Concert Reviews

Ty Segall at Death By Audio (November 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 17th 2014

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November 14 was a quiet day, until Mikal Cronin tweeted out a photo of him and the rest of The Ty Segall band at Grand Central Station, confirming suspicions that Ty was the secret performer at Death By Audio that night.

I got there an hour before doors and although it was already a decently long line, I was pretty confident with the spot so I wasn’t too worried about getting in. Within 10 minutes the line grew tremendously, as word of Ty playing the tiny DBA started to spread. By the time I got in, I heard that the line had reached Kent Ave, likely with many disappointed fans who didn’t get in.

The bill featured opening sets from The Numerators and Guantanamo Baywatch who got the crowd warmed up. By the time Ty took the stage, there was a feeling of tension in the air that was just waiting to be unleashed.

Ty started the set with a rather touching thank you to Edan and the rest of DBA, reminiscing about their first show in NYC, which of course, was at DBA (as well as with Thee Oh Sees!) and had maybe 75 people in attendance. He also joked about owing the pedal company some royalties. It was a touching moment, a calm before the storm that broke out with the opening bits of heaving hitter “Wave Goodbye.”

From there it was typically glorious set of rock and roll from Ty and the band. It was great to see them at such an intimate setting, as now they’re big enough to play (and sell out) spaces like Webster Hall. Ty did some fun riffage on songs like “Wild Thing” and “Louie Louie” as well as “Californication” which he apologized for putting us through.

During “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart” Ty challenged 100 people to crowdsurf at once, or else they would stop playing. That wasn’t quite possible, but it resulted in a giant pool of crowdsurfers colliding into one enough, with Ty eventually joining the action briefly. He then called for us to crowdsurf Edan, which he did, from the front of the stage, all the way to the back. It was pretty incredible.

It was one of the final shows I would get to see at DBA, and one of the best experiences of the year.

Setlist and photos below.

1. Wave Goodbye
2. You’re the Doctor
3. Slaughterhouse
4. Tall Man Skinny Lady
5. Wild Thing / Louie Louie
6. Feel
7. Skin
8. Finger / + brief joke “Californication” Cover
9. Standing at the Station
10. Oh Mary
11. Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart
12. The Drag
13. It’s Over

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1_The RAA_Bowery Ballroom

On Thursday, November 13, I headed into Bowery Ballroom to catch a set from the always reliable The Rural Alberta Advantage. The tour was in support of their sold new album Mended With Gold, which was released this fall via Saddle Creek.

Going into the show I wasn’t familiar with opener July Talk, but I ended up being blown away by the Toronto-based band. Quite frankly, they came close to stealing the entire show. The group is fronted by duel vocalists (and couple) Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay. They gave a frenzied sexual performance that was gloriously in your face and memorable. Fay ventured in the crowd finding fans to dance with, and even stole someones hat (she returned it after fondling it a bit). July Talk hit hard with strong riffage and raspy vocals from Dreimanis, countered by the softer vocals of Fay. Keep an eye on these guys, they’re going places.

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These days Alec Ounsworth is the only original remaining member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It’s an odd thing to see, as the debut album that they original lineup release was for sure one of the reasons I’m doing what I do now on this blog. Either way, I’m just happy that Ounsworth has kept the band going, releasing a new album called Only Run earlier this year.
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Will Butler at Baby’s All Right (November 12, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 16th 2014

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You may know Will Butler best as a member of Arcade Fire, brother of frontman, Win Butler. Make way guys, Will is stepping out on his own, grabbing some spotlight as a solo act. He’ll release his debut album Policy on March 10 via Merge Records

Last month (before the album was announced) Butler stopped by Baby’s All Right for a first look at the album, playing 10 tracks, which we can only assume are all off the record (though no official tracklist has been shared). Will rocked the stage along with two female singers, one of which was his wife Jenny Shore. His son Alvin was also watching within the crowd (with a cute set of ear-protecting earphones – photo below).
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Tame Impala at The Beacon Theatre (November 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2014

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Back in the early days of November (Nov 10 to be exact) Tame Impala returned for the 2nd night in a row for a sold out show at the historic Beacon Theatre. It was a rare concert for me at the venue (I hadn’t been there since The National played there in 2011), but if there’s anything that will bring me up there, it’s the live show from Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala.
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Jenny Lewis at Terminal 5 (November 5, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 12th 2014

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Last month Jenny Lewis played to a sold out crowd at Terminal 5, on tour for her new album The Voyager. This was her first show in New York since playing Governors Ball this June.

Support came from L.A. duo Girlpool, consisting of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. They made a name for themselves in October with some highly buzzed about CMJ performances, clearly catching the attention of Lewis. They performed tracks off their debut (self-titled) EP in sweet charming fashion. They were a fitting match to open for Lewis, and handled themselves great on the large Terminal 5 stage. They’re surely ones to watch.
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Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5 (November 4, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

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In early November (the 4th, to be exact), the man himself, Mac DeMarco, took over Terminal 5. That’s right, the silliest man in indie rock and roll not only played the large-scale Manhattan venue, but he sold it out. It was an impressive feat, but no surprise when you look at Mac’s incredible rise over the past few months with the release of his fantastic LP Salad Days. The stacked lineup also included opening sets from Connan Mockasin and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
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Photos: Deerhoof at Death By Audio (November 2, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 18th 2014

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

On Sunday, November 2, Deerhoof were the surprise headliners at Death By Audio, the Brooklyn venue that is closing up shop this Saturday night.

The show was one of four in New York that week for the experimental rock group, who recently released their rock solid new album La Isla Bonita.

Andrew St. Clair was at the show, and captured the evening in photos. Find his shots posted below, which also include opening acts Father Murphy, Dan Firel, and Palberta.
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