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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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Darlingside Embrace Four-Part Harmonies at Rough Trade NYC

March 29th, 2018

Darlingside – Rough Trade NYC – March 28, 2018


The power of multiples was on display last night in Williamsburg. Instead of playing just one show, Boston quartet Darlingside decided two would be better and so we found ourselves at a late set at Rough Trade NYC on Wednesday night. Because it was the later show, they announced it would be the “loose” one, and the crowd definitely did their best to lighten the mood with plenty of whoops and call-outs. Still, with the way the band played, sharp and composed, the music felt anything but loose. The group employed multiple permutations of sounds and instruments over a variety of genres and influences to deliver a set that could best be described as harmonious.

Early on, “Eschaton”—off their new album, Extralife—combined violin and guitar with a harrowing synthesizer to create a cool room-filling effect. But it was the vocal harmonies of the group’s four voices that enraptured the audience, almost unnaturally pure, if you didn’t see them singing, engaging as a group around a single microphone, you might not even believe it was real. Those voices echoed a multitude of influences, evoking the past and the present, the Beach Boys, the Postal Service, Sufjan Stevens.

The combinations of instruments worked different moods and feels into the set. “Hold Your Head Up High” pulsed with violin and kick drum into ethereal spaces, while “Harrison Ford” felt light and limber on a mandolin melody and “Orion” was pensive in cello, violin, bass and banjo. While the band stayed loose, the music was tight, instruments and voices locked in like the perfect studio take. This extended even to the lights, the band bringing their own rig. When they sang about “white horses,” the stage was awash in the brightest white, and when they sang about the “yellow sun,” well-timed rays of yellow streamed between their faces. At times, the lights cast patterns on the ceiling, flowers and squiggles, transforming the room into an otherworldly place to match the voices resonating off the walls, a harmonious multiplicity of sight and sound. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

 

 

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The Strypes Do Their Part to Keep Rock Alive at Rough Trade NYC

March 28th, 2018

The Strypes – Rough Trade NYC – March 27, 2018

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

During the initial explosion of British rock bands in the early ’60s, it was pretty common for young groups to begin as carbon copies of the influences they were desperately trying to emulate. The first few Stones records, after all, leaned heavily on Chicago-blues covers, and the majority of the Who’s first album was a love letter to Motown. Each of these bands had templates they referenced before they mastered their crafts and created something completely different. The Strypes, out of Cavan, Ireland, started similarly. They experienced early success thanks to their throwback style that owed a huge debt to the early British pub-rock scene that predated the punk explosion of ’77. Bands like Dr. Feelgood, Nick Lowe and Dave EdmundsRockpile, and Graham Parker and the Rumour were all the template for them—and what made it most impressive was that these kids were all in their early teens. And man could they play.

Their newest album, last year’s Spitting Image, finds the Strypes expanding their sound a little bit more with a focus on lyric-heavy pop-conscious songcraft—not unlike their heroes Lowe, Parker and Elvis Costello. And it brought them to Rough Trade NYC last night in Williamsburg. To put it lightly: I was not prepared for what I was about to witness. The band tore into their set by absolutely pulverizing the classic blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” They’re such a tightly wound force with drummer Evan Walsh thunderously dismantling his kit with each hit, bassist Peter O’Hanlon constantly pacing and jumping all over the stage, lead guitarist Josh McClorely stoically unleashing one perfect solo after another and lead singer Ross Farrelly—clad in a workman’s jumpsuit and big black sunglasses—commanding the crowd with a calm and cool I’ve-seen-it-all demeanor. The Strypes had it down, an image they could present and the skills and tunes to back it up.

The set flew by as they played material from across their catalog. You could tell each era of the young band’s career was specifically defined, as the pop hooks of new songs like “Behind Closed Doors” jumped out in the middle of their older bluesy rave-ups. The Strypes played for about an hour and a half before coming out for a brief encore that began with an incendiary version of Nick Lowe’s “Heart of the City.” If you are familiar with the Rockpile’s live versions of this song, then you know that I am not saying it lightly that the Strypes did it justice. The final number of the night was their early hit “Blue Collar Jane” before the band bid Brooklyn goodnight and turned off their blazing hot amplifiers. Maybe rock isn’t dead after all? —Pat King | @MrPatKing

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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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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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Moby – Rough Trade NYC – March 20, 2018

March 21st, 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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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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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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Buffalo Tom Play New Tunes on St. Patrick’s Day at Music Hall

March 19th, 2018

Buffalo Tom – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 17, 2018


With nine albums over the course of three decades, Boston’s Buffalo Tom have remained dependable underdogs in the world of indie rock. Releasing their self-titled debut album 30 years ago on the legendary punk and hardcore label SST Records, they cut their teeth alongside such other like-minded Massachusetts bands as Dinosaur Jr. and the Lemonheads. While they never reached the same commercial success as the latter group, Buffalo Tom have arguably taken the slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach by quietly delivering great albums that stay true to their sound. The band just released their fantastic new long-player, Quiet and Peace, and rolled through Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night to play a packed St. Paddy’s Day show.

Led by Dave Hill, Brooklyn power-pop band Valley Lodge opened, putting on a tight set with the comedian/WFMU radio host unleashing some insane leads and providing hilarious banter in between songs. By the time Buffalo Tom walked onstage, it was clear the crowd was getting loose for the holiday and ready for a party. The band obliged and treated fans to an almost two-and-a-half-hour show that highlighted their entire catalog. The power trio ripped through most of the classic album Let Me Come Over, delivering blistering renditions of songs like “Larry” and “Taillights Fade.” Main songwriter and guitarist Bill Janovitz’s voice was as powerful as ever on the former and stopped you in your tracks when he hit those high notes in the chorus. More known these days as a rock writer, you can tell Janovitz is a student of the classics as he windmill-strummed power chords like Pete Townshend and captivated the crowd with his deep, emotive croon.

The new songs sounded great and in line with Buffalo Tom’s robust catalog. The best of them was “Roman Cars”—sung by bassist Chris Colbourn—and it sounded like early Wilco covering the Jam. After a long set of would-be anthems, the band returned for a short encore before saying goodnight. The Janovitz-fronted number, “Freckles,” rose to new heights live, its slow build and clashing guitars were both transfixing and transcendent. Buffalo Tom closed the show with a faithful cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” that sounded like a last call from a bartender who wanted to keep pouring beers long after closing. —Pat King | @MrPatKing

 

 

 

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Beth Ditto Is a Force to Be Reckoned with at Brooklyn Steel

March 15th, 2018

Beth Ditto – Brooklyn Steel – March 14, 2018


Beth Ditto is a force to be reckoned with as she sets forth sans her former band, Gossip. Pulling from her Southern roots for her first solo album, Fake Sugar, Ditto leaves behind power dance-punk for a more pop-rock sound that continues to showcase the “fat, feminist, lesbian from Arkansas” (her words). NPR Music put it best: “It’s become standard procedure to look askance at underground artists who take big swings at stardom. But if Beth Ditto becomes a full-blown mainstream star—as a queer plus-sized outspoken feminist with her own fashion line—it’ll come at the expense of every norm she’s spent her career working to tear down. Fake Sugar may be just the Trojan horse she needs.”

After an unfortunate cancelation of last year’s Rough Trade NYC appearance, Ditto returned healthy and ready to go for her show at Brooklyn Steel last night. Dressed in what she described was a “harlequin frog” jumpsuit, hammering basslines made way for the opener, “Oh My God.” The performance was a mix of the siren’s solo work and her past catalog with Gossip. “In and Out,” with harmonies that reminded me of Lucius, was a break from the largely dance-heavy set list, thanks to old favorite “Yr Mangled Heart” as well as new gems “Ooh La La” and the synth beats of “Open Heart Surgery.” As the spunky singer delighted the crowd with her humor, Ditto jiggled and pranced onstage affectionately referencing the burrito she had for dinner.

After reciting the tenets of a “Beth sentence”—never take yourself seriously and don’t do well in school—she led the audience in a sing-along of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One.” All kidding aside, Ditto has used her music to define moments. Telling her story about being in London when the news of Trump’s presidential win hit, the Southern woman exclaimed that it’s the people who keeping moving on that define the times. “Power to the people,” declared Ditto before ending her set with “Standing in the Way of Control.” Following a brief stage exit only to return in gold sequins, the firecracker encored with a trio of “Heavy Cross,” “Fire” and a cover of “Dream a Little Dream.” —Sharlene Chiu