José A. Alvarado Jr.

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Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for Brooklyn Vegan: Glassjaw celebrated 30 years with career-spanning Brooklyn shows
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jan 5, 2024
Location: New York, New York
Summary
Glassjaw celebrated 30 years of making things in 2023 with a new vinyl box set and book and some very select shows that went down in late December. Two of those shows happened at Brooklyn venue Warsaw on December 29 & 30, with thoughtcrimes opening night one and This Is Hell opening night two.
Glassjaw celebrated 30 years of making things in 2023 with a new vinyl box set and book and some very select shows that went down in late December. Two of those shows happened at Brooklyn venue Warsaw on December 29 & 30, with thoughtcrimes opening night one and This Is Hell opening night two.

The setlists at these shows celebrated the same releases as the new box set, in reverse chronological order. They opened with a portion of 2017's Material Control, then did songs from 2011's Coloring Book & Our Color Green EPs, then a big chunk of Worship & Tribute, and--after an intermission--wrapped up with a big chunk of Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence. Longtime members Daryl Palumbo and Justin Beck are currently joined by drummer Chad Hasty (who's been in the band since 2015) and touring bassist Cody Hosza (who's also in thoughtcrimes with The Dillinger Escape Plan's Billy Rymer who played drums on Glassjaw's Material Control), and they were as intense as ever. Daryl didn't even say a word until about a third of the way through the set, when he marveled at the fact that the band has been doing this for so long, and that the members have kids now, who he dedicated the next song to, and then they got right back to letting the music speak for itself. The "newer" material still stands tall next to the classics, but building up to all the 20+ year-old fan faves made for a climactic set that really exploded in the second half. Both shows had quickly sold out and were packed, and they were a reminder that--30 years in--Glassjaw still have something to say.

It's been a great time for Long Island hardcore -- from these Glassjaw shows to the recent Silent Majority / Mind Over Matter / etc show to the current scene with torch-carriers like Koyo (whose new album features Daryl), and more (many of whom were spotted in the Glassjaw crowds) -- and night two opener This is Hell was an added bonus along this theme. The LIHC band is celebrating their own 20th anniversary, and played a heavy and moshable set complete with Long Island-themed stage banter between songs (and some appreciation of the headliners who also inspired them 20 years ago).

Photographed for Brooklyn Vegan, with words by ​Andrew Sacher​​​
Glassjaw celebrated 30 years with career-spanning Brooklyn shows (pics, review)
Glassjaw were as intense as ever as they celebrated their various eras in reverse chronological order.
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