Pioneers of alternative rock and trailblazers of galvanic bass, the members of Jane's Addiction proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with at their August 17 concert at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Touring the country in support of its fifth studio album, The Great Escape Artist, Perry Farrell's art-rock crew jammed arena-anthem hard—not mellow-outdoor-stage soft. The ominous black clouds overlooking the East River mirrored lead guitarist Dave Navarro's color palette as he made his characteristic rock-star entrance, slinking onstage covered by a hat, tatts and not much else. Parading around like young bucks playing their first Lollapalooza show in 1991, Jane's got the sparks flying with this year's single "Underground" as Farrell howled, "I'm a hustler, hustler / I'll never give up the underground," and continued into the familiar "Mountain Song." Welcoming the rambunctious crowd and riotous applause during the 15-song set, Farrell added, "I'm glad you like us. Thank you, Brooklyn. I find Brooklyn irresistible," and, fittingly, the band followed with "Irresistible Force." Rowdy South African art-ravers Die Antwoord opened for the L.A. rockers with songs from their new LP, Ten$ion, and TONY photographer Taso Hountas captured the set.
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