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Roger Waters – Barclays Center – September 11, 2017

September 12th, 2017

(Roger Waters plays Barclays Center again tonight and then NYCB LIVE: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday and Saturday.)

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com


Lucius – SummerStage – September 23, 2016

September 26th, 2016

Lucius - SummerStage - September 23, 2016

Photos courtesy of Nick Delisi | www.nickdelisi.com


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Lucius on 3/31

March 29th, 2016


With the recent release earlier this month of the acclaimed full-length Good Grief, Lucius return home to Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night. The show sold out very quickly, but The House List is giving away two tickets to see the Brooklyn five-piece. Don’t have any of your own but still want to go? No worries. Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. 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 (Lucius, 3/31) and a brief message explaining who you think will win the NCAA men’s championship. Eddie Bruiser, who’s got some money on the line, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Catch the Rentals Tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 21st, 2015

Shortly after becoming one of the founding members of Weezer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Sharp formed another alternative-rock band, the Rentals, in 1994. Over the years, the lineup around him has changed, but Sharp remains the guiding force. Following the release of their second album, Seven More Minutes (stream it below), in 1999, the Rentals (above, in their video for “1000 Seasons”) went on a six-year hiatus. Afterward, Sharp and Co. put out several EPs, but last year—alongside Patrick Carney (drums), Lauren Chipman (viola), Holly Laessig (vocals), Ryen Slegr (guitar), Jess Wolfe (vocals)—the Rentals put out their third full-length album, Lost in Alphaville (stream it below). According to Paste magazine, the LP “retains that fuzzed-out exuberance characteristic to the golden era of indie rock, but little else. Most of its surface springs with major keys, up-tempos and earworms, with warm boy-girl harmonies cooing and coiling together over smiling pianos and power chords, but underneath smolders some ponderous rumblings of distortion and caustic ambient noises from that cathartically raked-over synthesizer, helmed by our auteur, Sharp, who’s at his most contemplative, and, at times, abstract, in lyrical fare here. It’s far from the slapped-together shambolic style of ’90s power-pop; no, this sounds much more arranged, almost like tightened chamber pop if it were clouded by the murk of shoegaze.” Earlier this month, the Rentals hit the road in support of the new album, and you can see them tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Rey Pila and Radiation City open the show.


Lucius Return Home, Close Tour at The Bowery Ballroom

December 9th, 2013

Lucius – The Bowery Ballroom –  December 7, 2013

Having met while majoring in voice at Berklee College of Music, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig seemed destined to join forces, thanks to their complementary wall-of-sound voices and a similar unabashed sense of fashion. So it was no surprise that they became bandmates, along with drummer Dan Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, in the Brooklyn outfit Lucius. “Their charisma and charm helps turn good pop songwriting into an endearing performance,” extolled NPR’s Bob Boilen.

That praise wasn’t in question on Saturday night, the first of two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows over the weekend. After opening with an interlude of the Beatles’ “Free as a Bird,” the five-piece continued to enthrall fans with “Don’t Just Sit There,” the singers in matching dresses and sporting asymmetrical bobs. Large black-and-white silhouettes facing each other in a perfect yin and yang served as an appropriate backdrop. Treating longtime admirers to “Geneieve,” off their self-titled EP, the vocalists howled, “All you had to do was shut your mouth, GENEIEVE!” And Laessig exclaimed how happy Lucius were to return home to close out their 2013 tour.

The tenor thuds were in full force for “Tempest,” followed by “Monsters” with Jeff Taylor accompanying on whistling duties. The crowd really got into “Until We Get There,” clapping along to the rhythm. But the meat of set came toward the latter half, as Lucius doled out the percussion-heavy tUnE-yArDs-sounding “Nothing Ordinary,” fan-favorite “Go Home” and their full-length album’s title track, “Wildewoman.” However, Saturday’s show was not to end so quickly as Lucius promptly returned for an encore of “Turn It Around” and “Two of Us on the Run” before joining the audience on the floor for a seasonal surprise, an acoustic rendition of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” with fans hovering around them as if encircling a campfire. One couldn’t think of a more fitting ending. —Sharlene Chiu