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PJ Harvey (above, performing “The Community of Hope” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) has a short fuse leading to a powder keg full of emotion. And for more than two decades, she’s been using this unbridled intensity to astounding effect. With such albums that have withstood the tests of time as Rid of Me (stream it below), Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (stream it below) and Let England Shake (stream it below), Harvey has as rich and rewarding of a catalog as any of her peers. These albums have all earned their right to be called classics and still sound as vibrant and ahead of their time today. Last year’s The Hope Six Demolition Project (stream it below) is no different, with some of Harvey’s most musically adventurous and politically charged material to date. She and her top-notch band will be setting the Central Park SummerStage ablaze this Wednesday with songs from her entire career. Any chance to see Harvey and her band in the flesh is a truly mesmerizing experience. This show is one you should not miss. All hail, Polly Jean Harvey. —Pat King | @MrPatKing
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Our newest venue, Brooklyn Steel—which will be Kings County’s biggest general-admission room—kicks off this spring with some pretty great shows, including the Decemberists on 4/17-19, PJ Harvey on 4/20, Two Door Cinema Club on 5/1, the Black Angels on 5/2, Tycho on 5/3, San Fermin on 5/13, Laura Marling on 5/20, Animal Collective on 5/23 and Whitney on 5/24—all of which go on sale this Friday at noon.
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Influential English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey released her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, this past spring, and she’s finally making her way to New York City to play Terminal 5 next Monday and Tuesday. Tickets still remain for her first appearance, but if you don’t already have some for the second one, you can try to Grow a Pair of them 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 (PJ Harvey, 8/16) and a brief message explaining how to make your favorite summer drink. Eddie Bruiser, who could use a new one, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
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Before going it alone as a solo artist, raspy-voiced Brody Dalle first fronted the punk quartet the Distillers and then the alternative four-piece Spinnerette, earning the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist comparisons to Courtney Love and PJ Harvey. Following the demise of those bands, Dalle took some time away from the spotlight as she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and had two kids, but her interest in making music has never waned. Dalle (above, performing “Don’t Mess with Me” live for 102.1 the Edge) began working on her debut solo album in 2012 with some well-known names, like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman, the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and Warpaint frontwoman Emily Kokal. And that LP, Diploid Love (stream it below), arrived this past spring to some considerable acclaim. The Guardian calls it “riotous and brazenly euphoric,” and NME proclaims, “Her musical time-out not only turned a glaring spotlight onto the massive, female-shaped gap in the contemporary punk landscape but also deprived us of a truly great, brutally badass talent for almost half a decade. Thank fuck, then, for Brody’s return and the unrepentant, defiant Diploid Love.” Winding down her U.S. tour in support of the album, Dalle plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Boston trio Slothtrust opens the show.
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PJ Harvey – Terminal 5 – April 20, 2011
Looking a bit otherworldly in a floor-length white gown with a flurry of black feathers atop her head, PJ Harvey hugged an autoharp to her chest and gave a small nod to the crowd at the start of the second of two sold-out shows at Terminal 5. Touring in support of Let England Shake, her new record inspired by the history of conflict and war, Harvey’s set contained songs full of arresting imagery, tales of violence and destruction and ruminations on death.
Despite the serious subject matter, Harvey and her band, comprised of album-collaborators John Parish, Mick Harvey and Jean-Marc Butty, set a tone that was anything but somber. In fact, the show was largely lively, with intricate guitars and upbeat drums complementing Harvey’s sound, which at times recalled hints of Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Björk and Tom Waits. Numbers like “The Words That Maketh Murder” and “C’mon Billy” highlighted the nice contrast between Harvey’s delicate voice and the appealingly gruff, soft-edged backing vocals from the male musicians.
Harvey alternated between autoharp and electric and acoustic guitars throughout the set, but perhaps the most engaging moments of the evening came when she sang empty-handed, during songs like “The Devil” and “Pocket Knife,” slowly and gracefully swaying to the music, letting the focus rest on her powerful voice as it moved from bright and operatic to deep and throaty. Although Harvey sings about the extreme power of tanks and guns in her new songs, at Terminal 5 last night, her voice was perhaps the most powerful weapon of all. —Alena Kastin
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John Parish is a musician’s musician. He writes, produces, composes and performs. He’s collaborated with many—including Tracy Chapman, Eels and Giant Sand—but most notably with PJ Harvey. Their first album came out in 1996. The follow-up, A Woman a Man Walked By, was released at the end of March. And now Parish and Harvey are touring the U.S. They play the looking-better-than-ever Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, June 9th. The well-spoken Englishman checked in from the road—in Kentucky—to answer five questions for The House List.
Is there something specifically difficult about playing a New York City show?
I think there is actually. A couple reasons: One, you’ve always got friends there—and it’s always a bit tougher playing in front of friends than it is playing in front of people you don’t know. And, secondly, you’re probably playing in front of your peers as well. And that makes me feel slightly more on edge.
Are there any bands that you listened to growing up that you still listen to?
Absolutely. My first few favorite bands are still very important to me, and I still listen to them. T. Rex’s Electric Warrior was the first album that I had as a kid, and I still play that record a lot. And I still use it as a reference when I’m making records because there’s something about the sound of it I really love. And also as a kid, after T. Rex, I was really into Led Zeppelin, and I still really like their records as well. So, yeah, they’ve really stuck with me.
Are there any new bands you find yourself gravitating toward?
Nobody brand new. The last records that really, really blew my mind were the two Wilco albums that Jim O’Rourke worked on, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born. I think they’re fantastic albums. I mean, they’re not that new, but they seem pretty new on the grand scale of things.
Which NYC musician—past or present—would you most like to play with?
I really like that whole New York scene in the late ’70s, the CBGB’s scene: Patti Smith and Television and Talking Heads, the Ramones. All those bands I really, really like. And they were all important to me.
What’s your biggest nonmusical talent?
You know what? I’m not such a bad cook these days. That’s probably the area in which I’ve shown the most improvement, I reckon, over the last few years…. My family appreciates it, definitely. —R. Zizmor