Monday, July 31, 2017

Nine Inch Nails at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. He began playing the piano at the age of 12 and later learned to play the tenor saxophone and tuba. At school, he was a member of both the jazz and marching band, and out of school played in a local rock band, Option 30. As a young adult, Reznor moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and played in the Urge, a cover band. In 1985, he played keyboards in the Innocent and in 1986 in Exotic Birds. He also worked as an assistant engineer and janitor at a recording studio, where he secured permission to record demos during unused studio time. Unable to find a band that could articulate his songs, he played all the instruments except drums. This became the first work under his pseudonym, Nine Inch Nails, in 1988. Nine Inch Nails has since won two Grammy awards and sold over 20 million units worldwide, with 10 million sales in the United States alone before going on hiatus from 2009 to 2013. In 2016, keyboardist Atticus Ross became Trent's first permanent associate in Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails recorded eight albums and then released Add Violence, the second of a trilogy of EPs, on July 21, 2017. Nine Inch Nails is based currently in Los Angeles, California.

The morning after headlining the third night of the Panorama Music Festival, Nine Inch Nails announced a concert at the 1,500-capacity Webster Hall. Tickets were sold through the band's fan club. As the concert began, fog machines started and blue lights bathed the stage and audience. Keyboardist Atticus Ross and guitarist Robin Finck took their positions and began to play the opening chords to The Fragile's "Somewhat Damaged" for the first time on this tour. Thick clouds of fog partially obscured the stage, and Reznor suddenly appeared at his microphone, joined by keyboardist Alessandro Cortini and drummer Ilan Rubin. This song fed to The Slip's "1,000,000," another first for the tour; the 19-song set later also would include another tour debut, "Sanctified," and the first-ever performance of "She's Gone Away," but lacked the David Bowie cover, "I Can't Give Everything Away," and "Hurt," both of which were performed the night before. Fans heard songs from most of the albums, starting with the more propulsive songs and leading into the slow burn of the more atmospheric, soundtrack-style songs. Most of the set leaned on the heavier side, and Reznor sang with fire and rage, often amplified by Finck's searing guitar leads. Hedging on controlled dynamics, altered tempos and widespread, looming sonic attacks, the band was tight and the arrangements were imaginative. This was New York's best concert of 2017.

Visit Nine Inch Nails at www.nin.com.

Setlist:
  1. Somewhat Damaged
  2. 1,000,000
  3. March of the Pigs
  4. Piggy
  5. The Frail
  6. The Wretched
  7. Sanctified (with "Sunspots" interpolation)
  8. Closer (with "The Only Time" interpolation)
  9. Less Than
  10. Survivalism
  11. Burn
  12. Gave Up
  13. She's Gone Away
  14. The Lovers
  15. Reptile
  16. The Loop Closes (How to Destroy Angels cover)
  17. The Great Destroyer
  18. Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
  19. Wish
  20. Head Like a Hole

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Panorama Music Festival, Day Three

Spending the summer in New York City means having the opportunity to attend major weekend music festivals each month. June opened with Governors Ball, July hosted Panorama, August promises AfroPunk and the Meadows will take place in September. Electronic dance music fans also get the Electric Zoo festival on Labor Day weekend. Totaling the admission fees on all these can cost a concert buff a few entire paychecks, but for those who enjoy live music from early afternoon until late at night, there is no better value for the money.

Goldenvoice, the company behind Panorama, is a subsidiary of AEG Live, the producers of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Rock on the Range and other festivals around the world. Now in its second year, Panorama was held at Randall's Island Park on Randall's Island, a recreational island between Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, on July 28-30, 2017. Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, Alt J, Solange, MGMT, Nick Murphy, Glass Animals, Justice and Tyler, the Creator were among the many draws this year.

Panorama did it right. Panorama was the classiest of the New York festivals, with air conditioned bathrooms, engaging interactive art installations, exotic food kiosks, and several other diversified activities. Live acts performed on three stages, although one was exclusively for djs to lead raves. The two larger stages were outdoors, seemingly allowing for unlimited attendees; a smaller stage was indoors and reached capacity several times during the festival; in addition, perhaps because the absence of sun failed to bake the ground after several rainstorms, a sinkhole developed in front of the indoor stage the first night, temporarily closing the venue and cancelling performances by Cherry Glazerr and DJ Shadow. Otherwise, the shows ran smoothly, with particularly outstanding performances from Nine Inch Nails, Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison) and others.
6lack
Bishop Briggs
Preoccupations
Dhani Harrison
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Cloud Nothings
Mura Masa
Glass Animals
Cashmere Cat
Kiiara
A Tribe Called Quest
Justice
Snakehips
Nine Inch Nails

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Panorama Music Festival, Day Two

Spending the summer in New York City means having the opportunity to attend major weekend music festivals each month. June opened with Governors Ball, July hosted Panorama, August promises AfroPunk and the Meadows will take place in September. Electronic dance music fans also get the Electric Zoo festival on Labor Day weekend. Totaling the admission fees on all these can cost a concert buff a few entire paychecks, but for those who enjoy live music from early afternoon until late at night, there is no better value for the money.

Goldenvoice, the company behind Panorama, is a subsidiary of AEG Live, the producers of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Rock on the Range and other festivals around the world. Now in its second year, Panorama was held at Randall's Island Park on Randall's Island, a recreational island between Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, on July 28-30, 2017. Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, Alt J, Solange, MGMT, Nick Murphy, Glass Animals, Justice and Tyler, the Creator were among the many draws this year.

Panorama did it right. Panorama was the classiest of the New York festivals, with air conditioned bathrooms, engaging interactive art installations, exotic food kiosks, and several other diversified activities. Live acts performed on three stages, although one was exclusively for djs to lead raves. The two larger stages were outdoors, seemingly allowing for unlimited attendees; a smaller stage was indoors and reached capacity several times during the festival; in addition, perhaps because the absence of sun failed to bake the ground after several rainstorms, a sinkhole developed in front of the indoor stage the first night, temporarily closing the venue and cancelling performances by Cherry Glazerr and DJ Shadow. Otherwise, the shows ran smoothly.
Noname
Bleached
Pinegrove
Mitski
Sofi Tukker
Jagwar Ma
Survive
Matoma
Vince Staples
Belle & Sebastian
Hot Since 82
Nick Murphy
Alt-J
Breakbot
Tame Impala

Friday, July 28, 2017

Panorama Music Festival, Day One

Spending the summer in New York City means having the opportunity to attend major weekend music festivals each month. June opened with Governors Ball, July hosted Panorama, August promises AfroPunk and the Meadows will take place in September. Electronic dance music fans also get the Electric Zoo festival on Labor Day weekend. Totaling the admission fees on all these can cost a concert buff a few entire paychecks, but for those who enjoy live music from early afternoon until late at night, there is no better value for the money.

Goldenvoice, the company behind Panorama, is a subsidiary of AEG Live, the producers of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Rock on the Range and other festivals around the world. Now in its second year, Panorama was held at Randall's Island Park on Randall's Island, a recreational island between Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, on July 28-30, 2017. Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, Alt J, Solange, MGMT, Nick Murphy, Glass Animals, Justice and Tyler, the Creator were among the many draws this year.

Panorama did it right. Panorama was the classiest of the New York festivals, with air conditioned bathrooms, engaging interactive art installations, exotic food kiosks, and several other diversified activities. Live acts performed on three stages, although one was exclusively for djs to lead raves. The two larger stages were outdoors, seemingly allowing for unlimited attendees; a smaller stage was indoors and reached capacity several times during the festival; in addition, perhaps because the absence of sun failed to bake the ground after several rainstorms, a sinkhole developed in front of the indoor stage the first night, temporarily closing the venue and cancelling performances by Cherry Glazerr and DJ Shadow. Otherwise, the shows ran smoothly.
Foxygen
They.
Vance Joy
Mo
Future Islands
Spoon
MGMT
Tyler, the Creator
Solange
Frank Ocean

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hellyeah at the Gramercy Theatre

Chad Gray
Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell spoke about forming a new band together when their bands toured together in 2000. Due to scheduling conflicts, they were unable to build the project until 2006. Shortly after launching, they hounded ex-Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul to come out of hiatus and join the band. Now a certified supergroup, Hellyeah's albums and tours received maximal attention. Over time, Hellyeah changed personnel several times, but the present band consists of Gray, Maxwell, Paul, guitarist Christian Brady and ex-Nothingface bassist Kyle Sanders. Hellyeah's fifth and most recent studio album, Unden!able, with an exclamation point replacing the letter "i", was released on June 3, 2016.

Hellyeah headlined tonight at the Gramercy Theatre, and commanded the stage from the first moment. Gray came out with a head covered in fake blood, which beaded and mixed with perspiration and then sprayed onto the front row of fans as he headbanged to the band's furious beat on "X" and "Demons in the Dirt." (He used a towel to remove the remaining gook after the second song.) For a good while, the band sounded like an extreme metal band, with growled vocals, angular guitar riffs and intense percussion. About 50 minutes into the 90 minute performance, Hellyeah briefly featured a slower, tamer side with "Love Falls," but sacrificing no intensity. A curious turn was the band's cover of Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore," which on the album featured archived guitar shredding from Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, recorded before his 2004 death. This was fierce groove metal, dark and brutal. The worst part of the concert was the unceasing lights behind the band that never stopped flashing into the eyes of the audience; they were absolutely annoying throughout the concert.

Visit Hellyeah at www.hellyeahband.com.

Setlist:
  1. X
  2. Demons in the Dirt
  3. Sangre por Sangre (Blood for Blood)
  4. Moth
  5. Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones)
  6. Human
  7. Be Unden!able
  8. War in Me
  9. Say When
  10. Love Falls
  11. Startariot
  12. Grave
  13. I Don't Care Anymore (Phil Collins cover)
  14. You Wouldn't Know
  15. Hellyeah!

NPR Music's Turning the Tables Live at Damrosch Park Bandshell

NPR Music has compiled and published a list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women, albums with women at their center as artists, songwriters, musicians, and/or producers. Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors launched its free summer 2017 season by bringing NPR Music's Turning the Tables Live to the Damrosch Park Bandshell on July 26. Hosted by NPR radio jocks, the production featured live performances by Rickie Lee Jones, Lizzo, Gabby Moreno, Roberta Flack and Valerie Simpson, Nona Hendryz, TORRES, Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Ronnie Spector.

Rickie Lee Jones began the music on piano and guitar accompanied by musicians on horns, guitars, and percussion to recreate her 1981 album Pirates in its entirety. A rotating cast of seven women vocalists then covered classic songs of the album era, identified as 1964 to the present. Pianist Joe McGinty of the Losers Lounge led the house band for this latter portion of the show.

The list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women, reportedly compiled by a panel of contributors from NPR Music and the public radio system, forms the basis of monthly radio broadcasts and online features across the NPR system. The list can be found at http://www.npr.org/2017/07/24/538387823/turning-the-tables-150-greatest-albums-made-by-women.

Setlists:

Part 1: Rickie Lee Jones performing the Pirates album
  1. Living It Up
  2. A Lucky Guy
  3. Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)
  4. We Belong Together
  5. The Returns
  6. Skeletons
  7. Traces of the Western Slopes
  8. Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking
Part 2
  1. Lizzo, "Respect" (Aretha Franklin cover)
  2. Gaby Moreno, "Angelitos Negros" (Roberta Flack cover)
  3. Roberta Flack, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (The Shirelles cover, with Valerie Simpson on piano)
  4. Nona Hendryx, "Nightbird" (LaBelle cover)
  5. TORRES, "Sometimes" (The Carpenters cover)
  6. Lizzo, "Ex Factor" (Lauryn Hill cover)
  7. Alynda Segarra, "Como la Flor" (Sabrina cover)
  8. Gabby Moreno, "I Never Loved a Man" (Aretha Franklin cover)
  9. Nona Hendryx, "Respect Yourself" (The Staple Singers cover)
  10. TORRES, "Cloudbusting" (Kate Bush cover)
  11. Gabby Moreno, "A Case of You" (Joni Mitchell cover)
  12. Lizzo, "The Rain"
  13. Alynda Segarra, "Drunken Angel" (Lucinda Williams cover)
  14. Ronnie Spector, "Back to Black" (Amy Winehouse cover)
  15. Ronnie Spector, "Be My Baby" (The Ronettes cover)
Rickie Lee Jones
Lizzo
Gaby Moreno
Roberta Flack
Nona Hendryx
TORRES
Alynda Segarra