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X Ambassadors – Brooklyn Steel – February 16, 2018

February 20th, 2018


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Galactic Bring a Taste of Mardi Gras to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday

February 16th, 2018

With Fat Tuesday earlier in the week, NOLA instrumental-jazz-funk outfit Galactic bring the sounds of Mardi Gras, not to mention their shake-your-hips music, to Brooklyn this weekend. Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (sax) and Richard Vogel (keys) have been willing and able New Orleans musical ambassadors for just about 25 years, known for their fiery, leave-it-all-onstage performances while still making time for nuanced recordings. Their eighth studio full-length, Into the Deep (stream it below), arrived in 2015. It “expands an already eclectic palette based in funk but that also includes liberal doses of hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues and even electronica. Galactic is blissfully unconcerned that every track is different enough to almost obscure their own identity as they continue to create music that’s fun, superbly crafted and wildly eclectic,” according to American Songwriter. “Give credit to the band’s founders and coproducers, bassist Robert Mercurio and saxist Ben Ellman, who molded this album and show that Galactic doesn’t need a stable front person, or even a singular approach, to make their dynamic music connect with playful passion and vibrant integrity.” Of course, the best way for you to connect with that music and passion is to see them live, and to that end, Galactic (above, doing “Chasing Rainbows” for Jam in the Van), having just launched their winter tour, play Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket and Richmond, Va., five-piece Butcher Brown open the show.

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Sleigh Bells – Brooklyn Steel – February 13, 2018

February 14th, 2018


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Two Chances to Catch Now, Now Live in Brooklyn This Week

February 14th, 2018

About 15 years ago, Cacie Dalager (vocals, guitar and keys) and Bradley Hale (drums and vocals) met while in the marching band of a suburban Minneapolis high school and eventually began writing songs together and playing them with a rotating group of musicians. After a name change, the duo finally settled on Now, Now, and inspired by ’90s alternative rock, they’ve released two LPs, including 2012’s Threads (stream it below), several EPs and a pair of remixed albums, all filled with acoustic guitar and fuzzy synths. But after recently releasing some punchier pop singles, Now, Now (above, performing “SGL” live in studio for KCMP FM the Current) are back out on the road, and they’ve got two appearances this weekend in Kings County. See them opening for X Ambassadors on Friday at Brooklyn Steel and then headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, with the four-piece Mothers opening.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Børns on 2/16

February 13th, 2018

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With the current tour behind his second studio full-length album, Blue Madonna, ending soon, Børns comes to New York City this week to play Brooklyn Steel on Thursday and Terminal 5 on Friday. And even though both dates sold out quickly, you’ve still got a chance to attend one by trying to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List to see Børns on Friday night. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Børns, 2/16) and a brief message explaining your favorite Winter Olympics sport. Eddie Bruiser, who’s probably watching right now, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Brooklyn Steel – February 7, 2018

February 8th, 2018


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Girlpool Bring Hooks and Harmonies Aplenty to Brooklyn Steel

February 7th, 2018

Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker make riveting music together as Girlpool (above, performing “Powerplant” for World Cafe). They established themselves just a few years ago with a straightforward DIY punk-inspired minimalism, featuring their oft-unison vocals dead center. Their early songs are intense and direct but have an edge of sweetness. But for their second full-length record, the Pitchfork-praised Powerplant (stream it below), released last year, Tividad and Tucker softened the edges a bit more, incorporating upbeat harmonies and whimsical instrumentation, yet their unique musical style still abounds. In interviews, Girlpool have spoken about their belief in conveying radical vulnerability and honesty through their music and lyrics. Despite their age (Tividad and Tucker are both in their early 20s), they come across as wise and worldly. And with Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, what better way to get radically in touch with your own complicated emotions than to spend the night with Girlpool tomorrow at Brooklyn Steel. And even if you’re too cool to be affected by that cloying Hallmark holiday, then you’ll still appreciate swaying along to Girlpool’s catchy hooks. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

 

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Hippo Campus on 2/10

February 6th, 2018

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Touring behind their acclaimed debut full-length, Landmark, Twin Cities pop four-piece Hippo Campus come back to Brooklyn this weekend to play the big stage at Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. And while the show is already sold out, you can try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. It’s actually 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 (Hippo Campus, 2/10) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune on Landmark. Eddie Bruiser, who just finished listening to the album all the way through, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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Rock Out with J. Roddy Walston and the Business on Wednesday Night

February 6th, 2018

Finally off the road after touring behind Essential Tremors (stream it below) for two-and-a-half years, raucous blues-rock four-piece J. Roddy Walston and the Business—J. Roddy Walston (vocals, piano and guitar), Billy Gordon (guitar and vocals), Logan Davis (bass and vocals) and Steve Colmus (drums)—had to figure out what came next: “When we got back it was just like, ‘Alright, we gotta really pump the brake here,” Walston told Billboard. “There was no plan. There was no direction. There was nothing. It was just like, ‘Let’s start writing a record.’ Which was really freeing, but also pretty daunting.” So they converted an old grenade factory at home in Richmond, Va., into a studio to focus on writing and recording at their own pace. “Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop,” said Walston to American Songwriter. “If there was any rule on this record, it was, let’s be a part of music right now. I want to be part of living music in this moment.” The result is something a little bit different, but a smashing success nonetheless. Their fourth studio album, Destroyers of the Soft Life (stream it below), came out last September to raves. “They set out to create a massive record, one that would transform their raucous, Southern barroom boogie into anthemic arena rock, brimming with vocal hooks and sporting crystalline production to match,” said Billboard. “Indeed, Destroyers of the Soft Life sounds like an honest album—but it also sounds like a modern album, one that fleshes out the band’s hard-rocking roots with elements of country, soul and straight-up pop.” Not to be outdone, “Walston and company have made another major stride forward in redefining their sound as well as the conventions of what Southern rock is supposed to sound like,” gushed PopMatters. “It serves as a message to the South and to rock music in general that renovation and modernization can lead to something dynamic and beautiful.” And live, J. Roddy Walston and the Business (above, doing “The Wanting” live on Conan) still continue to put on a ripper of a show. See them headline Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday night. Chicago DIY psych five-piece Post Animal open.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Brooklyn Steel – February 2, 2018

February 5th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Kimbra – Brooklyn Steel – January 29, 2018

January 30th, 2018


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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MØ – Brooklyn Steel – January 26, 2018

January 29th, 2018

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Tennis Show Off Their Full Power at a Sold-Out Brooklyn Steel

January 24th, 2018

Tennis – Brooklyn Steel – January 23, 2018


A few years ago, I saw the newish band Tennis play the Bowery Ballroom. The material was there and the show was good, but it wasn’t, in my opinion, necessarily “They’re going somewhere!” good. But fast-forward to last night’s sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel, featuring a confident band in complete control of their four-LP catalog and the sizable room, and I couldn’t have been more wrong about that. They took the stage to the theme to the original Star Trek playing over the PA, an introduction that seemed a little incongruous at first. As the set unfolded, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley leading the band with their retro-futuristic sound—what one might have imagined pop music would sound like in the future 30 years ago, maybe the “to boldly go …” part made sense … a little.

Every live show has its own arc, and for Tennis last night it mirrored their own career arc: each song seemingly a little better than the previous. Leaning heavily on material from last year’s Yours Conditionally, the band was immediately in a pulse of guitar-synth groove, the room awash in jelly-bean lights. The theme of the night was Moore’s near-death brush with the flu, the performance filled with anecdotes and one-liners about her steroid treatment making her extra sexy and, rather hilariously, passing out in a Whole Foods. While Moore’s voice did strain at moments, the additional crackle in the vocals was a welcome one. By mid-set, things were in full swing, the giggling energy of Riley’s guitar finding intricate melodies to explore and the bass a thick molasses of funk.

The stage bathed in blue beams, Moore’s voice on “Timothy” seemed to multiply magically, whether by backing tracks or perhaps real magic. “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” dedicated, with a slight swipe at Bono, to the “feminization of rock and roll,” was a late-set highlight, a bitchin’ funk, Tennis showing their full power and exactly why they sold out their self-professed “biggest show of our lives.” The three-song encore ended with Moore sitting at the stage’s lip, accompanied only by a quiet guitar from her husband, singing “Bad Girls,” savoring the moment as she sang, “If it were physical it would show, if it were spiritual I would know.” —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Majid Jordan – Brooklyn Steel – January 22, 2018

January 23rd, 2018



Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Reverend Horton Heat Come to Brooklyn to Play Warsaw on Saturday

November 29th, 2016

Reverend Horton Heat—vocalist-guitarist Jim Heath with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla (drums)—have been mashing together punk, rockabilly, electric blues and country music into their own acclaimed psychobilly sound since forming in Dallas more than 30 years ago “as a sort of punked-up Stray Cats with more gonzo songwriting,” said Rolling Stone. They quickly became known for nonstop touring, sweaty, energetic live performances and an irreverent sense of humor. Their most recent album, the terrific Rev (stream it below), came out in 2014. “They do this stuff better than anyone,” according to AllMusic, “and they don’t have to apologize for playing to their strengths when they can still wail like this.” “Reverend Horton Heat sound recharged and firing on all cylinders once again,” said PopMatters. “Fans old and new should be able to find plenty to carry them along for a wild ride with Rev.” Their current tour brings Reverend Horton Heat (above, performing “The Devil’s Chasing Me” live for KEXP FM) to Warsaw on Saturday night. Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy and Lucky Tubb open the show.

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