Tagged: Rock

Franz Ferdinand Surprise Show @ Glasslands – Brooklyn, NYC 7.23.2013


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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.

You can see for yourself…

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