Parquet Courts wrapped up their NYC “Land, Sea & Air” run on Elsewhere’s roof (review, setlist, video)
Parquet Courts wrapped up their their three-show "Land, Sea, and Air," NYC assault on Monday night (6/11) on Elsewhere's rooftop. (Their "land" show was at Public Arts on Saturday, and "sea" was a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on Sunday.) It was also the last show of their spring tour and the guys were clearly in a good mood as they made their entrance by climbing up over the back of the stage. "Anyone else afraid of heights?" asked bassist Sean Yeaton, semi-jokingly.
Things kicked off with "Total Football," which also opens their new album Wide Awake!, followed by Human Performance's "Dust," the Light Up Gold one-two punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time," a cover of Ramones' "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World," and more. The Wide Awake! songs sounded great, with more emphasis on keyboards: A Savage windmilled an '80s Omnichord for one song, and the show's highlight was maybe the anthemic and keyboard-heavy "Freebird II." For the funky Wide Awake! title track they brought up Doug Marvin of Drawing Boards to rock the agogô. "One Man, No City" ended in an extended jam and the night came to a close with ripper "Light Up Gold II." Great show. Check out the setlist and a few fan-shot videos below.
Goat Girl were originally set to open the show but went back to the UK early to appear on Later With Jools Holland. In their place was the fantastically named Olivia Neutron-John who played minimal, arty synthpop as the sun set into most of our eyes.
Parquet Courts' presence in NYC this week can still be felt as their World Cup-themed "Total Football" pop-up at Canal Street Market is up through Sunday (6/17). There's a closing party on Sunday where you can watch the day's games earlier in the day and then from 4-7 PM you can challenge the band to games of foosball and FIFA (there's also free beer). It's free to attend but you do need to RSVP.
SETLIST: Parquet Courts @ Elsewhere Rooftop 6/11/2019
Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
Before the Water Gets Too High
Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (Ramones cover)
Master of My Craft
Back to Earth
Mardi Gras Beads
One Man No City
Light Up Gold II