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Moon Hooch Stay Home to Play Music Hall of Williamsburg Tonight

August 25th, 2016

Wenzl McGowen (baritone sax), James Muschler (drums and percussion) and Mike Wilbur (tenor sax) were still in school studying music when they formed the trio Moon Hooch six years ago in Brooklyn. They call their distinctly unique sound “cave music”—instrumental dance-, rock- and jazz-influenced tunes—and first got notice by busking at the L train’s Bedford stop. Essentially making the equivalent of electronic dance music but with acoustic instruments, they worked crowds into such frenzies that the police actually banned them from performing there. But don’t feel too bad for Moon Hooch (above, performing “Something Else”) because they ended up hitting the road with the likes of They Might Be Giants, Galactic and Lotus. They’ve since released three albums, a self-titled debut (stream it below) in 2013, This Is Cave Music (stream it below) in 2014 and this June’s Red Sky (stream it below), “which is Moon Hooch’s third album, and it’s mighty,” according to NPR Music. “The sound of the saxes feels new, vibrant and essential, the way great rock guitarists paved a path redefining the instrument in the 1960s. And this stuff is serious fun: Red Sky recalls Moon Hooch’s live shows, with their fast twists and turns.” And now you can experience one of their live shows when Moon Hooch play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Brooklyn’s Bears open the show.

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Three Chances to Catch Energetic Rockers Wild Adriatic Live in July

July 11th, 2016

Channeling ’60s and ’70s rockers like Led Zeppelin, Free and Humble Pie, Travis Gray (vocals and guitar), Rich Derbyshire (bass) and Mateo Vosganian (drums) formed Wild Adriatic five years ago in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. They’ve put out three EPs, and the soulful blues-rock trio’s debut long-player, Big Suspicious (stream it below), came out in 2014. This past spring, Wild Adriatic (above, doing “Mess Around,” and, below, performing a cover of “The Ocean”) released Live Volume One: No Way, Let’s Do It (stream it below), which expertly catches the band’s energetic stage performances. And now you’ve got three chances to experience them at their best, live: tomorrow at Mercury Lounge, on Wednesday at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre and next Friday opening for Galactic at Brooklyn Bowl.

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Galactic – Terminal 5 – March 26, 2016

March 28th, 2016

Galactic – Terminal 5 – March 26, 2016

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Galactic and Soulive Team Up at Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

March 24th, 2016

NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit GalacticJeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (sax) and Richard Vogel (keys)—have been bringing their shake-your-ass music to the masses for more than two decades. They’re basically a traveling party, which means they always show up with guests. And Saturday night at Terminal 5 is no exception. Galactic (above, performing “Right On” for World Cafe) will feature vocalist Erica Falls and swamp-funk-loving member of the Neville Brothers, the Meters and Wild Tchoupitoulas, Cyril Neville. Plus, other instrumental-illness purveyors Alan Evans (drums), Neal Evans (Hammond B3 organ) and Eric Krasno (guitar)—better known as the Brooklyn soul-funk trio Soulive (below, covering “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”)—are also on this incredibly strong Saturday night bill. And if that weren’t enough, the show kicks off with Austin, Texas, psychedelic four-piece Bright Light Social Hour. This is one not to miss.

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Moon Hooch Bring High-Energy Dance Party to The Bowery Ballroom

June 11th, 2015

Wenzl McGowen (baritone sax), James Muschler (drums and percussion) and Mike Wilbur (tenor sax) were still in school studying music when they formed the trio Moon Hooch five years ago in Brooklyn. They call their distinctly unique sound “cave music”—instrumental dance-, rock- and jazz-influenced tunes—and first got notice by busking at the L train’s Bedford stop. Essentially making the equivalent of electronic dance music but with acoustic instruments, they worked crowds into such frenzies that the police actually banned them from performing there. But don’t feel too bad for Moon Hooch (above, doing “Number 9” for Jam in the Van) because they ended up hitting the road with the likes of They Might Be Giants, Galactic and Lotus. They’ve since released a pair of albums, a self-titled debut (stream it below) in 2013 and This Is Cave Music (stream it below), which NPR labeled “as funky as it is unlikely,” in 2014. Join the dance party when they headline The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night. And while doors are at 8, there’s a preshow happy hour in the lower-level lounge beginning at 7.

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Galactic – Brooklyn Bowl – July 23, 2014

July 24th, 2014

Galactic - Brooklyn Bowl - July 23, 2014

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

(Galactic play Brooklyn Bowl again tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.)

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A Galactic Party at Terminal 5

February 18th, 2014

Galactic – Terminal 5 – February 15, 2014

In what was a small New Orleans music coup this past weekend, Galactic mirrored what fellow NOLA funk and jazz rockers the Soul Rebels were doing at Brooklyn Bowl by having a party of their own at Terminal 5 on Saturday night. Breaking from their recent partnership with Living Colour’s Corey Glover, Galactic were instead joined for about half the set by 25-year-old Louisiana native Maggie Koerner, who quite simply blew away the audience. She initially made her mark during the band’s “You Don’t Know,” but it was later in the show when she sang the cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” that the crowd appeared truly floored and let out the biggest applause of the night.

Galactic played so tightly that even during their vocal-less jams they never needed to watch one another to stay in lockstep with the beat, a sign of just how good they are as individual musicians and as a collective. Instead, they often turned straight out toward the crowd, lining up like a firing squad and letting loose a barrage of blue notes, mind-spinning solos and loud-as-hell choruses. For heady-music appreciators, this was the band to see on Saturday night, not just for Galactic’s skills but because they will move a set in any direction they see fit.

While Galactic often feature a vocalist, they are just as happy to steer the set into an instrumental song like “Balkan Wedding,” a track with an epic, moody organ solo that would be a hard sell to a more popular-music-oriented crowd. But they also know how to please a crowd of any size and makeup, so when the encore came around, Koerner rejoined the band for the show’s final original tune, “Heart of Steel” before ending the night with a rafters-shaking rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Two Nights with Galactic This Weekend

February 13th, 2014

NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic are bringing their shake-your-hips music our way this weekend. Although they began as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer, over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they still bring the funk: Witness their most recent album, the Mardi Gras–themed Carnivale Eletricos (stream it below). Of course, when Galactic (above, doing “Dolla Diva” with Maggie Koerner) come to play it’s rarely alone, and this visit is no different: They’ll feature talented New Orleans singer Maggie Koerner, and they’ll be joined by the blues-funk-rock-soul group JJ Grey & Mofro (below, doing “Brighter Days”). And the good news is that you’ve got two chances to check out this fantastic lineup, tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre and on Saturday at Terminal 5.

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Galactic Kick Off Four-Night Run at Brooklyn Bowl

August 8th, 2013

Galactic – Brooklyn Bowl – August 7, 2013


As far as metaphors go, New Orleans’ Galactic most resemble Silly Putty: totally elastic, plenty of bounce and press ’em hard enough against something and they’ll pick it up and distort it to no end. Opening a four-night run at Brooklyn Bowl last night, their unpredictable malleability was in full effect. After a tough-to-follow opening set from hot up-and-comers Superhuman Happiness, who appear to be raising Afrobeat space-funk indie pop to an art form, the veteran jammers took the stage and wasted no time with a warm-up solo-packed funk jam.

From there the set was delivered in bite-sized pieces. Guests rotated in and then left only to return, beginning with Corey Glover, looking quite like your golf-obsessed uncle and delivering a decidedly soul-blues-rock edge. His highlight was a great cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Night People,” which rode a nice Jeff Raines guitar solo, and the appropriately titled “Ooh Nah Nay,” the crowd singing along while getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle of Rob Mercurio, Ben Ellman and Stanton Moore. The proverbial glow stick was cracked when Jon Gutwillig from the Disco Biscuits joined in on guitar, adding a long, swirly phospherescent solo to a dark, funky jam. The Silly Putty went pretzel as Glover and Gutwillig both sat in for, of all things, an adrenaline-rush cover of Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”

Of course Galactic spent some quality time on their own, with plenty of boogie-inducing numbers, from the classic Meters-esque groovers to the explosive, harmonica-meets-slide-guitar-meets-TNT-drums “Shibuya.” But the guests couldn’t be held off for too long: Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver brought a bucket of energy to the second Zeppelin cover of the night, matching Glover’s performance with a house-igniting take on “Whole Lotta Love.” Traver moved to baritone saxophone and bandmate Alex Toth joined in on trumpet for a big-horn-section take on “Baker’s Dozen” before Glover returned to close it all out with a Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.” And that was just the first night! Don’t worry. I’m sure there’s plenty of bounce left in ’em for three more—and then some. —A. Stein

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

(Galactic play Brooklyn Bowl tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.)

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Galactic – Terminal 5 – April 13, 2013

April 15th, 2013


Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org

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A Party Not to Miss Tomorrow at Terminal 5

April 12th, 2013

NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic (above, doing “Hey Na Na” with Corey Glover for KEXP FM) are bringing their shake-your-hips music our way this weekend. They began as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. But over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they’re still bringing the funk: Witness their most recent album, the Mardi Gras-themed Carnivale Eletricos. Of course, when they come to play it’s rarely alone, and this visit is no different. Expect plenty of special guests, like vocals from the Revivalists’ frontman, David Shaw, and Nigel Hall, whose band opens the show. That in itself would be a pretty great weekend lineup. But wait, there’s more! Because Galactic—about whom Esquire wrote last year: “In a perfect world, Galactic would be 2012’s Black Keys, consistently underrated veterans who get belatedly huge”—are sharing the bill with none other than ska and rocksteady legends Toots and the Maytals. This is something not to miss. So do yourself a favor and don’t. Instead, head to Terminal 5 tomorrow night.

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The Cap Is Officially Back

August 6th, 2012

A broke-down palace no more, the lovingly restored Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., reopens for business on 9/4 (the headliner will soon be announced). Built in 1926, the venue once hosted the biggest musical acts of the day. Names like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, who once played the Cap 16 times in just 12 months. But the place eventually became a catering hall and special-events facility. No longer. Live music is returning! It will have “the best sound, the best lights and the best video-projection technology of any theater anywhere. Our plan is to turn the knob to 11 in every way possible,” says Peter Shapiro of Brooklyn Bowl. The beloved bowling alley/restaurant/music venue again teams up with Blue Ribbon for food and The Bowery Presents to book the bands. And once again, the calendar is filled with big names, including four shows with the Roots in September, three My Morning Jacket dates in December and the likes of Galactic, Fiona Apple, Warren Haynes, Al Green and a whole lot more in between. Some shows are already on sale and others will be soon, so check the calendar so you don’t get left out.

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Galactic – Brooklyn Bowl – May 30, 2012

May 31st, 2012


Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

(Galactic also plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.)

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Mardi Gras Mambo

February 27th, 2012

Galactic – Terminal 5 – February 25, 2012


It’s not often that the sound of funk-ified brass and woodwind echoes throughout Terminal 5, but New Orleans jam musicians Galactic made it happen on Saturday, eight groovy bars at a time. It was a “post-modern rock party,” as honorary band member Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band) called it. And while the six-piece band was doing just fine jamming on their own as they started the set, they quickly enlisted the help of a few friends.

Living Colour’s Corey Glover, first to join them, balanced the set list with his still-killer voice. A perfect example was Glover’s vocal range on “Out in the Street,” which offered fans even more than just the excellent, solo-based instrumental tunes the guys in Galactic were playing on their own. After Glover helped wind up the rowdy crowd, openers the Soul Rebels Brass Band came out and dueled through some wailing solos.

Galactic used the rest of the set to feature each member’s talents, including saxophone player Ben Ellman’s handful of gritty, mean harmonica parts and a particularly lively drum (and cowbell) solo from Stanton Moore. Wild as some moments were, the musical balance showed up again in the encore, starting with “Ash Wednesday Sunrise,” a tune that blended radio smooth with Galactic’s signature funk, and finished with Glover nodding his head to each stuttering shout from Henry’s trombone during the cover of Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Galactic on Saturday Night

February 23rd, 2012


When it comes to St Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish. And it when it comes to Mardi Gras, everyone’s from New Orleans. But you don’t have to head to the Crescent City to celebrate because the NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic is bringing its shake-your-hips music our way. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they’re still bringing the funk: Witness their most recent album, the Mardi Gras-themed Carnivale Eletricos. Of course, when they come to play it’s rarely alone, and this visit is no different. Expect plenty of special guests, like Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band), plus reggae legends Steel Pulse and New Orleans’ own Soul Rebels (download their Sweet Dreams EP for free here). Esquire magazine writes: “In a perfect world, Galactic would be 2012’s Black Keys—consistently underrated veterans who get belatedly huge.” And you can find out why when Galactic (above, doing “Heart of Steel” with Corey Glover and Corey Henry at last year’s Bonnaroo) and friends play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.