Hey there! It's late Friday and you're thinking about your weekend probs, so it would be a GIANT mistake on our part if we didn't remind you of this incredible show night we're putting on with our friends at Seaport Music Festival: Hunters, PUP, and Big Ups are playing tomorrow night! There will be food and drinks and art and vendors of all sorts too. There's more info (and videos from each of the bands playing) after the jump. Get on it.
Hunters, Photo via Biz 3
On Tuesday night a couple hundred beautiful people/industry types gathered on the rooftop penthouse of The Kimberly Hotel and were plied with free Woody Creek vodka. There was free food too, and the types of wild, clear nighttime views of the Chrysler building and Manhattan that immediately make you feel like somebody. The people on hand were there weren't there for that, though. They were there for John Oates.
Photo by Juan Patino
Sure, this "Fab Four" hail from Liverpool, but the lyrics "like maggots colonizing / contagious disease contaminating" are about as far away as "love, love me do" as you can get. And that's how Carcass like it, even though the 2013 Surgical Steel album is proving to be their most "commercial" to date, breaking into the Top 50 of the Billboard 200.
"Prolific" is an understatement when applied to British singer/songwriter/guitarist/
producer Justin K. Broadrick. A partial list of the 44-year-old's aural adventures includes 24 bands, projects and solo work, 11 of them more or less "current/ongoing," including Napalm Death (which he's been with since 1981), as well as Head of David, Jesu and White Static Demo. The musical adjectives, too, are legion: Industrial, post-metal, drone metal, shoegaze, grindcore, electronica, ambient, noise. But it's Broadrick's most-recognized band, the influential and innovative Godflesh--who formed in 1998 with bassist Ben Green, disbanded in 2002 and reformed in 2010--that's his most prominent raison d'etre for the immediate future.
Better Than: Anyone else closing out Roseland Ballroom's long and storied chapter in New York City.
Courtesy of 42 West & Getty Images Gaga opening the second to last Roseland Ballroom show
With a stage hidden by a deep red curtain surrounded by oversized, large roses, it's clear Lady Gaga took her role as emcee for Roseland Ballroom's "10-day funeral," as she has called it, seriously. In front of a slightly more subdued crowd than expected in terms of dress (more casual concert-wear than Gaga costumage), Gaga entered from a door also shrouded in roses at house left, burlesque-teasing the audience with only a hand and leg before revealing herself completely. She posed and vamped before sitting at her first piano of the night, a less showy opening than one can be accustomed to experiencing at a pop concert. In a way, she was making it clear the set was less about her and more about the venue she was helping celebrate and close out.More »
Better Than: Possibly expected.
Photo by Loren Wohl. See more photos from last night. Iggy Pop and New Order
A benefit concert can be tricky business. There's a necessity to show earnestness when addressing the cause it benefits while an expectation for a fully-stocked and exciting line-up of performances and surprises exists. It can go horribly wrong or it can be an illuminating, moving and exciting night worthy of the cause it supports and the money shelled out by patrons to benefit said cause. At Carnegie Hall last night, where the 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place, the evening quite certainly felt like the latter.
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