Joanna Newsom played The Apollo with Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi, interviewed by Larry King (pics, video)
photos by P Squared
"Joanna Newsom's performance at the Apollo last night gave chills & there were a few moments where it was so beautiful I teared up" - Dan Bernitt
...Sandwiched in between two of her most massive songs to date ("Emily" and "Have One On Me"), "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" had the same show-stopping effect as those songs, with Ryan and Mirabi's guitar and violin flourishes popping out as much as Joanna's own presence.
Divers' lengthy title track was another show-stopper, but in the opposite way. It was one of the night's quieter songs, and had the crowd in a silent trance the whole time. The crowd was like that the whole show, really. If someone near you so much as coughed or shifted in their seat, you could hear them during Joanna's quiet parts.
The above quote is from our review of Joanna Newsom's show at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, and now we've got pictures of the other NYC stop of her tour: The Apollo, which she played this past Friday (12/11). The setlist was similar but not exactly the same as the Kings show, with a lot off the new album and older faves like "Bridges and Ballons," "Have One On Me," "Peach Plum Pear," "Cosmia" and more. Like at Kings, Joanna's bandmate Ryan Francesconi pulled double duty, opening with a collaborative set with Alela Diane. Pictures (including one of the setlist) are in this post and continue below.
Speaking of Joanna Newsom and kings, she was the guest on Larry King's "Larry King Now" episode yesterday (12/14), where she was interviewed and also taught Larry how to play the harp. The interview included her saying she'd love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, talking about Spotify (which she trashed in other interviews this year too), and more. Watch the whole interview below.
Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi