BEST LIVE BANDS OF 2012
Royal Bath’s line-up has gone through many incarnations over the past few years. Their recent addition of Leslie Hann (formerly of Friends), has made their show’s atmosphere more intense and engaging with her creepy/sexy glare and deep sultry voice. I saw them open for King Tuff at Cheap Storage and they had a vibe that combined sexual tension with drugged out emotional vacancy . It was like early Velvet Underground reincarnated into catchier garage rock hooks paired with droned out forceful energy.
Thee Oh Sees
It’s no secret that Thee Oh Sees are an incredible live band. Their garage psych jams last forever and their encores last at least 5 songs. You don’t have to be in the mosh pit to be covered in sweat by the end of their sets. At 285 Kent back in February when the stage was only about knee high, I could only stand in the front for a few songs because I kept getting thrown into the stage. Then when I got sick of this and went on stage to dance behind John Dwyer with a few other girls, it looked like the giant PA speaker was going to fall on the crowd. Everyone looses their shit when they see Thee Oh Sees every time. It’s nuts.
Whenever I try to tell anyone about Lakutis, they alway think I’m trying to say ‘Ludakris.’ But Lakudis is way better than Ludakiris. In fact, he’s better than everybody. He was so fucked up and didn’t give a fuck at his first headlining show at Glasslands on 9/11. It was awesome- he was spitting everywhere and crushing beer cans over screaming drunk girls’ heads. He’s the most punk rock hip-hop artist I’ve sen this year and he somehow manages to be grossly charming even as he spits in your face.
2012 was an awesome year for The Vandelles. They released their second EP Strange Girls Don’t Cry, opened up for The Jesus and Mary Chain on a 2 week tour and released a super cool Beat Happening Halloween cover of “You Turn Me.” Their live show is amazing, with a light show, fog machine, and huge amp stacks. Their bass player, Lindsey, whips her long blonde hair around and amazing stomps on her pedal board in 5 inch heels and their drummer, Honey Valentine has a really awesome open, hard-hipping style. Their frontman Jason is also an amazing dude who holds kiddie pool bbqs outside their studio in Williamsburg.
On Tuesday (12/18) is Haybaby, The Human Fly & Milk Dick @ Cake Shop for $7 at 9pm. This lineup is the only reason you should go into Manhattan unless you’re really desperate for xmas presents this year.
Wednesday, December 19th there is a holiday dance party going on at Little Field at 7PM with Hungry March Band, Kent Odessa, 79.5, and DJs Treetop & Shinobi. $12 at the door, $10 in advance.
The show you can’t miss this week is on Thursday (12/20) at The Lab with Sparxx, Hippy, Slonk Donkerson & Haybaby! Sparxx is shooting their music video and they’ll be filming in between sets! Free with RSVP, $5 otherwise. Doors @ 8PM.
Also on Thursday, December 20th at Muchmore’s is MaMa CoCo’s Mayan Apocalypse Part 1: The Judgement with The Great American Novel, Oh! My Blackbird, No Shoes, Dr. Skinnybones, The Graveyard Kids, Palm, Newport Reds, and David Pollack. This show is FREE! Doors @ 7pm.
At Free Candy this Friday, December 21st, is MaMa CoCo’s Mayan Apocalypse part 2: The Reckoning with The Dough Rollers, The All-About, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Ghost Pal, Swaai Boys, The Jean Jackets, The Gradients, Basal Gang and Iced Ink. Doors @ 7pm. I think The Harmonica Lewinskies is the BEST BAND NAME of 2012.
At Living Bread Deli this Saturday, December 22nd is Sharkmuffin, Turnip King, Parlormint, & Retail. $7, Doors @ 8PM.