Photos | The Audio Perv - Part 3
Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category
24 Aug
2012

Walking on stage, clad in leather, it’s hard to anticipate what you’re going to get when you first see The Ex-Senators. Hailing from Chicago, this five piece dances across about four different genre lines and doing so in a way that works extremely well. Usually when bands try to incorporate a litany of sounds into their music it ends out sounding a mess as it’s rarely ever a natural vibe. But The Ex-Senators are one of those rare cases. Sometimes punk, other times early 2000’s rock, and then suddenly funk-soul, they pull off each sound both distinctively and cohesively at the same time. Those may sound like clashing concepts, but with lead singer D-Mac’s textbook definition of a rock voice, working in with the funky riffs of guitarists Van and Phabulous G.J., they’re able to create a sound that comes from every decade of the past 30 years of music. Sure, they have a heavy political message at times, but it’s presented in a way that’s not too over handed while being self-aware. Before their lead single ‘Start a Fight,’ D-Mac teasingly told the audience, “so we’re a bit of a political band,” clearly poking fun at the heavy tones in the song. You won’t find any 5 minute monologues before songs that beat the audience over the head with a certain ideology, unlike a some bands who seemed more concerned with their message than the music, but it still allows for one to take a little something away from it as well. “We want people to think when they listen to our music, it’s about making people have any reaction,” this quote from the band’s bio section on their website really drives home what they’re all about. Whether that reaction is a foot stomping, head banging mosh or an intellectual agreement on their societal commentary, The Ex-Senators seem happy either way.

‘Start a Fight,’ for which a video was just recently released, is an undeniably infectious song from the very first note. The thrashing riff combined with the chorus that just begs to be screamed back at them, makes for a perfect lead single and a good barometer of what the band sounds like at their very best. Though the song pretty much beckons for it, it’s hard not to want to start a revolution after hearing this song explode off the stage in front of you. The similarly themed ‘United Corporations of America’ too captures a classic punk sound but with a modern edge to it. A rowdy, sweaty, burner of a track, it’s very easy to see this song blasting in room filled with moshing punk kids, even if this show was more of a shorter, laid back teaser of what the band is really capable of. Their classic-meets-modern rock sound seems to be making a comeback, with other bands like Titus Andronicus and Gaslight Anthem leading the charge; it’s only a matter of time before Ex-Senators too are a household name on the modern rock scene.


19 Aug
2012

By Michel Dussack

This summer has been incredible for free shows in New York City. Just a few weeks after a Converse City Carnage sponsored Sleigh Bells show, the sneaker company threw another awesome show featuring a headlining performance by The Kills. The duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince enthralled the crowd throughout a 17 song set. The only fault to be found in their performance was that they covered much of the same ground as they did in February during their 10th Anniversary show.

Kicking things off with the instantly recognizable ‘No Wow’, fog blanketed the stage as the pair took the stage, Alison donning a black hat and cigarette. She quickly extinguished it to grab the microphone and begin wailing in her own unique style. She rarely stood still throughout the performance, save for an appearance on drums later in the set. Once again, the band was backed by a group of live drums for a few songs, including ‘Future Starts Slow’ and ‘U R A Fever’.

During ‘Kissy Kissy’, the duo switched places a bit with Jamie on lead vocals and Alison donning a guitar. The duo continued on throughout the night, rarely stopping in between songs, though it seemed like it was only to fit as many songs in as possible before the strict 10pm curfew of the outdoor venue. Before they concluded with ‘Pots and Pans’, Jamie thanked the crowd and mentioned that New York was one of his favorite cities with sincerity.

When the group returned for the four song encore, they seemed even more energized as they burned through ‘Last Goodbye’ and ‘Pull A U’. As usual, the combination of ‘Fuck the People’ and ‘Monkey 23’, off the band’s debut album closed out the show in a frenetic fashion, and Jamie and Alison drew near to each other to take one last bow in front of the crowd. New York has been lucky enough to have been graced by two performances by The Kills in the past six months, though everyone that says them will tell you even that doesn’t seem often enough.

The Kills’ setlist
1. No Wow
2. Future Starts Slow
3. Heart Is A Beating Drum
4. Kissy Kissy
5. U R A Fever
6. DNA
7. Satellite
8. Last Day of Magic
9. Baby Says
10. Black Balloon
11. Tape Song
12. You Don’t Own The Road
13. Pots and Pans
Encore:
14. Last Goodbye
15. Pull A U
16. Fuck the People
17. Monkey 23

VIVA VIVA

BLACK BANANAS

THE KILLS

17 Aug
2012

KISS and Motley Crue brought THE TOUR to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on Tuesday night.

Check out photos of both legendary rock bands (as well as a very special fan) below thanks to Marcello Ambriz

15 Aug
2012

By Keeyahtay Lewis

Fresh off of stops at Bethlehem Musicfest and Lollapooloza, Jane’s Addiction brought their Theatre Of The Escapists tour to The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on Sunday night. At about 9:20 or so the lights went down, the audience stood up, and Jane’s Addiction took the stage. The background was what looked like a sculpture of two naked ladies and there were also girls hanging down from the ceiling on swings. From where I was standing it didn’t look like the band had changed much in the last 20+ years. Singer Perry Farrell, drummer Stephen Perkins, bass player Chris Chaney, and the “Ink Master” himself on guitar, Dave Navarro. They all looked fit, and like they were ready to tear the State Theatre apart.

Opening with “Underground”, “Mountain Song” and “Just Because” the band sounded pretty great. Never having seen the band before, I was quite impressed. Up next was the band’s biggest hit, “Been Caught Steeling” and everyone in New Brunswick lost their minds at once. The State Theatre is typically a place for theatrical plays, but on Sunday night Jane’s Addiction turned it into a full blown party.

Because there is no real barrier at The State Theatre, the band, specifically Farrell and Navarro could be seen shaking hands, pounding fists, and sharing smiles with fans against the stage the whole night. Farrell has always been a charismatic front man and he certainly charmed those in the front. The background always stayed pretty interesting: girls hanging from swings, girls floating across the stage, naked girl statues, lights and girls, girls, girls. But at times it was really quite beautiful.

“Ain’t No Right”, “Irresistible Force” and another fan favorite, “Jane Says” kept everyone on their feet the whole time. The band jumped around all four studio albums with “Up the Beach”, “Had A Dad” and “Three Days” before leaving the stage for a short time. They band returned to play three more: “Splash A Little Water On It”, “Ocean Size” and “Stop!” before taking a bow, and walking off for good.

The band has been on hiatus, switched members and reunited more than a few times in their career, but this latest reunion felt like a good one. It is always nice to see a band enjoying themselves, and it definitely showed on Sunday night. Farrell and the rest have made no definite plans on what is happening after this tour. A follow up to The Great Escape Artist has been hinted at, but nothing solid. Watching them play on Sunday though, if they come off this tour and take that energy into the studio, the next album should be a killer one. In the meantime, it is nice to see a band do what they do best, and loving every second of it.

15 Aug
2012

By Matt Arena

Before her two-night stint at New York’s Webster Hall, Marina and the Diamonds played a small, intimate show on the rooftop penthouse of the Mondrian Hotel in Soho. Not being too familiar with her material prior to this, it was quite an experience getting to see her play to a tiny group of people. With her classy attire and an incredibly stripped down set (just an acoustic guitar and keyboard for the backing band), she showcased a handful of songs of her latest release, Electra Heart and her first album The Family Jewels. Songs like ‘Lies,’ which she herself called “the most depressing love song ever,” and the upcoming single ‘How to be a Heartbreaker,’ both sounded incredible as her powerful voice is the anchor that most of her songs tie themselves to. The latter has an infectious chorus, the type that’s destined to be a constant on the radio waves come October when the single drops. Though Marina’s sound might be more fitting in a 1950’s smoky jazz club than a modern New York City hotel rooftop, that didn’t stop it from being one of the more impressive acoustic sets out there. “Stripped down” usually means boring to some bands, but Marina’s natural ability comes from a very stripped down place so it was incredibly well fitting. It’s clear that she doesn’t need to rely on heavy production to put on a good show and no doubt everyone at the show would agree.

Taking an almost concept approach to her latest album, Marina uses the title character to represent four archetypes within the music; the primadonna, su-barbie-a, the homewrecker and the teen idol. The multi-faceted approach to the music and concept behind the album most definitely comes across in a live environment as well. Each of the songs seems to take on the titular archetype, giving a much more dynamic sound and allowing her to become much more than just an average pop star. In a musical climate where the Katy Perry’s of the world reign supreme, it’s refreshing to see a female singer like Marina and the Diamonds show that pop music doesn’t have to be formulaic or cliché. Currently in support of the album, Marina and the Diamonds are headlining Webster Hall this coming Thursday and Saturday and if her performance with just an acoustic guitar, keyboard, and microphone is any judge, she’s sure to put on a stellar show.



09 Aug
2012

By Michel Dussack

Bloc Party’s recent warm-up tour had all the potential to either be a complete disaster or a tour that would spark the envy of anyone not close enough to a city that the band would stop at. It’s always risky playing unreleased material at a show, however to play unreleased material shortly after coming out of hiatus, when you’re already prone to being a bit rusty live, now that’s risky. However, if there’s one thing that Bloc Party has perfected in the past ten years, it’s been their live shows, and the band pulled off an incredible set at the second of their three sold out shows at New York’s Terminal 5.

The quartet took the stage and immediately began to play ‘So He Begins to Lie’ off their upcoming album, “Four” to screams and cheers from the crowd. That reaction was nothing compared to the excitement that spread as Bloc Party worked backwards through their discography playing a song from each album culminating in an explosive rendition of ‘Tension’. At this time front man Kele Okereke thanked the crowd and reminded them that they had a new album coming out soon, as the band ripped into another track off it, ‘Kettling’. Arguably the most aggressive of the new material played, it’s clear the passion and angst is still present for the band in 2012, something longtime fans will be pleased to hear.

The night continued in this manner, bouncing back and forth between new and old (though truth be told, it all blended quite nicely) until the final three songs of the main set. Before beginning the 2009 single ‘One More Chance’, Kele addressed the crowd and asked if they were having a good time, though he quickly answered his own question, noting he could “smell all that reefer, I know you’re having a good time out there”. Two tracks from the bands debut album followed to close out the main set, with ‘Like Eating Glass’ sending the pit on the floor into a frenzy before the band walked off stage.

Bloc Party quickly returned to play a four song encore that opened with another new song, ‘Truth’. ‘Ares’ followed and was prefaced by Kele screaming “If you got any fight left in you, you might enjoy this one. Don’t be a pussy New York!”. Bloc Party then closed their encore with ‘Helicopter’ which helped to form the biggest mosh pits of the night. Kele thanked the crowd for what seemed like the fifteenth time, and again the band was off the stage. While most bands would stop at this point, this was a “fucking Bloc Party gig” and they weren’t quite finished playing yet.

The second encore was brief but effective. It opened with new single ‘Octopus’ which is infectiously catchy and fueled by a screeching guitar solo thanks to Russell Lissack. Next (and last) up was ‘Flux’ which oddly enough the band opened with a verse from Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’. As everyone in attendance danced out the absolute last of their energy, the band could be seen beaming on stage, and it’s easy to tell that they’re just as happy as everyone else that they’re back.

Setlist
1. So He Begins To Lie
2. Mercury
3. Hunting for Witches
4. Positive Tension
5. Kettling
6. Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
7. Banquet
8. Real Talk
9. One More Chance
10. This Modern Love
11. Like Eating Glass

Encore:
12. Truth
13. Ares
14. The Prayer
15. Helicopter

Encore 2:
16. Octopus
17. Flux (We Found Love intro)

09 Aug
2012

By Michel Dussack

On August 2nd, Austin based rock trio Ume played a ferocious thirty minute set in the Grand Ballroom of Webster Hall as a part of their tour with Helmet and Toadies. Ume filled the room with heavily distorted guitar riffs during their set which comprised mostly of unreleased material thanks to guitarist and singer Lauren Larson. The band opened up with one of their bigger songs, ‘The Conductor’ and from the first few notes played, it was clear that Lauren would not be contained to a small area on the stage. Whenever she wasn’t singing, she was flailing all over the stage, guitar in hand, dropping to the floor to continue playing several times.

While on records the band has numerous intricacies on their songs, those were lost in the live mix in favor of aggression and distortion. Eric Larson on bass and Rachel Fuhrer on drums rounded out the sound of the band, though neither could quite match Lauren’s energy. New material followed the opening song and like most of the bands material, it was led by intricate, yet distorted riffs. While the songs haven’t officially been titled, the working titles of the songs are ‘Battlehead’, ‘Chase it Down’, ‘Bass Face’, and ‘Slow Pog’.

The more familiar sounding ‘Xie-Xie’ and ‘Black Stone’ closed out Ume’s set that went by far too quickly, and the band succeeded in setting the bar high for the next two bands to take the stage. When Ume first began playing, the venue wasn’t nearly full, however more and more people filed in throughout their set and they all seemed impressed. Numerous member of the crowd made their way to the merch table after the bands set to buy Ume’s music and to chat with the band.

Ume’s setlist

1. The Conductor
2. Battlehead (working)
3. Chase it Down (working)
4. Bass Face (working)
5. Slow Pog (working)
6. Xie-Xie
7. Black Stone

04 Aug
2012

By Michel Dussack

To say Mumford & Sons have come a long way in the past two years would be a gross understatement. It’s hard to even fathom that the band that played Bowery Ballroom in 2010 opened their 2012 Summer Tour playing to 15,000 people on Hoboken’s Pier A, a venue which has never seen a concert that large ever.

Opening the show was Aaron Embry, the former touring pianist from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. He took the stage armed with a guitar and harmonica and played a soft and quiet thirty minute set that didn’t quite grab the audience as it should have. His music was heartfelt and delicate, particularly his last song, which comprised simply of him playing the piano without even singing.

Next was Dawes who ramped up the energy significantly. Vocalist Taylor Goldsmith ran about the stage with his guitar and frequently posed for photographers when he wasn’t singing. The band has a distinct folk sound to them, but also seems to take a cue from jam bands as well, leading to an interesting blend of the two genres. A few guitar solos that seemed improvised made their way into the set, and they definitely succeeded in winning over the crowd.

As the cloudy sky cleared and the sun went down, it was immediately obvious why Mumford & Sons chose to play in Hoboken. The stage was framed by the gorgeous Manhattan skyline, and was easily accessible via public transportation. The band took the stage to screams and shouts and immediately began playing a song from their upcoming sophomore album “Babel”, ‘Lover’s Eyes’. While at first I was concerned as to how the folk band would translate into such a large space, it only took a few minutes for all my fears to be relieved. Their 16 song set spanned about an hour and forty minutes, and consisted of a fairly even mixture of songs from their debut and new songs.

‘Little Lion Man’, one of the bands biggest hits, came second in the set and hearing 15,000 people scream the chorus along with Marcus Mumford is something that the band probably never could’ve imagined. Throughout the night, the band had numerous moments of funny banter, something that has been a trademark of their shows since the beginning. A couple songs later, much to everyone’s delight, the band unveiled a never before played song entitled ‘I Will Wait’. In general, the new songs seem a lot fuller than their first album, and the band has definitely succeeded in their goal of making the quiet moments quieter and the loud moments louder.

Perhaps the most unique thing about a Mumford & Sons concert is the way the members regularly switch instruments throughout the night. While Marcus typically plays acoustic guitar, a kick drums and sings, he also had some time behind a full drum kit (while still singing) and an electric guitar. Ben Lovett switches between keyboards and drums, Country Winston Marshall plays banjo and guitar, and Ted Dwane plays both upright and electric bass. That’s all not counting the four part harmonies that the group so effortlessly pulls off.

The band concluded their main set with ‘Dust Bowl Dance’ which starts off slow and somber but quickly explodes with a sense of anger thanks to Marcus’ part on the drums. Before they came back out for their encore, their brass section returned to the stage for a brief rendition of ‘New York’, a perfect acknowledgement of their location. Also in the encore was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ which seemed lost on the younger segment of the crowd, and an energetic rendition of their biggest hit ‘The Cave’ to close out their set. It should be noted that the band had tried to add a song between these two; however they were quickly shut down as there was a strict 10pm curfew. As the final notes of ‘The Cave’ rang out of the speakers a three minute barrage of fireworks erupted from the Hudson River and capped off a wonderful night with one of the fastest rising bands around.

Mumford and Sons setlist

1. Lovers Eyes
2. Little Lion Man
3. Roll Away Your Stone
4. I Will Wait
5. White Blank Page
6. I Gave You All
7. Timshel
8. Lover of the Light
9. Thistle & Weeds
10. Ghosts That We Knew
11. Awake My Soul
12. Whispers
13. Dust Bowl Dance
Encore
14. New York (horn section)
15. Winter Winds
16. The Boxer (cover)
17. The Cave

AARON EMBRY

DAWES

MUMFORD AND SONS

30 Jul
2012

Last Wednesday, Billabong held their 6th Annual Design for Humanity benefit fashion, music and art event at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The Joy Formidable, Imagine Dragons, Walk The Moon and The Lumineers. Our photographer Marcello Ambriz was there to get some great shots of The Joy Formidable and Imagine Dragons. Check them out below and head over to http://billabong.com to buy some clothes to support the Cultivate Foundation.


IMAGINE DRAGONS

THE JOY FORMIDABLE

30 Jul
2012

All summer, Warner Bros. Records have been holding their free summer concert series, Summer Sessions, right outside their building in Burbank, California. This past Friday, the label teased a surprise guest. Who would show up? DEFTONES! The band would use the summer concert as a warm-up for their sold out concert the next night at the Troubadour. Our photographer Marcello Ambriz was there Friday to get some great shots of the band. Check them out below and head over to deftonesworld.com to see two videos of new songs and the band’s upcoming tour dates with System of a Down.