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Chris Glover of Penguin Prison
On April 25, 2012, New York was treated to a double bill of great dance music as Penguin Prison and Miike Snow played their second of three sold out shows at Terminal 5. I’ve seen Penguin Prison perform quite a few times and to date, this is the largest venue I’ve seen them play. It worked perfectly to see close to 3,000 people shaking their bodies to the infectious dance pop of Penguin Prison’s music. Despite a photographer pit and a huge barricade, lead singer Chris Glover still found a way to jump into the crowd and dance with the audience. One of the highlights for me was their cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans,” of which Penguin Prison recently remixed. The track got no introduction and when the lyrics began, you could hear the audience squeal with delight. Hearing 3,000 people shout out “Don’t Fuck With My Money” was also one of the pinnacles of the night. For those attending tonight’s 3rd and final night, the show begins promptly at 8:00 PM, so don’t miss Penguin Prison’s set!
Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow
An hour and a half later at 9:30 PM, Miike Snow took the stage. They must have taken my suggestion from their previous tour, which consisted of nearly the same light display for the duration of the show, as each song had a different and even more wild light show than the previous track. Like their last tour, the band emerged from behind a smoke machine wearing masks. They removed the masks after the first song and the audience was loving every second of it. Lead singer Andrew Wyatt moved all over the stage and often sang at a keyboard towards the rear of the stage. In the center of the stage, there was huge pod-like device that had lights, keyboards and a projector contained within it (see photo below). I’ve never seen anything like that before. Highlights of the show were the excellent new songs “Paddling Out,” (of which Penguin Prison recently remixed and is great) as well as “Devil’s Work.” Classics from their debut album such as “Sylvia,” “Animal” and “Sans Soleil” were also played.
Miike Snow - Terminal 5
Thanks to Penguin Prison and Miike Snow for a great night of lights and dancing!
See both set lists after the jump.
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If you haven’t become a die-hard fan of Australian rockers Tame Impala, I cannot recommend highly enough that you check out their album “Innerspeaker.” Sonically they are a cross between the psychedelic era of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Cream. I can’t get enough of them. They performed a sold out show at New York’s Webster Hall on April 25, 2011 and here’s a sample of what you missed. Please note, on the screens behind the band, the lasers are programmed to react to the music! So cool!
And now enjoy, “Alter Ego,” live by Tame Impala.
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Daniel Blumberg of Yuck
It’s so funny that on the same night, I saw two great bands with less than inviting band names: Yawn and Yuck. Yuck has been a blog darling band for the last year and I’ve been excited to see them live for quite some time. I have to confess, I didn’t listen to their music before seeing them in concert because in the back of my mind I expected to hear yucky music. Well, the yucky sounds you’ll hear from the UK Based indie rock band are great! All of their songs are upbeat and have a nice rock edge to them. The band played a 45 minute set at Webster Hall in New York on April 25, 2011 in between Yawn and Tame Impala and all three bands were excellent. Don’t just take my word for it, go to Yuck’s official site (link is above) and download a few free tracks. I think after hearing their music, you’ll agree that Yuck is a band that does not live up to their name.
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Adam Gil of Yawn
Last night, April 25, 2011 at Webster Hall in New York, a trio of great bands (with bizarre names – Yawn, Yuck and Tame Impala) played a sold out show. First on the bill was Chicago based Yawn. Having experienced their music for the first time when they walked out on stage, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard about them as they’ve generated a fair amount of buzz on the interwebs, but you know most of those reviews just put me to sleep. Their music has a nice combination of psychedelic trance, dance, electronic sounds and rock. Needless to say, I became a fan before the first song was over. Hoping to score some merch at the conclusion of the band’s 40 minute set, lead singer Adam Gil uttered the magic words – “you can download our EP for free on our official site.” He failed to mention you can also download a free remix EP from the same place! Get to downloading (please donate money for the download if you can as well) and put Yawn on your musical radar. They will make you do anything but fall asleep. Thanks Yawn!