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INTER ARMA, KEN Mode, Russian Circles

3 Mar

INTER ARMA

KEN Mode

KEN Mode

KEN Mode

Russian Circles

Russian Circles

(All photos from the show can be found here.)

On 2/20 I went to the Bowery Ballroom to shoot INTER ARMA, KEN Mode, and Russian Circles. I will admit I had no previous knowledge about these bands, but after a quick perusing online I discovered they were roughly in the genre of metal. I went in with an open mind, as I had no clue what to expect. INTER ARMA is hard to put into a genre, but they’re classified as “sludge” and “black” metal. Regardless, it was a great performance, and eventually the crowd warmed up to them and started to become more involved in the music.

Next was KEN Mode, a Canadian hardcore noise rock band, which for only three members had an impressively large sound. The trio works together incredibly well, balancing rapid-fire beats with blistering vocals. The headliner, Russian Circles, was a Chicago based three-piece band, with an instrumental rock and metal sound, and uniquely no vocalist. Their set up featured an extensive pedal board for both the bass and guitar, which allowed for a multitude of sampling and looping throughout the live performance. For a metal band, all of the members look surprisingly “un-metal,” and from appearances only they could very likely pass as an indie outfit. Overall, they displayed their technicality and musicianship very well, and their ambient sound closed out the sold out Bowery Ballroom.

Acoustic Basement Tour

7 Feb

Transit

Transit

Vinnie Caruana and Brian Marquis

Vinnie Caruana

Front Porch Step

Travis Alexander

(All photos from the show can be found here.)

On Friday, 1/31/14, I attended the Acoustic Basement Tour at Santos Party House at their first stop in New York City. The lineup originally comprised of Front Porch Step, Brian Marquis, Hit The Lights, and Transit, but Hit The Lights was unable to perform due to a family emergency. Instead, Travis Alexander of Ghost Thrower, along with Vinnie Caruana of I Am the Avalanche, were both there to fill in. The small, intimate venue was full for the stripped down acoustic tour, and the crowd was eager to sing along, shouting out song requests and lyrics during all of the sets. All of the solo artists stood on stage, with nothing but an acoustic guitar and their heartfelt lyrics, while Transit headlined the show with a full band setup. Overall a great show, with talented musicians who proved their talents were not exclusive to studio recordings, keeping the crowd going in the middle of the brutal winter just outside the venue.

Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Tour

6 Feb

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

On 2/4/14, I had the chance to see Panic! At the Disco for the second time in my life, at the soon to be closed Roseland Ballroom. I was armed with an iPhone instead of a camera for this concert, but I was excited to have general admission pit tickets, instead of nosebleeds at the Barclays Center that I had when they toured with Fall Out Boy on their arena tour. After waiting in line in the cold for about two hours, the show opened with the band X Ambassadors, a local New York band whose lead singer made creative use of a loop machine and a saxophone. Next was The Colourist, a four-piece group with a male-female dual vocal combination who brought a lively set, slowing it down near the end with an acoustic number. At long last Panic! At the Disco were on, the lineup consisting of only one original member, lead singer Brendon Urie. They played several crowd favorites from the classic A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, along with several tracks from their two newer albums, Vices & Virtues, and Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. The stage setup and lighting were phenomenal, and Urie brought his signature dynamic stage performance, never staying in one place for very long, playing piano, drums, and guitar throughout the set. Veterans and new fans alike all left thoroughly content, eager and awaiting their next return to the city. 

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