Saturday, April 16, 2011

Grandchildren & O'Death

Last night I caught another brilliant Grandchildren performance. I think I've seen these guys 16 times now; each more exhilarating and breathtaking than the last. Last night's show was at the Brooklyn Knitting Factory (my first time there, since it moved from Manhattan), but I've also caught Grandchildren in NYC at Cameo Gallery, Mercury Lounge, Blvd. (for a BRM event), Le Poisson Rouge, Pianos (3 week residency), Public Assembly, and Death by Audio; in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie and Johnny Brenda's; and in Austin at Club Primo, Club 1808, Beauty Bar, and the Green Owl Ranch. Obviously, I'm not sick of them yet ;)

These guys are touring pros, and they're opening for Peter Bjorn and John at the TLA in Philly on May 1st, and opening for Man Man in Virgina and North Carolina. A few months ago, they also performed an acoustic set for Big Ugly Yellow Couch, which is "an acoustic video session series run out of the Brooklyn apartment of writer Carlye Wisel and photographer/videographer Donald Rasmussen...stemming from the idea that phenomenal music can be stripped down to its core and remain just as impressive." Grandchildren graced that ugly couch and transformed their wild songs into something achingly beautiful. 

Last night, Grandchildren opened up for O'Death: an eclectic Brooklyn-based rock band combining folk, bluegrass, metal and punk with some Middle Eastern vibes to form mosh-happy songs. They played to a sold-out crowd of adoring fans who bounced around gleefully, threw up their hands, sang along, and requested an encore, even after a raucous finale of "Down to Rest," which also featured Grandchildren's Tris Palazzolo on trombone. They are touring in support of a brand new album called Outside (not to be confused with David Bowie's album outside...gotta love that one). Here's an older music video of theirs, directed by Benjamin Zeitlin.

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