Wednesday, May 30, 2007
they wrapped up the very last night of their World Tour. Not only was it one of
the high points of the concert-going year thus far for me, but even the band waxed
rhapsodic about having had dreams of playing NY's Central Park. It certainly
was a memorable way to close out an amazing comeback-story of a tour.
In this case, pictures really are worth a thousand words, so I'll let these shots do
>>See A Gallery of Photos From the Show<<
How is it possible that all that music comes from only 3 guys? And one often
doesn't play a thing while he sings. It's a mystery, but I can tell you this: the
keyboards are magic.
Coming soon: Video from the show, so you can see what I mean.
has announced the lineups for its free Pool Parties!
Thrown by the lovely folks at JellyNYC, the Pool Parties take place every
Sunday throughout the summer months, and feature some of the coolest lineups
you're likely to see all summer. And FREE!
Did I mention they're free?
Would you ever imagine you'd see ?uestlove spinning disk in-between sets by
Deerhoof and Beirut? Neither would I... if I hadn't seen it myself. And that's just
the tip of the iceberg.
So without further ado, here's the deets, courtesy of the official website...
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, featuring Superchunk, Oakley Hall and special guest
July 1st Note from TixGirl: Illinois are a MUST SEE!
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, featuring MAN MAN, Dengue Fever and Illinois
The Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool featuring Octopus Project, Erase Errata, Dan Deacon and OCDJ
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, details coming soon.
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, Details soon to come.
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, details coming soon.
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, featuring Blonde Redhead, I'm From Barcelona, and Special Guest TBA
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, featuring Ted Leo + the Pharmacists, The Thermals, Birds of Avalon.
The JELLYNYC Pool Parties at the McCarren Park Pool, featuring Ghostland Observatory and Special Guests TBA
Full McCarren Park summer concert schedule to come, so stay tuned...
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Saturday, May 26, 2007
second chance to see one of the most important voices of a generation in music,
considering I'd passed up seeing him last year? I mean, hell, I grew up listening to
my Mom's Dark Side of the Moon record. And I never, ever thought I'd have a
chance to see the man who wrote that music, live.
Now I can happily report that it was well worth the ticket price and ridiculous
effort of getting from the city out to the Meadowlands in Jersey. Effort,
schmeffort! This is Roger Waters, man. And he's playing Dark Side of the Moon
in its entirety! 1 ticket, please...
He opened with some of my most favorite Floyd tunes from The Wall, Animals,
and all. Wish You Were Here sent chills down my spine, despite the fact that
Dave Gilmour's part was performed by an anonymous touring band member.
Actually, the only disappointing thing about this concert was the obvious lack of
David Gilmour. And what can anybody do about that? I liked that Waters went
ahead and played the songs that he wrote, whether or not he was the one to sing
them. It's making the best out of a bad situation, and laying claim to the songs he
penned. They're his songs, why shouldn't he play them?
Ok, so theoretically, I agree with that. But in practice, it was a little unsettling
watching the backing band stepping up to fill the shoes of a palpably absent
presence. I wanted it to be Dave Gilmour singing, not a sound-alike, no matter
how good he was at sounding alike. Meanwhile, I have to give kudos to the
guitarist, who did an admirable job with Gilmour's melodically iconic solos. He
wasn't just trying to sound like Gilmour. He sounded exactly like Gilmour. Most
impressive. So I guess the takeaway was this: If you can't have the man there in
the flesh, at least have his ghost.
There's really nothing like Roger Waters' voice. I mean, you recognize it the
minute you hear it. It's not a beautiful voice, but man, has it got character. It is the
voice of a storyteller. And a teller of tales whose heros are often tortured,
self-destructive, injured, emotionally stunted, and practically Shakespearean,
while they help Waters work out his personal issues and convey his political
He is the tortured artist genius, who uses his medium as a platform. And that's at
the core of what has always helped turn many of his detractors against him in the
first place. Surprisingly, there were folks in the crowd who actually boo'ed his
politically outspoken moments. But did he back down? No! And did the folks
booing wish they could get their money back? I doubt it. No really, I do. Because
Waters is a founding father of the generation that embraced dissent and political
criticism as a birthright. So they may boo the sentiment, but who among this
crowd would eschew his right to freedom of speech and expression? I could be
misjudging the crowd, but I doubt it.
Not only was Waters in classic Watersian form, but so were the visuals that
accompanied the music. It was psychedelic Floyd to a tee, providing even those
of us in the audience who weren't stoned with a contact high, sweeping us up in
the music that spawned so many laser light shows in planetaria across the country.
Though the pyrotechnics seemed like an outmoded concept, the lasers and
derigibles that flew from the roof remained totally fresh, while still retaining their
iconic reference to the past.
Derigibles? Well, floating helium baloons of impressive scale. You've seen the
album covers, you've seen the movies, andnow you've seen the baloons:
Looking back at the show, and at this recap, one word comes to mind more than
any other: "iconic." I'm sorry if I've rendered it redundant, but that's exactly what
Roger Waters and his music are. There's no better word to describe the night.
--Moment Slice's Review
--Photo Gallery From The Show
Watch Videos from the Show:
-In the Flesh
-Shine On You Crazy Diamond
-Have a Cigar
-Wish You Were Here
-Speak to Me/Breathe
-On the Run
-The Great Gig in the Sky
-Us and Them
-Any Colour You Like/Brain Damage
-Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Currently listening :
Dark Side Of The Moon
By Pink Floyd
Friday, May 25, 2007
play a three-night stand at the Rodeo Bar. So says Austin's Elana James, who has
brought her trio back up to the city for a little Mem Day weekend vacation of her own, at
her fave local watering hole on the Lower East Side. A little Austin country swing in the
middle of the city.
Seeing the former fiddler and singer for the Hot Club of Cowtown at the Rodeo Bar with
the magic combination of stand-up bassist, Beau Sample, and guitarist, Whit Smith, at her
side is the kind of thing folks decide to turn into a tradition. At her last NY show, it was
common to hear an "I saw you in Portland last Spring..." here, or a "You were amazing at
SxSW..." there, yada yada.
So if you're looking for something more laid-back, down home, and downright sociable,
meet up with some folks for a bite to eat at the Rodeo Bar and stick around for the
fiddle. I'll see you there tonight, doing the very same.
The Elana James Trio's residence runs Fri-Sun this weekend at the Rodeo Bar.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
They'll surely be spending Friday and Saturday obsessing over their outfits for the
hottest party in town: The Motherfucker 7 Year Anniversary Party on Sunday,
5/27 at Webster Hall!
Why is it the hottest party in town? Well, not only is it the Motherfucker crew and
their notorious New York parties, but my live favorites, The Faint, will be
headlining! I'm freaking out in anticipation. Seriously. They are responsible for one
of my Top 10 Concerts of All Time, and this will be their first NY show in almost
2 years! Omigod. Will Sunday just get here already?!
So now that I've gotten my gushing over The Faint out of the way, there's so much
more to tell you about why that night is going to be so completely stellar and over
the top. And since there's so much to tell, I'm going to let their official flyer do
most of the talking, with some of the more interesting details courtesy of their
lovely PR peeps.
But before I go, let me just leave you with this tasty little tidbit from the press release:
Dress Code: Edwardian/Victorian turn of the century Realness!
Opulent Gothic Looks, Glam Dandies, Classic Punk 76-79!
Go ahead, be a punk. Just don't punk out and miss this show.
BUY FAINT / MOTHERFUCKER TICKETS
SEVEN YEARS, MOTHERF*CKER!
WEBSTER HALL, MAY 27TH 2007.
Live Performance by
Michael T, Justine D, Johnny T & Georgie Seville
7 Year Anniversary Edwardian Extravaganza
Upbeat Music for Downtown Kids.
Emcees: Mistress Formika & Chi Chi Valenti
Late-Nite Performance by: Michael T & it's Glamorous Follies +
Peppermint Gummybear @ 2:30!
Main Floor Dj's:
Michael T & Justine D
with Special Guests: The Bangers [Salvalas & Fun!]
Spin: Rock & Roll, Glam, Postpunk, New Wave
& a plethora of cocaine DISCO!
In the "Oh My Goth" Coffee Bar:
DJ & Host: Xris Smack! [BYTE]
with Special Guests: Alex Chow & Ryan Rayhill
Plus, Mighty Mike Saga
Spin: Classic Goth & Industrial, Synth Pop & Electro!
Upstairs in Balcony Lounge:
Dave P [Making Time & Fixed]
Spin: Mental Techno, Party Anthems & Sex Jams!
Your Marvelous Hosts:
Tobell Von Cartier
Salicious Go Go all Nite!
Photos by: Alexander Thompson & Visuals by: Rustyn L.Birch
Official Release Party for RVNG Mx5 from
JUSTINE D. Signed copies available at MF!
Giveaways from Cornerstone
25 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
Doors: 9:30/18+/ID A Must!
Dress Code: Edwardian/Victorian turn of the century Realness!
Opulent Gothic Looks, Glam Dandies, Classic Punk 76-79!
Door Bitch THOMAS enforces:
$25 w/invite till 1:30
$20 after 1:30w/invite only!
$30 w/out all nite!
Advance tickets here
Thursday, May 17, 2007
To honor the new album's release, I'm taking a page out of Geffen's playbook and using the opportunity to spread the word about his upcoming summer tour. If you've never seen Rufus live, you MUST get yourself out to a show. He's one of the most gifted - and hilarious - live performers out there. And if you've already got tix, props to you! Look for me up front on 6/5 and 6/6 at Gramercy. And Summerstage at Central Park on 8/19, too, if I'm lucky. Tickets go on sale this weekend!
|5/16/2007 ||New York, NY / Barnes & Noble |
33 E 17th St; Union Square
|5/19/2007 ||Bryn Mawr, PA / Borders - Bryn Mawr #30 |
1149 Lancaster Ave
|5/22/2007 ||Paris, FR France / La Trianon |
|5/24/2007 ||Portsmouth, GB UK / Portsmouth Guildhall |
|5/25/2007 ||Bristol, GB UK / Bristol Colston Hall |
|5/27/2007 ||London, GB UK / Old Vic Theatre |
|5/28/2007 ||London, GB UK / Old Vic Theatre |
|5/29/2007 ||London, GB UK / Old Vic Theatre |
|5/31/2007 ||London, GB UK / Old Vic Theatre |
|6/1/2007 || |
London, GB UK / Old Vic Theatre
|6/5/2007 ||New York, NY / Gramercy Theatre |
|6/6/2007 ||New York, NY / Gramercy Theatre |
|6/8/2007 ||New York, NY / Gramercy Theatre |
|6/9/2007 ||New York, NY / Gramercy Theatre |
|6/11/2007 ||Toronto, ON CAN / Danforth Music Hall |
|6/12/2007 ||Toronto, ON CAN / Danforth Music Hall |
|6/14/2007 ||Montreal, PQ CAN / Place des Arts |
|6/16/2007 ||Boston, MA / Bank of America Pavillion |
|6/17/2007 ||Columbia, MD / Merriweather Post Pavillion |
|6/22/2007 ||Glastonbury, GB UK / Glastonbury Festival |
|6/24/2007 ||Brighton, GB UK / Dome |
|6/25/2007 ||Oxford, GB UK / New Theatre |
|6/27/2007 ||Folkstone, GB UK / Lees Cliff |
|7/3/2007 ||Copenhagen, DE Denmark / Copenhagen Opera House |
|7/7/2007 ||Scotland, GB UK / T in the Park Festival |
Balado by Kinross
|7/8/2007 ||Dublin/Kildare (Punchestown), IR Ireland / Oxegen Music Festival |
|7/10/2007 ||Cornwall, GB UK / The Eden Project |
|7/25/2007 ||Edmonton, AB CAN / Winspear Center « just added |
|7/26/2007 ||Calgary, AB CAN / Calgary Folk Festival at Prince's Island Park |
|7/28/2007 ||Vancouver, BC CAN / Vancouver Centre of the Performing Arts|
|7/29/2007 ||Seattle, WA / Moore Theater|
|7/31/2007 ||Portland, OR / Crystal Ballroom|
|8/2/2007 ||Santa Rosa, CA / Wells Fargo Center for the Arts |
|8/3/2007 ||San Francisco, CA / Nob Hill Masonic Center |
|8/4/2007 ||Saratoga, CA / Mountain Winery |
|8/6/2007 ||Santa Fe, NM / Paolo Soleri Amphitheater|
|8/7/2007 ||Denver, CO / Fillmore Auditorium|
|8/9/2007 ||North Kansas City, MO / Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino |
|8/10/2007 ||Grand Prairie, TX / Nokia Theatre at Grand Prarie |
|8/11/2007 ||Austin, TX / Stubb's Bar-B-q|
801 Red River
|8/13/2007 ||Atlanta, GA / Tabernacle|
|8/14/2007 ||Nashville, TN / Ryman Auditorium |
|8/15/2007 ||Charlottesville, VA / Charlottesville Pavilion |
|8/17/2007 ||Philadelphia, PA / Mann Center For Performing Arts|
|8/18/2007 ||Westhampton Beach, NY / Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center|
|8/19/2007 ||New York, NY / Central Park Summerstage (New York, NY USA)|
|8/21/2007 ||Boston, MA / Avalon Ballroom |
|8/23/2007 ||Columbus, OH / Lifestyle Communities Pavilion |
|8/24/2007 ||Ann Arbor, MI / Michigan Theater |
|8/25/2007 ||Highland Park, IL / Ravinia Festival |
|8/27/2007 ||Milwaukee, WI / Pabst Theatre |
|8/29/2007 ||London, ON CAN / Centennial Hall |
|8/30/2007 ||Montreal, QB, CA Canada / Montreal Place des Arts|
|9/23/2007 ||Los Angeles, CA / Hollywood Bowl |
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Projekt Revolution 2007 Main Stage Lineup:
--My Chemical Romance
--Taking Back Sunday
--Julien - K
>>TixGirl with the Taking Back Sunday Boys at the MTV VMA Style Studio (Yes, I'm shameless.)
On the Revolution Stage:
--Mindless Self Indulgence
--Styles of Beyond
On sale to the general public on Saturday, May 19th at 10am!
Presale tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, May 16th at 4pm!
Presale Password: TBSPR3
Presale courtesy of the Taking Back Sunday fan newsletter. Thanks, guys!
Here are the details for the presale, courtesy of TakingBackSunday.com...
Special fan-only presales for most dates on the Projekt Revolution Tour start Wednesday 5/16 at 4pm and end on Thursday 5/17 at 4pm (local time.)
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Let it be known, Illinois is why I came to see this show. I'd caught them once before, stealing the show at the +1 Music Anniversary Party in March at Luna Lounge in Williamsburg, opening long before luminaries like Stellastarr had taken the stage.
The very first thing I thought was, "There's some heavy-hitting drummer back there, and I gotta get closer." John-Paul Kuyper sits low to the ground, hunched over a kick, a pair of toms, a snare, a hi-hat, and *maybe* one crash cymbal. He's assembled a bare-boned kit with a fat, low-end sound. And damn if he doesn't sound a heck of a lot like John Bonham, bashing away on the tom - even if it is with a marocca alongside the drumstick in his hand. You'll see what I mean:
Illinois @ Irving, 5/11/07
If this song is your introduction to Illinois, as it was mine, all the better. It totally captures the flavor of the band out of Bucks County, PA. It's a roots-rock tinged, twangy kind of indie hybrid that fits nicely with some of the revivalist tendencies of bands du moment, like the Kings of Leon and even Wolfmother. But in my mind, Illinois remains wholly individual. Maybe I'm just biased, cuz with this band, it was kind of love at first sighting. Not so, with the other two.
A private party like that first Illinois show made it easy for the bands that night to get in their comfort zones, surrounded by friends and insidery types. But their show at Irving was another story, altogether. They opened for The Kooks, whose sold-out tour had brought in truckloads of squealing young lasses and the boys who lust after them. This was prime exposure time -- a pretty big opportunity for the boys from Bucks County, and they knew it. And they acknowledged it, giving shout-outs to The Kooks throughout the evening, setting all the girls screaming again. Don't for a minute think Illinois couldn't live up to it -- they had the entire joint screaming on their own.
I think it has something to do with frontman Chris Archibald's dry as moonshine sense of humor and kicked back attitude, which are infectious for an audience. Especially when he wails like a mountain man, or raps like a slacker suit having a bad day.
Illinois: Bad Day @ Irving, 5/11/07
Meanwhile, as a musician, he moves just as easily from guitar to keys, and then to banjo. In fact, I kinda like it best when he's playing the banjo, but that's just me. Looks to me like he's having the most fun when he's on keys. But you never know...
The best part about the multi-instrumentalist thing is that it keeps the music from getting same-y.
It's immediately clear there's no schtick here. These guys are just completely themselves. Every song has its own flavor, while remaining true to the band's overall signature sound. And every member is equally important. The bass, in Martin Hoeger's hands, is melodic, yet meaty. The dreamy leads are played by Andrew Lee, who seems pretty dreamy most of the time, himself.
They kicked ass, and I was pleased as all get-out when I ran into Chris on my way to the Merch booth, who kindly 'graphed my ticket stub. Heck, you're why I'm here, honey.
The Kooks are a mighty fun band. I like to think of them as the love child of The Strokes and Block Party. That's a high-energy, jump-around, punkified garage rock with a British rake's sneer, a wink and a smile. And like their progenitors, I'd learn that night, they give an awfully good showing live.
The Kooks - Time Awaits @ Irving, 5/11/07
There's kind of a merry jokester element in Luke Pritchard's presentation. He knows he's catnip to the ladies, and he works it -- but without pandering, mind you. His Brighton accent just adds to the appeal of the strong pop hooks, disguised as a naughty nephew of Cliff Richards or some such. He's drawing on a long legacy in Britain of lanky lothario as mod playboy.
Like any good flirt, he's fickle, too. In his first song, he's telling us his heart's a-flutter, saying to some sweetheart, "I'm just trying to love you... I fell in love on the seaside." And by night's end, he will have "chewed her up and spat her out." No wonder the place is wall-to-wall cute girls. The chicks dig it. And to The Kooks' credit, the guys dig it, too.
It's a punchy kind of sound that translates really well, live. The band were tight as a drum, and totally ready to take over America. Hell, they've already sold out the tour.
The Kooks - See The World @ Irving, 5/11/07
It's been a heady start, that's for sure. Their auspicious debut on US shores came at Austin's discovery-generating fest, SxSW. They next triumphed over Coachella's LA audience full of industry heavies, adding the West Coast to their growing list of conquests. Seriously -- the only photo pit I got turned away from during the whole fest was for The Kooks, apparently because "it was full." Very good sign.
To give NY ourfirst taste, they chose the perfect downtown venue in Irving Plaza. The Kooks filled every corner, showing Irving off in its very best light. Speaking of, Irving's normally horrid lighting was gorgeous for the Kooks, sometimes even highlighting the band from the front. (*gasp!* just imagine! we could see their faces!)
Following up with a club tour was wise, emphasizing their British streetness and maintaining their cred. I don't know about you, but I'd rather see these guys in a dark, cavernous space than a brightly lit, summer sunshiney outdoor stage. It just must sound better. Right?
Friday, May 11, 2007
>>View the gallery for more photos from the show!<<
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Entry is limited so get there early to ensure success!
THIS IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, so get there early and stay in line. Please arrive early, show will start immediately.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Not sure Albert has what it takes to make it without the Strokes? Well let me set you straight on that count. I caught him opening up for Bloc Party at the United Palace Theater, and his set was smokin. I loved the slightly less garage-y, more Beatles-esque take on the indie pop that makes the Strokes so great. And the guy can sing! Who knew?
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