|Film Photos: Washed Out @ Terminal 5 (9/18)|
|Concert Review: Andrew Belle @ Highline Ballroom (11/13)|
It had been three (very long) years since fans of Andrew Belle have gotten a proper full length release and 2013 turned out to be the magic year for his patient fans. Black Bear found Belle discovering a new musical soundscape, sounding more electronically ethereal than his traditional singer-songwriter sound—though the sonic transformation was hinted at with 2012′s The Ladder Remixed and The Daylight EP. Nevertheless, the musical progression in Belle’s discography finds the Nashville-by-way-of-Chicago artist never alienating longtime fans who may be wary of the new sound.
Belle’s set at Highline Ballroom this past Wednesday night mostly consisted of Black Bear tracks, appropriately enough since it was well, ahem, the Black Bear Tour. Lead single, “Pieces” was the first glimpse into Black Bear when it was released back in July and its layered, airy sound transcends in a live setting, easily becoming a highlight of the night. Obviously, the live Black Bear tracks differed from their recorded album counterparts, allowing for a fresh take on the songs. With support from his backing band, each tracks’ backing vocals and multi-layered elements were able to really come through.
“Wants What It Wants” and title track “Black Bear” proved favorites among the audience but nothing could really compare to the reaction once Andrew Belle classic “The Ladder” began to play. And once it did, boy, did the audience swoon. “There’s a right and a wrong time” sang Belle, and in that moment, everything was right. When Andrew Belle and his band walked off the stage without a goodbye, naturally the audience remained planted in their spots and in no time, the band was back to end the night with “The Enemy,” one of Black Bear’s more energetic tracks, appropriately closed with much crowd stomping and clapping.
Midway through the show, Belle took a moment to discuss his involvement with Cure, a charity that brings basic hospital procedures to third world children and about Dennis, the child he’s supporting on this tour. More information on this can be seen here: http://cure.org/c/andrew-belle/
|Concert Review: Leagues @ Highline Ballroom (11/13)|
“Wednesdays, those are like weekends for you guys right?” mused Thad Cockrell, singer of Nashville’s Leagues, as Leagues’ set was about to begin. And to answer his question, I quote Girls’ Hannah Horvath, “It’s a Wednesday night baby, and I’m alive!” and alive Highline Ballroom was. The intimate venue was packed with eager fans who had been sitting on the floor in front of the stage for upwards of an hour before the show was to begin. (Now that’s dedication.) As the lights dimmed and the music kickstarted, the lively energy emanating from Leagues was infectious. With Cockrell’s all stage encompassing dancing and Leagues’ lush harmonies, it was hard not to smile when this Nashville four-some performs.
“Spotlight” off the band’s debut LP, You Belong Here, was especially memorable with its catchy chorus and noteworthy guitar lines, eliciting an instantaneous crowd clap-along. Three songs into Leagues’ set however, technical difficulties brought the show to a mini halt when singer Thad Cockrell’s microphone ceased to work. However the remaining members of the band kept the audience entertained with an instrumental medley while the stage hands worked to get things in order.
The momentary hiccup in Leagues’ set was merely a forgotten memory by the time their performance resumed because from there on, their rich brand of pop rock could do no wrong. “Everybody’s got a heart worth breaking, Everybody has someone that got away, Everybody has a love they’re looking for,” could be heard being sung amongst the audience during “Haunted,” whose infectious melody was no doubt stuck in everyone’s head. I have a bad habit of people watching and at a concert, that habit is magnified ten-fold. And those around me were simply enraptured by the sweet Southern charm of Leagues. I found myself watching the audience more than I did Leagues, because the spellbound looks could be seen throughout the crowd—and they have reason to! For a band with only one album under their belt, Leagues’ future looks bright.
LEAGUES is Tyler Burkum, Thad Cockrell, Jeremy Lutito.
|mp3: Ski Lodge: “I Can’t Tell” (Chad Valley Remix)|
I’m usually not one to enjoy remixes but this Chad Valley remix of Ski Lodge’s “I Can’t Tell” is just stunning. I know I haven’t posted anything other than photo galleries for the past two months so take this track by hometown heroes, Ski Lodge, as the commencement of HT’s return to music related posts. This track is beautiful and with that, there’s not really much more to say other than to give “I Can’t Tell” a listen.
Also, is it weird that I see the members of Ski Lodge around Manhattan from time to time? Just putting that out there.
Ski Lodge is Andrew Marr, Jared O’Connell, John Barinaga, Tim McCoy.
|Photos: FIDLAR, The Orwells, Shocked Minds @ Bowery Ballroom (10/24)|
I absolutely adore FIDLAR and spending my Thursday night watching them perform — despite having a 9am class the next morning — was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. They’re amazing to watch live, but even better to watch from the safety of a balcony. And the people watching? Prime-time action. I think I lost my voice just from screaming in horror/concern/amusement from watching the audience mosh. The amount of times my jaw dropped from watching the chaos ensue at Bowery Ballroom was just amazing. I’ve never been so entertained.
I didn’t feel as such during the Orwell’s opening set however. To quote my friend Emily, “you looked so so so unhappy.” Why yes, yes I did. Standing center stage, I didn’t quite mentally or physically prepare myself for the imminent moshing. After simultaneously defending myself and trying to take photos, it took all my strength to make enough room to get my camera in my bag. (So. Much. Close. Contact.) Not to mention, the lead singer of the Orwells is fucking nasty. Letting a crowd of fan girls pull down your pants zipper? Gross. I also don’t recommend going to a concert where mosh pits are involved when you’ve recently had major surgery. Add that to the list of great life choices of mine.
FIDLAR is Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel, Elvis Kuehn, Max Kuehn.
|Photos: Noah and the Whale @ Irving Plaza (10/22)|
Noah and the Whale were perfect this past Tuesday night at Irving Plaza. Don’t believe me? Read my live review over on CMJ for proof: http://cmj.com/live/noah-and-the-whale/
Also, watch the hottest cover of a song ever: http://boweryboogie.com/2013/10/watch-noah-whale-cover-beastie-boys-fight-right-video/
Noah and the Whale is Charlie Fink, Tom Hobden, Matt Owens, Fred Abbott, Michael Petulla.
|Photos: Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom (10/15)|
Oooh, singer-songwriter? Swoon. Sondre Lerche headlined the Talkhouse Showcase last week at Bowery Ballroom and boy, did the girls swoon. Check out photos from his swoon worthy performance below.
|Photos: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom (10/15)|
TEEN played The Talkhouse’s showcase during the opening night of CMJ’s Music Marathon last week and they were just as good as they were when I last saw them in the summer. They were one of my favorites of the entire night and I wish they played a little longer. Check out photos from their set below!
TEEN is Jane Herships, Boshra, Katherine Lieberson, Lizzie Lieberson.
|Photos: WET @ Bowery Ballroom (10/15)|
|Photos: Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom (10/15)|
To kick off the CMJ Music Marathon last week, Luke Temple played The Talkhouse’s Showcase at Bowery Ballroom. Check out my photos from his set below!