Today, the noise-making Brooklyn trio bottoms released their Goodbye Cruel World EP via Atlas Chair (stream below). This Friday they celebrate the release of their first 12″ at Secret Robot Project, following up their gig at Palisades last weekend with US Girls. Find all the details on Facebook and buy your tickets here.
I first heard the news of Glasslands closing while on a gratuitously long sabbatical in the UK. With the closing of 285 Kent, indieScreen, and Death by Audio all on Kent Avenue it was truly only a matter of time that Glasslands would be forced to shut down.
My last show at Glasslands would be TR/ST aka Trust with Beacon, just two days before the venue closed its doors forever. Frontman Robert Alfons dressed in black from head-to-toe and debuted a buzzcut for the performance which, suitably for the occasion, was as deliciously dark and moody as you’d imagine.
On a much different note (acoustic to be more specific), a week prior I caught Waxahatchee with at Glasslands Goodbye Party with Steve Gunn and Weyes Blood. It’s sad to see so many of these venues disappearing at once, but thankfully we still have Palisades and Market Hotel (reopening very soon)…I still have faith in you New York!
A last minute business trip brought me to DC in September, which aligned to The Drums‘ stop on their Encyclopedia Tour with Beverly. Greeting me upon entering the 930 Club (my first show ever at the legendary venue) was Roseanne’s Darlene emblazoned on a Beverly t-shirt. Best merch ever!
Beverly, who joined The Drums on their US/UK tour, released their debut album Careers last summer via Kanine Records, and played the last ever show at Glasslands (RIP) with Sky Ferreira and DIIV on New Years Eve.
Many years have passed since I’d last seen The Drums onstage (Bowery Ballroom? Mercury Lounge?) and with that a much bigger catalog of songs to perform live. The boys performed a staggering 21 songs live at full energy, recalling a rollercoaster of feelings of nostalgia, joy, heartbreak, etc. Can’t wait to see them next! Check out the full setlist below thanks to setlist.fm.
(Side note to self: I just recalled my first intro to Beverly by word of mouth from band member Scott Rosenthal (also of Class Actress) at an Avan Lava show at the downstairs bar of Music Hall of Williamsburg a few years back.)
Rest of the pictures can be seen here.
The Drums Set list: Bell Laboratories // Let Me // Me and the Moon // Days I Can’t Pretend // Kiss Me Again // Book of Stories // Best Friend // Money // U.S. National Park // Book of Revelation // Face of God // I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him // I Need a Doctor // How It Ended // Wild Geese // Encore: Don’t Be a Jerk, Johnny // Make You Mine // Let’s Go Surfing // Saddest Summer // Down by the Water
Before the close of 2014, How to Dress Well (Tom Krell) played his last few New York shows in support of his third album What is This Heart? The first of these shows was at Glasslands with Porcelain Raft, followed by a one off show with Com Truise at Verboten for #connectsessions. At the latter show Krell performed in front of a gorgeous backdrop of black and white clouds and swirls of static controlled by the gesture-recognizing Kinect technology (a collaboration with TRUSST), making for a truly musically and visually stunning experience.
Next up for How to Dress Well is a slew of gigs abroad before hitting the festival circuit. Check out those dates here. Stream HTDW’s most recent mix tape “you and i are the same” below.
Yo if u took dope pics at verboten tonight DM em to my IG howtodresswell I wan post some pretty ones — what a beautiful night!
— literally your boy (@HowToDressWell) December 18, 2014
The rest of the pictures can be seen here.
On September 11th, the McKittrick Hotel / Manderlay Bar was the perfect venue for Karen O. to perform songs from her solo album Crush Songs. The absolutely gorgeous setting, home to the long-running eerily interactive Sleep No More show, was dressed in billowing smoke and a heart-shaped neon sign that read Crush Palace.
Karen took the stage after midnight, joined by an ensemble band consisting of Moses Sumney, Holly Miranda, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner. The charming hour long performance of material felt so intimate that it was almost as if Karen were reading pages aloud from her diary.
South Williamsburg’s Babys All Right hosted a killer line up back in June, bringing together Airick Woodhead’s band Doldrums on the same bill for the first time with his brother Daniel Benjamin’s band Moon King. Additional support came from Eola and a DJ set from Empress Of – who was
fearless amazing enough to play a track from Mariah Carey’s latest album.
Daniel played the opening slot for Doldrums, then returned to the stage with Doldrums. Along with Airick’s sick wardrobe, the TLC FanMail image in his gear is highly commendable!
I caught BANKS onstage at a tiny outdoor venue during SXSW earlier this year, a performance that caused a frustrated fan to leave mid-show (even after waiting hours and hours in achey shoes) due to unfortunate mic issues. I cut BANKS some slack and attended her show at Irving Plaza back in June. She performed songs from her lush debut album Goddess to a sold out audience, thankfully with much better sound quality. BANKS went on to sell out Terminal 5 later in the year, an impressive with only one full-length under her belt.
Check out the Tom Demac remix of Drowning below, one of my favorite mixes of the year.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen Sky Ferreira since the release of her 2013 masterpiece of an album Night Time, My Time (you can check my last.fm, one year later I still listen to this album regularly). However, I can say with confidence that each performance was even better than the last. It’s been so great to see her grow as an artist, hitting bigger and bigger stages each time.
Back in July she was joined by her equally talented boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith’s band DIIV in support of the David Lynch Foundation. The show sold out instantly, and rightfully so. Check out additional pictures from the show here.
Before embarking on their major arena tour with Lorde, Montreal’s Majical Cloudz played 2 shows at Webster Hall in the first half of 2014. The second show (a part of Pitchfork / Jim Beam’s NightCap collaboration, an after party for Governor’s Ball) took place just a few days after my birthday. I brought someone I’d been seeing at the time, ugh. In hindsight, it was an interesting experience to watch Devon’s wholehearted performance onstage (as always) contrast the passionless relationship I was in during that period.
The duo played brand new songs slated to appear on their upcoming follow up to 2013’s fantastic Impersonator. Seriously can’t wait to what they’re serving up in 2015. Landmarking their successful tour with Lorde, Majical Cloudz released a re-recorded version of Your Eyes from 2011’s II (embedded below). Though II is entirely ignored in their sets, I’d really really love to hear Francisco performed live (also posted below for your enjoyment).
Majical Cloudz Performs “Turns Turns Turns” from Pitchfork TV on Vimeo.
As summer winds down in New York, us city dwellers were given a real treat when Blood Orange (Devonté Hynes) headlined Central Park’s SummerStage (for a free show nonetheless) with a slew of special guests that included openers Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
Dev opened the set with Champagne Coast (from 2011’s amazing yet very highly-underappreciated Coastal Grooves) and lusciously worked his way through a majority of Cupid Deluxe, b-sides, and covers for good measure. Along with a full band, the Blood Orange ensemble was completed with guest performances from Skepta, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), and Samantha Urbani (Friends) his partner and frequent collaborator as heard on the Cupid Deluxe.
It was truly a magical experience to see such a great album brought to life onstage, and a definite highlight for the year. The full set list can be seen below thanks to Setlist.fm. More pictures from the show can be seen here.
Setlist: Champagne Coast // Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover) // Chamakay (with Caroline Polachek) // You’re Not Good Enough // Bad Girls // It Is What It Is // High Street (with Skepta) // On The Line // Chosen // Sutphin Boulevard // Always Let U Down // No Right Thing // Uncle ACE // Time Will Tell