Tag Archives: Silvia Saponaro

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The Lemon Twigs – The Bowery Ballroom – February 21, 2017

February 22nd, 2017

The Lemon Twigs – The Bowery Ballroom – February 21, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Black Tiger Sex Machine – The Bowery Ballroom – January 27, 2017

January 30th, 2017

Black Tiger Sex Machine - The Bowery Ballroom - January 27, 2017

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Red Fang – Mercury Lounge – December 5, 2016

December 6th, 2016

Red Fang - Mercury Lounge - December 5, 2016

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Low Cut Connie Cut Loose at The Bowery Ballroom on Friday

December 5th, 2016

Low Cut Connie – The Bowery Ballroom – December 2, 2016

Low Cut Connie – The Bowery Ballroom – December 2, 2016
Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner cut his teeth performing solo with his piano to some of New York City’s toughest crowds, gay bars, dive bars, restaurants, any number of other venues with an audience there mostly for something other than the music. But the end result today is that he’s one hell of a live performer—although Low Cut Connie’s classic rock and rolling chutzpah definitely helps too. “Are you guys here, are you guys ready to get weird, are you guys ready to make a baby tonight?” Weiner asked the lively crowd at The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.

Piano-fueled rock is rare these days, and Low Cut Connie’s particular strain harkens back to the days of Little Richard, with Weiner’s piano in the opener, “Back in School,” chugging along in the background like a runaway train. That piano, affectionately called Shondra (named “for a beyond-middle-aged dancer from Atlanta’s Clermont Lounge”), sure knows how to take a beating, with him standing on its bench, standing on the piano itself, slinking beneath it and banging keys with his hands, feet, the microphone stand, whatever the situation calls for. If there was a moment when his hands were free, Weiner was pointing out into the audience or shaking his behind. The second tune brought along the barn-burning drinking sing-along “Boozophilia,” a favorite song of President Obama’s.

The band also paid tribute to one of Weiner’s home-state favorites, New Jersey’s recently reunited Misfits, with a piano-y cover of “Where Eagles Dare.” Weiner pointed out several in the crowd he thought were from Jersey, asking, “What exit?” “Shake It Little Tina,” an homage to Tina Turner, began with a teasing, lulling beat before building up to dancing chaos, with Weiner venturing out far into the audience by the song’s end. The band teased a new album, promised to be out early next year, with three new tracks, “Dirty Water,” about rock and roll, and one sung and written by guitarist James Everhart. The show ended with a fast-moving five-song encore, closing out with a rambunctious cover of Prince’s “Controversy.” —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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The Districts – Mercury Lounge – November 30, 2016

December 1st, 2016

The Districts - Mercury Lounge - November 30, 2016

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Thee Oh Sees in a Sweat-Lodge Hallucination of Garage-Rock Glory

November 14th, 2016

Thee Oh Sees – The Bowery Ballroom – November 11, 2016

Thee Oh Sees – The Bowery Ballroom – November 11, 2016
Catharsis? Many people were looking for an emotional release at the end of last week, and the sacred haven of a rock club was as good a place as any to find it. As if by fate, Thee Oh Sees were in town for three sold-out performances, and their show on Friday night at The Bowery Ballroom was the kind of shared experience that can renew your faith a little bit, even if it’s only for one night. John Dwyer took the stage with his band and offered, “Good luck the next four years,” before kicking off a set filled with flashes of anger and euphoria. Thee Oh Sees, the band with an extra e in their name, also bring a little bit extra to their live show, with one extra drummer, Dwyer backed by seemingly one too many amplifiers and the band as a whole delivering an extra bit of oomph into every morsel of their set, but, as always, it ended up being the perfect amount.

The performance covered Dwyer’s extensive and constantly growing and evolving repertoire, although it felt less about which songs were played and more about that they just kept coming without rest. With those two drum kits front and center—both literally onstage and musically—offering a constant pummeling of ready-to-explode rhythmic energy, there was little for the audience to do but relent to the music. Barely one song in, the show felt like a communal experience, some friends, mostly strangers. No matter how you tried, if you were on the floor, you were making contact with other like-minded human beings. By the time Thee Oh Sees busted into the crowd-pleasing rage of “Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster” early on, there was real physical contact: Whether you were slamming your body into others in front of the stage or just bumping into the guy next to you as you each contorted and flailed, song after song, room-piercing guitar riff after guitar riff.

That contact, the flesh and blood of the humans around you, heightened the energy in the room. Watching Thee Oh Sees channel all of that felt somehow biological: the sweat of the musicians, the pure kinetics of the nonstop drummers, the limits to just how hard you can flail your head back and forth in ecstatic dancing before you get dizzy, the tingling hairs on the back of your neck when Dwyer finally slowed it down for the psych-prog of “Sticky Hulks.” The set ended with an older piece, possibly “Warm Slime,” what he promised to be a “long song” ended up being a 25-minute sweat-lodge hallucination of garage-rock glory. Dwyer seemed oblivious to the outside world and took the rest of us with him. Bouncing from one cathartic melody to the next, it just kept going as if to make sure that everyone there had enough to get to that deep-inside place before walking out the doors to face the world again. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Temples – The Bowery Ballroom – October 26, 2016

October 27th, 2016

Temples - The Bowery Ballroom - October 26, 2016

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Gojira – Terminal 5 – October 23, 2016

October 24th, 2016

Gojira - Terminal 5 - October 23, 2016

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Caetano Veloso with Teresa Cristina – Town Hall – October 12, 2016

October 13th, 2016

Caetano Veloso with Teresa Cristina - Town Hall - October 12, 2016
(Caetana Veloso and Teresa Cristina perform at Town Hall again tonight.)

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Sunflower Bean – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 7, 2016

October 10th, 2016

Sunflower Bean - Music Hall of Williamsburg - October 7, 2016

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Band of Skulls – Terminal 5 – October 6, 2016

October 7th, 2016

Band of Skulls - Terminal 5 - October 6, 2016

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Russian Circles – Warsaw – September 30, 2016

October 3rd, 2016

Russian Circles - Warsaw - September 30, 2016

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Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Music Hall – September 10, 2016

September 12th, 2016

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 10, 2016

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Big Business – Mercury Lounge – July 7, 2016

July 8th, 2016

Big Business - Mercury Lounge - July 7, 2016

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Plague Vendor/the Garden – Rough Trade NYC – June 15, 2016

June 16th, 2016

Plague Vendor - Rough Trade NYC - June 15, 2016

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com