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Mallrat Closes Out American Tour on Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC

April 6th, 2018

Grace Shaw grew up in Brisbane, Australia—although she’s still just a teen—and began sharing her own original songs online in 2015. She took the name Mallrat from a song by the Orwells, and was later dubbed the Hannah Montana of the rap game” when her debut EP, Uninvited (stream it below), a mash-up of hip-hop, R&B and electronic music, arrived in 2016. “Her fresh and vibrant outlook on the most kitsch and mundane of everyday events makes for an interesting and, at times, surprising listen. Her lyrics are cutting and insightful, it’s easy to forget she’s only 17 years old,” said the Music. “The six-track EP is filled with simple melodies, quirky DIY beats, awesome production (particularly from Tigerilla and Rey Reel) and strong vocals—Mallrat really has it all and is most certainly going to be one to watch.” She’s been putting out some new singles this year and this past March, Mallrat (above, performing “Better” for Do512) made her SXSW debut. And before she heads home to Oz, you can catch her live at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night. Another precocious performer, Beshken, opens the show.

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Public Access T.V. Headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday

April 4th, 2018

Amidst some considerable buzz, John Eatherly (vocals and guitar), Xan Aird (guitar and vocals), Max Peebles (bass and vocals) and Pete Star (drums and vocals) formed Public Access T.V. four years ago right here in New York City. And following the arrival of a couple of EPs and singles—not to mention battling addiction, label issues, infighting and losing their East Village rehearsal/recording/living space in a gas explosion—the post-punk band’s debut LP, Never Enough (stream it below), dropped in early fall 2016. “The New York New Wave reprobates’ debut delivers instant gratification via boisterous choruses and loveable melodies,” raved NME. “Never Enough is laser-focused on doing the simple things to perfection: guitar, bass and drums in service of verse-chorus-verse hooks that will rattle around your head for days with rakish, disreputable charm in spades.” This past February, Public Access T.V. (above, their video for “Metrotech”) returned with their sophomore full-length, Street Safari (stream it below), again to terrific reviews. “In short, the world can never have enough albums like this,” said the Line of Best Fit. “Not only have Public Access TV added to the run of great New Wave–tinged pop records of the past few year or so, what they’ve also done is make an album that sounds like the more metropolitan end of New Wave, encompassing disco, punk and ’80s pop.” Back home from the road for the weekend, Public Access T.V. headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Local acts Honduras and Pretty Sick open the show.

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Ahead of New Album L.A. Salami Plays Rough Trade NYC Thursday

April 4th, 2018

In the decade or so I’ve been attending Newport Folk Festival, each year there’s that one artist who sticks out, who catches you off guard, who makes you think, “I’ve got to see him again!” For me—and many others I spoke to—last year that artist was L.A. Salami (above, performing “Anything’s Greener Than Burnt Grass” live in studio for WFUV FM). Charming and witty and thoughtful and inviting, the London native’s demeanor and, of course, his voice, songwriting and progressive folk sound seemed to signal the start of something, the tip of an iceberg. And with his newest release, The City of Bootmakers, due to arrive in mid-April, Salami is back Stateside and coming to Brooklyn this week, appropriately playing at Rough Trade NYC on Thursday night. It’s a chance for his fans to get reacquainted with his music and for those who haven’t had the chance yet to say, “I’ve got to see him again!” by the time the night is through. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

 

 

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Catch Jared & the Mill Tonight at Rough Trade NYC

April 2nd, 2018

Jared Kolesar (vocals and acoustic guitar), Michael Carter (banjo and mandolin), Larry Gast III (electric guitar), Chuck Morriss III (bass), Josh Morin (drums), Gabe Hall-Rodrigues (accordion and keys) all met while attending Arizona State University and formed the folk sextet Jared & the Mill seven years ago. Their first full-length, Western Expansion, came out in 2013. “As a debut album in a genre boiling over with groups hoping to make it big playing ersatz folk, Western Expansion is a document that seems completely genuine, Jared & the Mill offering something new in a musical terrain increasing peopled by those who favor playing it safe instead of taking risks,” declared PopMatters. Three EPs, Life We Chose (stream it below)—out in 2015—plus Jared & the Mill on Audiotree Live (stream it below) and Orme Dugas (stream it below)—each debuting in 2016—came next. And now having recently released a new single, “Soul in Mind” (stream it below), Jared & the Mill (above, performing “Lost, Scared and Tired” for Jam in the Van) are back out on the road. Catch them live at Rough Trade NYC tonight, with New Jersey folk trio Cold Weather Company opening.




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The Black Angels Return to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday Night

April 2nd, 2018

Taking their name from the Velvet Underground tune “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” psychedelic garage-rockers the Black Angels formed more than a decade ago in Austin, Texas. The band—Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar, drone machine and organ), Alex Maas (vocals, bass, drone machine and organ), Kyle Hunt (keys, percussion, bass and guitar) and Jake Garcia (guitar)—put out a fifth long-player, Death Song (stream it below), last spring to some of the best reviews of their career. Paste said it “is both unlike anything they’ve done before and also the most purely Black Angels album they have released. It’s as if the Texas psych-garage mainstays have now fully mapped the edges of their sound and that this process has allowed them to return with an extreme vengeance to the dead center of what they are.” And the Guardian called the full-length “a menacing return to form,” while Glide added: “The album gains momentum with each song and gets better with each subsequent listen.” The Black Angels (above, performing “Currency” live in studio for WFUV FM) have teamed up with Atlanta garage-punk outfit Black Lips this spring and the play Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night.

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Get Ready Because Noisey Weekend: Brooklyn Is Coming Your Way

March 29th, 2018


The end of this workweek isn’t just a regular weekend, and it’s not because of Easter and Passover. The Bowery Presents has teamed up with Noisey to bring eight diverse shows to four Brooklyn venues that you won’t want to miss. It’s Noisey Weekend: Brooklyn.
 

Brooklyn Steel

Friday: Los Angeles rapper Lil Xan (above, performing “Betrayed”) alongside $teven Cannon and Lil Gnar
Saturday: L.A. hip-hop producer Tokimonsta (below, stream Lune Rouge) with Leikeli47 and Deem Spencer

 

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Friday: Brooklyn rapper Young M.A. (above, the video for “I Get the Bag Freestyle”) alongside Creek Boyz, Yerr Eli, Koreleone and Funk Flex
Saturday: Atmospheric-psychedleic act Amen Dunes (below, stream Love) with Mike, plus a Margaret Chardiet DJ set

 

Brooklyn Bowl

Friday: Acclaimed Americana-Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers (above, performing “What It Means”) alongside Heartless Bastards frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom
Saturday: Dean Ween Group (below, stream Rock2) with Delicate Steve and Keith Kenny

 

Rough Trade NYC

Friday: California blues-rocker Hanni El Khatib (above, doing “Paralyzed”) alongside the Buttertones and Fascinations Grand Chorus
Saturday: Los Angeles (by way of Chicago) MC Open Mike Eagle (below, stream Brick Body Kids Still Daydream) with Tierra Whack

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Albert Hammond Jr. Comes Home to Play Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday

March 27th, 2018

Albert Hammond Jr. (above, performing “Muted Beatings” on Conan) first came to fame around the turn of the millennium as the rhythm guitarist for the Strokes. But the son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond (of “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” fame, among many other credits) has been releasing his own music—which according to AllMusic, “diverged entirely from the garage sensations, with jaunty, Beatlesque pop”—since his first solo effort, Yours to Keep (stream it below), debuted in 2006. “This album is far better than it has any right to be; an intimate, frequently beautiful and consistently surprising record that gets better with every listen,” said NME. He’s remained busy ever since, recording and touring with the Strokes while still finding time to release and play more of his own music. To that end: Albert Hammond Jr.’s fourth studio long-player, Francis Trouble (stream it below), came out a few weeks ago to rave reviews. According to Pitchfork, “The guitarist continues his 2010s hot streak with some of the brightest, scrappiest music he’s ever made as a solo artist,” while Rolling Stone called it “his best music in a decade.” But how does it sound live, you ask? Find out for yourself tomorrow night at Brooklyn Steel. Los Angeles psychedelic-soul five-piece the Marías open the show.

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Lostboycrow Plays Public Arts with Prelow Tomorrow Night

March 27th, 2018

As Lostboycrow (above, doing “All My Lives at Once” for Jam in the Van), Chris Danks has been releasing introspective-dance singles at the intersection of R&B, pop and electronic music, highlighted by his soulful croon, since moving to L.A. several years ago. More recently, he’s patiently put out a three-part LP, Traveler—with Traveler: The First Legend (stream it below) and Traveler: The Second Legend (stream it below) arriving last year while Traveler: The Third Legend (stream it below) dropped last month. “For better and for worse everything is consumed instantly and with such accessibility. The most logical thing in my mind, being an artist who just wants to weave stories into albums, was to release EPs with singles that would make up a much larger story,” he tells the Young Folks. “A compromise for lack of a better word but also a way to keep releasing music constantly throughout the year and still give listeners those stories and colors connecting it all.” The engaging live performer has teamed up with electro-pop duo Prelow—onetime NYU classmates Jesse Aicher and Matt Walsh—to hit the road, and they come to the Lower East Side to play Public Arts on Wednesday night.

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Marlon Williams Brings His Stellar Second Album to Williamsburg

March 26th, 2018

Influenced by bluegrass, country, pop, rock and soul, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams (above, performing “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore” live on KCRW FM) has been making dark, atmospheric Americana music as a genre-spanning solo artist since his self-titled debut LP (stream it below) arrived two winters ago. “The national acclaim he’s had is hardly surprising: It only takes a split-second to be won over by the power of his unusually well-crafted country voice. He recalls the likes of Elvis, and Willie Nelson and Neil Young without aping any of them,” raved Drowned in Sound. While Paste added: “The fact that this record was made in the Aughts and not in the ’60s is mind-boggling. Williams’ voice may as well have time-traveled and spent an extended vacation with classic rock’s finest. It’s an album that leaves you wanting another nine songs so you can hear the end of the ‘story.’” Following a breakup, he returned last month with his second solo studio album, Make Way for Love (stream it below). “Williams explores the full gamut of emotions, and that rich and resonant voice is the perfect vehicle,” said Exclaim. “The result is a stunning work that will draw you back to repeated, if oft intense, listening.” The people at American Songwriter were also impressed: “It’s a bold, eclectic and audacious approach to the bulging catalog of breakup ruminations; one that emerges from the crowded field and shows Marlon Williams’ talents are just beginning to blossom.” In mid-tour form, he rolls into Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Another New Zealand singer-songwriter, Tiny Ruins, opens the show. (Marlon Williams also opens for Brandi Carlile at the Beacon Theatre 4/5-7.)

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Former Houndmouth Member Katie Toupin Plays Rough Trade NYC

March 22nd, 2018

You probably first heard singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Katie Toupin as the lone female voice in Houndmouth. But after five years, she amicably parted ways with the band to pursue other opportunities. And after taking some time off, Toupin (above, her live video for “Shake Baby”) left Indiana for Los Angeles and began working on new music. The move has also given her peace of mind: “It’s the first time I feel confident in who I am. It took settling down for a second to find that and feel grounded. When I first moved I was like, do I wanna make pop music? Do I wanna make electronic music? What do I wanna do? I was all over the map. I think being in L.A. sorta helped me own what I have, which is a Midwestern upbringing and a Midwestern mixture of sound,” Toupin tells WMUA FM. That sound comes through on her debut solo EP, Moroccan Ballroom (stream it below), which was recorded live without dubs or edits in one afternoon and self-released three weeks ago. “Katie Toupin has delivered a clairvoyant EP unlike any other. With raw vocals and uncut tracks, we are left haunted by her voice and simple approach,” according to Indie Band Guru. “Moroccan Ballroom is a jazz-dazzled apparition of love lost and found and is as unique as Toupin herself is.” See her live tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. Nashville, Tenn., five-piece Skyway Man open the show.

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Son Lux Bring New Music to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday Night

March 21st, 2018

Son Lux initially began about a decade ago as keyboardist-vocalist-composer Ryan Lott’s genre-bending post-rock solo project. But with the release of Bones (stream it below), out in 2015, the one-man show became a trio with the addition of guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. “Because of the expanse in personnel, Bones is able to deconstruct genres with ease and then fuse them back together in Frankenstein-esque brilliance. The result is an eclectic monster of an album that moves on its own, lurching forward with a new perspective, in exploration of new terrain,” per Paste. The band’s fifth studio album, Brighter Wounds (stream it below), came out last month. “While not overtly political, it’s impossible not to hear a looming, if unspoken undercurrent of dread that informs Lott’s mindset as he tries to make sense of the joy and sadness that arises when confronted with literal life and death,” according to NPR Music. “Brighter Wounds achieves another breakthrough during a fraught and heartbreaking period. It’s the band’s most personal album yet.” And with new tunes comes a new tour. Catch Son Lux (above, performing “Lost It to Trying”) live at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night. Kings County five-piece Sinkane and composer-vocalist Hanna Benn open the show.


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Knuckle Puck Headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday

March 20th, 2018

Knuckle Puck—Joe Taylor (vocals), John Siorek (drums), Kevin Maida (guitar), Nick Casasanto (guitar) and Ryan Rumchaks (bass)—rose up seven years ago out of Chicago’s south suburbs, mashing together emo and classic pop punk. Their first full-length, Copacetic (stream it below), which, according to the Plain Dealer, “defines pop punk for a new generation,” came out in 2015. The follow-up, Shapeshifter (stream it below), dropped last fall. “The sophomore record sounds like a concept album about change: changing relationships, changing surroundings, changing perspectives and changing within oneself, often without even realizing it,” according to Paste. Now out on the road in support of their new music, Knuckle Puck (above, their video for “Double Helix”) play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night. Arrive early so you don’t miss Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan and Jetty Bones opening the show.

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Get Your Weekend Started with Anomalie Friday at Rough Trade NYC

March 15th, 2018

After years of studying classical and jazz piano, Montreal keyboardist and producer Nicolas Dupuis decided to develop an new sound under the name Anomalie, combining his classical training with a fusion of funk, hip-hop, jazz and electronic music. Last year he released the EP Métropole (stream it below) on Gramatik’s Lowtemp label. “In these eight tracks Anomalie manages to showcase everything his music is about: incredible creative energy combined with songwriting techniques from jazz and a foundation of contemporary beats ranging from hip-hop to broken beat,” said the Music Essentials. And you can catch Anomalie (above, performing “Cresecents”) live as a four-piece band tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. New Jersey producer and multi-instrumentalist Birocratic opens.

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Mat Kearney Brings New Music to PlayStation Theater Tomorrow Night

March 14th, 2018

He’s a West Coast guy originally, but Mat Kearney’s made a name for himself as a talented singer and songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. His debut major-label full-length, Nothing Left to Lose (stream it below), arrived in 2006, making noise with three of its tracks featured in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. And Kearney (above, performing some new songs for Paste Studio) has been busily putting out music ever since—touring alongside John Mayer and Sheryl Crow in the process—with his songs appearing in more than 20 different TV shows. His most recent full-length, Just Kids (stream it below), came out in 2015, the Pop Break dubbing it “personal, relatable, emotional. Mat Kearney’s Just Kids is a journey of life, love, pain and happiness.” But with a new album, Crazy Talk, dropping this May, he’s already out on the road in mid-tour form and performs live at PlayStation Theater tomorrow night. Andrew Belle and Filous open the show.

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Two Nights of Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Brooklyn Steel

March 9th, 2018

Going to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor show is about as close as you can get to hearing the soundtrack of the apocalypse in real time. For those unfamiliar with the Montreal band’s signature brand of slow-boiling fury, their song “East Hastings” provided much of the soundtrack to the white-knuckle end-of days-zombie flick 28 Days Later. But it would be unfair to reduce Godspeed You! Black Emperor to just that credit. The long-running orchestral post-rock collective have made an impact on underground music in their 20-year career, and many dub their debut, F A(stream it below), a classic. Godspeed You! are known to bring an almost overwhelming amount of intensity onstage. The band is currently on the road, touring in support of their 2017 release, Luciferian Towers (stream it below), and will be rolling through New York City next week for back-to-back appearances at Brooklyn Steel on Monday and Tuesday. Danish saxophonist Liberty and Asheville, N.C. (by way of Bhutan) guitarist Tashi Dorji open both shows. —Pat King | @MrPatKing