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A Reunited Piebald Play Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow Night

May 24th, 2017

Travis Shettel (vocals and guitar), Andrew Bonner (bass), Aaron Stuart (guitar) and Luke Garro (drums)—ultimately replaced by Luke Garro—were in high school outside of Andover, Mass., when they formed the emo, post-hardcore band Piebald more than 20 years ago, combining “a goofy sense of sarcasm and wit with big, fuzzy guitars and hooks aplenty,” according to Stereogum. They quickly became a prominent presence in Boston’s indie-rock scene thanks to their upbeat live performances. Piebald (above, doing “American Hearts”) put out five studio full-lengths, the last of which, Accidental Gentleman (stream it below), came out 10 years ago, before amicably breaking up in 2008 (playing one of their last shows at The Bowery Ballroom). They briefly got together to play Bamboozle in 2010, but last year they returned with a reunion tour, and as part of an East Coast run, Piebald play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

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Pantha du Prince Brings Experimental Electronic Music to Williamsburg

May 22nd, 2017

German composer, conceptual artist and experimental-electronic producer Hendrik Weber has worked under various names for more than a decade in the music industry, but he’s most known for making “sleek, pared-down techno” as Pantha du Prince (above, performing The Triad for Boiler Room), earning acclaim from critics, raves from fans and collaborations with indie rockers thanks to what AllMusic calls his “post-punk/shoegaze-inspired approach.” Pantha du Prince’s fifth studio full-length, The Triad (stream it below), came out last year. “That’s just what this album’s got,” said the Line of Best Fit. “A heart. Mathematical, mechanical parts that once evoked landscapes, snowscapes, a view frozen in time now evoke emotions and memories. Fleshy stuff, any mistakes made with a smile. It’s that searched for human touch, something no mere tin man could create.” Pitchfork weighed in, too: “The Triad sounds more like the work of a full band than one guy with a laptop, and it’s better for it. Compositions unfurl slowly, starting as sketches before layers of instrumentation blanket one another in unpredictable ways.” Find out just how unpredictable in person, tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Whitehorse Play the Early Show at Mercury Lounge on Monday

May 19th, 2017

Before forming the Canadian folk-roots duo Whitehorse six years ago, singer-songwriters (and husband and wife) Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland had successful solo careers. Their eponymous debut full-length (stream it below) arrived in 2011. “Their self-titled debut record manages to amplify the musical personalities of both artists successfully,” according to AllMusic. “McClelland and Doucet had each been tending their own solo careers for a decade or so before starting Whitehorse, and both artists had been making their own inroads on the Canadian roots music scene, but these tracks find them crafting a more forceful, visceral sound together.” Whitehorse (above, performing “Tame as the Wild One”) have remained busy touring and recording ever since. Their most recent release, the blues-covers album Northern South Vol. 1 (stream it below), came out last summer. “Through the use of multi-tracking, the two can really build a song with a thick slab made of many layers. Rather than drone, Whitehorse adds color to the material through innovative arrangements to cover the chug-chug-chugging beat, which can range from affected vocals to fuzzy electric guitar riffs,” per PopMatters. “The two players understand the primal underpinnings of desire expressed in this music, ensuring that the songs come from the body more than the heart or mind. Whitehorse should be felt more than heard to be appreciated. Crank it up!” Hear them live at the early show at Mercury Lounge on Monday night. Singer-songwriter Brian Dunne opens.

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The Growlers’ Spring Tour Comes Through Terminal on Saturday

May 18th, 2017

Shake me up, shake me down: Try to define the Growlers’ sound and multiple genres will come to mind, which is exactly what makes them so special. Their sonic melting pot ranges from psychedelic rock to indie pop and from surf rock to beach Goth, all while Brooks Nielsen’s distinctive raspy voice croons about love, life and everyday hardships. Over the course of more than a decade, the Dana Point, Calif., band has released numerous well-received singles, EPs and albums, including last year’s City Club (stream it below), which AllMusic dubbed their “most immediate and accessible collection of songs to date.” Plus, they’ve toured with renowned acts like the Black Keys, Julian Casablancas and Devendra Banhart. The Growlers (above, doing “I’ll Be Around” live in studio for KEXP FM) have gone through a transformation with City Club—produced by Casablancas and Shawn Everett (best known for working with Alabama Shakes and Weezer)—making their sound more concise, with upbeat tempos and perhaps a dose of New York City attitude added to their sunny, laid-back California vibes. Now in fine mid-tour form, the Growlers play Terminal 5 on Saturday night. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren

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Holy Fuck Close Out Run of Shows Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom

May 17th, 2017

Without using laptops or programmed backing tracks, Toronto electronic-rock ensemble Holy Fuck—currently Brian Borcherdt (keys and effects) and Graham Walsh (keys and effects) with Matt McQuaid (bass) and Matt Schulz (drums)—have been getting fans to the dance floor with their (often improvised) lo-fi electronic performances since forming back in 2004. Holy Fuck’s first recorded work, an eponymous LP (stream it below), came out a year later. “In a style of music that’s mostly created by pressing buttons and manipulating touch screens, the drummer-powered, live-in-the-studio feel of Holy Fuck provides both musical excitement and textural variety missing from most similar electro-dance albums,” per AllMusic. Last year, Holy Fuck (above, performing “Tom Tom” for KEXP FM) released their fourth full-length—the first since 2010. “Here we have Congrats, a record which sees them perfectly, finally, in balance between their jazzy, wiggy madness and their strangely melodic sensibilities,” gushed Drowned in Sound. “It’s good to have you back, Holy Fuck, and it’s a relief to say that the six-year wait for Congrats is most definitely worth it. For all their weirdo mangled machine noise, it feels like they’ve reached a beautiful plateau, a perfect crossroads between all their disparate elements, finely tuned and full of vigour.” They close out their May tour on Thursday night at The Bowery Ballroom. Toronto trio Odonis Odonis open the show.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Brooklyn Steel – May 14, 2017

May 15th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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A Double Dose of Temples in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 15th, 2017

Five years ago, James Bagshaw (vocals and guitar) and Tom Walmsley (bass and vocals) formed Temples in the East Midlands of England, initially as a home-studio project. But as the band’s sound increased, so did it’s size, with the additions of Adam Smith (guitar, keys and vocals) and Sam Toms (drums). Thanks to several singles and EPs, Temples (above, performing “Certainly” live in studio for KEXP FM) became known for deftly mixing baroque pop, experimental psychedelia and expert songcraft. Their second full-length, Volcano (stream it below), arrived earlier this year on Fat Possum. “Volcano sounds like an album made to be played on a big stage at an outdoor festival. The sounds have been simplified, the choruses pumped up, and the vocals stripped of the reverb haze they were buried in,” says AllMusic. “The arrangements are still fully colored-in, but they are sharper and less swathed in psych pop mystery.” And before they head back to Europe later this week, Temples play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night and then again on Thursday. Atmospheric California trio Lo Moon open both shows.

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Two Rowdy Nights of Clutch, Lucero and the Sword This Week

May 15th, 2017

Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch more than 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and their own unique sound (think: the Venn diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of that go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on the fiery stage performances they’re known for, Clutch (above, performing “Firebirds”) still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 11th full-length album, Psychic Warfare (stream it below), which came out two Octobers ago. “As the band members have grown together, they deliver—almost effortlessly—a most well-oiled machine. Psychic Warfare includes super-tight interplay, madcap (and thematically heady) lyrics and high-octane riffs that often translate with face-melting power in their live shows,” according to AllMusic. And in naming the long-player one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015, Rolling Stone called it “a danger-fueled but stoner-friendly gem that reminds the listener of days where the hippie and biker culture intermingled in psychotic harmony.” Clutch come our way this week, accompanied by a pair of equally raucous acts—Memphis, Tenn., country-punk rockers Lucero and Austin, Texas, metal revivalists the Sword—for two shows, tonight at Brooklyn Steel and on Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre.

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Texas Five-Piece the Unlikely Candidates Play Mercury Lounge

May 11th, 2017

Kyle Morris (vocals) and Cole Male (guitar) initially formed the Unlikely Candidates (above, performing “Your Love Could Start a War”) as an acoustic duo close to 10 years ago in Fort Worth, Texas. They’ve since expanded their catchy, sprawling sound with the addition of Brenton Carney (guitar), Kevin Goddard (drums) and Jared Hornbeek (bass). Their second EP, Bed of Liars (stream it below), came out earlier this year. “Despite the short track listing, every song stands on its own with catchy hooks and beats,” says Literally, Darling. “This second release from the Unlikely Candidates serves as a perfect example of how much the band has grown into their sound.” Find out for yourself at Thursday’s early show at Mercury Lounge. Brother duo the Fame Riot open.

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North Mississippi Allstars Play The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

May 10th, 2017

In baseball, you’ve got your all-stars and you’ve got your veteran journeymen. In Southern rock, you’ve got North Mississippi Allstars (above, performing “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” for Jam in the Van), who after two decades of nearly constant round-the-world-several-times-over touring, playing and recording—together and apart—collaborating with other musicians or just straight-up, are still in the upper echelon of the genre. The brothers Dickinson, Luther and Cody, show no signs of losing their edge, back with their potent, swampy blues on their upcoming album Prayer for Peace, out next month. They return to The Bowery Ballroom Thursday night, and you should expect the wily moves of a crafty veteran and the long-ball power of the game’s best. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.

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The Palms Play the Late Show on Monday at Mercury Lounge

May 5th, 2017

Ben Rothbard (vocals and guitar) and Johnny Zambetti (guitar and vocals) are part of the L.A. five-piece Terraplane Sun, but they formed the band the Palms toward creating music without barriers. Their debut EP, Sway (stream it below), came out last year. Interview called it “catchy as pop, yet melded with poignant elements of blues, hip-hop, rock and reggae. Rothbard’s distinct vocals also invite the listener into each track, allowing the duo’s intended messages to come through while simultaneously leaving space for individual interpretations.” And now the Palms (above, performing “Stupid LA Love Song” in studio for WEQX FM) launch a brief East Coast tour at tonight’s late show at Mercury Lounge. Local ethereal garage-pop duo Me Not You open the show.

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Courtney Marie Andrews Plays Early on Monday at Mercury Lounge

May 5th, 2017

Talented singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews began playing guitar and writing her own original songs while just a teenager in Phoenix, and she began performing live before graduating high school. Soon enough Andrews (above, performing “Table for One” live in studio for KEXP FM) became a backup singer and session guitarist for numerous artists, including the likes of Damien Jurado and Jimmy Eat World. But thanks to her own work, combining country, folk and pop, she’s earned the reputation of a songwriter’s songwriter. Andrews’ most recent release, Honest Life (stream it below)—which she considers a coming-of-age record—came out last year. It’s “an album at once elegant and deeply moving,” said Paste in a review comparing her to Emmylou Harris and Neko Case. “They’re excellent songs, expertly written, but Andrews’ voice is what makes them unforgettable.” Experience that voice live when Courtney Marie Andrews plays the early show on Monday night at Mercury Lounge.

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You Me at Six Bring a New Album to The Bowery Ballroom on Monday

May 4th, 2017

Formed in Southeast England in 2004, You Me at Six—Josh Franceschi (vocals), Max Helyer (guitar), Chris Miller (guitar), Matt Barnes (bass) and Dan Flint (drums)—broke into the mainstream with the release of their first full-length, Take Off Your Colours (stream it below), four years later. The Guardian compared them to Fall Out Boy, adding, “The world may be ever-changing, but teenage angst is common to every generation. Surrey emo kids You Me At Six wear theirs with pride.” Earlier this year, the band (above, performing “Swear” for BBC Radio 1) put out their fifth studio album, Night People (stream it below), which finds them in darker, heavier territory. “Perhaps Night People isn’t the album we were expecting from YMAS, but it is the one they wanted (and arguably needed) to make right now. Crammed with skyscraping melodies and moments of spine-tingling poignancy, it stands them in the best possible stead for packing out stadiums and headlining festivals in the near future,” said Rock Sound. “They’ve fulfilled their side of the bargain with these 10 songs. Your move, world.” Touring America in support of their new music, You Me at Six play The Bowery Ballroom on Monday night. And the Score open the show.

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The Fab Faux Do Never-Before-Seen Tribute at the Capitol Theatre

May 3rd, 2017

Individually, former Late Show with David Letterman bassist Will Lee (vocals, bass and keys), Conan house-band leader and guitarist Jimmy Vivino (vocals, guitar and keys), in-demand Rich Pagano (vocals and drums), accomplished songwriter Frank Agnello (vocals and guitars) and multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli (vocals, keys and guitars) are each known as incredibly hard-working and fantastically talented musicians. And together, they combine to join forces as the Fab Faux, which Rolling Stone’s David Fricke calls “the greatest Beatles cover band—without the wigs.” Of course, the Fab Faux (above, performing “Tomorrow Never Knows”) are much more than a cover band. No, they don’t look like the Beatles, but thanks to their love of the Fab Four and their attention to every little detail, they sound remarkably like them. See them perform a never-before-seen tribute of The Beatles’ Second Album and Yesterday and Today on Saturday night at the Capitol Theatre. (The Fab Faux will return to play the Westbury Theater on 6/10 and then the Beacon Theatre on 11/4.)