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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Tash Sultana on 2/17

February 14th, 2017

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Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist and looping artist Tash Sultana plays twice in New York City this week, tomorrow at Mercury Lounge and on Friday at Rough Trade NYC. Both shows are already sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to her second appearance. Don’t have any and still 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 (Tash Sultana, 2/17) and a brief message explaining the best way to spend Sundays now that there’s no football. Eddie Bruiser, who’s got some time to kill, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

(Tash Sultana returns to NYC to play The Bowery Ballroom on 10/2 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/3.)

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Common Kings Bring Brand-New Music to The Bowery Ballroom

February 14th, 2017

Inspired by R&B, soul and reggae—and their Polynesian roots—JR King (vocals), Taumata Grey (guitar), Ivan Kirimaua (bass) and Jerome Taito (drums) began jamming together a few years ago while attending Orange Coast College, which led to them later forming the pop-rock four-piece Common Kings in Orange County, Calif. After putting out several EPs and singles, their impressive debut full-length, the catchy, upbeat Lost in Paradise (stream it below), arrived earlier this month. And touring behind the new tunes, Common Kings (above, their official video for “Lost in Paradise”) play The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night. Miami hip-hop group ¡Mayday! and big-wave surfer and reggae-pop singer-songwriter Makua Rothman open the show.

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Bear’s Den Leave Them Wanting More at The Bowery Ballroom

February 2nd, 2017

Bear’s Den – The Bowery Ballroom – February 1, 2017

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The British folk rock band Bear’s Den wrap gorgeous compositions with a searing banjo ribbon. It’s not a surprise that they supported fellow countrymen Mumford & Sons, as both share similar musical sensibilities. They’re also no strangers to road-tripping across America, having jumped in a Volkswagen Campervan to tour with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Staves in 2014. In support of their sophomore release, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, the lads played to a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on a crisp Wednesday night. The balcony was overflowing with spectators, as folks could barely get on the floor. Although the evening featured songs from the recent release, special attention was paid to the faithful when the rarely sung and mostly back-cataloged “Sophie” was played acoustically as the audience came to a hauling silence.

Band leader Andrew Davie admitted it was likely their “second-oldest song,” and fans, new and old, were grateful. They erupted for “When You Break,” a favorite from Bear’s Den debut, Islands. A pause in the set carved time for guitarist Christof to make his traditional bottle-flip attempt. The suspense was thick as the water bottle flew in the air, and Davie bear-hugged his bandmate upon success before wailing the sea shanty “Auld Wives.” Christof strapped on the banjo for another favorite, “Above the Clouds of Pompeii,” as clapping hands and stomping feet revved up the band before they exited the stage.

There was little doubt they would not return for an encore, and they did with horn accompaniment for “Napoleon.” Davie, bassist Kevin Jones and Christof made their way into the crowd with only instruments on an acoustic rendition of “Gabriel.” Back onstage, Davie explained that throughout their tour they have been playing covers that were of local artists or about the city they were in. Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” checked off both those requirements. The evening wrapped up with the anthemic “Agape,” which was a fitting soundtrack to lead folks into the night and onto a new day. —Sharlene Chiu

 

 

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Maren Morris on 2/2

January 31st, 2017

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Acclaimed country singer Maren Morris plays The Bowery Ballroom twice on Thursday night, early and late. Both appearances are sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to the show of the winner’s choice. Don’t have tickets and 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 (Maren Morris—choose early or late) and a brief message explaining why you’re happy for February’s arrival. Eddie Bruiser, who’s no fan of January, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Black Tiger Sex Machine – The Bowery Ballroom – January 27, 2017

January 30th, 2017

Black Tiger Sex Machine - The Bowery Ballroom - January 27, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Cate Le Bon Shows The Bowery Ballroom a Good Time

January 27th, 2017

Cate Le Bon – The Bowery Ballroom – January 26, 2017

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Welsh musician Cate Le Bon has a unique sound—a voice not unlike the rich throb of Nico’s, with the addition of some amped-up exuberance and a penchant for jangly guitars. Last night at The Bowery Ballroom, Le Bon and her band brought a focused energy to their performance, highlighting songs from 2016’s Crab Day, as well as crowd-pleasing material from its predecessor, Mug Museum.

Le Bon and her band’s precision and cohesion came through in particular during their version of Crab Day’s “How Do You Know?” a song that culminated with the singer-songwriter staring out at the crowd, rhythmically nodding her head, almost robotically, to the beat, as she and her bandmates strummed a repeated riff, slowing down bit by bit. As the speed decreased, so too did Le Bon, mimicking a machine shutting down and eventually stopping, head and body limply hunched over her guitar. Moments later, she was suddenly upright again, launching into the jaunty “I Can’t Help You” and even letting out a few excited yelps at the end.

After performing some new material and bringing out the night’s opener (and Le Bon’s frequent musical collaborator), Tim Presley, to accompany the band on a few songs, Le Bon treated us to Mug Museum’s “Are You With Me Now?”—an eminently catchy crowd-pleaser that featured lovely backing harmonies from the band. It was a sweet nightcap, and if I had to answer the song’s question based upon crowd response, I’d give it a resounding yes: We are with you, Cate Le Bon. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

 

 

 

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The Ludlow Thieves – January 13, 2017 – The Bowery Ballroom

January 17th, 2017

The Ludlow Thieves - January 13, 2017 - The Bowery Ballroom

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Frankie Ballard Brings Country Music to The Bowery Ballroom

January 11th, 2017

Frankie Ballard didn’t get his first guitar until he was 18, which is pretty surprising considering how accomplished of a guitarist he’s since become—although the country-pop singer-singer-songwriter is just as well-known for his gritty vocals as his guitar prowess. Ballard (above, doing “It All Started with a Beer” for Live at the Grand Ole Opry) began to make a name for himself with vibrant live sets opening for the likes of Bob Seger, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line. But he’s also released some impressive recorded material. A self-titled debut (stream it below) arrived in 2011, followed by Sunshine & Whiskey (stream it below), which Rolling Stone called “required listening,” three years later. Ballard returned last year with another full-length, El Rio (stream it below), and again Rolling Stone weighed in: “Frankie Ballard’s third album packs plenty of country-rock punch, with lyrics that reference Guns N’ Roses and songs that evoke the rootsy sweep of the American heartland.” Don’t miss him tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. The Last Bandoleros open the show.

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Big Thief Play Sold-Out Hometown Show at The Bowery Ballroom

January 9th, 2017

Big Thief – The Bowery Ballroom – January 7, 2017

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With the release of their well-received first album, Masterpiece, last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief had a big 2016. On Saturday night, the band played a hometown show at The Bowery Ballroom, treating the sold-out crowd to well-loved songs from their debut as well as new material from a second record that Big Thief frontwoman Adrianne Lenker said is “close.” In a word, Big Thief’s music might best be described as emotional—Lenker channels a great deal of feeling through her evocative voice, ranging from sweet and delicate to plaintive to a near-shout or wail. Songs like Masterpiece’s “Real Love” and “Parallels” each illustrated this emotional landscape, with moments of sadness, anger and yearning simmering beneath Lenker’s voice and lyrics. The new material lingered in the same satisfying emotional sweet spots.

Big Thief also treated the crowd to a performance from special guest Sharon Van Etten, who knows a thing or two about emotional melodies herself, and who joined to sing on some of the new material, beautifully weaving her voice around Lenker’s. At various moments throughout the show, Lenker poked fun at her own guitar-tuning perfectionism, taking short pauses between some songs to ensure she had it just right. But despite her self-awareness, this attention to detail served Big Thief well: Their warm, spare instrumentation, the vivid lyrics and the conviction behind each verse and chorus are what have drawn admirers to them, and why the new album on the horizon stands to resonate with fans once again. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

 

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The Bowery Ballroom Welcomes Winter Jazzfest on Friday Night

January 4th, 2017

On Friday night, one of the best rock clubs in town becomes one of the best jazz clubs in New York City thanks to the NYC Winter Jazzfest, which “upholds the continued mission to showcase top quality jazz to industry professionals, avid jazz fans and new audiences” over the course of five days—1/5-10. But the festival is perhaps best known for it’s two-night marathon across Greenwich Village’s downtown venues, which finds The Bowery Ballroom hosting the Revive Music Stage and a stacked lineup on Friday night. Karriem Riggins will DJ between all five sets of music—Philly music collective Killiam Shakespeare (below, stream Killiam Season 1), singer-songwriter and keyboardist (and Prince protege) Kandace Springs (below, stream Soul Eyes), guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life (below, stream Nihil Novi) and drummer, composer and bandleader Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (above, performing live).

(Tickets to this show are included in the 1/6 single-day marathon pass.)

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A Lenny Kaye Birthday Party with Patti Smith at The Bowery Ballroom

December 28th, 2016

Patti Smith and Her Band – The Bowery Ballroom – December 27, 2016

(Photo: Dina Regine)

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Lenny Kaye has worn many hats over the course of his impressive career, including guitarist, songwriter, producer and author—but he is best known for being a founding member of the Patti Smith Group. In tribute to their long and fruitful partnership, they threw Kaye a rocking 70th birthday party last night at The Bowery Ballroom, featuring Kaye and a slew of fellow musicians and friends performing for a sold-out crowd.

Kaye laughed with a sense of disbelief as he prefaced a performance of his song “Crazy Like a Fox,” with the fact that he’d recorded it 50 years ago. As he and the rotating backing musicians, including Tom Clark and Tony Shanahan (also of Patti Smith Group), tore through a set of nostalgic cover songs and originals, Kaye reminisced about growing up in New Jersey, his love of the Lower East Side and his fondness for the opportunity to work with a variety of different artists and genres during his days as a record producer.

Smith later joined the band to perform songs like “Free Money,” “Pissing in a River” and “Mercy Is,” lending her powerful stage presence in tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator. “Hey, Patti,” yelled someone in the crowd. “Tell us a story about Lenny from the old days.” Without missing a beat, she retorted, with a wink, “Those were the new days, these are the old days.” But judging by the great music and big smiles onstage from Kaye and Smith (who turns 70 herself in just a few days), the “old days” seem quite promising. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

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Grow a Pair: Win Tickets to See the Lone Bellow This Week

December 27th, 2016

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Brooklyn trio the Lone Bellow close out 2016 with three hometown shows at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each appearance is already sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to the show of the winner’s choice. Don’t have any and still want to go? 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 (Lone Bellow, 12/29, 12/30 or 12/31) and a brief message explaining why going to a concert is the best way to spend New Year’s Eve. Eddie Bruiser, who needs no convincing of this, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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July Talk Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

December 14th, 2016

Mashing together gritty, bluesy rock with a dose of dance-worthy synths and his-and-hers vocals, Peter Dreimanis (vocals), Leah Fay (vocals), Ian Docherty (guitar), Josh Warburton (bass) and Danny Miles (drums) formed July Talk just a few years ago in Toronto. They earned comparisons to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills when their self-titled debut (stream it below) came out in 2012. Their second full-length, Touch (stream it below), arrived this past October. “Touch finds July Talk cultivating and improving upon what made them so engaging on their debut. Rather than going the easy route of replicating their initial successes, they push themselves and expand. Their signature sound and integrity is maintained, while new touches are added as needed,” according to PopMatters. “It’s a fantastic follow-up and is an example, in this cynical era of playlists, of how bands can still craft fully realized, comprehensive albums while still developing as artists and not being afraid to make sociological statements.” July Talk (above, performing “Push + Pull” for Toronto’s CFNY FM 102.1 the Edge) kicked off a new tour earlier this week, which brings them to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Mona and Miles Francis open the show.

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Power Trio Earthless Headline The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

December 12th, 2016

Influenced by krautrock, Japanese psychedelia and heavier rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Isaiah Mitchell (guitar), Mike Eginton (bass) and Mario Rubalcaba (drums) formed the (primarily) instrumental power trio Earthless (above, performing “Uluru Rock” earlier this year) a decade-and-a-half ago in San Diego. Their most recent release, Acid Crusher/Mount Swan (stream it below), came out earlier this year. “Forget traditional structure, the verse-chorus-riff stuff that your parents instilled in you. Forget the jams the Grateful Dead laid out or the way the Allmans did witchy stuff over at the Fillmore. Forget the way that Can could take you deep inside the music. Forget all that and then brace yourself when it kicks in overtime via your genetic memory. It’s like déjà vu all over again,” raves PopMatters. “Earthless is stoned. Immaculate.” And they are currently working their way up the East Coast to play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Psychedelic five-piece Ruby the Hatchet open the show.

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Jesse Malin – The Bowery Ballroom – December 10, 2016

December 12th, 2016

Jesse Malin - The Bowery Ballroom - December 10, 2016

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music