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Two years ago, Rolling Stone labeled versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Harding one of “10 Artists You Need to Know,” saying he sounds like “super-fly nuggets from soul and rock’s late-’70s crossover heyday, rediscovered by the son of a gospel singer.” Walker’s toured as a backup singer for Cee Lo Green and, after bonding over a shared love of vintage Southern soul, Harding (above, performing “Keep On Shining”) and the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander launched Night Sun, deftly mixing R&B and garage rock. Harding’s first solo release—a “genius debut album” per NME—Soul Power (stream it below) came out in 2014 to acclaim around the world. “Soul Power’s adventurous marrying of classic and contemporary with swagger and sensuality injects a particular energy into the current alternative-music scene,” raved Renowned for Sound. “Harding transforms stirring stories of hardship into something beautiful and tangible, which will be the foundation of an undoubtedly long and prolific future career.” His most recent tour winds down this weekend with a pair of shows in New York City, at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night and at Mercury Lounge on Sunday night.
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The Black Lips—now original members Cole Alexander (vocals and guitar), Jared Swilley (vocals and bass) and Joe Bradley (vocals and drums) alongside Jack Hines (guitar and vocals)—formed in the suburbs of Atlanta just before the turn of the century. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics (think: nudity, vomiting) got them banned from several local venues. But the group’s persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes without a change in their Southern-tinged garage-punk sound, evidenced by their most recent studio release, Underneath the Rainbow (stream it below)—produced in part by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney—about which the Austin Chronicle wrote: “The band somehow remains degenerately disheveled and brilliantly bombastic in a way that belies their tightness.” Of course when playing live, the Black Lips (above, doing “Gung Ho” for Jam in the Van) are still just as rowdy as ever, and you’ve got two chances to see them, on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom and then again on Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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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.
With high-energy live shows, shake-your-ass music and wacky stage antics (ask Lindsay Lohan about the often scantily clad frontman), King Khan & the Shrines have been a cult phenomenon for more than a decade. The band has been laying waste to stages from Coachella to SXSW with their unique sound—the musical intersection of garage rock, psychedelia, R&B and soul. They released their eighth full-length, Idle No More (stream it below), last year, and in giving the album a B+, the A.V. Club says it “is as much of a party as anything the Shrines have released. But it’s one that anticipates, and morbidly worships, the hangover that’s about to come.” And while the LP is great to listen to, the best way to experience King Khan & the Shrines (above, playing “No Regrets” for KEXP FM) is in person, which you should do tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Four teenagers, singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, drummer Joe Bradley, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh and bassist Jared Swilley, bonded over a love of music and formed a band, the Black Lips, in the Atlanta suburbs about a decade-and-a-half ago. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics, both onstage and off, got them banned from several local venues. But the group persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes, including the death of Eberbaugh, who was killed by a drunk driver. Guitarist Ian Saint Pe replaced him, but that hasn’t affected the band’s sound or spirit. In fact, the Black Lips (above, playing “Family Tree” for Billboard.com) continue to put on spirited, high-energy live performances while still churning out superlative Southern-tinged garage punk, most recently on this year’s Under the Rainbow (stream it below). The Washington Post praises it, mentioning that it sounds “clearer, sparer and tighter than its previous efforts,” before going on to add that “the Black Lips continue to craft a sound that could well be the next incarnation of punk.”
The Black Lips are currently out on the road with another like-minded Burger Records group, Natural Child. After eating weed brownies, bassist Wes Taylor was inspired to call drummer Zack martin and guitarist Seth Murray, proclaiming that they should start a band and “make all our rock and roll dreams come true together.” And upon agreeing to record and tour often, that’s just what they did: The three proceeded to spend most of the following two years out on the road, which not only allowed them to hone their live show, but it also gave them plenty of time to work on material. Natural Child (above, doing “Saturday Night Blues” for Rollo & Grady Sessions) released For the Love of the Game (stream it below) and Hard in Heaven (stream it below) just six months apart in 2012. Each album was filled with what the band calls “songs about drugs and various other subjects, but mostly drugs,” while managing to sound like a cross between J. Roddy Walston & the Business and early-’70s Rolling Stones. But seeking a bigger sound, the Nashville, Tenn., trio blossomed into a quintet with the addition of Luke Schneider (pedal steel) and Benny Divine (multi-instrumentalist) on this year’s excellent Dancin’ with Wolves (stream it below). So do yourself a favor and go see two hard-working bands that rock, the Black Lips and Natural Child on Thursday night at Webster Hall.
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Four teenagers, singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, drummer Joe Bradley, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh and bassist Jared Swilley, bonded over a love of music and formed a band, Black Lips, in the Atlanta suburbs more than 10 years ago. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics, both onstage and off, got them banned from several local venues. But the group persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes, including the death of Eberbaugh, who was killed by a drunk driver. He was replaced on guitar by Ian Saint Pé Brown, but that hasn’t affected the band’s sound. In fact Black Lips (above, playing “Dumpster Dive” for Billboard.com) have been churning out quality Southern-tinged garage punk for years, most recently on this past summer’s Arabia Mountain. You can see them—with Davilla 666, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Jonathan Toubin—celebrate Halloween on Saturday at Webster Hall. And as an added bonus, the good people of Vice are offering up some free tickets.
In just a few short weeks, Halloween will be upon us. This year it comes on a Monday, but you can get your holiday started early when Black Lips—and Davilla 666 and Xray Eyeballs—play Webster Hall on Saturday, 10/29. Their fourth album, the well-received Arabia Mountain, came out this past summer, and it features the Atlanta quartet’s retro sound with a modern touch. It’s great to listen to and it will even better to hear it live. Hell at the Hall. Don’t miss it.
Black Lips have a terrific new album, Arabia Mountain, and they’re coming our way to play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday. The show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy: 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 (Black Lips, 7/29) and a brief message explaining your resolution for the debt-ceiling crisis. Just kidding. Let us know why you’ve got a thing for garage rock. Eddie Bruiser, who definitely would’ve been in a garage-rock band if he’d ever had a garage, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
Four teenagers, singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, drummer Joe Bradley, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh and bassist Jared Swilley, bonded over a love of garage punk and formed a band, Black Lips, in the Atlanta suburbs more than 10 years ago. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics, both onstage and off, got them banned from several local venues. But the band persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes, including the death of Eberbaugh, who was killed by a drunk driver. Black Lips (above, playing “Bad Kids” for Baeble Music) went on to put out five well-regarded albums, including 2009’s 200 Million Thousand, which has led to many relishing the release of the group’s next LP, Arabia Mountain, out in June. But perhaps you can preview some of their new tunes next Tuesday at Webster Hall.