Tag Archives: The Bowery Presents Live

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Bloc Party Play The Wellmont Theatre Tonight

January 11th, 2013

Four years after the release of their previous album, Intimacy, which The Guardian called “brave, individual and heartfelt,” Bloc Party put out their fourth album, the aptly named Four (stream it below), this past summer. The decade-old British quartet—Kele Okereke (vocals and guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass and synth) and Matt Tong (drums)—celebrated the guitar-centric LP’s release with an August show at Terminal 5 that also streamed live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube. And now Bloc Party (above, performing “Helicopter”) are back in town again. See them play The Wellmont Theatre tonight.

(Watch eight songs from Bloc Party’s Terminal 5 show that streamed live on The Bowery Presents Live.)

 

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Brooklyn’s Hospitality Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

January 10th, 2013

Vocalist and guitarist Amber Papini, bassist Brian Betancourt and percussionist Nathan Michel began making music as Hospitality in 2007. A self-released EP earned the Brooklyn trio some worthy attention. But they proved to have an even fuller sound on last year’s self-titled LP (stream it below), filled with enough rich melodies and jangly guitars to help balance the line between happy and melancholic music. Check them out, above, playing “The Birthday” in a restaurant-supply store exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube and then watch them discuss why music is necessary for Hospitality before you see them live, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.

Ra Ra Riot to Stream Live from Music Hall of Wiliamsburg on 1/22

January 3rd, 2013

Ra Ra Riot unveil a special version of a brand new track off Beta Love, their new album, due 1/ 22 on Barsuk Records, recorded in their Brooklyn rehearsal space. The band will celebrate the album’s release that night with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which will also stream live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

(Ra Ra Riot also play Webster Hall on 1/25.)

Exclusive Video: Jonny Fritz Walks the Streets

December 14th, 2012

Jonny Fritz—formerly Jonny Corndawg—was destined to become a country singer. Growing up in rural Virginia, he developed a clever sense of humor and the ability to be crass without being insulting. As a result, his music is more outlaw country, in the vein of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and David Allan Coe, a distant cousin. The Oxford American calls his 2011 release, Down on the Bikini Line, a “mix of plucky guitars, clean drumming and honky-tonk humor that he’s perfected in live performances.” And while walking along Houston Street, he performs one of its songs, “Chevy Beretta,” with Josh Hedley, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

Fritz also talked to us about how country music flows from the South and that he writes that kind of music as a result of always listening to it. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/SVv9C1. Check out his performance of “Ain’t It Your Birthday”: http://tbp.im/TPuhMP. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

 

Exclusive Video: Guards Live from Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 10th, 2012

New York City psych-rockers Guards, led by frontman Richie James Follin, are poised for a breakout in 2013 thanks to their sunny, reverb-heavy rock tunes. “I definitely think it’s power pop,” Follin says. “’70s music, but kind of more evil.” The band’s debut full-length, In Guards We Trust (see its artwork and track listing below), arrives via Black Bell Records on February 5th, and we had the opportunity to capture their set back in September, when they supported Two Door Cinema Club at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Here’s the album’s lead single, “Silver Lining.”

Subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see cool performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Track Listing

Nightmare
Giving Out
Ready to Go
Silver Lining
Heard the News
Not Supposed To
I Know It’s You
Coming True
Your Man
Can’t Repair
Home Free
1&1

Exclusive Video: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in a Bed-Stuy Apartment

December 7th, 2012

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah burst onto the scene in 2005, unsigned, riding plaudits from music sites and garnering big-time comparisons to the Talking Heads and Television. The quintet dropped their third LP, Hysterical, in 2011, and while the five-piece has since become a two-piece, here, the original lineup does a quiet but soaring version of the gorgeous “In a Motel” in an apartment in Bed-Stuy, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah also spoke to us about records being documents of where people are at any given time, Tom Waits and how music is necessary. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/VAjpb4. See the band play “Misspent Youth”: http://tbp.im/VqBBhi. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Exclusive Video: A Second Track + Field Session with Alt-J

December 3rd, 2012

Joe Newman (vocals and guitar), Thom Green (drums), Gwil Sainsbury (guitar and bass) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys) met just five years ago while attending Leeds University. But in the short time since, their band, Alt-J, has earned heady comparisons to the likes of Coldplay and Hot Chip. But since their debut LP, An Awesome Wave, and its soaring folk-influenced dub music recently won the prestigious Mercury Prize as the year’s best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland, other bands will now be compared to Alt-J. And in a New York City button shop they perform “Matilda,” one of the album’s lead singles, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

While riding around in a van, the quartet discuss listening to Spice Girls, Eurythmics and Paul Simon as kids, who got them into music and how their band’s formative moments happened in a college laundry room. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/QuNe7J. Check out their performance of “Ripe & Ruin”: http://tbp.im/SzRvr7. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(Alt-J announced a North American tour, which will bring them to Webster Hall on 3/22.)

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Exclusive Video: The Whigs in a Mural Shop

November 28th, 2012

The Whigs—frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio and bassist Timothy Deaux—have been making swaggering rock and roll together since meeting in college in Athens, Ga., a decade ago. Their recently released fourth album, Enjoy the Company, is a rousing ode to rock music. And even while playing a stripped-down version of one its songs, “Rock and Roll Forever,” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube, the upbeat energy still shines through.

And in a mural-painting shop in Brooklyn, the group’s three members talk about self-defining as musicians, owning their reputation as a raucous live band and making a “record that you put on and it makes you feel all right.” Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/TrWFaW. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate interviews and cool performances like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Exclusive Video: School of Seven Bells in a Model Shop

November 26th, 2012

School of Seven Bells’ third album, Ghostory, which BBC Music calls “staggeringly beautiful,” oozes with confident yet minimalist arrangements, crafted by singer Alejandra Deheza and guitarist-producer Benjamin Curtis, now a duo (in the studio, at least) following the departure of Deheza’s twin sister, Claudia. Here, with a little help, they play “Scavenger” surrounded by mannequins in an NYC model-form shop, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Deheza and Curtis found liberation in the new lineup, and that adventurousness permeates Ghostory. The two discuss their collaborative spirit in the studio and the artistic statement they were trying to make. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/V8M1YI. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(School of Seven Bells—and Twin Sister—play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday.)

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Of Monsters and Men – Terminal 5 – November 20, 2012

November 21st, 2012


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

(Watch Of Monster and Men’s Track + Field session and check out 10 songs from their live-streamed performance from last spring at Music Hall of Williamsburg.)

Exclusive Video: Of Monsters and Men Rock the Roof of Music Hall

November 20th, 2012

According to Rolling Stone, not only do Of Monsters and Men “make whimsical sound tough,” but they also “put muscle behind their prettiness, turning songs from cute to grand.” And when the Icelandic six-piece came to Brooklyn to have their show streamed live from Music Hall of Williamsburg last spring, vocalists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson hit the venue’s roof to do a quiet, acoustic take on “Love Love Love” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Watch 10 songs from Of Monsters and Men’s live-streamed performance: http://tbp.im/SbPUri. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for lots of intimate performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

(Tonight’s and tomorrow’s Of Monsters and Men shows at Terminal 5 are sold out.)

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.

Exclusive Video: RNDM Perform Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 13th, 2012

While best known as the bassist for Pearl Jam, one of the biggest bands in the world, Jeff Ament has always pursued other musical outlets. So he never forgot about the random meeting he had with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur back in 1999. And when the two finally got together again—this time with drummer Richard Stuverud and Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason—they did so with the intention of making an up-temp rock record, the recently released Acts, under the name RNDM. Watch them perform “What You Can’t Control,” recorded live from Music Hall of Williamsburg exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Check out three more songs from the same set: http://tbp.im/RTy4cg. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to watch more performances and interviews and to get the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Little Green Cars Are Ireland’s Next Big Thing

November 6th, 2012

They’re each just 20 years old, but the five members of Dublin’s Little Green Cars have already been making music together for five years, a brand of folk-tinged rock filled with layered harmonies and stirring melodies. But it’s an urban brand of roots rock, according to The Guardian, “more Brooklyn than Nashville or Texas.” Watch their acoustic version of “The Consequences of Not Sleeping” done exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube. Their debut album will arrive in early 2013 via Glassnote, the label that brought us Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club and the Temper Trap.

In an interview, also filmed at the Tibet House, Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke reminisce about the band’s beginnings, their childhood influences and why writing happy music is a challenge. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/VP1Bnt. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to watch more performances and interviews like these, and the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

Grouplove Will Play Terminal 5, but Planned Live Stream Is Canceled

November 1st, 2012


Friday night’s Grouplove show at Terminal 5 remains on schedule, as planned, but due to Hurricane Sandy’s massive impact on the New York City metro area, we regret to announce the performance will no longer stream live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube. Unfortunately, the staffing and technological infrastructure that’s necessary to produce the live stream cannot be assembled for Friday night’s show, given the severe and necessary restrictions on vehicular traffic and public transportation.

Tonight’s Squarepusher show at Terminal 5 is also going ahead, as planned. Music Hall of Williamsburg is completely open for business, featuring all scheduled shows.

For those planning to attend our venues and concerts in person, please travel safely. And follow @BoweryPresents on Twitter and facebook.com/bowerypresents for the most up-to-date concert info for all upcoming performances.