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Mumford & Sons Soar in Brooklyn

February 13th, 2013

Mumford & Sons – Barclays Center – February 12, 2013

(Photo: Joe Papeo)

Mumford & Sons began to break in the United States with a run of shows during the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon, including a memorably half-full show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. How little we all knew then. A few months later they appeared on our TVs at the Grammy Awards. Last night, in their second grand return to the borough in as many weeks, this time on the heels of their Grammy win for Album of the Year, the four-piece Mumford & Sons, the band that launched a thousand banjos, took the stage at a sold-out Barclays Center. As the curtain whipped away, the band launched into “Babel,” a song that bears at least nominal reference to the moment in Biblical history when man was unified and spoke a common language.

And it was in this temple of unity, the Barclays Center, the big tent of eminent domain and gentrification, microbrewed beers, suspenders and beards, that Mumford opened with a string of songs off their recent Grammy-winning album, Babel. After the band soared through the album’s title track, they moved on to “I Will Wait,” “Winter Winds,” a first-album favorite, and “Below My Feet.” It was equal parts elegy and ebullience as the general-admission floor alternated between silence and carbonated bouncing, and the sections near the rafters produced reverence and reverie. This, of course, marked the brilliance and mainstream appeal of Mumford: to package the unremembered kitsch and nostalgia of folk melodies with explosive, life-affirming moments of musical elevation. The quartet then switched between the collective, quiet appeal of “Timshel” and the unstoppable, “Little Lion Man,” which first launched this band into the hearts and minds of many of these assembled thousands.

The middle of the set was highlighted by “Lover of the Light,” which sounds a great deal like a sustainably raised, NPR-listening Dave Matthews Band song in its latter half, and comprised both elements of the somber and the celebratory—its final banjo line and lyrics transformed into the screaming marching orders. The main set closed with “Whispers in the Dark” and “Dust Bowl Dance,” the former a song with which the band closed their 2009 Music Hall performance. It was then unrecorded: “Something from the next album,” they said that night. But last night, things were in sharper focus, the benefit of time and perspective. “Whispers” was the second track off a hit album, its edict of “live while we’re young” repeated and screamed back from a basketball arena of adoring fans. It was about unity to be sure, a moment of mass collective experience before the band receded into the darkness of stage left and the empire built on a tower of four-part harmonies and emotive evocation. It wasn’t a night about prayer, a common complaint about the band, but it was about rebuilding the temple and speaking in one voice. —Geoff Nelson

Photo courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Dave Matthews Band – Governors Island – August 26, 2011

August 29th, 2011


Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org

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A Big Festival Just a Ferry Ride Away

August 26th, 2011


One of the best things about summertime is music festivals. But all too often you need to board a plane or hit the road to enjoy them. Traveling can be fun, except when it isn’t. Sometimes you want all the fun without all the effort, which works out great. Because if you haven’t heard, Dave Matthews Band Caravan hits South Island Field at Governors Island today (and tonight). Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows have been postponed—ticket holders for those days can attend today instead—and new dates will be announced once they’re confirmed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The weather for the next two days appears to be less than stellar, but today is another story. And the lineup is terrific: Dave Matthews Band (above, playing “Dancing Nancies”),  O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Soulive, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. You can expect more than eight hours of eclectic, nonstop music in a great setting just a ferry ride away. Really, what else are you gonna do? For ferry information and answers to other questions, please go here.

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Win Two Tickets to DMB Caravan on 8/28

August 19th, 2011


Next weekend the Dave Matthews Band Caravan comes our way for three terrific music-filled days (and nights) at South Island Field at Governors Island. There’s a different lineup on each date, but Sunday’s is certainly no joke, with the Dave Matthews Band accompanied by the Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (above, playing “One Night Only (The March)” on Late Show with David Letterman), Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, ELEW and a set by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. And even better than all that, The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below to try to win them. Make sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan, 8/28) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to win.

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Win Two Tickets to DMB Caravan on 8/27

August 12th, 2011


Are you familiar with the Head and the Heart (above, performing “Rivers and Roads” live on KEXP FM)? They’re a folk-leaning six-piece out of Seattle—Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums)—and they’ve got an amazing live show. They’ll be here for two sold-out dates in September, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/26 and at The Bowery Ballroom on 9/27. But they’re also playing with some pretty heady company as part of the DMB Caravan on 8/27, huge acts like Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, moe., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band and others. It’s going to be an amazing three-day festival on South Island Field at Governors Island, and The House List is giving away two tickets to Saturday’s show. Fill out the form below to try to win and include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan, 8/27) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go. The winner will be notified next week.

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Win Two Tickets to See Soulive Play DMB Caravan on 8/26

August 5th, 2011


Soulive—Alan Evans (drums), Neal Evans (Hammond B3) and Eric Krasno (guitar)—formed in the late ’90s and has been bringing its own bluesy, jammy brand of jazz, funk, classic rock and R&B to the dancing masses ever since. Krasno joined the brothers Evans for a recording session in Woodstock in 1999, which eventually became their first EP, Get Down! A host of discs followed, including last year’s Rubber Soulive, which, as you can imagine, reinterpreted the Beatles. But despite the trio’s recorded virtuosity, the best way to experience these guys is live. And guess what? On the first night (Friday, 8/26) of the DMB Caravan at South Island Field at Governors Island, the trio (above, performing at State Theatre Portland) will be playing alongside Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. And The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan 8/26) and a brief message explaining why you’ve got a thing for music festivals. The winner will be notified next week. Good luck.

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