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Don’t Miss Marilyn Manson on Monday Night at Terminal 5

January 23rd, 2015

Going on 20 years now, Brian Warner—doing business as Marilyn Manson (above, his video for “Cupid Carries a Gun”)—has been known for shocking antics both onstage and off. But with the release of his ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor (stream it below), earlier this week, he’s being singled out for his music, earning some of the best reviews of his career. Per Rolling Stone, “Marilyn Manson hones his dark magic for his best, most twisted alt-rock party in years.” And AllMusic declares that “Manson and company sound like they’re stepping away completely from the caricature of themselves that started looming on the band’s weakest mid-2000s material. Taking their sound in a new, unforeseen bluesy direction accomplishes the near impossible by making Marilyn Manson sound even more sinister than before.” Catch Marilyn Manson on Monday night at Terminal 5. Brooklyn metal trio Unlocking the Truth open the show.


Datsik Brings the Party to Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

January 22nd, 2015

For a musician with a last name like Beetles, it probably makes sense to choose something else: Troy Beetles has been working as producer and DJ as Datsik (his Xbox Live gamertag) since 2007. Mining dubstep, drum and bass, trap and house music, he put out his highly anticipated, crowd-pleasing debut full-length, Vitamin D (stream it below), in 2012, on Steve Aoki’s label, Dim Mak. Let It Burn (stream it below), his follow-up LP, arrived a year later. And while Datsik is most known for his association with dubstep, he’s not afraid to branch away from that. “I want to write a few timeless pieces that people will be listening to in the future. Sounds come and go, but I definitely wanna get a couple of those really cool tracks in there. I also wanna try and merge a few different ideas and genres together,” he told Beatport. But one thing he definitely will do is bring his shake-your-body, bass-heavy music to Terminal 5 on Saturday night.


Former New Yorker Israel Nash Plays Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

January 21st, 2015

After a solid upbringing in the Midwest, singer-songwriter Israel Nash headed to New York City to make a name for himself as a folk musician almost 10 years ago. His debut album, 2009’s New York Town (stream it below), earned him comparisons to early Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams. His follow-up, Barn Doors and Concrete Floors (stream it below), arrived two years later. After that, he left the Big Apple for a small town in Texas, and that move fueled his third full-length release, Israel Nash’s Rain Plans (stream it below), out last year. “These songs are all about moving from New York to the reaches of the Hill Country and what those hills represent to me, which is greater than just nature. It’s about my life and home. I really wanted to go new places and abandon any rules that had made me cautious before. It’s about creating an environment that is so much bigger than any individual,” says Nash (above, performing “Just Like Water” live in studio for KEXP FM). According to Relix, “there is an easy-rolling, outdoorsy, relaxed feel to the songs here.” But, of course, the very best way to experience those songs is live and in person, which you can do at the early show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.


A Three-Night Dillon Francis Dance Party This Weekend at Terminal 5

January 16th, 2015

Fusing together house music and reggaeton, Dillon Francis began to make a name for himself as a pioneer of moombahton about five years ago. According to AllMusic: “Think Diplo with extra snark and you’re close to the sound of this electro and EDM producer/DJ.” Which is perhaps why he signed with Diplo’s label, Mad Decent. After releasing a host of singles and EPs, Francis saw his debut full-length, Money Sucks, Friends Rule (stream it below), arrive last fall. Again AllMusic weighed in. “The man debuted with the hot, stuttering moombahton sound and then moved onto the stomping genre of trap, and with his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, he’s up for whatever the rave requires.” And this weekend at Terminal 5, all that the rave requires is you. Friday’s and Saturday’s shows are already sold out, but you can still catch Dillon Francis with Bro Safari, Chrome Sparks and special guest DJ Hanzel on Sunday night.


Two Chances to Catch Knox Hamilton This Week

January 14th, 2015

As Knox Hamilton, Bradley Pierce (vocals, guitar and keys), Drew Buffington (guitar), Boots Copeland (bass and vocals) and Cobo Copeland (drums) have been making the kind of exuberant, dance-floor-ready rock that’s earned them comparisons to the likes of Foster the People and Phoenix. The Little Rock, Ark., four-piece (above, performing “Rightfully So” for WTTS FM in Indianapolis) are out on the road right now, and they arrive in New York City for a pair of shows—opening for Civil Twilight tonight at Rough Trade NYC
and to play the early show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.


Two Nights of Bright Light Bright Light at Mercury Lounge

January 13th, 2015

Rod Thomas likes to get people moving. Born in Wales, but based in London, he’s a singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, DJ and performer—which he does as Bright Light Bright Light. His dance-inducing mix of disco, synth pop and house music has secured him touring spots with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Erasure and, most recently, Elton John. That last pairing was sparked by the two working together on a track from Thomas’s second full-length, last year’s Life Is Easy (stream it below). John says, “He makes the music I’d like to make but don’t know how to, so when he asked me whether I would consider singing on his new record, ‘I Wish We Were Leaving,’ I said I’d love to.” Find out just why the Rocket Man couldn’t say no when Bright Light Bright Light (above, in the video for “I Believe”) plays Mercury Lounge tonight and tomorrow.


Don’t Get Shut Out of Dr. Dog Next Week

January 8th, 2015

Deftly mixing melodic pop and psychedelic rock, Dr. Dog have been winning over fans for more than a decade. And even after releasing seven terrific studio albums, the Philly rockers are still most known for their energetic live performances. And to that end, a live album, the 19-song Live at a Flamingo Hotel (stream it here), comes out next Tuesday. And tomorrow night, Dr. Dog (above, performing “Shadow People” for the live album) kick off a new tour with eight(!) shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and The Bowery Ballroom. Six of those dates are already sold out, but some tickets still remain for 1/12 at Music Hall and 1/14 at The Bowery Ballroom. But they’re going fast—so don’t get shut out.


Rustie Plays Live Tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg

January 7th, 2015

Russell Whyte grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, with an interest in music. By the age of 15, he was already playing the guitar and spinning on turntables. He first burst onto the scene—under the name Rustie—in 2007 as a producer, deftly mixing dubstep, funk, hip-hop and electronica. Two years later, Rustie (above, doing “City Star” at MoMA PS1 for Pitchfork) joined Warp’s roster, and his debut full-length, the psychedelic-tinged Glass Swords (stream it below), came out in 2010 to some considerable acclaim. According to the Guardian, the album “is almost entirely composed of dance-floor highs, a series of those hands-in-the-air peak-time moments that stick in the memory long after the rest of the night has turned hazy…. Rustie has a knack for an irresistible hook, and for knowing when to stick with it and move on.” His second LP, the more serious Green Language (stream it below), came out last summer. And critics were again impressed. Per Spin, the album excels “not only because of its smooth integration of ambient, experimental and R&B influences, but also as a seamlessly ranging and novel concept album.” And it delivers, “serving as a fascinating turn for an artist who earned his reputation by essentially bashing fans into submission with bass.” Of course, performing live, he’s a little subtler, which you can experience for yourself tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Straight out of New Jersey, Nadus open the show.


The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Play Mercury Lounge

January 6th, 2015

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have been winning over fans in their native New Zealand going on a decade now. And in addition to their ukes, the band—a very talented 10 to 12 strong, occasionally including the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Concords fame—employs accompanying instruments, exceptional harmonies and a terrific sense of humor (come on, they’re a ukulele orchestra), but their music is no joke. The genre-hopping group hits bluegrass, country, rock, reggae and R&B while covering the likes of Prince, Kings of Leon, Pharrell and Randy Newman, to name just a few. After releasing four EPs (stream them below), the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (above, performing “I Love You, Raylene”) released their first full-length—of Kiwi covers—Be Mine Tonight (stream it below), last year. And now they’re making a rare Stateside appearance for a tour that kicks off tonight at Mercury Lounge. Local singer-songwriter and ukulele player Emilyn Brodsky and New Zealand comedian Steve Wrigley open the show.


Soulful Nick Hakim Kicks Off Residency at Mercury Lounge Tonight

January 6th, 2015

He grew up in Washington, D.C., raised by Chilean and Peruvian parents, listening to folk, go-go, hip-hop and soul—and he now makes his home in Brooklyn. So it should come as no surprise that talented singer-songwriter Nick Hakim isn’t tied down to just one genre. And thanks to the release of two excellent EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Where Will We Go, Pt. 2 (stream both below), last year, Hakim (above, performing “The Green Twins” for Sofar Sounds), channeling Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson, has quickly earned the reputation of a powerful, refined crooner with an old soul. But it’s his live shows—including a stint opening for Maxwell—that have really won over fans. And to that end, tonight at Mercury Lounge, Hakim kicks off a January residency, playing every Tuesday this month. Come see what the fuss is all about.

(Nick Hakim also plays Mercury Lounge on 1/13, 1/20 and 1/27.)


We’ve Got You Covered on New Year’s Eve

December 30th, 2014

The thing about New Year’s Eve is that it’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s expectations of what the night should be. When on the last night of the year you should think about yourself for once and do what you want to do. And if that’s going to see some terrific bands play live music, then good news, we’ve got you covered. PhilRAD (featuring Phil Lesh and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) at the Capitol Theatre and the Hold Steady at Music Hall of Williamsburg are already sold out—although we’re giving away two tickets to the Hold Steady.

But don’t despair because: Mercury Lounge has local rockers Black Taxi, along with Little Racer and Brothertiger, at the early show, and Mr. Brownstone doing terrific covers of Guns N’ Roses at the late show. Deer Tick close out their six-night 10th-anniversary residency at Brooklyn Bowl doing a fan-selected set with special guest T. Hardy Morris (of Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs fame). Playing on the big stage at Terminal 5, Erasure—joined by Book of Love and Alex English—finish their two-night run. Reunited after an eight-year hiatus, emo trio Rainer Maria headline The Bowery Ballroom, with Moss Icon and Petal opening. And following opening sets by Mail the Horse and Twain, Spirit Family Reunion will have everyone at Rough Trade NYC clapping and stomping along as we welcome in 2015.


Kick Off the Last Weekend of the Year with I Am the Avalanche

December 24th, 2014

Following the breakup of a band, the Movielife, and a relationship, Vinnie Caruana (vocals and guitar) formed the post-hardcore outfit I Am the Avalanche a decade ago. Their self-titled debut (stream it below) arrived in 2005. Absolute Punk declared, “If you’re a fan of passionate vocals mixed with rocking guitars, this is also for you. I Am the Avalanche have the potential to be better than the Movielife and go places that Vinnie’s former band never went. Vinnie Caruana is back, and I couldn’t be any more excited.” The Brooklyn outfit—rounded out by Brandon “Aggro” Swanson (guitar), Brett “the Ratt” Romnes (drums) and John Oliva (bass)—put out their third full-length, Wolverines (stream it below), back in March. Billboard labeled it “an album with claws.” And Absolute Punk called the LP the band’s “most tight-knit and explosive set of songs yet…. Just like the three-eyed beast that graces the cover, Wolverines is a mean and lean punk rock record that sets the bar once again.” While I Am the Avalanche (above, performing “177” live for an official video) work on new songs throughout the winter, they won’t be playing live very much. But you’ve still got one more chance to see them, on Friday at The Bowery Ballroom for Swanson’s last performance with the band.


Sing Along with Johnnyswim at The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

December 17th, 2014

Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano are more than just harmonizing singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists mining blues, country, folk, pop and soul as the duo Johnnyswim. They’re also husband and wife—plus Sudano happens to be the daughter of Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano. The two met at church in Nashville and shortly afterward began writing songs together. Since then, they’ve released several EPs, gotten married and left Music City for the City of Angels. “The more songs we wrote together,
the more time we spent alone together, which is really all I was interested in. The more songs were good, the more chance of making out we had,” Ramirez told NPR. And earlier this year, Johnnyswim (above, performing “Home” on Late Show with David Letterman) put out their debut full-length, the anthemic Diamonds (stream it below). PopMatters mentioned, “catchy songs sung with deep hooks, intense emotions and passionate beating hearts,” before adding, “The words and music may be simple, but they also have an electrifying effect. This is true for all of the songs on the record. Johnnyswim kicks serious butt.” So come sing along when they play The Bowery Ballroom tonight, especially because tomorrow’s show is already sold out.


Two Chances to Catch Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue

December 12th, 2014

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Lowe has been a big part of British music—specifically rock, power pop and New Wave—since the ’70s, steadily releasing music and delighting fans across the globe. And despite the fact that his Christmas album, last year’s terrific Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family (stream it below), received terrific reviews—per Relix, “While Lowe’s recent critically acclaimed CDs have mined a mellow, melancholic mood, Quality Street sparkles with holiday cheer”—Lowe (above, performing “Christmas at the Airport” live in studio for WFUV FM) never toured in support of it … until now. In fact, Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue (which includes Los Straitjackets and the Cactus Blossoms) hit the road last week, and they’re headed our way not once but twice, on Sunday at The Bowery Ballroom and on 12/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.


Up-and-Comer Your Old Droog Headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 11th, 2014

Unaccompanied by any biographical information, the debut EP Your Old Droog arrived seemingly out of nowhere on SoundCloud this past spring, with a slow-building air of mystery following it. Who is this guy? No one knew—or if they did, they weren’t saying. People speculated, and thanks to raspy vocals and easy flow, many began to think it was Nas using an alias. But it turns out Your Old Droog is his own man. In August, he revealed himself to the New Yorker as a 25-year-old rapper from Coney Island. And in October, Rolling Stone, labeled Your Old Droog a New Artist You Need to Know, citing his “arch rhymes, brain-breaking puns and effortless delivery,” adding that he sounds like “chops-heavy, pun-soaked true school New York hip-hop made to break the rewind button on
your Walkman.” A self-titled LP (stream it below) arrived in November to some considerable acclaim. NPR gave it a glowing review: “The songs are short and sharp, and all the hoopla around Your Old Droog has turned out to be decidedly beside the point…. The way this album is constructed lets you watch a talent mature.” Your Old Droog (above, in the video for “Nutty Bars” and, below, freestyling) told RS that people “think they got me pegged, but they don’t know how I really get down.” Perhaps you can see how he gets down live when he plays a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Spanish Harlem rapper Dave East opens the show.