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Don’t Miss These Northside Festival Shows This Week in Brooklyn

June 5th, 2017

Beginning on Wednesday, the ninth annual Northside Festival will bring thousands of people to Brooklyn—specifically Williamsburg and Greenpoint—“to uncover the future of music, innovation and content.” And with music as part of the equation, you just know that The Bowery Presents is gonna be involved. Although Mary Timony playing Helium at Rough Trade NYC on Thursday and Big Thief (above, performing “Paul” for NPR Music at this year’s SXSW) at Rough Trade NYC on Friday are already sold out, fortunately some tickets still remain for these other stellar shows:

Thursday
Mild High Club (with Cut Worms and Aerial East) at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Friday
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Beverly and Ablebody at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday

Saturday
An Evening with Big Thief and Friends (Friends = Twain, Relatives and the Brother Brothers) at Park Church Co-op

Timber Timbre and Ohtis at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Lower Dens performing songs from ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits, Tony Molina performing songs from Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me and Tredici Bacci String Quartet performing songs from Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. soundtrack

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Just a Little Patience

May 2nd, 2012

Lower Dens – Mercury Lounge – May 1, 2012


Lower Dens is one of those bands that’s been tagged with a variety of labels, from post-punk to New Wave and drone rock to freak folk. And as with many contemporary acts that claim numerous influences and combine pure instrumentation with the array of modern sound technologies available, no single category seems to exactly describe the group.

Early into the set at Mercury Lounge last night, another genre came to mind, although put forward as more of a suggestion of psychedelic rock than a pure exhibition of this past-era mold, it was evident that this Jana Hunter-led collective aimed to set a mood owing to the title of the band’s just-released sophomore album, Nootropics. Much like the purpose of nootropic drugs, the arrangement succeeded in captivating, rather than sedating. Bathed in blue light from start to finish, Hunter blended her hypnotically bluesy vocals with the swirling drone provided with nuanced coordination by her bandmates.

The result entranced but never to the point of giving the sense of floating in a bubble off in space, thanks to the pulsing, yet restrained immediacy of the rhythm section. With songs like “Lamb,” “I Get Nervous” and the uncharacteristically surging “Brains,” a balance was struck between darkly ethereal and steadily progressive. So even while the band appeared to contemplate what would come next during some sustained pauses between songs, the crowd’s attention never waned. After one such pause, Hunter politely asked for patience, to which an audience member cracked, “What’s New York, if not patient?” But everyone was willing to oblige, content in knowing their patience would be rewarded with a dose of Lower Dens. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | charlesolivierphoto.com