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Ministry – Terminal 5 – October 17, 2017

October 18th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Børns on 10/21

October 17th, 2017

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With a new LP due out in a few months, singer-songwriter Børns is in New York City this week, which includes an appearance at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night. The bad news is that the show sold out quickly, but the good news is that The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you want them to be yours, try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Børns, 10/21) and a brief message explaining why you deserve a Saturday night out. Eddie Bruiser, who’s looking to help, will notify the winner by Friday.

(Børns also plays Terminal 5 on 2/16.)

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Weaves Bring Brand-New Album to Rough Trade NYC Tonight

October 17th, 2017

Upon bonding over music after meeting at one of her solo performances, Jasmyn Burke (vocals) and Morgan Waters (guitar) began recording demos in the former’s Chinatown apartment in Toronto. As they continued to flesh out more and more material, the twosome became a foursome with the addition of Spencer Cole (drums) and Zach Bines (bass), broadening their sound and launching Weaves with the release of several singles in spring 2013. The four-piece soon became an important member of TO’s thriving DIY scene, AllMusic calling their music “sharp and angular, but with a genuine sense of fun and exploration.” Their eponymous debut long-player (stream it below) arrived last year. “Exciting Toronto outfit builds on deconstruction, a remarkable feat of explosive chemistry,” said Consequence of Sound. “Weaves have put themselves at a compelling intersection of pop, noise and rock. They’ve created their own unique sound, and their self-titled record features more than a handful of fun, exciting songs.” Weaves (above, performing “#53” and “Walkaway” for Stiegl Hidden Sessions Studio) returned with their sophomore LP, Wide Open (stream it below), last week, finding the “quartet immersed in the world of stadium rock, cribbing plenty of influence from the likes of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen,” said Exclaim. “It’s a fairly drastic change, but one they’re able to effectively reconcile with their latent avant-garde tendencies.” The good people at DIY were also impressed: “Flinging open the entrance to yet more invention, there’s no stopping this lot spinning their oddball yarn.” Weaves make their last U.S. stop on their North American tour in Brooklyn tonight at Rough Trade NYC. Tancred open the show.

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Against Me! Thrill Packed Brooklyn Steel Crowd on Saturday Night

October 16th, 2017

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For some, Against Me! are the only band that matters, while in other circles the group hasn’t mattered in more than a decade. In their early days, the Florida four-piece fused folk and punk in a way that put their sound somewhere in between Billy Bragg and Crass. Their 2002 debut, Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose, was filled with scrappy sing-along tunes that promoted far-left politics and an infectious DIY charm that quickly won over the punk scene and influenced countless other acts. Then things began to change: Their 2007 album, New Wave, was a divisive sea change for the band as they jumped from indie label Fat Wreck Chords to the major label Sire Records. The LP paired them with famous producer Butch Vig, who helped them expand upon their sound and buff out the amateurish edge that seemed exciting and dangerous to many of their longtime loyal followers. But for those fans who turned their backs around that period, they have really missed out as Against Me! have come into their own in so many ways.

During that period, singer Laura Jane Grace (previously known as Tom Gabel) had begin to subtly hint in her lyrics that she was suffering from gender dysmorphia—and in the following years, she began to fully transition. This process fueled Grace to write the band’s masterpiece, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, so nakedly honest about her experiences while still rocking with more fury and passion than the band had displayed since their early days. During this time, the original rhythm section left and after some temporary substitutions, drummer Atom Willard and bassist Inge Johansson became permanent members. With these additions, Against Me! have become one the best live bands going. And after touring behind their newest album, Shape Shift with Me, for seven weeks, they brought their well-oiled machine to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday for a life-affirming night of rock and roll.

The room boiled over with a collective joy impossible not to notice as Against Me! blasted into Blues“True Trans Soul Rebel.” The mania in the crowd barely let up as the sea of fans bounced along in unison with crowd-surfers perpetually rolling overhead throughout the set. The band treated fans to a well-balanced mix of material from throughout their career, even busting out some deep cuts from the early days, like an especially heavy rendition of Axl Rose’s “Jordan’s First Choice.” One of the most surprising moments of the main set came as the quartet played a faithful rendition of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” that did the fallen Florida icon proud. Their encore also started with a cover as Grace played a solo rendition of the Mountain Goats classic “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton.” The song’s lines “When you punish a person for living his dream/ Don’t expect him to thank or forgive you” could act as a rallying cry for the resistance and Grace sang it with an intense purpose that sent chills down the spine. As the show came to an end, the band went out with a one-two punch of “Sink, Florida, Sink” and “We Laugh at Danger and Break All the Rules” that had fans singing the words long after the house lights had come on. —Pat King | @MrPatKing

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

October 16th, 2017

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GoldLink – Brooklyn Steel – October 13, 2017

October 16th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Catch Ministry and Death Grips Live at Terminal 5 on Tuesday Night

October 13th, 2017

Chicago’s Ministry began as a New Wave synth-pop act prior to becoming industrial-metal pioneers in the early ’80s, before the likes of Nine Inch Nails. The band—founding member Al Jourgensen (vocals and guitar) joined by Cesar Soto (guitar), Derek Abrams (drums), Jason Christopher (bass and vocals), John Bechdel (keys) and Sin Quirin (guitar)—went on hiatus around turn of the century, but otherwise Ministry (above, doing “Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)”) have remained busy touring and recording. Their most recent album, From Beer to Eternity (stream it above), came out in 2013, but with their 14th studio album, AmeriKKKant, due to arrive next spring, Ministry are out on the road, touring the country with Death Grips (below, doing “Guillotine”)—Stefan Burnett (vocals), Andy Morin (keys) and Zach Hill (drums). The Sacramento, Calif., experimental hip-hop trio’s fifth full-length release, Bottomless Pit (stream it below), came out last year. “Everything sounds so precise, crisp, hard-hitting and indomitable,” said AllMusic. “For that exact reason, Bottomless Pit is an ideal effort for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Needless to say, whatever the type of listener, it won’t be forgotten.” Ministry and Death Grips come to NYC next week for a pair of shows. Monday at Brooklyn Steel is already sold out, but some tickets still remain to see these two on Tuesday at Terminal 5.

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Future Islands – Brooklyn Steel – October 11, 2017

October 12th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Daniel Norgren Ends U.S. Tour with Two Shows in NYC This Weekend

October 11th, 2017

Inspired by his dad’s local rock career—and by the romantic picture of America portrayed in movies—Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren (above, performing “People Are Good” at last year’s Pickathon) has been doing his own winning take on Southern-fried Americana, folk rock and bluesy country for more than a decade. (NPR Music says, “His rock-steady ragtime piano playing has a chooglin’ ease, and his voice would be right at home echoing off the walls of Levon Helm’s barn.”) Thanks to his engaging live performances and his recorded catalog, including 2015’s The Green Stone (stream it below) and Alabursy (stream it below), Norgren has already made a name for himself in Europe, and he’s currently out on the road doing the very same thing in the United States. His American tour closes out in New York City this weekend with two shows, on Friday at The Bowery Ballroom (with William Tyler Band doing a full-quartet appearance) and on Saturday at Rough Trade NYC (with Odetta Hartman).

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Spend the Weekend with Trombone Shorty at Terminal 5

October 10th, 2017

Troy Andrews is a trombone player from way back (although he also more than capably handles the trumpet, organ, drums and more). He graduated from the same New Orleans high school music program as Branford and Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Having grown up in a musical family in NOLA’s Treme neighborhood, Andrews, despite only being 31, has already been playing the trombone for more than 25 years. Getting his start at such a young age earned him the name Trombone Shorty: He first played Jazz Fest, taking the stage alongside Bo Diddley, when he was only four. And these days, he’s got the honor of closing out America’s best festival every year. But it’s Andrews’ talent, not his age (or his height), that’s the reason Trombone Shorty (above, covering the Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use” live in studio for KCRW FM) has toured the world, playing an exhilarating combination of funk, hip-hop, jazz and rock—not to mention working alongside the likes of Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz. His fourth studio album, Parking Lot Symphony (stream it below), and first on Blue Note Records, arrived this past April, earning him comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. AllMusic said he “fully embraces the organic ’70s-style R&B he’s heretofore only touched on.” Further adding that the album is one of his “most balanced productions, equal parts New Orleans R&B sophistication and loose, block-party fun.” That fun is what makes Trombone Shorty such an engaging, don’t-miss entertainer and performer. Catch him live at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday. L.A. four-piece Vintage Trouble open both shows.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Future Islands on 10/12

October 10th, 2017

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Having released their fifth studio album, the acclaimed The Far Field, earlier this year, Future Islands roll through town this week to play Brooklyn Steel tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. Each appearance sold out well in advance, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Thursday’s show. Don’t have any and want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Future Islands, 10/12) and a brief message explaining your favorite song on their new album. Eddie Bruiser, who’s always looking for a new favorite tune, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Widowspeak Come Home to Rough Trade NYC on Friday Night

October 10th, 2017

Some bands grab you from the get-go and some sneak up on you, a slow-moving rainstorm or a creeping sadness. Widowspeak (above, performing “Right On” for Audtiotree Live) have always been in the latter category, their music a narcotic blend of indie and dream and a somewhat surprising dose of country twang. Mollie Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas have a growing catalog that, without warning, has filled out into an impressive collection, inhabiting its own sonic space, equal parts mood mover and rock and roll. Their new album, Expect the Best (stream it below), is the sound fully realized, the group operating in the studio for the first time with their touring quartet. In the live setting, Widowspeak’s slow grab is even more powerful, the atmospheric melancholy unleashed into something quite rocking. They play Rough Trade NYC this Friday for a hometown appearnce that, despite the warning, still has a good chance of sneaking up on you. Chicago trio Clearance and Brooklyn four-piece Air Waves open the show. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Alex Cameron – Rough Trade NYC – October 7, 2017

October 9th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

October 9th, 2017

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Boyfriend Comes to Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday Night

October 9th, 2017

Boyfriend was raised in a staunchly conservative church in Nashville before heading west to attend UCLA. Eventually, she left Los Angeles, arts degree in tow, for New Orleans, and, upon discovering her considerable freestyling skills, began working on what would become the experimental, sex-positive persona Boyfriend (above, a remix of “Say You Will”) at night—while teaching during the day. She calls her genre rap cabaret, which asks the audience to consider it like a live theater piece. Boyfriend worked with Big Freedia on last year’s A Very Big Freedia Christmazz EP, plus they collaborated on “Marie Antoinette.” Her most recent EP, Next (stream it below), came out this past spring. “Tapping into a rock-centric vibe, the self-proclaimed ‘rap cabaret’ performer enters another dimension of artistry,” said Grungecake. But take that cabaret part seriously, because Boyfriend is best onstage. See her on Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC. Local multimedia artist Latasha Alcindor opens the show.