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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



Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Kimbra on 10/19

October 16th, 2012


While you may have first become aware of New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra performing a duet with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used to Know,” she’s since blown up in a big way. And so when she plays Webster Hall this week, on Friday and Saturday, she’ll do it before a packed house each night. But even if you don’t already have tickets, you’ve still got a chance to see here live because The House List is offering two ducats to Friday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. 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 (Kimbra, 10/19) and a brief message explaining what you think the best part of the CMJ Music Marathon is. Eddie Bruiser, who intends to see as many bands as humanly possible, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Gotye – Radio City Music Hall – September 25, 2012

September 26th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

Exclusive Video: Missy Higgins Is Back in Full Force

July 26th, 2012

When she comes to Radio City Music Hall this fall, opening for Gotye, she’ll likely be onstage, singing the female part on “Somebody That I Used to Know.” But by then, we think Missy Higgins won’t be treated like a stranger. Not at all. The Australian’s new album, the hook-heavy The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, is packed with tunes that American Songwriter says will thrive “in a live setting where they are allowed room to breathe.” See for yourself on this stripped-down version of “Hello Hello,” recorded in an under-construction Brooklyn high-rise for The Bowery Presents Live.

The talented Australian singer-songwriter also sat down with us to discuss when she knew she wanted to be a musician, parental advice and working through writer’s block. Watch the interview here, and make sure you don’t miss out on more videos like these—uploaded every week on The Bowery Presents Live on YouTube—and live-streaming shows, like Bloc Party at Terminal 5 on 8/8, by subscribing to our channel.

(Missy Higgins plays Radio City Music Hall with Gotye on 9/25.)


The Split Personalities of Gotye

March 28th, 2012

Gotye – Webster Hall – March 27, 2012

There’s certain schizophrenia to Webster Hall: Is it a dance club or a rock club? Is it half and half? That dual personality was the perfect setting for Gotye, who last night split his live sound into three overlapping personalities: one-third dance, one-third indie rock and one-third hypnotic dreamscape. Webster Hall was sold out, which seems to mean different things on different nights—not all sellouts are created equal. On Tuesday night, it was truly packed from front to back, the audience bubbling in a multilingual, multiaccented din while awaiting the start of the show.

The band took the stage and immediately launched into “Eyes Wide Open.” While Wally De Backer uses Gotye as his professional pseudonym, it’s clear that in the live setting the name covers everyone in the band who plays an equally important role. The multitalented guitarist added a nice flourish of lap steel to the opening song (and later played an electric mandolin) while the bassist took control of the melody. Still, the story of the band was drums and rhythm, with De Backer surrounded by all sorts of stuff to hit in addition to the drummer behind him and plenty more taken up by the other three musicians. The sound sat on the verge of digital and analog, mallets hitting drums and electronic pads and xylophones in equal amounts. There was something scientific to the music, with the band acting like a single-celled organism, Gotye at the nucleus pulsing messages electronically to the other band members in their organelles. Opening-act Kimbra joined Gotye for lyrics on “Somebody I Used to Know,” getting an even bigger reaction from those in the audience screaming for every song like each one was a favorite.

Behind the stage a single backdrop held a constant stream of projected images, scenes flipping through ultrarealistic time lapses of landscapes and cityscapes and other animated scenes and psychedelic colors. These matched up well enough to the music that it felt like every tune was more than just a song, but also a live-action music video, with the audience sucked into the action. “State of the Art” matched a killer multisynth attack with a weird retro-cartoon music monster perfectly. Gotye worked several audience-participation moments into the set, more or less playing the beloved Making Mirrors album in its entirety, constantly splitting his personality to the crowd’s constant delight. —A. Stein

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremyrossphotography.tumblr.com


So Much More Than Just One Song

February 7th, 2012

Gotye – The Bowery Ballroom – February 6, 2012

With one of the most talked about songs and videos of 2011, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” it felt like Gotye was just waiting for that first New York City show that sells out with an air of mystery and excitement surrounding it. And Monday at The Bowery Ballroom was that show: two projectors on the balcony accompanied the music with beautiful custom animations, and onstage there more instruments than you could count or even name. I was unsure what to expect of the show because Gotye’s album is an interesting one, filled with a few obvious hits but also some otherwise quirky stuff.

Opening the show with the crowd-pleasing “Eyes Wide Open,” Gotye’s voice sounded fantastic—soulful, clear and strong enough to quiet a packed room. Despite so much visual stimulation, the set lacked nothing musically. Each band member switched roles at least once, which found Gotye taking on a lot of percussion. The crowd never stopped moving thanks to songs like “Easy Way Out” and “State of the Art,” during which Gotye used a different microphone to make his voice drop at least an octave.

After an eager fan threw a bra onstage, Gotye wore it throughout “Smoke and Mirrors” and announced that he was going to perform a song that “maybe you’re all waiting for or maybe you’ve heard too much of.” With that he played the familiar opening xylophone of “Somebody That I Used To Know” with clear adoration from all those waiting to hear it. Kimbra came out to sing her part to even more applause and they did justice to the song that so many have listened to, covered and loved. Clearly Gotye is no one-hit wonder, and in thinking steps ahead of most when it comes to his live show, 2012 might very well be his year. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | dianawongphoto.com