UPDATE (12:05 p.m.): Sorry guys, the stream has expired. That said, we’ll be sure and keep you posted when clips from the show go live on MTV Hive.
Garbage’s highly anticipated fifth album, Not Your Kind of People, just dropped yesterday. And to celebrate its release, MTV Hive livestreamed the alt-pop foursome’s first New York City show in over seven years from Manhattan’s Webster Hall last night. Rather than standing in the back, fighting to see over those tall dudes who always seem to stand directly in front of you at concerts, you’ll be able to witness Shirley Manson in all her glory as you watch the entire Live In NYC show right here on VH1 Tuner. Be still my 1990s, post-grunge, prepubescent, beating heart! (Just remember to keep your fingers close to those Alt and Tab buttons in case your boss unexpectedly swings over…)
MTV Hive’s Live in NYC series, which has hosted You Oughta Know alums Two Door Cinema Club and others over the past few months, is graduating to the big leagues: a CMJ Music Marathon showcase. This Saturday night, a four-band show will be streaming live at MTV Hive: Walk The Moon at 7:30pm ET, Memoryhouse at 8:15, The Stepkids at 9pm and Mr. Dream at 9:50. The whole shindig will be hosted by Matt Pinfield, and attendees will also receive free tacos. (We think that last bit is just to make those of us watching from home that much more jealous.)
After the jump, watch the Stepkids’ video for “Legend In My Own Mind,” directed by Tom Scharpling and featuring Kurt Braunohler as a guy whose acceptance of a Stepkids CD-R from Wyatt Cenac sends him into a Kangol-hat dream world.
The Webster Hall mainstage may have been host to chillwave buzz band Toro y Moi last night, but for about an hour, all the excitement at the venue was downstairs in the smaller Studio at Webster Hall, as Two Door Cinema Club ripped through most of their 2010 debut Tourist History, plus a couple B-sides, for an extremely hyped audience. All night, kids?some of whom had paid to see Toro y Moi?were trying to sneak in the back door of the already-packed show.
It helped that the band sounded really, really great. We selected them as a You Oughta Know band in February based not only on the strength of their then-nascent single “What You Know,” but the deeper cuts on the album?and those really shined last night. They made the wise decision to tour with a live drummer rather than the programmed beats they created in the studio, and it made all the difference, forcing them to push their harmonies out more so as not to be drowned out, and letting the guitar riff and play more, for a really great, open sound that was still recognizably theirs. But “What You Know” was the song everyone in the building knew: it inspired an immediate, unprompted singalong. The trio (now with drummer) must be accustomed to this, as they chose to close their set with the song. Naturally, the excited crowd wouldn’t let them go without a two-song encore.
We hope you were able to tune into the livestream last night, but if not, we’ve got the setlist below the jump, and be sure to check MTV Hive in two weeks for footage of the show.
To say that Katy B‘s performance last night for MTV Hive’s livestreamed Live In NYC concert required an adjustment is somewhat of an understatement. “Usually, it’s mostly girls!” she remarked last night, surprised at the gender-breakdown of the crowd at the Studio at Webster Hall. Welcome to New York City club shows, Katy. (To be fair, her recent performances on Britain’s summer festival circuit aren’t exactly her stock in trade either. “I’m used to performing with a DJ in a proper club environment at two in the morning,” she told MTV Hive.) Whether by practice or charisma, though, she effortlessly brought her performance into harmony with the venue and crowd.
The decision to bring a five-piece backing band (keyboards, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet) plus a hypeman (who understood that in this situation, unlike most, less was more) transformed Katy B’s sound significantly. The performance didn’t exactly shy away from the snapshot-of-UK-house-music that is her album On A Mission?out April 1 in England but only yesterday in the United States, though “illegally downloaded,” as Katy B teased from onstage, by the many in the crowd who knew her songs well?but it did reposition the singer as an R&B frontwoman rather than a dance vocalist. Maybe this is better suited for American audiences, who by and large don’t latch onto the Caribbean-inflected syncopated rhythms of much of UK dance music.
Or maybe Katy B was just really into it. That was the overall impression she tried to make?trying not to sell any records (no one even bothered to set up a merch table) but just to inspire the crowd to dance and to feel her vibe?or as she instructed in the introduction to one song, “Get on my level.” And we tried our best.
If you missed the stream, MTV Hive will have at least part of the show available to view on demand on Monday. The full setlist is below the jump.
MTV Hive‘s Live in NYC series doubles up this week, with full sets streaming live from Rinse FM house diva Katy B tonight at 9:30PM EDT and from Irish indie-pop rockers (and You Oughta Know alums) Two Door Cinema Club tomorrow at 9:00PM EDT. We’ve told you all about Two Door Cinema Club; as for Katy B, she’s an up-and-coming UK vocalist who’s been working with some of London’s best house producers; (hear “Katy On A Mission” below).
After launching the series with Marina and the Diamonds on June 30 they invited us to last month’s excellent Horrors show, and we suspect that tonight’s and tomorrow’s shows will be just as good. (MTVHive sure loves bands from the British Isles, though, don’t they!) If you can tune in, we recommend it. If not, MTVHive should share both sets afterwards?though likely only for a limited time.
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The Horrors may have burst onto the UK scene in 2006 with their noisy distortion-punk single “Sheena Is A Parasite” (with a Chris Cunningham video to boot) but they’ve evolved and settled quite a bit in the intervening years. The excited fans packed into the Studio at Webster Hall for the band’s United States album release show, filmed for MTV Hive’s Live in NYC series, were expecting shambolic grooves, not frenetic yelps, and that’s what they got for eleven songs spanning just over an hour last night. The band alternated between songs from their brand-new Skying and 2009′s Primary Colours, sounding somewhere between the Psychedelic Furs and the Chameleons, but with the guitar wash (and at one point, “Be My Baby”-aping drumbeat) of Jesus and Mary Chain.
The inexactitude of live performance erased the boundaries of time that can be heard on the records; there, the band is influenced by the sometimes dour proto-shoegazers, but live, the Horrors could actually be their lost peers. When they closed their set with new song “Moving Further Away,” the appreciative audience applauded in vain for an encore until the house music came on. The whole set is streaming above and at MTVHive. Set list below: