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Two Nights of the Multitalented Lindsey Stirling This Week

June 16th, 2014

Lindsey Stirling is a busy woman with a wide range of musical interests. She’s a violinist, a composer, a dancer and a performance artist. And thanks to her love of EDM, classical music, dubstep and hip-hop, she’s got a unique sound all her own. People had already begun to hear of Stirling (above, performing “Shatter Me” live at the Kennedy Center), thanks to YouTube and America’s Got Talent before her self-titled debut album (stream it below) arrived in 2012. AllMusic notes that it “carves out a unique new niche in the classical-crossover genre.” But things have really taken off for Stirling with the release of her second album, Shatter Me (stream it below), earlier this year. AllMusic says it “offers up a spirited set of high-octane classical-crossover confections that occupy the barbed wire and flower petal–strewn middle ground between Evanescence, Riverdance, Skrillex and Narnia” and that “she delivers the heat with all of the fire, fury and mad, pixie-ish sweetness that drew millions of people to her Linseystomp YouTube channel.” Now out on the road in support of her new LP, she’s playing bigger rooms, which means you can see her on Wednesday night at Terminal 5 and then on Saturday at the Space at WestburyAJR, three New York City brothers, open both shows.

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Skrillex Makes ’Em Move at Music Hall of Williamsburg

February 12th, 2014

Skirllex – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 11, 2014


What is instantly obvious at a Skrillex show is that he’s in this for the reaction: He wants people to let go of everything cerebral and jump, without looking, into the physical sensation induced by his continuous, full-throttle sound factory. It’s as if he’s conducting an experiment to see what gets listeners to lose control and let the body take the wheel. The venue is his lab and those in attendance are his subjects. His lab last night was Music Hall of Williamsburg, and from the moment Skrillex crept out onto the stage, transitioning without pause from AC Slater’s opening set into his own, the level was cranked to full power. Skrillex’s brand of industrial, raving dubstep acted as a tractor beam, magnetizing the crowd as he observed in grinning delight. He lives to see people powerless under the current of boosted electronic bombardment.

There’s something about heavy bass-drop music that people respond to, and Skrillex manipulates this. It’s like a primal trigger gets pulled, and the result is a tribal outpour. People lose themselves. Thought and reflection go out the window and something latent takes over, suppressed and naked—something that gives a fuck less about how coiffed the hair is or how skinny the jeans are. Tension from societal demands is blasted to smithereens by thunderous, metallic beats, incessant, tumbling and energizing. For a couple of hours in a dark room splashed with radiant, colorful light, the caveman steps out of the shadows.

Skrillex is the contemporary orchestrator of this phenomenon and the tremendous value in his music is found in this unshackled behavior it inspires. Anyone critical of or offended by his relentless sonic onslaught is arguably putting too much thought into it. Skrillex doesn’t want you to think about his music, just experience it, without prejudice or partiality. Last night proved that the true way to experience it is live. His purpose becomes strikingly clear that way. He believes that there are times to submit, to not care about getting to work on time the next day, to not respond to your texts, or care about what you capture on your phone’s camera, to let go and not care where you land. There is a place for Skrillex in the vast and varied landscape of contemporary music. Seek it out and stay for a while. You may be surprised at how alive you feel. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Skrillex Tonight

February 11th, 2014

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Skrillex hits Brooklyn for five shows this week, including tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tomorrow at SRB Brooklyn. Both of those shows are sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to see him tonight at Music Hall. Want to go? 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 (Skrillex, tonight) and a brief message telling us your funniest Skrillex-related story. Eddie Bruiser, who could use a laugh, will notify the winner later. Good luck.

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Kill the Noise Will Have You Dancing on Sunday Night

January 16th, 2014

Jake Stanczak was born in Rochester, N.Y., but he’s been busy doing work as an electronic-music producer in New York City, partnering with the likes of Skrillex and Korn and remixing Kanye West. And while he’s also known to get people on the dance floor under the stage name Ewun, Stanczak makes all kinds of electronic dance music as Kill the Noise—from electro house to dubstep. His most recent album Black Magic: Remixes, which, you guessed it, remixes tracks from his previous release, Black Magic (stream both below), came out last year. And Kill the Noise (above, performing in Las Vegas last year) plays a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night.

Congratulations to the Winners

February 11th, 2013

The Bowery Presents extends warm congratulations to every 2013 Grammy winner (and nominee). And if you take a look at those who took home awards, it’s like a who’s who list of acts that have recently played our venues, including:

the Black Keys: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album
Gotye: Record of the Year (featuring Kimbra), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (featuring Kimbra), Best Alternative Music Album
fun.: Song of the Year (featuring Janelle Monáe), Best New Artist
Skrillex (featuring Sirah): Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Frank Ocean: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream)
Mumford & Sons
: Album of the Year
Adele: Best Solo Pop Performance
Bonnie Raitt: Best Americana Album
Dan Auerbach: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Miguel: Best R&B Song
Kelly Clarkson: Best Pop Vocal Album
the Civil Wars (and Taylor Swift): Best Song Written for Visual Media
Halestorm: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

 

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Skrillex – Terminal 5 – February 4, 2012

February 6th, 2012


Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Skrillex on 2/4

January 31st, 2012

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Want to have a dance party on Saturday night, and want to do it for free? Then try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List to see Skrillex at Terminal 5. The show is sold out, so this is your last chance. 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 (Skrillex, 2/4) and a brief message explaining who will win the Super Bowl and why. Eddie Bruiser, who’s not a fan of Boston teams, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You

January 4th, 2012


The holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—is quite possibly the best time of the year, filled with friends, family, presents and parties. And then one day you wake up and it’s just winter. And it’s freezing. And you think how long will this last? What you need is to get out of town and go where the weather is hot and the music is cool. That’s right, starting on Friday Holy Ship!, a three-day cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and a private island (with a beach party and music by Fatboy Slim, above) filled with some of the world’s hottest electronic-music makers, like Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex and plenty more. The ship has five venues and music around the clock. Plus there’s a casino, spa, yoga, all-you-can-eat dining and a special burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese. What are you waiting for?