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The Shins – Celebrate Brooklyn – June 15, 2017

June 16th, 2017

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | charlesosteinberg.com


The Lumineers/Langhorne Slim – Celebrate Brooklyn – August 3, 2016

August 4th, 2016

The Lumineers/Langhorne Slim - Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell - August 3, 2016

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com


Beirut – Celebrate Brooklyn – August 2, 2016

August 3rd, 2016

Beirut - Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell - August 2, 2016

Photos courtesy of Mina J


Beirut Close Tour with Two Local Shows Next Week

July 29th, 2016

Beirut began a decade ago in Santa Fe, N.M., as a solo project for Zach Сondon (vocals, flugelhorn and ukulele). And in the ensuing years, the band has expanded in sound—covering lo-fi rock, pop, psychedelia, Balkan folk and Gypsy music—and size—upon moving to Brooklyn, Condon began performing with a rotating group of musicians, which now includes Nick Petree (drums), Paul Collins (bass), Kyle Resnick (trumpet), Ben Lanz (trombone) and Aaron Arntz (keys). Their fourth studio album, No No No (stream it below), arrived last September. According to AllMusic, it “should appeal to the Beirut loyal as well as serve as a fine representative for any potential admirers who’ve simply managed to miss them along the way.” And the Line of Best Fit added that “No No No is, on paper at least, the latest in a growing line of very good Beirut albums. In practice, it is that and more: nine sketches of heartbreak and hope played with a newfound ease, a short collection that yields greater returns with each listen.” The local favorites (above performing “So Allowed” on Conan) close out their tour at The Capitol Theatre on Monday and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday.


Ray LaMontagne – Celebrate Brooklyn – June 22, 2016

June 23rd, 2016

Ray LaMontagne – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – June 22, 2016

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com


Tame Impala Thrillingly Dazzle in Prospect Park at Celebrate Brooklyn

June 15th, 2016

Tame Impala – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – June 14, 2016

-Tame Impala – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – June 14, 2016

(Photo: Gregg Greenwood)

Walking to Prospect Park last night, one couldn’t help but notice that, even in the heart of Brooklyn, the region is in the throes of full summer bloom, flowers of orange, purple and yellow painting the city in full color. The setting was perfect for the first of two-sold out shows for Tame Impala, whose show is a full-spectrum rainbow of colors and sounds. The evening opened with a deep prog-psych set from Sweden’s Dungen, which featured excellent extended instrumental jams that helped reorient the slowly growing audience from the long entry line to the upcoming immersive experience. Between sets, a Celebrate Brooklyn organizer made some announcements, including a promise that they’d “wait until it was darker” before the headlining set—an important detail.

Over the years, the Tame Impala’s visual show has evolved along with the band’s sound, from a single green oscilloscope CRT to full Technicolor mindfuck. Kevin Parker and his mates opened with the off-center, dreamy “Nangs,” which played more like an intro to the addictive and explosive “Let It Happen,” which blazed three-dimensionally across the park with zippy synthesizers accompanied by hyperactive flashes on the backdrop screen and an extraterrestrial rainbow of lights, everyone in the overjoyed crowd raising their arms in full party mode. Tame Impala have been touring in support of Currents almost constantly for a couple of years now, and they played its songs with a deep mathematical thrill, a new calculus of psychedelic disco. Each number brought new combinations of synth and guitar, mind trip and funk beats, pinks and blues, the low end of the bass seeming to swallow all of Park Slope at points in “Why Won’t They Talk to Me?”

Meanwhile, the visuals grew increasingly chaotic, almost overwhelmingly colorful—in snapshot, these moments were temptingly Instgrammable or Snapchat-worthy. Parker’s banter was limited and to the point: “Are you ready for this next song?” he asked before the band found their stoner-rock roots in “Elephant,” the crowd clearly, almost giddily ready. And then “Let’s keep the party going” for the following “The Less I Know the Better,” Parker singing, “Is this what you want?” while the visuals gave the impression that the audience was somehow inside a spinning disco ball while bass and drums brought a pulsing, thumping funk-down. The show built to its climactic, full-bloomed-flower end that included a euphoric sing-along on the set-highlight, “Eventually,” some more old school psych rock on “Alter Ego,” off 2010’s InnerSpeaker, and the explosive set-closing “Apocalypse Dreams,” which seemed to push the bouquet parts of the spectrum usually unseen by the human eye. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

(Dungen play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.)


LNZNDRF Are Otherworldly Yet Familiar at Mercury Lounge

March 7th, 2016

LNZNDRF – Mercury Lounge – March 5, 2016

The first thing you may have noticed as LNZNDRF assembled onstage at Mercury Lounge for the first of two sold-out shows on Saturday night was their matching tie-dyed long-sleeve coveralls. With the stage’s backdrop lit to resemble the cover of their self-titled debut album, a large planetary sphere, the band members resembled some sort of scrappy but very chill NASA technicians. The scene set the tone for the music, originally conceived through a whirlwind session of extended musical improvisations by Ben Lanz (of Beirut) and Scott and Bryan Devendorf (of the National).

The resulting album captures snippets of these jams and delves into darker, louder and even spacier territory than what you would likely expect from their other bands. Songs like “Kind Things” and “Future You” contained intricate moments of almost disorientating feedback alongside minimal guitar lines on Saturday night. And Bryan Devendorf’s powerful drumming soon punctuated the lulling, hypnotic quality with the ability to transform the material into catchy head-nodders.

At moments, LNZNDRF brought to mind the likes of New Order, the Jesus and Mary Chain and even Brian Eno (particularly during Lanz’s vocals on “Monument” and “Beneath the Black Sea”). But despite these comparisons, LNZNDRF also seem unconcerned with fitting into any particular sound or style, instead using their live show to channel the loose, experimental atmosphere of those initial jam sessions—an immersive experience, otherworldly yet familiar. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

(Beirut play the Capitol Theatre on 8/1 and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on 8/2)



Willie Nelson Brings Rowdy Outlaw Country Music to Brooklyn

August 13th, 2015

Willie Nelson & Family – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – August 12, 2015

Willie Nelson & Family brought outlaw country music to Brooklyn last night, performing for a rowdy, sold-out crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. With the opening notes of his 1973 song “Whiskey River,” an enormous Texas state flag unfurled behind the band, a tribute to the artist’s roots. With the Lone Star blazing behind them, Willie Nelson & Family tore through many of his most distinctive hits, including “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind,” with a loose, freewheeling energy.

“Let’s do one for Waylon,” announced Nelson, paying tribute to fellow outlaw countryman Waylon Jennings, as he performed “Good Hearted Woman,” encouraging the crowd to sing along during the chorus in a lively call-and-response. Jennings wasn’t the only artist to get a nod from Nelson, who also paid tribute to the likes of Hank Williams with a rendition of “Hey, Good Lookin’,” Merle Haggard with “It’s All Going to Pot” and Tom T. Hall with “Shoeshine Man.” Of course, Nelson, the longtime marijuana-legalization activist, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do “Roll Me Up” (a song that instructs: “And smoke me when I die”) to an overwhelmingly approving crowd.

Encouraging everyone to clap along, Nelson & Family finished the show with a version of the gospel hymn “I’ll Fly Away” before tossing his hat into the crowd and leaving. With Nelson’s talent and an abundance of outlaw spirit, it seems almost irrelevant to mention that he also happens to be 82, but then it makes him all the more impressive nonetheless, and Brooklyn was that much cooler in his presence. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Willie Nelson on 8/12

August 11th, 2015


The legendary Willie Nelson comes to Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Wednesday. And as you can imagine, the show sold out quickly. Not to worry, though, because The House List is giving away two tickets. And if you don’t already have any, we’re telling you there’s a chance! So try to Grow a Pair of tickets. 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 and a brief message explaining your favorite Willie Nelson tune. Eddie Bruiser, who pretty much loves all of them, will notify the winner by tomorrow.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell – August 4, 2015

August 5th, 2015

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell - August 4, 2015

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com


Modest Mouse Have Them Dancing at Celebrate Brooklyn

July 23rd, 2015

Modest Mouse – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandhsell – July 22, 2013

Modest Mouse – Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandhsell – July 22, 2013
After opening their sold-out show at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell
last night with the rallying call of “Fire It Up,” Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock announced that he had some minor concerns about playing the show. As it turns out, he
had just sprained his index finger. “How’d I do that?” he mused aloud. “Carelessness.” Brock’s candor was fitting, considering the tone of sarcasm and detachment that permeates many of the group’s lyrics, from their first album in 1996 to their latest release, Strangers to Ourselves. Modest Mouse’s performance of songs like “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes,” “Bury Me with It,” “Out of Gas” and “King Rat” nicely conveyed this attitude.

Of course, it’s not all aloofness and irony with Modest Mouse—their catalog includes many moments that skew toward sincere. Last night’s rendition of “Dramamine,” from the band’s first official release, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, was clearly an emotional touchstone for the crowd, as was the sweet and simple new song “Coyotes,” and “3rd Planet,” from 2000’s The Moon & Antarctica. But Modest Mouse didn’t shy away from playing one of their most upbeat songs, “Float On,” the sonic equivalent of a pep talk.

Despite Brock’s injury, he admirably played through, and if anything, alongside his shambolic energy and wacky banter, it added to the overall experience of watching this singular performer. As if to get in one last barb, during the spirited performance of “Paper Thin Walls” in the encore, Brock and the band abruptly stopped halfway into it. “A new song or finish this song?” asked Brock. “The second half is exactly the same as the first half,” he pointed out. And, without waiting for a consensus, the band picked up where they’d left off, and the crowd resumed dancing. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com


Interpol Return Home to Play Celebrate Brooklyn

July 22nd, 2015

Interpol – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell – July 21, 2015

Interpol - Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell - July 21, 2015
The first drops of rain fell just minutes before Interpol hit the stage at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell last night. The band began with the up-tempo “Say Hello to the Angels,” off their 2002 self-titled debut, as everyone suffered through a classic New York City–summer heat wave. But despite the precipitation, very few umbrellas opened— because the rain, like the band’s return home to Brooklyn, was a welcome sight.

Interpol wasted no time, cutting through something like 14 songs in the performance’s first hour, all a mix from most of their five LPs. There were “Narc” and megahit “Evil,” from 2004’s Antics, “My Blue Supreme” and “Everything Is Wrong,” off 2014’s El Pintor, “Rest My Chemistry” and “Pioneer to the Falls,” from Our Love to Admire, and “Leif Erikson” and “PDA,” off Turn On the Bright Lights. During all of this, a stage projection began as a steady image of the El Pintor cover and slowly distorted into swirling polygonal shapes mixed with glitchy live shots of the band.

As the stage lights and the visualization blinked faster and got more chaotic, lead singer Paul Banks shed the straight-man persona and thrashed around the stage more and more during each song. During “Leif Erikson,” the rain lifted and a crescent moon appeared above the stage. “This is where we were born,” said Banks. “It’s beautiful.”
—Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Modest Mouse on 7/20

July 21st, 2015


With a new album—their first in eight years—in tow, Modest Mouse return to New York City on Wednesday to play Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The show, as expected, sold out in advance, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Don’t have any of your own but 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 (Modest Mouse, 7/22) and a brief message explaining your best suggestion to fight humidity. Eddie Bruiser, who’s currently changing shirts (again), will notify the winner by tomorrow. Good luck.

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Not Coasting By on Their Reputation, Neutral Milk Hotel Deliver

July 23rd, 2014

Neutral Milk Hotel – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell – July 22, 2014

Neutral Milk Hotel
In the glow of the so-called magic hour before sunset in Prospect Park last night, Neutral Milk Hotel appeared onstage before a sold-out crowd as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summer-concert series. They have something of a magical status of their own these days, after their seemingly permanent hiatus miraculously came to an end about a year ago. Everyone from the original lineup that appeared on the band’s heralded 1998 album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, was onstage together last night, along with supporting musicians helping to round out the songs with violin, trombone, accordion and more.

Of course the main attraction (aside from Julian Koster’s impressive singing saw) was Jeff Mangum, the frontman whose name over the past decade was most often preceded by words like enigmatic, reclusive, mythical and just about any other melodramatic adjective describing his retreat from the public eye as a performer. As a lyricist, Mangum has crafted much-revered songs like “Holland, 1945,” “Two-Headed Boy” and Aeroplane’s beloved title track, all of which elicited extreme reactions from last night’s crowd—from tears of elation to exuberant, completely un-self-conscious dancing and singing along.

Because the sacred aura that hovers around Neutral Milk Hotel and Mangum’s return is so prevalent, it’s worth noting that the live band does not simply coast by on their reputation. Neutral Milk Hotel delivered a solid, joyful performance of the songs that garnered them such a loyal fan base, with Mangum’s distinctive voice clear and powerful on songs like “Ghost,” “Oh Comely” and “King of Carrot Flowers (Parts 1, 2 & 3).” His stage presence was understated and humble, and he proved a naturally compelling performer—hopefully no longer a myth or mystery to so many fans, just a real person, a talented musician, whose songs have come to life on stage once again. —Alena Kastin

(Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight.)




Robert Plant Closes Tour at Celebrate Brooklyn

July 29th, 2013

Robert Plant/Phosphorescent – Prospect Park Bandshell – July 27, 2013

The Prospect Park Bandshell was crawling with concertgoers of all ages on Saturday night. The anticipation for the double bill of Phosphorescent and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters was palpable. Phosphorescent, with their melancholic storytelling and rich instrumental arrangements, played first. Their music is wonderfully suited for the outdoors, and the band’s set unfolded with songs spanning frontman Matthew Houck’s catalog, which includes five full-length albums and an EP since his solo debut in 2003. The crowd idled, mesmerized by poignant lyrics, Houck’s country-twanged crooning and the sense of peaceful passion the set conveyed. Crowd favorites included “Los Angeles” and Houck’s most recent hit, “Song for Zula.”

As the fireflies began to hover in the trees and night fell, we readied ourselves for Plant and his band to take the stage. I noticed a few people already had their lighters out and ready to wave. As soon as the stage was set with a trove of instruments and the lights dimmed, the crowd began to clap and cheer, swaying in awestruck bliss as Plant played an acoustic opening number. The spectacle and sound once his band joined him was sensational.

Justin Adams, John Baggott, Juldeh Camara, Billy Fuller, Liam “Skin” Tyson and Dave Smith, all stars in their own right, accompanied Plant. The deep talent onstage contributed a variety of instruments and sounds to the mix while covering old blues tunes like “Spoonful” and “Fixin’ to Die” and reinterpreting such Zeppelin classics as “Black Dog” and “Going to California.” Plant entertained with his signature mercurial disposition and amusing banter between songs, assuring the audience he’d “be back real soon.” But witnessing the last show of the band’s extensive worldwide tour was a special experience. And while Robert Plant has had a remarkably successful career, his work with the Sensational Space Shifters is some of his very best. —Schuyler Rooth