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Against Me! Thrill Packed Brooklyn Steel Crowd on Saturday Night

October 16th, 2017

Against Me! – Brooklyn Steel – October 14, 2017


For some, Against Me! are the only band that matters, while in other circles the group hasn’t mattered in more than a decade. In their early days, the Florida four-piece fused folk and punk in a way that put their sound somewhere in between Billy Bragg and Crass. Their 2002 debut, Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose, was filled with scrappy sing-along tunes that promoted far-left politics and an infectious DIY charm that quickly won over the punk scene and influenced countless other acts. Then things began to change: Their 2007 album, New Wave, was a divisive sea change for the band as they jumped from indie label Fat Wreck Chords to the major label Sire Records. The LP paired them with famous producer Butch Vig, who helped them expand upon their sound and buff out the amateurish edge that seemed exciting and dangerous to many of their longtime loyal followers. But for those fans who turned their backs around that period, they have really missed out as Against Me! have come into their own in so many ways.

During that period, singer Laura Jane Grace (previously known as Tom Gabel) had begin to subtly hint in her lyrics that she was suffering from gender dysmorphia—and in the following years, she began to fully transition. This process fueled Grace to write the band’s masterpiece, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, so nakedly honest about her experiences while still rocking with more fury and passion than the band had displayed since their early days. During this time, the original rhythm section left and after some temporary substitutions, drummer Atom Willard and bassist Inge Johansson became permanent members. With these additions, Against Me! have become one the best live bands going. And after touring behind their newest album, Shape Shift with Me, for seven weeks, they brought their well-oiled machine to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday for a life-affirming night of rock and roll.

The room boiled over with a collective joy impossible not to notice as Against Me! blasted into Blues“True Trans Soul Rebel.” The mania in the crowd barely let up as the sea of fans bounced along in unison with crowd-surfers perpetually rolling overhead throughout the set. The band treated fans to a well-balanced mix of material from throughout their career, even busting out some deep cuts from the early days, like an especially heavy rendition of Axl Rose’s “Jordan’s First Choice.” One of the most surprising moments of the main set came as the quartet played a faithful rendition of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” that did the fallen Florida icon proud. Their encore also started with a cover as Grace played a solo rendition of the Mountain Goats classic “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton.” The song’s lines “When you punish a person for living his dream/ Don’t expect him to thank or forgive you” could act as a rallying cry for the resistance and Grace sang it with an intense purpose that sent chills down the spine. As the show came to an end, the band went out with a one-two punch of “Sink, Florida, Sink” and “We Laugh at Danger and Break All the Rules” that had fans singing the words long after the house lights had come on. —Pat King | @MrPatKing

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GoldLink – Brooklyn Steel – October 13, 2017

October 16th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Catch Ministry and Death Grips Live at Terminal 5 on Tuesday Night

October 13th, 2017

Chicago’s Ministry began as a New Wave synth-pop act prior to becoming industrial-metal pioneers in the early ’80s, before the likes of Nine Inch Nails. The band—founding member Al Jourgensen (vocals and guitar) joined by Cesar Soto (guitar), Derek Abrams (drums), Jason Christopher (bass and vocals), John Bechdel (keys) and Sin Quirin (guitar)—went on hiatus around turn of the century, but otherwise Ministry (above, doing “Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)”) have remained busy touring and recording. Their most recent album, From Beer to Eternity (stream it above), came out in 2013, but with their 14th studio album, AmeriKKKant, due to arrive next spring, Ministry are out on the road, touring the country with Death Grips (below, doing “Guillotine”)—Stefan Burnett (vocals), Andy Morin (keys) and Zach Hill (drums). The Sacramento, Calif., experimental hip-hop trio’s fifth full-length release, Bottomless Pit (stream it below), came out last year. “Everything sounds so precise, crisp, hard-hitting and indomitable,” said AllMusic. “For that exact reason, Bottomless Pit is an ideal effort for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Needless to say, whatever the type of listener, it won’t be forgotten.” Ministry and Death Grips come to NYC next week for a pair of shows. Monday at Brooklyn Steel is already sold out, but some tickets still remain to see these two on Tuesday at Terminal 5.

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Future Islands – Brooklyn Steel – October 11, 2017

October 12th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Future Islands on 10/12

October 10th, 2017

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Having released their fifth studio album, the acclaimed The Far Field, earlier this year, Future Islands roll through town this week to play Brooklyn Steel tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. Each appearance sold out well in advance, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Thursday’s show. Don’t have any and want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Future Islands, 10/12) and a brief message explaining your favorite song on their new album. Eddie Bruiser, who’s always looking for a new favorite tune, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Broken Social Scene to the Rescue at Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday

October 5th, 2017

Broken Social Scene – Brooklyn Steel – October 4, 2017

In “getting the band back together,” the siblings in The Blues Brothers are compelled to get all of the original members, no less will do, in order to rekindle the old magic. I imagine Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning going through similar adventures every few years as they search Toronto to round up Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Justin Peroff and the rest of Broken Social Scene. In the movie, the reunion is to save an orphanage, and while now there’s no orphanage to save, per se, it does lately feel like our collective national psyche has been orphaned—and who better to save it than these guys? Or, as Drew put it midway through their sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel last night: “When your country gets fucked up, Broken Social Scene shows up … that’s what we do.” And show up they did, delivering a powerful, jubilant, cathartic set, the band, indeed back together.

The healing vibes were flowing from the beginning with a punchy opening one-two of “KC Accidental” and “7/4 Shoreline,” guitars layered upon guitars and then, at just the right moment, a blast of horns materializing to provide the exclamatory oomph. “We’re not a rock band, we’re a family!” proclaimed Drew later in the night, putting to words the unique, sibling-love energy coming from the stage. Even when squeezing two, three and sometimes four guitar parts into their songs, the sound was big and loving without getting too messy. A mid-set pairing of “Stars and Sons” and “World Sick” showed off the ensemble’s range: joyous, raucous bounce followed by more subtle, heartfelt rocking, the latter lingering with beautiful cascades of guitar in both the intro and outro.

While it’s been a few years since Broken Social Scene’s last proper tour—and the band and crowd were both filled with nostalgia last night—plenty of new material still seamlessly fit into the set. “Skyline,” dedicated to Tom Petty, felt especially purposeful and charged, quietly building to another horn-led climax. The new record is titled Hug of Thunder, and that’s exactly what the show felt like, an emotional release in voluminous guitars, bass, drums and more. During the encore, the hugs became literal, Drew dropping down into the crowd to sing “Lover’s Spit” and giving a genuine embrace to as many people as he could along the way as he sang, sincerely, if not reassuringly, “Making it work takes a little time.” —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Tash Sultana – Brooklyn Steel – October 3, 2017

October 4th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Café Tacvba – Brooklyn Steel – October 2, 2017

October 3rd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Tash Sultana Tonight

October 3rd, 2017

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Australian one-woman band Tash Sultana comes to Brooklyn tonight to play Brooklyn Steel. The bad news is that the show is sold out, but the good news is that The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you don’t have any of your own and still want to go, try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Tash Sultana, 10/3) and a brief message explaining why you’re happy October’s here. Eddie Bruiser, who begins saying, “Happy holidays” the week of Halloween, will notify the winner this afternoon. Good luck.

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Thundercat – Brooklyn Steel – October 1, 2017

October 2nd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Gojira – Brooklyn Steel – September 28, 2017

September 29th, 2017


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

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Oh Wonder – Brooklyn Steel – September 27, 2017

September 28th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Thundercat on 9/30

September 26th, 2017

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Multigenre bassist Thundercat swings through New York City this weekend for two appearances at Brooklyn Steel. Some tickets still remain for Sunday’s show, but if you want to see him on Saturday night, you just might have to try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Thundercat, 9/30) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune off Drunk. Eddie Bruiser, a big fan of the entire West Coast Get Down, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Oh Wonder Play Two at Brooklyn Steel

September 26th, 2017

Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West have been writing, recording and singing simmering R&B-influenced pop tunes in unison ever since forming Oh Wonder three years ago in London, writing a song a week. Their self-titled debut studio release (stream it below)—filled with what AllMusic dubs “unified-sounding, thoroughly mellow, wistful collection of bedroom keyboard-and-drum-machine tunes”—came out in 2015. Oh Wonder (above, performing “Drive”) returned this summer with their second full-length, Ultralife (stream it below), which received high praise. “What is so delightfully refreshing about this London duo is the utter effortlessness of their music,” says Rolling Stone. “This dreamy, polished album is a winner.” And currently working their way south from Canada, Oh Wonder play Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Singer-songwriter-poet-performer Jaymes Young opens both shows.

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Mutemath – Brooklyn Steel – September 20, 2017

September 21st, 2017


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com