Last night I caught Hamilton Leithauser’s second show of the night (9:30 p.m.) at Joe’s Pub (he also played two shows on Tuesday night). These served as Leithauser’s debut shows as a solo artist in preparation for the release of his debut album Black Hours (June 3, Ribbon Music) Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday night Small Black headlined Bowery Ballroom in support of the release of their newly released Real People EP. Snowmine opened before them, but it felt more like a co-headlining slot than anything else; as one could argue that people were equally as excited that both Brooklyn-based bands got to share the stage. Read the rest of this entry »
After all these years, I finally got to see Summer Camp perform live. The married duo of Elizabeth Sankey & Jeremy Warmsley came all the way from England to play last night at Brooklyn Bowl. They were every bit as delightful as I could have hoped. Read the rest of this entry »
Photos by Andrew St. Clair
On Thursday night Swedish indie-poppers The Sounds made their return to New York City to play Webster Hall. The tour is in support of Weekend, the new album that they quietly released last year. The show featured support from Blondfire and Ghost Beach.
In addition to a sold out show later tonight at Webster Hall, Mac DeMarco celebrated the release of his new album Salad Days last night with a more intimate (but still very sold out) show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.
The Salad Days material is just as sharp live as it is on record, played with plenty of oomph and honesty with a fair share of the humor that you have to expect from DeMarco. The new songs fit well alongside the older material off of 2, such as “Cooking Up Something Good”, “Ode To Viceroy”, “The Stars Keep On Calling My Name”, and the groovy highlight of the night: “Freaking Out The Neighborhood.” The synth-magic of “Chamber Of Relfection” really shines live, as does the honestly of Salad Days’ first single “Passing Out Pieces.”
The show was a celebration for sure, with many of Mac’s friends and family in attendance. His mom was there, watching the show on the side of the stage, as well as his girlfriend Kiera McNally. Hell, someone even brought a dog to the show who found a way to make a few appearances on stage (the poor guy must have a hard time hearing today). “Still Together” closed out the regular set (as it should) and after the song, as per tradition, Mac surfed through the crowd, from front to back, and then back to front, even finding a way to get a shot bought for him before he was sent back.
The encore featured (gloriously) half-assed “covers” of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend”, the latter which he sang in the crowd with his mom. It was as goofy as you’d expect from Mac, but also had a sweet sentiment which was moving. The night ended with his mom doing some crowd-surfing of her own, making her son quite proud.
Although at the end of the night, it had to be Miss DeMarco who was proud. Her son rocked the house like a true rock star.
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On Saturday night Perfect Pussy played one of their biggest shows yet, a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. The show was clearly an important one to the Syracuse band, as their parents were there in attendance, with many of them watching the entire show on the side as the band viciously tore through their set.
They played at lightning speed, almost just as fast as the crowd was moshing and throwing their bodies into one another. At about 20-minutes it was a blink and you’ll miss it type of show. But the energy that the punk-rockers deliver is unmistakable. It grabs complete control over the audience.
The set ended with bassist Greg Ambler stage diving (more like a spear than a dive) into the crowd, the only proper conclusion to as crazy a performance as they put on. If you were there and came out without any bruises, you missed out.
Green Dreams and Tumul opened things up. Green Dreams are a punk band from Rochester and were enjoyable enough. Tumul meanwhile were more of an experiment than a band. They sounded like a dying alien breathing his last breath in space continuously for 20 minutes. People in the crowd looked miserable and confused while watching, and one guy even chucked his beer at them. It was brutal, one of my least favorite concert experiences possibly ever.
Check out some more photos from Perfect Pussy’s set below.
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Pure X once again opened, and once again delivered the goods. Such smooth jams, these guys are just all kinds of chill live, bringing in sexy clouds of smoke that just fill up a room.
Real Estate came out and brought it once again. It was cool to see them bring such a different set to the table to the show as they easily could have just repeated the same set from the night before (as many bands would). Not only did the shift around the order, but they also played “Younger Than Yesterday”, “Navigator”, “Wonder Years” and “Kinder Blumen”, the latter two which closed off the 3-song encore (“Green Aisles was the other song). They also played a unreleased song (titled “2 Part” on the setlist) that was recorded during the Atlas sessions but obviously left off. I don’t know if they have ever played it before, but I recorded a video of the performance just in case (find that below).
They commanded the Webster Hall stage with just as much confidence as they brought to Music Hall, proving that the move to bigger stages (such as Terminal 5 in October) will be no problem for them. Real Estate are in their groove.
Find the video of the new song posted below, along with the setlist and some photos. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday night Real Estate played their first NYC show since the release of their new album, Atlas. You got the sense that this would be the last time you would be able to catch them at an intimate venue such as Music Hall of Williamsburg. This looks to be true as they have already booked a show at the much larger Terminal 5 coming up this October.
Austin, Texas group Pure X opened up the show, fresh off the release of new album Angel (out via Fat Possum). It was my first time seeing them live, and their performance was very impressive. Every song was as calm and cool as the next, perfectly suited for soundtracking a nice long road trip. Just based off their performance I can tell that Angel is going to be one of my favorite albums this year. Be sure to check it out.
Last year I saw Real Estate play a few warm-up shows during the summer and winter that acted as a preview to the songs that would make up Atlas. The songs sounded good but they definitely could have use a bit of polishing up. Well here we are, many months later, and that’s exactly what they did. All the songs off Atlas sounded crisp and clear, with “Had To Hear” and “Past Lives” opening to show setting to prove that point.
They effortlessly threw in tracks from their growing discography which included “It’s Real”, “Fake Blues”, “Out Of Tune”, and “Beach Comber.” They also played “Talking Backwards” b-side “Beneath The Dunes.” The band sounded as good as I’ve ever heard them, fully fleshed out and confident. I’ve seen them quite a few times now, but I’m positive that this performance was their best yet. A lot of this has to do with the permanent addition of drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman who give the band a well-rounded group of players.
Real Estate have really come into their own as a band over these years. I can only see them getting better and better, if that’s even possible.
Below you’ll find the setlist, as well as some photos from both Real Estate & Pure X. Read the rest of this entry »