Tagged: Live Music

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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Foster The People @ Terminal 5, NYC – 9.28.2011


Can’t remember who the first band was.  The second band was Cults, *groan*.

So, Foster The People.  Is it just me or did they just sneak attack into the music scene out of left field?  Just me?  Ok, cause I don’t listen to the radio or watch music videos and I don’t troll music blogs like a music news junkie.  I’m the complete opposite of a hipster, I find out about bands after everyone and their grandmother has heard of them.  I had never heard of them or their song Pumped Up Kicks up until about 5 weeks ago when I was on a little weekend getaway with my friends and completely at the mercy of their iPods.  There was a lot of Katy Perry and some other stuff, then my friend played Pumped Up Kicks.  It didn’t strike me, but it was a cool song.

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The Rapture @ Webster Hall, NYC – 9.23.2011


 

Let’s pretend they didn’t have an opening band.

I’ve heard of The Rapture over the years, but I’ve never listened to their music.  How is that possible you ask?  Do you live in a cave Roselyn?  In a way I do.  Stephanie told me we had to go to this show, so of course I went and wow.  Wow. wOw.  She told me they’ve had better crowds, which is cool, but I didn’t really care cause I was blown away before they were halfway into the first song on their setlist, In The Grace of Your Love.  I bought their latest album of the same name right after the show, it’s a great album, but you have to see this band live.  See them.  This is one of those bands where a recording just isn’t enough.

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SIA, Oh Land, Ximena Sarinana at Webster Hall, NYC – 7.26.2011


I was really lazy about this, just never got around to it until now.  This was a fantastic show, both openers were great, which was a nice surprise since opening bands are usually awful and painful to sit through.  A few pictures below, I wasn’t trying too hard at this show, just wanted to enjoy it.  And I had the tallest men in the world right in front of me.

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Northside Festival – Day 1 – Tiny Victories & Beggars In A New Land @ 285 Kent – 6.16.2011


After a couple of weeks of absentmindedly studying the overwhelming, anxiety inducing Northside Festival schedule, I settled on heading over to Bruar Falls to check out Seapony and The Secret History.  Mostly because SPIN had recommended the latter.

However, my friend was assigned to work the show at 285 Kent Ave. and I figured the other show would get enough attention, so I stuck around.  Besides, 285 Kent Ave. had a section dedicated to Babycastles arcade games, that sealed the deal.

There were some cancellations & change ups, so I will only speak of the bands I saw.  I didn’t stick around all night cause I have one of those 9 to 5 jobs.

The first band was Beggars In A New Land.  They looked like two young guys fresh out of high school, maybe college freshmen.  Just them, some synths, a laptop and green laser lights.  I don’t know anything about them, maybe they’re not new to performing.  They seemed confident and started playing to a pretty empty room.

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Two Nights of Dylan Fest @ Bowery Ballroom 5.26 & 5.27.11


Many special guests joined the Cabin Down Below band for Dylan Fest this year.  To name a few, or actually most of them: Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Binki Shapiro, Adam Green, Jack Dishel, Regina Spektor, Zane Carney, Will Forte and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Most of the same people played on the second night and a few others showed up, including Reeve Carney, Justin Long and Alia Shawkat.

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Crystal Castles – Terminal 5, NYC – 3.18.2011


DJ Destructo started the night off with some danceable music, the crowd was having a good time.  He kept the masses entertained.  Nothing out of this world, but his set was fun.

Next up, Teengirl Fantasy.  Their set was like going up a rollercoaster, feeling terrified anticipation, and finally reaching the top only to discover that it’s just a plateau for miles.  At one point, the music was so monotonous that we found ourselves getting sleepy.  Odd.

Then suddenly, our easily divided attention was distracted by a vicious fight, involving about ten people in the crowd.  It was strange, because the music was the complete opposite of what we were witnessing.  I guess music doesn’t always affect mood, because those kids should have been napping, not trying to strangle one another with glow sticks.

Finally, Crystal Castles.  They came on close to midnight.

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I didn’t keep detailed track of the setlist, I never really do, so here’s a random list:

Courtship Dating/Crimewave/Air War/Alice Practice/Baptism/Pap Smear/Suffocation/Untrust Us/Yes,No

Unfortunately they did not play Year of Silence, probably my favorite Crystal Castles song.  But it was still a great set.

After dancing with abandon and crowdsurfing three times, Alice walked off of the stage with a crutch.  My guess is that broken ankle is going to take much longer to heal than expected.  But I think everyone appreciated her lack of concern for her own wellbeing.  It made for a great performance.

Ethan was on point the entire night.  Alice attracts most of the attention, especially with a broken ankle, it’s hard to look away.  But he definitely kept the music flowing smoothly.  And Christopher, he is probably the most neglected of those on stage, but he was a beast on the drums.

Can’t wait to see them again at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.

*UPDATE*

Here is video my sister took of the song they opened with, Baptism.

Beach House – Webster Hall, NYC – 2.25.2011


I am almost a month late with this post, can’t believe I forgot.  Better late than never though right?

The only Beach House song I was very familiar with before seeing them live is Lover of Mine.  I could have listened to more of their music, but sometimes I like to experience a band/musician live, before hearing their recordings.

I was blown away.

I bought their album Teen Dream afterwards.  There really isn’t a better way to describe their music, that show felt like a wonderful dream.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Spank You Very Much 10th Anniversary Show


So my sister, my friend and I were fortunate enough to win tickets to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Spank You Very Much 10th Anniversary show, which was held at Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg Brooklyn last night.

We got to the show early and found out that only 150 tickets had been sold.  The band wanted to have a small group of rabid fans for the show and that is exactly what they got.

I didn’t bring my SLR camera to this show because I didn’t know if it would be allowed, but regardless, it probably would have gotten destroyed at some point because everyone went insane and I was mostly just trying to focus on staying upright.  But here are the few pictures I did manage to take, some are of us and a few of the band.  Don’t expect greatness, I used a point and shoot with flash and some are from my camera phone.

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The show was a lot of fun, it was like a crazy house party.  It was packed, there wasn’t any air conditioning, just a fan.  The refreshments consisted of a couple of brands of bear, free cups of water which you served yourself from a cooler and a candy dish.

They opened with Rich, which I was able to take video of and here it is:

They went on to play a variety of their older songs including Y Control, Maps, Graveyard, Miles Away, Machine, to my delight, they played Art Star and Modern Romance and they closed with Heads Will Roll.

I think I have video of Modern Romance which I may upload soon.

All in all it was a great experience, I’m glad I got to be there.  Great show, great crowd (expect for the one jerk who tried to lift my sister out of his way to take her place up front), it was a great night and a big thank  you to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for such a great experience.

– Roselyn Fortuna

The Action Design – Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, NY – 8.3.2010


On Tuesday night I ventured out to Long Island to Mulcahy’s in Wantagh to see The Action Design open for Dan Sartain and Social Distortion.

Unfortunately I only got to stay to see The Action Design because I had work the next day and had to catch an early train back to the city, however, just getting to see them was worth the trip.

Anyone who has been to many rock concerts knows that often, the opening band can be a pretty grueling form of torture.  At times, I have even thought that perhaps the headlining band has picked the most horrible opening band they could find to set the bar for the night extremely low.  So that by the time they come on stage the crowd is so miserable that anything the headlining band does is a major improvement and seems like the most epic concert ever.

That being said, this was NOT one of those concerts.  The venue was crowded, the show was sold out and anyone who did not arrive early missed a great opening band.  I have seen The Action Design several times in smaller venues, so it was great to get to see them at Mulcahy’s which is a medium sized concert hall.  Their energy was great, their performance was on point and I couldn’t help dancing and singing along to the music.

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I recorded a video of them performing one of their new singles, Still Standing.  Unfortunately I cut it off a little too soon, so you can’t hear the enthusiastic applause at the end.  But it’s worth checking out.

The crowd was mostly men in their mid 20’s and up, which can be a tough crowd for a band with a female vocalist.  But on this occasion you could tell that the crowd was genuinely pleased with the opening band.  Everyone was paying attention,  I walked around the venue during their performance because I was taking pictures and I noticed everyone was really into them.  They definitely made some new fans at this show.

The Action Design recently released a limited edition 7 inch vinyl with two new singles, Desperation and Still Standing.  If you haven’t yet, you can hear them here.

500 copies of the vinyl were pressed and in all of about two weeks the vinyl has already sold out online.  When I spoke to front woman Emily Whitehurst after the show, she informed me there are about 100 copies left that the band are selling on tour.  So if you happen to see them, don’t hesitate to get yourself a copy.  If vinyl isn’t your thing, they are also selling download cards for the two new singles.

If you haven’t heard The Action Design yet, you should definitely check them out.   And if you’re going to see Social Distortion on their current tour, get there early so you don’t miss The Action Design‘s set.  You won’t be disappointed.

– Roselyn Fortuna

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