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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to Gene Clark “No Other” Tour on 1/25

January 21st, 2014

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Beach House and an all-star cast of performers have hit the road to perform the classic 1974 Gene Clark album, No Other, “from beginning to end as arranged, note for note, on the record.” It’s a short tour, just five shows, but the last two are this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both of them are sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Saturday’s show. Want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address and which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Gene Clark No Other tour, 1/25) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go. Eddie Bruiser, who’s a fan of the album, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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The Ruby Suns Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge Tomorrow Night

February 28th, 2013

About a decade ago multi-instrumentalist Ryan McPhun left California for Auckland, N.Z. He joined several groups before deciding to front his own, Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns. McPhun did a considerable amount of traveling—spending time in Africa and Asia before settling in New Zealand—so it’s no surprise that his band, now simply called the Ruby Suns, makes upbeat pop music with world-music (and psychedelic) influences. The Ruby Suns worked with Beach House and Grizzly Bear producer Chris Coady on their fourth LP, last month’s Christopher (stream it below). The album is filled with heavy hooks and big electro-pop sounds, and you can hear plenty of it when they play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.

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Mother Nature Is No Match for Beach House

July 24th, 2012

Beach House – SummerStage – July 23, 2012


Take any concert out of its usual bar or club setting and weird things can happen. The music risks becoming a background soundtrack rather than the main event because of endless distractions like nice summer weather, food and bathroom lines. In the case of Beach House’s SummerStage show last night in Central Park, the band shared the show with a summer storm. But it didn’t steal the show. It just made everything better (as long as you were OK with getting soaking wet).

Beach House began things with “Wild,” off their new album, Bloom, as smoke billowed out of machines onstage and dissipated up into the threatening skies. The sun slowly began to set and the clouds took over as the band played through song after song of their signature dreamy and hazy pop to the transitioning weather. And in the crawling crescendo of “Lazuli” the sky finally cracked open with lightning, drawing audible noise out of the audience at the track’s bridge. As “Gila” and “Used to Be” welcomed the cold rain, lead singer Victoria Legrand declared, “We’re not going to let this weather win.” But this was no competition. With umbrellas popping up in the audience, the crowd began to thin but not by much. And Beach House continued to power through, closing the set with the enchanted tones of “Myth” swirling through the thick rain.

The audience, now equal parts people and umbrellas, brought them back out for an encore that started off with “Turtle Island” as the biggest lightning strike yet splintered through the Manhattan skyline. Their next tune, “10 Mile Stereo,” was almost a rebuttal to the weather, with its screaming guitars calling out to the skies and the flashing stage lights during its loud climax mimicking the lightning going off in the distance. The show closed with “Irene,” which shares its name with the hurricane that threatened NYC last summer. But in the end, the menacing weather did nothing to stop the show. So if you ever have the chance to see Beach House live under the thundering heavens, be sure to take it and stick out whatever Mother Nature throws at you—but bring an umbrella. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Alexis Maindrault | rockinpix.com

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Beach House – The Bowery Ballroom – May 15, 2012

May 16th, 2012


Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish

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Beach House’s Balancing Act

February 24th, 2011

Beach House – Webster Hall – February 23, 2011

Beach House - Webster Hall - February 23, 2011
Beach House took the Webster Hall stage last night to massive cheers. Victoria Legrand thanked the crowd and mentioned how much it felt like the venue had changed from just a year earlier: “We’re all getting older. But enough talk … let’s get to the emotion.” The stage was as grandiose as the atmospheric sounds that came from the trio. Behind the band, three pyramids, lit from within, silhouetted guitarist Alex Scally, who, head down, bounced off his stool, driving the melodies. Legrand, wearing an oversize shoulder-padded pastel suit jacket, towered front and center behind a simple set of keyboards. Wrapped up in the moment, she’d periodically swing her hair while pounding the keys. Rounding out the group, drummer Daniel Franz, adding to the solid foundation with tambourine, shaker, kick and snare, has recently joined Beach House on tour.

It’s a balancing act of restraint for a show filled almost entirely with emotional ballads that are slowed down to the breaking point. It’s a testament to Beach House’s songwriting and simplicity that they hold the audience completely absorbed for the hour plus. There’s nothing extraneous or excessive to distract from the moody fog that never lifts. The huge sound doesn’t seem possible from these three tiny figures, and the spellbinding haze is only broken by waves of applause.

Hardly speaking between tracks, mostly off their latest, Teen Dream, the trio didn’t want to break the trance. Across their three albums Beach House has consistently worked in the dreamy, shoegaze tradition of swirled, layered, minimal instrumentation, with just enough rhythm to showcase the incredible talent of Legrand’s vocals. She tests her dynamics’ limits from ghostly quiet whispers to shattering cymbal-crashing crescendos in an almost Stevie Nicks-style raspy, lower-register sultry vocal. But ultimately that’s an unfair comparison because she truly sounds like no one else. —Jason Dean

(Beach House’s show on Friday at Webster Hall is sold out.)

Photos by Charles Steinberg

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The National Celebrates Brooklyn

July 28th, 2010

The National – Prospect Park Bandshell – July 27, 2010

The National - Prospect Park Bandshell - July 27, 2010
The experience of a live concert is reducible to a limited number of forms. And of those possibilities, bands usually fulfill your expectations of how they will perform and sound. For example, jam bands display virtuosic creativity while pop stars preen and shine for their adoring audience. This isn’t to say that performances don’t vary from night to night, but as the adage goes: You get what you pay for. The exception to this rule is when a band reproduces an album’s sound, but the effect of seeing them live still brings new depth to your understanding. Such is the case with the National. From lead singer Matt Berninger’s bustling baritone to Aaron and Bryce Dessner’s guitar hooks, the National swallow you whole.

On Tuesday night at the Prospect Park Bandshell, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Ohio natives brought their talents to support free shows as a part of Celebrate Brooklyn! Fellow heralded indie-rock stars Beach House opened with a serene set filled with selections from their 2010 release, Teen Dream. Though lead lady Victoria Legrand joked, “Thank you for standing there and watching us play music,” it’s unclear what other reactions their midtempo, introspective tunes could elicit.

By contrast, the National played through a catalog shifting from the anthemic, like with “Squalor Victoria” and “Mistaken for Strangers,” to the spectral “Conversation 16” and “Anyone’s Ghost.” The group’s effectiveness is apparent in the way they balance their literal no-frills presentation with focus and determination. Silhouetted behind a large black drape, the men of the National looked and sounded like they take their music seriously. Thankfully this approach deeply rewards the band and the audience. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Greg Aiello | www.ga-photos.com

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Prom Night at Webster Hall

May 7th, 2010

Beach House – Webster Hall – May 6, 2010

Beach House - Webster Hall - May 6, 2010
With crisscrossing streamers hanging from the balconies and shimmering diamond-shaped piñata-like structures adorning the stage of Webster Hall, Beach House’s sold-out show last night felt something like a reimagined high school prom. Fittingly, the Baltimore band’s latest album happens to be entitled Teen Dream and is full of reverb-heavy, dreamy pop songs that are at times moody, brooding and intense, the very emotions that inhabit many a teenage psyche.

Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand (and their excellent touring drummer) took their place as our unconventional prom band for the evening, bathed in dim, colored light—she behind her organ, he seated with his guitar—and opened the show with Teen Dream’s languid and lovely “Walk in the Park.” Legrand had a commanding stage presence, choosing moments to fling her long locks in the air, and during songs like “Norway” when her fingers were not flying over the keys, she gestured theatrically, palms covering her eyes or mimicking a beating heart on her chest.

The slow dance of the evening began with the opening guitar chords of the powerful “Zebra,” as a palpable sense of anticipation filled the crowd, followed by much swaying (and some noticeable make-out sessions). Beach House closed out their set with the poignant love song “Take Care,” and in a perfect homage to school dances everywhere, Webster Hall’s immense disco ball spun and dizzily adorned the ballroom with hundreds of tiny glints of light. —Alena Kastin

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | dianawongphoto.blogspot.com