Photos by G.
Stardeath and White Dwarfs
The first time I’d ever heard of Stardeath and White Dwarfs was when I received a promo copy of their debut album “The Birth.” The cover art didn’t really appeal to me, but with a name like Stardeath and White Dwarfs, there was no chance I wasn’t going to listen to the record. I loved it instantly! The 40 minute album covers rock to dance music and is extremely experimental. I’ve had it on high rotation ever since and I was delighted to find out they’d be opening for Tame Impala at Bowery Ballroom in New York on November 18, 2010. Lead singer Dennis Coyne is related to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, so that outta tell you about both the music as well as their stage show. Stardeath and White Dwarf utilized a projection screen and also had trippy lights flashing throughout their 40 minute set. They played most tracks from “The Birth,” and though I met the band prior to the show and they mentioned they’d be playing a Pink Floyd song (as they covered the entire “Dark Side of the Moon” album with The Flaming Lips), they did not. It didn’t matter. The set was as experimental as their album and I loved it! A video of the ultra funky “I Can’t Get Away” is coming soon as well as photos of my encounter with the band, so stay tuned!
Dennis Coyne of Stardeath and White Dwarfs
Photos by G.
I love Tame Impala! I’ve been wanting to see the Australian psychedelic rockers perform live for a while. I’ve been listening to their album “Innerspeaker” all summer and I love it. If you haven’t heard their music, I highly encourage it. It’s definitely got a Beatles meets MGMT sound, and according2g, that’s wonderful. Speaking of MGMT, lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden was checking out Tame Impala’s sold out show, the first of 2 nights, at Bowery Ballroom on November 18, 2010. (see a picture of Andrew after the jump). The show began at 9 pm with sets by Kuroma and Stardeath and White Dwarfs (more on both bands coming soon) and Tame Impala took the stage just after 11 pm.
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
Lead singer Kevin Parker apologized to the crowd for feeling a bit under the weather, but you couldn’t tell from the powerful 70 minute performance that Tame Impala delivered to the adoring crowd. In addition to sounding great, Tame Impala had a really cool projection screen behind them and even if you weren’t feeling the music (but everyone was), you could get lost in the trippy visuals. Speaking of tripping, lots of people were smoking copious amounts of pot during the show and I saw at least 5 people get kicked out of the venue. I read that Tame Impala often covers “Angel” by Massive Attack in their live set, but they didn’t do it tonight. I can imagine it sounding really cool as their live performance is extremely psychedelic. Their show at Bowery Ballroom on November 19, is sold out, which is a pity if you don’t have tickets because I think the next time they come around, they are going to be playing a much larger venue. A video of “Solitude is Bliss” will be coming soon as well as a photo with of my encounter with Kevin Parker. Please be patient. I am merely one person with tons of experiences.
See a few more pictures (including one of Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT) and the set list after the jump.
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