photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Ira Kaplan w/ The Clean @ Glasslands 8/22/2014
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New Zealand indie rock icons The Clean are on tour in North America and just played two NYC shows, both of which had notable surprise guests: Will Butler of Arcade Fire played a solo opening set at Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21), and at Glasslands on Friday (8/22) Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo joined the band onstage for a good chunk of their set. Pictures and (dark) video of "Getting Older" from Glasslands are in this post.

I was at the Rough Trade show (missed Butler's set) but enjoyed's The Clean's loose -- very loose -- hour-long set that included such Flying Nun standards as "Tally Ho," "Draw(in)g To A (W)hole" and "Anything Can Happen." David Kilgour's famous dislike for practicing had songs stopping more than coming to an end, but the group seemed to be in good spirits.

David's brother, Hamish, pulled double duty on Friday night, as his new Brooklyn-based band, Roya, opened the night. Pics from their set, plus more of The Clean, below...

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The Clean w/ Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley @ Glasslands 8/22/2014