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Old Friends in a New Band at Mercury Lounge

June 4th, 2014

Spanish Gold – Mercury Lounge – June 3, 2014

Spanish Gold – Mercury Lounge – June 3, 2014
As a freelancer, you’re constantly answering questions like “Where are you working now?” and “What’s next?”—or even “How do you keep all that straight?” These questions are something I’d imagine Spanish Gold’s Dante Schwebel and Patrick Hallahan are also used to answering, considering they’ve been a part of a number of different bands over the past few years, all which led them here.

Schwebel bounced around the country with Texas rockers Hacienda for a few years, recently opened for Pink with City and Colour, and he also toured as Dan Auerbach’s lead guitarist (a tour that stopped at Webster Hall in 2009). Hallahan, who is better known for his role as My Morning Jacket’s rhythm keeper, manned drums and percussion on that tour. The two added another killer lead guitarist in Adrian Quesada, plus a bassist and two singers (one on keys, one on percussion), and voilà: Spanish Gold.

Last night, the experienced musicians sounded far better than a new band normally does, and the Southwestern-rock sound had Mercury Lounge in party mode from the first song to the last, a surprising yet remarkable cover of Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” (Schwebel joked that since they had run out of songs to play they might as well do something with some “funk.”) The room was just about completely full for the late-night set thanks in part to the band’s origin story, but they all certainly seemed happy to keep jamming in this current arrangement for a while to come. If not, at least we’ll know it won’t be long before we get to see the members of Spanish Gold rock out as something else. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

The Bowery Presents Live Features Hacienda

June 5th, 2012


Hacienda—three Villanueva brothers (Rene, on bass and vocals, Abraham, on piano and vocals, and Jaime, on drums and vocals) and one Schwebel cousin (Dante, on guitar and vocals)—caught an early break when Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys got a hold of their six-song demo. One thing led to another and eventually the band finished an album at his studio. Auerbach enjoyed working with them so much that he had them (along with My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan) back him on his Keep It Hid tour. As the four-piece has gained wider exposure, they’ve opened for the likes of the Black Keys, My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog. And now Hacienda and Auerbach have again combined forces. He produced and cowrote their upcoming album, Shakedown. And as today’s featured band on The Bowery Presents Live, they perform one of the new disc’s tracks, “Savage,” in the kitchen at Terminal 5, and discuss nonstop touring and making music with Auerbach. For more videos like this and live-streamed shows, cool performances and intimate interviews, make sure you subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live.

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Watch Kasabian Tonight Streaming Live from Terminal 5

March 22nd, 2012


Not to get all Genesis on you, but tonight, tonight, tonight Kasabian plays Terminal 5. The show is already sold out, but that won’t be a problem for you because if you can’t get there, you can watch it here: youtube.com/thebowerypresents. Beginning at 9 p.m. EDT tune in to The Bowery Presents Live. You won’t want to miss it. And if you’ll be at the show in person, make sure you arrive early enough to check out the opening band, Hacienda.

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The Bowery Presents Live Features Kasabian

March 13th, 2012


The English five-piece Kasabian put out their fourth studio album, Velociraptor!, last September, and soon they’re on their way to our country in support of it. That tour will bring them to Terminal 5 on 3/22 (with the terrific Hacienda opening). The show is sold out, so if you can’t make it there, you can stream it live here: The Bowery Presents Live. Also check out a playlist of videos, live songs and interviews. And, of course make sure you subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to keep up with what’s new on the channel.

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It’s a Family Affair

August 23rd, 2010

Hacienda – Mercury Lounge – August 21, 2010

Hacienda - Mercury Lounge - August 21, 2010
Hacienda—three Villanueva brothers (Rene, on bass and vocals, Abraham, on piano and vocals, and Jaime, on drums and vocals) and one Schwebel cousin (Dante, on guitar and vocals)—caught an early break when Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys got a hold of their six-song demo. One thing led to another and eventually the band finished an album at his studio and was opening for the likes of the Black Keys and Dr. Dog and gaining wider exposure. Last year, along with My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, they backed Auerbach on his Keep It Hid tour.

This year, Hacienda released their second disc, Big Red & Barbacoa, and they played plenty of it on Saturday night at Mercury Lounge. With their four-part harmonies, early-Kinks intensity and surf-rock influences, the plaid-heavy San Antonio quartet played a sweaty, energetic 45-minute set of swaggering, hip-shaking rock and roll, punctuated by Schwebel’s vibrant guitar solos. Onstage, songs like “Shake Ya” and “Mama’s Cookin’” emerged more rollicking and raw than their studio versions. At one point Schwebel said, “Here’s a song for Saturday night.” And he was right. —R. Zizmor

(Hacienda opens for My Morning Jacket at Terminal 5 on October 19th.)

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com


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Dan Auerbach Rocks Webster Hall

November 12th, 2009

Dan Auerbach – Webster Hall – November 11, 2009

Dan Auerbach - Webster Hall - November 11, 2009
Just as Jack White has done work outside of the White Stripes, first with the Raconteurs and now the Dead Weather, Dan Auerbach, one half of the power-blues machine that is the Black Keys, also fronts a second band with a bigger sound. His backing band, the Fast Five, is made up of the San Antonio rock group Hacienda—Antonio Abraham Villanueva on keys, Dante Schwebel on guitar, Jaime Villanueva on drums and Rene Villanueva on bass—plus My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan on drums and percussion. (Hallahan, eyes closed and mouth open, played the maracas and the triangle with the unrestrained mirth of a small child.)

Last night at a crowded Webster Hall, Auerbach and Co. made their way through Auerbach’s solo album, Keep It Hid, released in February, plus a few other songs, including a cover of Rocking Horse’s “Oh Carol.” The show began with some relatively quiet harmonizing before kicking into a higher, louder gear. They played more than an hour of a winning combo of gritty blues and dirty rock and roll, including “My Last Mistake,” “Money and Trouble” and “When the Night Comes.”

The encore began with Rene Villanueva, whose bass thumped ferociously all night, laying down a dancing bassline. As the audience enthusiastically clapped along, the band shifted into a tight blues riff that blew up into raging mayhem. When the song ended, just Auerbach remained onstage. “Thank you for coming out tonight,” he said before launching into the last song, “Goin’ Home.” The line “be thankful for all you got” drew cheers and applause. And then he finished with “So long/ I’m going/ I’m going home,” and then the crowd went wild and the stage went dark. —R. Zizmor

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com