The last couple months have been hectic, but I was still able to catch a few great concerts. Since I last posted, I’ve seen The Low Anthem, Patrick Watson, Barnstar, Josh Ritter, Lydia, The Early November, Josh Ritter (again!), Damien Rice, and Andrew Bird play. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. Check out some pics and a brief recap of each show below.
The Low Anthem and Patrick Watson – Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/28/15)
The first time I saw The Low Anthem was when they opened for Josh Ritter in Tarrytown in 2009. I had no idea who they were, but loved everything they played. Since then, I’ve tried to catch each of their city shows.
In May, they opened for Patrick Watson. Seemed odd to me since they’ve headlined tons of shows here before, and I’d never heard of Patrick, but figured I’d go anyway. It was a good choice. While I came to the show for The Low Anthem, it was Patrick’s set that blew me away. Guy’s got the dreamiest falsetto and his live band is excellent. Think I’ve got a new obsession.
Barnstar! and Josh Ritter – Tarrytown Music Hall (5/29/15)
Nothing like seeing your favorite musician play in your favorite venue. I’ve gushed and gushed about Josh before. You get the picture: I adore him. This time his opener was Barnstar!, a bluegrass-for-people-who-don’t-like-bluegrass band, led by Josh’s bassist Zack Hickman. These guys know how to play. No photos this time, but did manage to get a short snippet of Barnstar!’s cover of “When My Time Comes” by Dawes, and Josh’s “Good Man.” Catch these guys live if you can.
Lydia and The Early November – Bowery Ballroom (6/2/15)
Having grown up in New Jersey, I’ve been able to see The Early November play tons of times. So many times that I’ve lost count. When they announced they’d be playing an NYC show, I made sure to grab a ticket. These guys are just as good as I remembered (even without the bassist Serg, who a few people annoyingly kept shouting for). On the downside, I had a killer upper respiratory infection (damn you, tree pollen!). If you attended the show and happened to be standing beside me, sorry if my coughing grossed you out.
Josh Ritter and Damien Rice – Celebrate Brooklyn (6/17/15)
I was already excited about getting to see Damien play in nearby Prospect Park, but when Josh Ritter was added to the bill as an opener, I was ecstatic. Josh was all smiles during his set, as usual. Damien was on the opposite side of the spectrum, playing with devastating angst. It’ll always astound me how doesn’t need a full band backing him to make some noise — just give him a loop pedal and get ready to be blown away.
Andrew Bird – le poisson rouge (6/25/15)
Before departing for a European tour, Andrew Bird played a show here in the city to warm up. Got treated to a few new songs (which sounded great) and lots of old favorites. It was my first time seeing him play a full set, before I’d only seen him as a part of Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, and that was more than a few years ago. Good to finally hear some of my favorite songs live. In the middle of his set, Andrew talked about how he finds eye contact creepy (I feel you, dude), hence all the closed-eye shots below.
Lots of shows to look forward to this month. Most pumped about getting to see AA Bondy play again, especially since the last time I saw him perform was eight years ago. Good things coming, stay tuned.