Entries tagged with: new years eve
photos by Ryan Barkan
Charles Bradley @ Bowery Ballroom
If we didn't mention it before, Charles Bradley is in fact playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Year's Eve along with The Budos Band. Tickets are still on sale. Charles is also heading out on the road in early 2012. Dates are scheduled around North America and Australia, and they're all listed below.
Deer Tick at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John McCauley- Vocals, GuitarThey have a record coming via Partisan Records (home of Deer Tick) in Spring 2012, and the band will play their debut show on 12/29 at The Earl in Atlanta with Dead Confederate. Tickets are still on sale. Flyer below.
Ian Saint Pe- Vocals, Guitar
Steve Berlin- horns, keys
Robbie Crowell- Bass, sax, keys
Bryan Dufresne- Drums
Bryan Minto- harmonica
Bucky Baxter - pedal steel
Spencer Collum - pedal steel
Oscar Utterström - trombone
JP Frappier - trumpet
The Earl performance is right before Los Lobos head to NYC to play a pair of shows on New Year's Eve at City Winery. Tickets are still available for both the early and the late shows. All Los Lobos dates below...
New York Dolls at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After releasing their fifth LP earlier this year, New York Dolls celebrated with two nights at Bowery Ballroom before kicking off an extensive amount of international dates including the tour with Motley Crue and Poison that brought them to Nassau Coliseum, and most recently a short UK run with Alice Cooper. The Dolls are back home for the holidays and will round out 2011 with a hometown show on December 30 at Irving Plaza before playing New Year's Eve in Boston the next night.
Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
UPDATE: THE NYC SHOW IS CANCELLED.
Last week, Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya Beck, who released the New York Dolls Documentary All Dolled Up in 2005, released a DVD of live clips and interviews filmed of the band in the 70s titled Lookin' Fine On Television. You can purchase the DVD on Amazon and check out a clip of the band performing "Lookin For a Kiss" off the DVD below.
All dates and video below...
Nosaj Thing at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Chris Doss)
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Nosaj Thing, who will bless Glasslands on 12/31 as part of a PopGun party that will feature a vodka open bar (for a limited time) and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are on sale, and so far no support has been announced.
The show is one of only two dates on the calendar for Nosaj Thing (the other being at Rotture in Portland, Oregon on 11/19), as he is currently in the midst of writing material for his new album. Details are still forthcoming.
Patti Smith at Escape to NY in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Like she did last year and many years before that, Patti Smith and her band will ring in the new year in her hometown of NYC over the course of three nights at Bowery Ballroom (12/29, 12/30, 12/31). Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon.
Patti is playing solo in NYC even sooner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 2 with Jesse Smith and friends, "saluting Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, focusing on his collaborative relationship with Georgia O'Keeffe. Unfortunately, this show is sold out.
She is also one of the contributors to Q Magazine's tribute to U2's Achtung Baby, which was recently reissued in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with Jack White, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and others. You check out the full tracklist and stream her cover of "Until the End of the World", alongside a list of all of her upcoming dates, below.
Fitz & the Tantrums @ Summerstage 2011 (more by Bryan Kremkau)
Though I don't see it on the Livestream (or this one, or this one), Fitz & the Tantrums are playing stripped down versions of a couple of their songs ("Moneygrabber" and "Dear Mr. President") at Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Steet right now (11:30am on 11/10). Fitz says:
"We wanted to show our support to the Occupy Wall Street protestors everywhere who are keeping the focus on the culture of greed that is pervasive in our financial institutions and the lack of reform and accountability that has taken place. We are not anti-capitalist but we are not in support of an untethered Wall Street without regulations and without the Glass-Steagall act that protected our society after the great depression up until the 1980's. We Need Reform Now."They're in town to play a sold out show at Terminal 5 tonight (11/10). Don't have tickets? We're giving away a pair on our Facebook right now.
Fitz & the Tantrums will return to NYC to offer yet another soulful New Year's Eve option. They play Gramercy Theater. Tickets are on various presales now and go on general sale Friday at noon. Lee Fields, who they shared a Summerstage bill with, plays The Bell House on the same night.
More Fitz dates below...
Ted Leo at FFF Fest (more by BBG)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists just played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and are continuing to tour the US throughout the month of November. After a short break, they'll celebrate the new year in the NYC-area with a Bell House show on December 30 and a New Years Eve (12/31) show at Maxwell's in Ted's home state of New Jersey. Tickets for the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
In the meantime, Ted Leo also has another local show and soon. Ted Leo will fly solo (and be playing at least one Replacements cover) at Bowery Electric on 11/17 as part of the BV-presented celebration for Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed. That's the 2nd of three shows tribute shows. Ted, who we know is good at covering Misfits, is definitely not playing the first on 11/16, but he is probably playing the recently added late one which is still on sale.
All Ted dates below...
Lee Fields @ Summerstage (more by Bryan Kremkau)
While the Budos Band (and special guest TBA) are ringing in the new year in Williamsburg, Dig Deeper will be presenting Lee Fields & the Expressions along with Sugar Pie Desanto over at the Bell House for a soul party closer to Park Slope. Tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be helping Daptone Records celebrate 10 years with a run of special NY shows that include 2 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall. The NYC gigs are now all sold out, but in case you were wondering, here's who they have as openers so far:
12/6 @ Music Hall: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel QueensRodriguez will open for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires on Saturday, December 3rd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for that. More dates for these artists are listed HERE.
12/7 @ Music Hall: The Sugarman 3
12/13 @ Bowery: The Sugarman 3
12/14 @ Bowery: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Weeze & Matt & Kim @ Deluna Fest
Do you think Matt & Kim ever get depressed? Like down-in-the-dumps, face-on-the-bathroom-tile, razor-to-the-wrist bummed? And do you think any of that anger is channeled into their music in ways not visibly noticed? Is that perma-simpleton-smile actually a front for an aryan-supremacy agenda spelled out in morse code via the band's shiny light show? Head to a New Year's Eve celebration at Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Mash Brothers to do some investigation and report back if you come across some leads. Tickets are on sale. All of their dates are listed below.
Matt & Kim was one of many artists to perform in Florida at Deluna Fest from 10/14 - 10/16, joining names like Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Ladytron, Girl Talk, Weezer, Cake and others. Belated pictures from the first day of that festival that Jane's Addiction also played, are in this post. Many more below.
Ra Ra Riot has been touring since Deluna. They don't have anything scheduled in NYC, but they will be on the road for a while and all of their dates are also listed below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Hello from LUCERO HQ. We've been kind of quiet publicly but quite busy professionally... A new record is currently making its way onto tape here in Memphis. Exciting! Soon those sounds will be mixed and edited together and y'all will begin to hear a little of what's next. Until then it's all studio magic.Lucero's new material will more than likely peek out at some Southern dates in November and during a newly announced string of dates in December along the East Coast. Those dates include New Year's Eve at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and 12/30 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are currently on fan presale for all dates, and go on regular sale for Brooklyn Bowl at noon on Friday (10/14).
All tour dates, a video, and more pictures that were taken at the Mohawk in Austin as part of their recent 5th Anniversary celebration (that Les Savy Fav also played) below.
by world's biggest Phish fan BBG
Phish at MSG (more by Ryan Barkan)
I can think of literally thousands (millions?) of things that I'd rather do around New Year's Eve than go to a Phish show. Get kicked in the teeth by a burro. Fall down some stairs. Murdered. But obviously some people (and there are a lot of people) still care deeply for the Vermont jam band that spawned acres (or is it ache-rs?) of followers, drum circles, hackey sack games, etc.
Today is your lucky day. Phish has announced that they will play Madison Square Garden over four nights including New Years Eve, 12/28 - 12/31. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but you can request them via the band until Monday, October 24 at 11:59 AM. Check ticketmaster after that for general sale.
All tour dates are below, along with some video including one of Phish & Jay-Z covering Big Pimpin' and 99 Problems. I can now die complete.
Gogol Bordello at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello have various internationl dates scheduled in November and December, and will be returning to NYC to celebrate the new year like they've done for the past few years. These shows will take place on December 30 and 31 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/12) and the band are giving you an option to donate $1 to Doctors without Borders with the purchase of a ticket.
All dates and a video of Gogol playing "Immigraniada" at Brooklyn Bowl last year below...
The Budos Band in Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Lee Fields & The Expressions are headlining a benefit show at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night (9/26). Tickets can be had for as low as $15 and as much as $100. Proceeds support NYC's non-religious suicide hotline run by Samaritans of NY. Corey Glover (Living Colour), Danielia Cotton, and The Smyrk are also on the bill. It's one of only three upcoming shows right now for Lee. The other two are in Chicago and Michigan and are listed below.
Other upcoming Daptone-related shows include the previously-mentioned Charles Bradley show at Bowery Ballroom in December (tickets), and the not-yet mentioned Budos Band show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Year's Eve (with "very special guests to be announced"). Tickets are on sale.
One thing I can assure you is that the MHOW NYE special guest is not Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who are due to announce another NYC show of their own soon. Meanwhile they have scattered tour dates scheduled, some with My Morning Jacket. All dates for all of them, below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Weirdo alt-rockers Ween have a few upcoming shows including Lollapalooza and Weezer Cruise (Gene Ween w/ Dave Dreiwitz). They just announced that they'll play Halloween (10/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and it'll be an "evening with Ween" (no openers). Tickets are on PRESALE NOW. Tickets go on general sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.
All dates, December 29-31 at The Fillmore in Denver included, below...
Sharon Jones & friend @ Best Buy Theater on New Year's Eve (Dara Weinberg)
"The disarming warmth of the Dap Kings' homegrown sound translated well in the 2,100-capacity venue. Against the usual Dap Kings backdrop of bright horns and funky percussion, Jones sustained her boundless energy level for much of the two-hour performance. At one point, she even kicked off her high heels and summoned African ancestors for a shamanistic dance medley.Hopefully you've fully recovered from New Year's Eve because the Lee Fields & The Expressions soulful throwdown hits Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (1/7) with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7. Tickets are still available, or you can roll the dice and try and win one of the pairs of tickets that we have to give away. Details are at the bottom of this post.
The band was fully synchronized from the opening number, the slinky ballad "If You Call" to a propulsive rhythmic buildup for an encore rendition of "100, Days, 100 Nights." Some of the night's finer moments, of course, alluded to economic hardships. The horn stabs of "Money" and "No Chimmeys in the Projects" carried a raw sense of urgency, while Jones cracked, "Ain't nothin' evil about money because we neeeeed that money." After a suitably cool take on "Auld Lang Syne," Jones pushed herself vocally to wring a double meaning from "Better Things."
"I've got better things to do than remember you," Jones sang. Puffs of fog machine smoke framed her band as balloons and confetti filled the room.
Warming up for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings was New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint.
"There's no place I'd rather be tonight. I really mean it," Mr. Toussaint said." [Soul Train]
As previously discussed, fellow Daptone-r Charles Bradley (who shared a bill with Lee Fields in Brooklyn recently) will celebrate the release of his new album No Time For Dreaming at Southpaw on January 25th. Tickets are still available. The date comes right in the middle of a tour Charles is going on with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (who played 12/30 & 12/31 at Best Buy Theater). A review from the 12/31 show is quoted above.
Bradley's new video for new-album song "The World (is Going Up In Flames)", contest details and all dates below...
coats left @ 285 Kent on New Year's Eve
Remember how people were saying they had their stuff stolen at the Titus Andronicus/Real Estate show at 285 Kent on New Year's Eve? Well... see above. All of that stuff was left behind after the Four Loko-fueled night was over. Think your stuff is there? Todd P will be hosting an open house at the venue on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30. You can get it then. More pictures of the lost-and-found below...
Titus Andronicus @ 285 Kent - New Years Eve (pic by DoubleBen)
"Hello friends. Happy New Year to all. I hope that it is a healthy and prosperous one for you all, thus far. We were fortunate enough to ring in our new year on a positive note with all of our old Jersey buddies this past Friday night - thanks to all of you who came out to that show, and our sincerest apologies to those who had their belongings tampered with or carried off by unseen malefactors. There is some lesson here about personal responsibility and looking after the good of the community, but I will leave it to you to decode - smart kids like you shouldn't have too much trouble.
If you were at the show, you also maybe heard me saying something about how it was our dearly beloved bassist Ian Graetzer's last show with the band. Well, the reason that I said that was that it was true - Ian isn't in the band anymore. Shocking, I know, considering that Ian has been in the band since the very beginning (in fact, he and I were the two guys who decided to form the group) and been present for every glorious victory, every bitter defeat, and all the innumerable, interminable hours in between. Not anymore, gang.
"What is the deal?" you may be asking, "Do you guys, like, hate each other now or something?" No, we don't hate each other. In fact, the months since Ian announced his departure plans (yes, the months!) have been some of the happiest and friendliest in all of our organization's history..." [Patrick Stickles]
As already discussed, Titus Andronicus played a sold out New Years Eve show at 285 Kent in Brooklyn. That's a picture of the festivities above. Was your stuff stolen?
UPDATE: Or did you just leave it behind?
Titus's next NYC show will also definitely sell out. That's because it's taking place at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the February 10th Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls benefit are on sale. No word on who will be playing bass. All Titus dates below...
Ridgewood Masonic Temple (more by Jessica Amaya)
"A local events venue is in trouble with the police after a series of liquor licensing issues, with possibly dire financial consequences for the organization that owns it.That scheduled New Year's Eve event was Todd P's Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch show which relocated to 285 Kent Ave and sold out quickly thereafter. 285 Kent Ave is the same venue that will house Monotonix on February 5th.
The 83rd Precinct elected to block alcohol sales at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple, at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, which caused a last-minute site change for a scheduled New Year's Eve show thrown by local indie-rock promoter Todd Patrick. Patrick is known to Brooklyn showgoers as Todd P.
...According to Ridgewood Masonic Temple manager Frank Williams, an organizer for a non-music event in November did not get his permit in time, but threw his event anyhow. The police randomly dropped in on the event and discovered the infraction. Because of this and other previous incidents at RMT, the precinct decided to block the issuance of any more temporary liquor permits for events held there. Patrons are not even allowed to bring their own alcohol. Though the NY State Liquor Authority issues the permits, the local police precinct has jurisdiction to deny one. As a result, Patrick moved the event to 285 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, where he could legally sell alcohol.
"[Community Affairs] Officer [Damarys] Franco was very understanding," Patrick told BushwickBK, "her feeling is just that they've given [RMT] a lot of chances, and she's going to stop cutting them any slack."...
..Patrick's decision to move the event was social as well as economic. "New Year's Eve is not any fun dry," he said. "If we don't sell alcohol, we can't pay for the place. Unless you're not paying the talent, you're either [charging] $25 a head or you're selling alcohol." $15 tickets for the show sold out shortly after the location was moved. -[BushwickBK]
Deerhoof is is scheduled to play Ridgewood Temple on 2/8, but the BushwickBk article makes it seem like there's not much of a chance we'll be seeing a show at the venue anytime soon (unless someone buys the building, changes the zoning and keeps having shows there). We'll keep you posted if the venue changes. Tickets are still available for advance purchase @ Desert Island Books (540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087).
We're not sure what the non-music event that caused the trouble in November was (see above article if you don't know what I mean), but Todd P last succesfully hosted a show at Ridgewood Temple on Halloween.
Oh, and as some commenters pointed out last week, this is not the first time a Todd P show (that Titus Andronicus was playing) that didn't happen at Ridgewood Masonic Temple because of alcohol issues. In 2008 a Titus Andronicus/Black Lips show was moved to Market Hotel last minute. Market Hotel meanwhile still can't host shows anymore either.
Listen to the speech Titus singer Patrick Stickles gave on New Year's Eve (at 285 Kent), below...
According to (de)vices, "For New Years Eve 2010, The Roots played 3 sets from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, with DJ'd interludes by ?uestlove. This man just doesn't quit." It's true (the man doesn't quit) and you can see the Prince fan and friend DJ again at Brooklyn Bowl on January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, and February 24th (and probably after that too). Tickets are on sale for all of the dates. He'll also honor Martin Luther King with a show at Cielo on January 16th.
The Roots play live again on January 15th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA (and constantly on Fallon).
At midnight on New Year's Eve, the band literally came marching in. Watch the videos below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
Phish completed their three night run at Madison Square Garden late on Saturday night (1/1/11). One night earlier they spent the last moments of 2010 in a hot dog hovering over the crowd. The stunt, which was part of a routine that involved the performance of Phish rarity "Meatstick", included costumed dancers that filled the stage, streamers and foam hotdogs, and was initally done on 12/31/94 for New Years at the Boston Garden. It was revisited in 1999 and finally retired when the hot dog was donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Phish borrowed the prop back from the museum for the MSG show.
Over their three night stay (which you may have watched from home since Phish offered a pay-per-view webcast of each night), Phish played a total of seven sets and did not repeat a single song. In fact, the band only repeated two songs during their entire five show New Year's Eve run that also included two shows DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Those songs were "David Bowie" and "Backwards Down the Number Line" (both played once in NYC).
Pictures, setlists and videos (including multiple angles of the flying hot dog) from all three shows, below...
"And then it went off. At 11:58 [on New Year's Eve], without even looking at a watch, [Gibby] Haynes announced, "Let's just go ahead and do this." His countdown, naturally, was as sloppy and haphazard and instinctual as any Butthole Surfers song. Enter 1993's mighty Dust Devil to ring in the New Year: the band's first admission that they turned into a major-label crypto-metal band during the heart of Nirvanamania. It was time to get dumb. Balloons came down. Then the net that held them came down. More than anything, the balloons changed the tone of the show from "fun" to "unhinged." Haynes started spiking balloons like volleyballs into peoples' faces. I caught one in the eyeglasses (it stung, it was worth it). Someone else had the iPhone knocked right from his hand -- a very 2011 problem. Haynes put two balloons in his shirt like big boobs. Some dude went around angrily popping them for some reason." [Village Voice]The Butthole Surfers played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on December 30th and 31st (Lumerians opened both shows). "Refused... And Friends" has a bootleg of the first night for download. Videos (balloons included) and both setlists are below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Eugene Hutz has restless continent syndrome. The Ukrainian Gypsy musician, whose Gogol Bordello played the first of two sold-out nights at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, arrived in New York in the 1990s but just couldn't stay. He now lives in Brazil and is usually on the road with his voraciously eclectic band...
The group opened with one of several internationalist anthems, "Tribal Connection,'' a folkie rabble-rouser with a reggae beat, a hip-hop interlude and Slavic violin and accordion accents. As the 95-minute show continued, stylistic shifts occurred roughly as often as the musicians switched instruments or rushed to another part of the stage... Gogol Bordello's style is descended from the Clash's "Sandinista'' and Franco-Spanish cult band Mano Negra, and shares those predecessors' political outlook. -[The Washington Post]
Gogol Bordello and Man Man played two nights at 9:30 Club in Washington DC, Dec 30th and Dec 31st, before scooting to NYC to team up with Endless Boogie to play the first show of 2011 at Terminal 5. The celebration continued at an afterparty at Studio 21 in Chelsea later Saturday night.
The show was the second of three in a row for Endless Boogie, who spent their New Year's Eve at Lit Lounge, and last night (1/2) at the LES bar Max Fish which is scheduled to close down at the end of January. More pictures from Terminal 5, as well as some video and Gogol's setlist, are below. ..
photos by Josh Darr
Yeasayer celebrated the end of another year by releasing a 'pay what you want' live album via their website, and by playing live shows on both 12/30 and 12/31 at Metro in Chicago with HEALTH. A set of pictures from the first show are in this post along with videos of the band covering Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" - both in Chicago and at that recent Glasslands show with Suckers. They continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"I'm feelin' pretty good. I'm still healin'. It takes a lo-o-ong time to heal up from somethin' like that. I still have these residual pains and aches and what-have-you, and I think I developed one hernia, which is very common. I got one right under my sternum, and I got one over on the side. That's just from layin' up so long, not usin' your chest muscles. 'Coz it's hard, you know. There for a while, I had to have oxygen, because I couldn't draw a deep breath, you know? A big, deep satisfyin' breath. Because that's where the surgery was -- right in front of your lungs." - [Gregg Allman to NJ.com]Gregg Allman, who received a liver transplant this past summer, celebrated the new year on stage at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Long Island on 12/31. Pictures and the written setlist from that show (though we think he strayed slightly from it) are in this post.
Allman spent Saturday night (1/2) in Stamford, CT (rescheduled from 12/29 due to weather) and will be on tour through the bulk of January, hitting Englewood, NJ on 1/12 and a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on 1/18. The shows are in celebration of Gregg's new solo LP, Low Country Blues, due via Rounder Records on January 18th. Full tour dates are below.
Allman will also be in NYC in March to play a string of dates with The Allman Brothers Band at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available for the March 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th shows, but March 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th (the Friday/Saturday shows) are sold out.
All tour dates and more pictures below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
I'm starting to think Bob Pollard is some sort of miracle of modern science; a man capable of extreme alcohol/tobacco consumption, yet somehow able to give a flawless vocal performance. "Anybody got a joint?" Pollard asked a few songs in (someone from the crowd did in fact pass him one). The 53 year-old singer was swigging off a bottle of tequila most of the night and was practically incoherent between songs, but was shockingly able to hit every note and land every high kick on his own two feet. All this in a nearly three-hour New Year's Eve set from his band Guided by Voices that stretched past 1AM at Irving Plaza.
Former Cobra Verde and Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard opened the show with full band in tow. Gillard's backup group held their own with a great set of songs that I'm certain any GBV fan could appreciate. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made a special appearance for one song, but the real highlight of the set came aftger Gillard subtly suggested someone else join him on stage for their last song. Of course, this was the cue for Pollard to sing the post-classic lineup song "I Am A Tree" (which Gillard wrote), and halfway through the song, Pollard did just that. I don't think I was alone in hoping/predicting this would happen as soon as it was announced Doug Gillard was opening this show, and I was ecstatic when it did.
When I saw Guided By Voices at Terminal 5 back in November, I was impressed by how tight they sounded, especially considering how ridiculously lo-fi the recordings of these songs in particular are. This performance was no different. And much like that show, Tobin Sprout was again given the spotlight to sing three of GBV's most classic songs penned by the guitarist: "A Good Flying Bird", "Awful Bliss" and "14 Cheerleader Coldfront". There's something about this lineup that just seems so right. Forget that these songs are among Guided By Voices' most memorable and popular throughout their prolific catalog, the five of them seem to have great admiration for each other. The crowd was a different story. I witnessed two scuffles break out on the floor during the set and before GBV came out there was one fan vocally upset that his girlfriend was talking to a group of guys ten feet ahead of him. I guess this is what happens when emotions and champagne run high...
But leave it to a band like Guided By Voices to play a New Year's Eve show and totally miss the countdown at midnight. Despite several warnings that they were going to stop at midnight, it became apparent towards the end of "Exit Flagger" that, yeah, it was now 2011. It was definitely funny, but something tells me there were a few people who were a little confused. Either way, the band played for over another hour, returning for three encores (48 songs total), and ending with the appropriate "Don't Stop Now". Hopefully if you're a GBV fan you made it out to one of these New York-area shows, but something tells me this is not the last we'll see of this lineup.
They also played Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. Both setlists and more pictures from the NYC show, below...