Bob Mould, who marks his fourth decade in music this year, likes threesomes. Sure, he’s performed solo and as a DJ, but he’s at his best when tearing through his impressive body of songs with a bassist and drummer. With Hüsker Dü, then Sugar and for the last decade backed by Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Robert Pollard) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Pollard), Mould keeps proving that no one does the pop/punk power trio better. Mould and Co. just played a 29-song set at Brooklyn Steel in support of Sunshine Rock (Merge), and MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski had his wig flipped.
|Seun Kuti is the youngest son of late, great Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and he’s been fronting his father’s outfit Egypt 80 since 1997, when he took over as a 14-year-old following his dad’s death. Seun and band recently journeyed from Africa with fury and played NYC’s Sony Hall. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was there and danced to the rhythms of the saints.|
Say you’re like us and made a total mess of Valentine’s Day again this year. Forget about it: We have you covered. All you have to do is sit with the love of your life and look at these V-Day photos of Cherry Glazerr and Sneaks at Philly’s First Unitarian Church. It’s like it’s February 14 all over again—but this time it’s totally free and there’s no pressure. Since you already blew the real Hallmark holiday eight days ago, this is an unexpected bonus for your partner. And if you get laid afterward, thank MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich. He shoots bands so you can shoot your … well, whatever, never mind. But, kids, remember this: It’s always wise to be stuffed and ready:
If you would’ve told us at the turn of the century during the Techno Animal, Large Professor, Mr. Len, Khan, etc., days, that Matador Records would be able to pack Madison Square Garden almost 20 years later with a rock show, we would’ve sold our sister to buy lots of whatever you were smoking. But it’s 2019, people, and the kids wanna rock, indie style. Interpol, Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail took over MSG while the Knicks were idle because of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. (Given the Knicks would lose to Temple University’s women’s hoops team, they are pretty much always idle.) MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski blocked out under the basket to get these great images.
John Maus kicked off the 2019 leg of his tour in support of last year’s Addendum the end of January, and he hit Philadelphia’s Union Transfer last week. He also hit himself. And the air. And screamed and contorted his body and jumped up and down—all while dressed like a soccer dad after a week-long bender. Maus’ onstage delivery is somewhere between performance art, a nervous breakdown and karaoke, and the philosophizing synth whiz leaves it all on the stage, where he performs solo with his prerecorded music. British cult eccentric Nick Nicely opened the show, his face obscured by some sort of white scarf. For the first time in his life, MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was the most normal guy in the room.
Peter Murphy brought “The Ruby Tour: 40 Years Of Bauhaus” to Union Transfer on Tuesday, and he was just what Gothadelphia was craving on a cold, wet winter’s night. Joining the Gothfather’s group was his Bauhaus bandmate David J on bass, and the quartet played all of In The Flat Field (Bauhaus’ 1980 debut) plus other cult classics (“Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” “She’s In Parties,” “Kick In The Eye,” “The Passion Of Lovers”). MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski broke out his eyeliner and leather and lace and partied like it was 1979.
Sharon Van Etten just released fifth album Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar), and she’s on the road all this month supporting it. Lucky for us, her second show of the tour was in our hometown of Philadelphia. With London up-and-comer Nilüfer Yanya opening, the Brooklyn-based Van Etten and band wowed the sold-out Union Transfer crowd with a 16-song set, which included a solo cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds.” MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was there and witnessed what he says is certainly one of the best shows he’ll see this year.
Philip Glass was the artistic director and curator of the 32nd annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, featuring Stephen Colbert, Patti Smith, Nathaniel Rateliff, Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, Bernard Sumner (New Order), Angélique Kidjo, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and more. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was there to give peace a chance.
Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire issued solo debut Lionheart a year ago via Merge, and the LP featured a little help from her famous friends: Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt and more. McEntire and band end the first leg of their current tour tonight at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, N.C., with West Coast dates starting later this month. McEntire and Co. just rocked Johnny Brenda’s in Philly with the enigmatic Empty Country opening (and playing its first-ever show). MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was there, and he felt it in his bones.
On April 26, SOAK will issue sophomore album Grim Town via Rough Trade. Bridie Monds-Watson—the 22-year-old Derry, Ireland, native who is SOAK—just brought her new songs (including first single “Knock Me Off My Feet”) and her band over to the U.S. for four small-venue performances before heading back home to prepare for the LP’s release and subsequent European tour. Monds-Watson played Philly’s Boot & Saddle with Brooklyn’s Claud opening, and MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was there to soak it all in.