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Bob Mould – The Bowery Ballroom – September 10, 2014

September 11th, 2014

Bob Mould - The Bowery Ballroom - September 10, 2014

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com

(Bob Mould plays The Bowery Ballroom again tonight.)

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Armed with a New Album, Trampled by Turtles Play Terminal 5

September 11th, 2014

Dave Simonett (vocals and gutar), Erik Berry (mandolin), Dave Carroll (banjo and vocals), Tim Saxhaug (bass and vocals) and Ryan Young (fiddle and vocals) have been putting a modern, thrashing, turned-up twist on bluegrass music, as Trampled by Turtles, for more than a decade. And like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, this Duluth, Minn., five-piece employs folkie and Americana instruments—plus layered harmonies—to get their point across, sometimes doing it a little bit louder. They released their first album, Songs from a Ghost Town (stream it below), in 2004, and Trampled by Turtles (above, playing “Are You Behind the Shining Star” on Late Show with David Letterman) have been steadily playing high-energy live shows ever since. Their seventh LP, Wild Animals (stream it below), out this past July, finds them in as fine form as ever. AllMusic says, “On their seventh long-player, Duluth’s acoustic troubadours Trampled by Turtles continue to push the outer limits of folk and bluegrass playing light against darkness, delivering one of their most thoughtful and downtempo albums to date.” Currently crisscrossing North America, their tour brings them to Terminal 5 tomorrow night.

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Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons Play Mercury Lounge Tonight

September 10th, 2014

Prolific singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph, a musician’s musician, began his music career more than three decades ago when he formed the reggae-tinged rock band Little Women in 1982. Since then, he’s done plenty of solo work and he’s been involved with and associated with a variety of bands, including Stockholm Syndrome and Widespread Panic (and even Woody Harrelson). But he’s most well known for fronting Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons (above, doing “Amazing Grace”). Their most recent album—actually a double album—Happy Book (stream it below), came out in 2012, and Relix called it “one of Joseph’s finest efforts to date.” But a new LP, Singing in the Rain, is due out next month. And backed by guitarist Jeff Crosby, drummer Steve Drizos and bassist Stevie James Wright, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons play the early show tonight at Mercury Lounge.

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Justin Townes Earle – Stage 48 – September 9, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Justin Townes Earle - Stage 48 - September 9, 2014

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Five Questions with … White Denim’s James Petralli

September 10th, 2014

House List favorites White Denim (above, performing “Pretty Green” on Late Show with David Letterman) are back in town this week for three shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Friday’s is already sold out, but tickets still remain to see the engaging Austin, Texas, four-piece tonight and tomorrow. And last week frontman James Petralli checked in from the road to answer Five Questions.

You guys have played New York City for several years now. Are there certain places you like to revisit when you return? And do you ever feel like you could live here?
There are so many great places in NYC, and we are always so busy when we come to work that I generally hit new places every time I visit. One place I always find myself, though, is La Esquina—great food there. I’ve never done any of the popular tourist destinations or visited any of the multitudes of museums and galleries either. It is kind of a shame really. I need a few days off there someday. I could live in NYC, but I couldn’t see myself settling there. I need to have fast access to the countryside. (Preferably the Texas countryside.)

And do you notice your music being received differently in New York City?
There are so many things to do in the city each night that we feel honored to have developed a loyal audience there. People are pretty similar everywhere you go, in a good way. Except for Lufkin, Texas—terrible, villainous folks in Lufkin. Kidding.

Do you have any crutches when writing a song—are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
I am not always great at writing bridges or getting past a first chorus. I always have to force myself to write a third part and sometimes it takes long enough to lose interest in the tune entirely. I have hard drives full of single verses and choruses. I’m also probably either too oblique or too bang on in my lyrical approach. Still looking for balance there.

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
No, but I do believe it helps. I think that actual experience can really help a performer connect with the material and thereby have a more significant impact on an audience. As far as writing goes, though, I think it behooves one to be as imaginative as possible. I’m told research and observation can be nearly as effective as actual experience.

It’s 4 a.m. and last call has come and gone. What’s your next move?
Bust out the flask and keep my eyes out for a cool place to barf. —R. Zizmor

 

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Die Antwoord – Terminal 5 – September 9, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Die Antwoord - Terminal 5 - September 9, 2014

Photos courtesy of Lina Shteyn | www.linashteyn.com

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Spoon Return to Play Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

September 9th, 2014

After releasing Girls Can Tell (stream it below) and Kill the Moonlight (stream it below) in consecutive years around the turn of the century, Spoon made the transition from underrated band to one of the bigger names in all of alternative rock, thanks to what AllMusic calls “a heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock.” Their seventh album, the excellent Transference (stream it below), came out in 2010—Spoon have since blossomed from a four-piece into a five-piece with Alex Fischel (keys and guitar) joining Britt Daniel (vocals and guitar), Jim Eno (drums), Eric Harvey (keys and vocals) and Rob Pope (bass and vocals)—so it’s safe to say fans have been patiently awaiting the Austin, Texas, group’s latest effort, They Want My Soul (stream it below), which came out last month to some considerable acclaim. Rolling Stone called the album “an immediate grabber on par with the group’s best work to date” and added that the band has “always done surprisingly well on their own terms, in their own world. And that world sounds bigger and brighter than ever.” Spoon (above, performing “Inside Out” last night on Late Show with David Letterman) bring their engaging live show to New York City tomorrow night at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Arrive early to see !!! and Operators.

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Death from Above 1979 – Rough Trade NYC – September 8, 2014

September 9th, 2014

Death from Above 1979 - Rough Trade NYC - September 8, 2014

Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com

(Death from Above 1979 play Terminal 5 on 11/28.)

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Chromeo on 9/12

September 9th, 2014

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Chromeo play Rumsey Field in Central Park on Friday, and this late-summer show is already sold out. That last part is the bad news. But the good news is that The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you want to go, try to Grow a Pair. 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 (Chromeo, 9/12) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to see the lords of funk for free. Eddie Bruiser, a fan of both Chromeo and Central Park, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Sir Sly and Wolf Gang Play Stage 48 Tomorrow Night

September 9th, 2014

Singer-guitarist Landon Jacobs, drummer Hayden Coplen and keyboardist Jason Suwito began making moody, ambient electronic rock together about two years ago without revealing much about themselves beyond their band’s name: Sir Sly. But things amped up for them considerably in 2013 when a pair of singles, “Ghost” and “Gold,” were featured in video games, commercials and the influential blog Hype Machine. Last year the Guardian, in naming them the new band of the week, proclaimed, “Hugeness awaits this L.A. trio.” Next week, Sir Sly (above, performing “Easy Now” for 97X FM in San Diego) put out their self-produced debut full-length, the highly anticipated You Haunt Me. And the band is already out on the road, touring with Wolf Gang.

Going on five years now, the lads in London’s Wolf Gang—singer and multi-instrumentalist Max McElligot, drummer Lasse Petersen, guitarist-keyboardist Gavin Slater and bassist James Wood—have been mashing together the swirling sounds of symphonic rock with subtler electro pop. Their first LP, really a McElligot solo album, Suego Faults (stream it below), came out in 2011. Since then, Wolf Gang (above, doing an acoustic version of “Ghost in My Life” for Radio BDC) have toured with the likes of Coldplay and the Killers, plus, like Sir Sly, they’ve also been named new band of the day by the Guardian and have had tunes featured in commercials and on TV. Earlier this year, the quartet put out new music, releasing an EP, Black River (stream it below). See Wolf Gang and Sir Sly tomorrow night at Stage 48. (This show has been changed to 16 and over.)

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Justin Townes Earle Celebrates New Album Tomorrow at Stage 48

September 8th, 2014

His last name comes from his father and his middle name pays homage to Townes Van Zandt, so it seems Justin Townes Earle was destined to become a musician. He grew up in Nashville, playing music at a young age, but not just country or bluegrass as you might expect. Instead, Earle joined a rock band and also toured with his dad before self-releasing the EP Yuma (stream it below) in 2007. His debut full-length, The Good Life (stream it below), an interesting mix of bluegrass, country and folk that helped establish a name for himself, followed the next year. And then like so many before him, Earle headed to the big city, eventually becoming a denizen of the East Village, which inspired the terrific Hudson River Blues (stream it below). Two years ago, the talented Earle (above, doing “White Gardenias”) put out his fifth LP, the aptly titled Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (stream it below), but his latest, Single Mothers, comes out tomorrow. And Earle celebrates its release with a hometown show tomorrow night at Stage 48.

A Night of Transportive Music with Bombino at Brooklyn Bowl

September 8th, 2014

Bombino – Brooklyn Bowl – September 7, 2014

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Context is everything. Take your basic Fender Stratocaster guitar—the de facto rock and roll instrument—and take it to the African desert and put it in the hands of Bombino, and all of the sudden it becomes so much more. At Brooklyn Bowl last night, Bombino’s guitar painted pictures, told stories and inspired. The set began with his band sitting, Bombino playing acoustic backed by percussion, harmonica and electric bass. On paper, they seem like a standard blues band, but following Bombino’s deft playing and singing, the percussion and the harmonica transported the bowling alley to the Sahara, with warm- breeze rhythms and a bleak, stripped-down beauty. Each guitar string seemed to tell its own independent tale, weaving together strands into a larger narrative of strife and redemption.

After a few energizing songs, the band stood as Bombino picked up that Fender and the effects were amplified both literally and figuratively. His Tuareg sound was a mix of Afrobeat and the blues with a flavor of reggae throughout. Its appeal was widespread whether you came to dance or to geek out on guitar, whether you loved your music with a bit of the political or the spiritual. The crowd was a mix of these currents and moved joyously to the music, screaming “BOM-BINO!” in between songs much to the grateful delight of the musicians. While the lights spiraling onto the walls and the ceiling normally turn the room into a dance hall, on Sunday they felt like the infinite stars above the desert, leaving the audience to imagine what sounds the sight must inspire. Bombino filled in those daydreams, decorating each song with an exploratory guitar solo: cascades of sound that were hypnotic and groovy, easy to get lost in as they gathered mass and momentum. These were the jams of a forever horizon that never seemed to get closer, but we kept on riding toward it anyway. —A. Stein

 

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A Double Bill of Texas Country on the Lower East Side Tomorrow

September 8th, 2014

While in school at Texas Tech University, Josh Abbott teamed up with some fraternity brothers to form the Texas-country group the Josh Abbott Band (above, performing “Hangin’ Around” for the Bing Lounge). Now based in Austin, Texas, the band consists of Abbott (vocals and guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar and harmonica), Eddie Villanueva (drums) and Preston Wait (fiddle). They’ve put out three well-received albums, including 2012’s Small Town Family Dream (stream it below), and they’re currently out on the road with another like-minded Texas-country outfit, the Casey Donahew Band (below, doing “One Flag” live for the Texas Music Scene TV), also a six-piece, but with, perhaps, a bit of an edgier outlaw image. Donahew’s gang has released five crowd-pleasing albums, the most recent of which, Standoff (stream it below), came out last year. And both bands bring a taste of authentic Texas country to the Lower East Side when they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

September 8th, 2014

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Take a Look at Stage 48

September 5th, 2014

Stage 48

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com