Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See AJR on 6/21

June 20th, 2017


Eclectic brother trio AJR released their second album, The Click, just a couple of weeks ago and they celebrate its release with a hometown appearance tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. The show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. 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 (AJR, 6/21) and a brief message explaining why you’re eagerly looking forward to the summer solstice. Eddie Bruiser, a fan of all solstices, will notify the winner by tomorrow.

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Kamasi Washington Collaborator Miles Mosley at Rough Trade NYC

May 25th, 2017

When it comes to a wide range of music, from jazz to rock to soul to hip-hop, Mike Mosley does it all: singing, writing, composing, band-leading, producing and playing multiple instruments, most notably (and inventively) the standup bass, which he describes “as if Jimi Hendrix played upright bass in Prince’s band.” So far, Mosley (above, performing “Abraham”) is best known for his work with others, featuring on big albums like Chris Cornell’s Carry On, Kendrick Lamar’s Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic, and as part of the influential Los Angeles jazz-fusion collective West Coast Get Down—who’ve been compared to the Wu-Tang Clan—since Mosley, Washington and others were just young teens. So when it came time to do what would become the acclaimed triple album The Epic, as part of a month of 14-hour recording sessions, various West Coast Get Down members pitched in and all came out with new albums, Washington’s getting released first. Earlier this year, Mosley’s solo debut, Uprising (stream it below), arrived second, sounding like “Lenny Kravitz backed by a killer jazz crew,” according to Rolling Stone. “Here, Mosley leads the troupe on a funk, rock and jazz excursion marked by his honest and emotive vocals and deeply metaphorical lyrics.” And just like with Washington’s, Mosley’s work is best experienced live. So go see Miles Mosley and West Coast Get Down tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. Antibalas bassist Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality open the show.


Balkan Beat Box Bring Their Unique Dance Party to Brooklyn Steel

April 25th, 2017

Firewater members producer-drummer Tamir Muskat and producer-saxophonist Ori Kaplan (also formerly of Gogol Bordello) were born in Israel and met in Brooklyn. United by a love of music, and playing together—as Balkan Beat Box—they blend Balkan, klezmer and Mediterranean sounds with dub, electronica and hip-hop. They perform live joined by a rotating group of musicians, but singer-percussionist Tomer Yosef has officially joined them as the third member of the band. Their fifth full-length, Shout It Out (stream it below), out last year, finds the band “as wild as ever,” according to Relix. “Shout It Out is spicy and exotic—but even a pop-radio audience could get behind it.” You can get behind it yourself when Balkan Beat Box (above, doing “I Trusted U” at Paste Studios) play Brooklyn Steel on Friday night. Das Racist’s Heems opens the show.

The Space at Westbury Welcomes Guster Tomorrow Night

June 14th, 2016

Ryan Miller (vocals and multiple instruments), Adam Gardner (multiple instruments and vocals) and Brian Rosenworcel (drums) met at orientation in August of 1991 prior to their freshman year at Tufts University. Within a couple of months they were playing live as a trio. Two albums followed, but it was Guster’s third disc, Lost and Gone Forever, that gained them some considerable attention. Since then, Luke Reynolds (multiple instruments and backing vocals) has joined the band as they continue to play high-octane live shows filled with upbeat music. The personable, fan-friendly road warriors (above, performing “Hang On” for AudiotreeTV) put out their seventh studio LP, Evermotion (stream it below), last year. It was their first album in half a decade, but PopMatters opined that what “results is a fine reminder that quality over quantity is a goal worth striving for.” And furthermore, “Guster took a chance this time out, and it paid off.” Back out on the road, Guster (above, performing “Hang On” for Audiotree Live) play the Space at Westbury tomorrow night. And as an added bonus, Marco Benevento opens the show.


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 |


The Flavr Blue Play the Late Show Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

February 12th, 2016

More than three years ago, Hollis Wong-Wear (who sang the hook on Macklemore’s “White Walls”), Parker Joe and Lace Cadence met one another at local Seattle rap shows and began making music together shortly thereafter as the Flavr Blue. Their debut full-length, Pisces (stream it below), came out in 2012. And despite each member’s hip-hop pedigree, the dance-inspired LP skews toward club bangers rather than rap. On their most recent release, last fall’s EP Love Notes (stream it below), the Flavr Blue (above, doing “We Can Go Blind” for Sounds by the Sound) combine what KEXP FM calls “catchy songwriting and soaring harmonies with rich electronic production.” And with a new tour launched last night, they play the late show at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

Slow Club Launch New Tour at The Bowery Ballroom

September 18th, 2014

Slow Club – The Bowery Ballroom – September 17, 2014

Charlie Watson and Rebecca Taylor have been playing together as Slow Club since 2006. Blending two-part harmonies against a multitude of instruments, they’ve toured their native homeland, England, this summer in support of their recent release, Complete Surrender. The third full-length album has been described by the Guardian as “a soaring account of bruised hearts and tear-soaked pillows” and lauded by Paste as “making the kind of songs that aren’t just meant to score feelings, but actually make the listener feel.” They arrived Wednesday evening to kick off their North American tour at The Bowery Ballroom.

Starting with the appropriately titled “Beginners,” off their previous album, Paradise, Taylor crooned against Watson’s backing aahs and oohs. The pair quickly settled into material from their latest album, starting with the title track. As the drum solo kicked in, the disco ball quickly turned on for the infectious dance tune, before halting for “Tears of Joy.” Taylor stood alone against a single spotlight as she belted out “Not Mine to Love.” And upon returning, Watson confessed he’d dreamed of playing The Bowery Ballroom, but not in the baggy dad pants he was wearing. (Heck, comfort first, right?)

Fans were treated to some back-catalog treasures, like the Beatles-inspired “Never Look Back,” the rapid-paced “Our Most Brilliant Friends” and the rollicking “If We’re Still Alive.” Taylor’s and Watson’s vocals were on full display as the set neared its close. For “Number One,” Watson delivered deep, plaintive lyrics supported by Taylor’s gutsy backing vocals. Those pipes were further highlighted on the soul-drenched closer, “Suffering You, Suffering Me.” Hinting earlier in the night that there’d be an encore, the two returned to the stage with “Dependable People and Things That I’m Sure Of” and “Two Cousins.” And then several people had already exited as Watson and Taylor came back again to treat the crowd to an unplugged, acoustic version of “Hackney Marsh.” —Sharlene Chiu



A Euphoric Triple Bill at Brooklyn Bowl

November 20th, 2013

The Mowgli’s/Royal Teeth/X Ambassadors – Brooklyn Bowl – November 19, 2013

The Mowgli’s

Last night at Brooklyn Bowl, a triple bill of bands with emotionally charged music greeted an eager crowd that had trekked through the windy cold, eager to hit the dance floor. X Ambassadors were crooning through their opening number, “Down With Me,” as I approached the stage. The band members were gyrating fiercely to their own soulful, dark music, and soon the crowd followed suit. The haunting clarity of sentiment behind each lyric gives X Ambassadors’ live set a huge edge. The band played the entirety of their debut EP, Love Songs Drug Songs, with an intensity that swept up the crowd. And frontman Sam Harris jumped into the audience for the last song, “Brother.”

Royal Teeth took the stage next for an infectious set filled with some of the best songs in their repertoire. Hailing from Louisiana, they have an undeniable air of Southern charm about them, which translates well into their upbeat rock. “Hold Me,” off the six-piece’s most recent album, Glow, rang out, sending a wave of elation through the audience. “We are so happy to be here. We will be back as many times as you guys will have us,” said lead singer Gary Larsen, his smiling face gleaming in the psychedelic pink and blue light. The crowd cheered in agreement.

As the Mowgli’s—eight members strong—launched into their first song, “The Great Divide,” everyone in the crowd was jumping up and down. The Mowgli’s are currently on their Random Acts of Kindness tour and entreated audience members to donate canned food for the upcoming holiday season. The band’s positive attitude is awe-inspiring. Plucky strings, rumbling percussion and earnest lyrics swiftly drove along the performance. The Mowgli’s are clearly a well-rehearsed team, as they glided through their set spontaneously switching places and microphones often. Julia Nunes, who accompanied the Mowgli’s on their 2012 tour, helped out on the vocals for “Clean Light.” The band played the majority of Waiting for the Dawn and closed out the set with a delightful version of “San Francisco.” Followed by uproarious cheers for an encore, they returned with members of Royal Teeth and X Ambassadors to play an elaborate version of “Time.” All three bands have enough collective energy and positivity to break through even on the most mundane weeknight. And with any luck, they’ll be back soon. We could use some more euphoria around here. —Schuyler Rooth

Two Nights of mewithoutYou and Kevin Devine

August 15th, 2012

Brothers Aaron (vocals and guitar) and Michael (guitar and vocals) Weiss were already in one band, the Operation, when they started another one to try out a different kind of music. That project eventually became known as mewithoutYou (above, doing “February 1878”). And that different kind of music is punk-tinged experimental structures, spoken word and plenty of guitar. Now a four-piece, with Greg Jehanian (bass) and Rickie Mazzotta (drums), the Philly-based often travels with more musicians on tour. And with the release of their fifth LP, Ten Stories—which MTV calls “a truly great album”—mewithoutYou is out on the road with NYC’s own Kevin Devine (below, playing “I Used to Be Someone”), he of the deep musical repertoire. See them tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg and on Friday at The Bowery Ballroom.

Jonathan Wilson Plays the Early Show on Friday at Mercury Lounge

May 16th, 2012

Growing up in North Carolina, Jonathan Wilson was often surrounded by music, especially since his father was a musician and bandleader. By his early 20s, Wilson had become a musician himself, playing guitar and keys, and he formed a band with a friend. The group broke up, as most do, and Wilson wandered, living in California, Georgia and New York City before returning to California, specifically the famed Laurel Canyon neighborhood. He opened a studio and produced and worked alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Chris Robinson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawes, plus he was known for hosting jam sessions at his house. But he still had songs in his head so Wilson produced his own album, Frankie Ray, in 2007, but it was never officially released. Still, the singer-songwriter was undeterred and a second disc, Gentle Spirit, backed by a full band, came out last year. And now Wilson (above, performing “Can We Really Party Today?” at last year’s Crossing Border Festival in the Hague) has taken his act on the road. See him—and don’t miss Jenny O playing first—at the early show at Mercury Lounge on Friday.


The XX Marks the Spot

December 2nd, 2009

In 2005, four schoolmates—Romy Madley Croft (vocals and guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals and bass) and Jamie Smith (beats and samples)—who shared a similar taste in music, from the Cure to the Pixies to Missy Elliott, joined together to form the XX. The band’s self-titled debut, marked by quiet vocal duets and an efficient use of samples, came out earlier this year to much acclaim. Last month, Qureshi left the band, citing exhaustion. But the show must go on, so the XX continues as a trio. They open for Friendly Fires this Saturday at Webster Hall, but that show is sold out (although you can try to Grow a Pair of free tickets). Fortunately, the XX will be back on April 22nd at Terminal 5. Check them out, above, playing “Night Time” on Later…with Jools Holland.


Green Day – Madison Square Garden – July 27, 2009

July 28th, 2009

Green Day - Madison Square Garden - July 28, 2009

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April 16th, 2009

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Very FEW tickets left for Griz…

April 15th, 2009

Very FEW tickets left for Grizzly Bear @ Town Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT! New album is amazing!!