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Mac DeMarco – Radio City Music Hall – September 22, 2017

September 25th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com

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Mac DeMarco Kicks Off the Weekend on Friday Night at Radio City

September 21st, 2017

Goofy yet sensitive troubadour Mac DeMarco’s third full-length album, This Old Dog (stream it below), came out this past May to rave reviews. “With a fresh approach and a renewed outlook on life, DeMarco reaches a whole other level of cool, lush calm as well as an unprecedented degree of maturity and introspection,” says Exclaim. “But as he reflects deeply and meaningfully on family, love, relationships, life and near-death throughout his songs, DeMarco shows us that he’s a lot more complicated than he seems.” The singer-songwriter recently released the video for the new album’s title song (above), an innovative virtual reality eyeball-bender full of warped landscapes and floating Hypercolor images. For all the merits of virtual reality, there’s still nothing quite like a good old-fashioned performance in the flesh. Fans of DeMarco’s hazy, lazy melodies will get their chance to see the scruffy artist on the regal stage of Radio City Music Hall on Friday, supported by the punky SoCal twins who perform as the Garden. Despite the lack of VR effects that exist in plain old, regular reality, DeMarco is known for performing with plenty of antics up his sleeve—and coupled with the chance to hear songs like “Salad Days” and “My Kind of Woman” live, the experience promises to be just as mind expanding as any technological trickery may be. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

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Mac DeMarco Kicks Off New Tour at The Bowery Ballroom

August 18th, 2015

Mac DeMarco – The Bowery Ballroom – August 17, 2015

Mac DeMarco – The Bowery Ballroom – August 17, 2015
The Mac DeMarco phenomenon is peaking. Perhaps a strong indication of his far-reaching mass appeal is his three consecutive sold-out New York City dates this week to begin his new tour, kicking off last night at The Bowery Ballroom. DeMarco’s continuously widening appeal is thanks to the combination of the accessible substance of his music along with the quirky affability of the personality behind it. In harmonious proportion, there is his feel-good songwriting—which recalls and revitalizes the groovy sound and soulful balladry of ’70s bands like Steely Dan and the Modern Lovers—and the oddly beguiling character whose earnest eccentricity makes him curiously relatable. Add to this the gentle, playful voice you love to sing along with and what seems to be an innately effortless musicianship, and you have an artist currently setting his own trend, inviting happy followers to join.

Although DeMarco was a little subdued by an unfortunately timed cold last night, his disarming charm was on display, and it was overwhelmingly clear that everyone in the room was very happy to be there. A little vocal and guitar warm-up to engage the crowd led to the opening song on his just released album, Another One, “The Way You’d Love Her.” DeMarco has a knack for touching on what makes you listen to music in the first place: to feel giddy and open. His verses hook you with steady, easy rhythm and delightful instrumentation and then give way to choruses that are like sunbaths, walking outside for the first time on a glorious day. Eliciting sing-alongs throughout, DeMarco warmed the room with irresistibly catchy hits, like “Salad Days” and “Ode to Viceroy,” before deftly shifting into breezier gems, like “Another One.”

Distinctly good vibes permeated the room, and the set list, drawing from all of his albums, included surprising and exhilarating covers, which included an interlude of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and a raucous encore of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” setting off the room into a moshing frenzy. It was like one big musical hangout session. Perhaps some of DeMarco’s appeal is due to the reassuring vibe he puts out to the average dude, who sees that someone is living a life of his own and making simple, good music without pretension or artifice. DeMarco is identifiable to all sorts, and that’s why people adore him. —Charles Steinberg

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

(Mac DeMarco plays the Capitol Theatre on 10/10 and the Bearsville Theater on 10/11.)

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Mac DeMarco on 8/20

August 18th, 2015

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Mac DeMarco has two more sold-out shows this week, tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg and on Thursday at Warsaw. And The House List is giving away two tickets to that second show. So if you don’t already have tickets but still want to go, try to Grow a Pair. 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 (Mac DeMarco, 8/20) and a brief message explaining your favorite song on Another One. Eddie Bruiser, who’s getting ready to go on vacation, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.

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Top Gun, Halloween Leftovers and Rock’s Goofiest Rocker

November 5th, 2014

Mac DeMarco – Terminal 5 – November 4, 2014

Mac DeMarco - Terminal 5 - November 4, 2014
Mac DeMarco is one charismatic, goofy fella. Give it a year or so and the gap-toothed rocker from Bed-Stuy by way of Canada will probably have his own show on Vice or something, and lots of people will say, “I definitely saw that coming.” The cheers began at Terminal 5 last night as soon as he came out to set up the stage, getting his equipment together alongside some skeletons and Egyptian sarcophagi. There was either an after-holiday deal at a Halloween pop-up store or DeMarco just can’t bring himself to let go of the holiday. First he tried to walk around the stage unnoticed and shush the crowd, but the already packed venue was going nuts, shifting as one giant blob from left to right.

As inconspicuously as they could, the band climbed onto the Egyptian-themed stage, dimmed the lights, accompanied by the anthem from Top Gun, and popped back out of the sarcophagi, to the surprise of no one. DeMarco yelled, “Hey, guys, that cost us hundreds of dollars!” as the band jumped into “Salad Days.” Don’t let the second-rate theatrics mislead, the main event was definitely the music. In a relatively short amount of time, DeMarco’s put out three great albums of seemingly effortless catchy and jangly rock, each better than the one before. The songs check off just about everything that makes rock music fun in a live setting: relatively lighthearted, easy to sing along to, even easier to mindlessly groove along to with tasteful smatterings of perfectly catchy rock riffs.

“Cooking Up Something Good,” “Let Her Go,” “Ode to Viceroy,” “My Kind of Woman” all carried with them easy rockin’ vibes, with just a taste of some unexpected little jams, adding flavor to the songs like a dash of curry. As DeMarco tuned his guitar between songs, his bassist, Pierce McGarry, jumped into impromptu covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and Sisqó’s “Thong Song.” Their set ended with DeMarco jumping into the crowd, surfing all the way to the back of the venue, climbing up one of the columns to the second floor, dropping back down into the audience and getting carried back to the stage. Rock and roll! The band didn’t seem set on doing an encore, but when the sold-out crowd asked for it, they kicked off one in the best way possible, with DeMarco telling the crowd, “You guys are going to hate this” before launching into an extended (more than 10 minutes) rock out on the Top Gun theme. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Mac DeMarco – Webster Hall – April 9, 2014

April 10th, 2014

Mac DeMarco - Webster Hall - April 9, 2014

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Mac DeMarco on 3/1

February 26th, 2013

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There are a lot of things people like about Mac DeMarco: his EP and LP, his bizarre but funny videos and, of course, his unhinged live shows. So it should come as no surprise that the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Thursday show at Music Hall of Williamsburg sold out well in advance. Fortunately for you, The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you’d still like to go, 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 (Mac DeMarco, 3/1) and a brief message explaining why you’re looking forward to March. Eddie Bruiser, a February hater, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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CMJ Music Marathon Starts Tomorrow

October 15th, 2012

Here in New York City, it’s the most musical time of the year because the CMJ Music Marathon, tomorrow through Saturday, is upon us (check out a selection of the bands you can see, above): five days and nights jam packed with bands playing in all sorts of places, including those you wouldn’t normally think would have a concert, plus plenty of the usual suspects. The Bowery Ballroom hosts CMJ lineups on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mercury Lounge welcomes the Aquarium Drunkard: No Jacket Required lineup tomorrow, the Windish Showcase on Wednesday, the Merge Records Showcase on Thursday, a FREE late-night show with Ratking on Friday and the MezzoForte Showcase on Saturday. And, of course, Music Hall of Williamsburg is on in this, too, with the Captured Tracks Showcase on Thursday and the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off Showcase on Friday. And once again we’re throwing our annual day party at Pianos with seven bands downstairs and six upstairs on Saturday. Get involved with a whole day of great tunes plus bloody marys and margaritas.