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Come Dance with Craig David Presents TS5 on Saturday at Terminal 5

October 5th, 2017

What began as international chart-topper Craig David (above, performing “One More Time” at the Great Escape in 2016) hosting and DJing in his Miami penthouse as pregame festivities on Sunday nights has become the (occasionally traveling) dance party known as Craig David Presents TS5. The perfect hybrid of charming MC and talented singer, he plays music from across his own catalog, a blend of R&B mixed with dubstep, including last year’s Following My Intuition (stream it below)—which the Guardian called “a welcome return”—and covers of well-known songs, in addition to taking amped-up crowds on a joyful ride through decades of popular music. But you don’t have to head down to South Beach to get in on the action because David brings the party north this weekend to Terminal 5 on Saturday night. And who knows? You just might hear some of his seventh studio album, The Time Is Now, due to arrive next January.

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Tash Sultana – Brooklyn Steel – October 3, 2017

October 4th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Tash Sultana Tonight

October 3rd, 2017

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Australian one-woman band Tash Sultana comes to Brooklyn tonight to play Brooklyn Steel. The bad news is that the show is sold out, but the good news is that The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you don’t have any of your own and still want to go, try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Tash Sultana, 10/3) and a brief message explaining why you’re happy October’s here. Eddie Bruiser, who begins saying, “Happy holidays” the week of Halloween, will notify the winner this afternoon. Good luck.

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Two Nights of Metz and Their New Album This Week in New York City

October 3rd, 2017

Alex Edkins (vocals and guitar), Chris Slorach (bass) and Hayden Menzies (drums) formed the fuzz-laden noise-rock punk trio Metz almost 10 years ago in Toronto. Their self-titled debut album (stream it below) arrived on Sub Pop in 2012. Sure, it was loud, but the A.V. Club proclaimed, “For all it’s abrasion and denatured noise, Metz isn’t a statement of nihilism or finality; it’s a bright, exploratory scalpel making the first of hopefully many incisions.” Fortunately, Metz (above, their video for “Acetate”) have indeed made more incisions. Their sophomore LP, the aptly named II (stream it below), came out in 2015 and has a clearer sound. Per Drowned in Sound, “There’s more space, and a better sense of dynamics as well. It’s a subtle change (if anything about Metz can be said to be subtle) but there’s a greater feel of depth here, the songs have more interesting journeys….” And furthermore: “Beautifully brutal weirdo punk.”

Their third full-length, Stranger Peace (stream it below), recorded with acclaimed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Pixies), came out just two weeks ago to some rave reviews. “The Toronto-based trio Metz have incorporated harmony into their heavy sound on their third full-length. They shift away from all-out abrasion, adding color to their eruptions,” according to Pitchfork. “To be clear, Metz haven’t turned into a pop band. They’ve actually done the opposite, incorporating harmony without going soft. The fact that so few heavy bands have been able to pull that off attests to how difficult it is. With Strange Peace, Metz make it sound easy.” Out on the road, they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday and The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Two Brooklyn acts—a duo, Uniform, and a trio, Bambara—open both shows.


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Thundercat – Brooklyn Steel – October 1, 2017

October 2nd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Manchester Orchestra – Terminal 5 – September 29, 2017

October 2nd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Gojira – Brooklyn Steel – September 28, 2017

September 29th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Nick Hakim Launches Tour on Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 29th, 2017

He grew up in Washington, D.C., raised by Chilean and Peruvian parents, listening to folk, go-go, hip-hop and soul—and he now makes his home in Brooklyn. So it should come as no surprise that talented singer-songwriter Nick Hakim isn’t tied down to just one genre. And thanks to the release of two excellent EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Where Will We Go, Pt. 2 (stream both below), in 2014, Hakim (above, performing “Cuffed” for KCRW FM)—channeling Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson—quickly earned the reputation of a powerful, refined crooner with an old soul. His first full-length, Green Twins (stream it below), arrived this past spring. “The album’s potent mix of soul-searching lyrics and spaced-out sonics lends itself to deep thought and accompanied stargazing,” said AllMusic. While Pitchfork added that Hakim “puts a modern spin on classic concepts. His genre-bending debut operates at a fever pitch.” But it’s his live shows—including a stint opening for Maxwell—that have really won over fans. And to that end, Hakim kicks off a new tour on Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Evian opens the show. Come see what the fuss is all about.

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Jump-Start the Workweek with Foy Vance at Roulette on Monday Night

September 29th, 2017

Before ultimately growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Foy Vance spent five years in the American Bible Belt with his dad, a traveling minister. And so he’s as equally influenced by Otis Redding and Nina Simone as he is the Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison—Vance’s music a winning mash-up of blues, soul, jazz, rock and British folk. After fronting several bands, Vance (above, performing “She Burns”) finally put out his debut solo full-length, Hope (stream it below), which AllMusic notes is “as optimistic and mood-lifting as its title suggests,” in 2007. He’s since remained busy and in demand, releasing a slew of EPs and touring with the likes of Ed Sheeran. His third long-player, The Wild Swan (stream it below), out last year, was produced by Elton John and Sheeran and earned the musician comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. “The Wild Swan finds Vance offering up another master class in contemporary, Emerald Isle–infused roots rock,” says AllMusic. And like Springsteen’s catalog, Foy Vance’s music is best experienced live. Sunday’s show is already sold out, but you can catch him live on Monday at Roulette.

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Together Pangea Headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday

September 28th, 2017

Together Pangea have been doing their own take on noisy garage punk since forming more than a decade ago in Los Angeles when singer-guitarist William Keegan, bassist Danny Bengston and drummer Erik Jimenez met while at Cal Arts. (It wasn’t until several years later that Roland Cosio joined the band.) They’ve put out four EPs to match four LPs, the most recent of which, Bulls and Roosters (stream it below), arrived last month. The Waster calls it “a wiser album that finds the band cooling off just enough for listeners not to burn their tongue.” Further adding: “The sticky melodies have all the muscle to roundhouse their way into your ear. On Bulls and Roosters, the four-piece make the hooks sweeter without losing the punch they’ve had since Day One.” Now touring the country in support of the new album, Together Pangea (above, doing “Better Find Out” live for Jam in the Van) play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan and Nashville, Tenn., trio Daddy Issues open the show.

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Oh Wonder – Brooklyn Steel – September 27, 2017

September 28th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Montreal Four-Piece Tops Come to Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday

September 27th, 2017

Tops—original members Jane Penny (vocals and keys), David Carriere (guitar) and Riley Fleck (drums) now joined by Jackson Macintosh (bass) and Marta Cikojevic (keys)—are part of Montreal’s vibrant D.I.Y. music scene, releasing several EPs, singles and full-lengths over the past five years. Their acclaimed third studio LP, Sugar at the Gate (stream it below), recorded in a former Los Angeles brothel, came out just before this past summer. “Their music is undeniably beautiful and, for all its subtleties, often immediately rewarding,” says Exclaim. While Pitchfork adds that they “have sharpened their hooks and clarified their aesthetic. These slyly produced soft rock tunes carry a plush atmosphere and vintage warmth. Catch Tops (above, their video for “Petals”) live Friday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And don’t miss avant-garde Montreal singer-songwriter Ellise Barbara’s Black Space opening the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Thundercat on 9/30

September 26th, 2017

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Multigenre bassist Thundercat swings through New York City this weekend for two appearances at Brooklyn Steel. Some tickets still remain for Sunday’s show, but if you want to see him on Saturday night, you just might have to try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Thundercat, 9/30) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune off Drunk. Eddie Bruiser, a big fan of the entire West Coast Get Down, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Oh Wonder Play Two at Brooklyn Steel

September 26th, 2017

Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West have been writing, recording and singing simmering R&B-influenced pop tunes in unison ever since forming Oh Wonder three years ago in London, writing a song a week. Their self-titled debut studio release (stream it below)—filled with what AllMusic dubs “unified-sounding, thoroughly mellow, wistful collection of bedroom keyboard-and-drum-machine tunes”—came out in 2015. Oh Wonder (above, performing “Drive”) returned this summer with their second full-length, Ultralife (stream it below), which received high praise. “What is so delightfully refreshing about this London duo is the utter effortlessness of their music,” says Rolling Stone. “This dreamy, polished album is a winner.” And currently working their way south from Canada, Oh Wonder play Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Singer-songwriter-poet-performer Jaymes Young opens both shows.

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Thundercat Proves He’s One of the Best Live Acts in Music Today

September 25th, 2017

Thundercat – Union Transfer – September 24, 2017

(Photo: Eddie Alcazar)

As Thundercat, Stephen Bruner is an extraordinary (and endearing) weirdo. His bass-playing ability rivals that of anyone playing the instrument. And if that’s not true on a technical level, his sense of melody and unique approach to making music put him in a rarefied space. On a six-string bass, which he often strums like a guitar, Thundercat alternates between inventive chords and rapid successions of notes. It’s a dizzying and inventive combination. On his latest album, Drunk, out earlier this year, he extends on his particular aesthetic blend of funk and jazz while singing oddball lyrics in a falsetto. Some of his pet obsessions are video games, psychedelia and his pet cat, Tron, who gets multiple name-checks throughout songs. This combination of serious musicianship and delightful goofing earns Thundercat more and more fans as he mines deeper into his sound.

On Sunday, the second of back-to-back shows at Union Transfer, Thundercat continued to delight with the breadth of his catalog and the joy of his personality. For the performance, he came out in Muay Thai boxing shorts that matched his dyed-red braids. The latter were put to good use as Bruner swung his head around with eyes closed and lips pursed while playing quick riffs. Those moments when he and the band played the musical equivalent of a high-speed chase were the most thrilling. It’s a high-wire act where each musician is forced to find the center within the musical digressions. But there was also pleasure in more straight-up renditions of some of his standout tracks, like the show-closing “Them Changes,” which Thundercat played while gesturing to the audience like Dave Chappelle in his famous Rick James sketch. That sense of humor, paired with his awesome abilities, makes him one of the best acts in live music. —Jared Levy | @Playtonic