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The War on Drugs Are in Fine Form at Brooklyn Steel on Sunday Night

April 9th, 2018

The War on Drugs – Brooklyn Steel – April 8, 2018

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While Adam Granduciel described the show as a sort of one-off warm-up for Coachella, the War on Drugs played their sold-out Sunday show at Brooklyn Steel with a Saturday ferocity and the confidence and skill of a band at the end of a long tour. Granduciel asked if “Everyone’s feeling good?” before launching into an opening set of songs—“Brothers,” “Pain” and “An Ocean in Between the Waves”—that interlaced stoner-poetry lyrics with crackling guitar rock-outs. The recent Grammy winners brought best-rock-album energy to the show, often lit by bright white shafts of light that added an arena-strength visual to the set. For a while it seemed like each tune would top the last, longer jams and more of them.

Midway through, Granduciel promised a “big reveal,” a special guest, after a couple of songs that had the crowd buzzing with who-could-it-be? anticipation. Finally, they brought out Craig Finn, who shared vocals, leading the War on Drugs through a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Accidentally Like a Martyr,” which shifted the tone and gave the band a new space to work out figure-eight excursions. After Finn left the stage, the energy shifted in a more exploratory direction with a powerhouse stretch that stitched “Holding On,” the ambient space-out “The Haunting Idle” and “In Reverse” into a single psychedelic medley, the mood enhanced by beams of pastels swirling around the stage. The encore opened with an not-played-too-often cover of Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On,” a perfect fit for the time, place and band as the War on Drugs head out West, probably not needing it, but indeed, fully warmed up for Coachella and whatever else lies ahead. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Cigarettes After Sex – Brooklyn Steel – April 7, 2018

April 9th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Yo La Tengo Satisfy a Sold-Out Brooklyn Steel with Two Sets on Friday

April 9th, 2018

Yo La Tengo – Brooklyn Steel – April 6, 2018

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

Not too many rock acts out there even attempt to play two full sets of music every show, filling a set list with different songs from across their catalog each night. Even fewer do it after almost 35 years as a band and rarer still that such an outfit would do so while also promoting a brand-new album that’s as strong and vital as any of the newest music being put out today. All of which makes Yo La Tengo a unique band. The trio has played something like 10 shows in New York City over the past year—from a free-jazz freak-out to their free-form Hanukkah shows to a free show in Central Park. They seem to invert everything about rock and roll, just playing a regular old club gig is the rarity. But that’s where Yo La Tengo found themselves, in the middle of a regular old tour, playing a sold-out gig at Brooklyn Steel on Friday night. The date happened to fall on the venue’s first birthday, one year since opening its doors, which somehow felt appropriate—as NYC’s live-music landscape changes with each passing year, Yo La Tengo have been a constant.

That consistency was on full display throughout their show. The eight-song first set played like a single entity, a group meditation that held the audience in complete attention. The band—Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew—moved around the stage to different instruments, a ballet of guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. Regardless of who was playing what at any time, the mood was one of utter relaxation, the music alternating between Zen loops, crunchy guitar melodies and whispered singing. Quietude was the overarching theme and the crowd followed along: A huge rock club in complete silence is the rarest of all things, but with Yo La Tengo leading along on songs like “She May She Might” and the lovely “Ashes,” it felt completely natural. Everyone was happy to luxuriate in the peace the band was offering. The real joys were found in between the songs, the veterans lingering on interstitial themes and setting up new ambient spaces in the segues.

The second set quickly flipped the script: “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)” unleashed Kaplan’s guitar into a gesticulating chaos while McNew and Hubley chugged along. The restraint of the first set dissolved into a host of rock-outs, building to a peak in “Ohm,” which found Kaplan passing his guitar into the crowd, held aloft like a rock star, feedback filling the room. The set-closing “Pass the Hatchet I Think I’m Goodkind” was a patient jammer, epic in length and intensity, Kaplan soloing and singing while lying on the stage. A Velvet Underground–cover-heavy encore showed off other facets of Yo La Tengo’s upside-down rock and roll and kept their local and loyal fans satisfied until the next encounter. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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James Bay – Brooklyn Steel – April 3, 2018

April 4th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Michelle Figueroa | mfigueroaphoto.format.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the War on Drugs on 4/8

April 3rd, 2018

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The War on Drugs return this weekend to play Brooklyn Steel on Sunday night. The show is already sold out, but if you got shut out on tickets, you can still try to Grow a Pair of them from The House List. It’s 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 (War on Drugs, 4/8) and a brief message explaining which is your favorite song on A Deeper Understanding. Eddie Bruiser, who insists on listening to this album only on vinyl, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

(The War on Drugs return this summer to play Panorama on 7/27.)

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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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Dashboard Confessional – Brooklyn Steel – March 29, 2018

March 30th, 2018


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

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Albert Hammond Jr. – Brooklyn Steel – March 28, 2018

March 29th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Chloe Gifkins | www.chloegifkinsphoto.com

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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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Dan Auerbach – Brooklyn Steel – March 27, 2018

March 28th, 2018


(Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue play the Capitol Theatre tonight.)

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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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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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See James Bay on 4/3

March 27th, 2018

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English singer-songwriter James Bay’s new album, Electric Light, doesn’t drop until May, but he’s already out on the road crisscrossing North America in support of it, which brings him to Brooklyn Steel next Tuesday night. The show is sold out, but if you don’t already have tickets, you can still try to Grow a Pair of them from The House List. It’s 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 (James Bay, 4/3) and a brief message explaining who you think will win the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Eddie Bruiser, who will neither confirm nor deny that he’s got at least two month’s rent riding on the outcome, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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MGMT – Brooklyn Steel – March 25, 2018

March 26th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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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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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Miguel on 3/23

March 20th, 2018

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Singer-songwriter Miguel’s current North American tour in support of his terrific fourth album, War & Leisure, drops him off in New York City for two nights this week to play Terminal 5 on Friday and Brooklyn Steel on Saturday. Both shows are sold out, but if you don’t already have tickets to see him on Friday, you can try to Grow a Pair of them from The House List. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Miguel, 3/23) and a brief message explaining why you’re so happy for spring’s arrival. Eddie Bruiser, no fan of winter, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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