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Phil Lesh – SummerStage – August 30, 2017

August 31st, 2017


Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Run the Jewels Kick Off Four-Night Run at Terminal 5 with Fiery Set

February 27th, 2017

Run the Jewels – Terminal 5 – February 25, 2017

Run the Jewels – Terminal 5 – February 25, 2017
While New York City was sweating out some of the hottest days on record for a February, on Saturday night, Run the Jewels kicked off their takeover of the city at Terminal 5, the first of four shows in the city El-P calls home. By now you should be well familiar with the group, the greatest buddy rap duo spitting rhymes poised to save the world from the guy with a “bad toupee and a spray tan.” Everyone in the crowd was ready for the takeover, losing their minds to the opening bars of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as Killer Mike and El-P came to the stage. When the bass dropped in opener “Talk to Me,” it was powerful enough to bounce the crowd up off the vibrating floorboards. “Legend Has It” welcomed thousands of “RTJ” chants, raised finger pistols and fists.

An extra bass-y rendition of “Call Ticketron” had Mike and El-P running around, crisscrossing each other center stage and passing off their verses like a baton. “I’ve been imagining being here with family and friends all tour,” said El-P, nearly choked up. His mother was there for the night, no doubt proud of her son as he pantomimed lines like “You can run backward through a field of dicks” off “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry.” But it was Gangsta Boo who had both Mike and El blushing, coming out to absolutely murder her potty-mouthed verses on “Love Again (Akinyele Back).” She had the crowd chanting “pussy power” before returning the stage to Run the Jewels. “She makes me uncomfortable every night,” said El-P, adding, “I’m so ready to elect Gangsta Boo for President of the United States of America. At least she’s truthful!” Some thoughts were then shared on the current president as El-P introduced the charged “Lie, Cheat, Steal.”

The set ended with the song that began it all, “Run the Jewels.” Killer Mike retold the group’s story, meeting in El-P’s Brooklyn to record his own album, R.A.P. Music, and becoming inseparable ever since. “You done good, Ma,” exclaimed Mike, his arm around El-P. They returned to perform an encore of “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” and “Down,” a song about challenges conquered and overcome. The night must have felt like a victory lap for the duo, a return to where it all started just a few years ago, having since taken over the world. Don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon because rappers who speak truth to power are needed now more than ever. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

(Some tickets remain to see Run the Jewels tonight and on Wednesday.)

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The Ludlow Thieves – January 13, 2017 – The Bowery Ballroom

January 17th, 2017

The Ludlow Thieves - January 13, 2017 - The Bowery Ballroom

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Ray LaMontagne – Celebrate Brooklyn – June 22, 2016

June 23rd, 2016

Ray LaMontagne – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – June 22, 2016

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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An Evolved White Denim Sound at The Bowery Ballroom

April 27th, 2016

White Denim – The Bowery Ballroom – April 26, 2016

White Denim – The Bowery Ballroom – April 26, 2016
You know what they say, “The more things change the more they stay the same.” That old adage was proved true last night at The Bowery Ballroom. It was certainly true for Sam Cohen, who opened the show fronting a new self-titled band and yet still continuing his asymptotic approach to psych-pop perfection. With a thick slab of dreamy synth and McCartney bass added to his own spiral-sliced guitar, Cohen raved up songs from last year’s Cool It release. As the crowd continued to fill the room, the band filled it with a new, mutated version of Cohen’s characteristic reverberating sound on songs like “The Garden” and “Unconditional Love.” The set ended with a long, chaotic version of “Let the Mountain Come to You,” synth and guitar providing a proper headspace for the headliners.

Change is definitely nothing new for White Denim, who returned to New York City for two sold-out Bowery shows with a new lineup and a new album. And while, yes, the band has sacrificed a little finesse for a lot of muscle, the feeling in the room was that, as far as their live set is concerned, this was the same old White Denim. New material from the recently released Stiff album meshed quite literally with the old, James Petralli, Steve Terebecki and crew stitching together several songs at a time, giving the audience little chance to catch their breath, in classic White Denim fashion. The opening stretch bounced between blues strut, Beatles swirl, breakneck prog and Rhodes-disco soul with a balance of gale-force rock and roll and laid-back aw-shucks ease. Two-guitar instrumental passages glued together Petralli’s Southern-soul singing, satisfying all the left-brain/right-brain tendencies of the boogie-down crowd. Midway through, Cohen returned to the stage for “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah),” off Stiff, the presence of his third guitar like that of a pistol in the first act, eventually going off in a great back and forth with Petralli. “At Night in Dreams,” off 2013’s Corsicana Lemonade, was representative of the evolved White Denim sound: jazz groove exploding into monster rock and roll in Banner-to-Hulk fashion, quite literally leaving shredded denim in their wake. As has been the case for nearly all of their NYC appearances going back to their trio days, the set was filled with long stretches of dizzying which-song-goes-where? segues and jams to the packed crowd’s delight. And if at some points—like midway through “I Start to Run,” off 2009’s Fits—it felt like things were just short of an out-of-control stampede, all the better.

After 80 minutes of this, the set finally capped off with a concise, rocked-out “Shake Shake Shake,” from their debut album, but the show was far from over. Returning to the stage with Sam Cohen (not just the guy, but the whole band), the now nine-strong ensemble treated the crowd to a perfectly arranged Prince tribute medley. Starting with “Let’s Go Crazy!” (complete with spoken intro from Cohen), they worked through portions of “Delirious” and “Controversy” with superfun WD-style segues and Petralli doing an admirable job on the vocals. Somehow the sound remained groovy, not too top heavy with all the doubled-up musicians onstage and a little jam opened up before they expertly brought it back for the closing riff of “Let’s Go Crazy,” which definitely wasn’t the same old, same old for White Denim. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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My Morning Jacket – Beacon Theatre – November 24, 2015

November 25th, 2015

My Morning Jacket - Beacon Theatre - November 24, 2015

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

(My Morning Jacket also play the Beacon Theatre tonight, Friday and Saturday.)

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Jamie xx Rattles a Sold-Out Terminal 5

August 10th, 2015

Jamie xx – Terminal 5 – August 8, 2015

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Brits love bass, especially their DJs. UK Bass, garage, house—call it what you will—our friends across the pond have a mastery of the low ends of the sound spectrum, and Jamie xx nears the top of the list of artists currently working that territory. Fresh of the release of his debut album, In Colour, Jamie xx sold out Terminal 5 lightning fast, likely even faster than when his band, the xx, had their own show at the venue. Demand was high enough for the black market to be opportunistic, you could see the ticket booths walking into Terminal 5 stacked with voided fake tickets sold by advantageous scalpers.

Jamie xx began his set with the isolated soulful vocals of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” as a soft, golden light filled the room. He caters to the modern-day record collector, pulling samples from unusual sources, giving love to long-forgotten albums. Jamie xx keeps a Spotify playlist of songs from his DJ sets that has almost 35,000 followers. His set on Saturday night was like a journey from the ’60s to present. He began with some doo-wop samples, moving into funkier territory reminiscent of the ’70s, then onto glitzy synth noises of the ’80s, before getting straight up Aphex Twin-y with a dive into some acid techno, all the while sprinkling in his own songs where they fit best. At one point he may have even sampled the giggling girls you hear in that ’90s song we’re all trying hard to forget: “Macarena.” It all made for a neat effect, showcasing just how many styles his debut full-length album pulls from when you throw them into a spectrum of popular music from the past 50 years.

The bass was at times louder than I’ve ever heard it at any New York City venue, the bone-rattling kind that pushed the air so forcefully you coul feel it in your nose hairs. In its finest moments, that heavy bass was capable of taking command of your pulse—and about that loud in every little nook and cranny throughout Terminal 5 (the place has a lot of nooks and crannies). All anyone ever really saw of Jamie xx was his silhouette, digging through his crate of records for his next pick. In the set’s finest moments, the lights were synced to fill the place with disco-ball radiant light, something I imagine everyone in the audience has at least 50 pictures of, maybe three of them actually good. The set wound down with “Loud Places” and its incredibly relevant opening lines: “I go to loud places/
To search for someone/ To be quiet with/ Who will take me home.”
Maybe some did find that person, but they should expect ringing ears when it finally gets quiet.
—Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Modest Mouse Have Them Dancing at Celebrate Brooklyn

July 23rd, 2015

Modest Mouse – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandhsell – July 22, 2013

Modest Mouse – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandhsell – July 22, 2013
After opening their sold-out show at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell
last night with the rallying call of “Fire It Up,” Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock announced that he had some minor concerns about playing the show. As it turns out, he
had just sprained his index finger. “How’d I do that?” he mused aloud. “Carelessness.” Brock’s candor was fitting, considering the tone of sarcasm and detachment that permeates many of the group’s lyrics, from their first album in 1996 to their latest release, Strangers to Ourselves. Modest Mouse’s performance of songs like “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes,” “Bury Me with It,” “Out of Gas” and “King Rat” nicely conveyed this attitude.

Of course, it’s not all aloofness and irony with Modest Mouse—their catalog includes many moments that skew toward sincere. Last night’s rendition of “Dramamine,” from the band’s first official release, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, was clearly an emotional touchstone for the crowd, as was the sweet and simple new song “Coyotes,” and “3rd Planet,” from 2000’s The Moon & Antarctica. But Modest Mouse didn’t shy away from playing one of their most upbeat songs, “Float On,” the sonic equivalent of a pep talk.

Despite Brock’s injury, he admirably played through, and if anything, alongside his shambolic energy and wacky banter, it added to the overall experience of watching this singular performer. As if to get in one last barb, during the spirited performance of “Paper Thin Walls” in the encore, Brock and the band abruptly stopped halfway into it. “A new song or finish this song?” asked Brock. “The second half is exactly the same as the first half,” he pointed out. And, without waiting for a consensus, the band picked up where they’d left off, and the crowd resumed dancing. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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A Chronological Look Back at the Year in Photos

December 31st, 2014
February 6 - Blood Orange - Webster Hall (Photo by Gregg Greenwood)

February 6 – Blood Orange – Webster Hall (Photo by Gregg Greenwood)

Photos courtesy of Ahron R. Foster, Charles Steinberg, Gregg Greenwood, Jeremy Ross, Joe Papeo, Mike Benigno and Sean O’Kane

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A Chronological Look Back at the Year in Photos

December 27th, 2012

July 25, 2012 - Wilco - Terminal 5 (Photo by JC McIlwaine)

Photos courtesy of Ahron Foster, Alexis Maindrault, Brian C. Reilly, Charles Steinberg, Greg Aiello, Greg Notch, Gregg Greenwood, JC McIlwaine, Jeremy Ross, Joe Papeo, Mike Benigno, Michael Jurick, Mina K and Sean O’Kane