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Daniel Lanois Headlines Impressive Lineup at Masonic Temple

November 7th, 2014

Prior to launching a solo career, crafting lush, ambient classics like “The Maker” and many more, Daniel Lanois was best known as a producer extraordinaire, working with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris—and perhaps most notably for teaming up with Brian Eno on several U2 albums, including megahit The Joshua Tree. But in the present, Lanois’ most recent album, Flesh & Machine (stream it below), came out last week, and PopMatters says, “This is ambient music with the capacity to excite, engage, and evoke.” Additionally, “The real Flesh and Machine visual component that sounds extraordinary will be Lanois’ live shows in support of the release. Each night, Lanois, along with bassist Jim Wilson and drummer Brian Blade, will sample, dub and process in real time on stage each night, making for a singular performance on each date of the tour, never to be recreated.” And when Lanois and Co. (above, performing “Opera”) appear at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn on Monday, it will be for Antithesis, “an evening of electrified shimmy and sonic wonder curated by Daniel Lanois,” featuring a full set each from Lanois, Mali desert-blues outfit Tinariwen and Brooklyn dream-rock trio the Antlers, plus a special appearance by “outsider artist” Lonnie Holley. This is one of those special shows you don’t want to miss.


Terminal 5 Fits James Blake’s Music Like a Glove

November 7th, 2013

James Blake – Terminal 5 – November 6, 2013

As the stage lights began to blaze last night at Terminal 5, James Blake strolled out with a pair of bandmates. Fresh off winning the 2013 Mercury Prize for best album with Overgrown, he had a comfortable, confident air about him. The crowd fixated on the talented electronic-music producer and top-notch singer-songwriter as he and his band slid into a haunting rendition of “I Never Learnt to Share” and flashbulbs ignited the stage. “Life Round Here” followed with sirenlike sound effects and howling synths. “Hello, how you doing? Good to be back,” said Blake with a grin between songs. “We’re here for the same reason you are.” Mystery is the name of the game when it comes to his music: Sparse lyrics, distorted vocals and entrancing beats cast a veil of lulled intensity over cavernous Terminal 5 throughout Blake’s entire set.

“To the Last,” “CMYK” and “Overgrown” electrified the air with lush synths and resounding beats. Blake pulled back for a subdued, almost whispered version of “I Am Sold.” “Digital Lion,” a track Blake created with Brian Eno’s help, came next, filling the air with writhing drumbeats splashed with hallowed, melancholic vocals. The lullaby-esque “Our Love Comes Back” and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” followed—and then “Lindisfarne I” and “Lindisfarne II,” both off Blake’s self-titled debut album, featuring the sparse, distorted vocals of his upper range. Masterful live takes on “Limit to Your Love” and “I Mind,” which alternated steadily between subdued crooning and exuberant beat-making, got the audience gyrating. Next, Blake introduced live looping with a sultry version of “Retrograde,” filling the room with love-struck lyrics.

“The Wilhelm Scream” closed the set, and Blake and Co. took polite bows before exiting the stage. But the crowd was determined to hear an encore, and cheers swelled steadily until Blake returned alone to perform “Measurements.” Before recording the live loops that would build the foundation of the gospel-inspired song, he entreated everyone to be as quiet as possible. And slowly but surely, all of Terminal 5 hushed as the sound of Blake’s voice filled the newly silent void. The loops continued and his vocals faded into the darkness as he made another humble exit to uproarious cheers from the crowd. Blake certainly knows how to cast a spell over a live audience and make even the largest venue fit his melancholic music like a glove. —Schuyler Rooth

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

(James Blake plays Terminal 5 again tonight.)


Spend Saturday Night with Matthew Dear at Webster Hall

November 15th, 2012

You can’t pin down Matthew Deer, so don’t even bother trying. The producer, DJ and avant-pop musician first discovered electronic music as a teenager in his native Texas. In college in Michigan, he began DJing parties, which led to producing and then eventually making his way to the front of the stage to sing his own music. Pitchfork said of Dear’s fifth solo album, Beams, which came out earlier this year: “Each successive release under the Detroit producer’s own name has seen him reveal more of himself as he simultaneously retreats deeper into the shadows.” But make no mistake, influenced by Brian Eno, David Bowie and Talking Heads, Dear (above, playing “Headcage”) makes the kind of music that gets people moving. And you can get moving yourself when Matthew Dear—alongside Light Asylum, Beacon and MNDR—plays Webster Hall on Saturday.

Exclusive Video: Daughter Is a Young Band to Watch

July 5th, 2012

With expertly layered, nuanced music that belies their age, you’d have no idea Daughter, the group The Guardian calls “the progeny of Enya and Eno,” hasn’t even been together for two years. But all that makes this English experimental-folk trio a band not to miss—brooding atmospherics, moody lyrics and a beautiful voice—is revealed in this stirring rendition of “Youth” for The Bowery Presents Live.

After the performance, the group’s members, Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, looked back on meeting in school, being proud of their work and people knowing the words to their songs. Watch the interview here. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live on YouTube for more of these cool videos posted each week, plus live-streaming shows, like Dirty Projectors on Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.