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Cold Fronts and Made Violent Play Mercury Lounge Tonight

April 21st, 2015

Philly foursome Cold Fronts (above, doing “Hit Me” for Out of Town Films) make the kind of raw, infectious power pop that gets people dancing at their high-energy live shows. According to AllMusic, they have a “sound that melds the intricate guitar interplay of Television with the poppy, lo-fi aesthetic of Guided by Voices.” Cold Fronts’ second EP, Forever (stream it below), came out last year, and the band is currently winding down a tour with Made Violent. With the release of their catchy self-titled EP (stream it below), the Buffalo garage-rock trio (below, performing “Wasted Days”) has been compared to the Strokes. They, along with Cold Fronts, know how to get a crowd going, and you can catch them both tonight at the early show at Mercury Lounge.

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Ryan Montbleau Celebrates New Album at The Bowery Ballroom

April 20th, 2015

Ryan Montbleau has been working as a professional musician since just before the dawn of the century. Combining roots, rock, folk, Americana, soul and R&B, the Boston-based singer-songwriter and guitarist has been a road warrior, whether fronting his own eponymous band or performing (and recording) as a solo artist. His ninth album, Growing Light, comes out tomorrow. And according to Glide Magazine, “The 10-song set is bold and barrier breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul, folk and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope where tunes like the percolating first single, ‘Pacing Like Prince,’ and the cinematic title track coexist in refracted bliss.” Montbleau (above, performing “Never Gonna Be” live at Brooklyn Bowl) celebrates the full-length’s arrival with an album-release show tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. The Utica, N.Y., progressive-string quartet Floodwood opens the show.

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Nashville Folk Ensemble Seryn Plays Twice in NYC This Week

April 20th, 2015

With their wide range of instruments, layered harmonies and energetic live performances, the folk ensemble Seryn, founded in a college town in North Texas in 2010, makes the kind of winning Americana-tinged pop music that has won them comparisons to the likes of Mumford & Sons and the Low Anthem. Last year Trenton Wheeler (vocals and ukulele), Nathan Allen (guitar and vocals), Aaron Stoner (bass and vocals), Jenny Moscoso (vocals, guitar and banjo), Jordan Rochefort (drums) and Scarlett Deering (violin and vocals) left small-town Denton, Texas, for Music City—Nashville—for better opportunities. And earlier this year, Seryn (above, doing “Disappear”) released their second full-length, Shadow Shows (stream it below). And Paste magazine weighed in: “Distilling Shadow Shows to its simplest folk pop form doesn’t represent the album fully. Rather, Seryn returns with a conceptual record that requires more than a cursory listen to appreciate its sonic nuances and musical juxtapositions.” The six-piece lands in New York City for two shows this week, alongside Corey James Bost and Great Caesar, tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge and with Conveyor and Bost again on Friday at Rough Trade NYC.

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Celebrate 4/20 with Joey Bada$$ at Terminal 5 on Sunday Night

April 17th, 2015

Some people like to shut it down as early as they can on Sundays in order to get enough rest for the workweek, while others do whatever is necessary to extend their weekend as long as possible. And for that latter group, we’ve got the perfect show: The Smokers Club 2nd annual 4/20 show, featuring Joey Bada$$ (above, performing “Paper Trail$” live on French TV) at Terminal 5 on Sunday night. The 19-year-old Brooklyn rapper’s debut full-length, B4.DA.$$ (stream it below), came out earlier this year, in January, to some considerable acclaim. “With a style that’s an all-encompassing throwback, going from Notorious B.I.G. to Mos Def, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ draws the golden age hip-hop fetishist in without a problem,” according to AllMusic, “but his delivery is so full of life, it still holds sway for those who don’t know their Bad Boy from their Death Row.” Bada$$ will be joined by Odd Future member Domo Genesis, Chicago rapper Lil Herb, New Orleans rapper Trademark Da Skydiver, Jet Life member Young Roddy, BK rapper JStash and the night’s host, Shiest Bubz.

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James McMurtry Plays The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

April 17th, 2015

Singer-songwriter James McMurtry has been making his own mark in the folk-Americana/ alt-country world for more than 25 years, since putting out his debut album, Too Long in the Wasteland (stream it below), in 1989. It should come as no surprise that he’s such a talented writer since his father is noted author Larry McMurtry and his mother was a longtime English professor. And despite the fact that McMurtry (above, doing “Copper Canteen”) tours regularly, he’s just recently released his first studio album, Complicated Game (stream it below), since 2008. Filled with a seamless blend of country, rock and blues, the LP was greeted with universal acclaim. Rolling Stone called it a “new Americana masterpiece,” and according to American Songwriter, “It’s an album that shows again and again that very few songwriters on this planet illuminate the oft-unfair rules of this game or the inner workings of the players quite like [McMurtry] can.” See for yourself how it all comes together live when James McMurtry plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Talented Taos, N.M., singer-songwriter Max Gomez opens the show.

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Doldrums and Moon King Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

April 16th, 2015

Electronic producer Airick Woodhead was already a veteran of the Montreal DIY noise scene by the time he launched the solo project Doldrums (above, performing “Jump Up” at MoMA PS1) five years ago. Thanks to several singles filled with electronic sounds and noisy samples, people began to take notice. His first full-length, Lesser Evil (stream it below), arrived in 2013. CMJ described it as “a combination of peculiar intergalactic noises, heavy bass and eerie vocals.” Furthermore: “Doldrums has decoded to take us on an untidy journey into his own headspace. Lesser Evil is an unflinching and unashamed document of that trip, like a travelogue of a doomed vacation through Woodhead’s brain.” Doldrums recently released his follow-up, the darker The Air Conditioned Nightmare (stream it below). Per AllMusic, Woodhead takes “hold of the confusion, conflict and ugliness of the record and sculpting it into something compelling in a voice all his own. Woodhead’s brother, Daniel, and a childhood friend, Maddy Wilde, have just put out their debut full-length, Secret Life (stream it below), as Moon King (above, performing “Apocalypse” and “Rosewell”). Daniel tells Fader, “I’ve been describing the record as a collection of sad songs played with joy and energy.” And Renowned for Sound calls it “a powerful, enigmatic album; one that manages to be beautiful, creepy and oddly tragic, often all at the same time.” Catch both bands at tomorrow’s late show at Mercury Lounge.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Walk the Moon on 4/15

April 14th, 2015

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Walk the Moon are back in town this week to play two sold-out shows at Terminal 5, tonight and tomorrow. But even if you don’t already have tickets, there’s still a chance you can attend because The House List is giving away two tickets to see the Cincinnati quartet tomorrow night. Want to go? 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 (Walk the Moon, 4/15) and a brief message explaining what you intend to do with your tax refund. Eddie Bruiser, who’s looking for a solid idea of what to do with his, will notify the winner by tomorrow. Good luck.

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A Double Dose of Alice Smith at The Bowery Ballroom

April 10th, 2015

Singer-songwriter Alice Smith grew up listening to a wide variety of music. So it should come as no surprise that her eclectic debut LP, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me (stream it below), out in 2006, featured rock, soul and R&B. PopMatters proclaimed it “so fresh and so worthwhile, it should make music lovers and dreamers very happy to have it blasting through their speakers.” Since then, Smith (above, doing “Fool for You”) has gotten married, had a daughter, left New York City for Los Angeles before settling in Brooklyn—and released a second full-length, She (stream it below), in 2013. The New York Times noted that “her songs stand outside current pop’s alliances with hip-hop and dance music; they hint at girl groups, 1970s soul, lightly orchestrated early-1960s pop and the go-go beat from Washington, without playing up to retro nostalgia.” And AllMusic notes, “She has enough skill and character to leave one hanging on her every note.” Smith has a big, wide-ranging voice that’s best experienced live. Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom is already sold out, but you can still catch her there on Monday night.

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A Unique Live Experience with Public Service Broadcasting

April 8th, 2015

A Public Service Broadcasting show is a unique live performance. With music, spoken word and live audio-visual effects, multi-instrumentalist J. Willgoose Esq. and drummer Wrigglesworth combine their own krautrock riffs, drums, banjo and electronics with archival audio clips and film footage mined from the British Film Institute. Their first full-length, Inform-Educate-Entertain (stream it below), came out to some acclaim three years ago. And earlier this winter, Public Service Broadcasting (above, doing “London Can Take It” for KEXP FM), put out their follow-up effort, The Race for Space (stream it below), a retelling of the space race with the Soviet Union. Per British GQ, “The Race for Space is an album that really takes you somewhere (no prizes for guessing where), and when you’re back on Earth as the final track fades away, you’ll be desperate to listen again…. It’s an unexpectedly magnificent record, at once totally contemporary, and yet in thrall to the events of the past.” Public Service Broadcasting play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Los Angeles electronic outfit Kauf open the show.

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Night Terrors of 1927 Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

April 7th, 2015

Former Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett and former Honorary Title frontman Jarrod Gorbel met through mutual friends in 2010, but they didn’t begin making music together until after Gorbel left Brooklyn for Los Angeles two years later. Initially they were writing songs just to do something different than either of them had previously done—neither intended for it to become a new band. “I wanted to create something with someone, not just on my own like I always had. When I moved to L.A., I called Blake and was like, ‘Hey, can we just get together and write a song. I don’t know for what or why.’ And that was that,” said Gorbel. But they were so happy with their new material that they launched the electronic-tinged rock duo Night Terrors of 1927. Their debut EP, Guilty Pleas (stream it below), came out in 2013. Spin praised it as an “anthemic debut,” further mentioning its “open-hearted, high-drama glory.” And earlier this year, Night Terrors of 1927 (above, doing “Running in Place”) released their debut full-length, Everything’s Coming Up Roses (stream it below). According to AllMusic, “Sennett and Gorbel have bridged their seasoned musical pasts into a sweet pop music present.” See them play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. Minneapolis three-piece Strange Names open.

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The London Souls Celebrate a New Album at The Bowery Ballroom

April 6th, 2015

The guys in the London Souls—Tash Neal (vocals and guitar), whom Okayplayer says channels “both Jimmy Page and the gypsy verve of Django Reinhardt,” and Chris St. Hilaire (drums and vocals)—felt comfortable playing together the very first time they did so. It also happened to be the first time they had met each other. No matter, they’ve been channeling their shared love of classic bands like Cream, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin into their own hard-driving rock with layered vocals ever since. Their newest full-length, Here Come the Girls (stream it below), comes out tomorrow. According to AllMusic, it “features 13 tracks of driving rock, stomping blues and the occasional folky jingle. There’s distorted guitars, upbeat ukulele and drums that aren’t in a rush to get to their destination, combined with vocals that alternately ache and roar.” The London Souls celebrate its arrival with a hometown album-release party tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn rock five-piece the Skins open the show.

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Close Out the Weekend with Parker Millsap at Mercury Lounge

April 3rd, 2015

A young guy with an old-timey Americana sound, 21-year-old Parker Millsap grew up in small-town Oklahoma attending Pentecostal church three times a week, which—despite the fact he no longer considers himself to be very religious—undoubtedly affects his songwriting. He began playing acoustic guitar at just nine years old, but once Millsap discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, like Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, he plugged in. And thanks to a post–high school performance in Nashville, Millsap won a coveted spot opening for Old Crow Medicine Show and later Patty Griffin, Shovels & Rope and Lake Street Dive. But with the release of his self-titled debut album (stream it below) last year, the engaging live performer became known for more than his gravelly, soulful voice. In a glowing review, PopMatters proclaimed, “Road tunes and leave-takings are a fitting metaphorical trope for this album, because Millsap is clearly going places. With his voice and his rich, suggestive songwriting, it might not be long before Red Dirt isn’t just a bandwagon that people recognize, but one that they might be willing to jump onto.” And per American Songwriter, “Like the best of his peers, Millsap lets his music and lyrics do the talking, keeping the production sparse, not stark, and creating a terrific, even audacious first effort. Millsap’s subtle style allows the listener to discover the emotional vortex of his often confused characters, helping us identify with their motives without casting judgment.” Of course, you can judge for yourself because with a night off from opening for Houndmouth, Parker Millsap (above, doing “Truck Stop Gospel” live at the Grand Ole Opry) plays the early show at Mercury Lounge on Sunday.

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An Acoustic Solo Citizen Cope Show at the Capitol Theatre Tomorrow

April 3rd, 2015

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clarence Greenwood has been doing business as Citizen Cope since the ’90s. But after his major-label debut on Dreamworks in 2002, Cope further made a name for himself in buying out his contract and self-producing the follow-up, the eclectic The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (stream it below), filled with roots, rock, reggae, dub and hip-hop. Now a decade later, Citizen Cope (above, doing a solo rendition of “Bullet and a Target” live in the Bing Lounge) is known for his high-energy live shows, done solo or with a full band. And tomorrow night at the Capitol Theatre he’ll perform an intimate solo acoustic show. (Plus, it’s for a good cause with $1 of each ticket sold going to Turnaround Arts to purchase musical instruments for middle schoolers in Lame Deer, Mont.—a community on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Lame Deer is part of Turnaround Arts, a President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities program that uses arts education to help students succeed.)

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Avan Lava Headline The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

April 2nd, 2015

Several years ago, while performing with Fischerspooner in Brazil, producers and multi-instrumentalists Le Chev and Ian Pai bonded over their shared love of Daft Punk, electronic music, Prince and R&B. And when the two later met singer TC Milan in New York City a few months later, they knew they were on their way to launching the theatrically vibrant indie dance group Avan Lava. The Brooklyn trio “is a movement without the self- aggrandizing rhetoric, a distillation of what is important, a celebration of everything that has ever happened to you and everything that ever will.” Their brand new EP, Leave It All Behind (stream it below), filled with the kind of music that gets people moving, just came out on Tuesday, and Avan Lava (above, doing “It’s Never Over” live in New York City) celebrate its release by headlining The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Jersey rapper Cakes da Killa opens the show.

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Two Chances to See Fat White Family Beginning Tomorrow Night

April 1st, 2015

Following the dissolution of two other bands, Fat White Family—now Lias Saoudi (vocals), Saul Adamczewski (guitar and vocals), Adam Harmer (guitar), Jack Everett (drums), Nathan Saoudi (organ) and Taishi Nagasaka (bass)—formed in South London in 2011, combining rock, blues and bits of country. Noisey has declared, “They’re British rock and roll’s final hurrah—not just a fuck you to everything that has become sanitized but a reminder that rock and roll can, even as the last embers fade, continue to mean something beyond an NME cover.” Speaking of which, NME calls them “the best new band in London.” The weekly publication also has kind words for the wildly entertaining six-piece’s debut full-length, Champagne Holocaust (stream it below), labeling it “a fantastic racket” and “political, satirical and downright perverse.” But make no mistake, Fat White Family (above, doing “Is It Raining in Your Mouth” at last year’s Glastonbury) are a band best experienced live, and you can see them twice locally this month, tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge and then again on 4/30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.