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Elvis Costello Mesmerizes Packed SummerStage Crowd

June 16th, 2017

Elvis Costello & the Imposters – SummerStage – June 15, 2017


Elvis Costello is a writer’s rocker. David Lee Roth put it best when he said, “Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello.” I would take offense to this statement, but after sneaking a glance at myself in the mirror, I think Diamond Dave might be onto something. Costello knows where his strengths are because as a self-proclaimed music nerd (check out his old Sundance show, Spectacle, if you need any more convincing) he can tell when an album or piece of art should be looked upon in reverence. That is precisely why for his current tour with his longtime backing band, the Imposters, he’s playing his 1982 classic, Imperial Bedroom, in full. Upon its release, the LP wasn’t as big of a commercial success as his previous albums, but it was a breakthrough moment for Costello as an artist. Following up the recording of his country-covers album, Almost Blue, in Nashville, Tenn., with famed producer Billy Sherrill, Costello hooked up with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to explore the furthest reaches of the pop landscape to create Bedroom, and it’s since remained his most expansive and rewarding record. The tour rolled into town Thursday night for a packed show at Central Park’s SummerStage.

With no opening act, Elvis Costello & the Imposters began promptly at 7:30 p.m. as fans were still making their way into the venue from a line that zigzagged through the park. The band immediately dove headfirst into a ripping version of “The Loved Ones” and from then on we were given a tour of Bedroom with few detours in between. The projection lit up behind them took each of Costello’s album covers and obscured them with art in the style of Barney Bubblesartwork for Imperial Bedroom. At one point Costello explained the original abstract work by saying that he told Bubbles to listen to the album and just paint what he felt the overall theme of the record was. After listening, the artist then produced the piece he titled “Snake Charmer and Reclining Octopus” to which Costello thought, “Fuck me, what did we make?” The show was filled with hilarious banter from Costello, and his band was as sharp as their leader’s deadly wit. With original Attractions members Steve Nieve on keys and the incredible Pete Thomas on drums, the band was rounded out with Davey Faragher on bass and Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee on backup vocals.

It was a great to see them include obscure Imperial Bedroom songs like “Human Hands,” which would normally be left off of the set list. Costello clearly loved this trip down memory lane as he dug deep into an extended guitar solo during the album’s climactic “Beyond Belief” that launched the caustic track into pandemonium. They did find the time to dig out classics from other albums like “Accidents Will Happen,” “Clubland” and a raucous version of “Watching the Detectives,” which had Costello creating piercing feedback through his guitar with a megaphone siren that soared out of control and into the New York City sky.  The main set ended with the Bedroom Highlight “Pidgen English” before the band left and returned for an encore. More like a second set, Costello treated the audience to 12 more songs that not only finished his obligation to play Imperial Bedroom in its entirety but also treated his fans to some of the hits they had been craving. For the first song, he yelled, “Now for the original heartbreak song!” before launching into the My Aim Is True classic “Alison” with his two backing singers providing sweet harmonies to its chorus. After running through some more tunes, including the Imperial Bedroom standout “Man Out of Time,” Costello treated the audience to a brand-new number called “American Mirror.” He described it as a plea for a return to decency that could be called “British Mirror” or “Russian Mirror.” They ended the night out with a one-two punch of “Pump It Up” and his version of Nick Lowe’s timeless anthem, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” that seemed as meaningful and prevalent as ever. After Costello and his band bid goodnight, the crowd flooded into the city streets, mesmerized by one of today’s greatest living showmen and songwriters. —Patrick King | @MrPatKing

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Mitski – Brooklyn Steel – April 29, 2017

May 1st, 2017


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The Flaming Lips – Terminal 5 – March 9, 2017

March 10th, 2017

The Flaming Lips - Terminal 5 - March 9, 2017
(The Flaming Lips play the Westburty Theater tomorrow night.)


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The Mummies – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 25, 2016

October 26th, 2016

The Mummies - Music Hall of Williamsburg - October 25, 2016

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Regina Spektor – Rough Trade NYC – October 18, 2016

October 19th, 2016

Regina Spektor - Rough Trade NYC - October 18, 2016

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Kula Shaker – Rough Trade NYC – September 29, 2016

September 30th, 2016

Kula Shaker - Rough Trade NYC - September 29, 2016

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Death Grips – Terminal 5 – September 16, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Death Grips - Terminal 5 - September 16, 2016

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Peaches – Rough Trade NYC – September 12, 2016

September 13th, 2016

Peaches – Rough Trade NYC – September 12, 2016

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The Specials – Terminal 5 – September 9, 2016

September 12th, 2016

The Specials – Terminal 5 – September 9, 2016

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Rooney – Music Hall of Williamsburg – May 20, 2016

May 23rd, 2016

Rooney - Music Hall of Williamsburg - May 20, 2016

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Savages Deliver with Gusto at Warsaw in Brooklyn

March 30th, 2016

Savages – Warsaw – March 29, 2016

Savages – Warsaw – March 29, 2016
Every so often, the thrill of a concert sends a powerful reminder of the myriad ways that music compels us. In an age when accessibility to songs old and new is nearly effortless and the pleasure of listening to them on your own time is so technologically enhanced, the appreciation of being there in the midst of a live performance can be obscured. Then you see a group like Savages takes the stage on a cold night in Brooklyn, and it hits home: This is the essence of it all. Whether they’ve intended to or not, Savages have grabbed a commanding spot in the genre of post-punk with style and purpose, and with exhilarating live performances, they’ve grabbed the attention of many.

With the full arsenal of air-tight musicianship, charismatic presence and their sexy appearance, these London girls have created a buzz that has steadily swelled since their debut album, Silence Yourself, in 2013, drawing fans of all sorts to their shows in feverish anticipation. With the freshly released Adore Life added to their repertoire, Savages seized the spotlight in front of a sold-out room at Warsaw last night and rose up to the occasion. A striking edge of posture combined with the hard jabbing of the drum, bass and guitar that drives their sound, Savages delivered with focus and gusto—with the aura and dark mystique of predecessors such as Joy Division and Interpol.

There are few lead singers at the moment like Jehnny Beth. You simply can’t take your eyes off of her as she hurls herself into each song with an impressive range of vocal delivery switching between rapidly spitting bullets, extended bellows and slow enchanting croons. Behind her, the instrumentation was so true that even when pushed out at full thrust, it was clearly defined. Guitarist Gemma Thompson ripped through the set with slide distortions and sinister accents, periodically whipping around to spar with her amps. There was a collective excited feeling of awe among those in attendance that carried afterward with buzzing about the greatness of the performance just witnessed. You’ve got to give it to Savages. They throw themselves into it with everything they have, leaving it all onstage, giving you all the incentive you need to go see the band you love in your headphones in their fullest stature in the flesh. —Charles Steinberg

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Santigold – Rough Trade NYC – March 1, 2016

March 2nd, 2016

Santigold - Rough Trade NYC - March 1, 2016

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