photos by Amanda Hatfield , words by Andrew Frisicano The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana ). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing [...]
Last night indie favs paid tribute to Nirvana, Minor Threat, The Replacements, and Fugazi! Watch the videos.
It's ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY '80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life , which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind . Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band , this year has been a sort of meta-reflection: between a panel at SXSW, and last night's show at Bowery Ballroom, 2011 has seen a few organized moments of the present "indie" culture celebrating and reflecting on how the blueprint Michael [...]
St. Vincent, Titus Andronicus, tUnE-YaRdS, Dan Deacon, and Ted Leo were among the acts gathered at Bowery Ballroom in New York last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Michael Azerrad's 2001 book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 . The aforementioned spent the evening covering indie rock pioneers like Nirvana, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, and Minor Threat. According to Fucking Nostalgic , Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington also made guest appearances. NPR [...]