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A Dynamic Night of Music at Mercury Lounge

January 19th, 2015

Kingsley Flood – Mercury Lounge – January 16, 2015

Watching Kingsley Flood play to a rowdy Friday night crowd at Mercury Lounge, the word that kept entering my mind was dynamic. That’s not surprising considering the kinetic energy that Naseem Khuri and his band brought to the stage and the room—there was nothing static about the set. The show was an official EP release party for the Boston band, and they restlessly bounced between songs from the new recording as well as older favorites that had the audience singing, clapping and dancing along. But there were also dynamics within the music itself, with many of the songs going loud then quiet then loud again or vice versa—Khuri’s lyrics and vocals filled with heartfelt emotion.

After a deceptive three-chord hummer to open the show, Kingsley Flood picked up on “Pick Your Battles,” off 2013’s Battles LP, with wailing guitar, violin and organ filling out an addictive hooked rocker. Early highlights from the new EP included “Set Me Off,” with a surf-meets-violin vibe and the quieter “Cavalry,” with Khuri moving to the keyboards while Chris Barrett on trumpet, Eva Walsh on fiddle and George Hall on guitar perfectly meshed on the beautiful melody. This was the other dynamic on display: the interplay between the guitar and violin (and occasionally the trumpet) and how they colored Khuri’s lyrics while drums and bass kept things rocking. Another highlight was “Anything Could Happen,” an Ellie Goulding cover (also on the EP), which featured a ripping, dare I say dynamic, guitar solo from Hall.

After fighting the chatty crowd with a couple of passionate quiet ones, including the excellent “Waiting for the River to Rise,” the show ended in bang! bang! bang! fashion with “Won’t Say I’m Sorry,” displaying their Boston roots with a kind of Irish-folk-punk feel, and the blazing “Down,” which, despite the lyrics “I won’t go down, down, down…” had Khuri down in the crowd doing his dynamo thing. Finishing with “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” Kingsley Flood summed up the previous hour of rock and roll in one swing, with superlative songwriting, violin-trumpet-guitar chemistry, start-stop, quiet-loud sections, plenty of high-energy dancing in the crowd and Khuri once again bringing his dynamic talents into the audience. —A. Stein | @Neddyo


Katie Herzig Comes to The Bowery Ballroom with a New Album

May 7th, 2014

Katie Herzig and some friends formed Newcomers Come, purveyors of bluegrass- and folk-influenced pop—which she ended up fronting—in 1997 while Herzig attended the University of Colorado, but they broke up two years after her own debut album, Watch Them Fall (stream below), came out in 2004. Since then the singer-songwriter ditched the Colorado mountains for the Nashville music scene to go solo, continuing to record and tour ever since. She’s gained even more widespread exposure as a number of her songs have ended up on TV soundtracks with an eye for indie rock, thanks to her voice, which has been compared to Neko Case’s and Ellie Goulding’s, and her personal, quirky tales about life, sad and sweet. Over the years, Herzig (above, her video for “Walk Through Walls”) hasn’t been content to stick with her original lo-fi acoustic sound. She recently said, “I’m always wanting to try new things and as my influences change, so does my music. I love production and I use all the new digital tools to make music, so of course that affects the sound. I still love acoustic music, but I feel like I am always chasing a beast, meaning whatever moves me.” With that said, her newest album, the recently released Walk Through Walls (stream it below), has a decidedly more electronic sound. And you can hear it live tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn’s Elizabeth and the Catapult open the show.


Ellie Goulding – Theater at Madison Square Garden – March 12, 2014

March 13th, 2014

Ellie Goulding - the Theater at Madison Square Garden - March 12, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Two Chances to See Active Child

November 13th, 2013

Pat Grossi was once a choirboy in Philadelphia, but after high school in L.A. and college in Colorado, he found himself back in California experimenting with electronic and choral music. Grossi came upon just the right mix of the two and began making atmospheric music featuring his falsetto voice and talented harp playing interwoven with instrumental samples, as Active Child. His first LP, the auspicious You Are All I See, came out in 2011. Ellie Goulding covering the album’s “Hanging On” a year later gained Active Child even more attention. But Grossi (above, doing “Johnny Belinda” for KEXP FM), who often performs live with an electronic-kit drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, returned just a few weeks ago with a new EP, the more accessible Rapor (stream it below), which Tiny Mix Tapes calls “a cathedral of light.” Touring behind the new material, Active Child plays The Bowery Ballroom tonight and Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow.


Ellie Goulding Lights Up Terminal 5

January 22nd, 2013

Ellie Goulding – Terminal 5 – January 21, 2013

With her hit single “Lights” last year, Ellie Goulding made her mark in the States and staked more claim by filming the video for her first single off her sophomore effort Halcyon,  “Anything Could Happen,” in Los Angeles. The lass from the small village of Lyonshall has crossed over in every sense of the word, selling out not one, but two shows at Terminal 5. She had previously sold out the same venue back in the summer of 2011. So it was fitting that she returned last night to delight fans once again with her soprano-like voice, which filled the three-story space with an ethereal ambiance.

Showered in spotlights, Goulding came dressed with fringe that dripped from her arms and leather shorts as she began her set with “Don’t Say a Word.” Her voice bounced from near-piercing vibrato to a breathy, almost-hoarse timbre. Once when describing her instrument to Carson Daly, Goulding admitted, “I think sometimes it sounds like my voice is like, out of control…. I have to really control it because it just kind of goes everywhere. Like, sometimes stuff comes out that I don’t expect.” Her vocals were almost overlayered with Auto-Tune on the Tinie Tempah collaboration “Hanging On,” but they were beautifully stripped down to her upper register for the ballad “Joy.”

Shedding her fringe for an acoustic guitar, the blonde Brit played an old favorite “Guns and Horses” as fans sang along on a chorus of “I would.” After revealing “I Know You Care” was about her dad, Goulding treated the impassioned onlookers to her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song.” The sonic-changing pitch of her voice reverberated against the venue’s metal frames, turning it into New York City’s version of Moulin Rouge. To add to the spectacle, the gent in charge of the lights would have made Jenny Holtzer proud with the amount of voltage on “Only You” and audience favorite “Anything Could Happen.” Ending the set with “Starry Eyed,” Goulding came back to encore with the Calvin Harris track “I Need Your Love” and “Lights.” But Ms. Goulding’s luminosity was never in question and all the aforementioned lights weren’t necessary because she did it all with that unique voice. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

(Tonight’s Ellie Goulding show at Terminal 5 is sold out.)


Ellie Goulding Climbs Higher

August 1st, 2011

Ellie Goulding – Terminal 5 – July 29, 2011

Rewind two months and Ellie Goulding was playing Webster Hall amidst a whirlwind of attention sparked by her appearance as the musical guest at the royal wedding, followed by an appearance on SNL. Now fast forward to this past Friday night and that frenzied scrutiny has only increased, as witnessed by a Terminal 5 show sold out as part of Goulding’s Nylon magazine-sponsored tour.

Taking the stage in a bright red military jacket, she was greeted by the type of screams known to belong to very excited teenage girls (and perhaps a few guys, too). Opening with “Under the Sheets,” Goulding’s distinctive and powerful voice sounded better than ever. Her band immediately brought fantastic energy to the room and the singer had no trouble grabbing everyone’s attention. She kept it full band and full energy for album tracks “This Love (Will Be Your Downfall),” “Everytime You Go” and “Lights,” and later stripped down the sound for “Wish I Stayed,” with just piano accompanying her on acoustic guitar.

Goulding’s confidence and stage presence grow with each additional show, and while the fans in the front row seemed to know every word to every song, at times the whole crowd resembled a giant dance party. Ending with a triumphant version of “Starry Eyed” that truly had everyone in the packed venue moving, Goulding could say a successful goodbye to New York City this time with only higher to climb. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of Kaila Pehl | www.kailalassey.com


Ellie Goulding – Webster Hall – March 24, 2011

March 25th, 2011

Ellie Goulding - Webster Hall - March 24, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris La Putt | chrislaputt.com


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Ellie Goulding on 3/24

March 22nd, 2011


Ellie Goulding comes to town to play Webster Hall on Thursday. And her popularity precedes her, because the show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to Grow a Pair? Then take a shot by filling out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Ellie Goulding, 3/24) and a brief message explaining why you’re excited spring has sprung. Eddie Bruiser, who’s still nursing a SXSW hangover, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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