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The Drums played a 45 minute set last night (January 19th) at the more intimate stage in Webster Hall (The Studio) to a crowd of 250 max (part of a benefit show for Dan Duggins).  The highlight of the night was their cover of The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go”, completely hipsterdized and surprisingly amazing. The band attempted to re-do the crowd favorite “Let’s Go Surfing” – slowed down, different arrangement – but it just didn’t quite work; and they knew that – prefacing with “We’ve never done it like this, it might be awful.”

I’m a HUGE fan of The Drums and have been for about two years now, and as they continue to blow up even more, it seems like they’ve lost a bit of that polished sound that I remember from their earlier days.  Frontman Jonny Pierce nails the Mick Jagger swagger and even a little David Bowie, but the vocals have taken a shift – doesn’t have the same melodramatic and simple (delicate, maybe?) tone you hear on their tracks anymore.  I’m still a huge fan…but I do miss the days of their Don Hill’s and Brooklyn Bowl shows….(side note:  Bring back the tambourine, Jacob Graham! No one plays it quite like you.)

Photos from the show below.  Till the next one!

Ed-G


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Billboard.com recently shot one of the best live sessions I’ve seen from The Drums (IMHO) – check out the tracks below.  The Drums play a benefit show at Webster Hall on Wednesday, January 19th.



 

Irish band Two Door Cinema Club took part in the CMJ Music Marathon on Thursday night (October 21st) to a sold-out crowd at Webster Hall.  The band literally felt the “stage shake” as soon as they ended their first song (the fans danced up a storm throughout their hour set).  According to the band, the show was so far their “favorite in America.”  Indie dance pop at its finest – take note!

The fanbase for one of the standout bands of 2009, The Drums, seems to have grown substantially in the past ten months.  The Brooklyn-based band, who formerly had residencies at Pianos and Don Hill’s in NYC (sometimes free admission shows), officially sold out Webster Hall last night as part of the CMJ Marathon.  Playing through a 70-minute set that included tracks from their first official self-titled album released in the UK and US this summer (and their EP, Summertime), original members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham kept the energy at a solid level on stage – even when closing the show with their one ballad, “Down By The Water.”  Pierce seems to have become a more comfortable frontman on stage in comparison to a year ago.  If there were a Mick Jagger of the music indie-verse, Jonny would be it. 

Ed-G.

Photos of Surfer Blood at last night’s CMJ Marathon from at Webster Hall; NYC. 

Groove Armada is gearing up for their upcoming new release, Black Light (out March 1st), and their first single “Paper Romance” takes a note from the MGMT handbook, so it’s certainly catchy and the video is even better.  Head over to the band’s myspace to stream the entire album this week.  Groove Armada visits NYC’s Webster Hall on March 24th.

There’s only a few bands that can lyrically pose the saddest times (heartbreak, loneliness, mourning) into a song that actually leaves you content right when you hear the final note. The morbid words definitely stick, but the melody and arrangement happen to leave you with a sense of optimism or closure.

That’s always been Travis’ shtick.

This Glasgow band can even take the happier times (i.e. “My Eyes” and “Flowers in the Window”) and make them feel like it took a lot of growing pains and sad experiences before reaching a point in life that feels just right.  On Saturday night, April 25th, at Webster Hall, Travis gave a setlist that touched on many emotions, making it clear that it takes a certain gift to have the audience sing along to every chorus of every song, past and present (despite being a band that faded out of mainstream Brit pop after 2001’s “Sing” and “Side”).


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Fran Healy carries the charm of the band.  From jumping off stage to walk through the audience during a down-tempo acoustic track (“Falling Down”), to churning out his traditional belts in each song, he’s what’s inspired the Chris Martin’s of the world to venture into this kind of melancholy genre (Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol).  Even without a spot on Billboard or a chance at radio airplay, Travis has never been one to compromise their sound.  That’s one of many things that makes this band pretty damn timeless.


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2009 Setlist: Webster Hall NYC, April 25, 2009

Chinese Blues

Writing to Reach You

J. Smith

Selfish Jean

Re-offender

Something Anything

Long Way Down

Love Will Come Through

Closer

Driftwood

Side

Eyes Wide Open

Falling Down

Sing

All I Wanna Do is Rock

Before You Were Young

Turn

ENCORE:

New Amsterdam

Ring the Bell (sung by Dougie Payne)

My Eyes

Why Does it Always Rain on Me?

Flowers in the Window

She danced, she sang a lullaby, she rapped, she covered the unimaginable, she beat the drum, crashed some cymbals, and ended her 70 minute set with a bang.  Swedish indie pop tart, Lykke Li, stormed the Webster Hall stage on Monday, February 2nd, with antics and vocals that reminded the crowd of the early days of Bjork.

Bjorn (of Peter Bjorn and John fame) takes credit as producer of the unique sound that Li belts out, even causing her to come armed with a megaphone in tow in order to stay true to the vocal mixes of her debut album, Youth Novels.

Her album is the kind that can be played straight through, with repetition, and was definitely snubbed from many of the more credible pubs’ Top 10 Best Albums of 08 list.  But, on Monday night, the tracks that made people…uh, stop in their tracks…were the few cover songs that she managed to master.  From Kings of Leon to Lil’ Wayne to A Tribe Called Quest, her versatility wowed. Her sexy stage presence didn’t hurt either.

Keep an eye on this Swedish girl, even though keeping it under the radar for now could be her recipe for a long career with her current cult following.  Mainstream wouldn’t know how to handle her right now.

WEBSTER HALL, NYC SETLIST: FEBRUARY 2, 2009:

Dance Dance Dance

Everybody But Me

I’m Good, I’m Gone

Hanging High

Little Bit

Complaint Department

Knocked Up (Kings of Leon Cover)

Window Blues

Let it Fall

I Don’t Mind (Lil Wayne Cover)

Breaking It Up

ENCORE:

Tears on My Pillow (Cover)

Time Flies

Tonight

Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest Cover)