October 22, 2016

Tyler Glenn-Mercury Lounge - October 4, 2016


On a drizzling Tuesday night, a friend of mine invited me to see Tyler Glenn.  All I knew about Glenn was what my friend told me about him being the former singer and keyboardist for Neon Trees. When we got to Mercury Lounge there was a curtain across the front of the stage, which in my mind read as a recording company backing the performance.  When the curtain opened for Glenn's performance, he at first stood without moving, leaning against the mic in front a large X light.  Glenn performed to prerecorded music, which is the kind of performance I wouldn't generally expect to see at Mercury Lounge. 

During a break between songs, Glenn spoke angrily about a recent break up, coming out and growing up Mormon.  Glenn's lyrics were excellent and his movements on stage were mesmerizing. The music albeit prerecorded was very Nine Inch Nails and intense.  However, I couldn't help walk away from Tyler Glenn's performance feeling anything but sad.  As good as Glenn's performance was, he seemed to be  a very depressed man who is imploding.  That is not a judgement, it's what I saw. I just hope he makes it past this period in his life and his music, because underneath all that anger is a really talented guy.












January 2, 2016

Strange Names / Carroll - Mercury Lounge - October 29, 2015





I missed Strange Names when they played in Brooklyn, so I made a point in making sure I bought a ticket for their early evening Thursday night show at Mercury Lounge.  I liked opening band Carroll but wished their set was shorter and Strange Names was longer.   I bought Strange Names  album "Use Your Time Wisely" on MP3 through Amazon without knowing anything about the band. Surprisingly, I found that I liked the entire recording from beginning to end.  Strange Names was just as good in concert - I plan I seeing them again.  See photos from each band's set by order of appearance.


Carroll


 




Strange Names


Strange Names'Set List
1. Only Boy
2. Supernatural Silence
3. Ricochet
4. Return
5. Brick City
6. Where & Why
7. Neighborhood
8. I Can't Control Myself
9. Trespassing










December 26, 2015

Joywave / Mikaela Davis / Kopps - Bowery Ballroom - October 20, 2015




Appearing with two other bands from the same city of  Rochester, New York,  Joywave's October show was an eclectic mix of pop music.  With Kopps' cheerleader opening, to Mikaela Davis' dreamy harp lead songs, and of course. Joywave's synth/guitar rock with prerecorded spoken snippets, the evening unfolded into a fun musical event.  The following photos are by band order of appearance. See videos from Joywave's performance at the very bottom of this post.

KOPPS 








Mikaela Davis








Joywave



Joywave's Set List
(Intro)
1.Carry Me
2.In Clover
3.Feels Like A Lie
4.True Grit
5.Now
3.Don't Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young)
7.Nice House
8.Golden State
9.Parade
10.Traveling at the Speed of Light
11.Bad Dreams
12.Somebody New

Encore
13.Traveling Interlude
14.Life in A bubble I Blew 
15.Tongues
16.Destruction















Joywave are:
Daniel Armbruster (vocals)
Joseph Morinelli (guitar)
Sean Donnelly (bass) 
Benjamin Bailey (keyboards) 
Paul Brenner (drums)




Video of Joywave performing Parade



Video of Joywave performing Bad Dreans & Somebody New