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A Laid-Back Sunday with Real Estate at Brooklyn Steel

May 22nd, 2017

Real Estate – Brooklyn Steel – May 21, 2017


There are few bands with a sound and vibe as laid-back as Real Estate. They give the impression of having just stumbled upon themselves and their music with little effort or plan. Of course, that’s not the case, two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel don’t just happen on their own, although playing a sold-out, two-night run on two nonconsecutive nights, as they just did on Wednesday and then last night, is the sort of shoulder-shrug, yeah-why-not? move that befits the band.

“We’re back,” announced bassist Alex Bleeker as if he weren’t quite sure himself. They opened with “Stained Glass,” off their new In Mind release, lead singer Martin Courtney singing about “the days are slowing down” as their harmonies and Beatles guitar eased into the room. “Darling” featured skip-rope bass from Bleeker as the venue dappled in blues and purples. Seeing them live, one can fully appreciate how many great songs Real Estate have—they seem to play themselves, relaxed and effortless, like sinking down into a comfy couch. “It’s Real” revealed fun little games with tempo and “Talking Backwards” was naturally pure sine waves of melody.

As the set unfolded, Real Estate did as well, spinning out extended band-fully-clicked daydreams of guitar, bass, drums and keys. The reverie coming to an end when Courtney announced they had a couple songs left, “and by couple, I mean just one,” and then proceeded to play two songs’ worth of music, “Beach Comber,” its country hop opening up into the long instrumental outro of “Two Arrows,” with its dreamy-but-intense drum-addled jam. The encore featured three more songs to round it out, including a guest appearance from the members of Frankie Cosmos, who opened the show. Real Estate finished with “All the Same,” Courtney reminding us that “It’s alright, it’s OK,” an appropriate mantra for the truly laid-back. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Shura – The Bowery Ballroom – April 25, 2017

April 26th, 2017

Shura - The Bowery Ballroom - April 25, 2017

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Chairlift – Brooklyn Steel – April 22, 2017

April 24th, 2017

Chairlift - Brooklyn Steel - April 22, 2017

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Mr. Little Jeans – Rough Trade NYC – November 4, 2016

November 7th, 2016

Mr. Little Jeans - Rough Trade NYC - November 4, 2016

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Lucius – SummerStage – September 23, 2016

September 26th, 2016

Lucius - SummerStage - September 23, 2016

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NAO – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 14, 2016

September 15th, 2016

NAO – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 14, 2016

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Le1f – Rough Trade NYC – August 25, 2016

August 26th, 2016

Le1f – Rough Trade NYC – August 25, 2016

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Everything Everything – Music Hall of Williamsburg

August 5th, 2016

Everything Everything - Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Fitz and the Tantrums – Terminal 5 – June 21, 2016

June 22nd, 2016

Fitz and the Tantrums - Terminal 5 - June 21, 2016

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Hana – Mercury Lounge – June 16, 2016

June 20th, 2016

Hana - Mercury Lounge - June 16, 2016

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Lukas Graham – Rough Trade NYC – May 11, 2016

May 12th, 2016

Lukas Graham - Rough Trade NYC - May 11, 2016

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Little Green Cars – The Bowery Ballroom – April 21, 2016

April 22nd, 2016

Little Green Cars – The Bowery Ballroom – April 21, 2016

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Cate Le Bon Previews New Music at The Bowery Ballroom

April 12th, 2016

Cate Le Bon – The Bowery Ballroom – April 11, 2016

Cate Le Bon – The Bowery Ballroom – April 11, 2016
Cate Le Bon’s new album, Crab Day, doesn’t come out until Friday, but she gave The Bowery Ballroom a special Monday night preview of it, playing the whole thing straight through. Banana, who would also serve as her backing band, opened the show. She sat in with them as they played a set of lovely instrumentals: neat baubles of melody mixing the traditional guitar, bass, drums with marimbas and clarinet. Before they returned to the stage, a short film that combined the truly weird (like bare-feet-squashing-overripe-pomegranates weird) with some seriously groovy backing music written by Le Bon, played for the audience. At nearly 15 minutes, it was just long enough to make you feel uncomfortable, which seemed to serve its purpose.

Groovy, but slightly, delightfully weird, would be a good way to describe the set that followed. The opening number, the album’s title track, had a pulsing, inescapable rhythm that permeated the entire show, getting the crowd moving yet keeping everyone just off-kilter the entire night. Le Bon and Banana wore identical headgear—knit sun hats that looked almost like the ones French schoolgirls might wear in children’s books. But beneath the colored lights, they seemed to each fluoresce with a unique pastel glow, adding a beautiful quality to the already familiar-but-alien music. On songs like “Find Me,” Le Bon was a Welsh hybrid of David Byrne and Syd Barrett, the band swirling Eno-infused Talking Heads rhythms with a touch of surrealism.

With their multi-instrumentalism, Banana were a flexible counter to Le Bon’s otherworldly voice and off-center guitar playing. After announcing the start of “side two,” the ensemble seemed to go in for the kill, building on the grooves of the first half with a cool, long halftime Afrobeat outro on “How Do You Know?” and a shredding guitar jam from Le Bon on the set-closing “What’s Not Mine.” The encore featured three songs off of 2013’s Mug Museum with a more jagged punk sound that gave a different feel than the new material. It’s good to have both sounds in the bag and while Crab Day is still fresh off the presses, you can only imagine what’s next up for Cate Le Bon. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

(Cate Le Bon plays Rough Trade NYC on 5/5, and tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon.)

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John Prine – Kings Theatre – April 8, 2016

April 11th, 2016

John Prine - Kings Theatre - April 8, 2016

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Jukebox the Ghost – The Bowery Ballroom – March 22, 2016

March 23rd, 2016

Jukebox the Ghost - The Bowery Ballroom - March 22, 2016
(Jukebox the Ghost play The Bowery Ballroom again tomorrow night.)

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com