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An Eclectic Craig David Dance Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg

January 20th, 2017

Craig David Presents TS5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 19, 2017

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It was the summer of 2000 and I was gallivanting in Copenhagen as an exchange student. What I distinctly remember was the insane amount of the Europop that year, and a unique voice, Craig David’s, rang out amongst those omnipresent groups. His blend of R&B mixed with dubstep anchored his first album, Born to Do It. He never fully translated in America to my dismay, but David sold out the Brooklyn debut of his TS5 party at Rough Trade NYC last October. TS5 began as a house party in his penthouse in Miami, Tower Suite 5, and it’s no surprise that it has blown up into a hot ticket. His beginnings on the decks to his top-charting songs set up David as the perfect hybrid of MC and singer.

Commanding a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, David opened with oldies “Rewind” and “Fill Me In.” His hybrid skills were on full display as he seamlessly moved from his ballad “Walking Away” to TLC’s “No Scrubs.” David continued, proclaiming, “We getting rotten,” before dropping a series of old school anthems ranging from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote.” He moved everyone in the packed venue through decades of popular music daring to follow Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” with Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

The latter end of the set produced tracks largely from David’s latest release, Following My Intuition, including the Dave Tozer–produced “Warm It Up,” first single “One More Time,” and the Blonde collaboration, “Nothing Like This.” David expressed his gratitude to fans who have followed him for 16 years, rolling it back one more time for “7 days” before concluding the evening with a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and his viral hit “Fill Me In/Where Are Ü Now,” a mashup of his classic blended with Diplo and Skrillex’s knotted beats. —Sharlene Chiu

 

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Cherry Glazerr – The Bowery Ballroom – January 18, 2017

January 19th, 2017

Cherry Glazerr - The Bowery Ballroom - January 18, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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A Music Benefit for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 18, 2017

January 19th, 2017

Sharon Van Etten - Music Hall of Williamsburg - January 18, 2017

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.com

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Two Chances to Catch Palmistry Live in New York City

January 18th, 2017

South London vocalist-producer Benjy Keating has been doing his own bedroom-pop take on dancehall, deftly mixing ambient synths, contemporary Caribbean rhythms and melancholic lyrics with grime and R&B as Palmistry for several years now. And following the release of a few EPs and mixtapes, his debut full-length, Pagan (stream it below), came out last year to rave reviews. “These are performative anthems, which use the sonic and effective history of their sounds to construct towering emotional peaks,” according to Tiny Mix Tapes. “It is essential inasmuch as it succeeds in touching on something inherent, drawing from a preconscious set of sounds to create music that is as striking as it is affecting.” Currently on an East Coast swing, Palmistry (above, his official video for “Club Aso”) plays Rough Trade NYC tonight and Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Singer-songwriter Kahli Abdu opens both shows.

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Mild High Club Bring Hazy, Good Times to Rough Trade NYC

January 17th, 2017

Mild High Club – Rough Trade NYC – January 14, 2016

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The band name Mild High Club might resemble something you could find searching for #fakejambands on Twitter, but it turns out to be an apt title for Alex Brettin’s L.A.-based slack-rockers. Their show at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night got rolling with a palette-priming set from Brooklyn’s Pavo Pavo. Filled with arty permutations of synth, guitars and bass, they got the sold-out crowd moving with songs off their newest album, Young Narrator in the Breakers, and featured a few new songs for the last time live before bringing them into the studio.

Mild High Club kicked off their set featuring double twelve-string guitars, one of which Brettin said was brand new. The resulting dreamworld created by those guitars defined the show’s sound. Playing mostly songs off their 2016 Skiptracing album, like “Homage” and “Tesselation,” the band defined a music space evocative of the hazy feeling between a waking stupor and full-fledged REM sleep, a buzz not too extreme in either direction.

The slack-psych kept the audience spellbound, often crossing over into an almost smoke-filled jazz-club feel on “Head Out” or the bossa nova underpinnings of the album’s title track. Many of the songs oozed short-lived instrumental outros, floating dust motes of lingering melodies, ethereal and engaging and then fading to nothing. The set maintained the laid-back vibe of a cozy couch sit for a solid hour and then Brettin muttered, that mild buzz reaching its natural end, “I guess that’s it.”—A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Craig David Presents TS5 on 1/19

January 17th, 2017

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International chart-topper Craig David returns to New York City this week with his traveling dance party for Craig David Presents TS5 on Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show sold out almost immediately, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go and don’t have any of your own? No worries. Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Craig David Presents TS5) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go for free. Eddie Bruiser, who’s in a charitable mood, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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The Ludlow Thieves – January 13, 2017 – The Bowery Ballroom

January 17th, 2017

The Ludlow Thieves - January 13, 2017 - The Bowery Ballroom

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

January 16th, 2017

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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We Are Scientists – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 12, 2017

January 13th, 2017

We Are Scientists - Music Hall of Williamsburg - January 12, 2017

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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One OK Rock Celebrate New Album Sunday Night at Terminal 5

January 13th, 2017

Influenced by bands like Blink-182, Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte and Japanese punk-rockers Ellegarden, the post-hardcore group One OK Rock formed more than 10 years ago in Tokyo when Takahiro Moriuchi (vocals), Toru Yamashita (guitar and vocals) and Ryota Kohama (bass and vocals) were still in high school. (The name comes from the time the band would practice.) Tomoya Kanki (drums) joined a year later, and then their debut full-length, Zeitakubyō (stream it below), arrived in 2007 with an accompanying nationwide tour of Japan. Since then, One OK Rock (above, performing “Mighty Long Fall”) have remained busy, steadily touring—playing stadiums in Japan and South America and crisscrossing the U.S. on 2014’s Vans Warped Tour—and recording. Their eighth studio long-player, Ambitions (stream it below), filled with soaring hooks and catchy melodies, comes out today on Fueled by Ramen. Don’t miss them on Sunday night at Terminal 5. Philly trio Cruisr open the show.

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Bobby Long Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday

January 12th, 2017

Bobby Long grew up outside Manchester, England, with a deep interest in folk, country, Americana and acoustic rock. He began playing local clubs while in school in London, and before graduating, Long (above, doing an acoustic rendition of “Worry About That Now”) had a song, “Let Me Sign,” appear on the Twilight soundtrack. Once out of college, he jumped into music full-time, performing across the U.S. thanks to people knowing his name because of Twilight. After self-releasing several albums, A Winter’s Tale (stream it below)—about which Exclaim! exclaimed, “Listen to this voice. Let its soul seep into your soul. It’s time well spent”—arrived on ATO Records in 2011. Wishbone (stream it below) followed two years later. “It is a bracing, refreshing next step, and easily his strongest offering to date,” according to AllMusic. “In terms of delivering on focus and creativity, Long succeeds in spades.” Since then, the singer-songwriter moved to New York City and signed with Compass Records, which released 2015’s Ode to Thinking (stream it below). “This record deserves to be heard and should be recognized for its sincerity and successful folk simplicity,” said PopMatters. “Bobby Long is the kind of artist people root for, he’s candid, gracious and unobtrusive.” See him play the early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night. Local singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro opens.

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Celebrating David Bowie – Terminal 5 – January 10, 2017

January 11th, 2017

Celebrating David Bowie - Terminal 5 - January 10, 2017

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Frankie Ballard Brings Country Music to The Bowery Ballroom

January 11th, 2017

Frankie Ballard didn’t get his first guitar until he was 18, which is pretty surprising considering how accomplished of a guitarist he’s since become—although the country-pop singer-singer-songwriter is just as well-known for his gritty vocals as his guitar prowess. Ballard (above, doing “It All Started with a Beer” for Live at the Grand Ole Opry) began to make a name for himself with vibrant live sets opening for the likes of Bob Seger, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line. But he’s also released some impressive recorded material. A self-titled debut (stream it below) arrived in 2011, followed by Sunshine & Whiskey (stream it below), which Rolling Stone called “required listening,” three years later. Ballard returned last year with another full-length, El Rio (stream it below), and again Rolling Stone weighed in: “Frankie Ballard’s third album packs plenty of country-rock punch, with lyrics that reference Guns N’ Roses and songs that evoke the rootsy sweep of the American heartland.” Don’t miss him tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. The Last Bandoleros open the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Holy Ghost! and Classixx on 1/14

January 10th, 2017

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Like-minded duos from opposite coasts—Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost! and L.A.’s Classixx—are teaming up to take on Music Hall of Williamsburg this weekend. Although tickets still remain to see them on Sunday, Saturday’s show is already sold out. So if you still want to go, try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Holy Ghost!/Classix, 1/14) and a brief message explaining your best clean-living suggestion for how to make January better. Eddie Bruiser, who’s currently cleansing just about everything from his system, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Big Thief Play Sold-Out Hometown Show at The Bowery Ballroom

January 9th, 2017

Big Thief – The Bowery Ballroom – January 7, 2017

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With the release of their well-received first album, Masterpiece, last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief had a big 2016. On Saturday night, the band played a hometown show at The Bowery Ballroom, treating the sold-out crowd to well-loved songs from their debut as well as new material from a second record that Big Thief frontwoman Adrianne Lenker said is “close.” In a word, Big Thief’s music might best be described as emotional—Lenker channels a great deal of feeling through her evocative voice, ranging from sweet and delicate to plaintive to a near-shout or wail. Songs like Masterpiece’s “Real Love” and “Parallels” each illustrated this emotional landscape, with moments of sadness, anger and yearning simmering beneath Lenker’s voice and lyrics. The new material lingered in the same satisfying emotional sweet spots.

Big Thief also treated the crowd to a performance from special guest Sharon Van Etten, who knows a thing or two about emotional melodies herself, and who joined to sing on some of the new material, beautifully weaving her voice around Lenker’s. At various moments throughout the show, Lenker poked fun at her own guitar-tuning perfectionism, taking short pauses between some songs to ensure she had it just right. But despite her self-awareness, this attention to detail served Big Thief well: Their warm, spare instrumentation, the vivid lyrics and the conviction behind each verse and chorus are what have drawn admirers to them, and why the new album on the horizon stands to resonate with fans once again. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK