Mogwai settle in at MHOW
The instrumental Scottish post-rock outfit planted themselves at the Music Hall of Williamsburg this week for a three-night run. While the venue was small for the once Terminal 5 headlining band, the intimacy was to set the scene for a movie they were filming throughout the run. The band explained away their wearing the same clothes each night, for the sake of consistency, but made no apologies for the ear-splitting sets each night. The smaller room created an interesting dynamic for the audience. While the band is almost impossibly loud, the sound still feels very minimalist, and the occasional chatter from the crowd proved to be surprisingly distracting despite the volume coming off the stage. Mogwai seems to have a broad range of fans, and while most of them were able to co-exist, the chatty few put a damper on an otherwise impressive run.
Jones Beach to open the Bay Stage
While new music venues in Manhattan may have hit their critical mass, the area isn't completely done yet. Live Nation will be opening a companion venue this summer to Jones Beach called the Bay Stage, which will be a massive general admission venue attached to the amphitheater. The new space will cap out at 5,000 attendees, and claims to be the largest General Admission venue in the area. While the combination of Jones Beach and a massive GA free-for-all may send a pit to the bottom of your stomach, there are plenty of bands who would fit perfectly into this type of festival atmosphere. One that comes to mind are Long Island heroes Taking Back Sunday, who will play the first ever show there in June. (via Brooklyn Vegan)
Austin City Limits Get the Last Word
Just as Coachella sets the summer festival season off each spring, Austin City Limits closes the curtain in October. The lineup was announced this week, maybe surprising some with the headline choices. The festival will have a major mid-90s college vibe to it this time around, with the lineup topped off by Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys and Ben Harper. While the rest of the lineup fills out in the more traditional "indie" sense, with Jack White's new outfit the Dead Weather, Ghostland Observatory, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, The Arctic Monkeys and many more, it will nonetheless be identified by its headliners. While this will surely help with tickets sales, it may also help uncover the secret fact that most of today’s older festival goers were listening to those bands 10-15 years ago anyway, whether they'd like to admit it or not.