On September 28, 2011, Los Angeles’ Foster The People made a triumphant return to New York, playing their second of two sold out shows at Terminal 5. I knew when I saw them earlier this year at the much smaller Bowery Ballroom they were going to be huge, and I was so pleased to see that the rest of the world has caught on. In some ways, I expected their fan base to be emo hipsters, but instead it seemed to consist of tween girls. But then again, when you think about the fact that Foster the People’s music is extremely catchy and the guys in the band are all hotties, it makes perfect sense. Reptar and Cults opened the show (stay tuned for a video from Cults) and they were great. Possibly my only complaint of the night was that Foster the People’s set was barely an hour and they didn’t even play all the songs off of their fantastic debut “Torches.” However, what they lacked in set time, they made up in lighting. Their stage presence has gotten bigger in every way and their laser lights show was extremely cool. Lead singer Mark Foster talked about their participation with the Do Good Bus, an organization that travels around to various cities and helps local communities. Also, we were treated to an as yet unreleased song called “Ruby” that Foster promised would be released some day. Every song was a sing-a-long and highlights of course were the amazing “Helena Beat,” “Miss You,” “Houdini” and of course “Pumped Up Kicks.” Click play to see what “Pumped Up Kicks” looked like from the front row!
When I saw the UK punk band Male Bonding live the other night, I fell in love instantly. Their songs f—ing rock! Don’t worry if you can’t hear the vocals, we couldn’t hear them in the front row either. I have their album “Nothing Hurts” and vocals are ever present. Just kick back and enjoy the music!
Betheny Cosentino - Lead singer of Best Coast and G
Moments after Best Coast’s awesome set at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, I met the trio. As you can see from the above and below photos, the band was extremely nice. As I’m from Los Angeles now residing in New York, a question I get asked a lot is “which place do you like better?” My reply is always the same – “both places have really awesome things and both places have really sucky things.” I don’t even understand how you can compare the two cities as there are almost as many differences as similarities. With that being said, I couldn’t resist asking Best Coast lead singer Bethany Cosentino “which coast is the best coast?” Without pause, she quoted Jim Morrison and told me “The west is the best.” Love it! Thanks to the band for being awesome live and for being cool people!
On September 29, 2010, London punk trio Male Bonding opened for California surf-pop band Best Coast and stole the show. Every song was super fast and made you want to just dance your ass off until you are physically unable to body slam anymore. As my long time readers know I actually hate it when that happens at shows, but I lucked out and the crowd was well behaved in the front row. I definitely think it stemmed from two things: the audience was unfamiliar with the music and it was an odd choice as an opening band for Best Coast. Regardless, I loved it and I am really looking forward to getting their album “Nothing Hurts.” At the show, the vocals were drowned out by the music, but it actually worked out fine. Instrumentally, the band was so great. Drummer Robin Christian played the shit out of them, bassist Kevin Hendrick had a Kurt Cobain vibe going on and guitarist John Webb and his tattooed self was a treat for both my ears and eyes. I loved it! I met 2 out of 3 members after the gig and I complimented them both on their awesome performance. They were both extremely cool. Looking forward to hearing more great things to come from Male Bonding.
See the set list after the jump. Thanks to John Webb for it!
Brooklyn-based-band Small Black (whew, tongue twister) opened for California band Best Coast at the Bowery Ballroom on September 29, 2010. They describe their sound as “Casio dream noise pop,” and they pretty much hit the nail on the head with those 4 words. Citing influences from Gary Numan to Wu Tang Clan to hot boys (oh, behave!), the band played a great 7 song set, getting the crowd ready to rock. If you missed the show last night, they’ll be performing at the upcoming CMJ music marathon.
Our good friends at RCRD LBL have 3 free mp3s of Small Black, while supplies last, so if any of these words tickle your fancy, check out their music. I met lead singer Josh Kolenik after Small Black’s awesome set and he was very nice. Thanks Josh! See a picture of Josh and I as well as the set list after the jump. Good luck to Small Black!