I have eclectic taste in music. I like to see bands that I don’t know a lot about and who play a wide range of musical styles. Today we have the power of the Internet at our fingertips. Staying up-to-date on all the upcoming shows only takes a few minutes on Google, Facebook or YouTube. It’s easy to find information on bands, their music, backgrounds and videos. That’s how I heard about a band from L.A called Warpaint, coming to Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., NYC) at the end of October.
Warpaint is comprised of four women musicians. This rock n’ roll ensemble has a powerful rhythm section in drummer Stella Mozgawa and bass player Jenny Lee Lindburg, and features guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, who also share the singing. I went to this show solo, and found myself in a full house of 20 and 30-somethings. We all seemed to totally enjoy the bands’ set of intense guitar and powerful rhythms. Their two song encore concluded with a great 13 minute version of “Elephants” from their 2008 album Exquisite Corpse. The band did not do a lot of talking between songs. I actually like when performers chat with the audience between songs, adding color and making it more of a personal experience.
There was a music critic, Patrick Flanary, covering the show for GlideMagazine.com, which covers music news and reviews. You can see the review and two videos of songs from the show at this GlideMagazine.com link.
In Local News: have you heard that rock ‘n’ roll legend Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame has taken over the lease on the old Towne Crier location in Pawling, N.Y.? (The Towne Crier relocated to Beacon, N.Y.) The new music venue, which he’s named Daryl’s House, opened its doors on Halloween with a sold-out show featuring Hall & Oates. Daryl’s House will feature performances by well-known musicians, including many who have appeared on “Live from Daryl’s House,” the Internet and cable television music program Hall has hosted since 2007. The menu at Daryl’s House also features food selected by Hall.
Lastly, I have to recommend HBO’s new show “Sonic Highways,” which documents the making of the Foo Fighters eighth album. As the band travels to Chicago, Austin, Nashville, L.A., New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and NYC, the Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl interviews and shows performances by artists such as Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Buddy Guy, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, KISS singer Paul Stanley, and Nancy Wilson from Heart. Amazingly, at the end of each week, after running around town interviewing people, Grohl sits down with his notes and writes a song based on these stories for the album. Genius.
There is so much music happening around the NYC/Westchester area, I look forward to your suggestions to point me towards additional good music.