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Tove Lo Concludes American Tour at Terminal 5

October 22nd, 2015

Tove Lo – Terminal 5 – October 21, 2015

Tove Lo - Terminal 5 - October 21, 2015
The Swedes have a tradition of crafting infectious pop, from ABBA to Ace of Base to Robyn. And who hasn’t heard of pop-producer extraordinaire, Max Martin? Tove Lo is no different from her countrymen, having penned Top 40 hits, like her own “Habits (Stay High),” Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and Hilary Duff’s “Sparks.” Lo reverts to darker material when writing her own material, which sets the singer-songwriter apart from the current pop princesses. Her appearance also shies away from the stereotypical Swedish blonde-haired, blue-eyes for a dark brunette. Lo’s outfits are pulled straight from the ’90s, complete with Cheap Mondays and Doc Martens.

Wearing a jumpsuit and fingerless gloves, last night Lo descended upon a sold-out Terminal 5 to close out her American tour. The barefoot performer opened with crowd favorite “Not on Drugs” and quickly commanded those in the audience to point their fingers in the air for “The Way That I Am.” Following a rousing rendition of her latest single, “Moments,” Lo shared how she had been at Terminal 5 three years ago for a show by her friends Icona Pop and dreamed about how awesome it would be to play that stage.

Her wishes were granted on Wednesday night, and Lo heartily thanked all in attendance for making those dreams come true. The singer turned up the sexy with “My Gun” and “Like Em Young” before switching to a song of heartbreak, “Over.” After a very brief musical intermission, Lo returned donning a studded motorcycle jacket, tights and Doc Martens. She resembled a naughty Leighton Meester gyrating back and forth across the stage. Adding to the salaciousness, the songstress stripped off her jacket to reveal some serious side boob and further punctuated “Talking Body” with a quick flash of her bosom as the chorus climaxed. Lo saved the best for last, ending her encore with her breakout single, “Habits (Stay High).” —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com

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Sylvan Esso Amaze Terminal 5 with a Dazzling Show

January 26th, 2015

Sylvan Esso – Terminal 5 – January 23, 2015

Sylvan Esso – Terminal 5 – January 23, 2015
Having been on the wrong coasts at the wrong time, I missed seeing Sylvan Esso live all of last year, which was a major downer since their self-titled album was one of my favorites from 2014. I’d been a fan of Amelia Meath from her time with Mountain Man, and I’d seen Nick Sanborn perform with Megafaun. But what they create as a pair far exceeded anything I could have imagined and fueled many a late summer night—pairing simple but dang catchy synths with Meath’s vocal dance and bounce from beat to beat. This past Friday night at a sold-out Terminal 5, I rectified last year’s elusion.

Ensconced in darkness, Meath and Sanborn descended onstage with minimal equipment, only the synth station and microphones. Barreling into “Could I Be,” the sound gave out midway to the surprise of the duo. Not to miss a beat, Sanborn stated, “This has never happened before.” Those in the crowd weren’t worried as the band quickly took it back to the top before Meath playfully announced, “Once more with feeling.” The pint-size singer in platform shoes commanded the stage with intricate dance moves that could give Robyn
a run for her money. I’m not sure if it was the java scent stuck on my clothes from an earlier Cafe Grumpy run, but I was abuzz for “Coffee” and so were the fans cascading to the lyrics “get up, get down.”

The hostess of the night led the crowd in pre-howls on “Wolf” as Sanborn infused pulsating beats. Not stopping there, he delivered a heavy helping of drum and bass for “H.S.K.T.” Then, after a quick exit, Sylvan Esso returned to encore with a new song that they joked would be on a future album, Bangers with an s. Take that, Miley Cyrus. Meath called “Come Down,” the finale, a “slow one” before crooning to a packed Terminal 5, still reeling from the high-energy show. As folks filed downstairs, I heard multiple proclamations of “best show ever” and “aren’t they the beeest?” Needless to say, everyone was thoroughly entertained. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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I Break Horses Gallop into Williamsburg

April 21st, 2014

I Break Horses – Rough Trade NYC – April 18, 2014

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A wide range of Swedish artists, like Robyn, the Knife and Little Dragon, have made some of the most infectious dance music over the past few years. And Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck continue in that vein as I Break Horses. Following the release of their sophomore effort, Chiaroscuro, earlier this year, the two have embarked on their first-ever headlining tour in North America. Their label, Bella Union, describes the pair’s evocative sound as “a gorgeous Scandinavian croon that’s bathed in an ocean of reverb and tremelo,” and Lindén and Balck are no strangers to performing to huge crowds, having previously opened for M83 and Sigur Rós.

But on the eve of Record Store Day, the Swedes fittingly performed at the intimate Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Lindén raised an arm for the show to commence against the throbbing drums of “Medicine Brush.” And while she later had some synth troubles, the band swiftly recovered with crowd-favorite “Denial” to the delight of concertgoers happily bobbing their heads to the beat. I Break Horses followed with a pair from their debut, Hearts“Load Your Eyes” and the shimmering synth-filled title song—before the set closed with the thumping “Faith.” But the band returned to encore with the swirling “Winter Beats.” —Sharlene Chiu

 

 

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Anaïs Mitchell: Heaven to Hades in 90 Minutes

December 4th, 2012

Anaïs Mitchell – The Bowery Ballroom – December 3, 2012


Anais Mitchell began her 90-minute show at The Bowery Ballroom last night with an a cappella hymn, she and her bandmates singing gospel in a heavenly, monklike three-part harmony. It was utterly beautiful: a transcendent moment kicking off a show full of them. The hymn melted perfectly into “Dyin’ Day,” off Mitchell’s newest album, Young Man in America, her voice mixing with banjo, her sound a puree of Ani DiFranco, Neko Case and Lucinda Williams at the cusp of electric and acoustic. It was like if the sweet girl next door was filled with dark intensity.

Mitchell’s onstage presence was a generous one, sharing the limelight with her excellent backing band, sharing the stage with multiple appearances by the horn players from the opening act, Cuddle Magic, and sharing her emotions with the audience through her music. While her voice and delicate touch on the acoustic guitar could have carried the entire show on their own, she let the band stretch out, pausing between verses as banjo, Rhodes piano and bass stirred cinematic, bringing life to powerful imagery of her lyrics. The set leaned heavily on material from the album, with “Annmarie” and the title track becoming long, sweeping narratives. She explained that “Shepherd” is based on a book by her novelist father (whose face appears on her album’s cover). It is a chill-inducing song, haunting and beautiful and heartbreaking, and it was played to full chill-inducing effect, the crowd stunned into silence by its power.

Scattered throughout, punctuating the new material were more of those moments like the opening hymn. Mitchell paired in duo form with drummer-banjo player-everyman Ben Davis for a brand new tune, revealing a perfect, existential love song. Another track had her singing with keyboard-guitar player Rachel Ries, a tune off the Country E.P. Later the band extended their chops and showed they could handle a pop hook with a great cover of Robyn’s “Hang with Me.” The show closed with a swinging version of “You Are Forgiven,” Mitchell’s voice once again elevating and inviting. The encore perfectly displayed her two sides: starting with “Tailor”—strong, honest and emotional. Then the horns returned, the lights went to a dark red and the band played a deep, thoughtful “Why We Build the Wall,” off Mitchell’s Hadestown concept album. It wasn’t your typical uplifting show closer, but it was honest and felt complete. —A. Stein

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com

Exclusive Video: Diamond Rings Strips Away the Glam

November 16th, 2012

A tour supporting insatiable Swedish electro-popster Robyn helped Diamond Rings’ John O’Regan shift away from the glam-tinged brooding of his 2010 debut—which bore still-unhealed scars from a battle with Crohn’s disease—into a sparkly, confident sophomore set, the recently released Free Dimensional. But deep-rooted emotion still twists beneath the new album’s rayon sheen, as seen in this spare, acoustic version of “Put Me On,” played in the open window of a SoHo apartment exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Our chat with John O—whose band plays The Bowery Ballroom on 12/4—was wide-ranging, and we loved his tale about the first song that set him on the path toward making music as glam-pop act Diamond Rings. It was banged out with a few friends in a bedroom, burnt to CD and handed off to a local DJ—who liked it a lot. “Having those experiences got me into thinking that I didn’t need a million dollars and a catering budget and a giant studio to make cool music,” he told us. Hear that story, plus John O’s first musical memories, how he hopes his listeners feel when hearing his tunes and much more: http://tbp.im/ZLkRpE.

And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to check out more intimate performances and revelaing interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

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Robyn – Terminal 5 – November 10, 2010

November 11th, 2010

Robyn - Terminal 5 - November 10, 2010

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Macchiarelli | www.jennylow.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to Robyn on 11/10

November 9th, 2010

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Her third album of the year comes out in a couple of weeks, but Robyn hits Terminal 5 tomorrow for a sold-out show. Want to go, but don’t have tickets? Well, you’ve got another shot because The House List is giving away two of them. Looking to Grow a Pair for this show? Then just fill out the form below, listing your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets for (Robyn, 11/10) and a brief message explaining why Swedish dance music rocks. Eddie Bruiser, who likes to rock in any language, will notify the winner tomorrow. Good luck.

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Robyn – Webster Hall – August 4, 2010

August 5th, 2010

Robyn - Webster Hall - August 4, 2010

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Robyn and Kelis on 8/5

August 3rd, 2010

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You love the dance music of Robyn and Kelis so much that we had to add a second show. And, as expected, Thursday’s show at Webster Hall also sold out. But that’s no reason to despair because The House List is giving away two tickets to the 8/5 show. Want to Grow a Pair? Then just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Robyn/Kelis, 8/5) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to get down for free. Eddie Bruiser, who’s been known to occasionally shake his hips, will notify the winner by Thursday.

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