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The Replacements – Forest Hills Stadium – September 19, 2014

September 22nd, 2014

The Replacements - Forest Hills Stadium - September 19, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Spend the Last Friday of Summer with the Replacements

September 17th, 2014

Bob Stinson (guitar), his brother Tommy Stinson (bass) and Chris Mars (drums) were already in a garage-punk outfit when Paul Westerberg (guitar and vocals) joined the band in 1979. The quartet changed their name to the Replacements since under the previous name, the Impediments, they’d been banned from some local Minneapolis clubs, thanks to rowdy behavior. Initially they were compared to another Twin Cities band, Hüsker Dü. But as the Replacements became increasingly known for their wild (drunken?) live performances— and as their sound drifted from punk to jangly alternative rock, including elements of pop and folk—they made a name for themselves, unquestionably emerging as one of the most influential, trailblazing bands of the ’80s, thanks in large part to their energetic live shows and the seven terrific albums they released between 1981 and 1990: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (stream it below), Hootenanny (stream it below), Let It Be (stream it below), Tim (stream it below), Pleased to Meet You (stream it below), Don’t Tell a Soul (stream it below) and All Shook Down (stream it below). But eventually things began to go off the rails. They were banned from Saturday Night Live in 1986, and Bob Stinson left the group later that year (and died in 1995). Mars departed in 1990, and then the Replacements closed up shop in the summer of 1991. And that’s where the story would have ended, except that seemingly out of nowhere, Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, joined by other musicians, played six shows last year. Buoyed by the response, they’ve teamed up with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan to play several shows this year, including Coachella and Boston Calling. And on the heels of triumphantly playing their first hometown show in 23 years, which Billboard called “an absolutely stellar performance from start to finish,” they Replacements (above, performing “Alex Chilton” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) are coming to New York City to play Forest Hills Stadium on Friday night with a pair of like-minded, don’t-miss bands, the Hold Steady and Deer Tick. It’s the last Friday of summer, and this is one not to skip.

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The Best Summer Festival Starts Tomorrow Night

September 4th, 2014

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While it might seem like summer ended on Labor Day, not only does it last nearly another three weeks, but also the summer festival with the best lineup kicks off tomorrow night in Boston. That’s right: Boston Calling is back, and how. On Friday night, things get started with the National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands. And then the rest of the weekend is absolutely packed with Lorde, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the Hold Steady, Bleachers, Sky Ferreira, S. Carey and Clifflight on Saturday. Plus Sunday brings something for everyone with Nas, the Roots, the Replacements, Spoon, the 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, the War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentlemen Hall. So do yourself a favor and ship up to Boston this weekend.

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The Whigs Return to New York City Tomorrow Night

September 2nd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Hit Me” on Late Show with David Letterman) have remained busy, touring—alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady—and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), came out in April. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” And now the Whigs are about to hit the road again, kicking off a cross-country tour tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. Psych-pop trio Brass Bed and Brooklyn garage-soul duo Winstons open the show.

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Boston Calling: Summer Starts Tonight

May 23rd, 2014

Summer this year officially lasts from 6/21 to 9/21, but the summer season runs differently, bracketed by two fantastic Boston Calling festivals—over Memorial Day weekend and the weekend after Labor Day. This Saturday and Sunday are already sold out, but the good news is that this year Boston Calling packs in even more music and kicks off a night earlier, with a full-on folk attack beginning tonight at 6 p.m. with Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Cass McCombs.

And as things begin winding down at beaches across the land, Boston Calling returns with another fantastic three days and nights of nonstop music in early September: the National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands on 9/5, Lorde, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the Hold Steady, Bleachers, Skey Ferreira, S. Carey and Clifflight on 9/6, and Nas, the Roots, the Replacements, Spoon, the 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, the War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentlemen Hall on 9/7.

(Take a look at last year’s inaugural Boston Calling, above.)

 

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The Whigs Play The Bowery Ballroom in Support of New Album

April 23rd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Waiting” for PromoWest Live) have remained busy, touring— alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady— and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), was just released. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” Now out on the road in support of the new tunes, the Whigs play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Nikki Lane and Streets of Laredo open the show.

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Two Great Weekend Shows with the Gaslight Anthem on the Water

July 25th, 2013

Jersey anthem rockers the Gaslight Anthem first broke through with The ’59 Sound, in 2008, winning over fans and critics alike. It’s not often a band gets compared to Bruce Springsteen, the Bouncing Souls and Wilson Pickett—and even Pitchfork liked the LP! But the praise was just and the album took the band across the world, where they shared the stage with Jersey Shore hero Springsteen at Glastonbury. But despite finding early success, the Gaslight Anthem (above, doing “45” on Late Show with David Letterman and, below, covering Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” for Sirius) haven’t relied on the same old thing, instead, changing their sound from album to album. They followed the punk- influenced The ’59 Sound with the roots-y American Slang. And last year they put out Handwritten (stream it below), striking a delicate balance between the two. But regardless of the material, the band remains known for high-energy shows with stage presence to spare. And they’ve got two great shows this weekend at picturesque Hudson River Park Pier 26, tomorrow with the Bouncing Souls and again on Sunday with the Hold Steady.

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The Specials Kick Off Eight Great Shows at Hudson River Park Pier 26

July 17th, 2013

By next summer Hudson River Park Pier 26, at North Moore Street in Tribeca, will be the home to an array of worthwhile things, like a restaurant, a boathouse and a dog run, but this summer Pier 26 hosts eight great outdoor shows, beginning tonight with the Specials (above, playing “Gangsters” at Glastonbury) and Little Hurricane. Fun. and Tegan and Sara follow next week with a pair of sold-out shows on Monday and Tuesday, and the Gaslight Anthem make two appearances, too—on 7/26 with the Bouncing Souls and 7/28 with the Hold Steady. OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill take the stage on 8/10, and Passion Pit play on 9/6 and 9/7 (on sale Friday at noon). But it’s not only about the music. There will also be wine, exclusively from City Winery, and beer and food available on-site. Fight hot nights with cool music. Get outside!

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Ring in the New Year with The Bowery Presents

December 31st, 2012

Nights like New Year’s Eve can be overwhelming because of the pressure to have fun—not necessarily on you but on those who don’t go out often but will for big occasions. In other words, it can be amateur night. So instead of paying a cover to go to an annoying, overcrowded bar, do yourself a favor and go to one of our shows. Punch Brothers at The Bowery Ballroom and the Felice Brothers at Mercury Lounge are both sold out. But we’ve still got several great options for you: If you’re looking for a fantastic double bill of rowdy rock, head directly to The Wellmont Theatre to see the Hold Steady (above, doing “Rock Problems” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) and Lucero. Of course, if you’d rather spend the rest of 2012 rocking out in Brooklyn, you can do that with NYC’s They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg. But then you might be looking to cut loose with a different kind of music. At Terminal 5, in addition to doing their own songs, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra (below, playing “The Killing Type”) will be playing all of Prince’s Purple Rain. And at the Capitol Theatre, the Funky Meters and Dumpstaphunk will have you dancing along to their funky NOLA R&B.

Exclusive Video: Hold Steady’s Craig Finn Plays Unreleased Song

August 20th, 2012

As the frontman for the Hold Steady, Craig Finn is known for evocative lyrics and unhinged live performances. And when the band took a break last year, he used the time “to do something with a little more storytelling and a lot less volume.” The result was his first solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, which is filled with what Rolling Stone calls “bleakly funny noir tales.” Here, Finn plays a stripped-down version of the B-side “Meserole” while strolling along McGorlick Park in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

Finn also talked about how touring can be a songwriting catalyst, editing his work and no longer waiting for inspiration. Watch the interview.

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Double Down with Fang Island

July 20th, 2012


With a new album, the aptly titled Major, out next week, Brooklyn trio (by way of Providence, R.I.) Fang Island—guitarists Jason Bartell and Chris Georges and drummer Marc St. Sauveur—embarks on big tour a with bookend dates in NYC. Fang Island (above, doing “Daisy” for InSound Studio Sessions) brings warm harmonies and riff-heavy, energetic guitar rock to The Bowery Ballroom tonight before crisscrossing the country and then returning to close out the tour in style at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/30. Stream the terrific new disc here and then go see these guys play live. You’ll be happy you did.

Sweet Concert Footage of the Hold Steady

April 13th, 2011


Last Friday’s show at Terminal 5 was a blast. And to celebrate, the Hold Steady has offered their fans a special treat. Visit facebook.com/heineken to check out an exclusive Heineken concert film, including behind-the-scenes action, interviews and amazing HD footage from a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Get a sneak peak above.

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A Night of Revelry

April 11th, 2011

The Hold Steady – Terminal 5 – April 8, 2011

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Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn knows how to deliver a line—all of them, in fact. Before a sold-out Terminal 5 crowd on Friday night, he paced the stage, full of emphatic gestures and facial expressions. Seeming more like a seasoned storyteller on the next barstool than a rock singer on a raised stage, Finn managed to make the show feel intensely intimate. All of the Hold Steady’s albums are akin to books of atmospheric short stories. They’re filled with intricate details, conflicted protagonists, unfulfilled desires and desperate debauchery. Backed by wailing guitar lines, Finn pulls you into the gritty realism contained within the world of the songs. As such, it’s not unlikely to feel pangs of nostalgia or moments of catharsis as you identify with the tales of the Hold Steady’s cast of damaged characters.

But of course, a Hold Steady show is not all about introspection and allegory. For most fans, it’s simply a party. After the moody opening number, “Both Crosses,” the group ripped into the first bars of “Stuck Between Stations,” and in the audience, half-full plastic cups began shooting into the air, droplets of beer cascading down, as if to mark the start of the impending drunken, celebratory night. As per usual, the band did a fine job of fostering the festivities and played a range of material from their latest record, Heaven Is Whenever (“Rock Problems,” “The Weekenders,” “Hurricane J”), as well as songs from the remainder of their catalog (“Sequestered in Memphis,” “How a Resurrection Really Feels,” “Southtown Girls,” “Killer Parties”).

With all the stories woven into the songs throughout the night, perhaps the most inspiring of all was Finn’s own tale, relayed in a heartfelt speech toward the end of the night. In the middle of “Your Little Hoodrat Friend,” the singer paused to say, “When I turned 30, I worked in an office. And I was fucking bored. And I thought, ‘I want to be in a rock and roll band.’ I was 31 when we played out first show. The next time I see some of you, I’m gonna be 40. I hope the next decade is as good as this one.” As the crowd cheered, the band readied to play the final verse of the song and Finn concluded: “I want to thank you guys for being a part of it.” —Alena Kastin

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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The Hold Steady – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 31, 2011

February 1st, 2011

Hold Steady - Music Hall of Williamsburg - January 31, 2011


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the Hold Steady on 1/31

January 28th, 2011

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When we announced that the Hold Steady would play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday and Monday, the shows, as you can imagine, sold out very quickly. But if you got shut out from getting tickets, you’ve got another chance because The House List is giving away two of them to Monday’s show. Want to try to Grow a Pair? Then fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Hold Steady, 1/31) and a brief message explaining why brown liquor and the Hold Steady go so well together. Eddie Bruiser, who wouldn’t think of missing either show, will notify the winner on Monday. Good luck.

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