Entries tagged with: Webster Hall
TItus Andronicus at House of Vans, Aug 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus and Ceremony will team up for a US tour in October and November, kicking off in Philadelphia and looping the country, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The tour comes to a close in December with a pair of NYC area shows: 12/1 at Maxwell's and 12/2 at Webster Hall. Maxwell's ticketing info is on the way, as is Webster Hall.
The massive tour is intended to welcome Local Business, the band's new LP due via XL Recordings. Look for Titus's new baby to rear its head the day before tour kick-off (10/22), and check out the first song to slip out of the gates, "In a Big City," with all dates, below.
"They should be embarrassed that they jumped me and I am going to court for putting them in the hospital." - Harley Flanagan via NY Natives
Harley on a horse
You probably remember the now infamous 'Cro-Mags incident' that took place during the 'CBGB Festival' over the summer, and how Harley Flanagan, who was the one arrested, is claiming he was jumped and that it was all self defense. Vice has an update:
...the state's case isn't coming together as easily as everyone assumed it would. With Harley in court, the judge asks the assistant district attorney what's up. No grand jury has been convened yet, the ADA replies, and the case gets adjourned to Dec. 5.John Joseph is likely claiming that the Harley-sympathetic Vice article is filled with lies. What do you think?
If the case doesn't come together, with witness statements and testimony and a grand jury the thumbs up to the ADA to proceed, then the clock runs out on the charges on December 8, and Harley can shut the door on the legal troubles stemming from that night in July...
...To hear the other side tell it, Flanagan was crazed on the night of July 6, and may or may not have smuggled the knife into Webster Hall in his ass. Harley, speaking to me, paints a different picture: He was invited backstage and was ambushed, and in a subsequent fight for his life got stabbed, coming out of the VIP room with an oozing leg wound that at first looked like a compound fracture. "The only thing I did wrong that night was go out to the club," said Flanagan on Thursday. "I got jumped by a bunch of wannabe thugs."
Harley didn't know he was in trouble until the cops arrived and he was labeled as the assailant. He spent the next six days on Rikers Island, somewhat of a celebrity because of his case's notoriety. "I was like a white Mike Tyson," he says.
In Rikers, his leg wound, which had been simply stitched up, became infected with staph and MRSA and ballooned, and after being released on bail, he wound up in a hospital bed for ten days
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore @ Webster Hall - 9/14/2012
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, complete with R. Stevie Moore in tow, brought its current headlining tour in support of "Mature Themes" to Webster Hall in NYC Friday night (9/14). TEEN and BODYGUARD opened the show which is pictured in this post.
The somewhat unofficial afterparty happened afterwards at 285 Kent, and despite unofficial confirmations and strong rumors, Ariel Pink apparently never confirmed he would play 285 Kent, and he didn't. However, Webster Hall opener Bodyguard (James Ferraro) did play along with rumored secret guest Holy Other (who opened for Amon Tobin at Hammerstein Ballroom earlier in the night) and secret guests and Pink associates Geneva Jacuzzi and R. Stevie Moore (whose set started around 3:45am).
More pictures from Webster Hall, including one of Ariel's pre-encore setlist, below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Back in 2011, Paul Simon played a small (for him) club date in NYC, a BrooklynVegan-presented Webster Hall show, and that show is now being turned into a live album/film called Paul Simon Live in New York City which will be out on 2-CD / 1-DVD on September 18. That show was part of Paul's tour of his 2011 LP, So Beautiful or So What, and included a number of tracks off of that album, in addition to many of his classics like "Mother and Child Reunion," "The Sound of Silence," "The Only Living Boy in New York," and others.
Based on the tracklist, which you can check out below, it won't be including the part of the encore when David Byrne came out to perform "You Can Call Me Al" and the Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" with Paul, or Paul's cover of "Here Comes the Sun," but the majority of the show was captured and will be available. To get a glimpse of what you can expect, check out a video of Paul and his band playing "Dazzling Blue" at that show, along with the film trailer below.
Those videos, the cover art, and tracklist are below.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, who has been making guest appearances for years and has a few mixtapes to his name as well, is set to release his first official album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, this week (8/14) via Def Jam. The album features guest spots from Kanye West, Drake, Nicki MInaj, Lil Wayne, The-Dream, John Legend, Scarface, and more. You can check out some streams and videos from the album and the cover art and tracklist below.
2 Chainz has some upcoming dates in support of the new album. His only live date in the NYC area is Rock the Bells, which he plays on September 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, but he'll be in NYC on Thursday (8/16) to sign autographs of the new album at J&R Music and Computer World (23 Park Row) at 6 PM. "Purchase the CD beginning 8/14 & receive a wristband to meet 2 Chainz on 8/16. While supplies last."
That same night (8/16), there will also be an official album release party for Based on a T.R.U. Story at Webster Hall for a Girls Night Out party (ladies free all night). No word on whether or not 2 Chainz will actually be showing up, but if he's in NYC for that autograph signing, it seems likely. The flier for this party is below.
UPDATE: Though Webster Hall is still open Thursday night, the 2 Chainz event is cancelled.
A list of all dates, videos, streams, and more below...
by Klaus Kinski
Sick of It All at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
When word got out that Sick of It All and Cro-Mags would co-headline a show at Webster Hall on Friday July 6th as part of the CBGB Festival, my water almost broke. I didn't even bother to wait and see if BV could somehow sleaze my bald ass into that sucker; I toddled over to Ticketweb and did the right thing and ponied up for a ticket. Your man Klaus was PUMPED. However, as you may or may not know, your man Klaus is sort of a mess in the old mental-stability department and on the day of the show I had an attack of the old agoraphbees. And it wasn't because of what the show was; it could have been a show featuring Devendra Banhart fluffing pillows and I still would have succumbed to the agoraphobic explosion occurring in my brain. So rather than put myself in a loud, sweaty, crowded room I opted to stay home curled up in a ball in the middle of my living room floor. As a matter of fact, the ticket for the show is literally still sitting in my bag.
As it turns out, my attack of agoraphobia may have been more a prophecy than a sign of my own mental weakness. For, as you all must know by now, the show was called off when Harley Flanagan went on an alleged rampage of alleged self-defense (depending on who you talk to), that resulted in stab wounds and bite marks. What luck! So the show was cancelled and everyone had to go home. I've been wondering since then if Webster Hall, Ticketweb, or the event organizers would make up for the fact that nobody got to see the two bands that clearly everyone was there to see. And then, WHAM, the following message landed in my inbox today:
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this rescheduled date.I know Cro-Mags are basically hardcore legends, and I am sure I am going to get raked over the ever glowing comments coals for saying this, but I'd take CIV over them any day. So for me, even though no other bands have been announced on the line-up (Quicksand?) (Please?), this is already a more than adequate make up date. See ya there!
Sick of it All is psyched to announce the rescheduled date for the missed performance on July 6th.
On September 7th, we'll be joined by our good friends and New York Hardcore legends CIV(!!), at Webster Hall with very special guests.
Due to the unfortunate events that resulted in the postponement, the Cro-Mags will not be playing.
All tickets purchased for the July 6th show through Ticketweb will be changed into WILLCALL list tickets, which means your name will be on a list at the door, and you just bring your ID - not your original ticket. Previously purchased tickets will be handled this way to avoid issues with the many people that may not have their original ticket.
If you have already received a refund, you will NOT be on the willcall list and your barcode has been invalidated on your existing ticket.
New tickets will be on sale Thursday (August 9th) at 10am at Ticketweb.
If you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please email email@example.com - refund requests must be received prior to August 17th.
Got a question? We're here to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
photos by Chris La Putt
Toadies/Helmet/Ume at Webster Hall 8/02/2012
For a band of only three people, Ume had incredible power -- they blasted sound and strength out into the crowd at Webster Hall.Webster Hall celebrated the 1990s last night (8/2) with a pair of bands that cut their teeth in the era, and another that worships at the altar of some it's biggest names. Helmet and Toadies joined forces with Austin's Ume to play the East Village venue, part of the latter two's ongoing set of dates together and a short set of dates with Ume. Pictures and video from Webster Hall are below, including a video of "I Burn" during Toadies set that featured members of Helmet and Ume.
Frontwoman Lauren Larson's frenetic energy and distorted guitar meant lots of movement -- Ume is perfectly suited to playing on a huge stage with ample room to move about.
While some may prefer the raw energy of their live show, I prefer the nuances on their album. The standout tracks on album Phantoms are "Captive," "Destroyer," and "Dancing Blind."-[After The Show]
Freelance Whales are one of the many bands visiting Montreal this weekend for the Osheaga Festival (Aug. 3 -5) which sounds like it's going to be a really good time. (They play tonight.) The winsome New Yorkers will then cross back across the border to play Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on Saturday (8/4). After that the band will be putting the finishing touches on their new album, Diluvia, which is out October 9 via Frenchkiss. You can stream the album's first single, "Locked Out," below.
The band will also be going on tour around the same time as the album's release, including a hometown stop at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show (and the rest of the tour) go on sale today (8/3) at noon.
Additionally, buying tickets to the tour online will also come with some audio goodies. On August 20 you'll get a batch of songs including new single "Locked Out" and "Spitting Image." Then you'll receive a download of the entire new album on its release date. That pretty sweet.
All upcoming Freelance Whale tour dates are below, as is Deluvia's cover art and the single stream.
"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22
Friday (7/20) and Sunday night (7/22) at Webster Hall, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold rejoined former American Nightmare (Give Up the Ghost) bandmates for sold out shows at the large NYC venue. I went Sunday when the hardcore legends were supported by Damnation A.D., New Lows, and Prurient, the solo noise project of the other half of Cold Cave, Dominick Fernow (who also played Saint Vitus on the night before). The Friday show, which is pictured in this post, was opened by Horror Show and Indecision.
Thanks to the band's cult following, the grand ballroom at Webster remained packed with aggressively enthusiastic concertgoers from start to finish. American Nightmare was never known (or loved, for that matter) for sticking to the hardcore tradition. No doubt more than one "sad skinny guy" or girl in attendance received a bit of ribbing from their more stalwart hardcore friends when they told them where they were headed that night (I know I did). What American Nightmare fans lack in tough guy cred, they make up for with unrivaled passion and dedication to their pack.
Prurient kicked off the night to a flurry of confused looks and awkward shuffles as he unleashed his signature sonic assault on the audience. Though it was an obvious divergence from the typical "hardcore show" tone, a fair number of concertgoers seemed interested in Fernow's performance.
Damnation A.D. and New Lows brought the moshers into the fold and set the night on the fast track for the crazed American Nightmare set to follow. For all their heavy riffs and breakdowns, the two supporting bands couldn't hold a candle to the fervor that the headliners incited when they came onstage. From above, the crowd appeared less as a group of individuals and more a military outfit acting in chaotic unison: not one lyric went unsung, no finger point went up alone.
More pictures from Friday, and videos and the setlists from both nights, below...
As we were saying, original Cro-Mags member Harley Flanagan told website NYNatives that he was acting in self defense when two members of his old band were injured by him at Webster Hall on July 6th. NYNatives since posted Harley's entire statement...
"According to Harley, he was invited to the dressing room back stage and instead of being welcomed as he expected he was jumped by a group of men. "When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it... and there would be no witnesses and that would be that....and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids...I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in."Current Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, who was also in that dressing room, has since issued another statement that starts with the line, "[Harley's] been watching too many sci-fi movies." The rest below...
Amanda Palmer in Brooklyn in May, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Amanda Palmer, who has been very busy so far this summer, has just announced a fall tour including an NYC date on September 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 13 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon. All dates are listed below.
HOWEVER. The outside the box thinker that she is, Amanda is trying the Louis CK route this time, selling at least some of the tickets for this tour directly through her website. We'll let Amanda explain:
The huge, beautiful & bizarre tour that we're building all summer is HITTING THE ROAD in september. And....scream it in the streets: WE HAVE DIRECT TICKETING!!! I've been hoping and praying to be able to do this for YEARS - to sell tickets directly to my audience without ticketmaster and other middle-people. I still have to play ball with the giant system of venues and promotors and the world at large, BUT i've at least managed to free up about 10-20% of all venue tickets to sell direct to you guys.Tickets through Amanda's website went on sale earlier today and the Webster ones are already gone but, as she wrote above, there will still be tickets available through Ticketmaster later this week.
These tickets I'm selling directly from this website will probably disappear fast. Almost all of our shows this summer sold out within a day - some within a few hours. But if you do try and get tickets on monday and there aren't any more left, don't fret. A lot more tickets will go on sale on friday july 13th. as soon as we have direct links to all of the shows, we'll add them to my shows page.
I'm hoping this works out. it's an experiment. we'll see.
All Amanda Palmer tour dates are listed below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
John Joseph addresses the crowd @ Webster Hall Friday night - 7/6/12 (video below)
Before things took a turn for the worse and got all stabby, Webster Hall hosted performances from Vision of Disorder, Sai-Nam and Absolution as part of a five band bill that would have also included Sick of It All and Cro-Mags if the CBGB Festival Friday show didn't end early. Pictures from the relatively peaceful opening to the show are in this post.
As discussed, things got ugly when ex-Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan, who is known for not being happy that Cro-Mags continue without him, allegedly assaulted current Cro-Mags members with a hunting knife before the Cro-Mags set. Harley has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
John Joseph and his version of Cro-Mags (that was scheduled to play Webster Hall but instead got cut) issued the following statement:
WE... as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who's family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was 'his' choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn't there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let's move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA - that's what we are all about.PMA indeed.
That's a picture of John telling the Webster Hall crowd that the show is over on Friday. You can watch video of it below.
The NY Times talked to John too:
John Joseph, the band's lead singer, said that Mr. Flanagan had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin.The NY Post points out:
"This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever," Mr. Joseph said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him."
Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s. Their first record, "The Age of Quarrel," featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism.
In many ways the songs were a reflection of the world as seen by Mr. Flanagan, who left school at an early age and began hanging out on the decaying streets of the Lower East Side, where rent was cheap, abandoned buildings proliferated and the drug trade flourished.
The hard-core scene gradually become less visible, said Clayton Patterson, a photographer on the Lower East Side who has documented many of the bands, but it has experienced a revival in recent years.
The crowd was waiting for the Cro-Mags on Friday night when Mr. Flanagan darted from the dressing room while yelling something that onlookers could not make out, according to a spectator, Elie Perler, 30.
Joseph warned CBGB Festival organizers that Flanagan wasn't wanted, but he wound up obtaining a press pass.For those people that "don't believe the hype", somehow have faith that this is one big government conspiracy, or that it actually wasn't Harley Flanagan that attacked two in the VIP area at "Weber Hall", you can contribute to the Free Harley Flanagan fund. 119 days to go on this crowdsourcing effort and they are currently at 0.988% towards their $50k goal. Good luck with that one.
"Get somebody on the door who knows what he looks like," Joseph said he warned. "They didn't take that threat seriously."
If you missed Vision of Disorder, you can catch them in NYC again at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (7/11) and regular sale on Friday.
More pictures of a peaceful Webster Hall before the storm, and video of John Joseph addressing the crowd, below.
CBGB Fest in Times Square - 7/7/2012 (pic via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The CBGB Festival released this statement today:
We are saddened to learn about the events that occurred last night at Webster Hall. Our primary concern is always the safety and experience of New Yorkers, music fans and the general public. Naturally we will fully cooperate with law enforcement while hoping for the speedy recovery of those injured.UPDATE: Here are pictures from the show and a statement from Cro-Mags too.
Live music can be incredibly uplifting, empowering and positive. We don't feel the actions of one person should overshadow four amazing days and nights of events that include today's historic and unprecedented free concerts in Times Square and Central Park.
-The CBGB Festival
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Harley Flanagan is wheeled out of Webster Hall (via NYC Hammers)
To follow up our vague tweet last night, the NY Post has the full story:
A former member of the hard-core punk band the Cro-Mags attacked two of the group's current members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before a show at Webster Hall yesterday -- biting one and slashing both.The show, part of the CBGB Festival, was shut down before either Sick of it All or Cro-Mags took the stage. Its a sad day for New York Hardcore. This unity that everyone speaks about? PMA? The time for that is now.
The band was about to take the stage about 8:15 p.m. when tattooed rocker Harley Flanagan, 42, barreled through the East Village venue's VIP section toward the Cro-Mags' dressing room, sending nearly 30 guests on the balcony into a frenzy, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
"Someone was yelling, 'Get his hands, get his hands, he's got a knife!' " witness Dave Gustav said. "Everything went nuts."
Several beefy security guards rushed to contain Flanagan, who seemed about to boil over before he entered the East Village venue.
...Flanagan, the band's former bassist and founder, suffered a broken leg by the time security finally pinned him down, witnesses said. Cops handcuffed him to a chair and took him out.
"People started booing him and throwing stuff at him," eyewitness Justin Brannan said. "His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger."
William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek. Michael Couls, 33, -- the band's current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as "The Gook" -- was cut on his arm and stomach. -
Harley, who did the stabbing, is an original member of the band that formed in 1981. John Joseph, also an original member, leads the current version of "Cro-Mags" that Harley is not in, and which John was calling "Cro-Mags (jam)" for a bit in 2008 to avoid confusion with a version of the band Harley was leading (or for legal reasons or something like that). John's version, which didn't keep the "(jam)" on their name for long, has been having much success the past few years, this CBGB Festival booking included. Harley's version hasn't been active in a while
At least one of the American Nightmare / Give Up the Ghost Webster Hall reunion shows is listed as sold out, but now there's a way to get tickets to both:
Shirts for a Cure is excited to announce the American Nightmare ticket/shirt package deal. We have a VERY limited number if tickets for the American Nightmare Webster Hall shows in NYC and for a nominal donation of $100 you will receive two of these tickets to the show of your choice and two limited edition date-specific AN/SFAC shirts. Tickets will be issued at Will-Call and you will need to pick up your shirts at the show and the show only, no shirts will be shipped. Thank you for your supportEarlier today we announced that these shows also have openers (thx Hiro).
You can watch the band's reunion documentary trailer below...
Too Far To Care was a magical moment for the 97's. Starry-eyed and flush with confidence thanks to our brand-new deal with Elektra, we felt no fear, just giddy excitement. An adventurous producer and a world champion A&R guy shepherded us through the recording process. And when it was all over, we had captured our little bit of lightning in a bottle. I love Too Far To Care and can't wait to play it in its entirety across the USA. - Rhett MillerIt's the 15th anniversary of what is generally regarded as the finest work by Old 97's and, like so many longtime musicians these days, the band are celebrating by dusting off the record and taking it out on tour, playing it front-to-back. One of the tour's stops is in NYC at Webster Hall on October 23 with Salim Nourallah and an opening acoustic set by Old '97s frontman Rhett Miller. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning today (6/27) at noon.
In addition to the tour, Too Far to Care, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this fall, including its first-ever vinyl pressing. Tour poster, plus all Old 97's tour dates are listed below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Mogwai @ Webster Hall -- 6/14/2012
"There was an amazing quote from Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy who said, "The best thing about never being cool is that you're never that uncool." No, I'd rather we go on with our music and people who like it, listen to it and the thought that people turn out because it's in some way relevant or trendy, is kind of depressin.' I'd rather people just, like, came and heard the music because they like it or because it kinda had some sort of emotional connection to them. I also think that when, say, like ten years ago or whenever it was, when lots of instrumental music was really trendy, people were sick of it! It got to the point where we'd bring our record and some people would be like "Oh, no. Not another one of these records!" It was like "Really?" But it's gotten to the comical point now where like I'll meet people in bands making completely different kinds of music and they'll be like "I used to be in a band that sounded like you." I'm like "Oh, god." [laughs]" [Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai]You already saw a set of pictures from the 6/15 show at Webster Hall, though without opener Balam Acab. Here's a set from the first of two Mogwai shows at the NYC venue, opener and Mogwai setlist included. They continue below...
Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.
Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.
Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)
A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.
Balam Acab at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Balam Acab, who just played the Mogwai-curated ATP in London last month, has been added as an opener to Mogwai's tour. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed shows on June 14 and 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets to both NYC shows are still available.
Balam Acab recently dropped his most in-your-face track yet and it's called "Ass Pop." Stream that below, along with a list of all dates...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The Polyphonic Spree played Webster Hall last night (5/23), which was recorded for a future live album. The front of the stage was covered in a wide red ribbon, from which Spree leader Tim DeLaughter cut out a heart, from which the rest of the band -- 22 of them this time -- emerged. The rest of the theatrical set included a medley of The Who's Tommy, and an encore where the band appeared at the back of the room, making their way through the crowd back onto the stage.
Spree keyboardist Sweet Lee Morrow opened the show with a mix of songs and comedy. In addition to the live album, The Polyphonic Spree, who play Philly tonight, will release a Christmtas album later this year. Check out more pictures from the show below, along with a list of remaining tour dates.
Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...
Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.
But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Temptress, lover, sufferer, scrapper -- those have been Ms. Manson's personae since Garbage started in 1995. In other eras she might have been a pop torch singer, a soul belter or a new-wave frontwoman: a Shirley Bassey, a Dusty Springfield, a Chrissie Hynde. There's a little of each of them in her voice.Garbage's tour stopped in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on Tuesday (5/22), kicking off an unofficial '90s week here in New York, what with Afghan Whigs and that dog. in town too. Shirley Manson doesn't seem to have lost any power over her audience. Garbage have the night off tonight but play Atlantic City, NJ on Friday (5/25). A list of all tour dates is below, along with lots more pictures from Tuesday night including some of the magician (!) who opened the show, and one of Garbage's setlist.
But in the mid-1990s rock was pushing darker thoughts and heftier beats. Garbage's drummer, Butch Vig, had produced the grunge spearhead, Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind"; Nine Inch Nails had emerged with its blend of dance-music electronics and dire hard rock. Garbage rode both approaches to million-selling albums.
Songs like "Stupid Girl" used pop structures as they seesawed between electronics and power chords, while Ms. Manson exulted in goth-girl depressiveness or vengeful bluntness. But by the early 2000s pop had moved elsewhere, and Garbage's solid songwriting met diminishing returns.
Yet the old songs were memorable enough to draw loud singalongs more than a decade later. And on "Not Your Kind of People" Garbage returns without attempting some major makeover; at Webster Hall a handful of new songs fit easily alongside the older ones. [NY Times]
photos by Joe McCabe
Justin Townes Earle at Webster Hall 5/17/12
For one, nothing was that loud, as if Earle were daring the room to speak over his band's music (although he wasn't). From the moment Earle started the set alone with "Wanderin'," which he dedicated to Woody Guthrie ("Wherever he is," said the singer-songwriter), until the pedal steel-backed "Ain't Glad I'm Leaving," he calmly slipped into the full-band set. By then the smoke had made its way to the stage from the machine in the back, the starry Webster Hall background had been lit and the scene looked much more ready for Earle to pick things up a bit, which he did, in his own unique way. [The House List]Justin Townes Earle is currently on a tour with Tristen which stopped in NYC last Thursday (5/17) for a show at Webster Hall. More pictures and videos from that show are below...
Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Matthew Dear has a few shows scheduled this summer including a DJ set at the Wavefront Festival in Chicago and possibly a DJ set at Loreley Brooklyn on 5.27 (limited details exist), and in the fall he'll make his way over here for his largest headlining NYC show at Webster Hall on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/9) at noon. No word on whether this date is part of a larger tour yet.
All currently known dates and the video for "In The Middle (I Met You There)" featuring Jonny Pierce of The Drums off of January's Headcage EP, as well as live footage of Dear performing at Amersterdam's Bitterzoet Festival below...
Twin Shadow at BAM last week (more by David Andrako)
He just announced that he'll support the album this summer with the "Ton Up Tour," which kicks off in Seattle at the Capitol HIll Block Party, includes Lollapalooza, and culminates in a NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Twin Shadow is offering a presale package on his website which includes a ticket and a limited edition T-shirt illustrated by Gianmarco Magnani. The image on the shirt is the same as the tour poster, which is pictured below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/9) at noon.
All dates and tour poster below...