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Tei Shi Plays a Hometown Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 19th, 2017

Singer-songwriter Valerie Teicher grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and Vancouver, B.C., before heading to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She’s since brought her keen pop sensibilities to Brooklyn, recording and performing as Tei Shi. And after gaining notice with the release of several singles and a pair of EPs, her acclaimed debut full-length, Crawl Space (stream it below), was released this past March. “Loaded with vocal hooks, sassy, R&B-infused performances and textured, groove-powered tunes, it’s a hypnotic set that’s definitely got its own thing going on,” says AllMusic. “Her bijou brand of left-field R&B shares space with Chairlift or Little Dragon,” adds the Observer. Now out on the road in support of the LP, Tei Shi (above, performing “Say You Do” live in studio for KEXP FM) comes home to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night. Los Angeles singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Rothman opens.

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Little Dragon – Terminal 5 – August 29, 2017

August 30th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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With New Music, Little Dragon Kick Off Midsummer at Terminal 5

June 23rd, 2014

Little Dragon – Terminal 5 – June 20, 2014

Little Dragon - Terminal 5 - June 20, 2014
I can remember it like it was yesterday. A magical summer day two years back after a downpour rinsed off Brooklyn and the steamy heat rose to engulf the members of Little Dragon as they stepped onstage at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The Swedish electro group, led by Yukimi Nagano, had been touring in support of their latest, Ritual Union. I had just recently returned from Sweden where I had attended a wedding, and coincidentally the happy couple danced the night away with me that unforgettable evening. Needless to say the quartet had a lot to live up to that summer night.

Playing the first of two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on Friday night, Nagano and gang slowly marched onstage with drummer Erik Bodin leading the procession dressed in a black unitard replete with sewn-on DayGlo flowers. Fans knew they were in for a treat. Opening with “Mirror,” from their recent release, Nabuma Rubberband, the frontwoman swayed in her knee-high socks and sparkly dress. The crowd erupted for “Please Turn,” from Ritual Union, as a sea of bodies undulated across the dance floor. Nagano got into her groove twirling and shaking her tambourine to “Underbart,” which led into claps from the elated audience for “Crystalfilm.” Expressing their joy to be back in New York City, the lady of the night informed revelers that it was Midsummer’s Eve, a big holiday for Swedes in which “everyone gets crazy and dances around.”

No difference on Friday in New York City. In the meat of the set, “Ritual Union” and the new LP’s lead single, “Klapp Klapp,” climaxed the night with a confetti-cannon explosion. How’s that for a celebration? A short exit barely fooled the audience into thinking that there wouldn’t be an encore, as the Swedes returned promptly with a trio of treats: Nabuma Rubberband’s title track, plus oldies but goodies “Runabout” and “Twice.” As if a confetti cannon weren’t enough, a balloon drop was perfectly triggered when the second-to-last song ended, leaving a cloud of inflated friends looming. Terminal 5 was a flurry of Midsummer converts as they exited the venue against stray balloons following them into the night. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Mina K

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Little Dragon on 6/21

June 17th, 2014

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Little Dragon close out their U.S. tour this weekend with two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday, and The House List is giving away two tickets to Saturday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. 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 (Little Dragon, 6/21) and a brief message explaining exactly what about this Swedish synth-pop five-piece does it for you. Eddie Bruiser, who’s been listening to their most recent album, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Little Dragon – Rough Trade NYC – May 11, 2014

May 12th, 2014

Little Dragon - Rough Trade NYC - May 11, 2014

Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com

(Little Dragon play Terminal 5 on 6/20-6/21.)

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Elizazbeth Rose Brings Cool Electronic Pop to Mercury Lounge

May 1st, 2014

Australian singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rose may have only a pair of EPs to her name,
but her electronic pop—filled with layered beats, melodies and synths—has won over
fans from Oceania to New York City while earning her comparisons to the likes of the Knife and Little Dragon. And with the recent release of the ethereal Elizabeth Rose
(stream it below), the follow-up to 2012’s Crystallise (stream it below), Rose (above, performing “Good Life” live on Triple J) has hit the road, performing live with synths player Alex Dawson. And they come to New York City this week. See her play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Multi-instrumentalist Louis Schwardon’s psych-pop alter ego,
Sky White Tiger
, opens the show.

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I Break Horses Gallop into Williamsburg

April 21st, 2014

I Break Horses – Rough Trade NYC – April 18, 2014

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A wide range of Swedish artists, like Robyn, the Knife and Little Dragon, have made some of the most infectious dance music over the past few years. And Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck continue in that vein as I Break Horses. Following the release of their sophomore effort, Chiaroscuro, earlier this year, the two have embarked on their first-ever headlining tour in North America. Their label, Bella Union, describes the pair’s evocative sound as “a gorgeous Scandinavian croon that’s bathed in an ocean of reverb and tremelo,” and Lindén and Balck are no strangers to performing to huge crowds, having previously opened for M83 and Sigur Rós.

But on the eve of Record Store Day, the Swedes fittingly performed at the intimate Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Lindén raised an arm for the show to commence against the throbbing drums of “Medicine Brush.” And while she later had some synth troubles, the band swiftly recovered with crowd-favorite “Denial” to the delight of concertgoers happily bobbing their heads to the beat. I Break Horses followed with a pair from their debut, Hearts“Load Your Eyes” and the shimmering synth-filled title song—before the set closed with the thumping “Faith.” But the band returned to encore with the swirling “Winter Beats.” —Sharlene Chiu

 

 

Little Dragon – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 24, 2013

October 25th, 2013


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Little Dragon – Music Hall of Williamsburg – August 16, 2011

August 17th, 2011


Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | DianaWongPhoto.com

(Little Dragon plays Terminal 5 on 10/14.)

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Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 18th, 2011

Young the Giant - IFC Crossroads House - March 17, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish

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The House List Is Heading Back to SXSW

March 8th, 2011


March has begun, which means a few things: We change the clocks soon, the NCAA Tournament is fast approaching and The House List is headed back to SXSW next week. We’ll be setting up camp again at IFC’s Crossroads House on Sixth and Brazos, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening 3/16-18. We’ve got a great lineup of interviews and performances, including Brett Dennen, Portugal. The Man, Lupe Fiasco, Young the Giant, City and Colour, Little Dragon, Emmylou Harris, Fitz and the Tantrums, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etten, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Wild Flag. And we’ll have links to live streams, interviews and plenty of photos. So make sure you tune in! In the meantime, check out Broken Social Scene, above, playing “Texico Bitches” at last year’s SXSW.

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Little Dragon – The Bowery Ballroom – January 21, 2011

January 24th, 2011

Little Dragon - The Bowery Ballroom - January 21, 2011

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg