As the rest of the Brooklyn DIY venues shrivel up and die, Shea Stadium continues to fill its room with consistency. This is partly due to the exceptional talent they book, the no frills approach to the venue itself and the pretentious free attitude of it’s constituency. Lying on the outer fringes of East Williamsburg, while still not quite far enough out to be in the sketchy Bushwick… Shea stadium is nestled between the warehouses and workshops where recording studios, practices spaces and bars have slowly started to emerge. The Japanther show on September 10th was no exception as Shea Stadium continues to be the only “Destination Venue” (one in which you don’t necessarily need to know the bands playing to be confident you will enjoy the show) in Brooklyn and possibly all of NYC.
Whether or not they will actually be able to prevent scalping and exorbitant ticket prices it sure would be nice to get your hands on a couple of these. Let the complaining begin…
Radiohead has confirmed two shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom to take place September 28 and 29. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on September 26 at www.ticketmaster.com. There is a 2 ticket limit per household. All tickets will be available for pick up at will call the evening of the event beginning at 6:30 PM and entry into the venue is required immediately upon receipt. No tickets shall be distributed prior to the event.
Radiohead will also appear on a very special one-hour episode of The Colbert Report featuring multiple songs and interview segments and will be musical guest on the September 24 season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Miami’s wacky pop purveyors ANR, who we last heard from when they played an LFC show in an East London basement (The Victory) back in May, have recorded a brand new track entitled “Blood On Blood”.
Mixed by the in-demand Ben H. Allen (whose recent credits include Animal Collective, Reptar and Bombay Bicycle Club’s critically acclaimed new LP), the track featured on a double A-sided 7″ release on Neon Gold Records last month, alongside older song (and latest album highlight) “It’s Around You”.
More direct than anything on the “Stay Kids” album, it channels everyone from Passion Pit to Muse (to our ears at least) and got us all hot under the collar when we first heard it live at the aforementioned gig. The excitement levels didn’t wane upon listening to the studio version either, which is always a promising sign. We’re looking forward to the band returning to the UK.
Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2011/09/anr-blood-on-blood/
The Yes Way are currently on hiatus until CMJ while Jesse (drums/vox) recovers from a broken hand that required surgery to have pins put in. Fortunately, the lack of any live performances from the band in August and September prompted our good friend Zoe Hiigli to make a video for “I Love You All.” We are really digging this one as the colors burst like an acid trip and the spastic pace of video is perfectly in time with the track. Thanks for this one Zoe! For more information on Zoe visit ZoeHiigli.com where her full body of work is beautifully on display.
While last Thursday night may have meant the bright lights and free drinks of Fashion Night Out to many spending their evening in lower Manhattan, a sparse but fortunate crowd thirsting for a grittier scene was well rewarded at the Mercury Lounge. The warm glow of the historic rock club welcomes patrons through the intimate, if narrow, wood-clad bar to a dark, bare-bones venue that lets the music color the scene. We last met up with These United States when they came to see The Yes Way in Lexington and again at SXSW, but now it was the DC and Kentucky natives turn to paint our town with tremendous conviction.
These United States have proven to be a workhorse act since emerging in 2008, having released four studio albums in that time. Front-man Jesse Elliot sets the tone with grainy, off-cadence vocals that capture the soul of the Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett and play well against the band’s twangy, garage sound in the same spirit as the Black Lips. Also deserving praise are the invaluable contributions of drummer Robby Cosenza. The band may indeed be at their best when Cosenza’s aggressive thumping drives their sound, as could be heard on the opening break-up anthem “I Want You to Keep Everything.” Cosenza even lent his talents to the harmonica for the southern-fuzed working man’s blues “The Business” — another highlight of the evening.
Though no new musical barriers will collapse, nor shall any daring creative endeavors be tested at the hands of These United States, they deliver fun, authentic, Rock ‘N’ Roll and appear to have a good time doing so… visible as Elliot cut loose and embraced the lawlessness of “Honor Amongst Thieves.” While the show did lull a bit during its third quarter, one had little time to mingle at the bar or head outside for a smoke before the band exploded into a tremendous two song finale that included a rocked-out “The Important Thing” and funk-fueled “When You’re Traveling at the Speed of Light.”
The impressive energy continued into an inspired encore performance of debut-album favorite “First Sight.” This final song of the night seemed to embody the simple philosophy of the band itself, as the audience was left with the words “we believe in Rock N Roll” echoing in their heads. My belief was affirmed as These United States offered some very compelling evidence.
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