Metric @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 6.13.2012

Metric played a last minute intimate show for fans only at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last Wednesday.  Metric is so great live, that I’m convinced they could do a show where they just play nursery rhymes and they would still be better than 90% of bands out today.  I was waiting in line for the bathroom after the show and the girl in front of me turned to me and said, “They were so good, I’m destroyed, I think I might have been in a coma”.   It was really that good.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

We live by the East River in downtown Manhattan, movies are filmed there pretty frequently by the FDR drive.  One night they were filming, they had the whole street shut down for a car chase scene and there was this one huge spotlight hanging off of a streetlight or something.  I told my sister to run over to it so I could take a picture of her looking like she was being abducted.  As I was taking the picture with my camera phone, a PA yelled at us to get out of the set.  So I didn’t get to focus it and it turned out like this.  I like it though, very dreamy, it’s not edited at all.  You can see the Brooklyn Bridge’s lights in the background.  I took this picture on July 7, 2009.

The Rapture @ Bowery Ballroom 4.6.2012

The Rapture were great, as usual.  Everything was on point and although it may not seem like it from the crowd shots, everyone was having a good time and there was a lot of dancing.  Or about as much as you could ever expect from a NYC audience.

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Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 3.23.2012

I went to both of Fiona’s NYC shows.  The Music Hall of Williamsburg show and the Bowery Ballroom show two nights later.  I have a lingering obsession with her from my adolescence.  I don’t listen to her every day, but when I found out she was finally playing some small venues here, all reason left me and I went ahead and bought some ridiculously over priced tickets on ebay and StubHub, the ticketmaster sale sold out in an impossible matter of nano seconds.

I will only be posting pictures from the first night.  The second night I ended up in an awful spot behind some people who I am sure were around 7 feet tall and I couldn’t see, much less take pictures.

She was perfect.  The new songs were as good or better than I expected.  Can’t wait to buy the album.

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Brand New @ The House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ 12.31.2011

What a way to end 2011 and begin 2012. I never go out on new years eve. Ever. I hate the crowds and the drunkards. So I have always stayed home and been home before midnight. This year, not only did I go out, but I went to New Jersey. We didn’t even book a hotel because it was so over priced. We just bought our roundtrip bus tickets and headed out.

The show started at about 10:15pm, no opening band (yay!), they had a brief intermission ‘to go practice Your Favorite Weapon (their words) at around 10:45. Came back on around 11:15 and played until 12:45 am.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Brooklyn Bowl – Jonathan Toubin Benefit 12.16.2011

They played about six songs.  It was great and fun, but I’m glad I didn’t travel from another state for it like some people did, for such a short set.

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Brand New @ The Paramount, Huntington, NY 11.27.2011

I have Bieber fever for Brand New.

The year isn’t over, but Brand New at the Paramount in Huntington, NY tonight was the best show I’ve been to all year.  Nice sized venue, although the sound could have been much better.  The band was great, energetic and having fun.  They interacted with the fans, which is always great.  And the setlist was a dream.  They played Vices & Gasoline back to back, I don’t know how I didn’t faint.

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Florence + The Machine @ the Archway, DUMBO, NYC for Creators Project -10.15.2011

I finally got to see Florence + The Machine perform during the Creators Project event in Brooklyn on Saturday.  It was worth the wait, she has one of those voices that seems larger than her.  I’m sure the fact that we were under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge added to the great sound.  I heard it wasn’t so great in the back, but up near the front it was perfect.  I didn’t have a photo pass but I brought my camera anyway and got some pretty decent pictures from about 50 feet away, thank you 70-300mm lens.  They’re all from the same angle, couldn’t move around cause it was packed and I was stuck against a wall behind some tall people.

This show was fantastic and in a beautiful setting.  The Creators Project really outdid themselves this year.  Can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.

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