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LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – December 11-23, 2017

December 27th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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LCD Soundsystem Leave Them Wanting More at Brooklyn Steel

December 20th, 2017

LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – December 19, 2017


James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem lot are all too aware of the hype that surrounds their live performances. The collective that has reemerged from their “breakup” in 2011 in much the same arrangement, and with the addition of some new blood, recognizes the buildup prior to when everyone takes their positions onstage in their stacked pyramid instrumental setup that surrounds the spotlit Murphy, the master of ceremonies. They recognize the level of great expectation and with the poise of players in long-run theater, unflinchingly rise to the occasion. Murphy has essentially admitted that he was fooling himself to think that he could walk away from the life of making music and performing it with LCD Soundsystem. As evidenced at Brooklyn Steel last night throughout the seventh show in a run of 10, he needs that outlet. It’s too much of what he is. As you find yourself moved by the power and grace of his singing voice over primal dance grooves that don’t feel as if they have a discernible beginning or ending, it becomes clear that he was too much of a comet to hide for too long and the crew of old friends are the players that form around him like a solar system.

Putting on a good show is about reps. Any performer would tell you that. To go along with this year’s new album, American Dream, LCD Soundsystem have been getting plenty of them, having put on strings of consecutive shows that have become residencies at their new Brooklyn home. What’s so rewarding is that they have risen to that rarified place of performance where you know what songs are coming and yet when they’re played with that special mix of timepiece precision and instinctive improvisational flair sprung from the raw energy of the moment, you feel like you’re experiencing a favorite song for the first time, like what it felt like to walk through the woods stoned for the first time. Therein lies the unique magic of an LCD Soundsystem show, and why it never loses its vitality even after the second, fifth or seventh time you’ve seen it. The second-nature orchestration of playing parts all churning in sync is well oiled at this point and just takes off. It’s hard to imagine a better tone-setter to begin a night with than “Yr City’s a Sucker.” It holds that raw NYC cold-steel break-loop groove, priming everyone for the party that’s about to ensue.

The sequence of hits that followed was kind of mind boggling: “I Can Change,” absolutely resplendent live, “Get Innocuous,” “Tribulations,” “You Wanted a Hit” all unravel and ascend to their own euphoric peaks, and you’re so wrapped up that you don’t even realize songs like “Someone Great,” “Dance Yrself Clean” and the dizzying rapture of “All My Friends” are still ahead. Tracks from the new album are sprinkled in almost inconspicuously as the ’80s synth romanticism of “Oh Baby” drops the energy down into a beautiful lull. It was one of those shows that still makes you feel cool that you could get into and no matter how big the group’s become, they still extend meaty-jam grooves like basement bands that don’t know how to stop. They are a unique combination of musicians who understand how and when to give the crowd exactly what they’ve come for, a release into the frenzy of their extended plays. Almost right away, you see what all the fuss is about. LCD Soundsystem are the kind of band that snaps you out of the conversation you’re having with the person you invited to get to know, and suddenly you’re both dancing irresistibly with broad smiles. And when you walk away with that buzz that rolls on like one of their live songs, you know it’s an experience you’ll go back for as many times as you can. —Charles Steinberg | @Challyolly

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – December 11, 2017

December 12th, 2017


(There are a few tickets left for tonight’s LCD Soundsystem show at Brooklyn Steel.)

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Shake Off Thanksgiving with Cut Copy at Terminal 5 on Friday Night

November 21st, 2017

What began as a solo project for DJ-producer Dan Whitford blossomed into a trio with guitarist Tom Hoey and drummer Mitchell Scott onboard for the 2004 release of debut full-length Bright Like Neon Love (stream it below) and then turned into a four-piece with bassist Ben Browning joining Cut Copy (above, performing “Future” live in studio for KCRW FM) for their third LP, 2011’s Zonoscope (stream it below). And by then the band’s deft mix of classic disco and electronic pop had people making comparisons to LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk. The Melbourne, Australia, dance outfit’s fifth long-player, Haiku from Zero (stream it below), came out two months ago. “Cut Copy always seem to discover new ways to fine-tune their inclusive dance music and keep it sounding fresh and vibrant,” said Exclaim. “Cut Copy are a band that know how to make distinctive, original electronica that—crucially—sounds like them,” added the Line of Best Fit. “It’s pretty and smooth; the shimmers and reverb of their earlier records have been compressed into a concentrated essence of what made them great in the first place.” Dance off any lingering Thanksgiving excess and catch Cut Copy live at Terminal 5 on Friday night.



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The Bowery Presents: Brooklyn Steel

April 6th, 2017

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The Bowery Presents’ newest venue, Brooklyn Steel—which is now the largest general-admission venue in Kings County—opens tonight with the first of five sold-out LCD Soundsystem shows. “With every venue we open, we aim to create a space where both fans and bands can fully enjoy the experience,” say Bowery Presents partners John Moore and Jim Glancy. “From easy access to bars and restrooms to unobstructed sight lines and state-of-the-art sound and acoustics, we’re confident that Brooklyn Steel delivers on our commitment to keep the music first.”

Located at 319 Frost Street, the 20,000-square foot Brooklyn Steel features raised platforms and a mezzanine allowing for terrific sight lines across the space, in addition to three bars and 40 total restrooms. Keeping with the industrial look of its legacy, the venue is filled with hundreds of tons of steel and repurposed materials, and the bar in the main lobby was created from scrap metal and incorporates an installation of three original fans.

Of course, it’s not just about how the place looks, it’s also about how it sounds. And to that end, The Bowery Presents retained L-Acoustics, pioneers in their field, along with help from acoustical consultants at Arup Engineering, to ensure unrivaled audio inside the building and audio containment within the property. Additionally, Brooklyn Steel is topped with a 10,000 square-foot green roof that will help rein in sound. This LCD Soundsystem run is just the beginning, though, and a stellar, packed lineup of shows continues with Floating Points (live), the Decemberists, PJ Harvey and many more.

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Spend Friday Night with Goldroom and Autograf at Terminal 5

October 5th, 2016

Los Angeles electronic producer and singer-songwriter Josh Legg began making music under the name Goldroom (above, his video for “Lying to You”) five years ago, influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Bob Dylan, LCD Soundsystem and Nirvana. And following the release of three EPs, his acclaimed debut studio album, West of the West (stream it below), came out just a couple of weeks ago, providing “a romantic and ambitious soundtrack to end your summer on a high note,” according to Vanity Fair. “No matter the listener’s age, the world could use a little more magic—and Goldroom just may be the man to bring it.” He’s currently out on the road in support of the new music with Chicago house trio Autograf (below, doing a live remix of Odesza’s “All We Need”)—Jake Carpenter, Louis Kha and Mikul Win—who pair “glitched vocals, lurking bass lines and live instrumentation from custom-built instruments” and put as much emphasis on the visuals as they do on getting people to have a good time. And if you’re one of those people looking for a good time, don’t miss Goldroom and Autograf at Terminal 5 on Friday night.

(Come dance with us at these other fall shows we think are right up your alley.)

 

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Ween Throw a Raging Party at Terminal 5 on Thursday Night

April 15th, 2016

Ween – Terminal 5 – April 14, 2016

Ween – Terminal 5 – April 14, 2016
It was clear even before these Terminal 5 shows sold out immediately that Ween’s return to New York City would be a capital-E Event. The band’s recent years were messy, with a full-blown breakup in 2012 and then a range of interesting commitments for each member until the rumor mill began to churn and whispers of a reunion turned into possibilities, then confirmations, then hard tickets and, finally, actual shows played, in the form of a three-night run in Colorado back in February. Now it’s NYC’s turn, and the first show of another three-night run, this time at a sold-out Terminal 5, was a raging party. In this season of can’t-believe-it reunions, from LCD Soundsystem to Guns N’ Roses, Ween’s might be the tastiest of all, at least to those who know every iota of songs like “Roses Are Free,” “Bananas and Blow,” “You Fucked Up” and “Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain.”

You don’t so much embrace Ween’s diabolically diverse catalog as reckon with it. Their repertoire culls from some nine different studio albums, covers, obscurities and new songs, too, and they do a remarkable job during their live show of splaying it all out there, multifaceted as it is, without losing energy or muddling the pace. Opening night at Terminal 5 moved—pinballed, really—from the giddy grooves of “Roses” and smart-alecky island maneuvers of “Bananas and Blow” to the sludgy, stomping rock of “The Grobe,” the curled-lip honky-tonk of “Japanese Cowboy” and the cheeky whimsy of “Boys Club.” The song count topped 30, as it often does at Ween shows that, like this one, stretched to two-and-a-half hours. One moment we were in the twisted-Beatles pop of “Little Birdy,” another we were singing along to the rage-burnt folk of “Baby Bitch.” Another still we entered the Floyd-ian psychedelic muck of “Mushroom Festival in Hell,” which flirted with a full devolution into noise rock in a hail of guitar fire.

The hard-partying crowd went wild for almost every song, and the band—throwing knowing smiles and shit-eating grins at the audience like the smart kids in the back of the class they’ve always been—seemed genuinely touched by the hero’s welcome. Ween are part of a rock lineage that’s brutally hard to define but you know it when you see it. Whatever that thread is that connects Frank Zappa and the Aquarium Rescue Unit to Phish and Gogol Bordello—dazzling musicality, technical prowess and songwriting depth beneath a sense of humor, heaps of personality and a few high jinks here and there—it’s in Ween’s stitching, too. A Ween-less world is a less exciting place, and what a happy thing that the band remembers that, too. —Chad Berndtson | @cberndtson

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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!!! Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall

November 16th, 2015

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album (stream it below) came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. In fact, !!! (above, doing “Slyd” for Baeblemusic) just released their sixth studio album, As If (stream it below), last month. Drowned in Sound called it “a career high,” noting that it’s “a heady mix of punk funk indie disco, but with an added layer of poppy sheen.” And AllMusic proclaimed, “The funky, post-punky, always danceable !!! show no signs of slowing down on their sixth album.” Their newly launched tour in support of the album brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow and to The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday.

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Two Nights to Shake It with the Juan Maclean

September 10th, 2015

Electronic musician and producer John Maclean already knew James Murphy from the Providence, R.I., band Six Finger Satellite. When the group broke up, Maclean drifted out of music but remained friends with Murphy. Several years later, having already founded DFA Records, the LCD System founder prompted Maclean to return to music—and his label provided a home for Maclean’s danceable mash-up of post-punk and experimental compositions under the name the Juan Maclean. Somewhere along the way LCD Soundsystem keyboardist and vocalist Nancy Whang came aboard, and over the course of nearly a decade and a half, there have been a slew of remixes, singles, EPs and LPs. The most recent of which, the ’80s-influenced In a Dream  (stream it below), came out last year. AllMusic calls it “the Juan Maclean’s best record yet. It puts together all the elements they’ve worked with in the past and added a few more, and the result is an emotionally powerful work that sounds easy to dance, dream or get bummed along to.” And the Juan Maclean (above, their video for “A Place Called Space”) play a pair of hometown shows this week, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Be Part of a !!! Dance Party Tonight

December 13th, 2013

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. Earlier this year !!! (above, doing “Slyd” for Baeblemusic) released their fifth full-length Thr!!!er (stream it below), which PopMatters calls a “wall-to-wall fun dance album.” So get your weekend started with a dance party tonight at Webster Hall.

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Jagwar Ma Make a Great First Impression

October 1st, 2013

Jagwar Ma – Mercury Lounge – September 30, 2013


If it’s true what they say about first impressions, then Australia’s Jagwar Ma have a pretty bright future. In their first ever gig in the USA, a sold-out, early set Monday night dance party at Mercury Lounge, the Aussie duo of Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield (rounded out to a trio with a bass player) did plenty to impress with songs off their debut, Howlin’. Their sound is a seamless fusion of psych rock and electronica, half Tame Impala, half LCD Soundsystem and, live, the music explored both genres equally: fuzzy, tripped-out swirls of guitar and synthesizer overlaid perfectly on supergroovy preprogrammed beats.

The set opened with Ma synthesizing some electronic magic alone onstage, the audience starting to buzz in anticipation before they began their opening track, “What Love,” with vertical-stripe basslines and Winterfield layering his vocals with a multitude of reverberating effects. Working almost straight through the album, the pair maintained the spirit of their songs while adding a live-remix feel: space-rock excursions and fractal vocal jams pushed the material to the edge. For all its brain candy, this was still music to dance to, and despite the early workday hour, those in attendance did their best to move to the beats. After all, this was Jagwar Ma’s first show in America, and we only had one shot at a first impression. —A. Stein

(Jagwar Ma play The Bowery Ballroom on 12/3.)

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Two Big Local Bands Take the Stage at Barclays Center

September 19th, 2013

Earlier this year, art-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs—frontwoman Karen O, drummer Brian Chase and guitarist Nick Zinner—released their fourth full-length, Mosquito (stream it below). The album includes production work from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek among others, and in praising it, the A.V. Club says the album “takes a much more open-ended, and less studied, approach to Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ electric eccentricity.” Of course, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (above, performing “Sacrilege” on Late Show with David Letterman) are most known for the fiery live performances, and you can see these hometown musical heroes tonight at Barclays Center. But do yourself a favor and get there early enough to see Har Mar Superstar.

Another big local band, Vampire Weekend—college buddies Ezra Koenig (vocals and guitar), Chris Baio (bass and vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (keys and vocals) and Chris Tomson (drums)—also put out an acclaimed new album this year, Modern Vampires of the City (stream it below). The band’s much-praised third LP is a bit of a departure, abandoning the post-college themes of their previous work, but gaining plaudits in the process, with Rolling Stone winningly comparing the quartet’s new tunes to Paul Simon and Tom Petty. But, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend (above, doing “Diane Young” on Saturday Night Live) are best experienced live. And alongside Solange and Sky Ferreira, they play Barclays Center tomorrow night.

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MS MR Release New Album, Sell Out The Bowery Ballroom

May 16th, 2013

MS MR – The Bowery Ballroom – May 15, 2013


MS MR set the bar high for their first headlining tour by playing a sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom last night one day after the release of Secondhand Rapture, the New York City–based electro-pop outfit’s highly anticipated first full-length album. Following a splendid set from openers Magic Man—who endeared themselves to the crowd with infectious energy and great rock and roll sensibility—MS MR took the stage to uproarious applause. Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, the MS and MR behind the band’s moniker, took hold of the audience from the outset and delighted us with a set that sent emotional electricity pulsing through the air.

Crowd favorite “Bones” opened the set, instantly sending the audience into an enraptured state. Eerie candelabras that produced syncopated lighting furnished the stage, and the lights changed color throughout the set to reflect the evolution of MS MR’s symphonic sound. The performance bloomed with renditions of “Salty Sweet,” “Think of You” and “BTSK.” The cover of Patrick Wolf’s “Time of My Life” that followed garnered plenty of adoration. Plapinger and Hershenow danced mischievously during “Fantasy” and then dipped into a darker realm for “Dark Doo Wop” and “Head Is Not My Home,” both of which are filled with apocalyptic visions and brooding lyrics.

Plapinger then launched into the simple, anthemic “Ash Tree Lane.” To the crowd’s surprise and delight, the next song was a clever cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean.” “We’ve always wanted to do that!” she said, beaming at its conclusion. “Hurricane” provided the ideal finale for a theatrical journey through the band’s repertoire. MS MR’s music is simultaneously tragic and euphoric, making the nuanced experience of hearing the music live greatly satisfying. The band brought an appealing sense of humility to performing a sold-out show at a venue they so admire. MS MR make their television debut tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman, and they’re sure to continue their tour with the same gusto and grace they showed us last night. —Schuyler Rooth

Photos courtesy of Lauren Glucksman

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The Hush Sound and Hockey Lead a Great Bill at Webster Hall

May 10th, 2013

Greta Salpeter (vocals and keys) was interested in classical piano and Bob Morris (vocals and guitar) was into rock when they first met while still in school. They began jamming together, making acoustic music as a two-piece called the Hush Sound a few years later, but ultimately decided to go for a bigger sound, recruiting friends of Morris’s from the Chicago music scene, Chris Faller (bass and vocals) and Darren Wilson (drums and vocals). They’ve since hit the road with bands like Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects and Rooney, all the while recording three crowd-pleasing albums of melodic, piano-driven pop over the course of three years. And then just like that, the Hush Sound (above, doing “Medicine Man”) went on hiatus in 2009. Fortunately they couldn’t quite quit one another, reuniting last fall to tour once again.

Hockey, out of Portland, Ore., began as a five-piece before paring down to just three—Benjamin Grubin (vocals), Ryan Dolliver (keys) and Jeremy Reynolds (bass)—three years ago. But despite the band size decreasing, the sound of their mash-up of post-punk and dance punk, which has earned them comparisons to both the Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, remains as big as ever. They’ve just released their second LP, Wyeth Is (stream it below) digitally (the physical version arrives next month), and Hockey (above, playing “Too Fake” on Later … with Jools Holland) have hit the road. See them with the Hush Sound and River City Extension, Genevieve (of Company of Thieves) and Lucas Carpenter next Tuesday at Webster Hall.

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Come Party with !!! at Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow Night

December 12th, 2012

Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. Watch them, above, doing “AM/FM” for KEXP FM, and then go see them tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg.