Category Archives: TVD New York City

TVD Live: Paul Rodgers with the Royal Sessions band at Town Hall, 6/19

PHOTOS: EBRU YILDIZ | At a point in between songs during his New York performance of recent project and album release The Royal Sessions, Paul Rodgers remarked (half to himself, half to the packed house before him), “Isn’t this music cool? I love this music.”

This music, covers of classic blues and soul tunes such as “I Thank You,” “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” and show-stealer “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” was really, really cool. After all, the Sessions band, an assortment of top musicians from Memphis, gave us a tighter-than-tight horn section and an electric bongo player.

But the majority of the evening’s cool points most definitely went to Rodgers himself, because he made every move and every note look and sound easy, causing the average concert-going nerd to narrow his eyes, stroke his chin and think to himself, “Hmmm… so casual, smooth, easy—heck, anybody could sing these R&B standards and sound good, right?”

Wrong! Because only Paul Rodgers, singer of such rock classics as Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and Free’s “All Right Now,” could make these standards sound so good. Indeed, it could be said that Rodgers’ Royal Sessions project created (cue megaphone amplification) “The PERFECT… STORM… OF SOUL.”

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TVD Live Shots: Foxy Shazam at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/30

I was introduced to Foxy Shazam’s music by a friend a few months ago. So when I heard they were coming to the Bowery Ballroom I figured I would go check out the live show.

I’ll let the photos do the talking.

And in case there’s any confusion, yes, that is Eric Nally eating a bundle of cigarettes…

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TVD Live Shots: Lee Fields at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/29

Last Thursday, Lee Fields and his sharp-as-a-tack backing band, The Expressions came back to the city to perform at the Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the release of their new record, Emma Jean.

Fields’ set included mostly songs from the new record—and let me tell you it sounds incredible. The “Little JB” is surely coming on strong this summer.

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TVD Live Shots: Built
to Spill at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/21

Last Wednesday, Built to Spill performed at the Bowery Ballroom, their last of 3 New York City shows.

Though static in stage presence, the Idaho five piece’s set was exciting as ever and especially filled with their guitar based jams for each song. For the encore, the band called the crowd up to join them for an on-stage dance party.

Each member slowly and secretly exited the stage, handing their instruments over to someone else, and only to be revealed when the show was over and the crowd on the stage cleared.

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Early Winters: In-Store with TVD at Village Music World, NYC

We find we like to grow with an act once we’ve become enamored. Tracks with a fragile beauty and hushed vocals that insinuate themselves into the subconscious beget pals over here.

From First Date to taking the band record shopping (a logical progression if there ever was one) we’ve become quite fond of Early Winters, the LA by way of Toronto by way of UK four piece. So, there we were last month in the Greenwich Village record shop Village Music World—aptly named—with band members Carina Rounds, Justin Rutledge, Dan Burns, and Zac Rae for a bit of a record rummage and in-store performance.

We caught the band before their headline appearance at Rockwood Music Hall and prior to a west coast jaunt with Afghan Whigs in support of Vanishing Act, their new full length release on store shelves this very moment.

And yes indeed, there’s vinyl.

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TVD Recommends: Early Winters at Village Music World, free in-store, 4/8

Check out a free performance from Early Winters in NYC tomorrow night at Village Music World, a great record shop in the west village. The music kicks off at 7pm with free beer and pizza. We’ll be there filming, catching the band before their headlining show Wednesday night at Rockwood Music Hall. But first, a bit of a confession from Early Winters’ Justin Rutledge…

“Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t really buy new vinyl anymore. I search around for the old stuff, Van Morrison, Veedon Fleece, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Miss America, The Smiths, The Queen In Dead. Not to say that the new stuff ain’t got it–it’s just that the old stuff has the goods, ya know?

Just don’t tell anyone, because I’m in a band and I’d get in trouble for saying stuff like that. Ok, sometimes I get new vinyl too, but don’t tell anyone. I really love secrets. Sometimes when I’m listening to vinyl, it’s like someone is telling me clandestine sweet nothings, but on a stereo.

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TVD Video Premiere: Pine Barons, “Don’t Believe What They
Told You”

TVD NYC’s Caitlin McCann, director of the above named vid, has your backstory. And a need for some tarps. LOTS of tarps. —Ed.

“There’s some sort of energy that comes from lying down on the floor. An energy that realigns my body and leaves a clear path for inspiration to swim up and down my spine and leak into my brain…”

“The basic concept for this video was literally conceived from lying flat on the floor of my bedroom after listening to Pine Barons’ record on repeat twenty million times and deciding I really wanted to make a video for this song.

I met them a few days earlier and I knew I wanted to work with them. They put on an amazing live show, they didn’t trash my apartment when I let them crash there, and they were nice to my dad when he came over at 9am the next morning. And they’re a bunch of hunks so…duh.

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TVD Live: Vivian Girls at Baby’s All Right, 3/2

PHOTOS: CARLY SUSMAN | On Saturday and Sunday night, Vivian Girls played their last two farewell shows. Although Vivian Girls originally planned to only have one last show in New York, they added a second and official last show after the first one quickly sold out.

The second-to-last show on Saturday was at Death by Audio with opening acts Juan Wauters and Waxahatchee. The official last show on Sunday was at Baby’s All Right with opening acts Potty Mouth and Shellshag.

Vivian Girls Katy, Ali, and Cassie chose small venues for their last two shows to give a proper, warm goodbye to their fans. They began the show on Saturday by running to the stage through the crowd and played some of their most popular songs, such as “I Have No Fun” and “The End.” Fans were able to sing along to “Before I Start to Cry” as teary-eyed Vivian Girls played it for their last time.

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TVD Recommends: MGMT with Dinosaur Jr. at Barclays Center, 12/13

This Friday, December 13, MGMT will be playing at Barclay’s Center in New York City, featuring Dinosaur Jr. as the opener.

Back in September, MGMT released their self-titled third studio album and have been busy touring ever since, including a month-long tour in the UK in October. In order to hype up fans for this Friday’s show, the band has been hiding one-of-a-kind autographed posters of images from the “Your Life Is A Lie” video in the New York tri-state area.

For “the artsy types out there,” MGMT is running a poster contest for the show via Instagram and Tumblr. The winner “will receive a one of a kind signed & framed print of their poster design hand decorated/enhanced by the band.” Designs are to be submitted with the hashtags #MGMT and #MGMTBrooklyn so that the band can find them, and the deadline is tonight at 11 PM EST. Multiple entries are allowed, and the winner will be notified via Instagram on December 14.

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TVD Live Shots:
Nicole Atkins at
Moscot Music, 11/21

“There should be a couple here making out and dancing in front of us right now…and crying,” mused Nicole Atkins, before kicking into “The Way It Is” at Moscot Music last Thursday.

Among many other humorous insights throughout the set, Atkins embraced Moscot’s small size and kept the music strong, loud, and intimate, even playing to the fans who had to watch the show from outside the store windows.

Her new band (supposedly going under the name Groove Police) made sure the energy never died and kept the show tight and rocking all the way through.

Atkins’ new record, Slow Phaser comes out on February 4th, 2014 and fans—and yet-to-be fans—have plenty to look forward to.

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