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Avan Lava Headline The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

April 2nd, 2015

Several years ago, while performing with Fischerspooner in Brazil, producers and multi-instrumentalists Le Chev and Ian Pai bonded over their shared love of Daft Punk, electronic music, Prince and R&B. And when the two later met singer TC Milan in New York City a few months later, they knew they were on their way to launching the theatrically vibrant indie dance group Avan Lava. The Brooklyn trio “is a movement without the self- aggrandizing rhetoric, a distillation of what is important, a celebration of everything that has ever happened to you and everything that ever will.” Their brand new EP, Leave It All Behind (stream it below), filled with the kind of music that gets people moving, just came out on Tuesday, and Avan Lava (above, doing “It’s Never Over” live in New York City) celebrate its release by headlining The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Jersey rapper Cakes da Killa opens the show.

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Two Chances to See Fat White Family Beginning Tomorrow Night

April 1st, 2015

Following the dissolution of two other bands, Fat White Family—now Lias Saoudi (vocals), Saul Adamczewski (guitar and vocals), Adam Harmer (guitar), Jack Everett (drums), Nathan Saoudi (organ) and Taishi Nagasaka (bass)—formed in South London in 2011, combining rock, blues and bits of country. Noisey has declared, “They’re British rock and roll’s final hurrah—not just a fuck you to everything that has become sanitized but a reminder that rock and roll can, even as the last embers fade, continue to mean something beyond an NME cover.” Speaking of which, NME calls them “the best new band in London.” The weekly publication also has kind words for the wildly entertaining six-piece’s debut full-length, Champagne Holocaust (stream it below), labeling it “a fantastic racket” and “political, satirical and downright perverse.” But make no mistake, Fat White Family (above, doing “Is It Raining in Your Mouth” at last year’s Glastonbury) are a band best experienced live, and you can see them twice locally this month, tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge and then again on 4/30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Alt-J Sell Out Madison Square Garden and Win Over New York City

March 31st, 2015

Alt-J – Madison Square Garden – March 30, 2015

Alt-J – Madison Square Garden – March 30, 2015
Conquering the shores of America has never been easy for most British bands. Sure there are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead, to name a few, but on the whole, it’s not a simple feat. And now, Alt-J have not only conquered the States but they’ve also played the legendary Madison Square Garden. NPR has lauded the band with high praise: “No one else is making music like this. This is an original, innovative band with a brilliant present and a brighter future.” And with only two albums to their name, the four-piece—including Cameron Knight, who’s replaced one of the founding members, Gwil Sainsbury, on bass and sampler—conquered a sold-out MSG last night.

I’ve often shied away from arena shows, longing for the ambience of a smaller, more intimate venue, but I wouldn’t let myself miss another chance to see Alt-J live. The crowd rumbled into applause and cheers as the house lights dimmed to welcome the quartet to a backlit stage. Lead vocalist Joe Newman creeped into “Hunger of the Pine” to kick off the set, however the performance was largely a trip down memory lane with the bulk of the set list comprised of material from their debut album, An Awesome Wave, and fans joined in to sing along to favorites “Fitzpleasure” and “Matilda.”

Leaving the music to speak for them, Alt-J didn’t utter much more than a few thank-yous and some genuine appreciation to be in New York City, playingt their biggest local venue to date. And as a nod to their own hometown, the band pulled out “a really old song,” “Leon,” from their Leeds days. Newman’s and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton’s choral-like vocals rang across the cavernous building as drummer Thom Green pounded the skins, particularly shining on the encore’s closing song, “Breezeblocks.”

Despite my qualms about seeing Alt-J in such a large venue, their music seemed to transcend space, transporting me back to my days of hitting festivals in the UK while still enclosed in hallowed MSG. I couldn’t help but join in for the final serenade of “Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so” because the audience and I didn’t want the show to end. The lads from Leeds have certainly won over New York City, if not America. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Benjamin Booker on 4/3

March 31st, 2015

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Fast-rising up-and-comer Benjamin Booker returns to town to kick off the weekend on Friday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show sold out very quickly the day it went on sale, but even if you got shut out before, you still might be in luck, because The House List is giving away two tickets. So 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 (Benjamin Booker, 4/3), plus a brief message explaining which team you think will emerge victorious from the Final Four. Eddie Bruiser, who seriously dislikes two of the squads, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Swervedriver – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 27, 2015

March 30th, 2015

Swervedriver - Music Hall of Williamsburg - March 27, 2015

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com

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Hinds Bring the Fun to the Late Show at Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

March 30th, 2015

A few years ago, Carlotta Cosials (vocals and guitar) and Ana Perrote (vocals and guitar) teamed up to make music in Madrid. And after posting two songs to their Bandcamp, publications and other musicians began to take notice in 2014. So the duo became a quartet with the addition of Ade Martin (bass) and Amber Grimbergen (drums), under the name Deers. But due to recent legal pressure from a similarly named Canadian band, the Spanish group has become Hinds (the plural form of another word for a female deer). Inspired by the likes of Ty Segall and Black Lips, Hinds (above, performing “Bamboo” live for 3FM) are party starters, always looking for a good time. “We want to play the music that we enjoy listening to,” Cosials tells NME. “When we try to write a sad song we always have it going well for a bit, but then someone will come into the room and we’ll all start jumping around until it turns into a happy song. We can’t help it!” Thanks to their raucous live shows, the lo-fi garage-rock Spanish four-piece won over American fans with a very busy SXSW followed by a trip up and down the California coast. And now Hinds are coming to New York City to play the late show at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

March 30th, 2015

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Marina and the Diamonds – The Bowery Ballroom – March 26, 2015

March 27th, 2015

Marina and the Diamonds - The Bowery Ballroom - March 26, 2015

Photos courtesy of Jack Newton | jack-newton.com

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Tobias Jesso Jr. – Mercury Lounge – March 26, 2015

March 27th, 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Mercury Lounge - March 26, 2015

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Alt-J Kick Off New Tour Monday at Madison Square Garden

March 27th, 2015

Joe Newman (vocals and guitar), Thom Green (drums), Gwil Sainsbury (guitar and bass) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys and vocals) met in 2007 while attending Leeds University and began making music together. Upon graduation, the foursome settled into Cambridge as Alt-J in 2011. Their debut full-length, An Awesome Wave (stream it below), filled with soaring folk-influenced dub music, came out in 2012. And not only did it rocket the band to stardom, earning comparisons to Radiohead and Coldplay along the way, but it also won them the prestigious Mercury Prize. After playing big festivals like Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza in 2013, the quartet became a trio when Sainsbury departed the following year. (Cameron Knight has since replaced him for live shows, on guitar, bass and sampler.) But the beat goes on for Alt-J (above, doing “Every Other Freckle” for Jimmy Kimmel Live!): Their second full-length, This Is All Yours (stream it below), arrived last September. And it’s safe to say there’s no sophomore slump here. According to Rolling Stone, “It’s an ambling, entrancing listen—full of songs that blur weird folk and electronic zonkiness, classical filigree and straight-up rock, scrambling in all directions…. These guys know that alienation works best when it’s a little bit of fun.” Fresh off playing Lollapalooza in Brazil, Alt-J kick off their American tour on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. And as an added bonus, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., electronic-rock duo Phantogram open the show.

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The Lone Bellow – The Bowery Ballroom – March 24, 2015

March 26th, 2015

The Lone Bellow - The Bowery Ballroom - March 24, 2015

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com

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Foo Fighters’ Nate Mendel Brings Lieutenant to Mercury Lounge

March 26th, 2015

Nate Mendel is undoubtedly best known as the bassist in Foo Fighters (and for holding down the low end for Sunny Day Real Estate prior to that), but just like Dave Grohl went from being just the drummer in some band to becoming the driving force—as singer, songwriter and (rhythm) guitarist—behind his own group, Mendel is fronting his own new project, Lieutenant. “I’m not an enthusiast of solo projects,” says the new frontman. “Bands are bands for a reason and it seems that once the celery is out of the soup, you’re just left holding a stringy, watery vegetable. However, I knew there was more I wanted to do in music.” So he entered the studio, and with the help of a variety of musicians and producer Toshi Kasai, Mendel ended up with his very own new album, the recently released If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week (stream it below). NME declared, “The record is no vanity project, but a serious passion project,” and, furthermore, it’s an “impressive marriage of Sunny Day’s intimate soul purging and Foos’ powerful guitar heft, it’s a masterstroke of understated college rock.” Armed with a backing band, Lieutenant (above, performing “Belle Epoque”) are currently making their way up the East Coast, and you can catch them live on Saturday at Mercury Lounge. Vancouver, B.C., rock quartet Yukon Blonde open the show.

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Action Bronson – Terminal 5 – March 24, 2015

March 25th, 2015

Action Bronson – Terminal 5 – March 24, 2015

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

(Action Bronson plays Terminal 5 again tonight.)

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Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders Play Rough Trade NYC Tomorrow

March 25th, 2015

Known for his low voice and a dark sense of humor, Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist Tim Rogers has been winning over fans—and earning comparisons to Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan—for a decade under the name Jack Ladder. He began making acoustic music prior to turning toward New Wave and then ultimately deciding to go in a bolder, more cinematic direction with the help of a new backing band, the Dreamlanders: Donny Benét (bass), Kirin Callinan (guitar), Laurenz Pike (drums) and Frank Sutherland (synths). Their latest effort, Playmates (stream it below), featuring Sharon Van Etten, came out in the States on Fat Possum Records last month. Rolling Stone gave the album four stars and mentioned “Ladder’s dark baritone sounds freshly liberated and focused.” Fresh off this year’s SXSW, Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (above, performing “Hurtsville” live in concert for MoshCam) play Rough Trade NYC tomorrow night. Brooklyn psych-pop trio Invisible Familiars and talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Cohen, also of Kings County (and Yellowbirds fame), open the show.

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The Preatures – Rough Trade NYC – March 23, 2015

March 24th, 2015

The Preatures - Rough Trade NYC - March 23, 2015

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com