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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Barrish’s Top Five Concert Photographs of 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite shots of the year.

I’ve been photographing concerts for almost two years, and I started out right here at The Key. There is nothing I love more than being able to capture a moment during a concert by a musician I admire, and these are my top 5 photos from various shows I shot this year.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at River Stage at Great Plaza
Being on a Tuesday, you didn’t really know what type of show this was going to be or how many people were going to show up. The place seemed fairly empty for such a large scale when Karen O first came on stage, but it felt like bliss. Seeing a band that big on a large stage with a fairly intimate audience is special and memorable. When the paper “Y” confetti exploded onto the audience I knew that I was lucky to have had the chance to capture this show. Continue reading →

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An explosive night on the river with Yeah Yeah Yeahs (photos, review, setlist)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

On Tuesday night as Autumn fell upon us, the rockin’ NYC troupe Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a packed set at the River Stage at Penn’s Landing. Simply because it was a Tuesday night and an outdoor show, the evening ended just as the clock struck 10 p.m. But they didn’t let the early curfew stop them from playing favorites from their 2004 release Fever to Tell such as “Man” followed by an encore of “Maps” (of course) and ending with “Date with the Night”. YYY’s also performed new songs from their most recent release Mosquito that only a select few in the crowd picked up on lyrics-wise, but everyone still jumped up and down dancing and head bobbin’. Karen O ceased to to let the crowd down, entertaining while putting the microphone in her mouth…and in her pants. She emerged in her signature red fringed jacket and changing twice into her KO leather jacket and into a silver shiny overcoat. The fun didn’t stop when a cloud of paper white “Y”‘s exploded from the stage onto the audience. Check out photos from the set below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Just Announced: Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing River Stage at Penn’s Landing next month (tickets on sale Friday)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at NPR Music's SXSW showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by John Vettese

Aughties alterna-rock noisemakers Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been kicking ass on the festival circuit this summer, and as that season draws to a close, they’re heading out on a run of solo dates that brings them to River Stage at Penn’s Landing on September 17th. If the other recent appearances we caught are any indication, the show should feature giant inflatable eyeballs bouncing around the crowd, at least two costume changes from frontwoman Karen O and an outstanding performance of songs from across the band’s career, from the Master EP to this year’s Mosquito LP (heinous cover art and all). Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Below, watch the band perform at SXSW back in March via NPR Music.

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Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform new songs on Jools Holland (playing Firefly Festival June 21-24)

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Appearing in support of their respective new albums, Vampire Weekend (pictured) and Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed on Later… with Jools Holland recently.  Vampire Weekend highlighted their new Modern Vampires of the City LP with “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers,” while Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang the lead single from Mosquito called “Sacrilege.”  Both bands will be at Firefly Festival this summer, happening in Dover, DE on June 21-23.  Tickets and information can be found here

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Stream Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito via Noisey (playing Firefly Festival on June 21-23)

Photo by Dan Martensen
Photo by Dan Martensen

Indie rock artists Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a new album coming out next week, and Noisey have it streaming in full in conjunction with their new Listening Party series.  Mosquito comes four years after the Grammy Award-nominated It’s Blitz! and sees the Karen O-led trio working with James Murphey and Dave Sitek for the record’s production among others.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Firefly Music Festival presented by WXPN in Dover, DE on June 21-23.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Stream Mosquito here and watch the video for album single “Sacrilege” below.

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SXSW Dispatch: An NPR Music knockout with Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more

The NPR Music Showcase at Stubb's ( clockwise from left: Waxahatchee, Nick Cave, Cafe Tacvba, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) | Photos by John Vettese
The NPR Music Showcase at Stubb’s ( clockwise from left: Waxahatchee, Nick Cave, Cafe Tacvba, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) | Photos by John Vettese

NPR Music‘s annual showcase at Stubb’s BBQ has become a coveted ticket at South By Southwest, and last night’s bill was a knockout. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gave a stunning, electrified performance of songs from their new Push the Sky Away; Philly’s Waxahatchee played a hushed and intimate indoors set; Mexico five-piece Cafe Tacuba rallied the outdoor crowd with song and dance; and Yeah Yeah Yeahs notched the energy up even further, premiering songs from their new LP Mosquito and taking a deep-digging trip into their back catalog.

The capacity crowd was teeming with excitement for Cave, who’s an expert at constructing a mood. “We’re going to start with a rather long song,” Cave said, pointing to the dusky sky as they took the stage. “Hopefully, by the time we finish, it will be dark.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Folds Five at The Tower, James Iha at World Cafe Live, Balmorhea at Johnny Brenda’s, Los Lonely Boys at the Strand, and Chuck Prophet at the Tin Angel

Ben Folds Five will be playing at the Tower tonight after releasing their brand new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind last week. This is the first record Ben Folds Five has released in over a decade; during the band’s hiatus, Folds enjoyed a solo career in which he produced six solo LPs. According to the band, a portion of the profits from this album’s sales will be going toward Music Education and Music Therapy. The all-ages show tonight at the Tower begins at 8 PM; ticket information can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Brick,” the from 1997′s Whatever And Ever Amen. 

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