James at Webster Hall





James live at Webster Hall, October 21st, 2014 – photo credit: Joe Russo: www.JOERUSSOPHOTO.com


Legendary UK band James performed a very special one-off show in front of a sold crowd at the historical music venue Webster Hall in New York City last night.

Their 13th studio album “La Petite Mort” was release in the U.S earlier this fall, and features powerful tracks such as the lead single “Moving On”, “Frozen Britain” and their latest “Curse Curse”. This week, in continued support of their latest release, the band will be performing tracks from the album on New York’s NPR affiliate WFUV this Friday (to be aired later this fall), and today on WNYC’s Soundcheck at 2:15PM EST. The audio for their performance will be streamed on www.soundcheck.org. The session will also air on 93.9FM next week.

On November 22nd James will be debuting tracks from “La Petite Mort” on national TV on CBS’ This Morning: Saturday (check your local listings for airtimes). They will be performing tracks “Moving On” and “Curse Curse” from their new album “La Petite Mort” as well as their classic hit “Laid”.

On Friday, October 24th the band will be performing a free acoustic set live at the Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn at 03:15PM.

“La Petite Mort” was produced by Max Dingel (Killers, Muse, White Lies) and was written by the band, with chief lyricist and front-man Tim Booth’s captivating and heartfelt lyrics, ranking this new full-length as one of their finest in their impressive 30 year career.

Despite the album’s cheerful and uplifting sound, “La Petite Mort” was recorded in the months following the passing of Tim Booth’s mother and his best friend. Many of the songs deal with facing mortality (hence the album title), but in true James form — much like some of the greatest Manchester story-tellers (Morrissey, Guy Garvey, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft) — they also deal with the realness of life (and death), with lyrical poignancy, wit and a charm that has become their trademark.

The current lead single “Moving On” is a true testament to the band’s ability to continually create outstanding music. The simple but incredibly moving animated short film that serves as the single’s video was created by esteemed BAFTA award-winning animator and director Ainslee Henderson. “My Mother’s death was clearly a birth of some kind and that description caught Ainslie’s imagination” explains Booth. Watch the video here.

James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet).

Live Review: Chet Faker SOLD OUT Show @ Webster Hall, New York October 16th 2014 – altsounds.com

Chet Faker’s music worth checking out on it’s own, his live performance delivers more than expected on the promise.

October 20th, 2014

Days later I am still swooning from Chet Faker’s impressive sold out show at NYC’s Webster Hall on October 16. Rising to popularity over the past few years with a viral cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” collabs with Flume and Say Lou Lou, and the Thinking In Textures EP, Chet Faker is now out touring in support of his first full length album Built on Glass.


Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show – BILLBOARD

By Elias Leight | October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT

“I believe in keeping sh– classic” announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night — his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn’t lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II mixtape, released earlier this year, sampled TLC and D’Angelo; Conflicts of my Soul, from 2013, included a snippet of the Mary J. Blige/Method Man hit “You’re All I Need.” But Lanez uses his affection for these songs as a cover for a more complicated project.

Lanez is a deconstructionist, interested in taking apart ’80s and ’90s R&B and using the elements to build his spare, powerful sound. Few singers would touch a track like Ginuwine‘s “Pony,” but Lanez shows no fear, transforming the song into “Ride,” a hollow shell of a tune that creaks at the knees. He doesn’t limit himself to the recent past either. “Henny in Hand” sounds like Lanez took a soul ballad and slowed it down as much as he possibly could without losing all forward momentum. Slow is the singer’s favorite speed. DJ Mustard is known for uptempo production, but when the two collaborated, the result (“Know What’s Up”) does not feel dance-friendly.

Lanez has one other trick up his sleeve. He is still best known as a singer — one of his highest-profile gigs to date was singing the hook on YG‘s “Me And My Bitch,” off My Krazy Life. But unlike many of his competitors making slow, lusty R&B — the Weeknd or Jeremih — Lanez raps and sings interchangeably, unwilling to commit entirely to either mode. While it’s standard for most rappers to sing these days, there still aren’t a lot of singers who rap.

At Webster Hall, Lanez started out primarily as an MC. Backed by just a DJ, he started with a couple of the more rap-heavy tracks that came out this year on the Lost Cause mixtape, and he bounded from one side of the stage to the other, windmilling his arms and displaying a rapper’s infectious energy. But as his vocals loosened up, he began slipping into song, blowing by his mid-range and heading straight for his agile falsetto. He’s at his most exciting when he’s ready to deploy both the weapons in his arsenal — suddenly changing direction for an a cappella freestyle or punctuating a tough rapped verse with a high, angelic croon.

Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

He established an easy rapport with the crowd from the jump. Early on, he told his DJ to “drop the real sh–,” and the DJ threw on New York’s own Bobby Shmurda, allowing Lanez to win some NYC points and crowd-surf. (Afterward, he apologized “to whoever I just kicked in the face.”) He jokingly chided the crowd not to mess up when they were singing along. He also pitted the men against the ladies in shouting matches, wisely choosing to declare the competition a tie.

The DJ helped Lanez later in the set as well, throwing on Kanye West‘s “Slow Jamz” and then segueing into “Rain,” one of the most sexual songs on Chixtape 2. Lanez enjoys showing connections between classics from all eras — and he’s hoping to add a few new ones to the list.


Last Days Here – IFC Films

Sundance’s “Last Days Here” follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of Pentagram, an Alexandria, Virginia-based heavy metal group founded in 1971 and active sporadically throughout the following four decades. At the film’s outset, Liebling is in his 50s, living in his parents’ basement, and addicted to drugs. After Pentagram’s music is rediscovered by the heavy metal underground scene, Liebling begins to recover from his lifestyle. His friend and manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier attempts to help Liebling overcome his drug addiction and escape his old life. The film ends in 2010 with Liebling and Pentagram returning to the stage and Liebling sober, married and his new wife expecting their first child.

The show that turned his life around? Webster Hall. “The biggest show of their career.”


L.A.’s Warpaint, which will play Webster Hall on Oct. 14, found its natural sound by letting itself dissolve. The group, formed in 2004 with a standard rock lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums, created a relaxed version of the music made by British bands from the early eighties—like the Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees—that had a taste for hybrids and dissonance. For its latest, self-titled album, Warpaint began leaning on improvisation, creating new songs by gathering up bits and pieces written during sound checks. The result is not scattered but an atomized version of the band that floats around and changes shape. The British studio veterans Flood and Nigel Godrich helped to produce and mix the recording, though Warpaint still works best live, as a four-piece. Without quite getting there, it continually edges toward explosion and resolution, spinning and experimenting with a lack of pretense or fuss.

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Tickle Me, Emo: the New-Old Angst – NEW YORK TIMES

American Football Brings Its Reunion Tour to Webster Hall

There is an emo revival afoot, and that’s great news, of course, especially for those apt to get lost inside their feeling caves and who believe guitars are great emotional communication tools. But while the new stuff is beginning to catch fire, there’s been a surge in interest in the old stuff, too, which means it’s time for reunion tours. A couple of weeks ago, it was the cherished Texas band Mineral coming through town to trigger tears. This week, it’s American Football, which released one full-length album in 1999 (recently rereleased with bonus tracks by Polyvinyl) that remains a touchstone. It’s a spacious, aching album: melancholy, dry indie rock, cut through with flickers of jazz. Onstage, it’s likely to inspire hushed reverence and old band T-shirts now a size too small. (Friday through next Sunday, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village; websterhall.com.)


Charli XCX – Webster Hall – 10/7 – VILLAGE VOICE

By Ryan Leas Wed., Oct. 8 2014 at 10:55 AM

Better Than: Going to school.

It’s been a while since we’ve been to a show that had the stipulation “16+,” as if there’d actually be younger kids who would show up. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, even in the wake of “I Love It” and “Fancy” and now “Boom Clap,” that Charli XCX is a pop star that a lot of people know, and a lot of people love, teenaged pop fans and adult listeners who self-identify as “discerning” alike. That’s always been the interesting tension with Charli–when True Romance came out last year, it felt like contemporary pop music with a New Wave gloss that allowed it to be claimed by the indie crowd. She’s always seemed poised to be a bigger star, the process somehow feeling both sudden and slow-burn as she continued to gain notoriety with those guest spots. This was still a show in New York, though. From up front against the stage, you could hear the sort of high-pitched screaming you’d probably attribute to girls around the age of 16, but towards the back there were dozens of bearded dudes of varying age groups. The process of Charli XCX falling into one world or another–or, being able to keep one foot in both–is still one that appears to be unfolding.

View full article here : http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2014/10/live_review_charli_xcx_webster_hall.php?page=2

The Source Presents ‘The Wrap Party’ With Wiz Khalifa #ADWEEK2014 – THESOURCE.COM

The Source is closing out #AWXI with a bang

To help close out what’s been an exciting AdWeek 2014, Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa will be bringing his talents to the Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St) stage in New York City for The Wrap Party, a concert celebrating #AWXI alongside The Source Magazine and Verizon. Wiz, a Rostrum and Atlantic Records recording artist, is having a great 2014. He released six singles, among them “We Dem Boyz” and “You & Your Friends,” and all 6 charted in the Top 40 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts on Billboard. To boot, his third album, Blacc Hollywood, clocked in at #1 on the Billboard 200 the week of its release, with first-week sales of roughly 90,000.

In addition to his impeccable chart year, Wiz graced the cover of our 2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 issue, which is currently on newsstands. In his interview with our Chairman, L. Londell McMillan, he discusses everything from his unique tour experiences to what it’s like being a father, not to mention his favorite memory of The Source.
This past fall The Source produced it’s first SOURCE360 live marketplace, concert & festival. The Source received an official Proclamation from the Mayor of The City of New York for producing this highly successful experiential activation in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District.

See Wiz Khalifa at Webster Hall 11/16 and 11/17. Click here for tickets.


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