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Jaymes Young Broods at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday Night

July 28th, 2017

Jaymes Young – The Bowery Ballroom – July 27, 2017

Music about love and heartbreak has an age-old, powerful way of attracting a crowd. So it’s no surprise then that The Bowery Ballroom was packed to the gills last night for Jaymes Young and Matt Maeson, a pair of singer-songwriters with an uncanny knack for folding their love-fueled memories into music with unfaltering sincerity. Maeson delivered his opening set with just a guitar in tow and shared music from his debut EP, Who Killed Matt Maeson. A rendition of his first single, “Cringe,” a tale of isolation and a big loss of innocence, got plenty of people singing along. Maeson was raised largely on Christian music but sought out the likes of Jeff Buckley and Johnny Cash when he began writing his own music. Maeson’s songs have a roots-inspired feel and they’re filled with alt-rock beats and jaunty pop hooks. We’ll likely be hearing more infectious music from him as he prepares to release a full-length album.

Young and his band hit the stage to uproarious applause and broke into “Tied Down,” the alluring opening track from his debut album, Feel Something. Jaymes Young’s storytelling is deeply personal and confessional, and listening to it live almost felt voyeuristic. But the sold-out crowd helped diffuse that feeling. He had the audience singing along at several points throughout the night. Young wrote Feel Something largely on his own, holed up in a studio and putting his openhearted ponderings to music. The result is a swath of ballads both dark and light that explore the depths of growing up and heartbreak. Wondering ballads like “Moondust” and “Northern Lights” rang out in all their synth-filled glory.

Young made a point of saying hi to his mother before he sang the yearning-filled single “Habits of My Heart.” “I love making moms swear,” he coyly joked after encouraging everyone to sing along. Young’s style is graceful yet powerful—his sweet-sounding voice clashes in the best way with lyrics about lost love, moving on and mistakes. And he’s fostered a strong connection with fans by sharing mail he’s received over the years on his Tumblr. Young closed out the performance with the oh-so-tender “I’ll Be Good,” which has amassed more than 20 million streams on Spotify. It seems there’s no shortage of poignant music from this young, brooding gentleman. —Schuyler Rooth | @SchuylerSpeak


Ours Play The Bowery Ballroom with Zane Carney on Saturday Night

November 17th, 2016

Dynamic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gnecco has been leading the New Jersey band Ours since the ’90s. And while the lineup’s gone through several changes, Gnecco—whose voice has earned comparisons to Jeff Buckley’s—has remained the group’s anchor, with the continued moody, soulful sounds now backed by Static (guitar), April Bauer (piano), Chris Goodlof (bass), Race (guitar and keys) and Dennis Zimmer (drums). Over the years, Ours (above, performing “Fallen Souls”) have worked with big-name producers like Rick Rubin and Steve Lillywhite, and they play The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night with special guest Zane Carney (below, covering “Southern Man” and doing an original, “I Love You” for Relix).


Lindi Ortega Plays Mercury Lounge Tomorrow Night

August 3rd, 2015

Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, Lindi Ortega—inspired by her musician father and listening to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Jeff Buckley— began writing original songs in her teens. She’s since decamped for Nashville and has become known for a voice that’s been compared to Dolly Parton’s and Emmylou Harris’s, as she’s become what AllMusic calls “a rising star on the North American alt-country scene.” Ortega (above, performing “Someday Soon” for SiriusXM) has already released three full-length studio albums (stream them below), and her fourth, Faded Gloryville, comes out next week. And ahead of its arrival, Ortega plays Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Americana singer Joe Fletcher opens the show.


The Underrated Ours Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

December 6th, 2013

Nearly 20 years ago New Jersey native Jimmy Gnecco formed the alternative-rock group Ours. Since then he’s remained the lone constant, performing and recording with a rotating lineup of musicians. The band’s debut, produced by Steve Lillywhite, Distorted Lullabies, came out in 2001, earning comparisons to Jeff Buckley, and a follow-up, Precious, arrived 18 months later. Then Ours (above, performing “Been Down”) spent several years recording with Rick Rubin for what would be released in 2008 as Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy. But Gnecco and Co. returned earlier this year with their fourth LP, the Michael Jackson– and Motown-influenced Ballet the Boxer 1 (stream it below). Catch the final stop on their current tour, along with the Ludlow Thieves and Madame Mayhem, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.