Photos by G.
On April 12, 2011, New York was treated to a trio of hard rock as Black Lips, Vivian Girls and Yellow Dogs performed at Webster Hall. Before walking into the venue, I was unfamiliar with the sounds of all three bands so I was excited to broaden my musical horizons. I’d read that Mark Ronson produced the new Black Lips album, so I was extra excited to see them. The show began at 8:30 PM with the Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs. They told the crowd how excited they were to be playing for us, and the crowd returned the love. Their songs were fast and furious and several tracks even had a jam-band feel. Yellow Dogs were the subject of a 2009 film entitled “No One Knows About Persian Cats.”
Up next was the Brooklyn-based trio The Vivian Girls. Their music consisted of all up-beat punkish tunes. The crowd, which was lousy with hipsters, was into it. It was not the most original sound I’ve heard, but it’s always fun to watch a girl group rock it out.
The Black Lips hit the stage around 10:30 and the second they hit the stage, all hell broke loose in Webster Hall. Drinks were flying, people were pushing and shoving and the entire floor of Webster Hall was a gigantic mosh pit. Guess who is too old to put up with that shit? You guessed it. I was in the front row and that type of behavior from 18 year old hipsters is no longer a fun time for me. I tried to endure as long as I could, but the music I was hearing was your typical derivative hard rock/punk band. I kicked a few people in the mosh pit, as one does at these things, and I got the hell out of there! As I walked away into the rainy New York night, all I could think of was “what was Mark Ronson thinking working with these guys?!” I’m sure if you ask a bruised and hungover hipster, they’ll give you a totally different review of the show.