Titus Andronicus, Ducktails, Juan Wauters at RiverRocks, 8 August 2013, NYC

RiverRocks Pier 84 final show of the season ended on a miraculously dry day.  Rain poured for a bit, but dried up by the time opener Juan Wauters started.

Simple and melodic, with a bit of bossa nova influence, and lots of interesting stage props set the stage for this leader of Queens’ The Beets.

Juan Wauters

Up next was Ducktails from Ridgewood, New Jersey.  If you like that watery, melodic guitar sound, you’ll like them alot.


Titus Andronicus headlined for the night and the kids went crazy for them.  The band’s ability to combine deprecating  lyrics of being a loser or your life being over with catchy melodies is what makes them so likeable and relatable to their young audience.

Titus Andronicus

It was a night of many events, as a clean-shaven Patrick Stickles announced it was his fathers’s 65th birthday that night.  Stickles relayed stories of how his father used the “antiquated social network” Myspace (remember Friendster?) to listen to that “Icarus song” aka Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.

Another event included the departure of guitarist Liam Betson who is moving to Canada for love.  Ahhhh….  Stickles joked around with Liam telling him he could now have his own website, liambetson.ca.  Betson then responded back with the fact that at least he would be getting free healthcare.  Touche.

Titus Andronicus


Here’s the photo gallery and a quick video sample of the bands from last night.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard the words “you will always be a loser” sound as pretty as it did last night.

Photos/Video: 2013 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.


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