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The Whigs Return to New York City Tomorrow Night

September 2nd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Hit Me” on Late Show with David Letterman) have remained busy, touring—alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady—and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), came out in April. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” And now the Whigs are about to hit the road again, kicking off a cross-country tour tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. Psych-pop trio Brass Bed and Brooklyn garage-soul duo Winstons open the show.

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The Whigs Play The Bowery Ballroom in Support of New Album

April 23rd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Waiting” for PromoWest Live) have remained busy, touring— alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady— and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), was just released. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” Now out on the road in support of the new tunes, the Whigs play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Nikki Lane and Streets of Laredo open the show.

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Snowden Play the Late Show Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

February 22nd, 2013

It began, quite literally, as a bedroom project for Jordan Jeffares. After recording demos in his Atlanta bedroom, he met other musicians who would help him breathe life into Snowden. They self-released a self-titled EP in 2005, and some of its songs then appeared on their debut LP, Anti-Anti, the following year. Their sound quickly earned them comparisons to moody NYC bands like Interpol and the Strokes—at one point the oft-traveled band was even based here—and tours with the likes of Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Snowden (above, doing “Anti-Anti” for Fearless Music) have stayed busy on the road and releasing live DVDs and EPs, and they’re finally putting out their second album, No One in Control, in May (stream one of its singles, “Keep Quiet” below). But first, they play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

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A Night of Rock and Roll in the Swamps of Jersey

September 14th, 2009

Kings of Leon – Izod Center – September 12, 2009

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If many American music fans were late to the party that is Kings of Leon, it doesn’t feel evident at their live shows. Two songs into the band’s encore, and those in the sold-out Izod Center crowd sang as loudly to the moody, seven-minute “Knocked Up” as they did at the beginning of the night. Lead singer Caleb Followill noticed: “It makes me think you guys might have more than just the last record,” he posited, to cheers. “It’s about fucking time.”

Kings of Leon’s stellar performance on Saturday showcased the pinnacle of the band’s overdue rise to stardom in the United States—after becoming stars in the United Kingdom long ago. Playing to the newer fans, the Followills started their set with the two songs that open their newest album, Only by the Night, “Closer” and “Crawl.” But from there they moved backward through their discography, mixing songs like “Molly’s Chambers” (off their first album) with a heavy dose of their third album, Because of the Times. Both their strong radio singles and their coarser, Southern rock-influenced songs resonated with the crowd. The rest of their nearly two-hour set showed why Kings of Leon is one of the best live acts today, featuring moments like the chill-inducing “Revelry” and the sing-along chorus of “Sex on Fire,” which has become a must-see addition to any rock and roll bucket list. —Sean O’Kane

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Kings of Leon on 9/12

September 7th, 2009

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Remember when Kings of Leon used to play small venues? Well, that’s no longer the case. As the band’s fourth album, last year’s Only by the Night, has charted in the Top 10 in more than 10 countries, the Followill family’s career is on fire. And now Kings of Leon is doing an arena tour across the U.S. Still trying to score tickets to Saturday’s sold-out show at the Izod Center? Then try to Grow a Pair of free ones from The House List. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Kings of Leon, 9/12) and a brief message telling us your favorite way to spend a late-summer Saturday night. Eddie Bruiser, who could always use a few good ideas, will notify the winner by noon on Friday, September 11th. Good luck.

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