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Two Chances to Catch Palmistry Live in New York City

January 18th, 2017

South London vocalist-producer Benjy Keating has been doing his own bedroom-pop take on dancehall, deftly mixing ambient synths, contemporary Caribbean rhythms and melancholic lyrics with grime and R&B as Palmistry for several years now. And following the release of a few EPs and mixtapes, his debut full-length, Pagan (stream it below), came out last year to rave reviews. “These are performative anthems, which use the sonic and effective history of their sounds to construct towering emotional peaks,” according to Tiny Mix Tapes. “It is essential inasmuch as it succeeds in touching on something inherent, drawing from a preconscious set of sounds to create music that is as striking as it is affecting.” Currently on an East Coast swing, Palmistry (above, his official video for “Club Aso”) plays Rough Trade NYC tonight and Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Singer-songwriter Kahli Abdu opens both shows.

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Mild High Club Bring Hazy, Good Times to Rough Trade NYC

January 17th, 2017

Mild High Club – Rough Trade NYC – January 14, 2016

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The band name Mild High Club might resemble something you could find searching for #fakejambands on Twitter, but it turns out to be an apt title for Alex Brettin’s L.A.-based slack-rockers. Their show at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night got rolling with a palette-priming set from Brooklyn’s Pavo Pavo. Filled with arty permutations of synth, guitars and bass, they got the sold-out crowd moving with songs off their newest album, Young Narrator in the Breakers, and featured a few new songs for the last time live before bringing them into the studio.

Mild High Club kicked off their set featuring double twelve-string guitars, one of which Brettin said was brand new. The resulting dreamworld created by those guitars defined the show’s sound. Playing mostly songs off their 2016 Skiptracing album, like “Homage” and “Tesselation,” the band defined a music space evocative of the hazy feeling between a waking stupor and full-fledged REM sleep, a buzz not too extreme in either direction.

The slack-psych kept the audience spellbound, often crossing over into an almost smoke-filled jazz-club feel on “Head Out” or the bossa nova underpinnings of the album’s title track. Many of the songs oozed short-lived instrumental outros, floating dust motes of lingering melodies, ethereal and engaging and then fading to nothing. The set maintained the laid-back vibe of a cozy couch sit for a solid hour and then Brettin muttered, that mild buzz reaching its natural end, “I guess that’s it.”—A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Whitney on 1/5

January 3rd, 2017

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Before heading out on an overseas tour in a couple of weeks, Whitney make one more American appearance, in Brooklyn at Rough Trade NYC on Thursday night. The show sold out quickly, but no worries if you got shut out because the Chicago band returns to play Brooklyn Steel on 5/24. And if you can’t wait that long to see them, The House List is giving away two tickets to see Whitney play Rough Trade NYC. Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets for (Whitney, 1/5) and a brief message explaining your best idea for a New Year’s resolution. Eddie Bruiser, who could probably use a few of them, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Two Nights of Brazilian Girls at Rough Trade NYC This Weekend

December 28th, 2016

Combining reggae, jazz, bossa nova, tango, house and electronic music, Sabina Sciubba (vocals), Jesse Murphy (bass), Didi Gutman (keys) and Aaron Johnston (drums) formed Brazilian Girls 13 years ago in the East Village. Beginning in 2005, they released three full-length albums—the last of which, New York City (stream it below), came out in 2008. “Brazilian Girls’ latest record artfully mirrors the city it honors with its title,” according to Paste magazine. “It’s diverse, multicultural, and just when you think you have it figured out, it switches its style up completely and throws you for yet another loop.” Pitchfork rang in, too: “New York’s dance-fusion pranksters Brazilian Girls broaden their already broad horizons and have a blast in the process.” But following the tour in support of the album, Brazilian Girls (above, doing “Bala Bala” live in studio for KCRW FM earlier this year) took an extended hiatus when Sciubba gave birth. Of course, you can’t keep a good band down, and so the local quartet reunited in 2012, recording new material and continuing with their frenetic live shows. And this weekend, they ring in the New Year over the course of two nights at Rough Trade NYC, on Friday and Saturday.

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A Double Dose of Curtis Harding in New York City This Weekend

December 9th, 2016

Two years ago, Rolling Stone labeled versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Harding one of “10 Artists You Need to Know,” saying he sounds like “super-fly nuggets from soul and rock’s late-’70s crossover heyday, rediscovered by the son of a gospel singer.” Walker’s toured as a backup singer for Cee Lo Green and, after bonding over a shared love of vintage Southern soul, Harding (above, performing “Keep On Shining”) and the Black LipsCole Alexander launched Night Sun, deftly mixing R&B and garage rock. Harding’s first solo release—a “genius debut album” per NMESoul Power (stream it below) came out in 2014 to acclaim around the world. “Soul Power’s adventurous marrying of classic and contemporary with swagger and sensuality injects a particular energy into the current alternative-music scene,” raved Renowned for Sound. “Harding transforms stirring stories of hardship into something beautiful and tangible, which will be the foundation of an undoubtedly long and prolific future career.” His most recent tour winds down this weekend with a pair of shows in New York City, at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night and at Mercury Lounge on Sunday night.

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Thurston Moore/John Zorn – Rough Trade NYC – November 23, 2016

November 28th, 2016

Thurston Moore and John Zorn - Rough Trade NYC - November 23, 2016

Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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The Bad Plus Sound Right at Home at Rough Trade NYC

November 22nd, 2016

The Bad Plus – Rough Trade NYC – November 21, 2016

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Over the course of their 15-plus-year career, the Bad Plus have played in nearly every conceivable New York City venue: the Village Vanguard and the Jazz Standard, sure, but also The Bowery Ballroom and Prospect Park Bandshell among many others. So, although you don’t often see a grand piano, let alone many jazz trios, at Rough Trade NYC, it’s not surprising that the Bad Plus eventually were slotted to play there. Coming off their recent album, It’s Hard, consisting entirely of cover songs, many of them from the contemporary rock and pop canon, seemed like a good time to start. Their two-set show on Monday night stood on four tentpoles from the new LP—four covers that showed the range and creativity that would shine through in any setting.

The Bad Plus take a cover song like a blank sheet of paper and start making cuts into it to create an elaborate, unique snowflake. For one group to adequately cover music as varied as Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” Barry Manliow’s “Mandy,” Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” would be very impressive. For a piano trio playing a rock club to do it, all the more amazing, each song recognizable only in its base parts, the group otherwise tearing at each composition’s fabric, finding patterns and beauty where it didn’t seem to exist in the original, often to stunning effect. But if the covers were paper snowflakes, the original Bad Plus material was some sort of four-dimensional origami, intricately folded artworks, dynamic and shape-shifting. The opening “Prehensile Dream” was a subtle slow build, pianist Ethan Iverson repeating a beautiful riff until quiet became loud and pretty became intense, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King providing an awe-inspiring crescendo.

The highlight of the first set came with the closing “Seven Minute Mind,” complicated rhythms hidden beneath an undeniably funky bass riff that may have required basic calculus to follow completely. “Keep the Bugs Off Your Glass and the Bears Off Your Ass” was rollicking blues that revealed multiple parenthetical diversions, eventually giving way to a great tangential bass-and-drum solo. Each song had its own unique feel and sound, all tied together with the band’s wit, talent and strong emotional core. The respectful but enthusiastic crowd was treated to one more cover for the encore, Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line,” which, under the eager scissors of the Bad Plus, became a thrilling exercise in rhythmic experimentation. For one night at least, for the Bad Plus and the roomful of fans, Rough Trade NYC felt just like home. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

 

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Mr. Little Jeans – Rough Trade NYC – November 4, 2016

November 7th, 2016

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Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the Record Company on 10/27

October 25th, 2016

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L.A. rock trio the Record Company are doubling down on New York City this week, returning to town to play Rough Trade NYC tonight and The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. The bad news is that both shows sold out quickly, but the good news is that The House List is giving away two tickets to see them on Thursday night. Want to go and don’t have tickets of your own? Try to Grow a Pair. 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 (the Record Company, 10/27) and a brief message explaining your best suggestion for how to still have fun on Halloween while avoiding amateur night. Eddie Bruiser, a fan of costumes but not public puking, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Regina Spektor – Rough Trade NYC – October 18, 2016

October 19th, 2016

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

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Ahead of New Album Palace Play Rough Trade NYC Tomorrow Night

October 18th, 2016

London four-piece Palace—Leo Wyndham (vocals and guitar), Rupert Turner (guitar), Will Dorey (bass) and Matt Hodges (drums)—put out their debut EP, Lost in the Night (stream it below), two years ago. “Palace deal in theatrical melodies to tingle the spine,” according to NME, which compared them to the Antlers and the Maccabees, adding, “Best is centerpiece ‘Ocean Deep,’ which distills Palace’s knack for intimate yet epic atmospherics into five minutes of subtle reverb and beguiling guitar crescendos.” Their first studio album, So Long Forever, arrives next month, but you just might hear some of it when Palace (above, doing one of their new songs, “Have Faith”) play Rough Trade NYC tomorrow night. Brooklyn trio Glass Gang open the show.

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Pumarosa Close Out American Tour on Saturday at Rough Trade NYC

October 6th, 2016

Up-and-coming London five-piece Pumarosa—Isabel Munoz-Newsome (vocals and guitar), Henry Brown (bass), Tomoya Suzuki (sax), Neville James (guitar), Nicholas Owen (drums)—have been around for about a year, bursting onto the scene with the single “Priestess.” “One song is all it took to convince us that Pumarosa will scale the heights of success,” reports the Line of Best Fit. “One seven-minute, epic song about freedom and dancing set to propulsive bass, spaced-out guitar, more than a hint of dance music, saxophone and hypnotic vocals.” But how do they sound live? The Quietus calls the band’s throbbing, sinewy rock “songs to dance, fuck and cry to.” And after thrilling a sold-out Terminal 5, opening for Glass Animals last week, Pumarosa (above, performing their second single, “Cecile,” for the Fader Fort at this year’s SXSW) close out their American tour on Saturday night at Rough Trade NYC. Brooklyn duo Soft Lit open the show.

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Kula Shaker – Rough Trade NYC – September 29, 2016

September 30th, 2016

Kula Shaker - Rough Trade NYC - September 29, 2016

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

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Glass Animals/Pumarosa – Terminal 5 – September 29, 2016

September 30th, 2016

Glass Animals - Terminal 5 - September 29, 2016

Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

(Pumarosa play Rough Trade NYC on 10/8.)

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A Double Shot of Kula Shaker at Rough Trade NYC

September 28th, 2016

“By reviving the swirling, guitar-heavy sounds of late-’60s psychedelia and infusing it with George Harrison’s Indian mysticism and spirituality, Kula Shaker became one of the most popular British bands of the immediate post-Brit-pop era,” according to AllMusic. The group—Crispian Mills (vocals and guitar), Alonza Bevan (bass and vocals), Paul Winterhart (drums) and Harry Broadbent (keys)—formed in London more than two decades ago. Their first album, K, came out in 1996. “Kula Shaker don’t merely take you back 20 years on this confident debut,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, “they rejuvenate that period by mixing sitar and Sanskrit chants with wa-wa guitar and Hammond organ.” They released one more album before breaking up in 1999. But you can’t keep a good band down, and so Kula Shaker (above, performing “2 Styx”) returned to recording and touring in 2004, and earlier this year, they released a companion album to their 1996 debut, K 2.0 (stream it below), which AllMusic called “the rare sequel that trumps the original.” And 17 years after their last visit to the United States, the band returns this week. See them tomorrow and Friday (which is sold out) at Rough Trade NYC.