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Sam Evian and Uni Ika Ai Keep It Local at Rough Trade NYC Saturday

May 3rd, 2017

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Owens is known for fronting Brooklyn trio Celestial Shore, but he does the solo thing as Sam Evian (above, the video for “Sleep Easy”). And to that end, his debut long-player, Premium (stream it below), inspired by the likes of Shuggie Otis, Jackson Browne and Cass McCombs, came out last summer. AllMusic said it’s a “seductive listen that’s equally suited for early morning hangovers and late, late nights.” While No Depression added: “Premium is a spaced-out gem of trippy, layered instrumental arrangements and Evian’s smooth, creamy harmonies. And it is the perfect soundtrack for you last days of summer, with its beachy, bright coolness.”

Brooklyn dream-pop act Uni Ika AiMaia Friedman (vocals, synths and guitar), Peter Lalish (guitar and synths), Tom Deis (keys, bass and vocals) and Dan Drohan (drums and percussion)—also put out a first LP, Keeping a Golden Bullseye in the Corner of My Mind (stream it above), last year. In dubbing it a “stunning debut album,” the Wild Honey Pie went on to say, “The songs are dreamy without becoming cloudy—they exist within a comfortable haze and tempo, but don’t succumb to feeling lethargic or apathetic. The vocals and instrumentals push forward with ease, creating tracks that feel steady but triumphant, relaxed but purposeful.” Uni Ika Ai (below, doing “Mexico” for Sofar Sounds) have teamed up with Sam Evian for a few shows this week, and you can catch them both on Saturday night at Rough Trade NYC. A third Brooklyn act, Wilder Maker, opens.

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Lucius – SummerStage – September 23, 2016

September 26th, 2016

Lucius - SummerStage - September 23, 2016

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Lucius Celebrate New Album at Home at Music Hall of Williamsburg

April 1st, 2016

Lucius – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 31, 2016

Lucius – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 31, 2016
The stage at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night was dressed with a shimmering backdrop proclaiming LUCIUS. Although it was a lovely effect, even without any identifying stage dressing it would be hard to mistake Lucius for any other band—from their songs’ rich harmonies and infectious energy to the distinctive look of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, with their matching copper-colored hairdos and green cape dresses, Lucius have a unique visual and sonic impact.

Performing the bouncy “Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain,” from their new alum, Good Grief, Wolfe and Laessig stood center stage, facing each other as they belted out the lyrics and pounded on a synth and keyboard. Later, they shifted stage right to share a microphone for the sentimental “Dusty Trails”—which elicited spontaneous audience applause after some especially powerful harmonies—and then moved stage left for a rendition of the intense, dynamic number “Gone Insane,” proving that not only are they talented, but they’re also very democratic with their sight lines.

This democratic spirit continued moments later, when, after a quick costume change, Lucius appeared in the crowd, singing the lively “Almighty Gosh” as they wove in and out through a sea of amazed revelers attempting to capture the moment with their phones.  For those who failed to document the experience digitally, the concert also happened to be filmed for live streaming online, so no FOMO necessary—at least not too much. Of course, for everyone present, it was a treat to witness Lucius live, to hear the intricacies of all those belted harmonies and to sing along. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

Photos courtesy of Pat Tabb | pattabb.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Lucius on 3/31

March 29th, 2016

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With the recent release earlier this month of the acclaimed full-length Good Grief, Lucius return home to Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night. The show sold out very quickly, but The House List is giving away two tickets to see the Brooklyn five-piece. Don’t have any of your own but still want to go? No worries. Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. 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 (Lucius, 3/31) and a brief message explaining who you think will win the NCAA men’s championship. Eddie Bruiser, who’s got some money on the line, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Lucius Return Home, Close Tour at The Bowery Ballroom

December 9th, 2013

Lucius – The Bowery Ballroom –  December 7, 2013


Having met while majoring in voice at Berklee College of Music, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig seemed destined to join forces, thanks to their complementary wall-of-sound voices and a similar unabashed sense of fashion. So it was no surprise that they became bandmates, along with drummer Dan Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, in the Brooklyn outfit Lucius. “Their charisma and charm helps turn good pop songwriting into an endearing performance,” extolled NPR’s Bob Boilen.

That praise wasn’t in question on Saturday night, the first of two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows over the weekend. After opening with an interlude of the Beatles’ “Free as a Bird,” the five-piece continued to enthrall fans with “Don’t Just Sit There,” the singers in matching dresses and sporting asymmetrical bobs. Large black-and-white silhouettes facing each other in a perfect yin and yang served as an appropriate backdrop. Treating longtime admirers to “Geneieve,” off their self-titled EP, the vocalists howled, “All you had to do was shut your mouth, GENEIEVE!” And Laessig exclaimed how happy Lucius were to return home to close out their 2013 tour.

The tenor thuds were in full force for “Tempest,” followed by “Monsters” with Jeff Taylor accompanying on whistling duties. The crowd really got into “Until We Get There,” clapping along to the rhythm. But the meat of set came toward the latter half, as Lucius doled out the percussion-heavy tUnE-yArDs-sounding “Nothing Ordinary,” fan-favorite “Go Home” and their full-length album’s title track, “Wildewoman.” However, Saturday’s show was not to end so quickly as Lucius promptly returned for an encore of “Turn It Around” and “Two of Us on the Run” before joining the audience on the floor for a seasonal surprise, an acoustic rendition of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” with fans hovering around them as if encircling a campfire. One couldn’t think of a more fitting ending. —Sharlene Chiu