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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

February 19th, 2018

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Idan Raichel Brings His Soul-Stirring Music to the Beacon Theatre

February 19th, 2018

Following a stint in a rock band while in the Israeli army, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel began learning about the diverse cultures within his homeland thanks to working at a boarding school for immigrant kids. While drawing on elements from Israel, the rest of the Middle East, Ethiopia and India, he’s been a global-music ambassador of sorts ever since. First, Raichel (above, performing “Mi’Ma’amakim”) worked as a sideman for big-time Israeli acts, making friends and taking notes along the way. And eventually he began to do his own thing as the Idan Raichel Project and under his own name, winning over fans abroad, across Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. His most recent album, Piano-Songs (stream it below), is a live release. And touring behind it, Raichel plays the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night.

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Dirty Fences – Rough Trade NYC – February 15, 2018

February 16th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Galactic Bring a Taste of Mardi Gras to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday

February 16th, 2018

With Fat Tuesday earlier in the week, NOLA instrumental-jazz-funk outfit Galactic bring the sounds of Mardi Gras, not to mention their shake-your-hips music, to Brooklyn this weekend. Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (sax) and Richard Vogel (keys) have been willing and able New Orleans musical ambassadors for just about 25 years, known for their fiery, leave-it-all-onstage performances while still making time for nuanced recordings. Their eighth studio full-length, Into the Deep (stream it below), arrived in 2015. It “expands an already eclectic palette based in funk but that also includes liberal doses of hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues and even electronica. Galactic is blissfully unconcerned that every track is different enough to almost obscure their own identity as they continue to create music that’s fun, superbly crafted and wildly eclectic,” according to American Songwriter. “Give credit to the band’s founders and coproducers, bassist Robert Mercurio and saxist Ben Ellman, who molded this album and show that Galactic doesn’t need a stable front person, or even a singular approach, to make their dynamic music connect with playful passion and vibrant integrity.” Of course, the best way for you to connect with that music and passion is to see them live, and to that end, Galactic (above, doing “Chasing Rainbows” for Jam in the Van), having just launched their winter tour, play Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket and Richmond, Va., five-piece Butcher Brown open the show.

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Up-and-Coming L.A. Four-Piece Starcrawler Play Rough Trade NYC

February 15th, 2018

Influenced by the likes of the Runaways, high school friends Arrow de Wilde (vocals), Henri Cash (guitar), Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass) have been doing their own take on post-punk since forming Starcrawler—“a hard-swinging stoner-metal quartet with a taste for ’70s glam and dazed SoCal sleaze,” per the Los Angeles Times—three years ago in L.A. Their catchy singles and feisty live shows (in Europe and at home) have earned praise from Dave Grohl, Elton John and Ryan Adams, the last of whom produced the band’s self-titled debut full-length (stream it below), out last month on Rough Trade Records. “They are raw, have attitude and strut with brazen impunity. For all their unabashed posturing, they could very well be the millennial Stooges; they’ve certainly got the demeanor,” said Exclaim. “In an industry littered with sycophants, Starcrawler’s brand of exuberant noise is refreshing. The future may be bright for these young guns.” Currently making their way across North America, Starcrawler (above, performing “I Love LA”) play Rough Trade NYC on Friday night. Sundown Club and Dr. Danny open the show.

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First Aid Kit Have Love in the Air at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday

February 14th, 2018

First Aid Kit – Beacon Theatre – February 13, 2018


It was the night before Valentine’s Day and love was certainly in the air inside the Beacon Theatre for First Aid Kit’s sold-out show. The sister duo of Klara and Johanna Söderberg took the stage to a heartbeat rhythm from their band and kicked off the set with “Rebel Heart,” the opening track off their just-released album, Ruins. On cue, the stage backdrop was immediately illuminated with floating animated hearts to match the icon on the bass drum as the sisters’ voices paired with pedal steel to fill the historic venue. Throughout the show the love came in all varieties, but first and foremost it was those two voices. Separate, they were quite lovely, but for much of the show, they came together, as if their own thinking entities, deeply enamored with each other, creating an explosive chemistry on new songs like the country-ish instant-classic “Postcard,” pastel imagery and blue sky lights enhancing the gorgeous soundscape, and “Ruins,” accompanied by kaleidoscopic animations to bring out the singing’s hallucinogenic effects.

The Söderbergs’ vocals also brought out love from the band. Pedal steel, keys and drums, with occasional bouts of trombone and electric guitar, all helped carry those harmonies into every corner of the room. But most of all, the full house was clearly, deeply enamored with the music being made. Whether spontaneously jumping out of their seats to move their bodies or impromptu mid-show standing ovations were the norm throughout the show. Random shouts in response to banter or requesting songs were done out of pure, can’t-help-myself affection, and when the sisters asked for clapping or, as on the older “Emmylou,” help singing along, there was not a hesitant man, woman or child in the audience.

Ironically, the songs were typically not of the loving variety, and a highlight stretch in the middle began with “Stay Gold,” moved through a gorgeous ambient segue into a snarling “Lion’s Roar” and ended downright angrily with “You Are the Problem Here,” followed by a passionate monologue on the current state of women speaking out and taking control … which the audience uniformly loved. Of course, Valentine’s Day means hearts, and what better than an actual Heart cover? The whole band rocking a perfect rendition of “Crazy on You,” about which there was little not to love. During the encore, they brought out opener and good friend Van William to play “Revolution,” which features First Aid Kit on his album and also, coincidentally or not (I vote not), opens with the lyric “Lost my Valentine.” They finished with “My Silver Lining,” a victory lap for those lovely voices and pedal steel, keys and drums: so much to love. —A. Stein | @Neddyo 

 

 

 

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Sleigh Bells – Brooklyn Steel – February 13, 2018

February 14th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Two Chances to Catch Now, Now Live in Brooklyn This Week

February 14th, 2018

About 15 years ago, Cacie Dalager (vocals, guitar and keys) and Bradley Hale (drums and vocals) met while in the marching band of a suburban Minneapolis high school and eventually began writing songs together and playing them with a rotating group of musicians. After a name change, the duo finally settled on Now, Now, and inspired by ’90s alternative rock, they’ve released two LPs, including 2012’s Threads (stream it below), several EPs and a pair of remixed albums, all filled with acoustic guitar and fuzzy synths. But after recently releasing some punchier pop singles, Now, Now (above, performing “SGL” live in studio for KCMP FM the Current) are back out on the road, and they’ve got two appearances this weekend in Kings County. See them opening for X Ambassadors on Friday at Brooklyn Steel and then headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, with the four-piece Mothers opening.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Børns on 2/16

February 13th, 2018

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With the current tour behind his second studio full-length album, Blue Madonna, ending soon, Børns comes to New York City this week to play Brooklyn Steel on Thursday and Terminal 5 on Friday. And even though both dates sold out quickly, you’ve still got a chance to attend one by trying to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List to see Børns on Friday night. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Børns, 2/16) and a brief message explaining your favorite Winter Olympics sport. Eddie Bruiser, who’s probably watching right now, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Machine Head – PlayStation Theater – February 9, 2018

February 12th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Hear Some of the Bands You Can See This Week

February 12th, 2018

Hear some of the bands you can see this week.

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Shake It into the Weekend with the Funk Hunters at Rough Trade NYC

February 9th, 2018

Vancouver, B.C., DJ duo the Funk Hunters—Duncan Smith and Nick Middleton—have been mashing together old-school funk, disco, hip-hop and soul with new-school electronic music to make their own winning future-funk sounds that have been featured on big festival stages across the world for close to a decade. When they first began performing live, it was just mixers, turntables and video software, but somewhere along the way they started to occasionally add live instrumentation to the mix, to great effect. But either way, they’ll get you to the dance floor. And with just a few dates left on their winter tour, the Funk Hunters play Rough Trade NYC tonight, with the bass-heavy Defunk opening.

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J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Brooklyn Steel – February 7, 2018

February 8th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Girlpool Bring Hooks and Harmonies Aplenty to Brooklyn Steel

February 7th, 2018

Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker make riveting music together as Girlpool (above, performing “Powerplant” for World Cafe). They established themselves just a few years ago with a straightforward DIY punk-inspired minimalism, featuring their oft-unison vocals dead center. Their early songs are intense and direct but have an edge of sweetness. But for their second full-length record, the Pitchfork-praised Powerplant (stream it below), released last year, Tividad and Tucker softened the edges a bit more, incorporating upbeat harmonies and whimsical instrumentation, yet their unique musical style still abounds. In interviews, Girlpool have spoken about their belief in conveying radical vulnerability and honesty through their music and lyrics. Despite their age (Tividad and Tucker are both in their early 20s), they come across as wise and worldly. And with Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, what better way to get radically in touch with your own complicated emotions than to spend the night with Girlpool tomorrow at Brooklyn Steel. And even if you’re too cool to be affected by that cloying Hallmark holiday, then you’ll still appreciate swaying along to Girlpool’s catchy hooks. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

 

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Hippo Campus on 2/10

February 6th, 2018

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Touring behind their acclaimed debut full-length, Landmark, Twin Cities pop four-piece Hippo Campus come back to Brooklyn this weekend to play the big stage at Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. And while the show is already sold out, you can try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. It’s actually pretty easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Hippo Campus, 2/10) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune on Landmark. Eddie Bruiser, who just finished listening to the album all the way through, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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