It’s the weekend before CMJ, so it would seem like a good time for a live music fan to relax and charge their batteries. However, this is one of the strongest weekends for shows I can think of this year, don’t consider this a top 5, they are all deserving of the number one spot.
Supporting her brand new album “Abyss“, ‘light-sensitive’ chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe squeezed in two Brooklyn stops on her mostly sold out current tour. Freewilliamsburg is happy to present video of the entire show from the more intimate first night at Saint Vitus.
Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus
Setlist: Intro 00:53 Carrion Flowers 05:40 Dragged Out 11:14 Iron Moon 16:50 Kings 21:29 We Hit A Wall 26:12 After the Fall 32:00 Mer 36:25 House of Metal 42:22 Moses 46:42 Grey Days 52:24 Survive 58:31 Color of Blood 1:05:15 Pale On Pale
I can’t say there hasn’t been an air of complete normality this week, but what that really means is stuff like this, businesses treating staff like crap, a new music venue opening and anticipation of sandwiches. I’m going to keep this brief because I had an important exam today (it’s cool, I passed), but it’s the quality of the acts themselves that matter!
It seems like a lot of the local news is on a bit of a downer this week, neighbourhood bars are closing while Starbucks gets an alcohol licence, and then of course, there is this; it’s enough to make you question humanity. However, just like the fact that we’re actually living in the most peaceful time in human history is a hard one to accept before looking at the cold, hard data, this city we call home still offers great excitement as opposed to a gloom of lost opportunity. With plenty of summertime left to enjoy/endure, make the most of it by catching some shows!
Their latest, La Di Da Di is out September 18 on Warp. Check them out at Saint Vitus next month!
After a disappointing Manhattenhenge, the recent pictures of Pluto (still not a planet) have shown just what staggering things humans can achieve when they put their minds to it. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when faced with the stupendous, staggering scale of the cosmos, I like to rein things in a little bit and contemplate the comforting purposelessness of it all with a show or three, so let’s get right to it.
The seventh Northside festival wrapped up on the 14th of June, with over 100,000 people spending time indulging either music, innovation, film, or a combination of the three. Free Williamsburg staff spent time at various shows from metal to pop acts, among thousands or sometimes only a dozen likeminded souls. The best sets and the ones that got away all feature below.