Outside Lands 2017, Day 2

Cage the Elephant @ Outside Lands 2017Photos from an action-packed Day 2 of Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, including a headlining set from Metallica, Cage the Elephant stepping in for a late cancellation from Queens of the Stone Age and delivering one of the best sets of the weekend, and a second-consecutive no-show from A Tribe Called Quest. Continue reading

Three Match Breeze 2014 Roundup


posted by: Greg Chow

Saw a lot of music this year. While it was a less exciting year, personally, than 2013, I saw a lot more music than ever before. Here are some thoughts on the music I saw and heard in 2014.
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Warpaint @ Regency Ballroom, 10.27.14


LA quartet Warpaint hit San Francisco as they wind down their tour behind their second record, Warpaint, which came out early this year. A less-than-soldout Monday night crowd at the Regency made up what they lacked in number with sheer force of enthusiasm. At least one group of fans successfully delivered baked goods to the band. No reports on whether Warpaint ate the box of pastries gifted to them by fanatical, total strangers. Seeing as Warpaint subsequently had to cancel/reschedule their upcoming European dates, those baked goods are looking more and more suspicious.
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Warpaint @ Webster Hall, 03.21.2014


LA quartet Warpaint played sold-out show at Manhattan’s Webster Hall on March 21st, in support of their new, self-titled sophomore record. The last time the all-girl group was in New York, they previewed the songs at the tiny, 100-person capacity Union Pool. It’s quite possible that the next time the band are in town, they’ll have to book the cavernous Terminal 5, which would be nice for a band but a blow for any fans that actually like pleasant music-watching experiences.

After a couple months of touring behind the new record, the group seemed a little looser and more confident playing the new songs. Their fans came prepared as well, with several roses and other flowers thrown onstage as the band came out.  This was Warpaint’s third NYC show in six months, and probably the best yet.

Warpaint @ Union Pool, 01.17.14


All-girl LA quartet Warpaint were in town on Friday the 17th to do some promotion for their self-titled sophomore album, due out January 22nd. Added to the schedule was a surprise show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in Union Pool’s tiny 150-person capacity room. Tickets were free, but given out through several local record stores. Appropriately enough, most of the stores gave away their allotment of tickets via online contest, so you didn’t actually have to go to the record store. That’s right, the record store wanted you to use the internet instead of going to the store where they sell records.

Needless to say, the show “sold-out” quickly. Though there was no opening band the late show started even later, after 11pm. But no one in the audience seemed likely to complain. Last time Warpaint were here, back in October, they played the spacious Music Hall of Williamsburg, and their tour brings them back to NYC in March at the even more spacious Webster Hall. So anyone seeing them in a room about the size of a (non-NYC) living room probably felt pretty good just being there.

The setlist consisted mostly of songs from the new album, and while the music and lyrics still have a somewhat sinister vibe, the new songs sounded a little less atmospheric than songs of their first record, The Fool,  and a little heavier on dance/R&B beats. Which, whatever you think of that, does make them sound a little more current.

On the whole, Warpaint are a pretty great band. There’s no real drop-off between co-lead vocalists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, and the rhythm section of bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa is as solid as they come.