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Local Natives Stream Live from Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday

January 28th, 2013

Local Natives come to New York City this week to play three shows, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, which will stream live on The Bowery Presents Live in full HD at 10 p.m. EST. Here, they play a live version of “Ceilings,” off their about-to-be-released second album, Hummingbird, out tomorrow on Frenchkiss Records.

Camera: Andrea Nakhla
Camera: Zivi Krieger
Camera: Kelsey Tucker
Editor: Max Sweeney
Sound: Chad Carlisle
Filmed at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles

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Tonight Music Hall of Williamsburg Is a Place to Bury Strangers

July 27th, 2012


The Brooklyn noise-rock group A Place to Bury Strangers—singer-guitarist Oliver Ackermann (who also designs and manufactures guitar-effects pedals for Death by Audio), drummer Robi Gonzalez and bassist Dion Lunadon—play a loud mix of atmospheric psychedelic rock and shoegaze. And they’ve recently moved in a less-distorted, darker direction with the release of their third album, Worship. See what it’s all about when, alongside Staten Island quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars, A Place to Bury Strangers (above, doing “Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart” for KEXP FM) play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

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Music of a Bygone Era

June 8th, 2012

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Mercury Lounge – June 7, 2012


The guys in Unknown Mortal Orchestra aren’t a chatty bunch: They said more on Twitter before the show than during their set last night at Mercury Lounge. Save for a couple “thanks” and a promo for another show, it was all business. And for UMO, business is orienting dense psychedelic rock for an authentic live experience—recreating the highly effected sounds on their first and only album, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It takes work, but they’ve intently dedicated themselves to the task.

Lead singer Ruban Nielson is at the center of the three-piece band. His demos spawned UMO. And, live, his noise making is noticeably the most captivating element. Although it was nearly impossible to parse his actual singing voice from swaths of feedback and echo, it was fun to get lost in the sound. The lyrics usually complemented the melody, so distinguishing the verses to “Ffunny Ffrends” wasn’t necessary to enjoy the song’s giddy feeling. It was also in the moments when things felt like they’d fall apart—the drums and bass slipping in and out of time signature on “Strangers Are Strange” and “Thought Ballune”—when the band seemed most comfortable.

For the most part, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs hit somewhere in between Beatles psychedelia and Hendrix rock. It is the music of a bygone era, but classic-rock revivalism is on the rise. As witnessed by the attendance of Joseph D’Agostino and Jonny Rogoff, the lead singer of Cymbals Eat Guitars and the drummer for Yuck, respectively. They, too, came to support the community: one that speaks quietly and carries loud guitars. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Don’t Miss Cymbals Eat Guitars Tomorrow Night

October 26th, 2011


Joseph D’Agostino (vocals and guitar) and Matthew Miller (drums) began making music together while still in high school in New Jersey. A year after graduating, they decided to form a band. Needing more than just two guys, they turned to Craigslist. But before ever recording any music, that band, Cymbals Eat Guitars, earned the reputation as a live act not to miss. A few years later, the lineup changed and the group was now rounded out with Brian Hamilton (keys and vocals) and Matt Whipple (bass and vocals). The quartet’s first album, Why There Are Mountains, earned rave reviews and comparisons to Pavement and Built to Spill and found them out on the road with the likes of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Flaming Lips. Sometimes a stellar debut album can be tough to follow up on, but the band’s second release, this year’s Lenses Alien, proves that is not the case with Cymbals Eat Guitars (above, playing “Definite Darkness” for WFUV’s the Alternate Side). See them at The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.

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A Talented Triple Bill at Webster Hall

October 5th, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/the Depreciation Guild/Cymbals Eat Guitars – Webster Hall – October 3, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Photo: Jared Levy)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Photo: Jared Levy)

A sweet smile drew across Kip Berman’s face as he took the stage. Taking inventory of the crowd and the moment, he said, “I think tonight is going to be special.” His band, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart—and the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars—must get this feeling often. These three acts have been releasing some of the most critically acclaimed music over the past couple of years. While the groups differ in musical sensibilities, they are bound by their recent accomplishments and success.

It won’t be long until Cymbals Eat Guitars move from opener to headliner. But on Saturday at Webster Hall, they were first act of the night. CEG showcased material from their debut album, Why There Are Mountains. Joseph D’Agostino, the band’s guitarist, lead singer and songwriter, belted out raw, passionate vocals on top of dynamic songs like “Wind Phoenix.” D’Agostino’s guitar work featured ferocious riffs, feedback and plenty of whammy bar.

The Depreciation Guild followed with an audibly and visually stimulating performance. Playing behind a panel of Technicolor monitors, the band created distorted melodies complemented by a Famicom, an eight-bit Nintendo soundcard—controlled by frontman Kurt Feldman—which produces synthetic and rhythmic complements to the live instrumentation

Capping off the night, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart put on a powerful and playful set. In a stream of noise pop, the band played “Twins” and “103” from their new EP, Higher Than the Stars. At times, the heavy drums and fuzzed-out guitar parts swallowed Berman’s vocals, making it difficult to digest the message of the songs. But the band’s enthusiasm was infectious. The group repeatedly gushed about returning home to New York City. And keyboardist-vocalist Peggy Wang-East even told a joke: “Why can’t witches make kids? Because they have crystal balls.” The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars epitomize the joys of youth and talent. —Jared Levy

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See the Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Webster Hall This Saturday

September 30th, 2009


The NYC-based quartet the Pains of Being Pure at Heart formed in 2007 and self-released a self-titled EP later that year. An LP, also named The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, followed this year. With the band’s fuzzy-guitar sound and pop sensibilities, the group has earned comparisons to prior shoegaze acts like My Bloody Valentine and Black Tambourine. But you be the judge: Check out the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, above, playing “Higher Than the Stars” for Seattle’s KEXP radio station, and then go see them, along with the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars, on Saturday at Webster Hall.