River To River Festival in NYC: No Age, Telepathe and Abe Vigoda

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On Friday night, New York City’s River to River Festival was rocking the haus at South Street Seaport with three acts: Abe Vigoda, Telepathe and No Age as the headline act.

The East Village Podcasts team got there halfway through Abe Vigoda’s act and suffice it to say, L.A.’s Abe Vigoda is probably not music you old times would expect from Abe Vigoda. Nonetheless, they jammed through their guitar-heavy tunes and entertained the crowd with music Eliot Carter could appreciate. Though the crowds were clearly waiting for No Age, Abe Vigoda put on a good show. In that one of the Abe Vigoda band members said – “wow, there are a lotta people here,” we’d imagine their trip from the Left Coast was worth it.

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Next up was Telepathe. With its roots in electronica, it appears Telepathe may have some challenges translating their music into a “live” show format. We could not help but think of Sinead O’Connor listening to this band – no, there’s no one bald in the band – the echo-y vocals recalled memories of the bonnie lass (oh Bonnie!). Sometimes, the music seemed a bit muddy, too, but through the mud there was a unique, rhythmic experimental quality which pushed EVP to purchase their 2007 EP on iTunes “Sinister Militia.”

Finally, No Age exploded on to the stage at around 8:45 p.m. and made Rush look like they have one too many band members. Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt had the crowd in dignified, South-Street-Seaport-mosh-pit mode by the end. This was our first exposure to No Age “live” and their ability to create tuneful, music from two instruments (well, four if you count the voices) was impressive. These guys are so good they have their own Wikipedia entry. Need we say more.

If you’re cheap

One more thing – this event was free-of-charge. We love a good deal at EVP, and on Friday we got one.

River To River from Above

River To River from Above


July 13th, 2008

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