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Deerhunter, Circuit Des Yeux, and Standing on the Corner at House of Vans

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, the penultimate show at House of Vans in Greenpoint Brooklyn took place with a headlining set by Deerhunter with support from Circuit Des Yeux, and Standing on the Corner.

The final show at 25 Franklin Street takes place on Friday (August 24th) and features performances by New York City bands Interpol, Gang Gang Dance, and Honduras.

Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, and TRØN & DVD at Zone One at Elsewhere

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, WWE Summerslam will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Two days before that event takes place, rappers Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, and TRØN & DVD performed a Summerslam kickoff show at Zone One at Elsewhere in the same borough. The kickoff show featured attire of wrestlers both old and new, rap songs about wrestling and wrestlers, plus a working Sega Dreamcast for audience members to play video games.

Tacocat and GYMSHORTS at Rough Trade NYC

Seattle's Tacocat are currently on tour in August along the east coast and came to Rough Trade NYC on Wednesday, August 15th for a show with their tourmates GYMSHORTS. Tacocat are currently working on a new record and their set includes songs from NVMLost Time, their first release, Shame Spiral, such as "Bridge to Hawaii," "Hey Girl," "Dana Katherine Scully," "Volcano," "The Internet," plus the forthcoming album. Closing their set with "Crimson Wave," the band left the stage and returned to play a two song encore ("I Hate The Weekend" and "UTI"). 

Touring the east coast with Tacocat were Providence, RI's GYMSHORTS who recently announced an upcoming tour with Death Valley Girls in the fall. A full gallery of both bands' sets appear above.

Pennywise, Sick of it All, and Slashers at House of Vans

On Friday, August 10, 2018, the final summer of House of Vans at 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn continued with a punk show featuring live performances by Hermosa Beach, CA's Pennywise, New York hardcore vets Sick of it All, and Brooklyn skate thrash band, Slashers.

During Pennywise's set, Vans' Vice President of Events and Promotions (and son of the shoe company's co-founder, Paul Van Doren) Steve Van Doren was introduced on stage and took pictures of the audience. I captured the event in the gallery above and there are two more events remaining in this year's series (Deerhunter curates and headlines on Saturday, August 18th, and Interpol will curate and headline the 24th). For more information about the remaining shows, check out the House of Vans site here.

Against Me!, Cherry Glazerr, and Taking Meds at House of Vans

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the final season of House of Vans at 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn continued with sets from Against Me!, Cherry Glazerr (of Los Angeles), and Taking Meds (of New York).

I last saw Cherry Glazerr just over a year ago at Rough Trade NYC while they were in town for Panorama Festival. A year later, the lineup has changed with the band now being a trio where guitarist/singer Clementine Creevy is playing with bassist Devin O'Brien and drummer Tabor Allen, with former member Sasami Ashworth playing the same stage two weeks earlier with Blondie and Liz Phair.

I haven't caught Against Me! live since their July 2015 performance in McCarren Park during Northside Festival (before that, I saw the punk band in July 2011 for the first time at Mercury Lounge and for the second time at House of Vans one month later). Kicking off their triumphant set with "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" from their 2010 album White Crosses, I was instantly reminded that Against Me! are such an excellent act to see live with nearly everyone of their diverse fanbase singing along. I had such high expectations for this concert and the band exceeded all of them.

NPR Turning the Tables Live with Carly Rae Jepsen, Mitski, Jamila Woods, Phoebe Bridgers, and more at Damrosch Park Bandshell

NPR Music released "Turning the Tables: 21st Century", a list of 200 greatest songs made by women and nonbinary artists. To celebrate this list, NPR hosted two free events as a part of the annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. On Tuesday, July 31st, a panel where Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito; The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; journalists and scholars Lara Pellegrinelli and Laina Dawes; and music journalists and cultural critics Liz Pelly and Cyrena Touros, plus NPR's Marissa Lorusso and Talia Schlanger discussed their favorite songs at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. On the following day, Wednesday, August 1st, a live music and discussion occurred at Damrosch Park Bandshell with Carly Rae Jepsen, Mitski, Jamila Woods, and Phoebe Bridgers which was moderated by Ann Powers. Before the panel began, I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan) performed as well.

Ann Powers asked questions of each artist before they performed a song. Each musician performed three songs each, with Jamila Woods performing a fourth to close the show. The crowd sang along (and sometimes danced) to songs such as "I Really Like You, "Cut to the Feeling" by Jepsen, "I Will," "Best American Girl," by Mitski, "LSD," "Holy," "Black Girl Soldier," "In My Name," by Woods, "Motion Sickness," and "Scott Street" by Bridgers. 

Courtney Barnett, Julien Baker, and Vagabon at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
 Courtney Barnett during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Courtney Barnett during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

 Julien Baker at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Julien Baker at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

 Vagabon at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Vagabon at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY held a benefit concert featuring performances by Courtney Barnett, Julien Baker, and Vagabon. 

Despite the rainy weather, the show went on as planned and the full gallery is now available on Music Existence here.

Blondie, Liz Phair, and SASAMI at House of Vans
 Blondie at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Blondie at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

 Liz Phair at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Liz Phair at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

 SASAMI at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

SASAMI at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, July 20, 2018.

On Friday, July 20th, a killer surprise bill, which was revealed ten days before the show, took place at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY featuring Blondie, Liz Phair, and SASAMI (the solo project of Sasami Ashworth, formerly of Cherry Glazerr).

A full gallery from the show is now available on Music Existence here.

Suicidal Tendencies, Killing Time, and CHUD at House of Vans

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, the final summer season of House of Vans at 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint Brooklyn continued with sets from Suicidal Tendencies, Killing Time, and CHUD. Suicidal Tendencies performed their debut, self titled 1983 album in its entirety. The show marked the first time that Ben Weinman, of Dillinger Escape Plan, will be touring as a part of the band, with a new record coming out in September.

ST were joined by New York hardcore band Killing Time, who just celebrated their 30th anniversary. Another NYHC band, C.H.U.D. opened the show.  Photos from all three bands appear in the gallery above. 

More information about upcoming shows in both Brooklyn and Chicago can be found on the House of Vans website here. All of the HOV shows that I've covered over the years can be found here.

Rooftop Films presents "Family" and Insane Clown Posse at The Well
 During Insane Clown Posse's performance at The Well on Friday, June 29, 2018.

During Insane Clown Posse's performance at The Well on Friday, June 29, 2018.

 Writer/director Laura Steinel, an ICP fan known as Mankini (who appears in  Family ), and Taylor Schilling on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Writer/director Laura Steinel, an ICP fan known as Mankini (who appears in Family), and Taylor Schilling on Friday, June 29, 2018.

 Insane Clown Posse at The Well on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Insane Clown Posse at The Well on Friday, June 29, 2018.

On Friday, June 29, 2018, Rooftop Films presented a screening of the film Family by writer and director Laura Steinel followed by a performance of Insane Clown Posse. The event took place at The Well, the same venue ICP played in October 2017.

Laura Steinel and actor Taylor Schilling introduced the film before the screening. I covered the event for BrooklynVegan and there are more photos in the gallery available here.

Slowdive, Vorhees, and Farrows at House of Vans

The final summer season of House of Vans is currently underway and the second event of the series to take place occurred on Saturday, June 30, 2018 featuring sets from Farrows, Vorhees, and Slowdive. English band Slowdive reunited four years ago and this was my first chance to catch them live and I'm extremely glad I did. New York is currently experiencing a heatwave so it felt easily over 100 degrees in the venue but that didn't stop the audience from enjoying their transcendent set. 

Slowdive were supported by New Jersey & New York acts Farrows and Vorhees and a full gallery from last night's show appears above. The House of Vans series continues and more information about their upcoming concerts can be found here.

Fischerspooner, Xeno & Oaklander, and DJ Juliana Huxtable at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
 Fischerspooner performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Fischerspooner performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

 Fischerspooner performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Fischerspooner performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

 A dancer during Fischerspooner's performance during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

A dancer during Fischerspooner's performance during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

 Liz Wendelbo of Xeno & Oaklander performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Liz Wendelbo of Xeno & Oaklander performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

 DJ Juliana Huxtable performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

DJ Juliana Huxtable performing during BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival held a free concert at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY featuring sets from Fischerspooner, Xeno & Oaklander, and DJ Juliana Huxtable. 

The concert was held during Pride weekend, the night before the annual Pride March which first began in NYC in 1970. Fischerspooner's set included songs both old and new (their latest album, SIR, was released back in February), dancers, a guest appearance by Johnny Magee, and a message of political resistance and, naturally, pride.

I shot the special show for Music Existence and the gallery is now available on their site here. The last time I shot Fischerspooner was with a point and shoot camera in 2005 and those photos are available here.

Pissed Jeans at YVETTE at Rough Trade NYC

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Pissed Jeans and YVETTE performed at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY. The show was a part of Northside Festival which is commemorating their tenth anniversary this year.

I'm not attending many Northside shows this year but I felt I had to attend this one as I love both bands and was pretty thrilled they were playing together. PJ are still touring in support of last year's Why Love Now? and YVETTE have a new album on the way.

Matt Korvette stated that the one thing that Rough Trade the venue had in common with Pissed Jeans the band was a strict 11PM curfew.

Pissed Jeans the band ended their set with "False Jesii Part 2" and were done at 10:55PM.

Hop Along, Saintseneca, and Bat Fangs at Brooklyn Steel
 Hop Along at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Hop Along at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

 Hop Along at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Hop Along at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

 Saintseneca at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Saintseneca at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

 Bat Fangs at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Bat Fangs at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Hop Along headlined their largest New York City show to date with a sold out show at Brooklyn Steel. They were joined by Saintseneca, and Bat Fangs, the new project from Betsy Wright and Laura King.

I covered the show for BTR and more images from the show are now available here.

Japanese Breakfast, Radiator Hospital, and Long Beard at Warsaw
 Japanese Breakfast at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Japanese Breakfast at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

 Radiator Hospital at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Radiator Hospital at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

 Long Beard at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Long Beard at Warsaw on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Japanese Breakfast headlined a show at Warsaw with support from Radiator Hospital and Long Beard. 

I've caught sets by Japanese Breakfast at PhilaMOCA, Union Pool, and Music Hall of Williamsburg before this show and it's been amazing to watch her grow as a performer along with the size of her audience. 

The full gallery from last night's show is now available on Music Existence here.

Leikeli47 and Kris Kasanova at Baby's All Right

Kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend with Leikeli47 at Baby's All Right was an absolute joy. The performance took place On Friday, May 25th and sold out a long time ago. When I saw she was performing at Baby's, I immediately bought tickets for myself and my fiancé when they went on sale. I can easily say this show last night was one of the best I've attended all year.

Leikeli47 was backed by three dancers, was gregarious, funny, and at one point, brought audience members on the stage to give them positive affirmations on their looks and style. She announced she had one song left and the audience immediately broke out into asking for an encore. She then asked people what they wanted to hear and performed brief versions to fit in as many requests as she could into her ending set. During one point in the show she politely asked people to put their phones away and live in the moment with her and each other. This show was part of a four date tour and she mentioned the Baby's All Right was her first sold out show and the first one to sell out from the tour.

She was joined by fellow Brooklyn rapper Kris Kasanova and a DJ who kept the audience dancing before and after sets. I felt lucky to witness her perform in a small room such as Baby's All Right because I know she'll be rightfully playing bigger spaces very soon.

Kodacrome and Johnny Magee at Union Pool

Celebrating the release of their third LP, Think Of The Children, Kodachrome had a record release show at Union Pool on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The band were joined by Johnny Magee, and N'conduit, who headlined the show. Images of Kodacrome and Johnny Magee appear in the gallery above.

The Kills and Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans
 The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

 During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

 During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

 During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

During Girls Skate Jam at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

 The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

 The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The Kills at House of Vans on Friday, May 18, 2018.

On Friday, May 18, 2018, House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY hosted a Girls Skate Jam from 5-7:30PM where young girls and women were invited to skate around the space. Specific vendors were invited to sell their merchandise while a DJ played songs during the event. Artist Robin Eisenberg, one of the first women to contribute to Thrasher Magazine, sold her art, pins, and patches. After the Skate Jam ended, The Kills performed.

I covered the event for BrooklynVegan and more images, along with photos from the Chicago edition, are now available here.

Parquet Courts at Rough Trade NYC

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Parquet Courts played an afternoon show at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY ahead of the release of their newest album, Wide Awake. Fans who purchased the album either on CD or on vinyl attended the performance for free which was also streamed online by Pitchfork. For two songs, the band were backed by the Dull Tools Players.

After the show, the band announced a series of shows including an upcoming show at Elsewhere's rooftop on Monday, June 11th, and another on a boat the day before. 

Parquet Courts at Rough Trade NYC on Thursday, May 17th setlist:
Total Football
Normalisation
Almost Had to Start a Fight
In and Out of Patience
Mardi Gras Beads
Violence
Before the Water Gets Two High
Today Your Love Tomorrow the World
Freebird II
Back to Earth
NYC Observation
Wide Awake!