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King Krule – Webster Hall – December 4, 2013
Brit Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, has a voice from another time. Just 19, his baritone vocals transcend his age and recall artists of yesteryear playing in smoky, underground jazz clubs. The title to his debut full-length, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, even invokes the likes of Frank Sinatra or Miles Davis, however in some instances the down-tempo sound disappears into a more classic-rock sound. Sprinkles of Morrissey and Pete Doherty come to mind. Marshall transcends genres from jazz to hip-hop to something called “darkwave.” It’d be a perfect soundtrack for skaters in Tompkins Square Park and its bordering environs as the sun slowly sets and the vices of the night encroach.
At a sold-out Webster Hall last night, a suited-up band assumed their spots as the ginger string bean greeted the crowd with a hearty “Hello, New York!” Opening with “Has This Hit,” Marshall strummed his guitar in an oversized blazer, which exaggerated his youth. He ditched his instrument for “Bleak Bake,” freeing him to gesticulate like an MC. The syncopation on “Ocean Bed” resembled fellow countryman Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) with its swaying vocal delivery. Cheekily introducing “A Lizard State” as a song about a reptile, King Krule spat lyrics against a Mark Ronson–like backing band sans horns. He even paused mid-song to towel off before finishing the last verse. Front and center, Marshall recited, as if in a poetry slam, the intro to “The Krockadile.”
Fan-favorite “Baby Blue,” which should have been a highlight, was a bit marred by noisy drinkers at the bar. But saving the best for last, King Krule had the audience clapping along to “Rock Bottom,” first-single “Out Getting Ribs” and “Easy Easy.” The latter even generated a mosh pit, which resembled a whirlpool of bodies from the vantage of the balcony. Marshall returned for a one-song encore featuring a new track on the next album, “La Luna,” a final treat to send admirers off into the night. —Sharlene Chiu
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We Are Scientists – Rough Trade NYC – December 3, 2013
Nearly a full week into Rough Trade NYC’s debut as the newest venue in town, and nothing has cooled down. With a wide range of shows already under its belt, the new spot kept flexing its musical reach with a great rock show from We Are Scientists. If the space keeps hosting sets like the one that the local band put on last night, this newborn room will have no problem continuing to fill to capacity. Meanwhile, We Are Scientists have filled bigger venues before and surely will again, so their set was a treat to see.
The New York City trio has been picking up the pace after some time off in between releases, and the intimate Rough Trade NYC proved to be the perfect place for the band to regain their bearings. What has always made them great—hyper-catchy rock choruses, simple rhythms and three-part vocals—were all on display throughout the set. Those talents flourished in most of their songs, but especially during “Dinosaurs,” “After Hours” and “Rules Don’t Stop.”
Singer Keith Murphy’s magnetic voice and stage presence were highlights. But a sense of humor also proved to be a big part of the show, which comes as no surprise considering the hilarious videos the band made for “After Hours” and “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt.” When the music wasn’t flowing, Murphy and bassist Chris Cain filled time with their goofy, offbeat stage banter, covering topics from JFK to critiquing the crowd’s dancing skills to a mid-song “Stairway to Heaven” musical break. —Sean O’Kane
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls – Terminal 5 – November 27, 2013
Frank Turner, one of the fastest-rising stars from the fringes of the folk revival of the last few years, played to his biggest New York City crowd yet on Wednesday at Terminal 5. Brimming with charisma, the English singer-songwriter electrified the crowd with his folkie drinking songs and smile-laden stage banter. For more than an hour he alternated between playing songs from his 2013 release, Tape Deck Heart, and his older material. Fans listened patiently during opening track “Photosynthesis” before they let loose with crowd-surfing galore and all sorts of dancing from the next song until the end of the set.
Rousing tracks like “Glory Hallelujah,” “The Way I Tend to Be” and “If I Ever Stay” were well tailored to the bigger space of Terminal 5, a good sign for Turner’s continued success. The special touches that make his music stand out from the folk crowd appeared throughout the night, like when Sleeping Souls guitarist Ben Lloyd pulled out an electric mandolin for a few songs, or those moments when Tarrant Anderson was working his electric bass so roughly that it had the thump of an acoustic upright bass.
But as great as Turner’s band is, his show is truly about him. What also made this go-round more impressive than past local shows is that Turner performed with a back injury bad enough that “doctor’s orders” meant he couldn’t even play the guitar. But fortunately, it didn’t matter, because thanks to Turner cranking up his frontman presence a notch, it was like no one even noticed anything was different. And while Turner’s smaller live performances tend to run on his energy and the crowd’s, last Wednesday’s show helped prove that he and his band can sound great in a big room without sacrificing that energy. —Sean O’Kane