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Marty Stuart Pays Homage to California Country at Bowery Ballroom

April 27th, 2017

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – The Bowery Ballroom – April 26, 2017


Marty Stuart is old school country good—it’s right there in the title of his band. Raised in Mississippi, entranced with the likes of Buck Owens and Marty Robbins, Stuart came to renown as a guitarist with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before he broke out as a solo artist, favoring a high-energy country, roots and Americana sound that feels classic but not overly nostalgic. The essence of his 18th album, the outstanding Way Out West, is also right there in the title: Stuart loves the mythology of the American West, the panoramic dreams and wide-open-desert terrors it can evoke and the range of moods that music flavored with these things can inspire.

Lest it seem like Stuart and his crackerjack band will get lost in the cinematic sweep of things, however, they definitely don’t: They’re as fun, foot-stomping and down-to-earth good a country band as any New York City can attract. Over an hour and a half at The Bowery Ballroom last night, they plumbed the best of Way Out West and served up hefty helpings of Stuart chestnuts and roots-music staples, from ancient stuff like “I Know You Rider,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “Country Boy Rock & Roll” and Robbins’ “El Paso,” to ripping, surf-leaning instrumentals like “Mojave” and “Torpedo,” newer tunes like the honky-tonk “Whole Lotta Highway” and Stuart classics like “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” They’re storytellers, string-benders, good-time Charlies who can acquit a twangy reworking of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and make it feel like a deep cut from a Best of the Bakersfield Sound compilation.

Stuart is the proverbial “name on the door,” but it’s the Fabulous Superlatives who get at least as much of the spotlight, claiming at least one solo vocal or instrumental performance apiece. Among them, Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Chris Scruggs (yep, grandson of Earl) cover guitar, bass, drums and plenty of other things, but, like Stuart, are best described as multi-instrumentalists for how seamlessly—and how musically—they inhabit whatever they’re playing or singing. That’s key: Beneath the wisecracks and convivial joy, the foursome exhibit a deep trust and abiding gratitude for this music and their ability to play it so magnificently. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson

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The New Pornographers – Terminal 5 – April 26, 2017

April 27th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Violents and Monica Martin Bring Their Dream Pop to Brooklyn

April 27th, 2017

Violents and Monica Martin – Rough Trade NYC – April 26, 2017


Collaboration (noun): the action of working with someone to produce or create something. Jeremy Larson is a master collaborator and the man behind the indie collective Violents. The multi-instrumentalist not only plays all the music he has composed, but he also writes all of the lyrics. The hitch is that he partners with a female vocalist to bring each of these pieces to fruition. Previous collaborators have included Stacy King (Eisley, Sucre), Olga Yagolnikov (Kye Kye) and Nashville, Tenn., singer Annie Williams. For the first full-length record, Awake and Pretty Much Sober, Larson enlisted Phox frontwoman Monica Martin to flesh out his compositions with her sultry vocals.

Two days before the release of the album, Violents and Monica Martin played their first performance during an afternoon session at the Paste Studios before gracing the stage of Rough Trade NYC last night for their debut concert. Accompanied by the string quartet Rootstock Republic and a drummer (Joe), the duo opened with the glittering “Equal Power,” the first of four tracks released prior to the album. The performance would debut six additional songs, from the come-hither lullaby “Line Lie” to the trip-hop groove of “It Won’t Stop.” Throughout the set, clips of cinematic scenes played, including the iconic dance sequence from House Party providing the backdrop for “Hue.”

Midway through the show, Larson told the story of how the partnership formed after being a long admirer of Martin’s. He confessed he was a little cocky writing songs especially meant for her to sing before ever meeting the vocalist. Luckily a mutual friend got them connected and the rest is history. Martin added that a “shared insecurity” manifested with her singing lyrics she hadn’t written and Larson relinquishing vocal duties. As if new songs weren’t enough to satisfy the crowd, Martin proceeded to cover Frank Ocean’s “Self Control.” The evening was a reverie of dream pop that concluded with the title track and the apt closer “How It Left.” —Sharlene Chiu

 

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Shura – The Bowery Ballroom – April 25, 2017

April 26th, 2017

Shura - The Bowery Ballroom - April 25, 2017

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Sweet Crude Bring Uniquely New Orleans Sound to Mercury Lounge

April 26th, 2017

Sweet Crude—a collection of friends and relatives: Jack Craft, Sam Craft, Stephen MacDonald, Alexis Marceaux, Dave Shirley and Skyler Stroup—are a uniquely New Orleans band, a six-piece with lyrics written in a mix of English and Cajun French, working in tune with five-part harmonies, tribal rhythms and pop hooks. According to the-Times Picayune, “The musicians of Sweet Crude are bilingual because the music is, and not the other way around. Writing in Cajun French connects Marceaux and the Crafts to their heritage, but it also opens up an expansive other world of sound; a whole other dictionary to play rhyming games with, for one.” Their debut full-length, Sweet Créatures (stream it below), came out just last week. And Consequence of Sound calls it: “An alluring indie pop record filled with playful rhythms and a genuine love for the Louisiana city. Touring North America in support of their new music, Sweet Crude (above, performing “Mon Esprit” for New Orleans Live) play Mercury Lounge on Friday night. The NOLA five-piece Motel Radio open the show.

(And if you find yourself in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, see Sweet Crude open for Lake Street Dive at the Civic Theatre on 5/6.)

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Generationals – Music Hall of Williamsburg – April 25, 2017

April 26th, 2017

Generationals - Music Hall of Williamsburg - April 25, 2017

Photos courtesy of Annie Kane | anniekane.work

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Balkan Beat Box Bring Their Unique Dance Party to Brooklyn Steel

April 25th, 2017

Firewater members producer-drummer Tamir Muskat and producer-saxophonist Ori Kaplan (also formerly of Gogol Bordello) were born in Israel and met in Brooklyn. United by a love of music, and playing together—as Balkan Beat Box—they blend Balkan, klezmer and Mediterranean sounds with dub, electronica and hip-hop. They perform live joined by a rotating group of musicians, but singer-percussionist Tomer Yosef has officially joined them as the third member of the band. Their fifth full-length, Shout It Out (stream it below), out last year, finds the band “as wild as ever,” according to Relix. “Shout It Out is spicy and exotic—but even a pop-radio audience could get behind it.” You can get behind it yourself when Balkan Beat Box (above, doing “I Trusted U” at Paste Studios) play Brooklyn Steel on Friday night. Das Racist’s Heems opens the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Bonobo on 4/28

April 25th, 2017

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Following the release of his sixth studio album, Migration, Bonobo returns to New York City this week for two appearances at Terminal 5. Tickets still remain for Thursday’s show, but if you don’t already have any to see him on Friday, you can still try to Grow a Pair from The House List. 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 (Bonobo, 4/28) and a brief message explaining why you deserve a free Friday night out on the town. Eddie Bruiser, who’s in a giving mood, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Fenech-Soler and Knox Hamilton Play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday

April 25th, 2017

With infectious electronic indie-pop tunes, Fenech-Soler have risen out of the ashes of the MySpace era like a millennial phoenix. Hailing from Northampshire, England, they’ve consistently created catchy, captivating songs, releasing six EPs and three full-length albums since their first single, “Lies,” debuted in 2009. Two of the group’s founding members departed last year, leaving behind brothers Ross and Ben Duffy, who have been able to breathe new sonic life into Fenech-Soler, experimental enough to incorporate the essence of the band’s original sound while creating a distinctive new one to set them apart. On their third LP, Zilla (stream it above), released earlier this year, the brothers Duffy have also taken on a new image thanks to the interactive 360° video for “Conversation” (above), beautifully blending together technology and their appearance. And to support the new album, Fenech-Soler have hit the road with the Little Rock, Ark., pop outfit Knox Hamilton (below, performing “Work It Out” for Jam in the Van), known for a melting pot of influences. Their debut full-length, The Heights (stream it below), is filled with rhythmic sounds, lively drumbeats and upbeat lyrics sure to remind you of summertime adventures. See them together on Friday night at The Bowery Ballroom. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren

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Chairlift – Brooklyn Steel – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Chairlift - Brooklyn Steel - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Ra Ra Riot – Music Hall of Williamsburg – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Ra Ra Riot - Music Hall of Williamsburg - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Annie Kane | anniekane.work

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Don’t Miss Juliana Hatfield on Thursday Night at Mercury Lounge

April 24th, 2017

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Juliana Hatfield has had a long, distinguished career in alternative rock, doing time with the Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Some Girls, Minor Alps and the Juliana Hatfield Three in addition to her much-acclaimed work as a solo performer. And despite thinking her songwriting career was on hiatus, or perhaps even finished, she found herself inspired by last year’s presidential election: “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them.” As a result, Hatfield (above, her video for new single “Short Fingered Man”) has a new album, Pussycat, out on Friday, and she celebrates its arrival with a pair of shows this week at Mercury Lounge—the first on Wednesday night, which is already sold out, and then again on Thursday. Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson opens each performance.

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Acid Dad – Rough Trade NYC – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Acid Dad - Rough Trade NYC - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Record Store Day – Rough Trade NYC – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Steve Earle - Rough Trade NYC - April 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Bowery Ballroom – April 20, 2017

April 21st, 2017

Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Bowery Ballroom - April 20, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com