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!!! Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall

November 16th, 2015

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album (stream it below) came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. In fact, !!! (above, doing “Slyd” for Baeblemusic) just released their sixth studio album, As If (stream it below), last month. Drowned in Sound called it “a career high,” noting that it’s “a heady mix of punk funk indie disco, but with an added layer of poppy sheen.” And AllMusic proclaimed, “The funky, post-punky, always danceable !!! show no signs of slowing down on their sixth album.” Their newly launched tour in support of the album brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow and to The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday.

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A Top Five Look Back at 2013

January 10th, 2014


Ten days into the New Year, The House List looks back at 2013 with some Top Five lists.

My Top Five Favorite Shows
1.
The Postal Service, Barclay Center, June 14
My decade-belated live date with the Postal Service finally culminated at Barclays Center, where rabid fans, like myself, roared as Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello hit the stage. As if acting out lyrics from “Nothing Better,” Gibbard and Jenny Lewis shimmied close for the duet. Old friends reunited onstage never felt so good.

2. Haim, Webster Hall, September 3
I was late to this bandwagon, as fellow House List contributor Alex Kapelman shortlisted Haim last year for his Top Five Bowery Presents Shows of the Year. I knew I was in for a good one when I could barely find a spot in the rafters to catch the three sisters, who charmed with their onstage banter and wicked musicianship

3. Jessie Ware, The Bowery Ballroom, January 17
Straight off her Jimmy Fallon taping backed by the Roots, the British songstress elated the crowd with her effortless, down-to-earth stage demeanor. Her star quickly rose with American audiences, as she sold out shows at Webster Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Irving Plaza throughout the year. I was glad to have caught her earlier in the more intimate venue.

4. Basia Bulat, Bowery Ballroom, November 23
I’ve been a fan of Basia Bulat since I heard her cover Sam Cooke’s “Touch the Hem of His Garment.” This show on a cold night wasn’t sold out, which made me a little sad since she’s quite the talent. But those who were there were enraptured by her prowess on autoharp to the point that you could hear a pin drop during her solos.

5. Daughter, Bowery Ballroom, April 30
Somehow Elena Tonra manages to disguise heartbreak behind soulful lyrics and melody. She has a knack for turning happy dance songs into somber endeavors. The band mashed-up Bon Iver and Hot Chip’s “Perth/Ready for the Floor” that evening. Check out Tonra’s somber retake of Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky” for further proof. —Sharlene Chiu

My Top Five Shows I Never Thought I Would See
1. Desaparecidos, Webster Hall, February 26

Desaparecidos (and really any Conor Oberst project) were my bread and butter back in the early aughts, and for a while they seemed to be a one-off, a politically minded side project firmly planted in the past. Fortunately (and unfortunately) the global state of affairs remains messed up enough for the band to regroup to write protest songs for a new decade. It was a nostalgic, sweaty and inspired performance.

2. Shuggie Otis, Music Hall of Williamsburg, April 19
Shuggie Otis began putting out music in the mid-’70s, followed by a long period of laying low. Content to groove along to songs like “Ice Cold Daydream” at home, I never really thought about the possibility of a Shuggie Otis tour in 2013. But when I found out, I was there. And “Ice Cold Daydream” is even better in person.

3. The Flamin’ Groovies, The Bowery Ballroom, July 6
Instead of discovering the Flamin’ Groovies in a smoky San Fran club in the ’60s, I was introduced to their catchy psychedelia on a Nuggets compilation more than 30 years later. Who’d have thought they’d still be going strong in 2013 and that I’d be dancing right alongside some old school fans at this fun summer show.

4.  John Prine, Beacon Theatre, September 26
John Prine has been active since the early ’70s, but unlike Shuggie Otis, he never really went away, writing and recording songs at a steady pace throughout the years. But I still always thought of him as an artist too legendary for me to see in person—or that tickets would be too out of reach. But John Prine put on an amazing show, highlighting his singular skills as a songwriter and storyteller.

5. The Julie Ruin, Music Hall of Williamsburg, October 25
I was late to the party for the original riot-grrl movement, but I became an admirer of Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna during her time in Le Tigre. She’s dealt with some debilitating health issues in the past few years, but I had no doubt she’d continue to make art and music. So I was happy to learn of her latest project, the Julie Ruin, and her energetic show did not disappoint. —Alena Kastin

My Top Five Shows
1. Yo La Tengo, Town Hall, February 16

I don’t like to pick a favorite, but my last.fm account tells me I’ve listened to Yo La Tengo more than any other band since 2007. At Town Hall, they performed an acoustic set and an electronic one, doing two versions of “Ohm,” my favorite song of the year. And then I ran into Tim Heidecker from Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job! Had the Red Sox not won the World Series, this would’ve been my favorite night of the year.

2. Killer Mike/El-P, Webster Hall, August 14
I don’t care what anyone says: The best two rap albums of 2012 came from Killer Mike and El-P. And in 2013 they topped them, coming together as one entity, Run the Jewels. The night included a set from El-P, a set from Killer Mike and a combined set with both. El-P’s ingenious production plus Killer “I bleed charisma” Mike equals one concert I will never forget.

3. Foxygen, The Bowery Ballroom, October 21
With Foxygen it occasionally feels like shit could fall apart at any moment. And sometimes it does. But when their shows don’t come unhinged they deliver that sweet thrill of relief, like narrowly avoiding a car crash. And on this Halloween-themed night, the band made a weird show even weirder with homemade costumes and pseudo spooky vibes.

4. Steve Earle, Music Hall of Williamsburg, May 8
You can just tell some people are genuine, and Steve Earle is certainly one of them. Forever wearing his heart on his sleeve, that same energy bleeds right into his music, which he played alongside what he’s calling “the best band he’s ever had.”

5. Meat Puppets, Mercury Lounge, April 4
Not only are the Meat Puppets still kicking (after living through some serious shit), but also they’re thriving. And as much as I respect their legacy, seeing them play for more than two hours with the intensity you’d expect of a band 20 years their junior makes me respect them that much more. Long live the puppets of meat! —Dan Rickershauser

My Top Five Shows
1. Dessa, Union Hall, May 5

There are few performers I feel can move mountains with their vocal chords, and Dessa is one of them. This performance was an eruption of defiant lyrics and bold beats. A sizable crowd of young girls knew all of her lyrics, giving the show a chant-like feel. The only female member of Minnesota’s Doomtree collective practically vibrates with energy, and it’s completely contagious.

2. Kishi Bashi, Irving Plaza, September 12
Kishi Bashi sounds even better live than he does recorded. And he delivered a dazzling set with profuse vocal looping and an excellent backing band. Kauro Ishibashi has a supercharged, effusive aura, and his music embodies that persona. This set took a rowdy turn that involved crowd surfing, strobe lights and an outright jam session.

3. Panama Wedding, CMJ Music Marathon
I happened upon newcomers Panama Wedding three different times during CMJ: Initially, opening for NONONO at Mercury Lounge on the first night. Since the band had only released one song, “All of the People,” I was eager to see what would unfold onstage. Their set was so tight that I caught the fantastical pop group the following night at Pianos and then again at a showcase at Santos Party House.

4. You Won’t, Rockwood Music Hall, October 30
The live iteration of You Won’t is a spectacle to behold. I watched eagerly as Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri wielded a slew of instruments with ease, quickly fascinating the audience. The duo took their jaunty music into the audience a couple of times to break the barrier and enlisted some extra vocal support by encouraging us to all to sing along.

5. James Blake, Terminal 5, November 6
In this spellbinding live performance, complete with plenty of vocal looping and haunting electronica, James Blake made a cavernous room filled with people feel intimate. And that he’s such a dapper-looking fellow only helps boost his appeal. I’m still transfixed by this performance nearly two months later. James Blake’s music has some serious lasting effects. —Schuyler Rooth

My Top Five Shows with Regard to Lights, Visuals and Production
1. Umphrey’s McGee, Brooklyn Bowl, January 20

Kick-ass creative lighting
and Brooklyn Bowl don’t usually go hand in hand, but Umphrey’s McGee lighting guru Jefferson Waful turned the room into a thing of beauty.

2. Föllakzoid/Holydrug Couple, Mercury Lounge, March 21
What better way to enjoy some old school psychedelic music than with some old school liquid projections courtesy of Drippy Eye.

3. Plaza: Portugal. The Man, Irving Plaza, May 20
Freakin’ lasers!

4. The Flaming Lips/Tame Impala, Terminal 5, October 1
It was almost as fascinating to watch the Lips’ spectacle getting set up as it was to see it in action—confetti, strobes, LEDs and, well, pretty much everything. And Tame Impala’s projections were no slouch either.

5. Phish, Atlantic City Boardwalk, October 31, November 2
Phish’s fall tour found lighting director Chris Kuroda playing the Willy Wonka of eye candy all over the East Coast. —A. Stein

My Top Five Albums
1. Phosphorescent, Muchacho
I’d only seen Phosphorescent once before listening to Muchacho for the first time. And while much of Matthew Houck’s previous work is country-tinged (not that there’s anything wrong with that), this album, ostensibly about a breakup, covers more territory, from the meditative sounds of “Sun, Arise (An Invocation, an Introduction)” and “Sun’s Arising (A Koan, an Exit)” to the jammy, driving “Ride On/Right On” to softer fare, like “Muchacho’s Tune,” all centered on Houck’s evocative voice. I still can’t stop listening to it.

2. Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Foxygen’s third full-length, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, comes off as a loving mash note to ’70s rock. You’ll hear bits of the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and David Bowie, but the album expertly manages to sound like something whole and new rather than something derivative.

3. White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade
Upon the first couple of listens, I found White Denim’s latest, Corsicana Lemonade, to be too singer-songwriter-y, but I continued to give it a chance, and it opened up to something much bigger, with genre-hopping songs like “Let It Feel Good (My Eagles)” and “Pretty Green”—not to mention some searing guitar parts—grabbing me by the throat.

4. Futurebirds, Baba Yaga
Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about Futurebirds, out of Athens, Ga., before writing a preview of their late-May show at The Bowery Ballroom. But while listening to their second LP, Baba Yaga, as I wrote, I became totally enamored of the album—half twangy Southern rock and half spacey reverb.

 5. Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze
I love Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze so much, that I can’t believe it’s only No. 5. Labeling it stoner rock, as many have done, is lazy. Although I supposed me calling it laid-back rock isn’t any better. But the fact of the matter is there might not ever be a better album to listen to while walking the streets of New York City with headphones in your ears. —R. Zizmor

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Be Part of a !!! Dance Party Tonight

December 13th, 2013

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. Earlier this year !!! (above, doing “Slyd” for Baeblemusic) released their fifth full-length Thr!!!er (stream it below), which PopMatters calls a “wall-to-wall fun dance album.” So get your weekend started with a dance party tonight at Webster Hall.

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A Cathartic Night with Daughter at The Bowery Ballroom

May 1st, 2013

Daughter – The Bowery Ballroom – April 30, 2013


When Katy Perry name-drops one of your tracks in a tweet about her recent breakup with serial dater John Mayer, people will take notice. The British trio Daughter emerged with lead singer Elena Tonra’s delicately acoustic songs and bloomed with the addition of guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella. Playing the first of two sold-out shows at The Bowery Ballroom last night, Tonra remarked, “I’m going to make sure I’m in tune.” The three began the evening with “In the Shallows” and followed with the appropriately celebratory “Candles,” on the day their debut album, If You Leave, was released.

The group’s music melds heart-aching lyrics with a slow build of discontent into a crescendo of fury and hate. On “Still,” Tonra chanted: “Two feet standing on a principle/ Two hands longing for each others warmth/ Cold smoke seeping out of colder throats/ Darkness falling, leaves nowhere to go,” while Aguilella thumped on the kick drum and Haefeli created a chamber of reverb from his electric guitar. The crowd erupted for the aforementioned celebrity breakup song, “Landfill.” And in between thanking the audience, Tonra confessed that on her trip over to the States she came close to popping her eardrum. She hadn’t, thankfully, and was supplied with some medication that left her in a euphoric mood, which was quite the antithesis of the songs “Run” and “Smother.”

As the show neared its end, the best was saved for last as fan-favorite “Youth” drew in the onlookers to sing along to a chorus of “You caused it.” Closing the set with “Home,” the choral echoes of “Take me, take me, home” reminded me of the Welsh artist “Jem’s Save Me,” with its similar repetitive phrasing delivered in an almost yodel. The threesome returned for a special encore—a mash-up of Bon Iver’s “Perth and Hot Chip’s “Ready for the Floor,” which beautifully reimagined the two tracks as a slow dance party in a log cabin. Although the night was a downtempo breakup extravaganza, no one left with a broken heart as couples exited hand in hand from the instant catharsis. —Sharlene Chiu

(Watch Daughter do a stripped-down version of “Youth” and an interview with The Bowery Presents Live.)

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Imaginative Pop with a Disco Swagger Tonight at Music Hall

March 4th, 2013

Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Michael Jackson and the Flaming Lips, London quintet Citizens! make the kind of shimmery, catchy music that calls to mind Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand. So it should come as no surprise that Franz frontman Alex Kapranos, who’d heard some of the band’s demos, produced their debut album, last year’s Here We Are (stream it below). “There are only three or four bands a decade that really matter. Citizens! sound like one of them to me,” says Kapranos of singer Tom Burke, keyboardist Lawrence Diamond, drummer Michael Evans, bassist Martyn Richmond and guitarist Tom Rhoades. “They do something you haven’t heard before, yet you feel they’ve always been in your life.” Experience just what he’s talking about tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg when Citzens! (above, performing “True Romance” for Converse) come to Brooklyn as part of their North American tour.

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Come Party with !!! at Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow Night

December 12th, 2012

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. Watch them, above, doing “AM/FM” for KEXP FM, and then go see them tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Exclusive Video: A Second Track + Field Session with Alt-J

December 3rd, 2012

Joe Newman (vocals and guitar), Thom Green (drums), Gwil Sainsbury (guitar and bass) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys) met just five years ago while attending Leeds University. But in the short time since, their band, Alt-J, has earned heady comparisons to the likes of Coldplay and Hot Chip. But since their debut LP, An Awesome Wave, and its soaring folk-influenced dub music recently won the prestigious Mercury Prize as the year’s best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland, other bands will now be compared to Alt-J. And in a New York City button shop they perform “Matilda,” one of the album’s lead singles, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

While riding around in a van, the quartet discuss listening to Spice Girls, Eurythmics and Paul Simon as kids, who got them into music and how their band’s formative moments happened in a college laundry room. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/QuNe7J. Check out their performance of “Ripe & Ruin”: http://tbp.im/SzRvr7. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(Alt-J announced a North American tour, which will bring them to Webster Hall on 3/22.)

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Hot Chip Spreads the Joy of Repetition

July 23rd, 2012

Hot Chip – Terminal 5 – July 20, 2012

Electronic dance music is experiencing a renaissance right now, and the London-based band Hot Chip is somewhere down one of the paths in this explosion of creative talent that’s pushing the genre in a thousand different directions. Never mind that half the band could double as high school chemistry teachers, their pioneering take on the world of electronic sound is unique in an otherwise cluttered genre. The group topped off a three-day stint here in New York City by playing a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on Friday. (On Wednesday they played a show in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park followed on Thursday by a terrific performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.)

Things kicked off with “Motion Sickness,” from their latest album, In Our Heads, a slow-building song that piled so many Talking Heads-esque polyrhythms onto one another that it almost hit a saturation point by the end. Just about every song they played was so beat driven that dancing became an involuntary reaction. Even “Boy From School,” one of their more somber recorded songs, was kicked up a few notches live, making it irresistibly dance-y. “Don’t Deny Your Heart” sounded like it was constructed entirely out of the greatest synth sounds of the late ’70s or early ’80s, a time when electronic music was restricted to the seldom few geeks who could control the not so user-friendly machines that manufactured electronic noises (people who, more often than not, also looked like high school chemistry teachers).

Hot Chip’s performance was also playful in terms of the audience’s expectations. Some of the best moments were interludes that popped up seemingly out of nowhere only to disappear without a trace after a few seconds. Such aural teases made for an engaging listening experience that’s unusual in dance music, which is otherwise known for its escapist quality. LCD Soundsystem taught the world it was possible to simultaneously be experimental, crowd-pleasing and catchy as hell. And Hot Chip is moving full speed ahead with that tradition. When singer Alexis Taylor sings, “The joy of repetition really is in you,” in “Over and Over,” to a sea of dancing bodies, it was more like an astute observation than a lyric. They’re on to something, but they already seem to know that. And whatever that something is, New York City can’t to get enough of it. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | dianawongphoto.com

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Friday Night’s Alright for Dancing

July 19th, 2012


Hot Chip burst onto the scene in 2000 with the release of the EP Mexico and its beats, acoustic guitar, piano and haunting vocals. Electronic-dance music wasn’t as big then as it is now, but the seven-piece dance-punk band out of London kept at it, touring, playing big shows at festivals and putting out more albums filled with dance music, R&B, folk and hip-hop—including their fifth, last month’s acclaimed In Our Heads, which Time Out New York calls “clever and dance-floor-ready.” With the new disc comes a new tour, and after playing the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn last night, Hot Chip (above, doing “Night and Day” for Later … with Jools Holland) plays Terminal 5 tomorrow night. And if you want to go, act fast because tickets won’t last.

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New Band New Build Makes US Debut at Mercury Lounge

March 14th, 2012

New Build – Mercury Lounge – March 13, 2012

We didn’t know what to expect. How could we? Last night was New Build’s first show in the US. But the facts were promising: assorted members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem playing in a side project at Mercury Lounge, the venue to catch acts with potential. If there was a time to see them, it was now. But what were we to see? The first surprise of the night came in the form of Reverend John Wilkins, a head-scratching yet excellent opener. New Build frontman Al Doyle later revealed the choice was as much about picking someone he wanted to hear as it was about proper billing. Regardless, Wilkins’s charismatic take on blues and gospel endeared him to the crowd and raised the collective mood. By the end of his set, a request for “foot stomping and hand clapping” seemed unnecessary because we were doing it all along.

Between sets it was quiet—not silent, but without house music playing in the background, the transition felt abrupt. The seven touring members of New Build eventually walked onstage to clusters of applause. Doyle, at first visibly nervous, made a passing remark about the peculiar entrance. The awkwardness hung in the air briefly, and then disappeared completely as the band’s percussionists began to play. Over the course of an hour-long set, New Build filled the cozy room with layers of rhythm and sonic texture.

At times, the sound felt like drinking a thick shake through a narrow straw: delicious yet incrementally satisfying. But New Build’s forthcoming album is a basket of treats. The first single, “Do You Not Feel Loved,” pulsed and swelled with calculated intent for the dance floor, while “Medication” was as Doyle described it, “a short poppy number.” The variety of sounds seemed natural for a band finding its footing. These are seasoned musicians, but this is new and a risk. Thankfully, they were as good as their lineage suggested. Truthfully, they were better. The bar is set high for concerts this year. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Mina K

(Tonight’s New Build show at Mercury Lounge is sold out.)

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Hot Chip Not on Hot Seat

April 26th, 2010

Hot Chip – Terminal 5 – April 23, 2010

(Photo: Bevis Martin/Charlie Youle)

(Photo: Bevis Martin/Charlie Youle)

Hot Chip came onstage looking like Lou Pearlman’s take on a synth-pop band, each member representing a different slice of Caucasian, ranging all the way from a clean-cut suit jacket to red jumpsuits and mullets. Of course, this isn’t some packaged, one-hit wonder. Rather, in front of their second sell-out in two nights, the band arrived in support of their fourth, and perhaps best, album, One Life Stand, making them de facto elder statesmen of This Century’s Keyboard Pop.

The group opened with the urgent “Hand Me Down My Love” while the audience, some clad in glow-stick necklaces, shuffled and shifted to the beat. The set found its sea legs with the third song, “Thieves in the Night,” a propulsive and fluttering number largely about stolen moments and the pursuit of happiness. From there, Hot Chip played “Brothers” before the stupefying combination of “One Life Stand” and “Over and Over,” the latter of which sent the floor into complete vibration and the kids wearing sunglasses into an even more fully rendered euphoria.

In the most interesting turn of events, the group did a stunning cover of Shakira’s “She Wolf” as part of the encore. The high school girls with the black X’s on their hands sang the words and the hardest Hot Chip fan moved around the floor like nothing was out of the ordinary. The band closed with “No Fit State” and “Ready for the Floor,” and the disjointed guys behind their keyboards matched easily with the fresh faces in the audience, meaning you couldn’t find a shred of judgment throughout Terminal 5. —Geoff Nelson

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Hot Chip on 4/23

April 20th, 2010

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Hot Chip is coming back to town for two more sold-out shows, at Terminal 5 on Thursday and Friday (although tickets are still available for their SummerStage show on 8/4). These guys are a big draw, which is why tickets went so quickly. But if you’d still like to attend, you’re in luck because The House List is giving away two tickets to Friday’s show. Want to Grow a Pair? It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Hot Chip, 4/23) and a brief message explaining your favorite way to celebrate 4/20. Eddie Bruiser, who’s always looking for new ways to celebrate, will notify the winner on Friday. Good luck.

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New Grub at SummerStage

March 26th, 2010
(Photo: Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times)

(Photo: Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times)

Seeing a cool show on a beautiful night at Central Park’s SummerStage can be one of the great joys of living in NYC. But the food there? Not so much. Good news, though, because when you head to the park this summer to see bands like John Butler Trio and State Radio (6/15), the Flaming Lips (7/26), the Black Keys (7/27) and Hot Chip (8/4), new culinary treats will await you. According to The New York Times, the Brooklyn Flea will be curating the food this summer. So you can ditch the lame chicken sandwiches and not-so-soft pretzels and embrace the warm offerings of Asia Dog, Pizza Moto and the Red Hook Lobster Pound. A good thing just got better.

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Hot Chip Celebrates New Album in Brooklyn

February 8th, 2010

Hot Chip – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 6, 2010

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After four albums, British electropop band Hot Chip is better than ever. The group, consisting of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin, makes synth-heavy earworms that compel your body to move. Their most recent album, One Life Stand, shows wily songwriting and an expansion of the band’s signature sound. Before a European tour to promote the record, Hot Chip made a couple of stops in New York City, including a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.

From the moment I stepped into the venue, I felt as though I was in a rave. People in the crowd hypnotically pounded their fists to the thumping electronic drum loops. The band, evenly dispersed across the stage, conducted themselves like elder statesmen. Lead singer Taylor delivered his uniquely unassuming and vulnerable vocals while shifting through a number of instruments. Goddard stood stalwart, singing his rhythmically spaced parts. All the while, Clarke, Doyle and Martin created an electronic symphony. The band’s set list displayed their virtuosity and the depth of their catalog. Three songs into their performance, Hot Chip played a rearranged version of “Boy from School” complete with a handclap beat. Although Doyle primarily plays guitar, he complemented the song with his dynamic steel-drum playing.

Weaving through tunes from their previous albums, The Warning and Made in the Dark, Hot Chip cleverly adapted “Ready for the Floor” and brought down the house with “Over and Over.” The crowd was also eagerly introduced to new songs like “One Life Stand” and “Take It In.” After monstrous applause at the end of set, Hot Chip responded with a four-song encore that slowed down the tempo. For a crowd that wildly danced and devotedly sang along, it was a perfect ending to a fantastic performance. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | photography.notch.org/music

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Hot Chip on 2/6

February 2nd, 2010

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Hot Chip has a new album—One Life Stand—out, and they’re celebrating by playing Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday. Turns out, lots of people wanted to join the celebration, so the show sold out quickly. (Although tickets are available to see them on 4/23 at Terminal 5.) But you’re in luck because The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to Grow a Pair to this show? Then just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Hot Chip, 2/6) and a brief message telling us your pick to win the Super Bowl and why. Eddie Bruiser, a NOLA lover, will notify the winner on Friday.

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