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Foals Hold Court Uptown at United Palace on Friday Night

November 7th, 2016

Foals – United Palace – November 4, 2016

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Amongst a wave of British alternative bands that have made it in the States, Foals have broken out of a traditional narrative. PopMatters described the group’s transformation best: “Ten years ago, Foals could have likely been classified as an indie-rock group, but now they’re an archetypal case of indies going mainstream. The hip haircuts and clean guitar leads belie the fundamental radio-rock aesthetic in which Foals purvey.” Touring in support of their recent release, What Went Down, the lads headed way uptown to the United Palace to unleash on a packed house on Friday night.

In the ornate venue, strobe lights marked the band’s entrance as they jammed through an opening prelude. Frontman Yannis Philippakis provided a hearty greeting before delivering the guttural “Snake Oil,” which was accompanied by drummer Jack Bevan’s heavy beats. The first wave of collective handclaps began with “Olympic Airways,” but the cadence of striking hands continued throughout the evening, with very few attendees remaining in their seats. The anthemic call of crowd favorite “My Number” had the audience chanting, “You don’t have my number,” while the hypnotic “Give It All” reset the room.

An array of pink, blue and streaming bright white lights bathed the United Palace’s carved walls full of exotic places and creatures. Rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith quickly slayed the opening chords of “Mountain at My Gates,” bringing everyone back to some heavy rock. The performance ebbed and flowed as the melodic opening of a crashing wave gave way to the lull of “Spanish Sahara.” Philippakis, in true form, hurled into the first few rows for the encore, “What Went Down,” his faithful fans holding him up as if he were walking over them. He and Foals truly ruled over the palace on Friday night. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Foals Play United Palace on Friday Night

November 1st, 2016

Formed in Oxford, England, more than a decade ago, FoalsYannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar, synths and vocals), Walter Gervers (bass and vocals) and Edwin Congreave (keys, synths and vocals)—are well-known for their unique mix of post-punk, dance music and New Wave. Following the release of several singles that earned them buzz-band status, Foals’ debut full-length, the melancholic Antitdotes (stream it above), produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, came out in 2008. AllMusic called it “not merely a lesson in post–New Wave noodling, but evidence of the power and excitement of the genre and music itself.” The band’s been busy recording and touring ever since. Their most recent full-length, What Went Down (stream it below), arrived last year, impressing the folks at Rolling Stone: “Their fourth and best album plays up a dark, bracing urgency.” And while their albums are terrific, Foals (above, doing “What Went Down” at this year’s Lollapalooza) are most known for their live performances. So go see them play United Palace on Friday night. Bear Hands and Kiev open the show.

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Foster the People – United Palace – October 24, 2014

October 27th, 2014

Foster the People - United Palace - October 24, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Two Nights of Foster the People at United Palace This Weekend

October 22nd, 2014

Mark Foster (vocals, keys and guitar) had spent time in L.A. working on commercial jingles before he teamed up with Cubbie Fink (bass) and Mark Pontius (drums) to form Foster the People in 2009. A year later the trio found success when upon posting “Pumped Up Kicks” to their site it became an online sensation—and then a smash hit across the globe—which ultimately led to festival slots and eventually getting a record deal with the Columbia Records imprint Startime International. Their first full-length, Torches (stream it below), followed in 2011. BBC Music called it “a debut of MGMT-like magic to leave you pumped up for more.” Foster the People (above, performing “Best Friend” at this years’s Glastonbury) returned earlier this year with their follow-up LP, Supermodel (stream it below). According to PopMatters, it’s “a quantum leap forward.” And furthermore, the album “is a massive surprise. It is also achingly, devastatingly beautiful…. Forward isn’t always better. But for Foster the People, on Supermodel, it was the right direction.” The band’s world tour hits New York City this weekend for a pair of weekend shows at United Palace on Friday and Saturday. French singer-songwriter Soko opens both nights.

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Miike Snow Play Two

October 18th, 2012

About a decade ago, Swedish writer-producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg began to gain fame as Bloodshy & Avant, working with the dance queens like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue, and winning a Grammy along the way for Britney Spears’s “Toxic.” But sometimes it’s more fun to make your own music, and so the childhood friends joined with another writer-producer, the New York City–based Andrew Wyatt, to form their own electropop band, Miike Snow. Their self-titled debut LP, filled with what Spin calls “cotton-candy psychedelia that sticks plush electro effects where backward guitar solos and frilly paisley shirts would ordinarily hang,” came out in 2009. Their follow-up, the more adventerous Happy to You (stream it below), came out this past spring. And Miike Snow (above, doing “Paddling Out” on The Late Show with David Letterman) are now on the last leg of their American tour. See them tomorrow night at the United Palace and on 10/23 at The Wellmont Theatre.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the Allman Brothers Band on 3/15

March 12th, 2010

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The Allman Brothers Band’s traditional NYC residency has shifted uptown this year—to the United Palace—and you should, too. So The House List is giving away two tickets to the legendary group’s Monday show. Want to Grow a Pair? It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (ABB, 3/15) and a brief message explaining which Allman Brothers tune is your favorite. Eddie Bruiser, a “Little Martha” kind of guy, will notify the winner on Monday.

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Monsters of Folk – United Palace – November 6, 2009

November 9th, 2009

Monsters of Folk - United Palace - November 6, 2009

Photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci | dinoperrucciphotography.com

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See Monsters of Folk This Weekend!

November 5th, 2009

Monsters of Folk play United Palace tomorrow and the Beacon Theatre on Sunday. Check them out, above, playing “Dear God” with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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Spend Two Evenings with Monsters of Folk

November 3rd, 2009

Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes), Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and M. Ward have put together their significant talents to form Monsters of Folk and to record a terrific self-titled album (stream three songs here) that has taken them out on the road and earned them favorable comparisons to the Traveling Wilburys and Crosby, Stills and Nash. They recently played Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, and tonight they’re performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But if you want to see these MoFos in person—playing a mix of originals, covers and songs from their respective catalogs—you’re got two chances: They play United Palace on Friday and the Beacon Theatre on Sunday.

(Check out the the video for “The Right Place,” above.)

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Beware of Monsters of Folk!

September 15th, 2009

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Like Godzilla or that thing from Cloverfield emerging from the East River, the Monsters of Folk are descending upon our fair city (United Palace on November 6th and the Beacon Theatre on November 8th). Although these monsters—singer-songwriter and guitarist M. Ward, Bright Eyes’ singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst and multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket’s singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim James—are far more talented than scary. This supergroup formed in 2004, and they finally have an album, Monsters of Folk, coming out next week. The tour begins next month, and you should expect at least a two-and-a-half-hour “musical event” consisting of well-crafted material from the album, covers and original My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes and M. Ward tunes, plus a whole lot of guitar. But don’t just take out word for it, check out this American Songwriter interview with the four-headed beast. And if you want to get on this ride, get in line ’cause tickets are going fast.

(Check back with The House List next week for some more Monsters of Folk info.)

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Downtown Band Rocks Uptown Theater

July 6th, 2009

Sonic Youth – United Palace – July 3, 2009

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United Palace Theater is an impressive venue with ornately carved, vaulted ceilings, elaborate hanging fixtures and gold as far as you can see. Plus, it’s a novel experience to sit in seats and watch Sonic Youth play on a theatrical stage. The acoustics of this space were painstakingly designed for live sound, but of course that’s lost when the amps are turned up to 11.

Friday night, this majestic palace hosted rock royalty. Just offstage sat a double custom rack holding rows of guitars that would make any 16-year-old boy cry. This resulted in a lot of guitar choreography between songs—roadies handed over the next prepared guitar to Thurston Moore, who proceeded to grind the neck against an amp, throw it on the stage and step on the strings. After almost 30 years, it’s impressive to continuously put on a show like this. Sonic Youth is a band driven by their passion for exploring dissonant sound in a pop structure and it’s evident on their latest album, the appropriately titled The Eternal.

When the band returned to the stage for the encore, Moore beckoned to the audience: “Come closer, closer to us.” Those in the crowd abandoned their seats to get up close and personal. “That’s better.” This is where the show went from passive observation to a sea of bouncing mayhem, which encouraged the band to come out for yet another encore and play two obscure tracks from their early catalog, “Brother James” and “Death Valley ’69.” Sonic Youth doesn’t rely on playing their groundbreaking early work, so these songs won’t be repeated live anytime soon. They continue to innovate and remain one of the most challenging and influential bands in experimental rock. —Jason Dean

You Can’t Blame the Youth

July 2nd, 2009


Thurston Moore met Kim Gordon in 1980. Nearly 30 years—and one marriage later—the iconic group they formed, Sonic Youth, is still going as strong as ever, touring in support of their 16th studio album, the fittingly titled The Eternal, out last month. Tomorrow this dowtown band brings their sprawling, avant-garde sound uptown to the United Palace Theater. Check out Sonic Youth here playing “Teenage Riot” on the BBC music show Later…With Jools Holland and then start your three-day weekend off hot by seeing them play live.