Say Goodbye to 2009: Looking Back at the Year in Concerts


We’re closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. In the meantime, please join SOTC and our house photographer Rebecca Smeyne in looking back at the year in concerts, from last year’s Crown Heights Stupid Party end-of-2008 blowout to the These Are Powers shows that popped off just weeks ago in the now defunct basement of a certain famous rap mogul. Enjoy. We’ll see you in the new year.

Stupid Party in Crown Heights

You went to a stupid party on New Year’s Eve; we photographed Stupid Party in Crown Heights. It involved Screaming Females and a lot of papier mache.

Hey Willpower at Death by Audio

Hey Willpower graced Death By Audio with their decolletage, dance routines and a rabbit head. Below, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig stops by and demonstrates his indie cred.

Dan Deacon and These Are Powers at Brooklyn Vs Baltimore Blowout

Promoter Todd P hosted a massive Brooklyn vs. Baltimore warehouse show, headlined by Dan Deacon (BL) and These Are Powers (NY).

Spank Rock and Japanther at Bodega

2009 saw the shuttering of some briefly infamous DIY venues, none of which were ever legal in the first place. One of them was Bushwick’s Bodega, where Spank Rock stopped by for a secret show with Ninjasonik and Japanther.

The Shank

Another ill-fated spot was the afterhours spot the Shank, located on McCarren park. The venue played host to a number of illegal ragers, such as this one with Valient Thorr and Acid Tiger and, below, this Bikes in the Kitchen party, with Juiceboxxx, Cerebral Ballzy, and Wild Yaks.

Jimmy Eat World Reprise Clarity at Terminal 5

Jimmy Eat World played a special show at Terminal 5 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their emo classic, Clarity.

Les Savy Fav Pajama Party at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Les Savy Fav hosted a pajama party. Above: Tim Harrington helps a fan clear out those pores.

South by Southwest

South by Southwest was the usual clusterfuck. Highlights included Myopenbar’s Four Square Punk party (ed: thrown by, ahem, Rebecca Smeyne), the massive Fader Complex, and Todd P’s event at Ms. Bea’s.

The Gleeful, Disarming Dissonance of Micachu & the Shapes

Michachu and the Shapes were all the buzz in early Spring.

The Psychedelic Lunacy and High Production Values of Of Montreal

Of Montreal played a series of three sold-out shows at the Music hall of Williamsburg.

Fischerspooner Rehearsal at the Performing Garage

Performance troupe Fischerspooner made a comeback in 2009, starting with a series of open dress rehearsals at the Wooster Group.

USAISAMONSTER’s “Last Show Ever”

USAisamonster played their last show ever at the Market Hotel, with opener Awesome Color. USAisamonster alums are now busy with new bands, such as Silk Flowers and CSC Funk Band.

Monotonix’s Sleaze-Rock Acrobatics

Israeli cock-rockers Monotonix came to town in May, shortly before playing the Voice’s Siren Festival in July.


Hillstock was a permit-less backyard-and-rooftop festival organized by Eric Williams and the Showpaper kids. There was one hitch– Eric’s landlord magically discovered, thanks to a New York Times nabe-blog post, that his property was about to be transformed into a venue.

L Magazine’s Northside Festival

The L Magazine‘s Northside festival took over Williamsburg’s venues for a few days in June. A minor controversy ensued when one of the more anticipated shows didn’t accept Northside badges.

Todd P’s Unamplified Acoustic BBQ at Fort Tilden Beach

Todd P threw an acoustic DIY-fest at Ft. Tilden beach.

Matt and Kim

Brooklyn locals Matt and Kim had a huge year, first running naked through Times Square, and then winning an MTV VMA Award for it.

Das Racist, the Geniuses Behind “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”

Voice music editor Rob Harvilla conducted the most meta-interview of all-time with Das Racist.

Queens Unisphere Round Robin with Aa, the Eskalators, Pterodactyl, and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Sleep When Dead organized an event with the bands Aa, Pterodactyl, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, and Eskaltors that commenced on a Times Square subway platform, continued on the 7 train, and made its way to the Unisphere at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

The Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival

The Woodsist label and Todd P threw a July 4th shindig under the JMZ train in a vacant Bushwick lot. Bands included Woods, the Vivian Girls, Kurt Vile, the Oh-sees, and new Sub-Pop signees the Dum Dum Girls.

The Pool Parties

Despite the closing of the McCarren Park Pool venue, the Jelly Pool Parties returned with a killer lineup. Even Jay Z and Beyonce stopped by to see what the fuss was all about.

All Points West Festival

The All Points West Festival returned to New Jersey for a mostly rain-soaked weekend. Headliner Jay-Z warmed up even the most drenched concertgoers.

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae at Governors Island Beach

In late summer, a new venue opened on a fake sand beach on Governor’s island. Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae were among the artists who inaugurated the spot.

The Maze at Death by Audio

Some artists built a maze at Death By Audio, and some bands played in it.

All Tomorrow’s Parties, New York

England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival took over Kutscher’s Country Club in the Catskills for a three-day dream lineup, curated by the Flaming Lips. One of many highlights was the comeback of the Jesus Lizard, as well as the Boredoms playing in the round.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

In September, the YYYs played at Radio City Music Hall for thousands of fans, but they also played an intimate show for a few hundred at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

CMJ 2009

CMJ happened again, and Zach Baron wondered why.

That Vice 15th Anniversary/Halloween Party with Jesus Lizard and Bad Brains

Vice threw a $250k 15th Anniversary party on Halloween with the Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, and Titus Andronicus. There were some, uh, issues, with security.

The Harrowing Story of Weezer’s New York State Bus Crash, Tour Cancellation

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer was hospitalized following a bus accident shortly after this photo was taken.

The Mummies

Garage rockers the Mummies came to town for a rare show.

The Dame Dash DIY Hideout Under 100

We blew Dame Dash’s spot. More about that here.

No Age Above the Auto Parts Store

No Age played a new Todd P venue, known simply as the garage “Above the Auto Parts Store”

Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail”

Rhys Chatham conducted a 200 guitar orchestra outside Lincoln Center, followed by a Liquid Liquid set.

Rise and Fall of Nathan Williams

Wavves had both a good year and a bad one.

ABC No Rio lives on

ABC No Rio’s matinee punk shows are still going strong after all these years, and after the venue received an anonymous one million dollar check for Thanksgiving, hopefully we can expect many more years of the above. Happy 2009! Or is it 2010?

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