Photos: Titus Andronicus, Parts & Labor, Babies, and Cloud Nothings at Bowery Ballroom

Patrick Stickles should be a very happy man today.  Last night’s Bowery Ballroom show is proof that sometimes good things happen to people who deserve them.  Playing to a sold out house, Titus Andronicus was in the best form I’d seen them in over a year.  Minus a few too-bro-y-for-me guitar players, plus a new guitarist/violinist and plus a delightfully dorky keyboardist/guitar player (of whom I regretfully did not manage to take any postable photos), the band actually gave off the literary cool feeling that their music evokes for me.  Now that Stickles has seemed to gather a stellar band of followers, the music was grand, unstoppable, and fun.  Seeing them live, I now fully understand how incredibly appropriate the Civil War is as a loose theme for the band.  Epic, senseless, brother against brother, fighting to the death, deadly serious and historical.  There’s a certain gravity to that particular war that the band has articulated well.  Stickles, clearly a very intelligent guy, seems to care deeply about what he says in his songs.  That thoughtfulness matched with the almost-80s grand, soaring guitar solos lend their performance the air of marching into battle, prepared to die for a cause- and gloriously so.  Titus Andronicus turns “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” into a modern day anthem, reminding us that we still have to fight the good fight.

Babies were just about the same as always: New York style cool with great riffs and perfectly laid-back vocals.  I did not care for Parts & Labor.  The threesome had good energy, but all of their songs fell a little short for me.  Cloud Nothings played an excellent set, surprisingly confident and tight for a band that’s only played in New York something like two times before.  I’ll be seeing them again this week, so I’ll write more about them then.  For now, photos, MP3 below, and reveling in the success that this upcoming tour is sure to bring for one of the best bands out there.

Cloud Nothings:


Parts & Labor:

Titus Andronicus:

MP3: “Titus Andronicus Forever” – Titus Andronicus

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6 Responses to Photos: Titus Andronicus, Parts & Labor, Babies, and Cloud Nothings at Bowery Ballroom

  1. Brad says:

    Hey, you took a picture of me and 3 of my friends last night. We were all wearing titus andronicus shirts. Could you possibly email that photo to me? My email is thanks!
    great photos by the way!

  2. New York Rock Market says:

    hi! glad you found the blog. i’d love to send you the photo, but it didn’t really come out. the lens on my camera was more for taking photos of bands that are far away and lit than people close up in the dark, so it’s just sort of blurry and black. but it was nice to meet you guys!

  3. Brad says:

    Could you possibly send me it anyway? I don’t mind dark and blurry photos haha

  4. Lose the beards, shitbags.

  5. Ben says:

    Awesome photos, great seeing you at the concert this weekend!

  6. Mr. Charles Decker says:

    Nah, Parts and Labor were good.