Tag Archives: Track + Field

Exclusive Video: Diamond Rings Goes Acoustic

July 11th, 2013

When the post-punk quartet the D’Urbervilles took a break in 2008, singer-guitarist John O’Regan began working on the solo project Diamond Rings. And even though he became known for channeling the glam androgyny of David Bowie and Annie Lennox, the raw but hook-laden synth-pop of his 2010 album, Special Affections, spoke for itself. Diamond Rings returned last year with a bigger and bolder follow-up, Free Dimensional. But it’s still his songwriting that shines through, even when stripped of all the trappings of modern pop, never more apparent than in this take on “All the Time” in a SoHo apartment.

You can see Diamond Rings in person when he opens for OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) next Wednesday at Terminal 5. And for even more John O, watch his acoustic performance of “Put Me On” and check out his wide-ranging interview about his first solo song, his first musical memory and plenty more.

The Joy Formidable Go Acoustic in an East Village Hotel Room

April 9th, 2013

(Go see the Joy Formidable play Webster Hall on 4/18.)

Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable found international acclaim—and some rock star love from Dave Grohl—with their ethereal debut full-length, The Big Roar. And while busy touring the world in support of it, they still managed to find time to work on its follow-up, the recently released Wolf’s Law. No sophomore slump here. In fact, The Guardian says, “This is one for speakers, not headphones, a great dense whoosh of music that makes you feel like the bloke in the old Maxell tapes advert.” That even remains true in this stripped-down, emotional, acoustic version of one of the LP’s singles, “Silent Treatment,” done in an East Village hotel room.

In a room at the Bowery Hotel, the Joy Formidable’s singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd discuss writing all the time, personal turbulence and the differences between their previous album and their newest release, out now on Canvasback/Atlantic Records. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/146KIOO. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews.

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Local Favorites Caveman Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

April 9th, 2013

Caveman—Jeff Berrall (bass), Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar), Sam Hopkins (guitar), Matthew Iwanusa (vocals and guitar) and Stefan Marolachkis (drums)—received a tidal wave of buzz with the release of their debut LP, the guitar-filled CoCo Beware, in 2011. Their live shows, filled with layered harmonies, tribal drums, a double dose of distortion and hazy guitar feedback, also earned the Brooklyn band notice, including from The Bowery Presents Live, which hosted them for a Track + Field session, playing an acoustic version of “My Room,” above, and an interview. Since then Caveman have gone on to record a second album, an equally well received self-titled affair (stream it below), which Filter says is “both more refined and more expansive” than CoCo Beware. The five-piece also continues to grow as a live band, which you can see firsthand when Caveman play Webster Hall tomorrow night.

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With a Brand New Album, Ex Cops Play Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

February 14th, 2013

Ex Cops began when former Hymns frontman Brian Harding (vocals, keys and guitar) moved in with Dan Shapiro, a recent music-school graduate interested in producing. They originally put out an EP, White Women, filled with sunny music and a lo-fi sound. And then the band began to grow, with Amalie Bruun adding another voice and then more additions: Sam Bair on drums, Leif Huckman on bass and Kai Kennedy on guitar. A few weeks ago, Ex Cops (above, playing “Millionaire” for their Track + Field session for The Bowery Presents Live) finally released their debut LP, the dream-pop-filled True Hallucinations. Check them out discussing making music and why sometimes trying isn’t the best policy, and then go see them play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

(Amalie Bruun opens for the Friendly Echo tonight at Mercury Lounge.)

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A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument

February 8th, 2013

The Bowery Presents and production partner Show Cobra are proud to support the theatrical run of A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument. The film, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, is directed by Matt Boyd and it tells the tale of Walter Baker, an eccentric multi-instrumentalist struggling to create art and make ends meet while raising a son with his third wife, in Brooklyn. And tonight, the documentary begins a weeklong run at Dumbo’s reRun Theater (http://rubberband.eventbrite.com), presented by the IFP and Factory 25. Screenings will include music by Baker and some of the Track + Field sessions Matt directed for The Bowery Presents Live, like Alt-J, Metric, Daughter, Little Green Cars, Virgin Forest and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Little Green Cars Are a Band on the Verge

January 18th, 2013

Little Green Cars make lively folk rock heavy on the harmonies. Their debut album, Absolute Zero, arrives in March via Glassnote Records, home to Mumford & Sons and Two Door Cinema Club. And with this soaring a cappella rendition of “Red” at the Tibet House in Chelsea, it’s clear the Dublin five-piece is poised for bigger things.

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. See them perform “The Consequences of Not Sleeping”: http://tbp.im/VQWfrO.

And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows, like Ra Ra Riot next Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

(Little Green Cars play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/26.)

 

Exclusive Video: Ivan & Alyosha Perform in a Hat Shop

January 16th, 2013

Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary originally teamed up as a duo in 2007, making feel-good folk music and taking the name Ivan & Alyosha from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamzov. Since then, the band has become a quartet, and, according to NPR, their music is filled with “Beatles-esque harmonies and infectious guitar hooks.” And while they may hail from rain-soaked Seattle, their sunny California vocals shine through in this acoustic version of “Be Your Man” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

While trying on hats at Victor Osborne’s on the Lower East Side, the guys in Ivan & Alyosha discuss the band’s name, spirituality in their music and how they collaborate. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/13DAlix. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows, like Ra Ra Riot next Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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: 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.)

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.)

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.

Exclusive Video: Another Unplugged Gem from Metric

September 11th, 2012

Metric’s newest album, Synthetica, deftly blends New Wave with synth pop, and it’s comprised of songs that would be at home in any size venue, from Radio City Music Hall, where you can see them on 9/23, to a room at the Bowery Hotel, where, using just a guitar and a great voice, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw did this elegant, stripped-down version of “Synthetica,” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more Track + Field performances like this one, and all the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming concerts, including Bon Iver live from Radio City Music Hall on 9/21.