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Snowden Play the Late Show Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

February 22nd, 2013

It began, quite literally, as a bedroom project for Jordan Jeffares. After recording demos in his Atlanta bedroom, he met other musicians who would help him breathe life into Snowden. They self-released a self-titled EP in 2005, and some of its songs then appeared on their debut LP, Anti-Anti, the following year. Their sound quickly earned them comparisons to moody NYC bands like Interpol and the Strokes—at one point the oft-traveled band was even based here—and tours with the likes of Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Snowden (above, doing “Anti-Anti” for Fearless Music) have stayed busy on the road and releasing live DVDs and EPs, and they’re finally putting out their second album, No One in Control, in May (stream one of its singles, “Keep Quiet” below). But first, they play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.


A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument

February 8th, 2013

The Bowery Presents and production partner Show Cobra are proud to support the theatrical run of A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument. The film, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, is directed by Matt Boyd and it tells the tale of Walter Baker, an eccentric multi-instrumentalist struggling to create art and make ends meet while raising a son with his third wife, in Brooklyn. And tonight, the documentary begins a weeklong run at Dumbo’s reRun Theater (http://rubberband.eventbrite.com), presented by the IFP and Factory 25. Screenings will include music by Baker and some of the Track + Field sessions Matt directed for The Bowery Presents Live, like Alt-J, Metric, Daughter, Little Green Cars, Virgin Forest and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Exclusive Video: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in a Bed-Stuy Apartment

December 7th, 2012

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah burst onto the scene in 2005, unsigned, riding plaudits from music sites and garnering big-time comparisons to the Talking Heads and Television. The quintet dropped their third LP, Hysterical, in 2011, and while the five-piece has since become a two-piece, here, the original lineup does a quiet but soaring version of the gorgeous “In a Motel” in an apartment in Bed-Stuy, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah also spoke to us about records being documents of where people are at any given time, Tom Waits and how music is necessary. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/VAjpb4. See the band play “Misspent Youth”: http://tbp.im/VqBBhi. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.


The Bowery Presents Live Is Live

February 13th, 2012

The Bowery Presents’ newest venue is online, youtube.com/thebowerypresents. If you’re looking for live-streaming shows and intimate performances and interviews from big-name bands and the next big things, subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live. We’ll live-stream one show each month, starting with Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells, live from Terminal 5 on Friday, 2/17, at 10:30 p.m. EST. Although the show is sold out, you won’t be left out because you can watch it as it happens on The Bowery Presents Live. But you don’t have to wait until Friday to check out bands like the Antlers, Caveman, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Alabama Shakes because they’re playing our newest venue right now.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Webster Hall – December 7, 2011

December 8th, 2011

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com


Union Transfer Opens Tonight in Philadelphia

September 21st, 2011

To quote Neil Young, “Tonight’s the night.” Yes, Union Transfer, named after the original train-depot station that occupied the building, officially opens for business when Clap Your Hands Say Yeah plays the new venue’s very first show. According to Philadelphia Weekly, “Tonight marks two returns from the dead…. We’re talking about the venerable building at 10th and Spring Garden that formerly housed the culinary shit hole known as the Spaghetti Warehouse, but this evening gets its grand reopening as the gorgeous new music venue Union Transfer. And we’re also talking about the reunited Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which will christen Union Transfer with lots of fresh tunes.”

The Courier Post opines: “It is being touted as a general admission, air-conditioned venue that can accommodate 600 to 1,000 music lovers, depending on the show.” And that some of Union Transfer’s fine attributes are a close-to-Center City location, a state-of-the-art sound system and a wide array of bands, from Odd Future to Chris Robinson to Gillian Welch. But remember, this is just the beginning. Expect lots of great shows week after week. Philadelphia, welcome to The Bowery Presents.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Return (Just in Time)

September 21st, 2011

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Bowery Ballroom – September 20, 2011

It’s one thing to have been away, but it’s quite another to have been away long enough that your fans feared you might never return. And by early 2009, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah seemed destined for the latter scenario. The combination of a lukewarm second album, a lead singer with a solo record on the way and the use of increasingly creative synonyms for the word hiatus, left most of the group’s fans waxing poetic about the 2005 tour and all the promise and energy of those (relatively speaking) halcyon days. By 2011, almost four years removed from their last record, Some Loud Thunder, and seemingly a generation away from their 2005 seminal self-titled debut, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah took the stage at The Bowery Ballroom in just this sort of resurrection.

Like with most pseudoreligious experiences, these fans were here to see the prestige, some tricky reveal: youthful exuberance from the jaws of near destruction but also, if they were honest, they turned out to reverse history a little. Not only did these 600 people want to see CYHSY come back to life, they wanted it to feel like 2005 again. So with winking appropriateness, the band opened with “Sunshine and Clouds and Everything Proud,” the anomalous intro to their debut album. Quickly turning to their latest single, “Same Mistake,” a high-hat-rife synthesizer paradise, the band slammed their way between that group people wanted back and those songs they wrote seven years ago. Alternating between older material, “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found),” “In This Home on Ice,” and newer cuts “Hysterical,” the haunting “Misspent Youth” and the frantic “Maniac,” the band continued to split this difference with aplomb.

The distance from their early career—the group with that amazing line about David Bowie but sounded like David Byrne—coupled with their near death as a band managed to feel like nothing at all. In the end, pleasantly lethargic frontman Alec Ounsworth, head bobbling with casual emphasis on his consonants, ripped through “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood” and “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth.” It was a little slice of salvation and we could all be young again. —Geoff Nelson

The Bowery Presents Heads to Philadelphia

July 12th, 2011

Despite being the fifth biggest city in the country, Philadelphia has some gaps in its music scene. So The Bowery Presents has teamed up with Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management to open Union Transfer this fall. The name comes from the original train station that occupied the building, and the venue will have flexible capacity, accommodating between 600 and 1,000 people. There should be about 200 shows a year, and you should expect a diverse cross section of bands. The Bowery Presents’ Jim Glancy tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that “hopefully, Union Transfer fills a void and energizes the whole scene.” And that begins with Philly’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on Wednesday, 9/21. So now you’ll have another reason to visit the City of Brotherly Love other than to get a cheesesteak. Hope to see you there.