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Black Lips – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 5, 2017

October 6th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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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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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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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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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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Rostam Brings Debut Solo Album to Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 25th, 2017

The story of Rostam Batmanglij is one of continuation and staying on his creative toes. With an open mind and an open heart he’s thrown himself into each expression and partnership without getting bogged down. There was some level of redefinition in order when the instant but unsustainable starburst of his former band, Vampire Weekend, leveled out a bit, at least beyond their base following. But it was inevitable that he’d forge his own path. With inherent musical proclivity, it was just a matter of discovering new outlets. And he’s certainly found them. Along with lending his enlivening sense of melody and world rhythm to the production of acts including Frank Ocean, Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen—and oh, by the way, writing original music for the reprise of Kenneth Lonergan’s classic Broadway play This Is Our Youth—Rostam struck collaborative gold last year when he buddied up with Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to gift us with the rollicking resplendence of I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (stream it below).

The volume of his work keeping him limber, he was prime to really hit a graceful, ground-covering stride on his first proper solo affair, Half-Light (stream it below). Just released this month, the effort carries that extraspecial glow and pop of every fifth firework. From the moment his Panda Bear–esque vocals sail into the album entrance of “Sumer,” a feeling of bright-eyed anticipation of what follows keeps afloat like an air-blasted ping pong ball. A youthful blend of vulnerability and moxie suspend in a seasoned weave of production that takes cues from all directions. There are even melodic allusions to the coiled-spring bop of Vampire Weekend, yet they’re shrewdly integrated, as in “Wood,” with cleanly bowed strings jumping into the gaps formed from the seductive Eastern percussion. When hearing the melodious, uplifting cheer of what can be construed as Rostam’s prideful retort to the chirping birds comes through his cry of “Please don’t let it get to you/ Even if you don’t realize it/ It’s still all up to you,” you’ll feel like running out buck naked to take on the world. He’s arrived at that point of confident eloquence, tightly embracing what made him and what moves him—and letting the tracks fall where they may.

Rostam once said that he’s interested in inclusion rather than exclusion, that his goal is to make music that can move anybody. His solo album easily surpasses this goal, and when performed live, the vibe pulses through the crowd. There’s that inestimable moment in time when a beloved honorary New Yorker who has contributed richly to this city’s music scene returns to play under a spotlight that is all his. That rare moment comes Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. You’ll be able to reach up and touch the electricity in the atmosphere on the night. Among the devoted and adoring Vampire Weekenders and newly blossomed fans of his duet album with Hamilton Leithauser, others, picked up along his musical path where the scenery has never been dull, will join in on the anticipation of a prolific artist, who many leap at the chance to work alongside, finally having his own moment in the spotlight. —Charles Steinberg | @Challyolly

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Middle Kids – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 16, 2017

September 18th, 2017



Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.com

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Aussie Trio Middle Kids Play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday

September 14th, 2017

After a solo stint, singer Hannah Joy joined forces with guitarist Tim Fritz and drummer Harry Day to form the deliciously addictive Middle Kids. In the spring of 2016, their debut single, “Edge of Town” (above, performed on Conan), made an impressive impact, garnering praise from none other than Elton John and heavy play on Triple J in their native Australia. The three have since released a self-titled debut EP (stream it below) earlier this year and have been busy touring Australia, America and Europe. Back in April, Rolling Stone shortlisted the group as one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know, describing their sound as “heartfelt, clever ruminations at the intersection of indie rock and alt-country.” NPR listeners also placed the group on the recent “Your Favorite New Artists of 2017 (So Far).” So don’t sleep on your chance to catch this rising act before they release their forthcoming debut album. Middle Kids play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ski Lodge opens. —Sharlene Chiu

 

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Big Thief Close Out Two-Night Run Back at Home in Brooklyn

September 13th, 2017

Big Thief – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 12, 2017

Big Thief, a local Brooklyn band, have done a lot in two years, from releasing a debut album, Masterpiece, in spring 2016 to dropping their follow-up LP, Capacity, just this past June. Lead vocalist Adrianne Lenker’s song delivery anchors the band, while guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia provide the exclamation marks. They’ve been touring nonstop this summer in support of the latest release, including their recent debut at the Newport Folk Festival and a swing through Europe.

Last night, Big Thief played the second of two shows this week at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Lenker wore denim overalls, while Meek favored a more traditional tweed vest and pants combo. The band had the crowd rapt early as they offered up two favorites, the slow-burning “Masterpiece” and the longingly aching “Shoulders.” There was little banter from the soft-spoken lead singer, but her musical voice said enough.

Lenker’s attempts to fill the space between numbers became odd ruminations on dinner, so instead she stuck to her plaintive songs to charge the room. A preemptive surge of applause greeted the first chords of “Mythological Beauty,” and the second album’s title song earned an equally fine reception. The set concluded with the delicate lullaby “Orange,” which was followed by an encore with a guitar-less Lenker crooning “Mary.” —Sharlene Chiu

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Don’t Miss Public Service Broadcasting at Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 12th, 2017

On paper, Public Service Broadcasting’s music might sound like a gimmick: They compose and perform sweeping instrumentals around bits of spoken word taken from historical audio recordings—archival tapes, newsreels, propaganda. Their 2015 album, The Race for Space (stream it below), featured a variety of tracks that covered the early history of space travel, and their newest, Every Valley (stream it below), charts the coal industry in South Wales. In practice, these songs prove the London trio, operating as J. Willgoose, Esq., Wrigglesworth and JF Abraham, to be expert documentarians. The music tells compelling stories, finding modern-day relevance and emotional hooks in the brief historical snippets delivered in a soaring post-rock package. Public Service Broadcasting (above, performing “Gagarin”) will bring their history-steeped instrumentals to Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. They’ll be rocking songs about space and coal and much more. And who knows, you just might learn something and have a good time. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

 

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Aussie Duo Vallis Alps Kick Off Tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 1st, 2017

Vocalist Parissa Tosif (from Canberra, Australia) and producer David Ansari (out of Seattle) first met while on a gap year in Israel. They began to collaborate, expertly mixing downtempo synth pop with hip-hop influences, in person and over the Internet before forming Vallis Alps a few years ago in Sydney. They’ve since released a pair of EPs: A self-titled affair (stream it below) arrived in 2015. “The newcomers explore a shadowy soundscape on their impeccable debut—seamlessly blending acoustic guitar, chimes and the odd piano key with drowsy synths,” said Idolator. Vallis Alps (above, performing “Fading” for Triple J) returned with their second extended play, Fable (stream it below), earlier this year. “The two-piece have continued to use their signature silky production and soothing vocals on their latest project to create a moving, minimalistic body of work,” according to Best Before. “Despite only being a brief EP, Fable is marked by a cohesion and depth that seamlessly ties together to create Vallis Alps’ rounded, colorful sound. Nothing on Fable feels disingenuous; it extends a hand out to the listener in the hope of creating an authentic connection and a mutual understanding.” Understand for yourself when Vallis Alps launch their American tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Two local duos, Salt Cathedral and Glassio, open the show.

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J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Music Hall – August 22, 2017

August 23rd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Delta Rae – Music Hall of Williamsburg – August 15, 2017

August 16th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Delta Rae Bring New Tunes to Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow

August 14th, 2017

Approaching a decade ago, siblings Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) teamed up with Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Grant Emerson (drums) and Mike McKee (percussion) to form the gospel-tinged bluesy country-folk outfit Delta Rae in Durham, N.C., specializing in powerful harmonies-filled, radio-ready tunes. Their second full-length, After It All (stream it below), came out in 2015. “Like a musical, After It All is all about dynamics: It careens from delicate, introspective solo numbers to full-throttle, all-in anthems that encapsulate the Big Themes and Ideas underpinning the entire production,” said PopMatters. “The sum of its parts is both personal and political, confessional and theatrical, and if someone ever makes the genius decision to adapt Delta Rae’s music for the stage, we could all do worse than to buy a ticket.” Delta Rae (above, performing “Scared” for Cardinal Sessions) returned this past spring with a new EP, A Long and Happy Life (stream it below), and according to Rolling Stone, it’s filled with “harmony-drenched Southern pop-rock with slick production and giant hooks.” And as part of the six-piece’s summer tour, they play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Texas Americana singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins opens.

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Mew Play The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg

August 2nd, 2017

Vocalist-keyboardist-guitarist Jonas Bjerre, bassist Johan Wohlert and drummer Silas Graae have been making their own brand of dreamy space rock since forming Mew more than two decades ago in the Danish suburbs outside of Copenhagen, ably employing what AllMusic calls “expansive pop dramatics, intricate passages and shimmering atmospheric sound.” Original guitarist Bo Madsen left the band two years ago, and Mew (above, performing “In a Better Place,” “85 Videos,” “Twist Quest,” “Satellites” and “Wake of Your Life” live for Low Four TV) put out their seventh studio release—and first without Madsen—Visuals (stream it below), this past spring to acclaim across the world. “The album captures just about everything that’s always made Mew special, so it also serves as a strong battle cry of a band that refuses to let a recent loss get in the way of their magic,” says PopMatters. “There’s still no other band quite like Mew, and this seventh studio outing is a victory not only within itself, but also as a declaration of how strong and special Mew remain.” The band kicks off an American tour this week in New York City, playing The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.