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Congratulations to the Winners

February 11th, 2013

The Bowery Presents extends warm congratulations to every 2013 Grammy winner (and nominee). And if you take a look at those who took home awards, it’s like a who’s who list of acts that have recently played our venues, including:

the Black Keys: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album
Gotye: Record of the Year (featuring Kimbra), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (featuring Kimbra), Best Alternative Music Album
fun.: Song of the Year (featuring Janelle Monáe), Best New Artist
Skrillex (featuring Sirah): Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Frank Ocean: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream)
Mumford & Sons
: Album of the Year
Adele: Best Solo Pop Performance
Bonnie Raitt: Best Americana Album
Dan Auerbach: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Miguel: Best R&B Song
Kelly Clarkson: Best Pop Vocal Album
the Civil Wars (and Taylor Swift): Best Song Written for Visual Media
Halestorm: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance



Catch Steven A. Clark Playing the Late Show Tonight

January 10th, 2013

Steven A. Clark burst onto the scene with the 2011 single “Superhero,” gaining comparisons to modern R&B singers like Frank Ocean and the Weeknd, which didn’t slow down with the release of last year’s Fornication Under the Consent of the King (stream it below) or, well, F.U.C.K., on which he handled most of the album’s songwriting, recording and production. The Miami singer-producer had just gotten out of a long-term relationship, so “F.U.C.K. means a lot as far as saying fuck a lot of things I don’t agree with. But for the most part, it’s fuck love, fuck relationships, fuck some of these girls. It’s a lot of shit.” Of course, he means that in a totally listenable way. Check out Clark, above, doing “Don’t Have You,” and then see him play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge.


Another Year Older and a Little Bit Bigger

October 8th, 2012

Flying Lotus – Terminal 5 – October 7, 2012

Take Flying Lotus beats out of headphones or tinny computer speakers and into a club and they become sometime else entirely. On recordings, Flying Lotus is the manufacturer behind chilled-out and jazzy shape-shifting beats. But played live in a jam-packed venue with the bass turned up so high that it’s felt in the knees, and you have an almost unfamiliar sound. It’s like comparing a wild tiger to one in the zoo—the setting changes the music in a fundamental way. Flying Lotus’s natural habitat is the club, where beats can roam free, bouncing off every corner of the venue and sweeping up an audience in the process.

It’s safe to say Flying Lotus was in his natural habitat last night at the sold-out Terminal 5. During the few breaks in the set, the crowd serenaded the L.A. producer, celebrating his 28th birthday, with several renditions of “Happy Birthday to You.” Set up behind a screen with mind-altering visuals, for a while all you could make out of Flying Lotus was a silhouette wearing a sequin-covered sweatshirt that reflected the colored projections back like a thousand laser pointers. Playing one song after another, he wove samples ranging from Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” to Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” into his own beats. After a few songs, he stepped from behind the screen to greet the audience, and after a few more, he invited everyone in his entourage onstage for the night’s most successful rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”

Pop music moves pretty fast these days, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if a year from now Flying Lotus’s beats find their way into a Kanye West sample or something else equally mainstream. The same has happened with so many other producers carrying the banner for a whole new interpretation of club music. If it happens, everyone at last night’s show can say to jealous late adopters that they saw Fly Lo in New York City on his 28th birthday. The show certainly felt like the beginning of a big musician getting bigger, or in the very least, another year older. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com


Odd Future Offshoot the Internet Play The Bowery Ballroom

August 3rd, 2012

Hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Will Kill Them All is slowly trying to take over the world. First Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats and crew burst onto the scene. Then came solo albums, including Frank Ocean’s, and a TV show, Loiter Squad. And now, the arrival of individual groups from within the collective—like DJ, engineer and singer (and lone Odd Future female member) Syd tha Kyd paired with beat maker Matt Martians, together making soulful trip-hop as the Internet. Their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies (stream it, below), came out late last year. They began playing live in the middle of May, and as part of a brief East Coast swing this month, the Internet (above, doing “Lincoln” for lastereo.tv) play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night.


Frank Ocean Is Worth the Hype

July 27th, 2012

Frank Ocean – Terminal 5 – July 26, 2012

It’d be difficult to guess just from the stage setup who you were seeing. With the sprawling Persian rug, two holstered guitars and the stool at center stage, it looked like the setting of
MTV Unplugged. On appearances, you wouldn’t immediately suspect this to be the playpen
for Frank Ocean: R&B wunderkind, Odd Future crew member and, most recently cultural sensation. But, it also makes sense. Since his arrival by way of the debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, Ocean has separated himself from the pop pack by infusing lyrical sincerity, crafty songwriting and infectious personality into his music. So creating an intimate setting for the most highly sought after concert in New York City in some time felt like a clever personal touch, unexpectedly expected.

Frankophiles, the legion of fans who sang aloud with every song and pointed their iPhones toward the stage to record every moment of the show, accounted for the vocal majority of the sold-out crowd last night at Terminal 5. Before Ocean took to the stage, they chanted,
“Franky, Franky,” in a familiar sort of way. And from his quiet melodic opener of “Summer Remains” to the not-your-average-10-minute-single “Pyramids,” he wooed the floors of
people individually and collectively. The immediate impact of his masterful debut album, Channel Orange, was displayed as fans sang along to most of the varied set list. He gave a vocal performance that made one hour feel like an entire night: chanting to “Super Rich
emoting on a tweaked version of “American Wedding” and mystifying with “Bad Religion.” It affirmed that Frank Ocean has the talent for stardom and the vision for
greatness. —Jared Levy


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Frank Ocean on 7/26

July 24th, 2012


With the recent release of his highly acclaimed debut LP, Channel Orange, plus a pretty big personal announcement, Frank Ocean is red hot right now. So it should come as no surprise that his show on Thursday at Terminal 5 sold out quickly. But The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you don’t already have any 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 (Frank Ocean, 7/26) and a brief message explaining which song off the new disc is your favorite and why. Eddie Bruiser, who’s listening to the album right now, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Scissor Sisters End Tour in Style

July 9th, 2012

Scissor Sisters – Terminal 5 – July 7, 2012

Boasting endless energy, not to mention a healthy dose of innuendo, Scissor Sisters wrapped a two-night stay at Terminal 5 with a powerful Saturday-night set that had the crowd frenziedly dancing on all three floors. As he sang, Jake Shears’ nonstop movement stirred and stoked the fans, while his partner in crime, Ana Matronic, mugged her way through each tune, adding emphasis where Shears’ Whirling Dervish act wouldn’t allow.

Each of the songs’ swirling combination of disco, glam rock and radio pop, offered something different but never strayed too far from the band’s recognizable sound. From the New Wave “Running Out” to Shears and Matronic strutting around the stage during “Keep Your Shoes On”—and even as Scissor Sisters played their first big hit, “Take Your Mama”—the group proved to be more than just garish fun. They mixed in wildly technical guitar solos from Del Marquis and rounded out the rest of their sound with backup singers and multi-instrumentalists Randy Real on drums and Babydaddy on bass. (OK, so maybe there is still a big focus on the garish fun part.)

The fun raged on, including a loudly applauded extended welcome of rapper Frank Ocean “to the club,” some flashy performances matched by flashier graphics on the stage’s backdrop and plenty more audacious performing from the two lead singers, who by the end of the night had Terminal 5 feeling more humid than the July air that the crowd emptied into when the show finally finished. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Chris Becker | www.artistsweetsbecker.us


The Sophisticated Sounds of Frank Ocean

November 28th, 2011

Frank Ocean – The Bowery Ballroom – November 27, 2011

On “Swim Good,” one of the surprise hits from his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, Frank Ocean sings, “And I’ve got this black suit on/ Roaming around like I’m ready for a funeral.” The song, like most of his limited yet excellent output, is dark, complex and soulful. It also comes from an artist whose 2011 emergence rivals all others, going from unknown Odd Future crew member to almost instant popularity as a Watch the Throne collaborator.

Before a sold-out crowd at The Bowery Ballroom last night, Ocean performed in his aforementioned black suit with a red-and-white-striped bandanna. The hip and sophisticated costume drew attention, not only from fans but kingmakers in attendance. ?uestlove, seated on the balcony, felt compelled to comment on Twitter, saying, “@ffrank_ocean [sic] is a class act yo. Suit & Sade cover. Nice start.”

In addition to the Sade cover (“By Your Side”), Ocean sang a number of choice selections from Nostalgia, Ultra as well as a medley of his work on Watch the Throne (“No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America”). The diverse crowd knew most of his material, even unreleased songs familiar only to those who scour the Internet. But “Dissolution” and “Super Rich Kids,” both of which Ocean mentioned will be on his proper debut, are sure to be hits, and fans are right to take notice. So while Ocean was right about his outfit, he better not be ready for his funeral. —Jared Levy

(Tonight’s Frank Ocean show at The Bowery Ballroom is sold out.)