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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.


See Breton at The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

September 6th, 2012

Electro-rockers Breton got started as a multimedia artist collective, making films, remixing the likes of Tricky and the Temper Trap, and playing music out of their headquarters, a repurposed bank dubbed Breton Labs (presumably named after André Breton). But when their music got plenty of positive feedback, the five-piece began to take it even more seriously, recording and releasing several EPs, which eventually led to a trip to Sigur Rós’ studio, Sundlaugin, in Iceland to record their debut LP, Other People’s Problems. The self-produced album has elements of pop, electronica and hip-hop, and BBC Music says it “deserves to take them to a new height of recognition: It’s a superbly accessible set, and distinctive of design too.” Along with the Big Sleep and Ambassadors, Breton (above, doing “Edward the Confessor”) play The Bowery Ballroom tonight.


The Temper Trap Opens New Eyes

June 6th, 2012

The Temper Trap – Terminal 5 – June 5, 2012

To be honest with you, aside from “Sweet Disposition” and the exposure it got from the movie 500 Days of Summer, I knew very little going into the Temper Trap’s show last night at Terminal 5. So when they ripped into their first song with booming drums and upbeat, dance-y rock it was a bit of a surprise. The Australian band kept adding things to the mix with each song, showing off their three-part vocals during a synth-heavy “Need Your Love” and five-part vocals during the cleaner guitar of “Love Lost,” the first of many songs for which the crowd became screamingly happy. Those in the sold-out room had all eyes on the band throughout the hour-long set, up through a loud finale that preceded a sweet encore, which included the powder keg of a song “Soldier On,” another surprisingly bombastic track. And after the off-balance waltz of “I’m Gonna Wait,” the band thanked the crowd and closed with, of course, “Sweet Disposition.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the Temper Trap on 3/30

March 27th, 2012


The Temper Trap has a new album coming out in May, but the band isn’t waiting that long to come play here. No, the Australian quintet plays three sold-out New York City shows this week. And if you don’t have tickets but would still like to see them, you might just be in luck because The House List is giving away two to Friday’s show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. So 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 (the Temper Trap, 3/30) and a brief message explaining your plans for spring. Eddie Bruiser, who prefers anything to winter, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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The Temper Trap – The Wellmont Theatre – September 30, 2010

October 1st, 2010

The Temper Trap - The Wellmont Theatre - September 30, 2010

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


Portugal. The Man: Strange Name, Great Sound

October 26th, 2009

Portugal. The Man – The Bowery Ballroom – October 23, 2009

(Photo: Emily Ibarra)

(Photo: Emily Ibarra)

Following a set of ebullient guitar rock by the Temper Trap, the oddly punctuated Portugal. The Man took the stage as Friday’s headliner at The Bowery Ballroom. The band is led by perhaps the second most well known denizen of Wasilla, Alaska, John Gourley, who plays a big-bodied guitar and sings in a high-pitched voice that could be the love child of Neil Young’s pipes and those of Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay.

Sometimes Miles Davis would perform with his back to the audience. And like a lazy Miles Davis, frontman Gourley oddly spent most of the show with his side to the crowd. Fortunately, like with Davis, it didn’t affect his performance in the slightest. Portugal. The Man’s albums all have different sounds, but their fourth studio effort, The Satanic Satanist, out last July, has earned the band plenty of well-deserved attention. So it was no surprise that much of their set highlighted songs from that disc, including “People Say” (with the crowd singing along), “The Sun,” “Do You” and “Mornings.”

Portugal. The Man—at times accompanied by Judy the fiddler— played plenty of upbeat songs, but they can just as easily go darker. Backed by trippy lights, the band turned jammy and ethereal, with their instrumentals delving into the wide psychedelic swath between the Doors’ moodiness and the liveliness of Santana. They seem like the kind of band you could see two nights in a row and it wouldn’t feel like the same show. And that’s a good thing. —R. Zizmor


The Temper Trap Ends on a High Note

October 23rd, 2009

The Temper Trap/Mumford & Sons – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 22, 2009

The Temper Trap
The Temper Trap’s lead singer, Chris Mandagi, beckoned the crowd to surge forward. The band was in the middle of an eight-song set at a nearly sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg. It wouldn’t be fair to say the set up to this point was pedestrian, but it certainly wasn’t an elevating artistic moment. The band’s much-licensed smash single, “Sweet Disposition,” tipped the whole evening toward something different. So as Mandagi chanted the lyrics, he beckoned us forward.

An hour earlier, British folk-rock act Mumford & Sons dominated the same stage that Mandagi would later try to crush the crowd against. Rife with banjo, upright bass and full-on four-part harmonies, Mumford & Sons is the first band to ever move this many people without a drummer. The crowd knew the lyrics though the band would later joke that their album isn’t out yet in the States. The implication was clear (you stole our album) but the accusation was invisible (still, thanks for singing along). They closed with a new song, “Whispers in the Dark,” featuring the closing line, “let’s live while we’re still young.” There isn’t anything better to tell a room full of people who are mortgaging sleep and jobs for the sake of a music festival.

Slipped back in medias res and the Temper Trap crushed their final four songs following “Sweet Disposition.” Closing with “Science of Fear,” Mandagi did his best vocal clown car, with a surprising amount of material coming out of a seemingly tiny vessel. As the song closed, he turned to his band let the mike thud to the floor. The Temper Trap urged us forward and then retreated in kind. We were left to live while we were young. And that’s what we did. —Geoff Nelson