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Trombone Shorty Keeps It Funky at Terminal 5

December 11th, 2014

Trombone Shorty – Terminal 5 – December 10, 2014

Trombone Shorty – Terminal 5 – December 10, 2014
It’s become something of a routine—the weather turns cold, December rolls around and Trombone Shorty returns to New York City to play Terminal 5. The New Orleans native is now so popular here that his shows have become something of a can’t-miss seasonal staple. Despite being extremely funky, Shorty and his excellent band, Orleans Avenue, often oscillate into the territory of jazz and soul during their performances. They aren’t afraid to embrace pop or rock either, and last night’s show featured renditions of Green Day’s “Brain Stew” and even Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’”—the latter being a cover you can only get away with if you have a crew that has as much fun onstage as this one did.

The focus, of course, is on Shorty himself. He’s been a stellar frontman for a while now, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten better. It was fitting that the band took the stage to James Brown’s “Make it Funky” because Shorty increasingly shows more and more of the Godfather of Soul with each passing show. His stage presence was already great, but it’s becoming the stuff of legend, on a bother-your-friends-who-don’t-like-funk-until-they-see-him kind of level. Orleans Avenue are made up of five seriously impressive musicians, and their skills were often featured throughout the set.

When Shorty wasn’t tirelessly tearing up the stage on trombone or trumpet, he parked right next to whichever bandmate had a solo going. Like Hendrix appeared to be coaxing spirits from a burning guitar, Shorty swayed back and forth and waved his arms next to each musician, like he was trying to help him get every ounce of funk out of his veins. Like the inevitable changing of the seasons, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be back again before you know it. And that next time he returns, tell everyone you know it’s a can’t-miss show. —Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Double Down with Two Nights of Flosstradamus at Terminal 5

December 10th, 2014

J2K (Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) teamed up to form Flosstradamus eight years ago in Chicago. Mashing up house, techno, electro and R&B, they quickly won over fans around town—and then the country—with their all-inclusive dance parties. One of their many strengths is that they know how to have a good time, and that comes across when they perform live, which is probably why the progressive-dance DJs have earned the reputation as party starters, whether it’s in a small club or on a big festival stage. They’ve been busy recently traveling across America, but before their tour ends, Flosstradamus hit New York City for two nights to play Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday. So come join the dance party. GTA and Curtis Williams with Two-9 open both shows.

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The 1975 – Terminal 5 – December 4, 2014

December 5th, 2014

The 1975 - Terminal 5 - December 4, 2014

Photos courtesy of Ahron Foster | ahronfoster.com

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Death from Above 1979 – Terminal 5 – November 28, 2014

December 1st, 2014

Death from Above 1979 - Terminal 5 - November 28, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Win Two Free Tickets to See the New Deal Tomorrow at Terminal 5

November 28th, 2014

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The Reunited Death from Above 1979 Play Terminal 5 on Friday

November 26th, 2014

Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums) and Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths and vocals) formed the punk duo Death from Above 1979 at the turn of the millennium in Toronto. They put out a couple of EPs and then an explosive debut full-length, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (stream it below), arrived in 2004. The album earned Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” label and a glowing review: “By turning the rock knob down a notch, DFA79 have kept You’re a Woman loud and nasty and ensured a cohesion and unusual degree of listenability.” They were off to a hot start, but two years later, the band called it quits siting disagreements and too much travel as problems. Fortunately, it didn’t take permanently, and Death from Above 1979 (above, doing “Trainwreck 1979” on Late Show with David Letterman) reunited in 2011. And as an added bonus, just playing live wasn’t enough, so they released their sophomore LP, The Physical World (stream it below), almost three months ago. Critics again were floored. NME called it “magnificent” and went on to gush, “After a decade away, the noisy Toronto duo are back to give modern technology a glorious kicking…. They clearly haven’t forgotten the pounding thrash that made them great, but it’s not all cheap thrills and weighty beats. What makes it such a rewarding repeat listen are the layers of meaning that emerge like Renaissance paintings appearing in television static.” And with just a few shows remaining on their American tour, Death from Above 1979 headline Terminal 5 on Friday night.

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Interpol Play with a Purpose on Their Home Turf at Terminal 5

November 25th, 2014

Interpol – Terminal 5 – November 24, 2014

Interpol – Terminal 5 – November 24, 2014
Image always matters in popular music, perhaps more than it should. So when Interpol emerged in 2002, pouncing like a fenced-in Doberman onto New York City’s then indeterminate alternative-rock scene, they evenly struck the balance between style and substance with impact. Theirs was a convincing symbiosis. The music was at once emphatic and intricately textured, catchy yet with cerebral and ambitious arrangements, and their image of midnight coolness mirrored it effortlessly, lending the mystique and credibility to a style of rock that was commanding and often imposing. Their debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights, was the soundtrack to Friday nights in NYC, with all of its promised deviousness to be found in the shadows and around corners.

Twelve years—and four albums, including the freshly released El Pintor—later, and Interpol return for a homecoming, beginning on Monday a sold-out three-night run at Terminal 5. With the glimmering bravado underlying the elegance of a veteran band, they played with the purpose of cementing their legacy. Armed with a classic like Turn On the Bright Lights makes it easier to throw around your weight, and an abrupt announcement of their stature was delivered with the opening statement, “Say Hello to the Angels,” a stalwart number off their first record. An assertive turn into new material, like “Anywhere” and “Everything Is Wrong,” was deftly interwoven with the invigorating “Take You on a Cruise” and the crowd-pleasing “Evil,” with its whimsical flavoring of ’50s-era Jerry Lee Lewis rock and roll over their trademark rhythmic surge. Quite suddenly, the divide between stage and audience disappeared like a bridge in the fog as Paul Banks’s haunting, serpentine vocals took turns with Daniel Kessler’s shimmering guitar chords, elevating the icy operative-like persistence of Sam Fogarino’s drumming.

Ruminative pieces “Lights” and the “The Lighthouse,” pulled along by the Kessler’s sultry strumming, echoed just long enough amidst the black sea of currents projected behind them, before giving way to the climactic flourish that everyone knew was coming: The show culminated with “PDA” and its wondrous cascading finale. By night’s end, Interpol had left no doubt of their authority. Somehow, they represent how the smart, artistic post-graduates living in the city want to come across, and their tensely dramatic rock songs have always been in sync with their collectively pounding pulse. Listening to Interpol brings with it a rush, like stepping out into a biting, blustery winter wind from somewhere safe and warm. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

(Try to Grow a Pair of tickets to tomorrow’s sold-out Interpol show at Terminal 5.)

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Grow a Pair: Win Two Free Tickets to See Interpol Tomorrow

November 25th, 2014

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Interpol released their terrific third album, El Pintor, near the end of this past summer, and they’ve been traveling the country in support of it ever since. The local trio’s tour finishes this week with three sold-out shows at Terminal 5. And The House List is giving away two tickets to see them there tomorrow night. So if you got shut out originally but still want to go, try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy, 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 (Interpol, 11/26) and a brief message explaining your favorite thing about Thanksgiving. Eddie Bruiser, who enjoys eating food covered in gravy, will notify the winner by tomorrow. Good luck.

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St. Lucia – Terminal 5 – November 19, 2014

November 20th, 2014

St. Lucia - Terminal 5 - November 19, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Atmosphere – Terminal 5 – November 16, 2014

November 17th, 2014

Atmosphere - Terminal 5 - November 16, 2014

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

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FKA Twigs – Terminal 5 – November 8, 2014

November 10th, 2014

FKA Twigs - Terminal 5 - November 8, 2014

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Jenny Lewis Entertainingly Shows Depth at Terminal 5

November 6th, 2014

Jenny Lewis – Terminal 5 – November 5, 2014

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(Photo: Eddie Bruiser)

In the years since Jenny Lewis’s band Rilo Kiley broke up, she has become a bona fide solo artist, honing and sharpening her songwriting skills and delivering her lyrics with a signature hint of twang and melancholy. In support of The Voyager, Lewis’s latest solo record, last night the artist treated a sold-out Terminal 5 to a lively, rainbow-hued evening of material from the album, complete with crowd-pleasing detours down memory lane to some Rilo Kiley favorites.

As an onstage presence, Lewis is confident and eminently jovial—strutting and posturing playfully during “Just One of the Guys” and “The Next Messiah,” and regaling the crowd with a comedic story that inspired to the vacation-gone-awry song “Aloha & the Three Johns.” Lewis’s fun-loving stage persona during these moments was an interesting counterpoint to the themes within much of her musical output over the years—songs that explore a cynical or wistful take on love and marriage, personal insecurities and perceived failures. The inner life that emerged in these songs added a layer of depth and intrigue to the stage show’s cheerful pop veneer while also providing a nice hint of irony during certain moments, particularly when large colorful balloons cascaded down on the crowd like giant gumballs as Lewis sang “Love U Forever,” a song with subtext far bleaker
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Lewis closed out the night with The Voyager’s “She’s Not Me,” a completely catchy breakup song with an easy-listening vibe that nonetheless simmers with a certain sadness on the album. Yet when Lewis performed the number last night, smiling and dancing with her band, it felt much more empowering, almost triumphant—another example of the performer’s many understated complexities. —Alena Kastin

(Jenny Lewis plays the Space at Westbury tonight.)

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Top Gun, Halloween Leftovers and Rock’s Goofiest Rocker

November 5th, 2014

Mac DeMarco – Terminal 5 – November 4, 2014

Mac DeMarco - Terminal 5 - November 4, 2014
Mac DeMarco is one charismatic, goofy fella. Give it a year or so and the gap-toothed rocker from Bed-Stuy by way of Canada will probably have his own show on Vice or something, and lots of people will say, “I definitely saw that coming.” The cheers began at Terminal 5 last night as soon as he came out to set up the stage, getting his equipment together alongside some skeletons and Egyptian sarcophagi. There was either an after-holiday deal at a Halloween pop-up store or DeMarco just can’t bring himself to let go of the holiday. First he tried to walk around the stage unnoticed and shush the crowd, but the already packed venue was going nuts, shifting as one giant blob from left to right.

As inconspicuously as they could, the band climbed onto the Egyptian-themed stage, dimmed the lights, accompanied by the anthem from Top Gun, and popped back out of the sarcophagi, to the surprise of no one. DeMarco yelled, “Hey, guys, that cost us hundreds of dollars!” as the band jumped into “Salad Days.” Don’t let the second-rate theatrics mislead, the main event was definitely the music. In a relatively short amount of time, DeMarco’s put out three great albums of seemingly effortless catchy and jangly rock, each better than the one before. The songs check off just about everything that makes rock music fun in a live setting: relatively lighthearted, easy to sing along to, even easier to mindlessly groove along to with tasteful smatterings of perfectly catchy rock riffs.

“Cooking Up Something Good,” “Let Her Go,” “Ode to Viceroy,” “My Kind of Woman” all carried with them easy rockin’ vibes, with just a taste of some unexpected little jams, adding flavor to the songs like a dash of curry. As DeMarco tuned his guitar between songs, his bassist, Pierce McGarry, jumped into impromptu covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and Sisqó’s “Thong Song.” Their set ended with DeMarco jumping into the crowd, surfing all the way to the back of the venue, climbing up one of the columns to the second floor, dropping back down into the audience and getting carried back to the stage. Rock and roll! The band didn’t seem set on doing an encore, but when the sold-out crowd asked for it, they kicked off one in the best way possible, with DeMarco telling the crowd, “You guys are going to hate this” before launching into an extended (more than 10 minutes) rock out on the Top Gun theme. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Gesaffelstein Brings His Dance Party to Terminal 5 Tomorrow

November 5th, 2014

While much of the Paris techno scene revolves around upbeat dubstep, Mike Lévy—who records and performs under the name Gesaffelstein (a combination of Gesamtkunstwerk and Einstein)—mines a darker, more dissonant industrial territory while still driving people to the dance floor. Lévy is busy working as a DJ and producer. He’s remixed and worked with big names like Lana Del Rey and Kanye West, producing two Yeezus tracks, including its first single, “Black Skinhead.” His debut full-length, Aleph (stream it below), came out last year to plenty of love from critics and fans alike. Consequence of Sound called him “a noted producer on the frontline of reinstating the timeless techno sound.” And furthermore: “During his live sets, France’s Gesaffelstein isn’t afraid to throw down a techno banger, but across his 14-track Aleph LP, there is a steadfast focus on infusing dance-floor chaos with hushed melodies, soul-piercing vocals and isolated, minimal basslines.” And before he returns to Europe, Gesaffelstein (above, his video for “Hate or Glory”) plays Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Local duo Fixed (JDH and Dave P) open the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See FKA Twigs on 11/8

November 4th, 2014

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FKA Twigs’ show at Terminal 5 on Saturday night is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you got shut out originally, 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 (FKA Twigs, 11/8) and a brief message explaining your favorite thing about November. Eddie Bruiser, a stuffing fan, will notify the winner by Friday.

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