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Let Music Be Your Guide on Halloween

October 31st, 2014

Halloween, like New Year’s Eve, is one of those nights that can bring out the worst in people. So rather than getting stuck in parade traffic or stepping in puke on the sidewalk, let live music be your guide tonight. Sohn at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Phil Lesh & Friends at the Capitol Theatre are already sold out, but no worries, because we’ve still got plenty of other options for you:

1. At Mercury Lounge, Booga Sugar hosts their Boogaween Costume Ball, alongside Lead of Foxes and Blubba Brothers.
2. Mercury Lounge also has a late show, obviously, with Park Slope five-piece Bernardo.
3. Brooklyn Bowl has electronic duo Capital Cities with Sneaky Sound System and Night Terrors of 1921.
4. The Bowery Ballroom will have some instrumental illness with Texas quartet This Will Destroy You, plus Future Death and Silent Land Time Machine.
5. Rough Trade NYC welcomes the legendary Meat Puppets and the funny, talented troubadour Cass McCombs.
6. And Terminal 5 plays host to the Royal Family Halloween Ball featuring Lettuce and Soulive with Branx opening.

In other words, we’ve got something for everyone. So get involved.

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Burger Records Caravan of Stars Lands at The Bowery Ballroom

October 29th, 2014

Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, half of the power-pop band Thee Makeout Party, formed the indie garage-punk label with a philanthropic bent Burger Records in 2007, becoming well known for releasing albums on cassette. As a means to celebrate the bands on their roster, they began hosting an annual Burgerama festival, in their native California. And then Burger Records decided to quite literally take the show on the road with the Burger Caravan of Stars, which comes to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. The night’s bill includes the Coathangers (above, performing “Hurricane”), Together Pangea, Cherry Glazerr, Mozes and the Firstborn, AJ Davila y Terror Amor and Wax Witches—plus DJ Justin Strauss (of Milk ’N’ Cookies). That’s a lot of live music.

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Streets of Laredo Play the Late Show Tonight at Mercury Lounge

October 29th, 2014

The sprawling seven-piece band Streets of Laredo began as a family affair when brothers Daniel (vocals and acoustic guitar) and David Gibson (drums and vocals) teamed up to write songs together in the vein of the ’70s folk revival, equal parts jangly psychedelic and twangy storytelling. Soon after, David’s wife, Sarahjane (percussion and vocals), turned the duo into a trio and they played one hometown show in Auckland, New Zealand. It went so well that the three Gibsons made a big leap, moving from the land of Kiwis to the land of hipsters—Bushwick in Brooklyn—“just over two years ago with nothing more than a floor tom, an acoustic guitar and a harmonica.” And then things really began to take off as Streets of Laredo (above, performing “Hey Rose” in studio for KCSB FM) blossomed into a septet with the addition of New Zealand native Tom Darlow (electric guitar), Andrew McGovern (trumpet), Sean McMahon (bass and vocals) and Si Moore (electric guitar and production). Their debut full-length, Volume I & II (stream it below), came out in the U.S. earlier this month. Broadway World calls it “a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars.” Streets of Laredo play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge. Arrive early to catch L.A. five-piece Line & Circle.

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Smallpools and Magic Man Play Music Hall Tonight

October 28th, 2014

Two pairs of friends—the East Coast’s Sean Scanlon (vocals and keys) and Mike Kamerman (guitar) and Oregonians Joseph Intile (bass) and Beau Kuther (drums)—met in L.A. while trying to launch music careers and formed the synth-inflected-rock quartet Smallpools. Their self-titled EP came out in 2013. And AllMusic calls their music “shimmery, Passion Pit–meets–Foster the People–inspired electro pop.” Smallpool (above, doing “Dreaming” for KROQ FM) are currently out on the road, touring with Magic Man.

Across the country in Boston, Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitar), Justine Bowe (keys), Daniel Radin (bass) and Joey Sulkowski (drums) have been doing work as Magic Man since 2010, using synths and a heavy dose of guitars—although initially the band was just Caplow and Lee as a duo. The group’s first album as a five-piece, Before the Waves (stream it below), arrived this past summer. AllMusic also compared Magic Man (above, performing “Texas” for Hardwick Sessions) to Passion Pit and Foster the People and labeled the LP “modern pop crafted with a decidedly retro appeal.” See Smallpools and Magic Man tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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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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The White Buffalo Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday Night

October 17th, 2014

Passionate singer-songwriter Jake Smith (vocals and guitar) grew up listening to country music and then punk before he began writing his own songs and enthusiastically performing them live while in college in Northern California. He eventually made his way back to Southern California and began working under the name the White Buffalo, joined by the rhythm section of Tommy Andrews (bass) and Matt Lynott (drums). With songs about outsiders and rebels, plus Smith’s whiskey-tinged vocals, the L.A. trio’s own winning take on Americana has been compared to Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Townes Van Zandt. Following the release of several EPs, the White Buffalo (above, doing “The Whistler” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) made waves amongst critics and fans alike with 2012’s Once Upon a Time in the West (stream it below)—about which American Songwriter opined, “The gravity of these tracks serve as somewhat of an announcement of Smith’s arrival, and it appears he doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon”—and 2013’s Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways (stream it below)—PopMatters said it’s “an album that always seems to find the perfect note. Is it a barrel of laughs? Nope. Is it worth listening to? Definitely.” Of course, you might also recognize some of the band’s tunes from Sons of Anarchy, which is perhaps why Paste labels their music a “biker-friendly brand of folk music.” But, regardless, you can experience the White Buffalo live and in person on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom. Local four-piece Swear and Shake open the show.

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Best Experienced Live, Fat White Family Play The Bowery Ballroom

October 17th, 2014

Following the dissolution of two other bands, Fat White Family—Lias Saudi (vocals), Saul Adamczewski (guitar and vocals), Adam Harmer (guitar), Dan Lyons (drums), Joseph Pancucci (bass) and Nathan Saudi (organ)—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 this year’s Glastonbury) are a band best experienced live, which works out great because not only are they currently touring North America, but you can also see them tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Comic book artist and local rocker Jeffrey Lewis opens the show.

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A Two-Night Anniversary Party with Citizen Cope at Terminal 5

October 15th, 2014

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 bought out of his contract and self-produced 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 “Sideways” live in the Bing Lounge) celebrates its 10th anniversary with full-band performances of the album in its entirety, plus a second set of favorites. And in New York city, it’s a two-night party, on Friday and Saturday at Terminal 5. (And 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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A Friday Night Rock Show with Drive-By Truckers at Beacon Theatre

October 15th, 2014

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley founded Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Ga., in 1996. Over the years the two musicians—plus nuanced lyrics and plenty of guitar—have been the constant while the lineup around them has changed. An early Internet presence allowed the band to gain new fans before they’d ever seen the Truckers live. But following several years of steadily touring, the group released the double album Southern Rock Opera (stream it below) and things really took off from there. Since gaining wider acclaim the Truckers (above, playing “Shit Shots Count”) have served as the backing band on albums by Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones in addition to putting out fine discs of their own, including 2011’s Go-Go Boots (stream it below) and this year’s English Oceans (stream it below). The Guardian, in a rave review, says it’s “full of their familiar Southern rock: soul and brass occasionally adorn storytelling songs, which attempt to right wrongs and champion the worker against the Man. However, sharing singer-songwriting duties equally between founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for the first time has brought out the best in both.” Drive-By Truckers are now out on the road in support of their tenth album and, alongside the terrific Birmingham, Ala., seven-piece soul outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones, they play the Beacon Theatre on Friday night.

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Kopecky Family Band Headline The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday

October 14th, 2014

Like-minded musicians Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keys and bass) and Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar and horns) met while attending school in Nashville, and within months, the two encountered Steven Holmes (guitar and lap steel), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar and keys) and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar and horns), and formed the melodic folk-pop six-piece the Kopecky Family Band in 2007. Because each band member plays multiple instruments, the group has a broad chamber-rock sound. After releasing several EPs, the Kopecky Family Band (above, performing “The Glow” for WFUV FM) put out their debut LP, Kids Raising Kids (stream it below), in 2012—although it’s since been rereleased on ATO Records. And American Songwriter was impressed: “There’s great excitement in the way the band can go from zero to 60, then back to zero in seconds flat. As the album rollicks along, there remains a sonic unpredictability that’s rare for bands that count on vocal harmonies to carry much of the heavy load…. Even when a big group shows off their many toys, a quality album still often comes down to whether they can handle the basics better than others can. In that sense, the Kopecky Family Band is a unit tied together not by blood, but by their harmonic creations.” Catch them live on Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom. Another Nashville band, the quartet Coin, opens the show.

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Priory Celebrate New Album Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

October 14th, 2014

Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears had been working on a variety of music projects before finally starting their own band, Priory, three years ago in Portland, Ore. They put out a folk-tinged self-titled album (stream it below) in 2011, but it wasn’t quite what the two wanted. “We had fun,” said Rush, “but at the same time, we were touring on a record that we had outgrown. We felt like it was time to write more honest music.” So they pared down from a bigger sound to just the two of them, embraced more pop-oriented music and began to catch fire. Their new sound—combining electronic music, folk guitar and harmonies—is featured on their brand new EP, the anthemic Weekend (stream it below), out today. And Priory (above, their video for “Weekend”) celebrate its release tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn three-piece Relations open the show.

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With a Brand New Album, Iceage Play The Bowery Ballroom

October 10th, 2014

Childhood friends Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals and guitar), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass) and Johan Surrballe Wieth (guitar) formed the punk band Iceage six years ago in Copenhagen while still in their teens. And with the release of their debut LP, New Brigade (stream it below), in 2011, the precocious band introduced themselves to the world, receiving plenty of acclaim in return. The A.V. Club rang in on the subject: “Iceage’s stunning debut, New Brigade, slaps vibrant new life into the worked-over corpse of post-punk, radiating a breathless, desperate, ramshackle charm that runs counter to the frigid gloom of the music.” Critics (and fans alike) were also impressed with the quartet’s second full-length, You’re Nothing (stream it below), which followed two years later. In a glowing review, NME declared, “If you were told an album had been recorded at a farmhouse on the Danish island of Møn, you’d expect an album of pastoral lovelorn twee wallowing. Not something as exhilarating and violent as being punched in the face mid-fuck.” Iceage (above, performing “Burning Hand”) just put out their third LP, Plowing Into the Field of Love (stream it below), this week, earning the “Best New Music” tag from Pitchfork: “A sense of steadiness, a measured approach to abandon, marks Iceage’s transformation from a very good band to a Great Band on Plowing.” See them play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night.

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Two Nights of BoomBox at The Bowery Ballroom This Weekend

October 8th, 2014

BoomBox, a Muscle Shoals, Ala., rock duo, formed when Zion Godchaux (guitar and vocals) and Russ Randolph (sequencers, groove boxes and turntables) met in 2004. They had each become interested in music at a young age. Godchaux—the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux—began playing drums when he was just two, and he took up the guitar and writing songs in his teens. Randolph, too, picked up the drums early before taking a keen interest in engineering and producing. All of this comes through in the band’s electronic rock and blues soundscapes designed to make you move. But when it comes to playing live, the guys in BoomBox (above, doing “Mr. Boogie Man” for MoBoogie) don’t like to get tied down with set lists. Instead they let the crowd dictate a musical direction. (“On a really good night, it’s like people are almost telling us what to play,” said Randolph.) Touring behind their most recent album, the lively Filling in the Color (stream it below), BoomBox play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday. Belgian beat-maker Ramona opens both shows.

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Kick Off Your Weekend with Buke and Gase in Williamsburg

October 8th, 2014

Not only are Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez talented musicians, but they also created the instruments they play as part of their experimental duo, Buke and Gase (formerly Buke and Gass). Dyer, the singer, had “some form of carpel tunnel in my wrist that was aggravated by a normal-size instrument,” so she created her buke by taking “a crappy baritone ukulele” and turning it into a six-string. Not to be outdone, Sanchez’s gase “started out as an overachieving bass, desiring to move up out of the low end. Now it’s starting to find itself somewhere between a bass and a guitar without really being either.” Despite having just two members, they make a whole lot of noise, which you can discover on their full-length albums, 2010’s Riposte (stream it below)—about which AllMusic said the “folk-infused and punk-inspired sound is thrashing, yet jubilant”—and last year’s General Dome (stream it below)—per AllMusic, “they’ve achieved a more refined sense of balance, knowing exactly where and when to push the limits while still keeping the sound grounded enough that the listener is able to get lost in the song rather than the concept.” Watch Buke and Gase, above, playing “Hiccup” for Studio Q, and then kick off your weekend with them at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night.

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Two Nights of the Fauntleroys and Their Rock and Roll Swagger

October 7th, 2014

Longtime friends Alejandro Escovedo (vocals and bass), Ivan Julian (guitar and vocals) and Nicholas Tremulis (guitar and vocals) had never done much together musically prior to coming together in Julian’s Lower East Side recording studio (just a block from The Bowery Presents’ office). Needing to round out the rhythm section, the trio added Linda Pitmon (drums) and became a quartet, the Fauntleroys. In a matter of days they’d written and recorded several songs, which are featured on the band’s debut EP, Below the Pink Pony (stream it below), out last month. AllMusic calls it a “quick, dirty and rewarding debut,” while mentioning that the Fauntleroys (above, doing “I’m in Love with Everything”) “have an appetite for serious rock swagger and big, dirty guitar riffs.” Experience that swagger for yourself live and in person tomorrow at Mercury Lounge and on Thursday at Rough Trade NYC.