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DVSN – Terminal 5 – February 21, 2018

February 22nd, 2018


Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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NYC Trio City of the Sun Headline Brooklyn Steel on Friday Night

February 22nd, 2018

The genre-blending City of the SunJohn Pita (guitar), Avi Snow (guitar) and Zach Para (percussion)—aren’t concerned about sticking to one style of music. They acoustically work through flamenco, psychedelic folk, indie rock and gypsy jazz, having honed their sound busking on New York City streets. They’ve made a name for themselves with stirring live performances around town and on festival stages, and their first LP, To the Sun and All the Cities in Between (stream it below), arrived in 2016. “They bring two acoustic guitars and a box of various percussion to make a sound that is as eclectic as their backgrounds, coming from Ecuador, Israel and Seattle,” according to Our Musical Journal. “It is hard to adequately describe their amazing sound, but if you are a fan of Tycho, El Ten Eleven or Rodrigo y Gabriella, then you really need to hear City of the Sun on their debut full-length studio album.” Listen to it below, watch City of the Sun, above, performing “Everything” (for Baeble Music), and then go see them live at Brooklyn Steel tomorrow night. Michael Blume and IRO open the show.

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At Brooklyn Steel, Not Much Has Changed for Portugal. The Man

February 21st, 2018

Portugal. The Man – Brooklyn Steel – February 20,2018


Somewhere in the middle of last night’s set at Brooklyn Steel, Portugal. The Man frontman John Gourley sang, “We won’t sell you nothing you can’t use” as part of “Modern Jesus,” which just about perfectly summed up a show that had so much coming at those in the sold-out crowd: lasers and other assorted psychedelic imagery, an onstage dance duo, a Grammy-winning song, deftly placed covers, cheeky humor projected on the backdrop and as much guitars, bass, drums, keys and vocals as the room could handle. Portugal. The Man served up quite a bit over the course of the show and yet, for everyone in attendance, there was nothing there that wasn’t put to good use.

By the time they had gotten to “Modern Jesus” so much had already transpired. With both “Don’t Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “Unchained Melody” playing in full over the PA before the band even took the stage, and then a lengthy hard-core opening jam that weaved through Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” the opening “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” already felt like an explosive release for the audience. The song’s title used to accurately describe their show’s visual color palette, but Tuesday the display featured lasers of nearly every hue bouncing over the heads of the crowd. Even with the success of an all-timer breakout hit, not much has changed for PTM.

In fact, it was less surprising that they had a Grammy-winning song to anchor the midpoint of the set than the fact that it fit right in with some of their most far-reaching material, transitioning directly with little distinction into “All Your Light,” which, in recent years, has swallowed some of their oldest jams and repurposed them for the big rooms. Alternatively, “So American” and “People Say” both drew a powerful response from the audience and felt just as award-worthy. By the time the band reached the too-soon encore, “Holy Roller” encompassed it all, laser-abetted Floydian-freak-outs and chest-thumping metal meltdowns that still, somehow, perfectly accommodated breakdancing onstage. It’s a formula that keeps working for Portugal. The Man, as Gourley also sings in “Modern Jesus”: “The only faith we have is faith in us.” —A. Stein | @Neddyo     

 

 

 

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Awolnation Bring Brand-New Music to Terminal 5 Tomorrow Night

February 21st, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Aaron Bruno has been fronting the genre-mixing electronic-pop outfit Awolnation since forming the band eight years ago in Los Angeles. The lineup has changed over the years, but thanks to the recently married Bruno’s presence, singular vision and deftly mixing electronic elements, live instrumentation and forward-thinking production, the band sounds as terrific as ever. Their third studio album, Here Come the Runts (stream it below), which AllMusic calls “a further exercise in toying with arena-filling vocal melodies, razor-sharp synths and invigorating electro-pop,” dropped just a couple of weeks ago. And now touring behind it, Awolnation (above, performing “Handyman” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) play Terminal 5 on Thursday night. A pair of five-pieces—Nothing but Thieves and Irontom—open the show.

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Get Loose with StéLouse on Thursday Night at Rough Trade NYC

February 21st, 2018

Denver DJ and producer Ross Ryan grew up playing in rock bands, influenced by the likes of Metallica, Tool and the Prodigy—one of those bands even earned an opening spot on Jane’s Addiction’s 20th-anniversary tour for Nothing’s Shocking and a monetary prize, thanks to winning a Guitar Center contest. Ryan invested his share of the winnings in a laptop and music-production programs and committed himself to learning the ins and outs of electronic music before posting remixes of songs—as StéLouse (pronounced: “stay loose”)—in 2013, followed by his debut EP, the rock-influenced Home (stream it below), a year later. Last spring, he put out an eponymous long-player (stream it below): “StéLouse took the initiative to combine his background in live instrumentation with his passion for all varieties of music to create his new self-titled LP,” according to Your EDM. “A compilation showcasing the producer’s talent and new direction, StéLouse combines elements from his old production with blissful organic sounds and teams with some of the hottest vocalists to create a whole vibe reminiscent of indie meets R&B with some electronic future touches added in.” See StéLouse (above, performing “Plastic” with Madi and Said the Sky) live on Thursday at Rough Trade NYC. No Sleep opens the show.

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Børns – Terminal 5 – February 16, 2018

February 20th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Frightened Rabbit on 2/24

February 20th, 2018

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Scottish five-piece Frightened Rabbit are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album, The Midnight Organ Fight, with a world tour that brings them to Brooklyn to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. The show sold out immediately, but if you didn’t get any tickets, you may be in luck because The House List is giving away two of them. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Frightened Rabbit, 2/24) and a brief message explaining your favorite song on The Midnight Organ Fight. Eddie Bruiser, who always listens to it start to finish, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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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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Starcrawler – Rough Trade NYC – February 16, 2018

February 20th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Idan Raichel Brings His Soul-Stirring Music to the Beacon Theatre

February 19th, 2018

Following a stint in a rock band while in the Israeli army, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel began learning about the diverse cultures within his homeland thanks to working at a boarding school for immigrant kids. While drawing on elements from Israel, the rest of the Middle East, Ethiopia and India, he’s been a global-music ambassador of sorts ever since. First, Raichel (above, performing “Mi’Ma’amakim”) worked as a sideman for big-time Israeli acts, making friends and taking notes along the way. And eventually he began to do his own thing as the Idan Raichel Project and under his own name, winning over fans abroad, across Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. His most recent album, Piano-Songs (stream it below), is a live release. And touring behind it, Raichel plays the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night.

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Dirty Fences – Rough Trade NYC – February 15, 2018

February 16th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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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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Up-and-Coming L.A. Four-Piece Starcrawler Play Rough Trade NYC

February 15th, 2018

Influenced by the likes of the Runaways, high school friends Arrow de Wilde (vocals), Henri Cash (guitar), Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass) have been doing their own take on post-punk since forming Starcrawler—“a hard-swinging stoner-metal quartet with a taste for ’70s glam and dazed SoCal sleaze,” per the Los Angeles Times—three years ago in L.A. Their catchy singles and feisty live shows (in Europe and at home) have earned praise from Dave Grohl, Elton John and Ryan Adams, the last of whom produced the band’s self-titled debut full-length (stream it below), out last month on Rough Trade Records. “They are raw, have attitude and strut with brazen impunity. For all their unabashed posturing, they could very well be the millennial Stooges; they’ve certainly got the demeanor,” said Exclaim. “In an industry littered with sycophants, Starcrawler’s brand of exuberant noise is refreshing. The future may be bright for these young guns.” Currently making their way across North America, Starcrawler (above, performing “I Love LA”) play Rough Trade NYC on Friday night. Sundown Club and Dr. Danny open the show.

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First Aid Kit Have Love in the Air at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday

February 14th, 2018

First Aid Kit – Beacon Theatre – February 13, 2018


It was the night before Valentine’s Day and love was certainly in the air inside the Beacon Theatre for First Aid Kit’s sold-out show. The sister duo of Klara and Johanna Söderberg took the stage to a heartbeat rhythm from their band and kicked off the set with “Rebel Heart,” the opening track off their just-released album, Ruins. On cue, the stage backdrop was immediately illuminated with floating animated hearts to match the icon on the bass drum as the sisters’ voices paired with pedal steel to fill the historic venue. Throughout the show the love came in all varieties, but first and foremost it was those two voices. Separate, they were quite lovely, but for much of the show, they came together, as if their own thinking entities, deeply enamored with each other, creating an explosive chemistry on new songs like the country-ish instant-classic “Postcard,” pastel imagery and blue sky lights enhancing the gorgeous soundscape, and “Ruins,” accompanied by kaleidoscopic animations to bring out the singing’s hallucinogenic effects.

The Söderbergs’ vocals also brought out love from the band. Pedal steel, keys and drums, with occasional bouts of trombone and electric guitar, all helped carry those harmonies into every corner of the room. But most of all, the full house was clearly, deeply enamored with the music being made. Whether spontaneously jumping out of their seats to move their bodies or impromptu mid-show standing ovations were the norm throughout the show. Random shouts in response to banter or requesting songs were done out of pure, can’t-help-myself affection, and when the sisters asked for clapping or, as on the older “Emmylou,” help singing along, there was not a hesitant man, woman or child in the audience.

Ironically, the songs were typically not of the loving variety, and a highlight stretch in the middle began with “Stay Gold,” moved through a gorgeous ambient segue into a snarling “Lion’s Roar” and ended downright angrily with “You Are the Problem Here,” followed by a passionate monologue on the current state of women speaking out and taking control … which the audience uniformly loved. Of course, Valentine’s Day means hearts, and what better than an actual Heart cover? The whole band rocking a perfect rendition of “Crazy on You,” about which there was little not to love. During the encore, they brought out opener and good friend Van William to play “Revolution,” which features First Aid Kit on his album and also, coincidentally or not (I vote not), opens with the lyric “Lost my Valentine.” They finished with “My Silver Lining,” a victory lap for those lovely voices and pedal steel, keys and drums: so much to love. —A. Stein | @Neddyo 

 

 

 

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Sleigh Bells – Brooklyn Steel – February 13, 2018

February 14th, 2018


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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