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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.

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Bon Iver Close Out Epic New York Run at Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 15th, 2016

Bon Iver – Music Hall of Williamsburg – December 14, 2016

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During a cold winter in a Wisconsin cabin, the first Bon Iver album, For Emma, Forever Ago, was written out of heartbreak—and the indie folklore remains forever in perpetuity. Although raved about in music critics’ circles, the band wasn’t well-known until winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 2012 for the self-titled sophomore effort. Even then, the public was uncertain who was in the band with tweets throughout the telecast wondering exactly who Bonnie Bear was. After a three-year hiatus, Bon Iver returned to headline the inaugural Eaux Claires Music Festival in frontman Justin Vernon’s hometown. This fall, the latest release, 22, A Million, welcomed a new era in the band’s evolution, moving away from the melancholic, acoustic crooning to heavily Auto-Tuned vocals against grainy synths leaving little resemblance to that emotionally cracked man in the cabin.

Over the past two weeks, the once unknown folk band has played sold-out shows across the New York City area from Hammerstein Ballroom and Capitol Theatre to Pioneer Works and Kings Theatre. The residency ended last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, blocks away from an in-store the band played almost a decade ago at the long-shuttered Sound Fix Records. The stage was set with gear trunks decorated with Eric Timothy Carlson’s artwork from the recent album and served as tables for laptops and synths.

Carlson’s graphics were projected throughout the entire set, offering a strange mix of numerology and lyrics. The opener, “22 (OVER S∞∞N),” echoed a familiar voice that sounded like Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards), but Vernon’s foray into electronics has masked his vocal coherency. The frontman’s earlier work with the band Poliça can be heard in his delivery of “10 d E A T h b R E a s T,” where distorted percussions give way to shredding guitars. Midway through the show, Vernon confessed that it was great to be back “playing one of our favorite rooms.” In a charming moment, the sextet of backing horns, known lovingly as “Sad Sax of Shit,” accompanied the band on “8 (circle).” The evening was largely dedicated to the newer material, but Vernon offered a morsel of the past with an encore that included “Creature Fear.” —Sharlene Chiu

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Grouplove – Hammerstein Ballroom – November 5, 2016

November 7th, 2016

Grouplove - Hammerstein Ballroom - November 5, 2016

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Phantogram – Hammerstein Ballroom – October 22, 2016

October 24th, 2016

Phantogram - Hammerstein Ballroom - October 22, 2016

Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Lindsey Stirling – Hammerstein Ballroom – October 21, 2016

October 24th, 2016

Lindsey Stirling - Hammerstein Ballroom - October 21, 2016

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Lindsey Stirling Headlines Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday

October 19th, 2016

Lindsey Stirling is a busy woman with a wide range of musical interests. She’s a violinist, a composer, a dancer and a performance artist. And thanks to her love of EDM, classical music, dubstep and hip-hop, she’s got a unique sound all her own. People had already begun to hear of Stirling (above, performing “Something Wild” on The Today Show), thanks to YouTube and America’s Got Talent before her self-titled debut album (stream it below) arrived in 2012. AllMusic notes that it “carves out a unique new niche in the classical-crossover genre.” Then things really took off for Stirling with the release of her second album, Shatter Me (stream it below), two years later. AllMusic says it “offers up a spirited set of high-octane classical-crossover confections that occupy the barbed wire and flower petal–strewn middle ground between Evanescence, Riverdance, Skrillex and Narnia” and that “she delivers the heat with all of the fire, fury and mad, pixie-ish sweetness that drew millions of people to her Linseystomp YouTube channel.” Over the summer, Stirling returned with her third full-length, Brave Enough (stream it below), about which Renowned for Sound says, “Lindsey Stirling captivates on her classical violin stylings and is never drowned out by collaborations or production value, but is instead elevated by them. Brave Enough, was indeed brave enough to hold an audience’s attention.” Now touring behind the new music, the enthusiastic performer headlines Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday. Multi-instrumentalist Shawn Hook opens the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Ben Howard on 1/30

January 27th, 2015

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Currently working his way across North America, Ben Howard hits New York City to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night. The show sold out quickly, but The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you want to go, try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Ben Howard, 1/30) and a brief message explaining who you think will win the Super Bowl and why. Eddie Bruiser, who isn’t too crazy about either team, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Julian Casablancas – Hammerstein Ballroom – November 25, 2014

November 26th, 2014

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz - Hammerstein Ballroom - November 25, 2014

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Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Take Over Our Instagram Tomorrow

November 20th, 2014

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If you want to see what Julian Casablancas and the Voidz are up to on their tour then be sure to follow @bowerypresents on Instagram tomorrow because they’re taking over! Beginning Friday morning they’ll share photos from the road as they make their way to Hammerstein Ballroom next Tuesday.

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Childish Gambino Is Just Getting Started

March 31st, 2014

Childish Gambino – Hammerstein Ballroom – March 29, 2014

Childish Gambino – Hammerstein Ballroom – March 29, 2014 Although he’s performed in big New York City venues before (SummerStage, Terminal 5), Donald Glover faced a new type of challenge at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night for his rap act, Childish Gambino. Luckily for him, he’s no longer splitting time between his music and acting careers (his final episode on NBC’s Community aired early in the current season), allowing Glover to dive headlong into his musical creation. Gone are the days when he was recording short verses into a laptop over poor-quality samples and spreading them around to fans himself. Childish Gambino now has a life of his own, and it’s evident in the work that went into his most recent album, Because the Internet, which was released alongside a short film, a screenplay, and now a carefully and fairly elaborately produced live show with the Deep Web tour.

For most of the first half the show, a massive living-room scene was projected onto a white sheet at the back of the stage, while some fans sat on two couches on the stage riser beneath two massive chandeliers. Gambino relentlessly charged through much of Because the Internet, getting the biggest reactions on “3005” and “Worldstar.” Every few songs the stage went dark and a shifting geometric shape spun onscreen while a sort-of narration loosely linked together parts of the set, somewhat reminiscent of similar breaks in the action during Kanye West’s Yeezus tour. In fact, a lot Gambino’s show (and music) easily compares to West’s work, although Glover’s show only clocked in at about half the length of Kanye’s three-hour arena epics. But the biggest similarity might be that there’s always something more going on in between the lines, some deeper meaning that Gambino, like West, always wants to communicate to his fans.

As Glover repeatedly shouted the “Send them pics to my phone/ GPOY” conclusion of “Earth: The Oldest Computer,” one of the last tracks on Because, the previously static living-room scene onscreen crumbled into a bluish wormhole before reading “RESET.” After a beat, the stage essentially rebooted into a campfire scene, which was met by wild roars from the crowd as everyone in the room knew the rest of the night would feature songs from Gambino’s less elaborate but just as powerful debut, Camp. Even as now-old tracks like “Fire Fly” and “Bonfire” rattled the room, it was hard to not think that Camp was some sort of prologue to Gambino’s young career, and that Because the Internet— accompanied by the Deep Web tour—is really just the beginning. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Mina K

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Childish Gambino on 3/29

March 25th, 2014

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The multitalented Donald Glover returns to town as Childish Gambino for a sold-out show at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night. The House List is giving away two tickets, though, so if you originally got shut out on tickets, you just might be able to Grow a Pair of free ones. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Childish Gambino, 3/29) and a brief message explaining why you’re so excited for April. Eddie Bruiser, whose mom was born in April, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Young the Giant Are a Band on the Rise

March 3rd, 2014

Young the Giant – Hammerstein Ballroom – February 28, 2014

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There are a lot of ways to recognize that a band’s popularity is on the rise, and many of them were on display during Young the Giant’s performance at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night. For starters, it was the first of two sold-out shows, which is always a good indicator of a group’s current reputation when dealing with a venue of that size. Secondly, despite nearly getting typecast as chill thanks to their self-titled debut album’s laid-back sound, the band inspired fans in the balcony to stand throughout show thanks to the more aggressive new material on Mind Over Matter.

The spontaneous sing-alongs that accompanied old and new songs alike, such as “Anagram,” “I Got” and “My Body,” rang so loud that the Hammerstein practically sounded like Madison Square Garden. And perhaps the purest indicator of a band on the rise: Some fans spent half the show incessantly waving homemade signs. But what made it so exciting to see Young the Giant at this particular moment in time was that while the different members were often as energetic as a young pop-punk band, their music was carefully constructed and uniquely melodic, with different time signatures sprinkled in—supporting intricate, cleaner-sounding guitar parts.

Even the Young the Giant songs that are supremely anthemic avoided being formulaic. And before the set closed, lead singer Sameer Gadhia reflected on their methodical path that had brought them here, saying it was “fucking surreal” to be playing the Hammerstein when just four years ago they were in New York City for the first time playing a cramped set at Pianos during CMJ. But if this weekend proved anything for the California quintet, it’s that they’ve got plenty of fans that are ready for whatever comes next. —Sean O’Kane

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Two Door Cinema Club on 10/11

October 8th, 2013

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Two Door Cinema Club are coming to town later this week to play two sold-out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday and Friday. The bad news is that tickets went fast. But the good news is that you’ve still got another chance to see the Northern Irish trio. All you have to do is to try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. Just enter below for a chance to win, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Two Door Cinema Club, 10/11) and a brief message explaining who you want to win the World Series and why. Eddie Bruiser, whose favorite team isn’t in contention, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Alt-J

September 10th, 2013

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Thanks to their Mercury Award–winning debut album, An Awesome Wave, Alt-J quickly became very popular. So when the U.K. quartet announced their current North American tour—which brings them to town for a couple of weekend shows, on Saturday at Hammerstein Ballroom and on Sunday at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park—tickets went fast. But you’ve still got another chance because The House List is giving away two tickets to Sunday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Alt-J, 9/15) and a brief message explaining what you most like about Alt-J. Eddie Bruiser, who would sincerely like to know, will notify the winner by Friday.

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The xx Leave Them Wanting More

January 28th, 2013

The xx – Hammerstein Ballroom – January 25, 2013


Both on record and during their live performances, London’s the xx have proved to be masters of dramatic tension. Although their music can be lush and layered, for the most part the band gives their songs room to breathe—spare guitar lines and plaintive vocals are followed by heavy pauses, and percussion often doesn’t kick in until mid-song. While this can be a potential test of patience on their records, live, the xx expertly play with these moments, building exhilarating tension as the crowd waits for that beat to kick in or that hook to start. Because of this, an xx show can feel like a well-executed tease.

At their sold-out show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night, the trio had the crowd in the palm of their hand from opening song “Angels”—performing the intro on a dark stage while obscured by a screen projected with abstract, shape-shifting images. As the beat kicked in, the screen dropped, revealing the black-clad band beneath three striking spotlights. But moments later, they were once again shrouded in darkness, and the song was over, like a sharp knife, expertly polished and leaving a clean cut.

The band performed a mix of newer songs from their 2012 album, Coexist, alongside crowd favorites like “VCR,” “Night Time” and “Crystalised” from their self-titled 2009 debut album. The moody, understated material and dim stage managed to create the intimate environment their music demands. The trio’s tunes have a subtle but undeniable inclination toward electronic music, and the dance breakdowns emphasized on songs like the steel drum–augmented “Reunion,” as well as “Night Time” and “Sunset,” contrasted the precise and exacting nature of the their music with moments of abandon and release. Of course, the xx were sure to cut off these uninhibited moments after not too long, always leaving us wanting more. —Alena Kastin

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