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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.

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July Talk Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

December 14th, 2016

Mashing together gritty, bluesy rock with a dose of dance-worthy synths and his-and-hers vocals, Peter Dreimanis (vocals), Leah Fay (vocals), Ian Docherty (guitar), Josh Warburton (bass) and Danny Miles (drums) formed July Talk just a few years ago in Toronto. They earned comparisons to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills when their self-titled debut (stream it below) came out in 2012. Their second full-length, Touch (stream it below), arrived this past October. “Touch finds July Talk cultivating and improving upon what made them so engaging on their debut. Rather than going the easy route of replicating their initial successes, they push themselves and expand. Their signature sound and integrity is maintained, while new touches are added as needed,” according to PopMatters. “It’s a fantastic follow-up and is an example, in this cynical era of playlists, of how bands can still craft fully realized, comprehensive albums while still developing as artists and not being afraid to make sociological statements.” July Talk (above, performing “Push + Pull” for Toronto’s CFNY FM 102.1 the Edge) kicked off a new tour earlier this week, which brings them to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Mona and Miles Francis open the show.

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Girl Band Arrive in NYC to Make Some Noise at Mercury Lounge

March 12th, 2015

Influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age and the Scottish post-hardcore trio Mclusky, four guys—Dara Kiely (vocals), Alan Duggan (guitar), Adam Faulkner (drums) and Daniel Fox (bass)—formed Girl Band more than three years ago in Dublin. Their debut EP, the noise rock–filled France 98 (stream it below), arrived in 2012, which Pitchfork said, “could’ve passed for a product of Sub Pop circa 1988.” Since then, the quartet has become known for energetic live shows. Recently signed to Rough Trade Records, there’s talk of new music, but ahead of that, Girl Band (above, doing “Lawman” for KEXP FM) have booked their first U.S. tour dates, and you can see them at the late show on Friday at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn psych-pop outfit Monograms opens.

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After Time Away, Brody Dalle Returns with Her Debut Solo Album

July 21st, 2014

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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A Friday Rock Show at Terminal 5

March 28th, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age – Terminal 5 – March 25, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age - Terminal 5 - March 25, 2011
Appropriate for a band of their stature, Queens of the Stone Age fit an arena-sized show into Terminal 5 on Friday night. In between songs from their 1998 self-titled album (which they are playing in full at each stop on this tour to help celebrate its rerelease), lead singer Josh Homme showed his veteran rocker chops by playing to the crowd’s favor. “This city isn’t a bunch of fucking sheep—it’s a bunch of individuals,” he proclaimed between cigarette puffs.

The band took time working through the classic debut album, spending just more than an hour on the 11 fuzz-heavy tracks while throwing in some musical embellishments along the way. Guitar solos at times bounced among the three members with axes, making as much fun as they could out of songs more than a decade old. But returning for their first encore, Homme reset the tone: “Now we’re just here to have fun. The hard part’s over.” More familiar tracks like “Little Sister” seemed to rock a bit harder without the weight of reminiscence hanging over them.

A second round of encore performances featured an even looser and more fun attitude, as the band grinned through the sweet-sounding “Make It wit Chu” and rounded out the night with their megahit, “No One Knows.” The totally professional rockers that they are, Queens of the Stone Age showed they can mix nostalgia, swagger and a whole arena’s worth of rock into any venue they play, giving the crowd more than their money’s worth. —Sean O’Kane

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