On Saturday night in New York City, STS9 with opener Elliot Lipp, sold out and the legendary Roseland Ballroom on 4/20. STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) is considered one of the original livetronica bands, with a sound that is greatly influenced by hip-hop, jazz, funk, and electronic music. Elliot Lipp did a fantastic job getting everyone ready for the main act. STS9 hit the stage for a great first set (with a horn section!), taking on some of their classics to the delight of many veteran fans. This included “Shock Doctrine” and “Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist”; two of the more popular songs from their Peaceblaster album.

Set two featured some of the newer stuff the band has been working on. Their work continues to get more electronic based, but it still brings the fire and is really working for them in a big way that is sure to build their popularity in the circuit. The treat of the night that no one could stop talking about was the great cover of 2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra), a song made famous in the jam circuit by Phish. From this point on the crowd was in full rage ready to see what Sound Tribe could break out next. Though the show ended on the early side, it is great to see them playing well and really getting in the groove.

Having seen STS9 at Best Buy Theater back in November and now at Roseland Ballroom, there was a huge disparity between the two nights. Not sure if the bass was turned up or it was the lovely live brass instruments that synched so well but STS9 rocked the house!

If you missed out, then be sure to catch STS9 touring at festivals like: Summer Camp Festival, Wakarusa Festival, Moonrise Festival, Camp Bisco + more!

To buy the entire set list for 4/20/2013 Roseland Ballroom show please visit: https://digital.1320records.com/search/release.php?release_id=1109

Video of STS9 – 2001 – :

STS9 – Live From Roseland – Pharaoh’s Tomb


Shock Doctrine*
Blu Mood
Hidden Hand
Hidden Fist


Golden Gate
Awesome feat. Cool Kids (STS9 remix)
The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature
2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra)*
F. Word*
When The Dust Settles


Galactic Earth ZoomKing Pharaoh’s Tomb*
Inspire Strikes Back

Notes: * with horns

Jeffrey Moskovic