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In May Parquet Courts returned with new album Wide Awake! via Rough Trade Records and it’s unsurprisingly yet another fantastic album from the band who are proving to be one of the most reliable bands of this decade. They took part in this year’s Northside Festival in unique fashion dubbing their three shows over the weekend with the marquee of “Land, Sea, and Air.” The land show was at Public Arts, the sea show was on the Liberty Belle Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat, while the air show took place on Elsewhere’s Rooftop space.

We caught the show out at sea on the Liberty Belle on Sunday, June 10 and what an experience this was. Following a performance by Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia, Parquet Courts emerged to bring the rock party to the sea. It didn’t take long for the crowd to turn up the notch on rowdiness with full out moshing taking place by the time they kicked into the new album’s first single “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience.” The band sounded as tight as ever, finding some new avenues along the way with the new direction found on bouncy, and almost danceable cuts such as title track, “Wide Awake.” With plenty of the band’s trademark humor including situational bits about possible mutiny from the crowd, this was every bit as wild of a party as one would expect from a Parquet Courts show on a freaking boat.

Find the full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from both Parquet Courts and Hailu Mergia.

Hailu Mergia:

Parquet Courts:

Parquet Courts Setlist:

1. Total Football
2. Dust
3. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
4. Freebird II
5. Before the Water Gets Too High
6. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World @Cover[d6ed7887-a401-47a8-893c-34b967444d26]
7. Dear Ramona
8. Master of My Craft
9. Borrowed Time
10. Wide Awake
11. Psycho Structures
12. Back to Earth
13. Normalization
14. Outside
15. NYC Observation
16. Extinction
17. Mardi Gras Beads
18. One Man No City
19. Light Up Gold II

Parquet Courts at Market Hotel (August 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2016


On the unbelievably hot day that was August 13, Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts sold out Market Hotel, another local stop in support of this year’s terrific Human Performance (released via Rough Trade Records).

This was a slightly more intimate performance than when I saw them earlier this year at Webster Hall, and it resulted in a much more compact performance from the group, who always offer a different setlist and feel no matter how many times you see them (and my count keeps growing).

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos of Parquet Courts, as well as Detroit punk rockers Decisions and Brooklyn natives Jordonna, who both opened.
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Parquet Courts at Webster Hall (May 20, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2016 — with 1 comment


On May 20 Parquet Courts headlined Webster Hall in support of their typically well received new album Human Performance, their first full-length album with Rough Trade Records.

The band was chatty and full of banter in between songs, the liveliest I’ve seen them at a show. Musically, they delivered a fiery performance, one that really took shape once the the one-two punch of “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” kicked in and the front of the crowd morphed into a sweaty mosh pit that rarely let up.

Find some shots of their performance along with Brooklyn rockers, and Captured Tracks signees, B Boys, who opened the show.
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Parquet Courts

It was just last December that Parquet Courts played to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall. The hard-working band have no plans of stopping, playing the much more intimate Palisades next Monday night (as well as Tuesday). All this after non-stop touring last year, after releasing two albums: Sunbathing Animal + Content Nausea.

Both shows are of course sold out, but keep an eye on the ticket page in case they release more. There’s always secondary markets as well. Chances to see the local rockers play such tiny spaces are probably going to become a rarer thing, so if you can find your way out to one of the shows, I’d definitely recommend making the move. They never disappoint.

In January they stopped by Letterman to play “Bodies Made Of.” Find that posted after the jump.
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Parquet Courts - Black And White - Music Video

It’s only appropriate that Parquet Courts have released a black and white video for “Black and White” the stunning punk-anthem off their new album Sunbathing Animal, which was released today via What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop.

The video was co-directed by the band’s Austin Brown along with Johann Rashid. It was shot in Bed Stuy, home of frontman Andrew Savage. The video was inspired by the experimental films of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and meant to “represent the depth and complexity of the personal stories which exist in a simple city stroll.”

Watch it below.
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Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly

By Will Oliver, May 20th 2014


Parquet Courts new album Sunbathing Animal is out soon (June 6 viaWhat’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop).

We already heard two tracks from the album: the title track and “Black and White.” Now they’ve hit back with yet another, a song called “Instant Disassembly.” It’s a rather mellow effort from them, but it still works its charm amply throughout its seven minute run-time.

Enjoy it below.
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Parquet Courts Seth Myers

Last week Parquet Courts stopped by Late Night With Seth Myers to play new track “Black and White” which is off their upcoming album Sunbathing Animal (hear the title track here).

I heard them play the track earlier this year when they played at The Acheron in Brooklyn and it sounded just as fierce as it does on the Myers performance, only they have Fred Armisen (Myers bandleader) help out on guitar towards the end, which was very cool.

Watch the performance below.
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