Exclusive Video: Diamond Rings Goes Acoustic

July 11th, 2013

When the post-punk quartet the D’Urbervilles took a break in 2008, singer-guitarist John O’Regan began working on the solo project Diamond Rings. And even though he became known for channeling the glam androgyny of David Bowie and Annie Lennox, the raw but hook-laden synth-pop of his 2010 album, Special Affections, spoke for itself. Diamond Rings returned last year with a bigger and bolder follow-up, Free Dimensional. But it’s still his songwriting that shines through, even when stripped of all the trappings of modern pop, never more apparent than in this take on “All the Time” in a SoHo apartment.

You can see Diamond Rings in person when he opens for OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) next Wednesday at Terminal 5. And for even more John O, watch his acoustic performance of “Put Me On” and check out his wide-ranging interview about his first solo song, his first musical memory and plenty more.

The Joy Formidable Go Acoustic in an East Village Hotel Room

April 9th, 2013

(Go see the Joy Formidable play Webster Hall on 4/18.)

Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable found international acclaim—and some rock star love from Dave Grohl—with their ethereal debut full-length, The Big Roar. And while busy touring the world in support of it, they still managed to find time to work on its follow-up, the recently released Wolf’s Law. No sophomore slump here. In fact, The Guardian says, “This is one for speakers, not headphones, a great dense whoosh of music that makes you feel like the bloke in the old Maxell tapes advert.” That even remains true in this stripped-down, emotional, acoustic version of one of the LP’s singles, “Silent Treatment,” done in an East Village hotel room.

In a room at the Bowery Hotel, the Joy Formidable’s singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd discuss writing all the time, personal turbulence and the differences between their previous album and their newest release, out now on Canvasback/Atlantic Records. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/146KIOO. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews.

Local Natives Stream Live from Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday

January 28th, 2013

Local Natives come to New York City this week to play three shows, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, which will stream live on The Bowery Presents Live in full HD at 10 p.m. EST. Here, they play a live version of “Ceilings,” off their about-to-be-released second album, Hummingbird, out tomorrow on Frenchkiss Records.

Camera: Andrea Nakhla
Camera: Zivi Krieger
Camera: Kelsey Tucker
Editor: Max Sweeney
Sound: Chad Carlisle
Filmed at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles

Exclusive Video: Calexico Play a Song from Their New Album

January 25th, 2013

Emblematic of the California border town from which they take their name, Calexico have long fused together Americana and Latin music to make their own unique sound. And while the group has recorded most of their albums in Tucson, Ariz., they decamped to New Orleans to craft Algiers, their seventh LP, which, according to the AV Club is filled with “strange, sad tales told as sparse vignettes.” Here, Calexico perform one of its singles, “Maybe on Monday,” in a Lower Manhattan studio for The Bowery Presents Live.

While the band plays an instrumental version of “Fortune Teller,” Calexico frontman Joey Burns discusses their writing process being backward, recording their new album in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, and that city’s connection to Havana. Watch the video: http://tbp.im/RXkWos. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to watch more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our next live-streaming show.

Little Green Cars Are a Band on the Verge

January 18th, 2013

Little Green Cars make lively folk rock heavy on the harmonies. Their debut album, Absolute Zero, arrives in March via Glassnote Records, home to Mumford & Sons and Two Door Cinema Club. And with this soaring a cappella rendition of “Red” at the Tibet House in Chelsea, it’s clear the Dublin five-piece is poised for bigger things.

In an interview, also filmed at the Tibet House, Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke reminisce about the band’s beginnings, their childhood influences and why writing happy music is a challenge. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/VP1Bnt. See them perform “The Consequences of Not Sleeping”: http://tbp.im/VQWfrO.

And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows, like Ra Ra Riot next Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

(Little Green Cars play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/26.)

 

Ra Ra Riot Have a New Attitude

January 17th, 2013

Ra Ra Riot’s third LP, Beta Love, comes out on Tuesday, 1/22, and that night the band will celebrate the release with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg that streams live in HD on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube at 10 p.m. EST. When we caught up with the band at their Brooklyn practice space to film them performing “I Shut Off” (http://tbp.im/V9bdgA), frontman Wes Miles and violinist-keyboardist-vocalist Rebecca Zeller talked about the creation of Beta Love, and how they reimagined their entire creative process to make it come to life.

Exclusive Video: Ivan & Alyosha Perform in a Hat Shop

January 16th, 2013

Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary originally teamed up as a duo in 2007, making feel-good folk music and taking the name Ivan & Alyosha from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamzov. Since then, the band has become a quartet, and, according to NPR, their music is filled with “Beatles-esque harmonies and infectious guitar hooks.” And while they may hail from rain-soaked Seattle, their sunny California vocals shine through in this acoustic version of “Be Your Man” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

While trying on hats at Victor Osborne’s on the Lower East Side, the guys in Ivan & Alyosha discuss the band’s name, spirituality in their music and how they collaborate. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/13DAlix. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows, like Ra Ra Riot next Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Ra Ra Riot to Stream Live from Music Hall of Wiliamsburg on 1/22

January 3rd, 2013

Ra Ra Riot unveil a special version of a brand new track off Beta Love, their new album, due 1/ 22 on Barsuk Records, recorded in their Brooklyn rehearsal space. The band will celebrate the album’s release that night with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which will also stream live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

(Ra Ra Riot also play Webster Hall on 1/25.)

Exclusive Video: Jonny Fritz Walks the Streets

December 14th, 2012

Jonny Fritz—formerly Jonny Corndawg—was destined to become a country singer. Growing up in rural Virginia, he developed a clever sense of humor and the ability to be crass without being insulting. As a result, his music is more outlaw country, in the vein of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and David Allan Coe, a distant cousin. The Oxford American calls his 2011 release, Down on the Bikini Line, a “mix of plucky guitars, clean drumming and honky-tonk humor that he’s perfected in live performances.” And while walking along Houston Street, he performs one of its songs, “Chevy Beretta,” with Josh Hedley, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

Fritz also talked to us about how country music flows from the South and that he writes that kind of music as a result of always listening to it. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/SVv9C1. Check out his performance of “Ain’t It Your Birthday”: http://tbp.im/TPuhMP. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

 

Exclusive Video: Guards Live from Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 10th, 2012

New York City psych-rockers Guards, led by frontman Richie James Follin, are poised for a breakout in 2013 thanks to their sunny, reverb-heavy rock tunes. “I definitely think it’s power pop,” Follin says. “’70s music, but kind of more evil.” The band’s debut full-length, In Guards We Trust (see its artwork and track listing below), arrives via Black Bell Records on February 5th, and we had the opportunity to capture their set back in September, when they supported Two Door Cinema Club at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Here’s the album’s lead single, “Silver Lining.”

Subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see cool performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Track Listing

Nightmare
Giving Out
Ready to Go
Silver Lining
Heard the News
Not Supposed To
I Know It’s You
Coming True
Your Man
Can’t Repair
Home Free
1&1

Exclusive Video: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in a Bed-Stuy Apartment

December 7th, 2012

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah burst onto the scene in 2005, unsigned, riding plaudits from music sites and garnering big-time comparisons to the Talking Heads and Television. The quintet dropped their third LP, Hysterical, in 2011, and while the five-piece has since become a two-piece, here, the original lineup does a quiet but soaring version of the gorgeous “In a Motel” in an apartment in Bed-Stuy, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah also spoke to us about records being documents of where people are at any given time, Tom Waits and how music is necessary. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/VAjpb4. See the band play “Misspent Youth”: http://tbp.im/VqBBhi. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Exclusive Video: A Second Track + Field Session with Alt-J

December 3rd, 2012

Joe Newman (vocals and guitar), Thom Green (drums), Gwil Sainsbury (guitar and bass) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys) met just five years ago while attending Leeds University. But in the short time since, their band, Alt-J, has earned heady comparisons to the likes of Coldplay and Hot Chip. But since their debut LP, An Awesome Wave, and its soaring folk-influenced dub music recently won the prestigious Mercury Prize as the year’s best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland, other bands will now be compared to Alt-J. And in a New York City button shop they perform “Matilda,” one of the album’s lead singles, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

While riding around in a van, the quartet discuss listening to Spice Girls, Eurythmics and Paul Simon as kids, who got them into music and how their band’s formative moments happened in a college laundry room. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/QuNe7J. Check out their performance of “Ripe & Ruin”: http://tbp.im/SzRvr7. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(Alt-J announced a North American tour, which will bring them to Webster Hall on 3/22.)

Exclusive Video: School of Seven Bells in a Model Shop

November 26th, 2012

School of Seven Bells’ third album, Ghostory, which BBC Music calls “staggeringly beautiful,” oozes with confident yet minimalist arrangements, crafted by singer Alejandra Deheza and guitarist-producer Benjamin Curtis, now a duo (in the studio, at least) following the departure of Deheza’s twin sister, Claudia. Here, with a little help, they play “Scavenger” surrounded by mannequins in an NYC model-form shop, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Deheza and Curtis found liberation in the new lineup, and that adventurousness permeates Ghostory. The two discuss their collaborative spirit in the studio and the artistic statement they were trying to make. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/V8M1YI. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(School of Seven Bells—and Twin Sister—play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday.)

Exclusive Video: Of Monsters and Men Rock the Roof of Music Hall

November 20th, 2012

According to Rolling Stone, not only do Of Monsters and Men “make whimsical sound tough,” but they also “put muscle behind their prettiness, turning songs from cute to grand.” And when the Icelandic six-piece came to Brooklyn to have their show streamed live from Music Hall of Williamsburg last spring, vocalists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson hit the venue’s roof to do a quiet, acoustic take on “Love Love Love” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Watch 10 songs from Of Monsters and Men’s live-streamed performance: http://tbp.im/SbPUri. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for lots of intimate performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(Tonight’s and tomorrow’s Of Monsters and Men shows at Terminal 5 are sold out.)

Exclusive Video: Diamond Rings Strips Away the Glam

November 16th, 2012

A tour supporting insatiable Swedish electro-popster Robyn helped Diamond Rings’ John O’Regan shift away from the glam-tinged brooding of his 2010 debut—which bore still-unhealed scars from a battle with Crohn’s disease—into a sparkly, confident sophomore set, the recently released Free Dimensional. But deep-rooted emotion still twists beneath the new album’s rayon sheen, as seen in this spare, acoustic version of “Put Me On,” played in the open window of a SoHo apartment exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Our chat with John O—whose band plays The Bowery Ballroom on 12/4—was wide-ranging, and we loved his tale about the first song that set him on the path toward making music as glam-pop act Diamond Rings. It was banged out with a few friends in a bedroom, burnt to CD and handed off to a local DJ—who liked it a lot. “Having those experiences got me into thinking that I didn’t need a million dollars and a catering budget and a giant studio to make cool music,” he told us. Hear that story, plus John O’s first musical memories, how he hopes his listeners feel when hearing his tunes and much more: http://tbp.im/ZLkRpE.

And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to check out more intimate performances and revelaing interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.