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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.

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CRX – The Bowery Ballroom – November 18, 2016

November 21st, 2016

CRX - The Bowery Ballroom - November 18, 2016

Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

Five Questions with Nick Valensi of CRX

November 16th, 2016

For nearly 20 years Nick Valensi has been known as the Strokes’ lead guitarist (in addition to contributing backing vocals and some keys work). But he’s stepped out to do his own thing, fronting CRX, a new band—with an even newer debut album, the aptly named New Skin (stream it below)—playing The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. And from a hotel room in Toronto, he exchanged e-mails with The House List to answer Five Questions.

It’s your first time taking on singing and songwriting, with CRX and New Skin. Have you been writing all along or is this a more recent thing? I’ve always written music and melodies, but this is my first time out as a lyricist and singer. I worked on it secretly for about a year before telling anyone I was thinking about starting a new band and being the singer. At first, I was way out of my comfort zone, so I had to put some time in and get enough experience to know if it was even something I wanted to pursue. Doing all the guitar stuff that I usually do and then having to sing on top of it continues to be a fun challenge. I feel like I’m using new parts of my brain.

Before becoming one of the defining bands of NYC’s rock scene around the turn of the century, the Strokes were just another group struggling to make it. How is playing smaller venues again? And what’s it like performing with different bandmates? I’m having so much fun playing clubs. I wanna be able to play all kinds of shows. I love doing the huge festivals with the Strokes, and I’m grateful to even have the opportunity to play at that level, but I don’t want that to be the only type of show I play. That’s really why I started CRX, to get a little balance from that. We’re touring clubs all over North America right now, and that’s exactly what I was craving when I had the idea to start the band.

How did the CRX lineup come together? And how did Josh Homme get involved with producing New Skin? I spent about a year writing, demo-ing and working on my singing. I didn’t really tell anyone about it. As someone who’s always been in a band, working alone was kind of a difficult process for me. Eventually, I hit a wall, got stuck and lost perspective on what direction to go. So I reached out to some musician friends who I respect for feedback and insight. I got together with Ralph and we’d jam on the songs so I could get an idea of what they’d sound like in a live setting. Richie and Darian came in and helped me out a lot with lyrics, and we cowrote a bunch on the album. Jon and I wrote a song called “On Edge” together, and he helped me a lot with arrangements.


It ended up being really collaborative. Josh was another one of the friends who I reached out to for help when I was feeling kinda stuck. We’ve known each other a long time, but really became friends when I moved to L.A. He fell in love with the demos and had some great ideas about how the songs should be recorded. Over the course of a conversation, I mentioned how I wished I could get him to produce, and he said he’d love to. So we just took it from there. CRX was a thing that came together so naturally, like the way that Josh came to produce the album. At the onset, I had no preconceptions about what this was gonna be, and I’ve just kinda gone with the flow through the whole process. As a result of that, all these cool things have come about in a natural, unforced way. I’m grateful that I’ve never had to put a band together using casting calls or Craigslist ads.

As a longtime New Yorker, what does it mean to you to be playing The Bowery Ballroom? I’m really excited to be back! It’s always been one of my favorite places to play and see a show. I worked part time at The Bowery Ballroom as a teenager, loading bands’ gear and selling T-shirts. Then, I went on to play there many times with the Strokes, so it’ll be very familiar to me when we pull in with CRX.

And what’s your favorite part of a tour stop in New York City? As a native New Yorker living in L.A., my favorite thing about getting back  is seeing family. My mom, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles all live in the city and will all be at the Bowery ballroom show. It’s a wonder we still have tickets left to sell. —R. Zizmor | @Hand_Dog

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After Time Away, Brody Dalle Returns with Her Debut Solo Album

July 21st, 2014

Before going it alone as a solo artist, raspy-voiced Brody Dalle first fronted the punk quartet the Distillers and then the alternative four-piece Spinnerette, earning the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist comparisons to Courtney Love and PJ Harvey. Following the demise of those bands, Dalle took some time away from the spotlight as she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and had two kids, but her interest in making music has never waned. Dalle (above, performing “Don’t Mess with Me” live for 102.1 the Edge) began working on her debut solo album in 2012 with some well-known names, like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman, the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and Warpaint frontwoman Emily Kokal. And that LP, Diploid Love (stream it below), arrived this past spring to some considerable acclaim. The Guardian calls it “riotous and brazenly euphoric,” and NME proclaims, “Her musical time-out not only turned a glaring spotlight onto the massive, female-shaped gap in the contemporary punk landscape but also deprived us of a truly great, brutally badass talent for almost half a decade. Thank fuck, then, for Brody’s return and the unrepentant, defiant Diploid Love.” Winding down her U.S. tour in support of the album, Dalle plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Boston trio Slothtrust opens the show.