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Ex-Cult Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday

May 20th, 2014

Led by founding members vocalist Chris Shaw and drummer Michael Peery, Ex-Cult combine ’60s noise rock, ’70s post-punk and ’80s hardcore into their own updated garage-punk sound. The Memphis five-piece (above, playing “Don’t Feel Anything” for Rocket Science Audio) released their Ty Segall–produced debut self-titled album (stream it below) in 2012. According to AllMusic, it sounds “tough, nasty and reckless, just like a good punk band should, but an unholy variety of sounds bubbles beneath the surface of the 12 tunes.” Their follow-up, Midnight Passenger (stream it below), arrived last month. And again AllMusic weighed in with praise, saying the second LP “is leaner, fiercer and decisively to the point” and “if Ex-Cult suggested they were one of the best new punk bands in Memphis, Midnight Passenger demonstrates they’ve moved a few notches up the ladder.” See them play the late show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday night.

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Ty Segall Takes a Seat

August 30th, 2013

Ty Segall – Music Hall of Williamsburg – August 29, 2013


It’s been a quieter-than-usual period for the ever-prolific Ty Segall, in part due to some personal problems that have been the impetus behind his latest release, the more hushed and intimate Sleeper. His set list last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg focused mostly on the new album, filling out the first half of his set with almost every song from it in chronological order. Given his insane musical output, it’s interesting to note what remains the same in his sound as he takes a slight stylistic shift, what falls in the middle of that Venn diagram comparing his past work to his present. The impassioned pleas of his singing voice, the all-too-catchy guitar hooks and that seemingly God-given ability to pump out perfect pop melodies are all still there.

So what’s changed? Well, in the very least, last night, electric guitars were replaced with acoustic ones. The band opted for sitting down, and the drum kit was stripped down to a three-piece set, if used at all. And if you listened carefully, you might notice that Segall’s lyrics were a little more personal and pulled from a much deeper part of that emotional psyche reservoir that’s every great musician’s reliable muse. Those feelings were probably most palpable during the last refrains of “She Don’t Care,” a song likely drawn from a recently fractured relationship with his mother and the death of his adoptive father.

Segall’s second half of the set included a short list of songs that are fast becoming his list of go-to hits, including “Caesar,” “You’re the Doctor” and “Girlfriend.” “You’re the Doctor” still included its piercing guitar solo, which on the acoustic guitar sounded particularly impressive, showcasing Segall’s remarkable command over the instrument, be it electric or acoustic. There were several times in the show that, were you too close your eyes, you’d have little idea that this was an acoustic set. So much loud fury and passion was being thrown out that the audience was moshing and crowd surfing for the majority of the second half of the show, not an easy thing to inspire via acoustic guitars. Perhaps some day Ty Segall will put out a mediocre album, but with each new release, I doubt it more and more. We’ll have to see in a few months when his next one comes out (seriously, another one is due in October). While it’s certainly possible, it’s seemingly improbable. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Peter Senzamici | petersenzamici.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Ty Segall on 8/30

August 27th, 2013

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The always-busy Ty Segall is out on the road playing his acclaimed new album, Sleeper, and his only East Coast stops are at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday and The Bowery Ballroom on Friday. Both shows are sold out. But we’re telling you there’s a chance that you could still attend ’cause we’re giving away two tickets to see him at The Bowery Ballroom. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair from The House List. 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 (Ty Segall, 8/30) and a brief message explaining your best plan for the remaining 25 days of summer. Eddie Bruiser, who’s looking for some good ideas, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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A Double Dose of Garage Punk Tonight at Mercury Lounge

July 24th, 2013

More than four years ago, vocalist Orville Bateman Neeley III, guitarist Andrew Cashen, drummer Matt Hammer, bassist Graham Low and guitarist Jason Smith teamed up in Austin, Texas, to form the garage-punk outfit OBN IIIs. They immediately began winning over concertgoers with their high-energy live shows and have since released a pair of well-received albums, The One and Only in 2011, and an eponymous follow-up (stream it below) a year later. But, of course, the best way to experience OBN IIIs is in person.

Led by founding members vocalist Chris Shaw and drummer Michael Peery, Ex-Cult combine ’60s noise rock, ’70s post-punk and ’80s hardcore into their own updated garage-punk sound. The Memphis five-piece released their Ty Segall–produced debut self-titled album (stream it below) last year. According to Allmusic, it sounds “tough, nasty and reckless, just like a good punk band should, but an unholy variety of sounds bubbles beneath the surface of the 12 tunes.” See for yourself when, along with OBN IIIs, they play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge.

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See Ty Segall on Saturday Night in Williamsburg

February 1st, 2013

He’s only 25, but based on his prolific output, you’d be excused for thinking Ty Segall is much older. The singer-songwriter (and guitarist and drummer) was a part-time musician until 2008, when things exploded for him musically. Since then he’s put out several solo LPs, including 2011’s Goodbye Bread, and he’s worked on albums with Epsilons, Party Fowl, the Traditional Fools, the Perverts and Tim Presley’s distortion-heavy, psychedelic-influenced White Fence. Segall (above, doing “Thank God for Sinners” on Conan) has also collaborated with Epsilons’ Mikal Cronin, and just recently their album, Reverse Shark Attack (stream it below), which came out on vinyl in 2009, received a wide release. With all of that to keep him busy, it’s surprising Segall has time to tour. But, fortunately, he seems to do it often. And as his most recent one winds down, the wunderkind comes to town for two shows. Tonight at Webster Hall is sold out, but you’re in luck because he also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

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A Night of Frenzied Rock and Roll

May 17th, 2012

Ty Segall/White Fence – Webster Hall – May 16, 2012

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If Bob Dylan had fronted the Grateful Dead in 1965 and they’d been a garage band, it might have sounded like White Fence did last night. It’s less amazing that this is the band’s sound rather than the fact that here in the present, Webster Hall was packed with an energetic crowd to hear them play. White Fence is Tim Presley’s newest project, which has put out two full-length volumes this year called Family Perfume. Live, these short ideas of songs became quick explosions of sound: psychedelic guitar riffs with the duration and energy of punk music. That angry edge carried over to those in the crowd who slammed, surfed and bounded with energy while dodging beer, water and empty cups. As the set developed, the songs evolved, with longer, more thoughtful guitar solos often swallowed by a gargantuan bass-and-drums rhythm section.

White Fence and the headliner, Ty Segall, recorded an album, Hair, together, and the interlude between their sets was a couple songs from the album. Definitely the highlight of the evening, it was a fully coherent hybrid of Presley’s energized psych and Segall’s thrashing punk. Before they built any momentum, Segall took full control with his band, delivering relentless adolescent rock and roll, urging on the audience. Crowd surfers and stage divers found encouragement in clean but frenetic guitar and wild-animal bass. Segall’s persona seemed too nice for the reaction his music was getting. He turned an errant plastic cup into an impromptu hat that impossibly stayed put while he offered another flamethrower guitar solo. Then, with utter sincerity, he said it was “the best show we played ever.” —A. Stein

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Ty Segall Plays Webster Hall with White Fence Tomorrow

May 15th, 2012


For such a young guy, Ty Segall is a busy dude. The singer-songwriter, who plays guitar and drums, was a part-time musician until 2008, when things exploded musically for him. Since then he’s put out several solo albums, including last year’s Goodbye Bread, and he’s worked on discs with Epsilons, Party Fowl, the Traditional Fools, the Perverts and Mikal Cronin. That would be enough for most people. But this year alone Segall has already put out Hair, an album with Tim Presley’s distortion-heavy, psychedelic-influenced White Fence, and he intends to release Slaughter, recorded with his touring band, in June, before putting out another disc later in the year. With all of that to keep him busy, it’s surprising Segall (above, doing “Scissor People” for Room 205) has time to tour. But fortunately he does, and you can see him playing with White Fence (separately and together) tomorrow night at Webster Hall.

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Ty Segall – Mercury Lounge – March 8, 2011

March 9th, 2011

Ty Segall - Mercury Lounge - March 8, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris Gersbeck | chrisgersbeck.com