Tag Archives: Nicole Atkins


Nicole Atkins Brings New Tunes to The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow

February 12th, 2014

Nicole Atkins was raised on the Jersey Shore, and she started to write original music while attending UNC Charlotte. Upon graduation, she headed to NYC—settling in Brooklyn— and performing wherever and whenever she could. Eventually she moved back to North Carolina before resettling in Jersey. But all along she continued honing her exceptional songwriting, which has become her calling card (along with some delightfully throaty vocals). For her third album, Atkins (above, doing “Heavy Boots” at Bonnaroo) returned to the coastal Swedish town where she’d recorded her acclaimed debut, Neptune City (stream it below), to work on the recently released Slow Phaser (stream it below). About which AllMusic says Atkins “seems to be in the driver’s seat and completely in control of her destiny, delivering her most artistic and confident album to date.” So go see her play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.


Armed with a New Album, Eels Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

February 28th, 2013

Singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett (often simply known as E), formed Eels more than 15 years ago. The band’s debut album, the well-received Beautiful Freak, with its post-grunge pop melodies, came out in 1996. And ever since, a rotating cast of musicians has joined E onstage and in the studio. The one constant, of course, has been the singer-songwriter mining the complications and turmoil of his personal life to use as source material. And Wonderful, Glorious (stream it below), released earlier this month, is no different. The A.V. Club says it’s what E has “done best over the past 20 years: air out his messed-up life for the whole world to hear.” Watch Eels, above, performing “That’s Not Her Way” on Late Show with David Letterman, and then go see them play—alongside Nicole Atkins and Puddles Pity PartyWebster Hall tomorrow night.


Petty Fest – Webster Hall – October 24, 2012

October 25th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Great Music for a Great Cause

January 11th, 2012

While sleeping in a Portland, Ore., hotel room, Jonathan Toubin, the DJ and proprietor of New York Night Train, was struck by a car, leaving him in critical condition. He’s receiving outstanding care and his wounds have begun to heal. But medical bills are mounting. (For updates on his condition, go to www.facebook.com/IheartJT.) In the meantime, some of his talented friends are holding a fund-raiser tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Proceeds will benefit Jonathan and you’ll be able to see the likes of Chain and the Gang, Five Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream and Two Tears. Plus there will be DJs, raffles and prizes. So come out to have fun and support a great cause.


The Felice Brothers Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

September 28th, 2011

The Felice Brothers, originally from the Catskill Mountains region upstate, first got started by playing their dad’s barbecues. Eventually they made their way to Brooklyn and began busking in various New York City subway stations. Since then, their roots-rock sound has taken them to Mountain Jam and even Levon Helm’s barn for one of his Midnight Rambles. But as the group has grown in size and stature, there’s been no shortage of recorded music. In fact, their eighth album, Celebration, Florida, came out earlier this year. And it finds the Felice Brothers (above, playing “Frankie’s Gun” at this year’s SXSW) traveling along some new musical terrain (think: less Basement Tapes and more hip-hop). And you can see them play Webster Hall tomorrow night with Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea and Diamond Doves.


Nicole Atkins Is Worth the Wait

February 10th, 2011

Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea – The Bowery Ballroom – February 9, 2011

(Photo: Ilaria Conte)

(Photo: Ilaria Conte)

By the time Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea took the stage last night at The Bowery Ballroom, it was nearly 11 p.m. and the patient crowd was growing antsy. But from the first staccato thrash of Irina Yalkowsky’s guitar to kick off the opener, “Heavy Boots,” there was no doubt in any corner of the packed room that the wait was worth it. That tune is from Atkins’ new release, the excellent Mondo Amore, just out Tuesday, so the Bowery show served as a CD-release party and a tour opener. But it felt much more like a homecoming with a friendly crowd, guests referred to only by first name or “our friend” and plenty of banter with the band’s friends in the balcony.

Mixing the new stuff with plenty of old favorites, it took just two songs before the audience was bouncing, hands in the air and singing along with the kind of giddy energy reserved for the end of the workweek. There were dual forces working in tandem. First was Atkins’ voice, which recalls the key elements of some of the best female voices in rock and roll today—the haunting self-contained reverb of Neko Case, the pure rock and roll power of Erika Wennerston and the grit of Lucinda Williams—while still a unique thing all its own. Her voice was filled with dark energy and it popped out in three dimensions from the nine or 10 musicians backing her. Even sitting there alone with just an acoustic guitar, as she did late in the set on “Monterey Honey,” Atkins’ voice had the same intoxicating effect.

The second force was the Black Sea (bass, guitar, drums, keys, a two-woman string section and three backup singers), working as an incredibly tight-knit group. Sure, there was some tasty guitar work, with and without Yalkowsky’s slide, but for the most part they wailed as a single entity, each instrument complementing the others in perfect, raging harmony. Pulling together influences from Loretta Lynn country to Aretha Franklin soul to straight-up Rolling Stones rock, the group supplied its own dark debauchery while matching Atkins the whole way through. —A. Stein


Spend the Night with David Byrne

February 3rd, 2010

As part of the Stories in High Fidelity series, tonight, The Bowery Ballroom hosts a cool round of storytelling, led by David Byrne, who will discuss “Creation in Reverse”—the ways that a venue and context can shape artistic creation. Additionally, Alan Light, the former editor-in-chief of Spin and Vibe, and Dan Kennedy, author of Rock On: An Office Power Ballad and Loser Goes First, will also join the panel to add their two cents. But, of course, you can’t have a night at The Bowery without some live music, so the real pride of the Jersey Shore, Nicole Atkins, backed by Brooklyn’s ECHOecho, will be on hand, burning down the house.