Entries tagged with: Webster Hall
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A reunited band has to reclaim its mantle (although Faith No More has been touring internationally since 2009), and that's what it was doing at Webster Hall. In new songs and old ones, the band had its longtime brawn and precision. It also reiterated its old ploy of contrasting its own tumultuous songs with easy-listening standards like the Herb Alpert hit "This Guy's In Love With You," which reassured the audience, "We know each other very well." [NY Times]Faith No More, who we also caught earlier on tour in Chicago, kicked off their 2-night run at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/13). They also appeared on Fallon that night. Pictures from the former and video from the latter are in this post.
Le Butcherettes opened at Webster, like they're doing all this tour and did again tonight/Thursday at Webster Hall. Refused open when Faith No More return to NY to headline MSG on 8/5. Tickets are still available for that show.
Faith No More are also playing Bumbershoot this year.
For more, check out the big feature Rolling Stone just did on the band.
More pictures from Webster Hall, including one of the setlist, and the Fallon videos, below...
"Well @djjessmarquis - you're immortalized forever - very close to my ass . I thought that would make you happy . A beautiful tattoo by @grantcobb thank you - #RIPDJJess" -Joanna Angel
NYC DJ Jess Marquis, aka Jesse Immler, passed away suddenly last week. One of the many NYC nightlife-related people to pay tribute immediately was Burning Angel porn star and founder Joanna Angel. On April 10th she wrote:
...I really don't know how to sum up everything Jess and I went through together.. We had such a history. But no matter where my life has gone, we always stayed in touch. As I got older - I went to New York less frequently and my bedtime got a little bit earlier. Meeting up with Jess at his gigs at 3AM became a bit harder for me, but we always found time to meet up - either before he went to work or on a random night off of his. Last year while meeting for brunch, randomly out of nowhere he was like, "What are you doing after this?" I said, "Nothing," and he said, "Let's go back to my apartment and write a song - I have a great idea." And that was how "O Face" was born.That last part became even more true two days later when Joanna, and their mutual friend (and sometimes BrooklynVegan photographer) Nate "Igor" Smith, got DJ Jess tattoos. "Live Trash Die Young" they read.
I am distraught and I don't know what to say. Jess and I joked around about getting older and existing in worlds where you had to stay young. We laughed at ourselves. We laughed at each other. I truly thought we would be friends forever.
I am at a loss for words, and I cannot comprehend at all why this bright light of a human being chose to end his own life. The world lost an amazing person. I love you Jess. You will never be forgotten.
Igor also posted his own tribute to Jess on his blog Driven By Boredom.
Last night, Joanna pointed out on Instagram that she's on her way to NYC for the DJ Jess memorial service which is happening at 7pm at Webster Hall today (4/16). You can RSVP, and check out the flyer below...
Sad news from the NYC nightlife world: DJ Jess (aka Jess Marquis aka Jesse Immler), who organized, promoted, and DJ'd at parties like TRASH!, Motherfucker, MisShapes, Rated X, Tiswas and more, died earlier this week. From Next Magazine:
"He was always very upbeat and positive, and gave a lot of people their first breaks at Trash," DJ Mikey Pop says. "He literally gave me my first nightlife gig. People start in dive bars or shitty clubs. I started at Webster Hall. I'm forever grateful for that."Igor from Driven By Boredom adds:
The L Magazine and Citysearch.com dubbed Marquis the city's "Best DJ" for three years strong, and Paper Magazine, The Village Voice, The L Magazine, and more have named his events "Best Party."
"His parties were alternative crowds, infused with gay, straight, lesbian, burlesque, male and female go-gos, drag queens, drag kings... He brought literally every walk of nightlife together in one party," Pop continues.
Jess' legendary party Trash was my favorite party in New York of all time. It was one of the first parties I went to and when it was at Rififi it was as good as any weekly party could ever get. Jess also threw Rated X which was probably the most insanely fun and debaucherous party outside of Motherfucker which of course Jess also DJd. His Thursday night party "in the seedy basement of Lit", NC-17, was one of the best placls to get people naked.His parties were also responsible for lots of Last Night's Party and Cobra Snake content. Jess also dabbled in nightlife photography himself, and was in the band We Are Americana. Before that he was in Smiths cover band The Salford Lads, as Andy Shaw points out in another moving tribute.
Honestly, now that I think about it Jess' parties are responsible for a massive amount of my sex life.
DJ Jess was also a resident DJ at Webster Hall and did a lot of remix work recently. His last release was a reworked Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" which you can stream below.
His last, non-promotional tweet happened on April 6th. Here it is:
What's this from? "Death is our business. Business is good."— Jess Marquis (@djjessmarquis) April 6, 2015
Rest in peace, Jess. NYC won't be the same without you.
UPDATE: Jess's life will be celebrated at Webster Hall on 4/16. Flyer for the tribute, below...
Cocorosie @ Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Cocorosie, Antony & Kembra Pfahler @ Tokion in 2005 (more)
Cocorosie have been somewhat quiet in 2014 after a very active 2013 that saw the sisters release a new album, tour Europe, play a small show at Paper Box, a big show at Webster Hall as part of another tour, and a free show at Brooklyn Bowl. They also played Webster Hall in 2012.
This month (on 8/23), you can catch them at the First City Festival in Monterey. It was their only scheduled 2014 date until now... Bianca and Sierra Casady will return to Webster Hall in NYC on September 7 (SOON), and with a very special show! They're getting the gang back together. The official NY show billing is: "CocoRosie with special guests: Antony & Kembra Pfahler And The Girls Of Karen Black, and guest Artist/DJ Johanna Constantine." If you're a fan and familiar with all those names, you're probably already clicking the ticket link. An exclusive BrooklynVegan presale starts NOW (8/12 at noon) and runs for 24 hours. The password is FUTUREFEMINISM. if you miss it, general sale begins Wednesday.
The NYC show is a benefit "in support of their upcoming exhibition FUTURE FEMINISM at The Hole on the Bowery (Sept 11-27)." That will feature "13 nights of lectures, conferences and performances in the gallery space". AND:
These 5 artists (Antony, Kembra, Johanna, Bianca & Sierra Casady) have developed a series of vivid tenets for FUTURE FEMINISM during 3 years of intensive retreats. Collectively, they represent a frontier feminist point of view. FUTURE FEMINISM is a call to arms to reorganize ourselves as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values. Tenet Number 1: THE SUBJUGATION OF WOMEN AND EARTH IS ONE IN THE SAMEGet your Webster Hall tickets (presale password: FUTUREFEMINISM).
For as long as I can remember, I've associated Cocorosie with their friend Antony Hegarty, in part thanks to Devendra Banhart. Antony's fame increased Cocorosie's fame, and they've opened for him countless times, collaborating all along the way. Antony, who appears on at least three Cocorosie albums, is that way with his artistic friends, and they're that way with him. Take Antony's 2005 Bowery Ballroom show as an example. At that one Antony joined Cocorosie for a song during their opening set which was before an interpretive dance by Antony's old friend Johanna Constantine which was before Antony's set which included guest appearances by both Boy George and Rufus Wainwright. The colorful Kembra Pfahler-led band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black covered an Antony song that same year which is the same year Antony, Kembra and Cocorosie got together for a creativity conference two days after Antony played Carnegie Hall with special guests Lou Reed (RIP) and Jimmy Scott (RIP). The list of examples like that goes on. Webster Hall in September will be a special one.
In related news, visual art by Antony will be on display as part of a group show called 'Works on Paper' at Sikema Jenkins Gallery (Sep. 2nd-Oct. 4th).
Related videos and songs and show flyer below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Soundgarden @ Webster Hall 6/2/2014
"We're from Seattle," Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said as he led the band through its classic 1994 album "Superunknown" at New York's Webster Hall on Monday (June 2), "It's black even in f**king July." The sold-out crowd erupted into the third of countless cheers as the quartet slid into "Fell On Black Days," the first of the album's two famous 'black' songs.Soundgarden celebrated the 20th anniversary of Superunknown (and it's superdeluxe reissue) last night (6/2) in NYC at the relatively small Webster Hall. (Tickets, only available to Citi cardmembers, were cleverly priced at $19.94.) The grunge gods played Superunknown front-to-back -- only the second time they've ever done it -- with an encore of "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage." Pics and setlist from the show are in this post.
Just a day ahead of the deluxe re-release of "Superunknown," the Seattle group had convened in downtown Manhattan for this Citi-sponsored club show -- with the astonishing ticket price of $19.94 -- to celebrate the richly-veined, muscular 70 minute epic by playing it in its entirety for the only second time, following a special gig at SXSW in March. And against a backdrop of the album's black-and-mars-red abstract cover image of Cornell in mid yell, Soundgarden brought all of that rock (and more) to bear in a tight, thunderous tumult that alternately made it hard to believe 20 years had passed and made it clear that the two decades had honed both the band (which reformed in 2010 after breaking up in 1997) and the familiar music -- they were playing those great old songs even better than ever. - [Billboard]
If you missed it, Sirius radio listeners can hear the whole concert on Howard Stern's Howard101 channel on on June 13 at 10 PM EDT. The band also play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight (June 3rd). And you can catch Soundgarden on tour with Nine Inch Nails all summer long, including a few shows in the NYC area.
More pics and setlist from Webster Hall, plus Soundgarden/NiN tour schedule, below...
Miss May I posted the following message to their Facebook yesterday:
As many of you will have heard, Alberto Scott, a Miss May I fan in attendance at our Webster Hall show on Saturday night tragically died. We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear this news. We are awaiting a full report from the New York Police Department. In the meantime, we'd ask that all your thoughts and prayers be with his family. We have been made aware of a webpage that is raising funds to help pay for his funeral costs. We will be making a contribution and we'd strongly urge others to do so- http://www.gofundme.com/8vjoqcThe exact cause of death is still unknown but stage diving still seems to have been a factor. One commenter on the band's Facebook post wrote: :
I was there when it went down. I'm so upset that a young life was taken away because I remember him having the time of his life. He was stage diving like crazy. He died too young but I hope he died happy around his Miss May I family.Another says:
He did hit his head stage diving and seemed okay but honestly, until the ME report comes out we know nothing other than the fact that he is gone and everyone here is devastated.As mentioned in an update yesterday, the venue emailed us to say "the patron in question did not die while stage diving. The patron collapsed while exiting the venue, as video footage and the police corroborate."
Donate if you can. Rest in Peace Alberto.
A fan died at Rise Records-signed metalcore band Miss May I's show at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC Saturday night (the same night Against Me! was playing the save venue in the Grand Ballroom), possibly after stage diving. Limited details have been released but the band posted the following message:
Hey everyone, we are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statementIn the comments of that post, one fellow fan wrote:
A kid stage dove and nobody caught him. He suffered a serious blow to the head and paramedics & doctors weren't able to save him. Club and show venues need to really enforce the "No stage Diving" rule so stuff like this won't happen. The stage is meant for the band to be on and the band only. R.I.P Alberto.UPDATE Webster Hall says that despite what people are saying at Miss May I's Facebook, "the patron in question did not die while stage diving. The patron collapsed while exiting the venue, as video footage and the police corroborate."
Sinestra Studios reports that he was 21 year old Alberto Scott and they've collected testimonials from those from the scene who knew him:
"The first time I met Alberto was around Veil of Maya in 2013. He was doing his thing and my first impression was "man, I do not want to get in there with that guy. He's like the terminator Kevin Hart." Then I gave him a pat while I went and did my thing. We talked for a bit and after that, I knew He was one great mosher and a very cool f**king guy from start to finish and I'm gonna miss those kicks he does when he throw down. The scar on my lip from his kick during The Word Alive's set at Memphis May Fire was an honor. R.I.P Alberto, You were a good friend. Stay moshing in heaven man."The picture above was posted by a Jenise Ramos Sarraga who also wrote:
This is the young man that died last night. No one blames the venue or the band, he lived and breathed Miss May I and truth is he hadnt been feeling well before the show. He was my daughters best friend and came home after this picture crazy excited. He even hung a dollar bill signed by [Miss May I vocalist] Levi. Until autopsy results come in no one will know what happened. All I ask is for prayers for his friends and family and that God provide a way to be able for them to be able to cover funeral expenses. No one thinks that they will have to bury a 21yr old. Miss May I made him happy. Thanks.Jenise has also started collecting money where she writes:
On 5/3/14 this vibrant 21 year old young man with a passion for Screamo music and big dreams went to his favorite band's concert and collapsed and died after dancing. His only family is his sister and her family who all live in Florida and are already struggling financially. Please consider donating to help this family say goodbye to a life gone way too soon. Any amount would help to ease this family's burden at this painful time. Thank you in advance.Rest in peace Alberto, and people be careful out there.
Majical Cloudz at Von in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Just yesterday we mentioned that Montreal's Majical Cloudz would be playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on May 4 for the Spencer Madsen book release. Now comes the news that about a month later they'll hit Webster Hall (which is now booked by in part by former 285 Kent booker Ric Leichtung) again, this time at The Studio on 6/6 with Dutch E Germ. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (5/2) at 10 AM. Tickets for the 5/4 show (same link) are still available.
The Studio show is part of Pitchfork's new Nightcap series, which also includes TBA late-night shows in Chicago, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Majical Cloudz appeared in Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2013.
Updated Majical Cloudz dates are listed below...
Webster Hall marquee, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Webster Hall's 1400 capacity Grand Ballroom has long been a place that Bowery Presents books concerts. It's there they can put artists that are theoretically too big for Bowery Ballroom and too small for Terminal 5.
A powerful force in the music industry, Bowery Presents can hold on to a band's NYC concert history for the length of its career by placing the band in rooms of various sizes. They have options: tiny Mercury Lounge to the new Rough Trade to the giant Terminal 5 to the even bigger Barclays Center, not to mention Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Radio City, Beacon Theater, Town Hall, and possibly a new space in Bushwick that will be Webster Hall's successor, and even MSG. But now they'll have one less.
As of September 1 (not counting shows which are already booked), Webster Hall's recently-enlarged team of five talent buyers will be doing it all themselves. They already booked the smaller rooms, but now that team will collectively book all of Webster Hall's rooms which include the Grand Ballroom, The Studio, Marlin Room, and the new Slake (formerly The Wall).
Webster Hall now counts Ric Leichtung of 285 Kent fame as one of their own. The rest of the booking team is Heath Miller, Kenny Schachter, Alex Rossiter and Laura Bo Sherman.
Is Webster Hall crazy thinking they can compete with their 1400 person room on their own? Time will tell, though maybe it doesn't matter that much since Webster Hall's regular club nights seem to do just fine for them.
An email Webster Hall sent out to booking agents reads:
We will now be better suited to maximize the artist experience and fan enjoyment by focusing on every detail for each show that Webster Hall hosts, which already includes The Studio at Webster Hall, Marlin Room at Webster Hall, and our new venue Slake (around the corner from Penn Station).Good luck Webster!
After 130 years, Webster Hall retains its local focus and has strategic alliances in place to ensure that New York City is an artist's most important experience. We welcome you to pay us a visit or to let us know when we can visit you.
Upcoming Bowery Presents-booked shows at Webster Hall include Warpaint, Gary Numan, Sam Smith, Real Estate, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mac DeMarco, Black Lips, Tycho, Future Islands, Wye Oak, Tokyo Police Club, Elbow, The Menzingers, Old 97's, The Notwist, First Aid Kit, Kaiser Chiefs, Jagwar Ma, Tune-Yards, and more.
The club [changed its name] due to copyright concerns, [Webster Hall owner] Ballinger and his son, Tom, said at a meeting of Community Board 5's Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee [over the summer]. The decided on the switch to avoid any conflicts with a nightspot in Miami with the same name.Slake, located at 251 West 31st Street in Manhattan, is part of the Webster Hall family.
"They approached us, and we figured we were really early into the process with everything, that it would be a bigger issue for us to push forward with same name than for us to change it," Tom Ballinger told DNAinfo New York. "Slake, the definition means to quench your thirst or fulfill your desire, which I thought was pretty appropriate for a nightclub."
by Andrew Sacher
Philly punks The Menzingers recently announced that their fourth album, Rented World, would be out on April 22 via Epitaph and revealed its lead single, "In Remission," a track with a bit more studio shine than their last release but possibly even more aggression. They've now announced a spring/summer tour of the US and Canada in support of that album which hits NYC on May 30 at Webster Hall, their largest headlining gig in NYC yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "In Remission," below...
Tricky (more by Chris La Putt)
Maybe Tricky needs his own category too. Already no stranger to cancelling shows, Tricky's June dates were postponed to early October. Most of those dates were then cancelled, but the NYC show and a few others survived but were postponed again. The NYC date at Webster Hall was set to happen 10/26 but now that is 100% cancelled. "Refunds are available at the point of purchase." No word yet on what's up with the other US dates, Treasure Island Music Fest included.
Matthew Perpetua at Buzzfeed writes:
"On a superficial level, it can be hard to understand why Lorde is being lumped in with the alternative rock crowd. There's not a lot of "rock" in her songs, and her voice comes closer to the R&B-influenced inflections of pop radio than the yelps, whines, and shouts that have always dominated "alternative" music. There are moments on her debut, Pure Heroine, that tip in the direction of artier indie music -- she leans pretty hard on ambient drones and minimalist beats on cuts like "Ribs" and "400 Lux." But overall, it's a set of songs that exist in more or less the same cultural space as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. (Not to mention Drake, who is also a pretty big fan of ambient minimalism.)" [Buzzfeed]
Tricky @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
TRICKY -PROBLEMS PROCESSING HIS POLICE RECORDS LEAD TO FURTHER POSTPONMENT OF US TOURTricky was supposed to play Webster Hall in NYC on June 13. That was postponed to 10/2, and now that show is 10/26. All tickets from the previous shows will be honored. Our contest for tickets to the show is now back open as well.
Tricky will have to cancel some of the dates on his US tour due to further visa problems. The tour will now start in San Francisco at the Treasure Island Festival and conclude with a re-arranged date in New York on October 26.
Tricky has some juvenile offences for joyriding and forgery of the crown and the US authorities require full disclosure before granting any visas. The new hold-up has been in getting this information from the UK police authorities.
Tricky said "The most upsetting thing about this, whatever happens it seems like it's me letting people down. Other people have always dealt with visas for me and it turns out that they have not advised me properly. Now I have been advised that this was going to be straightforward and easily done in time for this tour and now this has happened."
Visas are expected to be granted in time for the shows in San Francisco, New York, Asheville and LA and Tricky will looking to tour fully in 2014.
UPDATED dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Bat For Lashes, Barbarian @ Webster Hall - 8/30/2013
"Attending a Bat for Lashes show is a bit like going to play, a movie, an art installation and a concert all at once. And the architect of it all, Natasha Khan, wouldn't have it any other way." [Chicago Tribune]On tour with Depeche Mode, Bat For Lashes helped kick off Labor Day Weekend in NYC last night with their own headlining show at Webster Hall with San Diego band Barbarian. We've got some pictures, including one of the headliner's setlist. It all continues below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.
El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]
Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.
If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...
Put the rumors and gossiping to rest, the BNB Takeover proudly announced the complete line-up for this year's Black N Blue Bowl which will feature a highly anticipated reunion from JUDGE. A complete list of announced bands and details are as follows;Check out the full lineup below...
Shout Out Louds @ Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Along with the announcement of Shout Out Louds on the lineup of 2013 edition of Sasquatch (May 24 in Washington) comes word that the Swedish group will headline NYC's Webster Hall on May 10 in addition to the Brooklyn show they play at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg two months earlier (which we're giving away tickets for). Tickets for the new NYC show go on AmEx Presale go on sale Wednesday (2/6) at noon, and on general sale on Friday at the same time.
All tour dates are listed below...
Little Boots at Webster Hall - 12/14/12 (via)
Little Boots came to NYC for a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall last month/year (pictured above) and
she'll return to the venue on January 25 for another Girls & Boys party but this one is a tribute to Daft Punk and Tron-themed party. It takes place in all there rooms of Webster Hall that feature Doorly, Sean Sharp, Jess Marquis, Matty Glitterati, and more. Doors are at 10PM and admission is 19+. Tickets (including VIP and party packages) are on sale now. Show flyer below.
UPDATE: Webster Hall's website had Little Boots on the event page for the Daft Punk tribute party, but it was a mistake. She's currently on vacation. Come back soon, Little Boots!
Speaking of Daft Punk, Chic member and major pop producer Nile Rodgers, who is working with the duo on their new album, recently posted a blog post which sounds pretty promising that Daft Punk will have their new album out in 2013 (via NME):
The next time I set foot in Japan, my collaboration with Daft Punk would have started to hit people's eardrums, as well as a number of songs I'm working on over the next few months with a select group of artists, and of course finally, my lost CHIC and solo material. No matter how it ends, 2013 Won't Be Boring!Bestival organizer Rob da Bank says not to expect them to tour though.
Flyer for the Daft Punk party below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
every year between Christmas and New Year's, we catch up on unposted stuff. This year is no different...
2012 was the year Garbage returned with a new album (which made Rolling Stones's Top 50 list), and a bunch of shows. We caught them in Austin, NYC, Belgium, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Austin again. The NYC show was at Webster Hall and we have a second set of pictures from it that were never posted, until now. More below...
Chris Brown, clearly a fan of The Exploited
As you can see above, Municipal Waste reacts to the "fashionable punk jacket" worn by R&B vocalist Chris Brown which, as Tony from Municipal Waste points out, is eerily similar to one worn by ex-girlfriend Rihanna on the back cover of her brand new album, Unapologetic, which was released today (11/20).
Its definitely jacket weather out there, so it wouldnt be too farfetched to expect Rihanna to wear hers to Webster Hall tonight (11/20), a last minute promo show for her record release today that is also the close of her "777" tour. Her tour with A$AP Rocky is in 2013 and hits two nights at the Barclays Center.
Check out the back of Chris's jacket below...
Wayne Coyne hands out candy (more)
Despite the mayor's perhaps optimistic statement about rescheduling the big NYC Halloween Parade that was cancelled due to Sandy, there has been no update since November 3rd when the Village Parade organizers posted the following:
The Mayor's Office has told us that the event is cancelled and they cannot give us a reschedule date any time in the foreseeable future. As you know the Marathon was also canceled. We will keep you updated if anything changes for the future!I think we can all accept by now that the next Halloween parade should be and will be on October 31, 2013. That said, kids on the Lower East Side will have a second chance to celebrate the holiday. The NY Post reports, "about 40 merchants in the neighborhood have agreed to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters Saturday, according to the scary fun house "Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House."" Bowery Boogie says kids in the LES will be celebrating Friday afternoon too. On October 31st, those kids were in the dark.
We thank you all for the incredible support you have given us during these last very trying and exhausting days!
The Spirit of the Parade is YOUR Spirit --and YOU are all joyful, energetic, inspired, and creative folks!
Artistic and Producing Director
Webster Hall, home of one of the biggest annual Halloween parties in the city, has also rescheduled their annual event which will now take place this Saturday (11/10), The Virgin Sacrifice included...
Throughout the evening, guests witness a series of mind-blowing spectacles. At the stroke of Midnight, with flames blazing, an innocent virgin is picked from the crowd. Stripped of her clothing and dignity, the crowd watches as she is ritualistically sacrificed on a massive pentagram hung 40 feet in the air.The best costume of the night will win $5000.
New York City, our show with @geographermusic has been postponed due to lack of electricity. It is currently being rescheduled, date TBD. So sorry everyone, we'll keep you posted. Generator jokes welcome.Meanwhile, feel free to make jokes about the band in their halloween costumes (above photo taken at their 10/31 show at 9:30 Club in DC).
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Saint Etienne @ Webster Hall, 10/26/2012
Long-running London pop trio Saint Etienne played Webster Hall on Friday (10/26), their first NYC show in nearly seven years. With Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs on platforms manning synthesizers, it was up to singer Sarah Cracknell, looking like a million bucks in a sequined gown, to provide the charm. Onetime Dolly Mixture frontwoman Debsey Wykes on backing vocals, and retro projections added too. As a longtime fan who rates their new album, Words & Music, as the best record of the year so far, this was a fun show though Saint Etienne have never been the most exciting live group (except when they toured with a full band for 1998's Good Humor), their great, highly danceable songs carry most of the weight.
My only complaint about the show was it was not loud enough. The volume was downright polite and took a while for people to get in the dancing mood. It wasn't really until the last third of the show, when "Like a Motorway"'s synth bass rolled in, that people got there groove on but from there out, and by the time of the first encore of the Eurodisco-y "He's on the Phone," Webster Hall was bouncing. And it was not an oldies crowd either, who seemed as into new cuts like "Popular" and "I've Got Your Music" as their classic cuts like "Sylvie," "Nothing Can Stop Us," their cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" not to mention a few deep cuts too, like Foxbase Alpha's "Spring" and In Good Humor's "Lose That Girl" which opened the show.
If you're going to see Saint Etienne on one of their remaining North American dates (listed below), they're selling an exclusive tour CD of Words & Music that comes with a full album's worth of outtakes that is worth picking up. Only 2700 were made.
More pictures of Saint Etienne's Webster Hall set (plus openers The Golden Filter) are below, along with the setlist.
photos by David Andrako
Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.
More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...