photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013
Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Throughout the show, Ishibashi stayed consistent in one respect -- in his inconsistency. He mixed an almost classical sound with the dissonant harmonies of traditional Japanese music, and wove in a bouncy lightheartedness. Some songs were folky, some vibey, some had riffs devoid of any recognizable beat. The diversity in his singing style also contributed to an extremely varied sound. He maintained crystal-clearness while switching from his normal range to falsetto to practically yelling. Although each sound seemed different from the next, he mixed it all beautifully and seamlessly.

Ishibashi's utilization of his violin skill is probably what sews it all together. From full-bodied playing of violin heavy pieces, to gentle finger-picking riffs, to using the violin as a ukulele, Ishi Bashi has it all down. -[Buquad]

Violin-weilding Kishi Bashi's tour with Elizabeth and the Catapult hit NYC on Thursday (9/11) at Irving Plaza. The review above, however, is from the previous night's stop in Montreal. Pictures from Irving Plaza are in this post.

Kishi Bashi's tour rolls on, hitting Virginia Beach tomorrow. Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Elizabeth and the Catapult will play another hometown show in November for the Tinderbox Festival, which also includes Deerhoof, Aye Nako, Butter the Children, and more.

All remaining tour dates, plus more pics from Irving Plaza, below...

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Elizabeth and the Catapult

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Irving Plaza - 9/12/2013

Kishi Bashi - 2013 Tour Dates
Sep 17 The Jewish Mother Hilltop w/ My Darling Fury,... Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 18 Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio Norfolk, VA
Sep 19 Cat's Cradle w/ My Darling Fury,... Carrboro, NC
Sep 20 Visulite Theatre w/ My Darling Fury ... Charlotte, NC
Sep 21 The Southern w/ My Darling Fury ... Charlottesville, VA
Sep 22 Altar Bar w/ My Darling Fury ... Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 24 The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom w/ Tall Tall Trees... Pontiac, MI
Sep 25 Calvin College - Ladies Literary Club w/ Tall Tall Trees... Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 26 Frankies w/ Tall Tall Trees,... Toledo, OH
Sep 27 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Sep 28 Pygmalion Festival Urbana, IL
Sep 30 Pilot Light w/ Fancy Colors...Knoxville, TN
Oct 01 Exit/In w/ Fancy Colors...Nashville, TN
Oct 02 The Hi-Tone w/ Fancy Colors...Memphis, TN
Oct 03 JJ Bohemia's w/ Fancy Colors...Chattanooga, TN
Oct 04 40 Watt Club w/ Fancy Colors...Athens, GA
Oct 26 Messiah College w/ Mat Kearney...Grantham, PA