After a sold out Will Butler show at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night, fans were in a fever for his Saturday night set at the much more intimate Baby’s All Right, made even edgier by a slight delay, as there was another late afternoon show already scheduled at the Brooklyn club. Doors for the Arcade Fire leader’s show finally opened around 8:30.
Brooklyn-based quartet TEEN soon calmed the crowd’s mood as they got on quickly and warmed things up with their multi-layered, synthy alt-rock stuff. They played much of their last album on Carpark, The Way And Color.
Butler then finally appeared wearing a black tuxedo and with three female back-up singers in tow, one of which was his wife’s sister, Julie Shore. The ladies finagled various keyboards while Miles Arntzen from Antibalas drove everything from behind the drums. Butler played a cover of the Violent Femmes’ classic, American Music, along with Madonna Can’t Save Me Now, You Most Be Kidding, Surrender, Take My Side and more from his debut solo LP, Policy, out this week on Merge. The set got the whole packed house dancing, even James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem.
Photos by Adela Loconte