MGMT @ Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – December 13, 2013

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MGMT is the American band that’s been shaking up the indie scene for the past five years. Their style is difficult to shove into one genre of music, but contains elements of indie, psychedelic rock, and pop. MGMT broke onto the scene in 2007 with their hit album, Oracular Spectacular, which featured the hit single, “Kids”.

At the Barclays Center in December, MGMT played to an ecstatic (and young) crowd at Barclays Center that was their first NYC show in nearly 3 years. A homecoming of sorts. It’s been 5 years since I’ve gotten to see MGMT live, and that was when they were a young band opening for Beck. Back then they were still coming into their own. After seeing their performance last night, it’s safe to say they’ve definitely done so.

3/4 of first opener Kuroma were actually Hank Sullivant, James Richardson, and William Berman of MGMT. With the addition of Simon O’Connor, they created Kuroma. They had a groovy, jangly indie-rock vibe that was very lose, almost surf-rock at times.

Up next was Dinosaur Jr. who have been at it since the mid-80′s, but were opening for MGMT. Interesting choice, but you’ll hear no complaints from me. It’s always a pleasure to catch these guys, who are legends at this point. J Mascis is always a pleasure to watch at work, punching away at some powerful guitar riffs and slacker vocals that are more than influential. Bring earplugs if you see these guys, they bring the heat.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s been way too long since I’ve seen MGMT. I only saw them as an opener for Beck, and although I enjoyed it, there was definitely room for improvement. From the first note of set-opener “Flash Delirium”, I could tell that MGMT were not the same band. They sounded ten times tighter and more confident that they were 5 years ago, almost a new band entirely.

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Ben – MGMT

“Time To Pretend” was the second song played, and immediately upon hearing it I was struck hard with a hit of memories and feelings from my last summer before college. It was amazing to finally get to hear all these songs from their debut album live again, as well as all the psych wonder nuggets from their tremendous follow-up albums, Congratulations, and MGMT.

They were joined by Faine Jade, who wrote the track “Introspection” and worked in a mammoth performance of “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” which is an interestedly different animal live. It really took me off guard by how good that song is live. From there, it was a eclectic mix of all the best tracks from their career, such as “It’s Working”, “Weekend Wars”, and “Alien Days.” They played all 12-minutes plus of “Siberian Breaks” which was mind-blowing, as well as “Electric Feel” and “Kids”, both of which had fans rising from their seats screaming and dancing once the band started playing them.

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MGMT

MGMT are one of my favorite bands because they have stayed true to themselves all these years. They could have sold out and altered their sound to create 10 albums worth of songs like “Kids.” But they continued to push the boundaries of their listeners, making music that they believe in. This passion and care is carried over to their live show, which is a powerful force not to miss. It was a long wait to finally see MGMT again, but it was totally worth it.

They played most of their new record and some older tracks. Some members of Kuroma joined them onsatge for a few tunes. Sean Lennon was at the show too. (That happens at a lot of big Brooklyn shows.) It was all in all, a fine early Xmas present for a fairly wide-range of alt-rock fans.

Find the setlist below, along with a giant collection of photos from all three bands.

Setlist:

1. Flash Delirium
2. Time to Pretend
3. Introspection (With Faine Jade)
4. The Youth
5. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
6. Mystery Disease
7. It’s Working
8. Weekend Wars
9. I Found a Whistle
10. Siberian Breaks
11. Electric Feel
12. Your Life Is a Lie
13. Kids
14. Cool Song No. 2
15. Alien Days

Encore:
16. Congratulations

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Andrew – MGMT

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Ben – MGMT

MGMT Band Concert at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00 PM

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Brooklyn, NY

Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00 PM

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  • MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.
    The Brooklyn experimental rockers released their self-titled third album in 2013 while continuing to play headlining concert dates and festivals all over the world. Fans scooped up tickets to hear songs like “Kids,” “Electric Feel,” and “Congratulations.” The band’s singular style of psychedelic rock, which integrates plenty of electronica elements, was forged beginning in 2002 by founders Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden when they were freshmen at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Their debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was released in 2006, and MGMT started gaining fans with the help of their opening sets for trend-setting acts like Of Montreal, Radiohead, and Beck. By 2009, MGMT could count Paul McCartney among their growing stable of fans, and they landed a spot opening for the ex-Beatle at Boston’s Fenway Park. On tour, the five-piece group has been known to augment the flower-power vibe of their music by projecting repeated colorful, kaleidoscopic images and other random visuals on a backdrop behind the stage.
  • Lead singer: Andrew VanWyngarden (2002–)
  • Members: Andrew VanWyngarden, Benjamin Goldwasser, Matt Asti, Will Berman, Hank Sullivant, James Richardson
Origin: Brooklyn, NY, Middletown, CT

Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

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Atoms For Peace Concert @ Barclays Center 9/27

“I’m Justin Bieber,” quipped Thom Yorke, before gesturing to the man on his left, Flea. “And this is…Justin Bieber.” This was the extent of the band’s introductions at last night’s Atoms For Peace concert at Brooklyn’s cavernous Barclays Center. Yet also a good indication of what this project represents for Yorke: a chance to cut loose, and a welcome respite from the (at times) stifling severity his other band warrants. The lanky frontman soaked up every second, gleefully flailing his arms and greeting the crowd with a big, goofy “Wassssup?!” It helps that he’s palling around with a guy whose perhaps best known for this.

The near-capacity crowd at Barclays responded accordingly: arms aloft, sway-dancing, shrieking, and hollering. Given the degree of obsession Yorke and Radiohead inspire, it’s doubtful many were ignorant of their proper debut from earlier this year, Amok, but such a physical response was likely from the band’s nefarious live sound. Simply put, Yorke’s co-conspirators — the aforementioned Flea, famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, esteemed session drummer Joey Waronker, and percussion virtuoso Mauro Refosco — rock, injecting irresistible rhythmic life into these songs. Flea, in particular, is a joy to watch, bounding from one side of the stage to the other with the alacrity of a toddler, and hearing him crush the outro to “Harrowdown Hill” was one of the show’s highlights. Hell, the Chili Peppers bassist even made the melodica look cool (as he did on “Skip Divided”).

Together, these five covered a significant amount of musical ground over the course of the night’s 90 odd minutes. In addition to just about everything from Amok and 2006′s The Eraser, Yorke also utilized the first encore (of two) to bust out some rarities, including Radiohead B-side “Paperbag Writer”, a jammy rendition of rare single “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses”, and, most impressively, his 1998 collaboration with U.N.K.L.E., “Rabbit in Your Headlights” (if you’ve never seen its music video, fix that immediately). Performed live, the typical Atoms For Peace song starts relatively simple and gradually explodes with color, texture, and rhythm, and it was the same with the scintillating light-show, a frenzy of zig-zagging lines and pulsating fields that could go calm and serene during the more intimate moments.

Put together, it was an odd balancing act that didn’t look like one because it was so seamlessly executed. It also, in some ways, felt like a more authentic experience than a Radiohead concert might, at least in that a universally adored and critically lionized man ought to appear as if he’s having fun commanding a rapt crowd of thousands. (Even if his lyrics suggest he’s anything but deluded.) Ideally, for Yorke, Atoms For Peace will continue to provide the yang to Radiohead’s yin, part of a creative cycle of tension and release that yields masterful work on both ends.

While Atoms For Peace had no trouble holding down the arena, opener James Holden went over surprisingly well in the massive space, particularly for a two-man operation dishing out instrumental electronic music. Radiohead have a history of booking adventurous openers, and it’s good to see this tradition continue with Yorke’s other projects. Holden’s presence also served to place Yorke in a broader context, as a key link between the murky electronic underground vanguard and the grander gestures of arena-friendly pop and rock. If Yorke can get a few ignorant kids hopped up on the possibilities of music outside their comfort zone — or get a few hardened cynics out to an arena show — the world of music is better off for it.

Setlist:
Before Your Very Eyes…
Default
The Clock
Ingenue
Stuck Together Pieces
Unless
And It Rained All Night
Harrowdown Hill
Dropped
Cymbal Rush
Encore #1:
Skip Divided
Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses
Rabbit In Your Headlights
Paperbag Writer
Amok
Encore #2:
Atoms For Peace
Black Swan

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Barclays Center (pics & setlist)

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Photos by Amanda Hatfield

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Barclays Center – 9/19/13
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Like fellow NYC indie rock bands The National have done and Vampire Weekend will do tonight (9/20), Yeah Yeah Yeahs made the jump to arenas last night (9/19), taking on their city’s newest one, Barclays Center. They kicked off their set with two songs from this year’s Mosquito (“Sacrilege” and “Under the Earth”), accompanied by the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir. They then proceeded to dive into the rest of their catalog, mixing it up pretty well between all four full lengths (and including “Art Star” from their first EP), and delivered a characteristically lively show with lots of confetti. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post (Har Mar Superstar opened, but unfortunately we missed him). Lower level was pretty full except towards the back. Floor was packed. I’d guess there were probably 8,000-10,000 there. Not bad considering the new album has been a bit of a dud and they just played another huge show in Brooklyn back in May.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Barclays Center – 9/19/13 Setlist:
Sacrilege
Under the Earth
(both with the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir)
Black Tongue
Mosquito
Art Star
Down Boy
Zero
Soft Shock
Subway
Skeletons
Gold Lion
Cheated Hearts
Despair
Heads Will Roll

Maps
Date With the Night

VMAs backlash as One Direction are booed

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THEY are used to screaming love-struck teenagers wherever they go, so One Direction were taken aback when they were booed on stage.

The US backlash came as bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson collected a gong at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Song of the Summer.But they won support from singer Lady Gaga, who told them: “Don’t you dare let those people boo you.”“If I did hear what I heard out there, I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have. I want to leave right now. I don’t want to stay any more because I don’t want to be in a room where people are booing.”

Despite the VIP audience’s reaction, they stayed positive, with Zayn saying: “We want to say a massive thank you to the fans who voted for us.”

The British boy band won the award on Sunday for their track Best Song Ever. But they faced an uncomfortable moment when country music star Taylor Swift took a swipe at ex-boyfriend Harry. The 23-year-old appeared to backhandedly thank him for their failed romance after receiving a trophy for Best Female Video at the annual awards show in New York.

And life goes on….

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Barclays Center

Bob Seger @ Barclays Center

Bob Seger @ Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band with special guest Joe Walsh brings their Rock And Roll Never Forgets 2013 Tour to the Barclays Center on April 16th.

Bob Seger is summer nights and long drives. His songs capture the romantic suburban fantasies of middle America that star drive-in movies and stolen moments of youthful passion. He’s a Midwestern boy through and through and he brought those open-fielded, sun-soaked memories of youth and freedom to Brooklyn on April 16, making an older crowd seem like a group of enthusiastic kids in the process.

Opening with “Detroit Made,” a John Hiatt cover, and an early dedication of the show to his daughter on her eighteenth birthday, Seger kept things personal from the start. He wore a genuine grin throughout the night as he moved across the stage in a surprisingly agile manner. Seger has a cartoonish presence and energy — his skinny legs usually bent to a squatting position as his hands would grasp tightly on to the microphone. He would bare bright white teeth through a gray beard (think growling puppy rather than vicious watchdog). In general, he commanded attention without aggression; his schtick is that of everyone’s dad or grandpa, and his random musings on the weather and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time humorously drove that home.

One thing the strong set list proved is how easy it is to forget the sheer number of hits Seger has had over his career and how embedded into the pop culture many of them are. “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Turn the Page,” and “Katmandu” were just some of the more rambunctiously received moments from the evening. He even pulled out “Like a Rock” about halfway through and stated how the song has been performed on tour for the first time in 26 years. The quick association with Chevy commercials for “Like a Rock” and a film like Risky Business built upon the transportive nature of the show and Seger’s music in general. For an evening, it was any year the audience associated the songs with and wanted to pretend never ended.

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The end of the set featured two encores from the band and packed in the most epic hits from Seger’s songbook. “Against the Wind” proved to be an emotionally stirring moment and bled into “Hollywood Nights,” which elicited plenty of very necessary amateur karaoke from the crowd. The second round of the encore began with the perfect ode to the freedom of youth Seger often reflects on. The repetition of “I remember, I remember” felt strikingly poignant when considering the weight of a packed stadium’s memories being pinned onto each track. As the “I remember” portion faded out, the Silver Bullet band blazed into a rendition of “Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a song that perfectly summarizes the trust we can place in good ol’ fashion rock ‘n’ roll to act as a personal time machine and record of what it means to be “young and restless and bored,” as he sang in the previous tune. To the artist and seemingly every member of the audience, that feeling is something worth protecting and reliving often, and maybe a Bob Seger concert is the best place to do exactly that.

Setlist

Detroit Made
(John Hiatt cover)
Tryin’ to Live My Life Without You
(Otis Clay cover)
The Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
All the Roads
Like a Rock
Travelin’ Man
Beautiful Loser
Roll Me Away
California Stars
(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Come to Poppa
We’ve Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu

Encore 1:
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore 2:
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

Concert in Chicago

Source: Youtube, Wiki, Bob Seger System, Rolling Stone, Village Voice

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Barclays Center Brooklyn April 16th

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band with special guest Joe Walsh brings their Rock And Roll Never Forgets 2013 Tour to the Barclays Center on April 16th

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Robert Clark “Bob” Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock and roll singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the “System” from his recordings, and he continued to strive for broader success with other various bands. In 1973, he put together The Silver Bullet Band, a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level with the album Live Bullet, recorded live with the Silver Bullet Band in 1975 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. In 1976, he achieved a national breakout with the studio album Night Moves. On his studio albums, he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of Seger’s best-selling singles and albums.

A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women, blue-collar themes and was an exemplar of heartland rock. Seger has recorded many hits, including “Night Moves”, “Turn the Page”, “We’ve Got Tonight”, “Against the Wind” and Shakedown that was written for Beverly Hills Cop II and “Like a Rock”, and also co-wrote the Eagles’ number-one hit “Heartache Tonight”. His iconic recording of “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001.

With a career spanning five decades, Seger continues to perform and record today. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

Read more about Seger in Wikipedia