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Mild High Club Bring Hazy, Good Times to Rough Trade NYC

January 17th, 2017

Mild High Club – Rough Trade NYC – January 14, 2016

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The band name Mild High Club might resemble something you could find searching for #fakejambands on Twitter, but it turns out to be an apt title for Alex Brettin’s L.A.-based slack-rockers. Their show at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night got rolling with a palette-priming set from Brooklyn’s Pavo Pavo. Filled with arty permutations of synth, guitars and bass, they got the sold-out crowd moving with songs off their newest album, Young Narrator in the Breakers, and featured a few new songs for the last time live before bringing them into the studio.

Mild High Club kicked off their set featuring double twelve-string guitars, one of which Brettin said was brand new. The resulting dreamworld created by those guitars defined the show’s sound. Playing mostly songs off their 2016 Skiptracing album, like “Homage” and “Tesselation,” the band defined a music space evocative of the hazy feeling between a waking stupor and full-fledged REM sleep, a buzz not too extreme in either direction.

The slack-psych kept the audience spellbound, often crossing over into an almost smoke-filled jazz-club feel on “Head Out” or the bossa nova underpinnings of the album’s title track. Many of the songs oozed short-lived instrumental outros, floating dust motes of lingering melodies, ethereal and engaging and then fading to nothing. The set maintained the laid-back vibe of a cozy couch sit for a solid hour and then Brettin muttered, that mild buzz reaching its natural end, “I guess that’s it.”—A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Craig David Presents TS5 on 1/19

January 17th, 2017

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International chart-topper Craig David returns to New York City this week with his traveling dance party for Craig David Presents TS5 on Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show sold out almost immediately, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go and don’t have any of your own? No worries. 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 (Craig David Presents TS5) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go for free. Eddie Bruiser, who’s in a charitable mood, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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We Are Scientists – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 12, 2017

January 13th, 2017

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

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Holy Ghost! and Classixx on 1/14

January 10th, 2017

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Like-minded duos from opposite coasts—Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost! and L.A.’s Classixx—are teaming up to take on Music Hall of Williamsburg this weekend. Although tickets still remain to see them on Sunday, Saturday’s show is already sold out. So if you still want to go, try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. 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 (Holy Ghost!/Classix, 1/14) and a brief message explaining your best clean-living suggestion for how to make January better. Eddie Bruiser, who’s currently cleansing just about everything from his system, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Whitney on 1/5

January 3rd, 2017

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Before heading out on an overseas tour in a couple of weeks, Whitney make one more American appearance, in Brooklyn at Rough Trade NYC on Thursday night. The show sold out quickly, but no worries if you got shut out because the Chicago band returns to play Brooklyn Steel on 5/24. And if you can’t wait that long to see them, The House List is giving away two tickets to see Whitney play Rough Trade NYC. 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 for (Whitney, 1/5) and a brief message explaining your best idea for a New Year’s resolution. Eddie Bruiser, who could probably use a few of them, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Ring in the New Year with Guided by Voices in Williamsburg

December 30th, 2016

Robert Pollard (vocals) formed the lo-fi post-punk, jangly pop band Guided by Voices about 30 years ago in Dayton, Ohio. They received their most acclaim for a pair of back-to-back releases, 1994’s Bee Thousand (stream it below) and 1995’s King Shit & the Golden Boys (stream it below). But ever since then, the supporting cast has rotated consistently, while still anchored by Pollard. Guided by Voices (above, performing “I Am a Scientist,” “Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Boy” and “Smothered in Hugs”) broke up in 2004 but reunited six years later. And although Pollard wrote, sang and played all of the instruments on it, the band—now rounded out by Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Doug Gillard (guitar), Kevin March (drums) and Mark Shue (bass)—released their 22nd full-length, Please Be Honest (stream it below), this past spring. The LP “feels like the rough, exciting early work that made him a cult hero in the first place,” according to AllMusic. “But as a celebration of GbV’s core virtues, Please Be Honest really does honor the sound of the band as much as the skills of its frontman and founder.” Spend the last night of the year with them when Guided by Voices play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

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Two Nights of Brazilian Girls at Rough Trade NYC This Weekend

December 28th, 2016

Combining reggae, jazz, bossa nova, tango, house and electronic music, Sabina Sciubba (vocals), Jesse Murphy (bass), Didi Gutman (keys) and Aaron Johnston (drums) formed Brazilian Girls 13 years ago in the East Village. Beginning in 2005, they released three full-length albums—the last of which, New York City (stream it below), came out in 2008. “Brazilian Girls’ latest record artfully mirrors the city it honors with its title,” according to Paste magazine. “It’s diverse, multicultural, and just when you think you have it figured out, it switches its style up completely and throws you for yet another loop.” Pitchfork rang in, too: “New York’s dance-fusion pranksters Brazilian Girls broaden their already broad horizons and have a blast in the process.” But following the tour in support of the album, Brazilian Girls (above, doing “Bala Bala” live in studio for KCRW FM earlier this year) took an extended hiatus when Sciubba gave birth. Of course, you can’t keep a good band down, and so the local quartet reunited in 2012, recording new material and continuing with their frenetic live shows. And this weekend, they ring in the New Year over the course of two nights at Rough Trade NYC, on Friday and Saturday.

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Brooklyn Steel Shows Go on Sale This Friday at Noon

December 12th, 2016

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Our newest venue, Brooklyn Steel—which will be Kings County’s biggest general-admission room—kicks off this spring with some pretty great shows, including the Decemberists on 4/17-19, PJ Harvey on 4/20, Two Door Cinema Club on 5/1, the Black Angels on 5/2, Tycho on 5/3, San Fermin on 5/13, Laura Marling on 5/20, Animal Collective on 5/23 and Whitney on 5/24—all of which go on sale this Friday at noon.

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A Double Dose of Curtis Harding in New York City This Weekend

December 9th, 2016

Two years ago, Rolling Stone labeled versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Harding one of “10 Artists You Need to Know,” saying he sounds like “super-fly nuggets from soul and rock’s late-’70s crossover heyday, rediscovered by the son of a gospel singer.” Walker’s toured as a backup singer for Cee Lo Green and, after bonding over a shared love of vintage Southern soul, Harding (above, performing “Keep On Shining”) and the Black LipsCole Alexander launched Night Sun, deftly mixing R&B and garage rock. Harding’s first solo release—a “genius debut album” per NMESoul Power (stream it below) came out in 2014 to acclaim around the world. “Soul Power’s adventurous marrying of classic and contemporary with swagger and sensuality injects a particular energy into the current alternative-music scene,” raved Renowned for Sound. “Harding transforms stirring stories of hardship into something beautiful and tangible, which will be the foundation of an undoubtedly long and prolific future career.” His most recent tour winds down this weekend with a pair of shows in New York City, at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night and at Mercury Lounge on Sunday night.

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Parson James and Fletcher Play Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow

December 8th, 2016

Singer-songwriter Parson James left behind small-town South Carolina to move to New York City when he was 17 in hopes of making it in the music business, crafting what he calls “conflicted pop gospel.” He got his big break when Norwegian DJ Kygo wanted to remix James’ original acoustic version of “Stole the Show” (performed live, above, for KCRW FM), turning it into a club smash in the process. The Temple EP (stream it below), filled with tender lyrics about acceptance and longing for love, arrived earlier this year. Fletcher, another local up-and-coming singer-songwriter, has also recently released an EP, Finding Fletcher (stream it below), which Idolator calls “a treasure trove of upbeat pop anthems.” And you can experience those anthems live when she and Parson James play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

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The Hold Steady – Brooklyn Bowl – November 30, 2016

December 1st, 2016

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Photos courtesy of Pat Tabb | pattabb.com

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Metric Play Intimate Hometown Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 30th, 2016

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Before the 21st century, a musical collective out of Toronto formed by the name of Broken Social Scene and spawned such acts as Feist, Stars and Metric. The environment was a supportive one, nurturing a space where each band could thrive. The founding duo of Metric, Emily Haines and James Shaw, moved to New York City in the late ’90s and recorded early demos that would provide material for their first studio album. Fast-forward a decade and some change, the indie-rock band released a sixth studio album, Pagans in Vegas, last fall. And last night they returned to Brooklyn for a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show as part of the Steve Madden Music series.

Fashioning a black cap, the lead singer took center stage kicking off the evening with a rousing rendition of “Speed the Collapse,” followed by the up-tempo “Youth Without Youth” as guitarist Ward added Auto-Tuned choruses. Haines had a few wardrobe changes, with the most notable being a luminescent cape that glowed against the black lights. (Added kudos to the lighting tech for her mastery of the syncopation of pulsating white shocks to several songs.) For crowd favorite “Dead Disco,” Haines turned up the showmanship, thrusting her fist and engaging the crowd from right to left. Bassist Joshua Winstead drove in the throbbing introduction to “Front Row,” as Haines took over with her melodic chants of “Burned out stars they shine so bright.”

The frontwoman noted that it was a hometown show for the band and great to “rekindle memories of North 6th.” A lot has changed since Haines and Ward moved here and shared a Williamsburg loft with soon-to-be members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and TV on the Radio. As the singer stripped down “Combat Baby” to a shortened a cappella interlude, I couldn’t help but relate the lyrics to a recent presidential candidate’s resilience. Following up that with “Gold Guns Girls” seemed to emphasize the formation further with Haines donning a guitar to jam with Winstead and Shaw, who closed out the song with an electrifying solo. The evening came to a close with singer and guitarist paired for a stripped-down “Gimme Sympathy,” before Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key rejoined the band for the finale, “Breathing Underwater.” —Sharlene Chiu

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Reverend Horton Heat Come to Brooklyn to Play Warsaw on Saturday

November 29th, 2016

Reverend Horton Heat—vocalist-guitarist Jim Heath with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla (drums)—have been mashing together punk, rockabilly, electric blues and country music into their own acclaimed psychobilly sound since forming in Dallas more than 30 years ago “as a sort of punked-up Stray Cats with more gonzo songwriting,” said Rolling Stone. They quickly became known for nonstop touring, sweaty, energetic live performances and an irreverent sense of humor. Their most recent album, the terrific Rev (stream it below), came out in 2014. “They do this stuff better than anyone,” according to AllMusic, “and they don’t have to apologize for playing to their strengths when they can still wail like this.” “Reverend Horton Heat sound recharged and firing on all cylinders once again,” said PopMatters. “Fans old and new should be able to find plenty to carry them along for a wild ride with Rev.” Their current tour brings Reverend Horton Heat (above, performing “The Devil’s Chasing Me” live for KEXP FM) to Warsaw on Saturday night. Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy and Lucky Tubb open the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Bastille on 12/5

November 29th, 2016

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Touring behind their second album, Wild World, Bastille return to New York City next week to play The Bowery Ballroom on Monday night. The show is sold out but The House List is giving away two tickets. Don’t have any of your own 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 (Bastille, 12/5) and a brief message explaining why you’re so happy for December’s arrival. Eddie Bruiser, who’s in no rush to get to January and (even worse) February, will notify the winner by Friday. (And even if you don’t win, you can still see Bastille play Barclays Center on 3/30.)

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STRFKR Headline a Night of Dancing at Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 28th, 2016

STRFKR – Music Hall of Williamsburg – November 25, 2016

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Friday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg was the perfect way to dance off the excess of Thanksgiving—the venue’s incredible acoustics will make any performance more than memorable. The show began with Brooklyn psychedelic-pop duo Psychic Twin. Both members, Erin Fein and Rosana Caban, wore intergalactic-inspired outfits, which perfectly complemented material from their debut album, Strange Diary. Having an ’80s synth-pop style is what makes Psychic Twin’s music addictive to listen and also see live, and there’s a vibrant, danceable side to dark songs like “Lose Myself.”

Continuing the dance-filled night, Minneapolis-based DJ Gigamesh played his neo disco and rhythmic dance beats against a screen projecting eye-catching imagery. Beginning his set with numbers off his debut album, Time Travel, Vol. 1, got the crowd dancing from the outset. Playing remixes in between songs was refreshing because it added an element of surprise. The crowd went wild, singing along to his remixes of Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied,” Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” and by the end, the audience was completely his.

The crowd’s anticipation increased as the venue grew more crowded. And then the lights dimmed and STRFKR—in drag—appeared, surrounded by dancing astronauts and green strobe lights, but it was just the beginning of the fun. They played such older favorites as “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” mixed with material off their fourth album, Being No One, Going Nowhere, like “Never Ever,” and confetti and lasers made the night even more special. All three artists exceeded expectations, and friends and memories were made on the dance floor. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren

Photos courtesy of Julia Berke | juliaberkephoto.com