Posts Tagged ‘concerts’

REVIEW: Deerhunter Free(way) Show

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on September 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Here are a few excerpts from Saturday’s not-so-secret Deerhunter set, which I reviewed for Chicago’s Gapers Block

It was May of 2007 the first time I saw Atlanta-based noise rockers Deerhunter. The band was opening for Chicago’s own The Ponys for their headlining slot at The Echo in Los Angeles. Cryptograms had been released that January, but I was really into The Ponys’ droning garage jams then and couldn’t wait to see them for the first time. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox towered over the stage wearing a flora print mini-dress that night, singing with mic-in-mouth gripped by his teeth. He jolted around the stage along to Cryptograms‘ more angular tracks, putting everyone in a daze that thoroughly upstaged The Ponys’ following set.

Saturday’s free Deerhunter show was less about noise-making and more about fanservice and clever publicity, but that didn’t make it any less entrancing. Hundreds of fans showed up early to the Chicago River underpass at 560 W. Grand, a location disclosed only a few days beforehand as part of Levi’s + Urban Outfitters Secret Generator Series. Deerhunter previewed most of their new songs for the first time in advance of their third full-length album, Halycon Digest (out tomorrow).

Here’s the link for the full review, plus photo extras!


Punk is Dead, but Leather Lives On

In Teleportation on October 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Look at these guys….

…they knew how to make it work.

The concept of cool will forever be embossed in the skin of a leather jacket that makes even the straightest-edge vegan kids squirm with wanton sin. Last night’s metal mayhem at Aragon Ballroom proved it so. While there was an undesirable amount of pimple-faced, middle-hair-part Hot Topic concertgoers, and NO RE-ENTRY (?!), it was still a pretty sweet show. Onion scribe David Wolinsky writes all about the Converge, Mastodon and Dethklok show on SPIN, accompanied by my photography. Czech it, kids.


Here were some of the cow skin toting babes…

Holla If Ya Lolla: Summer Dispatches

In Art Consortium on October 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

According to Tribune Weather, it’s going to spike up to 70 degrees in Chicago this week. My truthist sadism (and the below zero mess we’re about to enter) permits me to tease you thus. Take a look back at my footage from this summer’s Yahoopalooza, my first ever welcome embrace from the city.

Day 1: Waiting For The Night To Fall On Depeche Mode

Day 2: Diva Day With The Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Lykke Li

Day 3: Lou Reed Brings Drama, Jane’s Addiction Bring Chicago Home

Vegas Style Marriage, Lady Liberty, and Faux Woodstock

In Art Consortium, Truths on August 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

It was a big month for the Truthist…I got pretend married to a long-time kindred soul–Vegas Style–and the Wall Street Journal was there to document the whole shebang.

I also braved the mud in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park for three days straight with a few extraordinarily mighty soldiers.

9 portraits + write-up were published in A.V. New York!

Spending three days trekking through an all-too-vivid reimagining of Tim O’Brien’s shit-field passage from The Things They Carried isn’t the way most festival-goers envisioned their All Points West (aherm, Wet) Festival experience. Some came to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park equipped with Hunter rain boots for a romantic, rainy set by The National; others gave up on footwear (and outerwear) entirely to make it to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs apocalyptic sundown performance. The second day quickly turned into hardcore fan night as swarms teemed to see My Bloody Valentine and Tool back to back. One thing was certain after seeing Coldplay on day 3: while it was no Woodstock, rainy UK festivals have nothing on New Yorkers and Jerseyans.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

For complete coverage on Yahoo! Music’s Maximum Performance blog, click here.

And if you’d like to see some of my shots intermingled with concert bimbo footage (thanks Blender), go for it.

Remembering Michael Jackson: Pitchfork Festival 2009

In Art Consortium on August 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

Dear readers,

That was a half-truth. While this year’s Pitchfork Festival did not officially commemorate our beloved MJ, it was overflowing with babies–which probably would have made him happy. Check out my official Yahoo! Music’s Top Ten Moments of the Pitchfork festival here.

If you want to see a pretty flash gallery, check out more sweet shots at my buddy’s Rawkblog.

Weekend Pick: Garotas Suecas play two New York dates

In Art Consortium on April 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

Just as my favorite Brazilian-Bushwickians The Soundscapes move back to their motherland (good lord that was a sad goodbye), their buddies Garotas Suecas swing by New York for a couple of post-SXSW shows before heading back to São Paulo themselves. Catch ’em at my favorite New Yorker Oliver Ackermann’s venue Death By Audio this Sunday (April 5) or the following day at Zebulon. After that, goodbye brotherrrrs!

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Garotas Suecas (Portuguese for “Swedish Girls”) are in fact a tropicalia-tinged garage-rock band composed of five boys and a girl. Or, as the band puts it, some “soulful jazzy motherfunkas & a motherfunkette.” Their sound comes complete with psychedelic organs, erratic harmonica parts, and a thick, punchy horn section. The combination of local flavor, Portuguese/English singing, and American rock influences has garnered instant comparisons to South American predecessors like Os Mutantes. Yet, despite their deliberately misleading band name, Garotas Suecas are less an abstract psychedelic whirlwind and more like pilots of a live jam session, which is part of what made them SXSW.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

Weekend Pick: Wav(v)ves To Play Cake Shop–Tomorrow!

In Art Consortium on March 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

For all its California-soaked cassette brightness, Wavves’ praised sophomore album (that would be Wavvves, with three Vs) drifts deep into dark sonic murkiness. Nathan Williams is the one-man band behind Wavves, and when his homemade songs aren’t drowning in restless twentysomething bleakness (see: the steady occurrence of song titles including the word “goth”), they’re poking and prodding at the boundaries of pop deconstruction. With infectious hooks and verses that shine on through all the guitar and clatter, Wavves makes songs that not only stick, but demand to be played on an ever-rotating loop.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

Tonight: The Usaisamonster @ Death By Audio

In Art Consortium on March 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

BK duo The Usaisamonster is playing this show in advance of a Euro tour after which they will play a final (and probably sold out) show at Market Hotel in the ‘hood in May. Catch em tonight while you can!

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

The Usaisamonster is a guitar-and-drums duo founded in early 2000 by Brooklyn noise veterans Tom Hohman and Colin Langenus. Their fourth full-length, Space Programs, was released in 2008 on Load Records, and finds the pair diluting the punk and metal sensibilities on their first three albums. Advancing instead into harmonizing historical narratives, Space Programs takes epic post-prog sweeps, packing each song tightly into phases of time-shifting guitar riffs and synth nodes to rush the listener through as many realms as it can conquer. Check out this gig at Death By Audio while you can; the band has announced it will play its final show May 9 in Brooklyn.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

Recap: Crystal Stilts + Blank Dogs in Billyburg

In Art Consortium on March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition
Crystal Stilts: Brad Hargett may have smiled (or at least flinched) if he knew he had clown hair during the entire set.

There was an air of whimsy brewing near Bedford Avenue on Saturday night. Cameras were ablaze outside Public Assembly, which hosted the New York City Beard and Moustache Championships that evening. Next door, the marquee for the Music Hall Of Williamsburg read, “Blank Dogs Women Naked On The Vague Silk Flowers”—plenty enough in terms of oddity to entertain a crowd queuing up for a sold-out rock show. Though Crystal Stilts and Blank Dogs seem to play a D.I.Y. gig in Brooklyn almost every week (and much cheaper ones at that), the two bands topped the most loaded, ready-to-fire concert bill of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Pick: Handsome Furs and Iran

In Art Consortium on March 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

I’m not even going to waste my time talking about all the adorable indie couples of generations past (although hrrmm, that might be a nice post for later). As far as I’m concerned right now, Dan and Alexei have me hooked with their steamy bedroom rock n’ roll lovin’. You can see the Montreal duo on Friday at the Mercury Lounge with Brooklyn’s Iran…sooo North America y’all.

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and his poet/wife Alexei Perry debuted as Handsome Furs in 2007 with enough chilling mechanical distance (by way of drum machine) and heaving, anthemic vocal cries to recruit indie-poppers for life. On their new follow-up
Face Control, the pair amplify their sound with a dose pseudo-poptimist rock energy. Opener Iran is a New York band featuring songs written by Aaron Aites and guitar from TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone. The two (and their bandmates) have fuzzed out parts of Brooklyn with Dissolver, a hi-fi departure from their near-decade-long legacy of subtle tape-hiss anthems that alternate between steady American rockers and instant barstool jams.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.