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Black Lips – Music Hall of Williamsburg – October 5, 2017

October 6th, 2017

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com


A Double Dose of Curtis Harding in New York City This Weekend

December 9th, 2016

Two years ago, Rolling Stone labeled versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Harding one of “10 Artists You Need to Know,” saying he sounds like “super-fly nuggets from soul and rock’s late-’70s crossover heyday, rediscovered by the son of a gospel singer.” Walker’s toured as a backup singer for Cee Lo Green and, after bonding over a shared love of vintage Southern soul, Harding (above, performing “Keep On Shining”) and the Black LipsCole Alexander launched Night Sun, deftly mixing R&B and garage rock. Harding’s first solo release—a “genius debut album” per NMESoul Power (stream it below) came out in 2014 to acclaim around the world. “Soul Power’s adventurous marrying of classic and contemporary with swagger and sensuality injects a particular energy into the current alternative-music scene,” raved Renowned for Sound. “Harding transforms stirring stories of hardship into something beautiful and tangible, which will be the foundation of an undoubtedly long and prolific future career.” His most recent tour winds down this weekend with a pair of shows in New York City, at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night and at Mercury Lounge on Sunday night.


The Black Lips – The Bowery Ballroom – May 8, 2016

May 9th, 2016

The Black Lips - The Bowery Ballroom - May 8, 2016

Photos courtesy of Pat Tabb | pattabb.com

(The Black Lips play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.)


Double Your Pleasure with Two Nights of the Black Lips

May 6th, 2016

The Black Lips—now original members Cole Alexander (vocals and guitar), Jared Swilley (vocals and bass) and Joe Bradley (vocals and drums) alongside Jack Hines (guitar and vocals)—formed in the suburbs of Atlanta just before the turn of the century. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics (think: nudity, vomiting) got them banned from several local venues. But the group’s persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes without a change in their Southern-tinged garage-punk sound, evidenced by their most recent studio release, Underneath the Rainbow (stream it below)—produced in part by the Black KeysPatrick Carney—about which the Austin Chronicle wrote: “The band somehow remains degenerately disheveled and brilliantly bombastic in a way that belies their tightness.” Of course when playing live, the Black Lips (above, doing “Gung Ho” for Jam in the Van) are still just as rowdy as ever, and you’ve got two chances to see them, on Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom and then again on Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.


The Black Lips and Natural Child Bring a One-Two Punch Not to Miss

April 15th, 2014

Four teenagers, singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, drummer Joe Bradley, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh and bassist Jared Swilley, bonded over a love of music and formed a band, the Black Lips, in the Atlanta suburbs about a decade-and-a-half ago. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics, both onstage and off, got them banned from several local venues. But the group persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes, including the death of Eberbaugh, who was killed by a drunk driver. Guitarist Ian Saint Pe replaced him, but that hasn’t affected the band’s sound or spirit. In fact, the Black Lips (above, playing “Family Tree” for Billboard.com) continue to put on spirited, high-energy live performances while still churning out superlative Southern-tinged garage punk, most recently on this year’s Under the Rainbow (stream it below). The Washington Post praises it, mentioning that it sounds “clearer, sparer and tighter than its previous efforts,” before going on to add that “the Black Lips continue to craft a sound that could well be the next incarnation of punk.”

The Black Lips are currently out on the road with another like-minded Burger Records group, Natural Child. After eating weed brownies, bassist Wes Taylor was inspired to call drummer Zack martin and guitarist Seth Murray, proclaiming that they should start a band and “make all our rock and roll dreams come true together.” And upon agreeing to record and tour often, that’s just what they did: The three proceeded to spend most of the following two years out on the road, which not only allowed them to hone their live show, but it also gave them plenty of time to work on material. Natural Child (above, doing “Saturday Night Blues” for Rollo & Grady Sessions) released For the Love of the Game (stream it below) and Hard in Heaven (stream it below) just six months apart in 2012. Each album was filled with what the band calls “songs about drugs and various other subjects, but mostly drugs,” while managing to sound like a cross between J. Roddy Walston & the Business and early-’70s Rolling Stones. But seeking a bigger sound, the Nashville, Tenn., trio blossomed into a quintet with the addition of Luke Schneider (pedal steel) and Benny Divine (multi-instrumentalist) on this year’s excellent Dancin’ with Wolves (stream it below). So do yourself a favor and go see two hard-working bands that rock, the Black Lips and Natural Child on Thursday night at Webster Hall.