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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.

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]

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.

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Justin Townes Earle at Webster Hall 5/17/12
Justin Townes Earle

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...

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Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Matthew Dear

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...

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Twin Shadow at BAM last week (more by David Andrako)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow, who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM last week, will release his sophomore LP, Confess, on July 10 via 4AD. Listen to the first single, "Five Seconds," HERE.

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...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, video by Kurt Christensen, words by Christopher Paragraph

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards, who is on the just-announced lineup of NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, performed for a crowded Webster Hall Saturday night (4/28), playing songs off her new, Justin Vernon-produced album, "Voyageur," alongside selections from her previous three records. Edwards opened the night with the funny-but-not-really "Empty Threat," in which she teases the notion of moving to America. Whether the Canadian songwriter feels more at home in the USA or up north is up for debate, but she certainly feels comfortable on stage. At one point she announced mid-song that she had to pee, ran off stage during a guitar solo, and made it back in time to hit the last chorus of "12 Bellevue", though she admitted she didn't have time to wash her hands.

The night focused on the emotional, introspective side of Edwards' songwriting, even when it got loud. There were no props, backdrops, or stage antics. Edwards seems content letting the power of the lyrics dictate the energy of the room. (It's no small feat to pull that off in a venue the size of Webster Hall.) It's a testament to the quality of her songwriting that she does this so effectively.

Fans of songwriters from Tom Petty to David Bazan will certainly find something to latch onto in the music of Kathleen Edwards. Fans of Death Grips maybe not so much. But who knows, maybe Death Grips fans have acoustic guitars under their beds. And she did play a cover of Flaming Lips' "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate," which bridged the folk and indie worlds in an unexpectedly seamless way.

Video of the Flaming Lips cover, the full setlist and more pictures from the show (which Hannah Georgas opened), below...

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Real Estate drummer Jackson Pollis @ Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Real Estate, who "recently released a 7" flexi disc for brand new track 'In My Car' along with Domino label mates Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs and John Maus as part of a zine / flexi package entitled Smugglers Way", support the Shins at Terminal 5 tomorrow night (5/1, sold out), And though that date isnt even here, Real Estate have already scheduled their return to the NYC stage as part of a bunch of just-announced August dates. Real Estate will headline Webster Hall on August 11th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 5/2 and regular sale on Friday.

Watch Real Estate's entire Coachella set HERE. All dates are listed below...

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Jack White

Did you make it to Webster Hall or watch the Gary Oldman-directed stream? If you missed it, it seems to still be on repeat over on YouTube. Check out the full 2-set Jack White setlist, featuring songs from throughout his career and many bands, below...

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The Vaccines

Though we missed openers The Drowners, here are some pictures from the 4/23 Vaccines / Porcelain Raft show at Webster Hall. More below...

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words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt

The Hives

It's needless to say that The Hives' tiny show at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (4/26) was a wild, packed, sweaty party. It only took about a song and a half for Pelle to hang from the venue's lighting fixture and for his brother/guitarist Nicholaus Arson to end up on top of the crowd. The band, known for their matching black and white attire, were decked out in tuxedos and top hats like they were at Coachella and other recent dates. Pelle and his bandmates were in their usual on-stage state of extremely high cheeky arrogance, complete with demanding that the crowd make more and more noise and answer "YEAH!" to any question asked. He dropped lines like, "This stage is not big enough for my ego!" Like many other garage rock revivalists of the early-mid aughts, The Hives have been playing much larger venues like Terminal 5, where they'll play on June 22, so of course it was great to see them in a venue closer in size to the one their genre implies. (Terminal 5 tix on sale at noon)

The band's set, which was about an hour long, included a fair amount of material off their new record, Lex Hives, which is due out on June 5, in addition to old favorites including "Walk idiot Walk," "Main Offender," and show highlight "Hate To Say I Told You So." The show was filled with nonstop on and off stage dancing and tons of interaction between the band and crowd. The Hives left the stage after an initial twelve song set which felt way too short (but I guess that's what happens when the bulk of your songs are under 3 minutes) and finally returned for a two-song encore which kicked off with Lex Hives lead single "Go Right Ahead". They then ended their set with a drawn out version of "Tick Tick Boom" off 2007's The Black and White Album. On what you thought was the final "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, boom" the band literally paused, holding statue-like poses for at least a minute until the bass was finally brought back in and Pelle commanded the crowd to form an aisle which he walked down only to be, per his own instructions, completely swarmed when the song started up again as he rushed back to the stage.

More pictures and setlist from the show, and details on how you can win a pair of tickets to Terminal 5 (we have three to give away), below...

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Third Man

"...And now, Jack White will be giving back to the city that's so warmly embraced his debut album, as his Third Man Records Rolling Record Store hits the Big Apple on Thursday the 26th to bestow upon the citizenry free tickets to Jack White's American Express Unstaged concert at Webster Hall on Friday April 27th.

An educational vinyl adventure center on wheels, Third Man Records' Rolling Record Store will be wheeling into locations all over the New York City area, then tweeting (@ThirdManRRS) each location along with instructions on how to claim a pair of free tickets to the show. There are only five pairs of tickets, one pair to be given away at each of five locations.

Jack's American Express Unstaged event, to be directed by Gary Oldman, will be previewed by one new video each day leading up to the actual performance on Friday. The first of these can be seen at youtube.com/jackwhitevevo...
Tickets for the Webster Hall show went on sale and sold out quickly last week. Blunderbuss is out now.

Frank Turner (via)
Frank Turner

Frank Turner, who spends virtually all of his time on the road, played an intimate show at Knitting Factory last month, and is continuing to tour internationally throughout the rest of 2012. He'll return to NYC in the fall for a much larger, full band show at Webster Hall on September 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon. All dates, including a solo appearance at The Fest, are listed below.

In an interview with Pop-Break, Frank mentioned that his new album will be out in January, 2013 via Epitaph. Here's what he had to say about the album:

I've got a ton of songs hanging around right now in various different levels of finished-ness, and I found some gaps in my schedule to go into the studio, and I'm not the kind to be sitting around and waiting. I've got more than enough songs for one record, but I'm trying to get another whole pile finished to have a large selection to choose from and put the best ones on the record. Realistically, the new record will probably be out in January of next year. I'm excited about this new record. I think the songs are better than the ones that came before, and that's always a good feeling.
Meanwhile, Frank released a Record Store Day 7" of "I Still Believe" off of his 2011 LP, England Keep My Bones, and a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love," which he's often covered live. The single will be out digitally on April 30. Check out a live video of him covering "Somebody to Love" at Reading Festival 2011 below.

All dates and video below...

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The Hives @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

We could keep giving clues, but at this point many more than 10 people got it right, so the contest is over anyway. Winners have not been notified yet, but will be shortly. Meanwhile, TICKETS for the show The Studio at Webster Hall on April 26 will go on PRE-SALE at 6pm EST. The password is lexhives. will be posted shortly right HERE: _____. A general sale (with more tickets) will then begin at 8pm EST. 2 ticket limit per person. Will call only. Good luck and thanks for playing!

DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (Memoryhouse Remix) (MP3)

Tycho at Lincoln Hall in Chicago in January (more by Zach Pollack)

Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) whose last two trips to NYC brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg, will be touring again this spring/summer culminating in a larger NYC show at Webster Hall on July 14, one day after he plays Camp Bisco.. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/20) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Tycho will be in the NYC-area later this month for SUNY Purchase Culture Shock, which is technically only open to students and their guests, and which recently announced that EMAreplaced Grimes who cancelled. The full lineup also includes Islands, Idle Warship,Big Feedia, The Felice Brothers, Cloud Nothings, Casey Veggies, Pissed Jeans, and Bio Ritmo.

Tycho's most recent single, "Dive," off the 2011 album of the same name, was recently remixed by Memoryhouse. Grab that remix above or stream it below. The Zombies-covering Memoryhouse will be in Brooklyn this Saturday (4/21) for a show at Public Assembly with Mattheah Baim and Ex Cops. Tickets are still avialable.

All Tycho dates and song stream below...

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Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, is out April 23rd but streaming on iTunes now.

As mentioned yesterday, "Tickets for the April 27 performance at Webster Hall in New York City are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com."

Watch and listen to Jack discuss the new album with Bob Boilen at NPR in the video below...

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Jack White

Jack White previously announced a tour that brings him and his band to NYC for two sold out shows at Roseland Ballroom in May. Today it has been announced that Jack will play a show at the much smaller Webster Hall on April 27 (three days after the release of BLUNDERBUSS). The show will be open to the public and will stream online as part of the American Express "UNSTAGED" series that hands over live concert directorial duties to famous filmmakers (like Arcade Fire at MSG was). Jack White's webcast will be directed by Gary Oldman and will stream live at http://www.youtube.com/JackWhiteVEVO (at 9pm EST).

"Tickets for the April 27 performance at Webster Hall in New York City are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com."

The NYC dated is one of a few new ones announced for Jack who was also recently announced as a Lollapalooza headliner. Other new dates are in London, Paris, and LA. All shows are listed below...

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Andrew W.K. @ Webster Hall
Andrew WK
Andrew WK

"Andrew W.K.'s 2001 album I Get Wet is one of those records that tends to polarize people; it combines monster riffs, giddy lyrics about partying and beautiful girls, and living-in-the-red maximalism in a way that either electrifies or makes people reach for the ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD button.

Monday night at Webster Hall, though, the room was 100% in favor of the keyboard-wielding signer/motiviational speaker/club owner's debut, singing along from word one of "It's Time To Party" and taking that song's plainly stated message to heart throughout the evening. There was pogoing; there was yelling; there was headbanging; there were, at one point, about 40 people on stage who weren't contracted members of the band. A lot of the interlopers got off the stage in the most party-like way: They dove." [Village Voice]

Andrew W.K.' "I Get Wet" tour, which ends this weekend in Florida, and stopped in Austin for SXSW, hit a sold out Webster Hall in NYC Monday night (4/2). Here are some pictures. More of them, with the setlist, below...

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photos by Tamara Porras

"highlight of the First Aid Kit show last night: the sisters go off mic & unplugged, just vox & gtr. Sold out Webster sings along.#chills" - Arthur Owens

"Refreshing to see a band without MacBooks, let alone microphones." - Brandon Maxwell

"Really hard to decide who I preferred between First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue tonight @ Webster Hall, NYC" - Dan Northcote-Smith

First Aid Kit @ Webster Hall
First Aid Kit

Swedish duo First Aid Kit are currently on a tour with the equally talented UK band Peggy Sue, which brought them to a sold out show at Webster Hall on March 28, their largest headlining show in NYC yet (that's an understatement actually). First Aid Kit played a pretty solid mix of material from both of their full lengths, a Fever Ray cover, and a Patti Smith cover. Those in attendance were treated to an entirely unplugged version of "Ghost Town." Here's what The WIld Honey Pie had to say about it:

[They asked] everyone to be as quiet as possible, and to their (and my) surprise, the crowd obliged. They stepped forward away from their microphones and invited anyone who knew the words to "Ghost town" to sing along. Few those minutes, it was no longer a rock concert, but one of those singularly moving musical experiences that you happen to share with a thousand close strangers.
More pictures from the show and a video of First Aid Kit playing their unplugged version of "Ghost Town" below...

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Mute Records announces:

Liars - Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross - have announced further details of their eagerly awaited new album.

Titled WIXIW (pronounced "wish you"), the 11-track album will be preceded by a single, "No.1 Against The Rush".

Head over to www.facebook.com/LiarsOfficial to listen to the new song.

The title, WIXIW, is explained by Angus Andrew, "'wish you' is a familiar and universal sentiment of longing and hope, but when misspelled becomes uniquely shrouded and difficult to interpret, which in many ways is representative of our music and the songs we wrote for this album".

Watch what happens [below] when human beings are confronted with WIXIW and see it manifest in unlikely places.

He continues, "The word being a palindrome offered us some comfort, and came from superstitious behavior that was the result of extreme uncertainty and doubt. The word and spelling struck us because it seemed to exude a special quality or power."

Recorded in LA, self-produced by the band with additional production from Daniel Miller and mixed by Tom Biller, the album is hard to shake, tough to pin down, and impossible to get out of one's head even after an initial listen. Simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging release from these iconoclasts, it is both a summation of Liars' work up to now, and a complete break from anything you'd ever heard the band do previously.

"If we aren't confusing people, it's not us," Andrew laughs. "If we aren't confusing ourselves with what we do, then we've failed."

Liars have also announced two live shows to go with this announcement, and they are Webster Hall on June 20th in New York City and the Music Box in Los Angeles on June 22nd. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale sale Thursday, April 5th at noon (AmEx presale starts 24 hours earlier).

The above-referenced video can be watched below...

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photos by Bryan Bruchman

Of Montreal @ Webster Hall - 3/31/2012
Of Montreal

Like they did on Friday, Of Montreal headlined Webster Hall on Saturday night (3/31), but this time with a different set of openers including the super talented and humble, but a bit mismatched Loney Dear, who had some trouble keeping the large crowd's attention. Probably not the best idea to put a singer-songwriter on right before an energetic band like Of Montreal. Kishi Bashi's opening set of vocal and violin looping went over a bit better.

If you compare the written setlist from Friday with Saturday's (below), you'll see Kevin Barnes & company mixed it up a bit to the benefit of people who went both nights.

Of Montreal's tour continues to Boston tonight. More pictures from Saturday in NYC, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Rebecca Strassberg

Of Montreal

Last night (3/30), of Montreal stopped in NYC for the first of two shows at Webster Hall, as part of their current tour. (The second one is tonight. UPDATE: It happened and pics are HERE)

Openers Hard Nips and Computer Magic got the audience pumped, but by the time Of Montreal came on it felt as though the floor of Webster Hall was going to collapse before the end of the show. Beginning with songs from their new album, Paralytic Stalks, the band released white balloons, which reflected multicolor lights as they were passed over the crowd.

The energy of frontman Kevin Barnes increased throughout the almost two-hour set, and in typical Of Montreal fashion, the show included people in white bodysuits crowd surfing, white puppets, various psychedelic images flashing on screens, and the guitarist jumping into the incredibly enthusiastic crowd.

The encore was a twenty-minute mashup of some favorites off Skeletal Lamping, and Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer, which as I heard many saying upon exit, made the entire show worthwhile.

Barnes said he was excited to do it again tonight (3/31), but this time with Loney Dear and Kishi Bashi opening (the same openers from Chicago).

Pictures of Friday night's openers are coming later, but here are some of the headliner. More, shot of the setlist included, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Delta Spirit @ Webster Hall
Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit, who played Public Assembly a month earlier, played Webster Hall last night (3/29) with WATERS, one night after the opener played Macy's, and about a week after the tour-mates played Chicago. Here are some pictures from the big NYC show. More of them below...

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photos by Kurt Christensen

Jim James @ Webster Hall
New Multitudes

"New Multitudes, a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie, made up of the singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker and Will Johnson, operates from within a cocoon of familiarity. Not with regard to the songs, exactly: all 12 on the group's self-titled debut album, released last month on Rounder, began with previously unused scraps of writing from the Guthrie archives, freshly set to music.

What's familiar about New Multitudes is that process of refurbishment, which has also given us several albums by Billy Bragg with Wilco -- a collection, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," is due out on Nonesuch next month -- and one by Jonatha Brooke. In these and other instances, mostly smaller in scale, access to the material was enthusiastically granted by Nora Guthrie, the guardian of her father's legacy...." [NY Times]

New Multitudes hit Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/14) with Bobby Bare Jr. in tow. Here are some pictures, setlist included, from the NYC show. More below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Fanfarlo @ Webster Hall

After hearing their 2009 debut, Reservoir, I thought I had Fanfarlo pegged, but as the bridge on the cover of their recently released album suggests, the pop folk darlings are venturing into a new sonic territory. Sure, they're still as charming as ever, but as I learned when I saw them play at Glasslands last October, they've begun to grow teeth.

But before Fanfarlo took the stage at Webster Hall last night (3/6), Young Man and Nightlands played quick sets. I enjoyed Chicago's Young Man when I saw them open for label mates Local Natives at Governors Island a couple of summers ago, but sadly, they fell victim to an astonishingly terrible mix at Webster Hall when within seconds of their first song, the sheer force of the bass drum launched an assault on the crowd and made me feel like an unwitting participant in an old Maxwell tapes ad. The bass was so overpowering and unbearable that people around me actually broke concert cool to clasp their hands over their ears in a desperate attempt to preserve their hearing. Hopefully they fare better at SXSW.

Following Young Man's Richter Scale-tipping performance, Nightlands, the second act, hardly registered as a blip on the radar. For the Philly trio, a harp - not drums - rounded out the mix and offered a much-needed respite from the bass drum of death. Given what we had just witnessed with Young Man's set, the ultra-chill and beautifully melodic Nightlands seemed wildly out of place. Then again, Fanfarlo definitely seems to have its hand in a couple of pots, combining the quiet, safe side of orchestral folk pop with their newer, more experimental sound. (Experimental for them, anyway.)

After a long set change, Fanfarlo kicked off their performance with the surprisingly edgy "Replicate," one of the stand out tracks on Rooms Filled with Light thanks to singer Simon Balthazar's staccato vocals and the quick blasts of keys that drive the song. I grimaced earlier when I saw the sound guy drag the mic stand closer to the bass drum, but luckily, the percussion - though still a bit too loud in the mix - was restrained. The band's new material has a sparse, scientific quality that calls attention to each delicate violin solo or assertive trumpet interlude. Absent from last night's show were the usual melodicas, mandolins, glockenspiels, and singing saws.

And yet, despite the band's adoption of cooler aesthetic on their latest release (randomly projected images replaced the whimsical lights and colorful flags that adorned the stage during their Reservoir tour), their performance, which included a good mix of their older songs, still radiates warmth. Balthazar hasn't lost that endearing swagger to his voice, and I have to say the addition of the impromptu Swedish lesson ("Skål!" Balthazar said as he raised his bottle of wine) was pretty adorable.

Another thing that certainly hasn't changed for Fanfarlo is their penchant for the gradual build-up. The tension in their new material is palpable, but somehow, though they've turned up the heat on the last album, they maintain a tight rein on the music, opting to substitute keyboard solos or occasional taps on a drum machine in the place of a rocking guitar riff or a more traditional breakdown. Looking around Webster Hall, I almost chuckled. The urge to dance is clearly in the air, but without the big moments, the audience's movement is comically limited to polite foot tapping and an insistent, but mild-mannered bobbing. And though I might have longed for them to let it all go, it's that careful restraint in that individuates Fanfarlo and has me longing for more. Given the natural progression on their first two albums, I'm already looking forward to what comes next. It's only a matter of time before that pot boils over.


We're happy to announce that Fanfarlo will be playing "Hotel Vegan" (at Hotel Vegas) at SXSW this year on Thursday, March 15th. Stay tuned for more details.

More pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

G N' R @ The Ritz
Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses (Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal) completed a short intimate tour that mostly happened in NYC in February. It hit Roseland Ballrooom, Terminal 5, Webster Hall (which they renamed 'The Ritz'), Hiro Ballroom, House of Blues in Atlantic City, and Chicago's House of Blues along the way.

They played over 30 songs at Webster Hall, starting around midnight and ending after 3am, working in almost anything you would want to hear including a handful of covers like the James Bond theme, Pink Panther theme, "Riff Raff" by AC/DC, and their usual takes on "Live and Let Die" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." The full setlist is below, along with more pictures and a video from the 2/15 Webster Hall show that the Toilet Boys opened.

The band's next show is Monday (3/5) in Miami which is followed by some California shows which all happen before SXSW which is where GN'R member Tommy Stinson (formerly of the Replacements) will play at least six solo shows. Tommy then heads out on a short East Coast tour with Kurt Baker in April which hits Union Hall in Brooklyn on April 12. Guns N' Roses head to Europe for a tour later this year.

All tour dates (GNR, Tommy Stinson AND Slash too), more pictures and the other stuff, below...

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