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A Chance to Meet Kate Nash, Who Plays Terminal 5 on Saturday

November 6th, 2013

Like fellow London singer-songwriters Adele and Lily Allen, Kate Nash burst into public consciousness thanks to MySpace. And with the release of her first two albums, Made of Bricks and My Best Friend Is You, she became known for catchy melodies and clever lyrics. While the first two LPs leaned more toward pop, on this year’s self-released Girl Talk (stream it below), Nash’s material leaned more toward a heavier, rock-influenced sound. See her—alongside La Sera and Starlight Girls—play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.

And we’re teaming up with Kate and her team to give five lucky winners a chance to hang out with Kate at a special pizza party before getting a pair of tickets to see her live at Terminal 5 in our Facebook contest.

Congratulations to the Winners

February 11th, 2013

The Bowery Presents extends warm congratulations to every 2013 Grammy winner (and nominee). And if you take a look at those who took home awards, it’s like a who’s who list of acts that have recently played our venues, including:

the Black Keys: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album
Gotye: Record of the Year (featuring Kimbra), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (featuring Kimbra), Best Alternative Music Album
fun.: Song of the Year (featuring Janelle Monáe), Best New Artist
Skrillex (featuring Sirah): Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Frank Ocean: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream)
Mumford & Sons
: Album of the Year
Adele: Best Solo Pop Performance
Bonnie Raitt: Best Americana Album
Dan Auerbach: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Miguel: Best R&B Song
Kelly Clarkson: Best Pop Vocal Album
the Civil Wars (and Taylor Swift): Best Song Written for Visual Media
Halestorm: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance



Two Nights of Michael Kiwanuka

September 18th, 2012

The TV show The Voice isn’t actually about Michael Kiwanuka, but it probably should be. Because his bluesy, soulful voice, which has earned him heady comparisons to Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Van Morrison, is his calling card. Kiwanuka (above, doing “I’m Getting Ready” on Later … with Jools Holland) grew up in North London with a thing for bands like Nirvana and Radiohead. Despite later becoming a session guitarist, he still did work of his own. The authentic, raw demos eventually caught the attention of Communion, which released his two EPs. Then things got progressively bigger: Adele invited the 24-year-old out on tour with her last year as she was ruling the music world. Then in January, BBC named the singer-songwriter the Sound of 2012 by the . And a few months later, he put out his debut studio album, Home Again (stream it below). It’s worth mentioning that despite talk of him having an old soul and the comparisons to legends of the past, Kiwanuka and his music are authentic and not just some retro throwback. “It would be easy to dismiss this all as a clever piece of calculated marketing,” says The Independent, “were it not for a soulful maturity in his voice that belies his age.” And, of course, the best way to hear that voice is live: Tonight at Webster Hall and on Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

(Listen to Michael Kiwanuka play songs from his album and cover Jimi Hendrix for NPR.)


Lianne La Havas Sells Out The Bowery Ballroom

September 12th, 2012

Lianne La Havas – The Bowery Ballroom – September 11, 2012

Crossing over the pond isn’t the easiest for UK artists, so when they do, it’s best to take notice. We all know about Adele’s meteoric rise up the Billboard charts last year with her sophomore album, 21, so queue the female British invasion 2.0 with Lianne La Havas. The 23-year-old brought songs from her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? to Bowery Ballroom last night. She opened with “Don’t Wake Me Up,” and the sold-out crowd happily sang along. La Havas exclaimed, “Cheers, New York City,” raising her gin and tonic to the audience. She was in “a moment of disbelief” at the overwhelming welcome and repeatedly thanked everyone for coming.

The band exited the stage as the spotlight shown only on La Havas while she performed “Tease Me,” “Everything Everything” and “Age.” Stripping herself of her guitar, the singer crooned “Empty.” Performing while New York Fashion Week was in full swing, La Havas donned her trademark collar shirt with sparkly knit top. Being singled out for her signature looks, she was spotted at the DKNY show. Much like the aforementioned fellow UK artist, La Havas’s album draws from heartache, and quite a few songs catalog her relationship with her ex. “Forget” was a breakup anthem that fans exalted along with, and “Gone” was a perfect bookend to the set as a goodbye lullaby to her former love.

Before going into her encore, La Havas took time to note the significance of the date, 9/11, and how much the city has rebuilt and healed. Eluded to earlier in the set, she covered Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me” for superfan Casey, who was front and center for the whole show. Appropriately ending with her album’s title track, which was written in New York City, La Havas cheekily sang, “Dance until you aren’t drunk anymore.” But she had one question left: “Is Your Love Big Enough?” For the fans at The Bowery Ballroom, it sure was. —Sharlene Chiu

(Lianne La Havas plays the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center on 10/29 with John Legend.)