These Guys Shine on Their Own

December 13th, 2010

Where’s the Band – Music Hall of Williamsburg – December 11, 2010

Dustin Kensrue, Anthony Raneri and Matt Pryor

Dustin Kensrue, Anthony Raneri, Matt Pryor and Chris Conley

Four frontmen stepped out from in front of their bands to play acoustic sets at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Bayside’s Anthony Raneri, up first, began with a cover of Alkaline Trio’s “Good Fucking Bye” and also covered “Sorrow” by Bad Religion and Saves the Day’s “You Vandal.” Raneri rounded out his set with a few Bayside songs, including “Don’t Call Me Peanut,” “Landing Feet First” and “Blame It on Bad Luck.” Matt Pryor, best known as the Get Up Kids’ frontman, followed. Despite his band’s extensive catalog, he steered away from playing their more traditional stuff, instead opting to perform some solo material, plus “Stay on the Phone” and “Proceed with Caution” (each from his project the New Amsterdams) and a cover of Saves the Day’s “Freakish.”

There was even more Saves the Day music when its frontman, Chris Conley, played a wonderful set of songs mainly by his band—“Cars and Calories,” “Say You’ll Never Leave,” “Rocks Tonic Juice Magic,” “Certain Tragedy,” “Stay,” “Dying Day”—and a cover of Pryor’s “Confidence Man.” Like his predecessors, the night’s headliner, Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue, played some of his own songs (“Blanket of Ghosts,” “Blood & Wine”), some of his band’s (“The Artist in the Ambulance,” “Beggars”) and some covers, like Tom Waits’ “Down There by the Train.” The night ended with the men joining one another onstage. It was just Kensrue and Pryor doing “Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams, but afterward, making for the highlight of the night, Conley and Raneri joined for a spirited rendition of Jawbreaker’s “Boxcar.” —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel