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See Ty Segall on Saturday Night in Williamsburg

February 1st, 2013

He’s only 25, but based on his prolific output, you’d be excused for thinking Ty Segall is much older. The singer-songwriter (and guitarist and drummer) was a part-time musician until 2008, when things exploded for him musically. Since then he’s put out several solo LPs, including 2011’s Goodbye Bread, and he’s worked on albums with Epsilons, Party Fowl, the Traditional Fools, the Perverts and Tim Presley’s distortion-heavy, psychedelic-influenced White Fence. Segall (above, doing “Thank God for Sinners” on Conan) has also collaborated with Epsilons’ Mikal Cronin, and just recently their album, Reverse Shark Attack (stream it below), which came out on vinyl in 2009, received a wide release. With all of that to keep him busy, it’s surprising Segall has time to tour. But, fortunately, he seems to do it often. And as his most recent one winds down, the wunderkind comes to town for two shows. Tonight at Webster Hall is sold out, but you’re in luck because he also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

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A Night of Frenzied Rock and Roll

May 17th, 2012

Ty Segall/White Fence – Webster Hall – May 16, 2012

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If Bob Dylan had fronted the Grateful Dead in 1965 and they’d been a garage band, it might have sounded like White Fence did last night. It’s less amazing that this is the band’s sound rather than the fact that here in the present, Webster Hall was packed with an energetic crowd to hear them play. White Fence is Tim Presley’s newest project, which has put out two full-length volumes this year called Family Perfume. Live, these short ideas of songs became quick explosions of sound: psychedelic guitar riffs with the duration and energy of punk music. That angry edge carried over to those in the crowd who slammed, surfed and bounded with energy while dodging beer, water and empty cups. As the set developed, the songs evolved, with longer, more thoughtful guitar solos often swallowed by a gargantuan bass-and-drums rhythm section.

White Fence and the headliner, Ty Segall, recorded an album, Hair, together, and the interlude between their sets was a couple songs from the album. Definitely the highlight of the evening, it was a fully coherent hybrid of Presley’s energized psych and Segall’s thrashing punk. Before they built any momentum, Segall took full control with his band, delivering relentless adolescent rock and roll, urging on the audience. Crowd surfers and stage divers found encouragement in clean but frenetic guitar and wild-animal bass. Segall’s persona seemed too nice for the reaction his music was getting. He turned an errant plastic cup into an impromptu hat that impossibly stayed put while he offered another flamethrower guitar solo. Then, with utter sincerity, he said it was “the best show we played ever.” —A. Stein

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Ty Segall Plays Webster Hall with White Fence Tomorrow

May 15th, 2012


For such a young guy, Ty Segall is a busy dude. The singer-songwriter, who plays guitar and drums, was a part-time musician until 2008, when things exploded musically for him. Since then he’s put out several solo albums, including last year’s Goodbye Bread, and he’s worked on discs with Epsilons, Party Fowl, the Traditional Fools, the Perverts and Mikal Cronin. That would be enough for most people. But this year alone Segall has already put out Hair, an album with Tim Presley’s distortion-heavy, psychedelic-influenced White Fence, and he intends to release Slaughter, recorded with his touring band, in June, before putting out another disc later in the year. With all of that to keep him busy, it’s surprising Segall (above, doing “Scissor People” for Room 205) has time to tour. But fortunately he does, and you can see him playing with White Fence (separately and together) tomorrow night at Webster Hall.