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Flamin’ Groovies Take Fans on a Trip Back

July 8th, 2013

Flamin’ Groovies – The Bowery Ballroom – July 6, 2013


A generations-spanning crowd turned out to The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday for a night with the Flamin’ Groovies. Since forming back in 1965, the band has gone through multiple alterations, including various lineup adjustments and changes involving the ever-evolving musical styles and trends that come with the passage of time. When the band eventually broke up, it was hard to know if they could have foreseen that three core members—Chris Wilson, Cyril Jordan and George Alexander—would be back onstage together (with a new drummer, Victor Penalosa) in 2013, playing songs for folks who remember the group’s British Invasion–inspired power pop from their heyday, alongside a slew of new fans who weren’t born until many years later.

Tearing through opening song “Yeah My Baby,” a spirited version of “Tallahassee Lassie” and “You Tore Me Down,” Wilson, Jordan and Alexander’s excitement and enthusiasm for the music were palpable. Between songs, Jordan and Wilson cracked jokes and shared anecdotes: “We wrote this for the Beatles, but they didn’t want it,” said Jordan, prefacing the catchy “Please Please Girl.” “Not to mention they’d been broken up for seven years,” added Wilson, cheekily.

Flamin’ Groovies also treated the crowd to favorites like “Slow Death,” “Shake Some Action” and “Teenage Head,” but perhaps one of the most affecting moments during the celebratory evening was “First Plane Home,” a song with nostalgia built into the lyrics. There seemed to be a collective sense of reflection as Wilson sang, “But I, I’m gonna get the first plane home/ Well ya know/ I’m bound for old Frisco/ But I won’t be gone too long/ When I hear your voice/ You take me back/ To times when I was young.” With their performance, Flamin’ Groovies no doubt elicited a transformative experience, taking their fans back to another time, while also proving that the years have only strengthened the power of their rock and roll. —Alena Kastin

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Patti Smith on 12/29

December 27th, 2011

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Patti Smith and Her Band close out 2011 with three sold-out shows at The Bowery Ballroom, beginning on Thursday. These tickets went quickly, so there’s a good chance you don’t have any. If that’s the case and you’d still like to go, you’re in luck because The House List is giving away two to the 12/29 show. So 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 (Patti Smith and Her Band) and a brief message explaining your New Year resolution. Eddie Bruiser, who’s still trying to figure out what to resolve, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Frank Turner Sells Out The Bowery Ballroom

November 7th, 2011

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls – The Bowery Ballroom – November 3, 2011

(Photo: Kirsten Housel)

English troubadour Frank Turner hit The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night in the second of the tour’s two sold-out New York City shows with his newly introduced backing band, the Sleeping Souls. Previously known for his more intimate singer-songwriter crowd interaction, with this accompaniment, Turner turned up the decibels, cracked jokes and rocked out like no Bowery Presents venue has seen before this tour. Hardcore fans will always belt out every word from albums like Love Ire & Song, but the night’s major surprise was just how well the crowd knew the slew of material released just in the past year.

To start the set, Turner played newer songs, including “I Still Believe” and “One Foot Before the Other”—welcomed with intense fan response—before easing into a much older song, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous.” Another older song, “Love Ire & Song,” came shortly afterward, and Turner introduced it as one for the punks and acknowledged his own punk-rock past. Midset, Turned played his newest song yet, a slower one that spoke of good summertime memories and pointedly referenced the tearing down of central London’s famous Astoria venue to build a railway. He continued with the also slower (and older) love song “Substitute” and the stunning a cappella “English Ghost,” rich with British history. The show’s first crowd surfer came a few songs later, during “Long Live the Queen.”

To wind down, Turner played two covers, Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and his regional pick, “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen. After a quick break, he and the Sleeping Souls returned to the stage for “The Ballad of Me and My Friends” and an extended version of the forever a fan favorite “Photosynthesis” (with its “I won’t sit down and I won’t shut up and most of all I won’t grow up” refrain) completed by more crowd surfers. —Kirsten Housel