The Indie Rock band Yo La Tengo is revisiting their Hanukkah tradition of an eight day span of shows at one of their favorite NYC venues the Bowery Ballroom. They did this last year and as you know if you celebrate the holiday, a gig will happen on each of the nights of Hanukkah 2018. In addition to solid support acts, their fans can expect guest stars at every performance and a lot of special memories and merchandise. If this band interests you at all, you’re going to want to get your tickets as early as possible as last years events all sold out completely well before the month that the holiday even hit.
The Show Dates:
Dec 2, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 3, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 4, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 5, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 6, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 7, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 8, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Dec 9, 2018: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hanukkah is not a holiday that we celebrate over at the PiercingMetal HQ but we are always out to help others celebrate their events when the invite is extended. I’ve not followed YLT before but I know that a couple of albums were gifted to me over the years and its interesting stuff. One can’t always listen to only Heavy Metal music after all. My schedule is usually tight during the holidays in general but if I can make one of these shows I will surely report on it for you here on the website. Are you a fan of the band? What do you think about their returning residency for Hanukkah? Chime in down below and while you are at it check out the bands latest release and other stuff via Amazon.com.
In an effort to keep supporting our vibrant NYC concert scene, I’m following our Thanksgiving holiday with the news that the Indie Rock band Yo La Tengo will be doing a residency over at the Bowery Ballroom for each night of this years Hanukkah holiday. Check out the awesome poster for this below and all of the dates that this will happen on.
The Tour Dates:
12/12/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/13/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/14/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/15/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/16/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/17/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/18/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
12/19/2017: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I cannot myself say that I’ve ever followed them, I have known many friends who eat this sort of group up and cannot get enough of their shows. That makes me feel that the tickets will go for this residency very quickly. According to what I’ve learned, they will be having unannounced guests across the span of the dates so if Hanukkah is your holiday, come on out to rock for one or all eight nights. Give yourself a present even if this isn’t your celebration since its very likely to be a good time. We love when bands do residency spans here since it just shows how amazing our city can be for live music. Sure we lost Roseland Ballroom some time ago and are waiting on the comeback of Webster Hall, but there are still tons of places to come out to and raise your hands in celebration of melody. If you are a fan of this group, are you excited about the exclusive run? What should the newbie among us expect? Chime in down in those comments below.
Now I know that the band has been talking about this for a little while already based on their celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album “Dinosaur”; Well they’ve just added another date to the previously announced NYC residency at Bowery Ballroom and with that big news I’ve added this narrative for you to check out.
Official Statement: “December 3-9, 2015, Dinosaur Jr. celebrates 30 years since the release of their debut album, “Dinosaur,” with a seven night run of shows at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The band will perform their debut album in its entirety each night followed by a set of songs from across their catalog, with very special guests sitting in each night.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow how awesome is that???? Seven nights of the band is sure to appease their throngs of fans as together they raise a fist and very likely an ice cold beer as the band brings their debut release from thirty years ago to life. One has to wonder what special guests they will bring to the stage considering they were an influential force in the world of Alternative Rock. Speaking frankly I’ve never been more of the occasional casual listener but I think its great that a band can still be doing their thing for so long and drawing in big crowds. What do you reader think about this run of shows? Were you ever a fan of their sound or perhaps caught them live over the years and wish to let us all know what to experience? Feel free to toss in some topical comments and congratulations to Dinosaur Jr. on the anniversary of their debut.
“This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend the end. Of our elaborate plans, the end. No safety or surprise, the end. I’ll never look into your eyes….again”. Yes I know that using The Doors seminal tune is a little bit on the dramatic side but let’s face it, the ending of a band is something that no one should take lightly especially when you realize that we are talking about Tragedy, the All-Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees. It was sad news but indeed true and the band would be calling it a career down at The Bowery Ballroom and be joined by The Blondest, Les Sans Culottes and The Upper Crust. It was bound to be an exciting and very interesting night of music and since the rain had started to come down upon the city, I could think of no better way to avoid the storm outside than by braving the musical hurricane that would be happening at the venue.
Artist: Tragedy Venue: Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY) Opener: The Upper Crust, Les Sans Culottes, The Blondest Date: 3/12/2010 Label: Independent Artist
The weather was proving to be dismal today and it was a total reflection of the foul mood that I had been put into by W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless who canceled last night’s performance of the band based on a disagreement with the venue over 50 VIP tickets that he was not aware of or gave permission about. Having looked forward to that particular show in my March Metal Madness roster of events I was rightfully pissed off since it was a sold out show and cancelled instead of being worked out so this evening was going to really need to pull out all the stops in order to get me back into the proper frame of Metal mind. I knew just the way to do it and that was to make sure I attended the final performance of Tragedy, the All Metal Tribute to The Bee Gees and yes, I did say “final performance” as the band had decided to part ways and this show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight would be the very last gig. It seemed to be an interesting evening from beginning to end and it would all start with a tribute to Blondie, give us a little French cuisine and then rock us with a little bit of pomp and circumstance before the Tragedy guys and their massive company of players took to the stage. Knowing this was a loaded event I made sure to arrive in time to see everyone and here is how the night took place. Continue reading Tragedy: Metal Tribute to the Bee Gee’s @ Bowery Ballroom (3/12/2010)→
Artist: Blackfield Title: “NYC (Blackfield Live In NYC)” Label: Kscope Records Release Date: 9/15/2009 Genre: Melodic Progressive Pop Rating: 4.5/5
The show that this release originally hails from happened on a snowy night in NYC back in early 2007 and it was a fantastic night that I am happy to be able to tell people that I attended as well. The music of the key players Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen were expanded upon by the incredible band that was backing them up and while those in the crowd knew full well that the set was being recorded for future use, the anticipation was extremely high for this to be released sooner rather than later. Lucky for all of the bands fans the official DVD release of the show came out later in the year and was a great way for all who attended to have a special memento and for those who did not to be reminded about what they missed again and again. Interestingly enough, we never saw a CD version of the concert until the special edition that we are discussing in this article and all I can say is “it’s about time”. The idea that no one was able to load this release onto their music players for all this time must seem rather absurd when one takes into account about all the myriads concert films that come out and have the audio version follow it by a month or two later while the Blackfield fanatics were forced to wait and wait, until now. I had to say that the audio CD sounds great and when played at the proper volume sounds like the band is right there in the room with you and I must admit that I enjoyed being able to have this music travel around with me on my music player and in the car stereo. The DVD that comes with the release is the same one that came out a couple of years ago and if you don’t already own this then you no longer have an excuse about waiting and must add this to your music purchasing list. There is a booklet inside that presents some candid images of the band as well as some professionally staged shots and a handful of photos from the performance itself. All in all, a very satisfying release that I was happy/impressed/relieved to find being given a special edition treatment. Below is our original review of the DVD release. Continue reading “NYC: Live In NYC” by Blackfield→