More Than Ready For Takeoff: Khruangbin Soars At Central Park’s SummerStage

Khruangbin returns July 12 with Hasta El Cielo (Dead Oceans/Night Time Stories), a dub version of last year’s excellent Con Todo El Mundo. The Texas trio has hit the road for a mixture of festivals and headlining dates. Laura Lee, Mark Speer and Donald “DJ” Johnson just played Central Park’s SummerStage, and MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was there. Despite the rain, he felt the universe smiling upon him.

Live Review: Filthy Friends, Dressy Bessy, Brooklyn, May 24, 2019

It’s FFF (Filthy Friends Friday) at MAGNET, so we’re bringing you live reviews of the band’s recent shows in Philly and NYC. Our M.J. Fine (words) and Chris Sikich (photos) followed the supergroup—members of R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Minus 5, Baseball Project, Young Fresh Fellows and too many more to name—up the Northeast corridor to bring you the dirt on these Filthy Friends and their pals Dressy Bessy.

The best thing about seeing Filthy Friends on a larger stage is watching them move. While Johnny Brenda’s in Philly offered a better closeup view, at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, each member of the band had more breathing room, and it was a pure joy to see Peter Buck take full advantage of the extra space to jump, kick and squat while dashing off guitar lines that are clear kin to those on “Shaking Through,” “Little America” and “Bad Day.”

That wasn’t the only reason the two shows felt different, and while I preferred the superior sound and better behaved audience at Johnny Brenda’s, I appreciate the way Music Hall let these musicians who take up so much space in my heart have the physical space they needed to stretch out for the last show of their U.S. run.

Dressy Bessy was swell, too, with Tammy Ealom and John Hill’s amiable energy and melodic guitar riffs getting the night off to a strong start.

Highlights: Filthy Friends’ “Come Back Shelley,” “No Forgotten Son”; Dressy Bessy’s “Just Like Henry.”

Live Review: Filthy Friends, Dressy Bessy, Philadelphia, May 21, 2019

It’s FFF (Filthy Friends Friday) at MAGNET, so we’re bringing you live reviews of the band’s recent shows in Philly and NYC. Our M.J. Fine (words) and Chris Sikich (photos) followed the supergroup—members of R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Minus 5, Baseball Project, Young Fresh Fellows and too many more to name—up the Northeast corridor to bring you the dirt on these Filthy Friends and their pals Dressy Bessy.

Filthy Friends struck a chord at Johnny Brenda’s with their catchy tunes about climate change, gentrification, racial injustice and love in the time of resistance, and Election Night gave them an extra resonance.

The all-star band sounded great as it ran through most of 2017’s Invitation and the recent Emerald Valley (both Kill Rock Stars); Corin Tucker’s inimitable wail paired naturally with the with crunchy, melodic riffs played by Peter Buck, Kurt Bloch and Tucker herself, and Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon make for a mighty sweet rhythm section.

Dressy Bessy thrived, too, offering tunes from the new Fast Faster Disaster (Yep Roc) and a bracing clutch of perfect pop nuggets from throughout its career.

Highlights: Filthy Friends’ “One Flew East,” “Angels,” “Hey Lacey,” “Despierta,” “Love In The Time Of Resistance”; Dressy Bessy’s “This May Hurt,” “Mon Cheri” (with Bloch on additional guitar) and a lively cover of Buzzcocks’ “What Do I Get?”

Dressy Bessy

Happy Wolfmother’s Day: Andrew Stockdale And Co. Bring Their Australian Witchcraft To New York City

Wolfmother brought its over-the-top hard rock from Down Under to Irving Plaza this month during its short North American tour. Andrew Stockdale and Co. stuck to the hits at the NYC show, culminating in a killer version of “Joker & The Thief” from the band’s self-titled debut. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski came to see the mind’s eye.

A Night In Heaven: Perry Farrell Kicks Off Tour With His New All-Star Band

Perry Farrell played four shows this month at NYC’s City Winery, kicking off The Kind Heaven Orchestra Tour. The Jane’s Addiction/Porno For Pyros frontman assembled an all-star band—including wife Etty Lau Farrell on vocals—that backs him on new songs as well as Jane’s and Porno classics and assorted covers (Perry seems partial to Iggy). MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was at the tour’s opening night, loving the summertime rolls.