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The Kills – The Bowery Ballroom – October 23, 2014

October 24th, 2014

The Kills - The Bowery Ballroom - October 23, 2014

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CMJ Music Marathon Kicks Off Today

October 21st, 2014

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For more than three decades the annual CMJ Music Marathon has been one of the most important outlets for shining the spotlight on new music from across the country and even around the world. The five-day (and night) festival kicks off today, which means the city’s venues—traditional and otherwise—will be jam packed with stacked lineups and fans chasing bands that might possibly become the next big thing. And, of course, The Bowery Presents has plenty of great shows, big and small:

Today
1. Tom Vek and Olga Bell at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
2. Oh Land, Walking Shapes, Corbu, Sons of an Illustrious Father at The Bowery Ballroom
3. the Crookes, Money, Spring King and Longfellow at Rough Trade NYC FREE
4. Cold War Kids, Aurora, Chief Scout, the Big P.A. at Brooklyn Bowl
5. Ming City Rockers, Made Violent, Slothrust, Børns at Mercury Lounge LATE SHOW
6. the Horrors and Moon Duo at Stage 48

Wednesday
1. Spookyland and Mighty Oaks at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
2. Ryn Weaver, Circa Waves, Public Access T.V., Step Rockets and Sway Clarke II at The Bowery Ballroom
3. Teen Daze, Mothxr, Vérité, Carousel, Ayer and guest DJ Dart Party at Brooklyn Bowl
4. Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene and Luxley at Terminal 5
5. Cold War Kids, Elliot Moss, Moses Sumney, Little May and Doe Paoro at Rough Trade NYC SOLD OUT
6. Young Magic, Saint Pepsi, Popstrangers, Dog Bite and Chandos at Mercury Lounge LATE SHOW

Thursday
1. Twin Peaks, Happyness, the Wytches, Spring King and Nai Harvest at Rough Trade NYC FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Tor Miller, Bully and Bee Caves at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
3. Beach Fossils and Small Black at Brooklyn Bowl
4. RAC, the Kooks and Speak at Terminal 5
5. the Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns and Slothrust at The Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
6. Moses Sumney, Adult Jazz, J. Fernandez and George Maple at Rough Trade NYC
7. the Big Sleep and Haven at Mercury Lounge FREE LATE SHOW

Friday
1. Special Guest TBA, Oscar, Pinact and September Girls FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. Mexican Golden Girls, DMA’s, Bear’s Den, Peter Matthew Bauer, Little May, Chief Scout and Colony House at Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
3. Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Ryley Walker, Geronimo Getty and guest DJ Mondo Boys at Rough Trade NYC

Saturday
1. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the Wytches, Circa Waves, Water Liars, DMA’s, Springtime Carnivore, Public Access T.V., Spookyland, Amason, Little May, the Bright Light Social Hour and Ryley Walker at Pianos FREE DAYTIME SHOW
2. the Paperhead, Ultimate Painting, Doug Tuttle, Estrogen Highs and Negative Scanner at Rough Trade NYC FREE DAYTIME SHOW
3. Teen Commandments, Sphynx, the Ocean Blues, Wild Adriatic, Walker Lukens, Saskwatch, Pree, New Myths and No Way Josie at Mercury Lounge
4. A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, Prince Rama, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Wampire, Young Magic, No Ningen, Spires, the Wytches and the Paperhead at Rough Trade NYC
5. DJ Dodger Stadium, Special Guest TBA, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex at Brooklyn Bowl
6. Slowdive and Low at Terminal 5 SOLD OUT
7. Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Dilly Dally and Knox Hamilton at The Bowery Ballroom

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The White Buffalo Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday Night

October 17th, 2014

Passionate singer-songwriter Jake Smith (vocals and guitar) grew up listening to country music and then punk before he began writing his own songs and enthusiastically performing them live while in college in Northern California. He eventually made his way back to Southern California and began working under the name the White Buffalo, joined by the rhythm section of Tommy Andrews (bass) and Matt Lynott (drums). With songs about outsiders and rebels, plus Smith’s whiskey-tinged vocals, the L.A. trio’s own winning take on Americana has been compared to Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Townes Van Zandt. Following the release of several EPs, the White Buffalo (above, doing “The Whistler” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) made waves amongst critics and fans alike with 2012’s Once Upon a Time in the West (stream it below)—about which American Songwriter opined, “The gravity of these tracks serve as somewhat of an announcement of Smith’s arrival, and it appears he doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon”—and 2013’s Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways (stream it below)—PopMatters said it’s “an album that always seems to find the perfect note. Is it a barrel of laughs? Nope. Is it worth listening to? Definitely.” Of course, you might also recognize some of the band’s tunes from Sons of Anarchy, which is perhaps why Paste labels their music a “biker-friendly brand of folk music.” But, regardless, you can experience the White Buffalo live and in person on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom. Local four-piece Swear and Shake open the show.

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Best Experienced Live, Fat White Family Play The Bowery Ballroom

October 17th, 2014

Following the dissolution of two other bands, Fat White Family—Lias Saudi (vocals), Saul Adamczewski (guitar and vocals), Adam Harmer (guitar), Dan Lyons (drums), Joseph Pancucci (bass) and Nathan Saudi (organ)—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 this year’s Glastonbury) are a band best experienced live, which works out great because not only are they currently touring North America, but you can also see them tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Comic book artist and local rocker Jeffrey Lewis opens the show.

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Pond Evoke the Past While Providing a Glimpse at the Future

October 16th, 2014

Pond – The Bowery Ballroom – October 15, 2014

61-atxl1Having never been there, I imagine Australia to be like a bizarro northern hemisphere— perspective is flipped, up is down, the earth spinning in the other direction. For all I know, it’s possible the arrow of time is pointing in the other direction, so a band like Pond isn’t influenced by past greats, but is somehow instead influencing classic rock’s future past. As they tore through their late set last night at The Bowery Ballroom, the Perth quintet evoked the sounds of prog and psych rock—bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Black Sabbath and even David Bowie—but made these sounds their own from an alternate universe where those bands don’t even exist yet. Maybe that doesn’t make too much sense, but these are the kinds of things that run through your head when your body and brain are being jostled around by Pond’s live set.

Things got to that place quickly, particularly with “Giant Tortoise,” off last year’s Hobo Rocket, early in the set. With pixilated stripes of primary colors jiggling on the screen behind them, Pond deftly switched gears, high then low then back to high again, propelled by Jay Watson’s superlative drumming. The guys in the band didn’t seem to take themselves too seriously at all. Guitarist and lead singer Nick Allbrook wore a dress more appropriate for a picnic date and a Justin Bieber sweatshirt that only muddled the ensemble, plus he went on a long ad-libbed bit in the middle of “Fantastic Explosion of Time” that touched on a number of topics, including the taste du jour, pumpkin spice.

The music, though, twisted expertly through multisectioned compositions, heavy two-guitar rock-outs and more prog-y interludes. The crowd pulsed with each shift and crescendo, bouncing and bumping around the Ballroom floor. “Don’t Look at the Sun or You’ll Go Blind” was a brilliant Pink Floyd–as-disco jam from their back catalog, while “Xanman” was pure Sabbath fist-pumping energy. As the music pulled in different directions, Pond remained tight, largely on the strength of Watson’s intense playing and focus. The set climaxed with “You Broke My Cool,” off their 2012 album, Beard, Wives, Denim, a dense double helix of psych and funk, and the closing “Midnight Mass (At the Market Street Payphone).” That last tune was pure “save the best for last,” with a long spaced-out bridge zapped with a dreamy slide-guitar riff from Joseph Ryan. Evocative and futuristic all at once, which describes Pond through and through. —A. Stein

(Pond play Rough Trade NYC on Saturday.)

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Kopecky Family Band Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday

October 14th, 2014

Like-minded musicians Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keys and bass) and Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar and horns) met while attending school in Nashville, and within months, the two encountered Steven Holmes (guitar and lap steel), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar and keys) and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar and horns), and formed the melodic folk-pop six-piece the Kopecky Family Band in 2007. Because each band member plays multiple instruments, the group has a broad chamber-rock sound. After releasing several EPs, the Kopecky Family Band (above, performing “The Glow” for WFUV FM) put out their debut LP, Kids Raising Kids (stream it below), in 2012—although it’s since been rereleased on ATO Records. And American Songwriter was impressed: “There’s great excitement in the way the band can go from zero to 60, then back to zero in seconds flat. As the album rollicks along, there remains a sonic unpredictability that’s rare for bands that count on vocal harmonies to carry much of the heavy load…. Even when a big group shows off their many toys, a quality album still often comes down to whether they can handle the basics better than others can. In that sense, the Kopecky Family Band is a unit tied together not by blood, but by their harmonic creations.” Catch them live on Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom. Another Nashville band, the quartet Coin, opens the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See J Mascis on 10/17

October 14th, 2014

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Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is currently touring behind his (mostly) acoustic new album, Tied to a Star, which brings him to The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. The show is sold out, but The House List just so happens to be giving away two tickets. 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 (J Mascis, 10/17) and a brief message explaining what you most like about his latest work. Eddie Bruiser, a J Mascis fan since way back, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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With a Brand New Album, Iceage Play The Bowery Ballroom

October 10th, 2014

Childhood friends Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals and guitar), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass) and Johan Surrballe Wieth (guitar) formed the punk band Iceage six years ago in Copenhagen while still in their teens. And with the release of their debut LP, New Brigade (stream it below), in 2011, the precocious band introduced themselves to the world, receiving plenty of acclaim in return. The A.V. Club rang in on the subject: “Iceage’s stunning debut, New Brigade, slaps vibrant new life into the worked-over corpse of post-punk, radiating a breathless, desperate, ramshackle charm that runs counter to the frigid gloom of the music.” Critics (and fans alike) were also impressed with the quartet’s second full-length, You’re Nothing (stream it below), which followed two years later. In a glowing review, NME declared, “If you were told an album had been recorded at a farmhouse on the Danish island of Møn, you’d expect an album of pastoral lovelorn twee wallowing. Not something as exhilarating and violent as being punched in the face mid-fuck.” Iceage (above, performing “Burning Hand”) just put out their third LP, Plowing Into the Field of Love (stream it below), this week, earning the “Best New Music” tag from Pitchfork: “A sense of steadiness, a measured approach to abandon, marks Iceage’s transformation from a very good band to a Great Band on Plowing.” See them play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night.

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Two Nights of BoomBox at The Bowery Ballroom This Weekend

October 8th, 2014

BoomBox, a Muscle Shoals, Ala., rock duo, formed when Zion Godchaux (guitar and vocals) and Russ Randolph (sequencers, groove boxes and turntables) met in 2004. They had each become interested in music at a young age. Godchaux—the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux—began playing drums when he was just two, and he took up the guitar and writing songs in his teens. Randolph, too, picked up the drums early before taking a keen interest in engineering and producing. All of this comes through in the band’s electronic rock and blues soundscapes designed to make you move. But when it comes to playing live, the guys in BoomBox (above, doing “Mr. Boogie Man” for MoBoogie) don’t like to get tied down with set lists. Instead they let the crowd dictate a musical direction. (“On a really good night, it’s like people are almost telling us what to play,” said Randolph.) Touring behind their most recent album, the lively Filling in the Color (stream it below), BoomBox play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday. Belgian beat-maker Ramona opens both shows.

Contest: Win Free Tickets to Kaytranada and More

October 6th, 2014

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We’ve got two great shows with Kaytranada this week, on Wednesday at The Bowery Ballroom and on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg (which is already sold out), and you can enter to win free tickets plus some sweet prizes from our homies at Mishka. Just repost this photo, follow @bowerypresents and @mishkagram and use #kaytranadabowery.
Good luck! #bowerypresents

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Bear Hands Stay Local to Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

October 6th, 2014

The Brooklyn quartet Bear Hands—Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass), Dylan Rau (vocals and guitar) and TJ Orscher (drums)—got started when Feldman and Rau met in college. The duo then paired up with Loper and Orscher, who had been involved in hardcore-punk bands, and they suddenly had a post-punk experimental sound. Their first EP, Golden (stream it below), came out in 2007 and Bear Hands (above, playing “Giants” for KEXP FM) eventually got a plum gig opening for MGMT. (Rau had attended Wesleyan with that band’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser.) A proper LP, Burning Bush Supper Club (stream it below), came out in 2010, and even the noted cynics at Pitchfork were impressed: “Bear Hands excel at crafting songs that chug manically under a cloud of reverb or coax wallflowers out onto the dance floor with an infectious marriage of musical precision and experimental messiness.” The four-piece returned earlier this year with their sophomore LP, Distractions (stream it below). “By giving up some their raucous, more punk-inspired roots, Bear Hands have collectively grown as both songwriters and shapers of sounds,” said Consequence of Sound before declaring an “undying punk ethos still shines thanks to their insatiable sense of curiosity and utter creative fearlessness.” See them play The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Local quintet Ski Lodge open the show.

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Augustines Take to the Streets

September 30th, 2014

Augustines – The Bowery Ballroom – September 29, 2014

Augustines – The Bowery Ballroom – September 29, 2014
Augustines have become synonymous with the tricky combination of moral victories and abject failures, if not unique, certainly associated with living in New York City. Theirs is a story of name changes, near misses and eventual triumph: Pela splitting into We Are Augustines and Thieving Irons, and then We Are Augustines becoming Augustines. After a performance on his show, it was finally David Letterman—a guy who appreciates tragicomedy—who suggested the band’s debut LP, Rise You Sunken Ships, as a bromide with which to face down struggle. The band took the stage at The Bowery Ballroom last night with a Billboard-charting second record, a movie about their ascendancy recently funded on Kickstarter, Rise, and maybe a bit of a crisis about transitioning from the band that could never get it right to the one that seemingly couldn’t miss.

Lead singer Billy McCarthy kicked off the show with “Headlong into the Abyss,” a song he closed with the coda “It’s good to be home. We’re going the distance.” But this was no conversational promise: The show would end more than two hours later out in front of the venue on the Delancey St. sidewalk. The band marched through their brand of underdog rock, playing “Chapel Song” and the pointed “Cruel City.” The latter prompted McCarthy to issue a pseudo-apology: “I might say some bad things about this town in the songs, but I got love for you all.” The New York City focus rarely left the band’s focus. In fact, McCarthy introduced “Waiting on the Stairs” by yelping, “This one’s for New York”—as if there were anything else to say.

The frontman launched himself from the top edge of the kick drum and brandished the neck of his guitar like a Tommy Gun to the delight of the assembled. An increasingly soft-at-the-edges McCarthy reaching for the top of the room proved to be something of an allegory. If the National stormed out of the NYC market with their willingness to replicate and repeat being miserable despite all evidence to contrary, Augustines continue to mine the against-the-odds narrative, even while the band approaches becoming an overdog. McCarthy still desired connection, perhaps the band’s enduring truism, first taking to the center of the room and then the street outside for an acoustic encore. This commitment to New York City was more than an aesthetic choice, McCarthy, sweating profusely, shed down to his undershirt in the unseasonable humidity of the Lower East Side, surrounded by his people. —Geoff Nelson

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com

(Augustines play Rough Trade NYC on Friday.)

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Odesza on 10/3

September 30th, 2014

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Seattle electronic duo Odesza are currently traveling across North America, and their tour brings them to New York City for two shows, on Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom and on Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And even though they’re both already sold out, The House List is giving away two tickets to see them on 10/3. 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 (Odesza, 10/3) and a brief message explaining what’s happened with you recently that you deserve free tickets. Eddie Bruiser, who would sincerely like to know, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Tina Dico Brings New Music to The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

September 30th, 2014

Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico is most well know for what AllMusic calls “heavenly vocals and a poignant writing style.” After discussions with several labels around the turn of the century proved to be underwhelming, she formed her own label, Finest Gramophone to put out her first album, Fuel (stream it below), back in 2001. Since then, Dico (above, performing “Drifting”) has remained an important presence on the Copenhagen music scene and across Europe. Her most recent release, Whispers (stream it below), came out about a month ago to some fairly high praise, including from the Boston Globe: “As a new generation of smoldering young songstresses, including Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Banks, reaches a wide mainstream audience, it’s the perfect time for the reemergence of Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico. Her latest studio effort is a richly rewarding, complex reflection on love, loss and acceptance.” See this big-voiced, engaging live performer tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. Josh Mease’s Lapland opens the show.

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Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Bowery Ballroom – September 26, 2014

September 29th, 2014

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - The Bowery Ballroom - September 26, 2014

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com