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Warpaint – Music Hall of Williamsburg – July 18, 2017

July 19th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Warpaint and Facial – Warsaw – October 7, 2016

October 10th, 2016

Warpaint - Warsaw - October 7, 2016

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After Time Away, Brody Dalle Returns with Her Debut Solo Album

July 21st, 2014

Before going it alone as a solo artist, raspy-voiced Brody Dalle first fronted the punk quartet the Distillers and then the alternative four-piece Spinnerette, earning the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist comparisons to Courtney Love and PJ Harvey. Following the demise of those bands, Dalle took some time away from the spotlight as she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and had two kids, but her interest in making music has never waned. Dalle (above, performing “Don’t Mess with Me” live for 102.1 the Edge) began working on her debut solo album in 2012 with some well-known names, like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman, the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and Warpaint frontwoman Emily Kokal. And that LP, Diploid Love (stream it below), arrived this past spring to some considerable acclaim. The Guardian calls it “riotous and brazenly euphoric,” and NME proclaims, “Her musical time-out not only turned a glaring spotlight onto the massive, female-shaped gap in the contemporary punk landscape but also deprived us of a truly great, brutally badass talent for almost half a decade. Thank fuck, then, for Brody’s return and the unrepentant, defiant Diploid Love.” Winding down her U.S. tour in support of the album, Dalle plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Boston trio Slothtrust opens the show.

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Warpaint Bring the Party to Webster Hall

March 24th, 2014

Warpaint – Webster Hall – March 21, 2014

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The Los Angeles quartet Warpaint has undergone several transformations over the past decade. Childhood friends Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokal started the group with sisters Shannyn Sossamon (the actress and sometime DJ) and Jenny Lee Lindberg. Sossman departed in 2009 to welcome the current drummer, Stella Mozgawa, and their debut, The Fool, arrived in the fall of 2010. Following their latest release, a self-titled sophomore effort, Mozgawa revealed in an interview how touring together for years and listening to hip-hop shaped a departure from their original sound: “We weren’t really a band until we took everything on the road. And we refined who we were and made very difficult and important decisions as a group as to what our MO is, and how we want to sound and how we wanted to present ourselves and making more particular decisions on the next round.”

With a pedigree of tour experience under their belts, the ladies took the stage at a sold-out Webster Hall on Friday night to a drumming intro thanks to Mozgawa. Front-row revelers showered the stage with long-stemmed red roses as Lindberg was the last to step onstage. Beginning with an oldie from The Fool, Wayman rang in with “Your full moon taunts me” on ‘“Bees.” The foursome played largely from their latest album, including tracks “Keep It Healthy,”  “Hi,” “Feeling Alright” and “Biggy.” And Kokal and Lindberg grooved over each other for “Composure.” The former not only provided driving vocals, but also jarring dance moves especially accentuated by her lanky frame.

Moving from the new “No Way Out” to the Exquisite Corpse EP’s “Billie Holiday,” the girls had fans eating out of the palm of their hands. Kokal crooned the first lines of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” as an interlude before “Undertow.” And nearing the set’s close, she playfully called, “Hey, you guys” in the tone of The Goonies before readying the crowd to dance to “Disco//Very.” As a final treat, Warpaint returned to encore with “Elephants.” Upon its conclusion, Lindberg encouraged fans to join them at the after-party downstairs in the Studio, and it wasn’t a surprise that the masses followed. —Sharlene Chiu