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Catch Up with Old Crow Medicine Show on Monday at Brooklyn Steel

August 18th, 2017

As purveyors of old-timey music, for nearly 20 years, Old Crow Medicine Show—Ketch Secor (fiddle, harmonica, banjo, guitar, mandolin and vocals), Critter Fuqua (banjo, guitars, accordion and vocals), Kevin Hayes (guitjo and vocals), Morgan Jahnig (bass and vocals), Chance McCoy (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals) and Cory Younts (mandolin, drums, keys, harmonica and vocals)—have been spinning “traditional folk and bluegrass yarns with a rock and roll attitude,” according to AllMusic. They’re known for their fiery, energetic live performances and have released five studio albums, including 2014’s Remedy (stream it below), which the Guardian noted for its “impressive Americana with raw energy and classy musicianship.” Earlier this year, Old Crow Medicine Show (above, covering “Just Like a Woman”) released a live recording of Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, appropriately titled 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (stream it below). And now in mid-tour form, they play Brooklyn Steel on Monday night. Joshua Hedley opens the show.

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Courtesy Tier Put On a Commanding Show at Rough Trade NYC

August 17th, 2017

Courtesy Tier – Rough Trade NYC – August 16, 2017

(Photo: Daniel Cavazos)

How best to describe Brooklyn trio Courtesy Tier? Blues-adelic is probably a good place to start: These guys work up a woozy, potent racket that can veer Hendrix-ian or Zeppelin-esque and get plenty gnarly—but always in service of sturdy melodies. That they’ve been compared to bands like Meat Puppets, Morphine and Chris Whitley in his Rocket House era isn’t so much that they resemble any of them as much as they similarly put a bit of mess into familiar sounds, making them an acquired taste that, once acquired, feels eminently immediate, alive and embraceable.

Courtesy Tier have been kind of a shape-shifter, growing into what they’re supposed to be. Guitarist-ead vocalist Omer Leibovitz and drummer Layton Weedeman have been the guts of the band for about eight years, and in that time they’ve expanded to as many as six players and collapsed back down to a duo on more than one occasion. The lineup’s seemed to be fluid, but last year, Courtesy Tier settled into their current identity as a three-piece, with bassist Alex Picca aboard as a permanent third member. Out of that chrysalis came their first full-length album, the superb Everyone’s OK, much of which was the focus of their headlining spot last night at Rough Trade NYC.

Courtesy Tier played a commanding show, this night deftly organized around standouts like “Childish Blues,” with its slovenly, ’70s-blues-rock-meets-Nirvana vibe, “Cold,” more of a roiling rock and roller that builds to a shattering metallic guitar climax, and “When You Were Young,” an eased-into but still spiky groove more reminiscent of the pre-pop Black Keys. Courtesy Tier had new songs too, including a cover of Can’s “Vitamin C,” which wrapped a stabbing refrain of “You’re losing/ You’re losing/ You’re losing/ You’re losing/ Your vitamin C” in scuffed pop. It was another reminder that, at the intersection of guitar-heavy power-trio blues and a number of other potential jumping off points, they’re really on to something, without being too fussy about what to call it. It’s Brooklyn-y, in a good way, and perfect for these jittery times. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson

 

 

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Maggie Rogers – Brooklyn Steel – August 16, 2017

August 17th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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El Ten Eleven and Emile Mosseri Move Rough Trade NYC Audience

August 16th, 2017

El Ten Eleven Featuring Emile Mosseri – Rough Trade NYC – August 15, 2017


El Ten Eleven are an instrumental band in the truest sense of the word. The two—Kristian Dunn on basses and guitar, Tim Fogarty on drums—bend their instruments to their will, pushing them to their limits with electronics and other implements. That’s what they did for the first half of their show at Rough Trade NYC lst night. Playing a range of fan favorites from across their 10-plus years of releases as well as some too-new-to-have-names songs, the duo was in fine form. Gone were the elaborate lights and spectacle from their last area performance. This was just Dunn and Fogarty creating emotional soundscapes in their complicated calculus of compositions. Dunn seemed to play both coming and going, using his double-neck bass-guitar to fill the room with an array of sound before moving to a fretless bass for a section of what he referred to as “dance party” selections. The set list and the grooves kept the audience happy and moving, none more so than “My Only Swerving.”

If you had been at that last show, you might also remember when Emile Mosseri came out to sing a song with the pair. That was a small preview for the second part of Tuesday’s set, which featured Mosseri prominently, Dunn and Fogarty moving to backing-band status as the now-trio played songs from a forthcoming album. Behind Mosseri’s falsetto, the group became a different thing, creating a subtler, textured soundscape. After one or two songs, Mosseri grabbed an acoustic guitar and three members of the opening electro-rock band Pete International Airport joined on backup vocals on songs like “I’m Right Here.” What had once been a larger-than-life duo was now a large-ish band, but the sound actually became lighter. For their final song, Dunn moved back to the double-neck and introduced some unobtrusive loops again, Fogarty slightly bringing back the tempo to a typical El Ten Eleven speed, the music meeting midway between the first and second halves of the show and perhaps hinting at the potential of things to come. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Delta Rae – Music Hall of Williamsburg – August 15, 2017

August 16th, 2017


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

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Two Nights of Dark Pop with In the Valley Below in NYC This Week

August 16th, 2017

As In the Valley Below, Jeffrey Jacob (vocals and guitar) and Angela Gail (vocals and keys) are what AllMusic calls “a Los Angeles–based duo with a penchant for crafting stylish, noir-kissed blasts of dark electro-pop.” Their debut full-length, The Belt (stream it below), arrived in 2014. “Belts can hurt you if used as a weapon, but they can also hold your pants up, and In the Valley Below do a deft job of exploring both polarities with their music,” said PopMatters. About a month ago, In the Valley Below (above, performing “Peaches” live for Wilcox Sessions) put out their fourth EP, Elephant (stream it below). “With so much going wrong in the world today, there are a plethora of songs inspired by the darker side of life. The uniqueness of In the Valley Below is that they do not phone in the music or the message when they create their art,” rang in Impose. “They believe that in order to have the most effect, they must reach the largest audience with genuinely good music, and it shows. This EP comes from a authentic mindset, raising awareness for important issues, and it doesn’t hurt that the songs are great to listen to.” They’re also great to experience live, which you can do on Thursday at Mercury Lounge and on Saturday at Rough Trade NYC. Electronic five-piece Flagship open both shows.

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Khalid – Terminal 5 – August 14, 2017

August 15th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Maggie Rogers on 8/17

August 15th, 2017

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After a run of summer festivals, supremely talented singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers is home in Brooklyn this week to play Brooklyn Steel tomorrow and again on Thursday. Both appearances sold out quickly, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Thursday’s show. Don’t have any of your own and still want to go? 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 (Maggie Rogers, 8/17) and a brief message explaining what your favorite thing is about August. Eddie Bruiser, who could use a little convincing, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Delta Rae Bring New Tunes to Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow

August 14th, 2017

Approaching a decade ago, siblings Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) teamed up with Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Grant Emerson (drums) and Mike McKee (percussion) to form the gospel-tinged bluesy country-folk outfit Delta Rae in Durham, N.C., specializing in powerful harmonies-filled, radio-ready tunes. Their second full-length, After It All (stream it below), came out in 2015. “Like a musical, After It All is all about dynamics: It careens from delicate, introspective solo numbers to full-throttle, all-in anthems that encapsulate the Big Themes and Ideas underpinning the entire production,” said PopMatters. “The sum of its parts is both personal and political, confessional and theatrical, and if someone ever makes the genius decision to adapt Delta Rae’s music for the stage, we could all do worse than to buy a ticket.” Delta Rae (above, performing “Scared” for Cardinal Sessions) returned this past spring with a new EP, A Long and Happy Life (stream it below), and according to Rolling Stone, it’s filled with “harmony-drenched Southern pop-rock with slick production and giant hooks.” And as part of the six-piece’s summer tour, they play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Texas Americana singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins opens.

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

August 14th, 2017

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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A Night of Cool R&B with Amir Obè at The Bowery Ballroom

August 14th, 2017

Rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Amir Obeid—DBA Amir Obè—grew up in Detroit, heavily influenced by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Michael Jackson. He began making his own hip-hop and R&B in his teens before temporarily moving back to Brooklyn (his place of birth) after high school. Representing Detroit and Brooklyn, or Detrooklyn, he’s worked with others, like Drake, producing the If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late track “Star67,” and on his own, Obè (above, his video for “I Am Def Jam”) has released a slew of mixtapes, singles and EPs, including None of the Clocks Work (stream it below), which dropped this past spring. “Consisting of seven tracks, the set finds the enigmatic artist delving into a world where emotions trump material possessions,” according to Billboard. And Fader says “that it’s still possible to make icy, atmospheric R&B sound fresh.” Winding down an August tour, Obè plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Seattle singer-songwriter EMI opens the show.

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The Revivalists – SummerStage – August 10, 2017

August 11th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Slothrust Play a Hometown Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg

August 10th, 2017

Leah Wellbaum (vocals and guitar), Kyle Bann (bass) and Will Gorin (drums) met while studying music at Sarah Lawrence College and went on to form the Brooklyn band Slothrust. “Blending apathetic vocal delivery and sludgy guitars with a sound rooted in punchy blues, grunge revivalists Slothrust breathe newfound life into the angsty sounds of the ’90s,” according to AllMusic. “People have always had trouble comparing us to other bands, but someone recently described us as Nirvana meets Wynton Marsalis, and I loved that,” said Wellbaum. The band’s third release, Everyone Else (stream it below), dropped last fall. “This is an album for music lovers who can appreciate the achievements of a band that’s hitting its stride and has the ability to capture the best of rock, jazz and blues on one album,” per Art for Progress. And with their summer tour winding down, Slothrust (above, performing “Rotten Pumpkin” for Audiotree Live) come home to Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Arrive early to catch Maine trio Tancred and New York City’s Mal Blum & the Blums opening the show.

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Zeshan B Brings a Unique Take on Soul to Mercury Lounge on Friday

August 10th, 2017

Zeshan Bagewadi grew up in Chicago, the son of Indian immigrants, picking up blues, funk, rock and soul courtesy of his dad’s music collection. But he’s not only into the hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy sounds of the ’60s and ’70s—he’s also equally interested in that period’s social activism. And as a result, the debut Zeshan B (above, performing “Ain’t No Love (In the Heart of the City)”) studio full-length, Vetted (stream it below), arrived earlier this year as “the full encompassment of Zeshan B’s vision for an album depicting his life as a Muslim and Indian-American in the Trump era,” according to PopMatters. “He does so with undeniable heart-rending soul. Vetted is an album for the awoken, as well as those who still need to be shaken by the shoulders a bit to wake up.” Don’t miss this unique, talented voice live at the late show on Friday at Mercury Lounge.

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Kick Off the Weekend with RJD2 at Brooklyn Steel on Friday Night

August 9th, 2017

Producer-DJ Ramble Jon Krohn has been combining disparate sounds into his own unique, soulful take on underground hip-hop as RJD2 for more than two decades. And in addition to his work with others, RJD2 (above, the video for “The Sheboygan Left”) also does his own thing as a singer-songwriter and engaging performer. Recorded in Philadelphia, his eclectic sixth studio album, Dame Fortune (stream it below), which includes guests like Son Little, came out last year. “Jumbling Krautrock, ’70s electronica and Philly soul at its brightest, Dame Fortune is producer RJD2’s grandest solo record since his 2002 debut,” raved AllMusic. “Dame Fortune is a culmination album with an artist’s evolution pushing things forward with all his strengths in tow.” Check out those strengths live when he returns to New York City on Friday night at Brooklyn Steel.