Tag Archives: Tom Petty

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The Men Celebrate a New Album Tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom

March 4th, 2014

They began making punk(-ish) music back in 2008, but with the release of New Moon (stream it below), last March, the Men moved in a different sonic direction: still tapping into feedback and distortion, but doing so over more classic-rock sounds, or what Allmusic calls “creating a sound akin to Dinosaur Jr. on a serious Tom Petty kick.” But that was 12 whole months ago, an eternity to a prolific group like this Brooklyn five-piece. So, naturally, they return with the ambitious Tomorrow’s Hits (stream it below), their fifth album in five years, out today. This time, according to Rolling Stone, “the band reinvent themselves yet again as a slamming blue-eyed soul group.” “We had been kickin’ the horns idea around for a little while,” singer-guitarist Mark Perro told the magazine, “thinking about Fun House by the Stooges, Exile on Main Street by the Stones and all those old classics Stax and Motown records.” Band members—Perro, singer-guitarist Nick Chiericozzi, guitarist Kevin Faulkner, bassist Ben Greenberg and drummer Rich Samis— share singing duties, and while performing live, the guys in the Men (above, playing “Settle Me Down” for KEXP FM) occasionally get lost in a solo, with their back to the crowd, but it doesn’t mean they’ve lost focus. Instead, they’re just caught up in the music. Get caught up in the music yourself when the Men celebrate their new album tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom.

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The Men Play Music Hall of Williamsburg Tonight

November 5th, 2013

They began making punk(-ish) music back in 2008, but with the release of New Moon (stream it below), their fourth full-length in as many years, in March, the Men have moved in a different sonic direction: still tapping into feedback and distortion, but doing so over more classic-rock sounds—or what Allmusic calls “creating a sound akin to Dinosaur Jr. on a serious Tom Petty kick.” Band members share singing duties, and while performing live, the guys in the Men (above, playing “Jennifer” for KEXP FM) occasionally get lost in a solo, with their back to the crowd, but it doesn’t mean they’ve lost focus. Instead, they’re just caught up in the music. And you’ll be, too, tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And while you’re at it, make sure you arrive early enough to catch Purling Hiss and Pampers.

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Two Big Local Bands Take the Stage at Barclays Center

September 19th, 2013

Earlier this year, art-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs—frontwoman Karen O, drummer Brian Chase and guitarist Nick Zinner—released their fourth full-length, Mosquito (stream it below). The album includes production work from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek among others, and in praising it, the A.V. Club says the album “takes a much more open-ended, and less studied, approach to Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ electric eccentricity.” Of course, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (above, performing “Sacrilege” on Late Show with David Letterman) are most known for the fiery live performances, and you can see these hometown musical heroes tonight at Barclays Center. But do yourself a favor and get there early enough to see Har Mar Superstar.

Another big local band, Vampire Weekend—college buddies Ezra Koenig (vocals and guitar), Chris Baio (bass and vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (keys and vocals) and Chris Tomson (drums)—also put out an acclaimed new album this year, Modern Vampires of the City (stream it below). The band’s much-praised third LP is a bit of a departure, abandoning the post-college themes of their previous work, but gaining plaudits in the process, with Rolling Stone winningly comparing the quartet’s new tunes to Paul Simon and Tom Petty. But, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend (above, doing “Diane Young” on Saturday Night Live) are best experienced live. And alongside Solange and Sky Ferreira, they play Barclays Center tomorrow night.

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Morning Teleportation and Desert Noises Together at Mercury Lounge

August 9th, 2013

Tiger Merritt (vocals and guitar), Tres Coker (drums), Travis Goodwin (keyboards) and Paul Wilkerson (bass) met in Bowling Green, Ken., and formed Morning Teleportation. The psychedelic four-piece, with the “combined energy of a basement party, a back-room jam session and a futuristic hootenanny,” recorded their debut album, Expanding Anyway (stream it below) over 12 days in Modest Mouse frontman Issac Brock’s home studio. The result, according to Consequence of Sound, is “driving four-on-the-floor beats, a glimmering polyphonic mix of synthesizer and electric guitar lines and a variety of crazed, Coltrane-esque guitar solos or trumpet lines.” But their album is just a start because Morning Teleportation (above, playing “Salivating for Symbiosis” for Audiotree) are quickly becoming known for their high-energy live shows.

Another four-pack of friends—Kyle Henderson (vocals and guitar), Brennan Allen (guitar), Patrick Boyer (drums) and Tyler Osmond (bass)—formed Desert Noises. You can pick up some of the Orem, Utah, outfit’s influences in their music, which is kind of a folkie Americana (think: Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac) with some unpredictable twist and turns (think: Tame Impala). Thanks to an intense touring schedule, Desert Noises (above, performing “27 Ways”) built a loyal following even before their first LP, the melodious Mountain See (stream it below) came out in late 2011. They’re currently working on their second release, but you can see Desert Noises alongside Morning Teleportation tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.

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Lose Your Inhibitions Tomorrow Night with Nude Beach

January 17th, 2013

Singer-guitarist Chuck Betz, drummer-singer Ryan Naideau and bassist Jimmy Shelton all grew up on Long Island’s North Shore, but they began playing music together in Brooklyn. At first it was “just a really fun way to get together on the weekends and get drunk and play music,” said Naideau. But it eventually became something more. In 2008 the power-pop trio took the name Nude Beach and began making rock music in the vein of Tom Petty, the Replacements and Elvis Costello, or as Consequence of Sound puts it: “Nude Beach echoes the past without drooling in the rearview mirror.” This becomes totally clear upon listening to last year’s II (stream it below) just once. Check out Nude Beach, above, doing “Walkin’ Down My Street,” and then do yourself a favor and go see them play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.

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Cut Loose with the Music of Tom Petty Tonight at Webster Hall

October 24th, 2012

You know who has a million great songs you probably already know by heart? Tom Petty. The guy’s a legendary hitmaker who’s been making music to raucously sing along to since 1976. Blues, roots, rock, country. You name it, he’s done it. And tonight at Webster Hall, the Cabin Down Below Band—the same guys behind Dylan Fest and Stones Fest—are having a party to celebrate his music. And they won’t go it alone. Far from it! Expect guests galore, like Father John Misty, Andrew W.K., Justin Townes Earle, Delta Spirit, Karen Elson, Ryan Miller of Guster, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Caveman, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross and lots, lots more. As an added bonus, 100 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Musicians Cancer Fund. And a word of advice: You might want to take a sick day tomorrow.