you, you said of the Dead Kennedys reunion, "I thought it was fucking pathetic, though, when The Dead Kennedys went out without Jello as their singer." What I meant to say instead of whatever monosyllabic witticism I spouted is: What's the difference between DK and the reformed Misfits, who GWAR toured with?With 46 acts spanning multiple genres, all worth at least checking out, and most worth more than that, playing on four stages in a 10 hour period along with side attractions like a bungee jumping thing and a mechanical bull, and with three of us at Fun Fun Fun Fest, it shouldn't be surprising that it took us ONE, TWO, THREE, and now FOUR posts to cover just the pictures from Saturday. They continue below...
Dave Brockie (aka Oderus): I think there is a big difference, but don't expect the original product in either. I like Jerry and I would rather have him out touring and having fun than have him working in his machine shop. You can't blame him for wanting to cash in on how great The Misfits were, and enjoy himself in the process, plus give all of his pals jobs in his crew, and show his kids the time of their lives! So in that aspect, I think Jerry and what's left of The Misfits is cool, as long as you don't go in there expecting to see Glenn Danzig! I feel Jerry has earned the right to do whatever the fuck he wants through 30+ years of dedication to this music. Jerry never lets up, he is always gigging. Whereas the Dead Kennedys thing was just a one-shot money grab. They knew they could get away with it, do a year or two, cash in, and bail...and also, The Misfits actually got away with replacing their singer, with Mike Graves, and did a couple of great records! That was when we toured with them, and that was great! American Psycho is a great fucking album!
Tim's complete set of pictures from FFF Fest Saturday are split into two posts: HERE and HERE. A third set, that I took with far inferior skills and camera, but that fills in some blanks and includes stuff like a dude being thrown into a pool filled with thumbtacks, a member of Gwar storming the stage during Municipal Waste's set, and people waiting in line to get Wavves' autograph, continues below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is now complete. You saw pictures from the first night. We have lots of possitive things to say coming up, but for now here is a part two of our photos - all from day two aka Saturday (11/6). They continue below...
Dirty Projectors and Wavves also opened the show (Wavves's first of two shows for the evening). The second was at Purevolume House with Matthew Dear and Two Door Cinema Club who headline Webster Hall tonight (10/21).
The MSG show was announced way before CMJ, but then became a CMJ show when CMJ announced the final CMJ lineup, though reportedly only very few badges were let in, and those badge tickets went to people who showed up to pick the tickets up at CMJ headquarters early that morning. Those who showed up early to the large venue thinking they'd get in with their badge, were out of luck.
(note from BBG: Quick question- can anyone confirm it wasn't a janitor underneath those robot suits? I smell an MF Doom-style conspiracy?)
A bit more about the show HERE. More pictures, the Phoenix set list (sans encore), and some video of the Daft Punk madness is below.
Daft Punk @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
Phoenix & Daft Punk bow @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
As prophesized, Daft Punk performed with Phoenix Wedneday night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. It wasn't a long appearance - they only came out for the encore to play with their fellow Frenchmen, but it was Daft Punk at MSG! (just in time to help promote Tron during the biggest music week of the year in NYC). Their set included "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" mixed into "1901".
Wavves opened the show at the very large venue to lots of empty seats, and then didn't even get to stick around to see Daft Punk because their set time at Purevolume House was 10pm (Daft Punk went on at 10:50). At least at the Purevolume show they probably got to play to a packed house (not downplaying the fact that Wavves got to play MSG, full or not).
Dirty Projectors played second, and according to Andrew Frisicano, they sounded "HUGE".
WAVVES @ MHOW in September (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Wavves will support Phoenix and Dirty Projectors at Madison Square Garden tonight (10/20). If you miss it, the king of branded weedgrinders will also play a surprise show at the CMJ PureVolume house later tonight at 10PM. He goes on right after Matthew Dear (which means he's playing at least 4 CMJ shows) Flyer below.
The Purevolume House will be open all five days of CMJ and will also host sets from No Joy (who are also playing the BV day party on 10/23 and other shows), Oberhofer (who also play the BV Day Party on 10/22), La Sera (who plays the Hardly Art showcase on 10/21 and the Forcefield showcase on 10/22 and more), Bear Hands (who play a bunch of shows - all dates below), Teen Inc, and many many others (some curated by Gorilla Vs Bear and Hype Machine). RSVP to get in.
Full schedule below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"problematic wavves fan named pedro making this interesting." -stadiumsshrines
"Wavves just lost their shit. It was mad awkward." -surefirenelc
Wavves show was awesome. High energy, banging my head, throwing myself into the mosh pit, just what I needed." -draindesert
"Wavves is pretty alright for a band but they have to cool it with their unfunny BANTER. I'm talking to you fat-drummer-man. #playalready" -TheEnthusiast
"I might not be a dude-but I have a total boner for @wavveswavves right now." -haitlincandella
Wavves taking pulls off of a not-cigarette @ MHOW Tuesday night
How many people bought the now infamous Waaves weed grinders at the merch table last night? If you weren't able to roll one up then maybe you caught a contact high as Wavves smoked a fatty on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/21), Wavves' 2nd headlining NYC show in less than two months. The Babies (featuring Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls) and Christmas Island provided support for the green-friendly band who had their fair share of supporters and detractors, on twitter, and at the show where the band was heckled by mystery patron "Pedro" for the duration of their set.
Wavves plays Madison Square Garden with Phoenix and Dirty Projectors in less than a month from now (10/20). Tickets are still available.
Video of Wavves smoking pot at Lollapalooza HERE. More pictures from Music Hall, including one of the setlist (which they didn't actually follow), and a couple of videos from the show (screaming fan included), below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr
Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF FestThat's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.
The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.
Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.
Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."
There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.
If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).
By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.
Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.
Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...
"BV interviewer Federico Rasperrini on the scene @ Lollapalooza" - brooklynvegan
Frederico Rasperrini & WAVVES @ Lollapalooza 2010
Move over Best Coast and Freddie Gibbs at Pitchfork, Wavves and Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above) had a little smoke session of their own at Lollapalooza. For those that don't recognize intrepid BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above in the white hat), it's true, he's none other than John McCauley of Deer Tick in disguise.
Deer Tick played the Chicago festival too last weekend, just like they'll play Webster Hall tonight (8/13) after a special opening set by Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez. Tickets should be available at the door.
Wavves' next NYC show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Before and after that they're on a tour that also brings them to Madison Square Garden to open for Phoenix who also played Lollapalooza (while some guy was starting a fight with the police).
The Wavves/Frederico video footage does not involve any fighting or police (luckily), but there is some illicit behavior in the form of marijuana smoke being sucked out of a beer can, talk of HPV, and whatnot... That and more, below...
most of the photos by Josh Darr
Lady Gaga & Semi Precious Weapons (pic via Krista Davis)
"Lollapalooza wheeled out some big headliners in its sixth year on the Chicago lakefront, as a record 240,000 people poured into Grant Park over three days to see 130 performers, including Lady Gaga, Green Day and reunited grunge-era icons Soundgarden.The 2010 edition of Lollapalooza went down in Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A set of pictures from the first two of those days, continue below...
Size matters at Lollapalooza, as the festival expanded its reach westward by shutting down Columbus Avenue and spreading eight stages across 110 acres, up from 80 acres in previous years. Columbus Avenue was converted into a giant sidewalk lined with portable toilets, a simple but effective improvement that allowed fans to avoid the dreaded Buckingham Fountain bottleneck that had turned previous festivals into human traffic jams. The festival topped its previous three-day record of 225,000, reached the last two years.
Still, there was little room during some performances at the northernmost stages on Butler Field, where fans jostled shoulder-to-shoulder for space to see performances by Metric, Phoenix and Arcade Fire. Note to Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents: How about widening the southern entrance to Butler Field or moving one of the stages onto Columbus Drive to relieve what is becoming an annual problem? It's only going to get worse if the festival approaches its new capacity of 95,000 a day in future years." [Chicago Tribune]
words & photos by Tracy Allison
"Just remembered I threw up at bruar falls last night." - WAVVES
"Monday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, the Wavves founder and frontman announced he'd just been "mildly sued" by the Walt Disney Company, which was less than psyched about seeing a song called 'Mickey Mouse' listed on his band's latest album.Last night (8/2) Wavves played Bowery Ballroom, their last New York City show before the just-announced September 21st show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets on sale Friday at noon, AmEx presale Wednesday at noon). That is followed by opening for Phoenix at Madison Square Garden on October 20th (and other tour dates). A line began to form at the venue around 7:15 p.m. with people hoping a few tickets would still be available. The show sold out by 7:30 p.m.
Williams said he'd agreed to modify future pressings of 'King of the Beach,' out today on CD and vinyl, and replace the offending track with an unreleased B-side. He then offered a succinct legal critique of the plaintiff's case.
"Walt Disney was a Nazi," Williams said. "You go [to Disney World], you feel Nazi vibes. It's disgusting!"
The outburst was one of many quotable moments of the concert, and throughout the evening, Williams and drummer Billy Hayes spent nearly as much time joking about booze and weed as they did playing actual songs. With the presence of soft-spoken metal-dude bassist Stephen Pope, Wavves was like a Kevin Smith movie come to life: two Jays and a Silent Bob." [Spinner]
The night began with a 30 minute set by Total Slacker who took the stage at 8:15. They were followed by The Smith Westerns who also played a 30 minute set as the crowd quickly began to fill the 550+ person venue.
Wavves began their set at 10:20 p.m. and immediately after walking on stage commented on the thick smell of drugs in the air, saying, "It smells like pot out here. It smells like a lot of pot." Throughout the course of the 14 song performance, the rambunctious audience thrashed into each other and danced wildly. The level of audience interaction was much like it was at Wavves' recent show at Knitting Factory- fans freely jumped on and off stage, and bassist Stephen Pope even offered an audience member a swig of whiskey after asking, "Are you cool? You can have some if you're cool." The band finished up their set by 11:20 p.m.
They then headed to Bruar Falls for puking, peeing in garbage cans, sparring with Black Lips, playing video games, etc... More pictures and Wavves' setlist from Bowery Ballroom below...