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Reverend Horton Heat Come to Brooklyn to Play Warsaw on Saturday

November 29th, 2016

Reverend Horton Heat—vocalist-guitarist Jim Heath with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla (drums)—have been mashing together punk, rockabilly, electric blues and country music into their own acclaimed psychobilly sound since forming in Dallas more than 30 years ago “as a sort of punked-up Stray Cats with more gonzo songwriting,” said Rolling Stone. They quickly became known for nonstop touring, sweaty, energetic live performances and an irreverent sense of humor. Their most recent album, the terrific Rev (stream it below), came out in 2014. “They do this stuff better than anyone,” according to AllMusic, “and they don’t have to apologize for playing to their strengths when they can still wail like this.” “Reverend Horton Heat sound recharged and firing on all cylinders once again,” said PopMatters. “Fans old and new should be able to find plenty to carry them along for a wild ride with Rev.” Their current tour brings Reverend Horton Heat (above, performing “The Devil’s Chasing Me” live for KEXP FM) to Warsaw on Saturday night. Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy and Lucky Tubb open the show.

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Warpaint and Facial – Warsaw – October 7, 2016

October 10th, 2016

Warpaint - Warsaw - October 7, 2016

Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Honne Come to Warsaw with New Music Tomorrow Night

October 4th, 2016

With each of them writing, recording and producing their music, Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher have been doing business as the electronic-soul duo Honne (above, performing “Warm on a Cold Night” for Hype Hotel) since forming two years ago in London. And following some very well received EPs, influenced by the likes of Al Green and Bill Withers, the duo’s debut full-length, Warm on a Cold Night (stream it below)— filled with smoldering synths and smooth vocals—arrived this past summer. Clash Music says the album bursts with “irresistibly smooth, baby-making electro-soul,” while the Guardian proclaims, “The East London duo’s sleek debut combines the best sounds from the past with state-of-the-art, sophisticated pop.” And having just launched an American tour yesterday, Honne play Warsaw in Brooklyn tomorrow night. Eclectic Austin, Texas, one-man band Max Frost opens the show.

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Russian Circles – Warsaw – September 30, 2016

October 3rd, 2016

Russian Circles - Warsaw - September 30, 2016

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Angel Olsen Displays Her Powers at Warsaw on Sunday Night

September 19th, 2016

Angel Olsen – Warsaw – September 18, 2016

(Photo: Andie Diemer)

(Photo: Andie Diemer)

Angel Olsen wields the superpower of having one of the most dynamic voices in music. Not only that, but her songwriting puts it all to damn good use. Her latest release, the much-acclaimed My Woman, further pushes her sound into every direction. Sometimes it’s poppier, sometimes more mellow, louder and/or softer. Call it her slow takeover of the entire musical canon. Olsen and Co. came to Brooklyn’s the Warsaw on Sunday night, her second of two local weekend shows. Olsen’s backing band, sporting adorable matching gray suits with bolo ties, featured some welcome new additions. Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire may be one of the few voices out there with the chops to sing backing vocals for Olsen. Their Southern-inspired outfits seemed fitting for the barn-stomping, rockabilly-tinged set openers, “Never Be Mine” and “Hi-Five.” All three guitarists came out swinging as the slow-burning “Sister” worked toward its fiery crescendo.

At the opposite end of things, “Acrobat,” usually already a sparse song, was stripped bare even of its rhythm, making a brooding number sound all the more haunted. With its lurching momentum, the shape-shifting melody was left to wax and wane as Olsen saw fit, belting through lines like “I am alive” before lingering on “I thought I had died.” It remains one of her best songs, made all the better by her continual experimentation with its arrangement. She makes it all look easy to boot. “Windows” showcased vocals reminiscent of Stevie Nicks’ raspy warmth. The following song, “Not Gonna Kill You,” brought out the fever-pitch psychedelic sharpness that could be mistaken for Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick. The encore kicked off with the bright and moody “Intern.” And for all the range displayed within the main set, the song still felt like a counterpoint, replacing drums and guitars for keyboards and synths. Just when you thought she was done conquering the musical landscape, there was still more stones left unturned. You can call this rock and roll. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

 

 

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Poliça Bring New Music to Sold-Out Warsaw on Saturday Night

April 25th, 2016

Poliça – Warsaw – April 23, 2016

Poliça – Warsaw – April 23, 2016
A lot can change in a year. For Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson of Poliça, change came both personally and professionally. Last year the couple welcomed their first child while they worked on their third studio album, United Crushers. With parenthood came matured lyrics tackling some darker subjects, from drugs to police brutality, which paint a rather bleak outlook for a newborn child. This week’s news of Prince’s passing hit the proud Minnesotan band especially close to home. From birth to death, the themes all converged on Saturday evening at a sold-out Warsaw

Drenched in heavy Auto-Tune rendering Leaneagh to a low baritone, the quartet opened with “Summer Please” and followed with more from their latest, including “Lime Habit” and “Someway.” The artwork from United Crushers provided the backdrop, while lighting was at a minimum with the exception of glowing floor lights leaving members illuminated like neon figures. Leaneagh mentioned how nice it was to play Warsaw as they are often mistaken for a Polish band. Also, who doesn’t love having a few pierogies during a show?

The exuberant crowd lit up as the jangling synths gave way to fave “Chain My Name.” The recently blonde Leaneagh weaved her hands and swayed to the basslines and multiple drumbeats—the band’s got not one but two drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu. On probably the most-mellow track, “Lately,” Leaneagh’s vocal sounded particularly ethereal and melodic. But don’t let that soft spot fool you: She proceeded to head-bang during her rendition of “Berlin” and crooned with conviction against the heavy basslines provided by Chris Bierden. An encore of “Baby Sucks” and “Amongster” happily sent off fans into the night as reverberations of the evening lingered. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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The Kills – Warsaw – April 13, 2016

April 14th, 2016

The Kills – Warsaw – April 13, 2016

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Savages Deliver with Gusto at Warsaw in Brooklyn

March 30th, 2016

Savages – Warsaw – March 29, 2016

Savages – Warsaw – March 29, 2016
Every so often, the thrill of a concert sends a powerful reminder of the myriad ways that music compels us. In an age when accessibility to songs old and new is nearly effortless and the pleasure of listening to them on your own time is so technologically enhanced, the appreciation of being there in the midst of a live performance can be obscured. Then you see a group like Savages takes the stage on a cold night in Brooklyn, and it hits home: This is the essence of it all. Whether they’ve intended to or not, Savages have grabbed a commanding spot in the genre of post-punk with style and purpose, and with exhilarating live performances, they’ve grabbed the attention of many.

With the full arsenal of air-tight musicianship, charismatic presence and their sexy appearance, these London girls have created a buzz that has steadily swelled since their debut album, Silence Yourself, in 2013, drawing fans of all sorts to their shows in feverish anticipation. With the freshly released Adore Life added to their repertoire, Savages seized the spotlight in front of a sold-out room at Warsaw last night and rose up to the occasion. A striking edge of posture combined with the hard jabbing of the drum, bass and guitar that drives their sound, Savages delivered with focus and gusto—with the aura and dark mystique of predecessors such as Joy Division and Interpol.

There are few lead singers at the moment like Jehnny Beth. You simply can’t take your eyes off of her as she hurls herself into each song with an impressive range of vocal delivery switching between rapidly spitting bullets, extended bellows and slow enchanting croons. Behind her, the instrumentation was so true that even when pushed out at full thrust, it was clearly defined. Guitarist Gemma Thompson ripped through the set with slide distortions and sinister accents, periodically whipping around to spar with her amps. There was a collective excited feeling of awe among those in attendance that carried afterward with buzzing about the greatness of the performance just witnessed. You’ve got to give it to Savages. They throw themselves into it with everything they have, leaving it all onstage, giving you all the incentive you need to go see the band you love in your headphones in their fullest stature in the flesh. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Poliça on 2/19

February 16th, 2016

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With their third album—and a new tour—due in just a few weeks, Poliça make a special appearance at Rough Trade NYC on Friday night. The show sold out quickly, but you can still see them when they return to play Warsaw on 4/23. And if you just can’t wait ’til spring, try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List to see Poliça on Friday night. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Poliça, 2/19) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune by the Minneapolis five-piece. Eddie Bruiser, who’s freezing snowballs to use this summer, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Deerhunter – Warsaw – December 9, 2015

December 10th, 2015

Deerhunter - Warsaw - December 9, 2015

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | charlesosteinberg.com

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We Were Promised Jetpacks – Warsaw – December 5, 2015

December 7th, 2015

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Warsaw - December 5, 2015

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com

Rudimental – Warsaw – September 30, 2015

October 1st, 2015

Rudimental - Warsaw - September 30, 2015

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Thee Oh Sees Kick Off Three Nights in NYC at a Breakneck Pace

September 9th, 2015

Thee Oh Sees – The Bowery Ballroom – September 8, 2015

(Photo: Andie Diemer)

(Photo: Andie Diemer)


When you see Thee Oh Sees live you’re obligated to tell five others about how they have to see the band perform live. There must be some type of Ponzi scheme at play here—I can’t count how many people had given me this advice. Or perhaps it’s just that Thee Oh Sees really are insanely good live. Easy but awful pun about the group’s name aside, they are simply a must-see band. Originally from San Francisco, but currently based in Los Angeles, Thee Oh Sees, loosely tied to the same punky ecosystem that gave us Ty Segall and his never-ending list of side projects. They’ve existed in many iterations, but always include guitarist-frontman John Dwyer, who’s currently on tour with bassist Timothy Hellman and two incredible drummers who sit center stage, Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon, more often then not hammering the same beat at a breakneck pace.

Thee Oh Sees lined The Bowery Ballroom’s stage last night with each member right up at the very front, jutted up against a crowd of pogo-ing mops of hair. There was barely enough room at the lip of that stage that, when ambitious crowd members decided to climb the stage and crowd surf, they had about an inch of space to balance before falling back into the hands of the audience, as if confronted with some invisible force-field of rock that tossed them back. The two drummers gave Thee Oh Sees’ psych-rock punkiness a notably hardcore edge. Take the set-opening “I Come from the Mountain” for example. They built up momentum so fast it was almost as if everyone else was running to keep pace. Not that anyone was speeding up, it was just that they were all fighting the human limits of how fast one could possibly play, similar to how they all lined up on the stage. It’s like in cartoons, when cars or trains go so fast that they inevitably start to disintegrate or fall apart. That’s the speed at which Thee Oh Sees play, but there’s never any falling apart.

With the two drummers in the middle of the stage, pounding a uniform beat, it kept Dyer and bassist Hellman chained to it. But take everyone else away and Dyer was incredible to watch on his own, responsible for a lot of sound for just one man, noodling at his guitar that’s at nipple height, yipping into his microphone, grabbing the microphone stand and dragging it over with him to his synth keyboard, other times feeling the intensity and just hounding at his guitar. Dyer also spits an awful lot, sometimes just hocking skyward loogies up at a straight angle. For the pace and intensity that this band plays, one might expect a short set, but Thee Oh Sees kept playing for as long as the audience could take it. For anyone with energy for more, they’ve got two more chances to see Thee Oh Sees this week at Warsaw. Plenty of time to tell five friends about how damn good they were. Keep this Ponzi punk-rock scheme rolling. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks

(Thee Oh Sees play Warsaw tomorrow and Friday.)

 

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Mac DeMarco on 8/20

August 18th, 2015

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Mac DeMarco has two more sold-out shows this week, tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg and on Thursday at Warsaw. And The House List is giving away two tickets to that second show. So if you don’t already have tickets but still want to go, try to Grow a Pair. 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 (Mac DeMarco, 8/20) and a brief message explaining your favorite song on Another One. Eddie Bruiser, who’s getting ready to go on vacation, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Delta Spirit and Friends Come to Warsaw Tomorrow Night

August 6th, 2015

Charismatic frontman Matt Vasquez (vocals and guitar), Jon Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (drums), Kelly Winrich (keys and vocals) and Will McLaren (guitar) formed the soulful Americana five-piece Delta Spirit (above, performing “From Now On” for KUTX FM) a decade ago in San Diego. They won over fans the old-fashioned way, crisscrossing the country—often with their musical brothers-in-arms Deer Tick and Dawes—and becoming known for arena-ready songs and energetic, leave-it-all-onstage live shows, not to mention their quality discography, which includes four well-received studio full-lengths. The most recent of which, Into the Wide (stream it below), came out last year. Per Consequence of Sound, “They’ve successfully expanded their range without it feeling unnatural. The change is never forced; they just have faith in their intuition. That’s what led them to Brooklyn, which led them to Into the Wide. Wherever those instincts take them next, they should trust it.” And not only do Delta Spirit play Warsaw tomorrow, but they’re also bring some friends with them: MGMT’s James Richardson, Guards’ Loren Humphrey, Cults’ Brian Oblivion, Madeline Follin and Gabe Rodriguez, and Jessica Lea Mayfield.