Entries tagged with: Webster Hall
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
The Aquarian: How was the Floor reunion for you?Floor has only one date left on their calendar, at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend (11/5 - 11/7, tickets), but Torche is still on the road.
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: It was great ...The Floor shows were the best Floor shows we ever played, and there was an audience. Normally, back then, we'd just be playing in front of the other bands or friends. The biggest audience Floor ever played for, too.
The Aquarian: I was at the Brooklyn show, and it was amazed to see people singing along and jumping around. I imagine it was cool to play for.
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: Yeah, it was pretty mindblowing. We're like, "What? Huh?" (Laughs)
The Aquarian: Do you feel like Torche has taken what Floor started and brought it to fruition?
Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor: It's a different beast. Floor was only going to go so far, I think. I played in that band for over a decade and it was just time to move forward ...I went full-force with this one, where Floor, we didn't really go full-force as far as touring and everything, until 2001. We did one little tour in '96, but none of us had the confidence. We thought it was pretty much a project, and some of us relocated and stuff like that, but we didn't really tour where we should have back then. It probably would have been a lot different for us. But Torche... is also a learning experience as we went along, but I've gone further with this band than I have with any other band, and I'm 36 years old. I'm still doing it. It's pretty awesome.
Torche played NYC for the second time in three months, and the third time in five months, when they played with High On Fire and Kylesa at Webster Hall Sunday night. Torche drummer Rick Smith was not at the Webster show due to a family emergency, and was replaced by former Kylesa skinsman and current Shitstorm/Capsule member Eric Hernandez.
On Monday, Torche appeared on Red Eye on Fox News (after cancelling their Generation Records appearance). On the show, Governor Mike Huckabee said he is a Torche fan.That video with more pictures, video and the setlist from Webster, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"I had never seen Deerhunter or even heard one of their records but I really enjoyed their powerful but dreamy and spacious sounds. Half of Williamsburg made the L train trek over to the island for this (I thought I was on Bedford Av) and the sold out show sure pleased everyone. The four Athens-originating Atlanta-based musicians had good stage presence and attitude and to me sounded a lot more interesting and original than a lot of other indie rock bands out there right now."Deerhunter headlined their 2nd NYC in two weeks at Webster Hall on Friday night (10/15). The first was a shorter and more random appearance at the Apple Store on the release date of of their new album. Friday night's show was a much larger event and a stop on their ongoing tour with Real Estate and Casino vs Japan. More pictures from that one, some Big Ass Lens video, Deerhunter's setlist, with Diplo & Lunice's awesome new remix of "Helicopter" (streamable and downloadable), below...
Even if you don't know much about S. Carey's background, it probably wouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that he wrote much of the material for his debut album while on the road with Bon Iver. Sean Carey possesses the kind of slow, steady vocals that make you weak in the knees, and the accompanying music benefits from a collection of classy instruments like the upright bass, saxophone, and vibraphone. The set began with a hushed, melodic opening that gradually crescendoed when Carey came in on vocals midway through the song. For once, earplugs weren't necessary - at least for the majority of the set Monday night at Webster Hall (9/27).
S. Carey did make one notable departure from the tranquil presentation. Fitting for its title, "Action" featured a surprisingly rowdy segment as each of the musicians contributed to the song's chaotic and frenzied conclusion.
Considering the fact that S. Carey has never played a show in New York, Webster Hall is a pretty impressive place to start. The sheer size of the venue typically makes it an inhospitable setting for quieter acts, but both S. Carey and Tallest Man on Earth effortlessly captured the attention of the mild-mannered and appreciative crowd.
When it came time for The Tallest Man on Earth to play, the stage had been stripped down to a single mic stand, a simple brown wooden chair, and a guitar rack. Kristian Matsson walked on stage to what sounded like a Swedish song playing in the background. Without a word of introduction, he began singing "A Field of Birds." Whenever he wasn't required to be at the mic, Matsson paced around the stage, sometimes running back over just in time to sing.
"Thank you so much New York. I'm glad to be back. I might have played that song a bit too fast, but don't judge me. This is a big place," Matsson sheepishly confessed after a couple of songs. Matsson's distinctively gruff voice provides an interesting contrast to the melodic strains of his guitar. Though he didn't have a backing band, Matsson's music impressively resonated throughout the large space and the reverent sold-out audience.
The magical star-lit backdrop lining the stage seemed to be perfectly suited for a man whose songs feature motifs like love, the beautiful Scandinavian landscape, and of course - birds. At one point, someone in the crowd asked him about the mysterious message emblazoned in blue on his T-shirt. "Good question. Thank you so much for asking and not yelling something like 'Fuck you.'" He countered. "It's Leksand Delarna. It's where I'm from. It's my home town." He briefly reflected on his homesickness before momentarily turning his back on the crowd and walking over to get a closer look at the celestial backdrop, as if marveling at the beautiful Swedish night sky.
After playing a couple of songs about the ups and downs of love, he returned to the topic of his homeland and the album artwork it inspired. "So I have a new EP. It's only 5 songs. But the cover is awesome... it's like a chimney and a field house... go to the merch. You don't have to buy it. Just check it out." And with that, he launched into "Like the Wheel."
Though the show featured a number of pauses as Matsson stopped to tune a guitar or communicated with the sound technician, this attention to detail paid off and made for quite a robust sound (and the most beautiful and complicated guitar tuning technique I've ever heard).
Matsson capped off his initial set with "Thrown Right at Me," a lovely duet featuring Amanda Bergman (aka Jaw Lesson) (previously Hajen) on vocals. He then returned to wild applause to wrap up with an impassioned three-song encore.
The Tallest Man and S. Carey are on tour (S. Carey will be back for CMJ too). Updated dates, the full Tallest Man setlist, and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
Boys Noize at HARD NYC (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
Boys Noize will team up with Rusko for a date at Webster Hall on 10/29. The two electronic artists, who both just played Electric Zoo (and who both played different dates on the recent HARD tour), are criscrossing in NYC, but each are hitting the road for much larger separate tours in promotion of their latest LPs, Power and O.M.G.! respectively. Full tour dates for both are below.
Three weeks after Boys Noize/Rusko, look for Z-Trip to bring his cornucopia of beats to Webster Hall (11/19), his only East Coast date so far. Full dates are below, as well as a recent (and awesome) Marvin Gaye/2Pac blend by Z-Trip commissioned by Afeni Shakur.
photos by kolored
"Titus andronicus never fail to be impressive. Clap on bros, clap on." -KrissyRubbles
"Titus Andronicus is still the best band in the world.
Webster Hall cannot contain them." -totale
Patrick Stickles on stage @ Webster Saturday night
"Lead singer Patrick Stickles made it clear that Saturday night's show was a special one for the band. It was the last show of their current tour; it was a near-hometown concert (the band is from New Jersey) and thus many family members were in the audience. Stickles especially pointed out his father, standing in the front row of the balcony right in front of the stage. The presence of his father seemed to fit perfectly with the night, as Titus Andronicus came off as that loveable little band that started in obscurity and is getting bigger and bigger with each go-around. You couldn't help but feel a bit of pride, even if you had nothing to do with the band's growth." [Muzzle of Bees]Titus Andronicus played Webster Hall Saturday night (9/25) with an impressive supporting cast of Free Energy and Screaming Females. The show completed a touring cycle for TA and FE that kicked off with a zillion degree show at Glasslands (without FE) and a show at Maxwell's (with FE) in mid-August.
Unlike Free Energy and Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus don't have many upcoming shows on their schedule at the moment, but they do have at least one. Catch them with Adam Haworth Stephens and The Felice Brothers at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 30th, Mischief Night 2010. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Webster Hall, below...
photos by kolored
Free Energy are in China this weekend (!), but head back to the US to play a string of dates before hooking up with Foxy Shazam for a tour that includes two more NYC shows in late November: at Bowery Ballroom (11/24) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/26). Stay tuned for ticket info.
All dates and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...
photos by kolored
Marissa Paternoster screaming @ Webster Hall Saturday evening
"The Females pick the strongest parts of indie, alt, punk and classic rock to gracefully create something timeless, singular and powerful. The trio's vocals, riffs, hooks, baselines and beats are live wires touching raw nerves. But the Females' biggest draw is Paternoster's impressive instrumental dexterity. Her frequent solos and leads are hooky without being showy, using the art of the shred to support the songs rather than distract from them. You can hear shades of Skynyrd, the White Stripes and countless other genre-defining greats -- but that's under Paternoster's distinctive caterwauling vocals, a sound that's undeniably aggressive.To quote photographer Paul Birman (kolored) who was seeing the band for the first time at Webster Hall Saturday night (9/25), "screaming females are incredible." If you went to the show, hopefully you got there early. They were first of three on the bill headlined by Titus Andronicus. Free Energy were 2nd.
The Black Cat is promoting Paternoster as "the new guitar God of the rock scene," while the Village Voice named the lifelong suburbanite 2009's Best Shredder in New York City.
Take it from the old guitar God of the rock scene: Last year the Screaming Females were thrilled to learn that J Mascis had placed an order for a disc on their website. A few days later, Mascis offered Screaming Females the opening slot at a Dinosaur Jr show in Brooklyn. [Washington Post]
Now, after playing that Webster Hall show which came after a giant leg of a tour that included three NYC-area shows including a headlining record release party at Knitting Factory earlier this month (more dates below), it can finally be announced that Screaming Females are the unannounced band playing the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st. So the Thursday night BV show looks like this:
* The Pains of Being Pure at HeartTickets are still on sale.
* The Blow
* Screaming Females
* Young Man
More pictures from the Webster Hall show, including one of their setlist, and more tour dates (they still have tons to go) below...
photos by Kam Tambini
"floor at webster hall about to collapse for caribou" - t m
Montreal indie rock act Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, "Les Chemins de Verre" or "The Glass Paths" (Audiogram)...The band received $20,000 Canadian ($19,415).Oh well. Daniel Snaith probably didn't have a chance anyway, since Caribou already won it in 2008.
"Les Chemins de Verre" was recorded in part at La Frette studios in Paris during breaks on their French tour. "It's an unbelievable thing to win this prize," said the band in a statement. "We have a lot of respect for this contest and we think they do it for the right reason (music)."
Caribou is currently on the road and will stay there until the middle of December. Daniel and and his live band played Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday (9/22) with help from Emeralds and Arp. No Emeralds/Arp pictures, but a few more Caribou ones, with a video, and the band's exhausting-looking tour schedule, below...
France's electro wizard Vitalic is bringing his "V Mirror Live" show to the United states this week, and honestly I don't totally know what that means, but if the below video is indication, it will look really cool and be (and sound) really fun. The NYC show is Friday/tonight (9/24) at Webster Hall, and as a bonus, the BBC's Annie Mac is also DJing the party. You can buy tickets for $15 or go the "$1 'til Midnight with RSVP" route. The NYC flyer, all dates and videos below...
Justin Townes Earle @ Governors Island in August (more by Chris La Putt)
Justin Townes Earle has decided to suspend the remaining dates on his tour and enter a rehabilitation facility. Earle is strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.The postponed dates include October 19th at Webster Hall in NYC (which also happened to be part of CMJ). Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Sadies were set to open that show, and Bowery Presents says "Refunds are available at point of purchase if requested, but a new date will be announced shortly and all tickets will be honored. We apologize for any inconvenience." All postponed dates below...
In regards to the misdemeanor charges recently filed in Indianapolis, Earle released the following statement earlier this week: "Unfortunately, reports surfacing online about the incident in Indianapolis are not accurate. I have been advised by counsel that I should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like to say that I oppose violence against women in any form."
Earle looks forward to resuming the tour in support of his critically-acclaimed third album, Harlem River Blues, on independent record label Bloodshot Records. The album enters this week at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Happy Birthday to Jamie
"Ladies and gentlemen, as Jamie Lidell calls his audience, Lidell has left most of the solo improvising and experimental layering behind, in favor of touring with a five-man band. Rather than balancing roles of producer and singer-performer, the strong support allowed for Lidell to simply sing a little bit of his British-born feel good soul in a tattered blazer and size 13 hobo shoes.That blurb comes from a review of an earlier show on Jamie Lidell's tour that came to Webster Hall in NYC on Saturday night (9/18), his birthday. More pictures from that show (which Bear Hands opened, but we missed them), with the setlist, below....
Most of the band adopted the homeless theme by adorning T-shirts ripe with holes or a faded tie-dye shirt, as was the case with the guitarist. Gone are the glitz and glam of previous shows -- the theme Friday at the Grog Shop was one familiar to Clevelanders.
Despite their humble appearance, Lidell and company went right to work bringing the funk on "The Ring." After, they sprang into "Wait for Me," which was about the hardships of a long-distance relationship, but Lidell assured us that his current girlfriend accompanies him on the road. [Cleveland Scene]
photos by Chris Doss
"If I didnt have so much love for RJD2, I would have run screaming from WebsterHall (electro hell) but glad I stayed, he killed it as always" - Channing Ritter
"RJD2 set killed, to the shorty in the grey dress with the elvis impersonator cuffin, please send me a craigs list missed connection" - Downtown's Prodigy
""RJD2 is using a Super Mario puppet!!!" - Seika Iwaø
"The intent behind "Inversions of the Colossus" lies halfway between the classic in-between albums EP, and an instrumental version of "the Colossus". So there were 7 vocal songs on "the Colossus", and I knew that releasing instrumentals of these would be smart. After all, a lot of people buy rjd2 albums for the production, not for the vocals-just being honest here! :) SO-all of those 7 songs become instrumental versions of themselves. then, there are 7 "new" songs. 2 of these new songs are vocal, so it's not ENTIRELY accurate to call this a completely instrumental album, but it's very close.Inversions of the Colossus is out now. You can check out the video for "The Glow" (which rj just held a remix contest for), along with more pictures from the show Friday night at Webster Hall, below...
All in all, its 14 tracks long. The title was chosen because I want to make sure it's not seen as an entirely new album, but at the same time "Colossus-Instrumentals" is not an accurate title. so, "Inversions of the Colossus" is about as close to an accurate description as I think I can get." [RJD2]
words and photos by Tracy Allison
John McCauley & Matt Vasquez @ Webster Hall
Friday night (8/13) Deer Tick played a phenomenal show for a very enthusiastic audience at a very full Webster Hall. This show was their last before leaving for a month long European tour on September 9th. Prior to the performance, the band promoted the show on their twitter page with various tweets promising motorcyles, horses on nitrous, and crowd surfing babies. While none of those promises were kept, it certainly was not a show to be missed. One audience member commented on the performance, saying, "This was the best Deer Tick show I've ever seen. You could tell how excited they were to be here tonight."
While the show did not begin until 8 p.m., a small line had formed outside of Webster Hall before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and a few devoted fans claimed their spots directly in front of the stage as soon as the venue allowed them in. Opener Matt Vasquez (sans the rest of his band, Delta Spirit) took the stage at 8 p.m., expressing how happy he was to be performing and telling the audience he would gladly take song requests. Deer Tick frontman John McCauley joined Matt briefly for a song. By the end of his set, not only was the room fairly full, he was commanding it with just his voice and his guitar.
Around 9 p.m., after a quick introduction by a friend and the sounds of an air horn, the members of Deer Tick began appearing on stage. During their hour and forty-five minute set, lead singer John McCauley serenaded audience members and passed around a bottle of Jack Daniels. Vasquez joined Deer Tick briefly for one song. The band played songs from their three albums, War Elephant, Born on Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions, as well as MG&V covers, a sax solo, and a handful of newer songs. Prior to starting their encore, McCauley grabbed a mysterious box that had been sitting on stage, handed it to the audience, and told them to pass it back. Moments later silly string was flying everywhere and by the time the rambunctious encore was over, the drum set was torn apart and various instruments were covering a good portion of the stage. Despite the state of the equipment, the audience began chanting "One more song! One more song!" to which Deer Tick obliged, returning to the stage as all the members took part in singing an a beautiful a cappella rendition of "Dirty Dishes"
photos by kolored
Robyn @ Webster Hall
"Kelis and Robyn (whose Body Talk Pt. 2 will be out in September) may have been billed as co-headliners for Tuesday night's show at the Trocadero [in Philly], but it was in words only.Robyn (whose Body Talk Part 2 will be out in September - cover art and tracklist below), Kelis (whose milkshake brings all the boys to the yard) & Dan Black (who was just nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards - nominated video below) are on a tour (that also includes Far East Movement) that brought them to Music Hall of Williamsburg last week and Webster Hall last night (8/4).
In a multiracial crowd of men and women in their 20s and 30s, Robyn was the clear favorite.
Kelis took the stage first. The 30-year-old singer hit pop culture with her infectious and slightly risque "Milkshake" back in 2003, but has since transformed herself from a Neptunes-produced rap/hip-hop/neo-soul star into a club diva.
She came on stage in a one-sleeved, sequined mini-dress - wearing five-inch heels and a platinum-blond wig with a partial weave of Christmas-tree tinsel - and said that all she wanted to do was dance. She wasn't kidding. In fact, while she sang a few songs off her latest album, Flesh Tone, most of her set was a karaoke collection of Top 40 hits from past decades interspersed with snippets of her own songs... [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Last night's high energy show was the first of two for the artists at the same venue (they return to Webster Hall tonight, 8/5). All three NYC shows are/were sold out. More pictures from Wednesday's, including Dan and Kelis's setlists, below...
Caribou @ Governors Island Friday night (more by Andrew St Clair)
Caribou, who played Governors Island on Friday, also added a show at Webster Hall today. That's happening on September 22nd, and tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Caribou play the Midpoint Music Festival in Ohio on September 24th.
Kele from Bloc Party rescheduled a show at Webster Hall today.
All Caribou and Matt & Kim dates below....
photos by Matthew Eisman
Minus the Bear, Everest and Keepaway played Webster Hall on Thursday, July 8th. More pictures and the headliner's setlist from that show, below...
words by BBG, photos by Lori Baily
"Totimoshi, Melvins, Isis @ Webster Hall. Why would
I not be here? #fuckyeah." - Aaronzeem
"After Totimoshi, the Melvins hit the stage! I was expecting Isis to be next, as they were always billed as the support act, and, honestly, the Melvins are just more important. But, I'm guessing the groups are alternating for the stint they're doing together, which I guess makes sense, especially since, as mentioned before, Isis is breaking up." [An Uncontrollable Urge]Just three more dates. As I type this, Isis is putting a close on another show, getting closer and closer to closing the book on the highly influential post-metal band, for good. This past Friday (6/18), the band played one of their final shows at Webster Hall with Totimoshi and the Melvins. It was part of a two date stay in NYC (which continued at MHOW on Saturday - photo set on the way). Photos from Webster Hall, where Isis's headlining set got cut short due to Webster Hall's weekend curfew, are in this post.
All Isis dates, with the Webster Hall pictures and two of the night's setlists, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Tokyo Police Club, now on tour with Passion Pit and DOM (who played Brooklyn Bowl last night), played a sort of private show at the Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC last night (6/1). That was followed by a beer pong after-party with Mark Knight and others in attendance. Pictures from the whole night, and TPC's setlist, below...
"From the very first chords -- wisely not something from the new album, but a scorching version of Roky's classic "Night of the Vampire" -- it was evident that it was going to be a show to remember. And it just got better from there. Okkervil's frontman, Will Sheff, who with his beard and spectacles looked every bit like a long-lost son of John Lennon, spent the 90-minute set grinning from ear to ear as he played out his guitar fantasies onstage with Roky.Their amps eventually arrived and the Roky Erickson Okkervil River band played their show at Webster Hall on Tuesday night. More pictures from the show and the selist, below...
This was clearly a labor of love for Sheff and his band. Okkervil River was definitely not a backup band, but a true collaborator with Roky." [WYMMWIG]
photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Rachel Kowal
one of the sons
I'm not sure when or how it happened, but sometime in the past year Mumford & Sons got big. From Cleveland to Phoenix, the British four-piece has sold out the vast majority of their upcoming tour dates, and their two shows this week in New York were no exception.
The evening at Webster Hall began with a seven-song set by Australian band, The Middle East. Like the main act, the openers had a lot of energy and a number of talented singers. They also exhibited a wide range of moods during their performance. For some songs, the bass boomed powerfully from the speakers and shook the room. But for others, like "The Darkest Side," they took a much more restrained and melodic approach, and the group's token female keyboard player, Bree Tranter, even had a lovely vocal solo. Their final song, "Blood," was particularly beautiful. The song begins gently but eventually crescendos into a lively round of group vocals.
After a long wait between sets, the impatient audience started cheering when the large Mumford & Sons banner unfurled against the stage's black backdrop. Finally, at the tech guy's signal (a few rapid blinks of a flashlight), the band took to the stage to the crowd's great delight.
Lead singer Marcus Mumford kicked things off with the title track from their debut album, "Sigh No More." The floor of Webster Hall started shaking during the very first song as the crowd bobbed up and down in time to the music, proving that this was not your typical group of ambivalent scenesters.
"This is one of the biggest shows we've ever played... we're all very excited," Marcus yelled between songs. With the opening notes of "Little Lion Man," about six songs in, the energy level in the room escalated, prompting lots of clapping, dancing, and a sing-a-long session from both the audience and the band. "Roll Away Your Stone" also got pretty rowdy, especially after the invitation to dance that preceded the song. Though Marcus had called more for a hoe-down than anything else, Webster Hall's huge disco ball was suddenly illuminated, sending rainbow-colored patches of light swirling around the room. The members from Middle East even came on stage and started dancing around and banging on drums.
For their two-song encore, Mumford & Sons played an enchanting acoustic performance of "Sisters," followed by the painfully earnest song "White Blank Page." More pictures from the show, and a picture of Mumford's setlist (which shows a 2nd encore), below...
Two Door Cinema Club @ the Bell House on May 11 (more by David Andrako)
UK's Two Door Cinema Club just came stateside for a tour earlier in May. After their two NYC shows, they promised to return in October for another NYC date, which will be happening October 21st at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Broken Social Scene made their return to New York Friday night and a sold-out Webster Hall (In 2006 they played the venue three nights in a row). The collective, out in support of their new full-length, Forgiveness Rock Record, played for two solid hours with no opener. BSS Alumni Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw came out for a handful of songs in the middle of the set, including "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-old Girl" and "Almost Crimes". Those songs book-ended the live debut of Forgiveness' "Sentimental X's" (video below). Shaw came out to play trumpet on "Lover's Spit", the final song of the night. Band leader Kevin Drew gave the crowd a multiple choice of final songs. "We can play "Superconnected". We can play "Major Label Debut". Or We can play "Lover's Spit". A show of hands and applause a minute later tipped the epic ballad to close the show.
One night later, Saturday, the band played the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (more about that soon). The full setlist, that video and more pictures from Friday below...
Two months after their record release show (as well as a couple of secret shows) the Swedish band Shout Out Louds returned to New York and Webster Hall on Wednesday, 5/5 (one night after Yeasayer played the same venue and one night before Beach House played there ). The band were only a few days into a three-week tour of the US in support of their third full-length, Work, and minus bass player, Ted Malmros, who stayed in Sweden awaiting the birth of his child. Opening were Freelance Whales who are supporting the band the entire tour and opened for their show at the Music Hall back in March. More pictures and the SOL setlist below...