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It’s the End of the Year as We Know It

December 28th, 2017

With 2018 fast approaching, The House List takes a look back at 2017.

Adela Loconte, Photographer @adelaloconte
Top Five Favorite Shows
At the Drive-In, Terminal 5, March 22
2. Arca & Jesse Kanda Live, Brooklyn Steel, July 6
3. The Flaming Lips, Terminal 5, March 9
4. PJ Harvey, Brooklyn Steel, April 20
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Theatre, November 7

Chad Berndtson, Writer @cberndtson
Top Five Favorite Shows
No music fan sees everything, and so much depends on the time, the night, the conditions—my ephemeral joys might be your disappointments. That’s part of the fun, right? Among scores of shows I saw in 2017, here are five nights that stuck with me.
1. Drive By Truckers, The Space at Westbury, February 10
One of the great live bands of the last 20 years has gotten leaner and meaner, unafraid of political jabs or paint-peeler guitar solos.
2. Explosions in the Sky, Capitol Theatre, April 22
Ominous music, loaded with portent, staring into the abyss or looking with a smile at some triumph high in the sky. Heavy, cinematic and deep.
3. Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Mercury Lounge, April 30
A master class in old-school, highly emotional rock energy. Still don’t understand why more people don’t know him, 30-plus years into a career of rough-scuffed folk rock delivered sometimes with tenderness and sometimes with Crazy Horse–like abandon.
4. The xx, Forest Hills Stadium, May 19
OK, I’m buying: Hipster as hell, but what they did was paint an outdoor venue in darkly beautiful soundscapes. The most fun I’ve had getting lost in a band in some time. They turn large, unforgiving venues into intimate listening rooms—and get you dancing.
5. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Music Hall of Williamsburg, November 20
Nelson has learned a lot from two musical dads: his actual dad, Willie, and also Neil Young, whom the Promise of the Real have backed on and off for years now. The type of show that defines the word swagger—a generous meal of rock, country, folk, blues and R&B by an old-school showman barely in his prime.

Dan Rickershauser, Writer @d4nricks
Top Five Favorite Albums
Big Thief, Capacity
The one record I found myself returning to again and again. It was a shitty year, but something about this album soothed my sorrows. Adrianne Lenker’s songs feel personal yet completely pull you in. May she never let go.
2. Kendrick Lamar, Damn.
This may be my least favorite Kendrick Lamar record to date and yet it’s still the second best album that came out this year. The man’s a legend and the world seems to know it. It’s a good thing he’s so humble.
3. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding
Adam Granduciel, the obsessive studio wizard, put out another beauty, this record even more gorgeous than the last. It’s the sound of rock perfection from a perfectionist.
4. Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
Katie Crutchfield’s songwriting just keeps getting better. She comes out of the gates swinging with some dangerously catchy jams.
5. Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins
Of all the great indie bands of the late Aughts returning with new albums this year, Grizzly Bear’s takes the cake. Way too many critics slept on this one!

Pat King, Writer @mrpatking
Top Five Favorite Albums
1. Jens Lekman, Life Will See You Now
I had never really given Jens Lekman a chance as a songwriter, but this year it finally clicked for me in a big way. I got laid off from a job that I thought I loved early on in 2017 and was feeling pretty lost and listless in life. I was taking the train from the city to upstate New York to help my dad with a few big projects and was feeling incredibly low sitting alone on Metro North. All of the sudden, I heard “To Know Your Mission” and was completely overcome with emotion. It was the perfect tune for me at that time and each song that followed helped me understand my situation a little more clearly. I couldn’t believe how wise and endearing Lekman is as a lyricist.
2. Mark Mulcahy, The Possum in the Driveway
Whenever the discussion veers toward musicians who have not been given their just dues, I always think of Mark Mulcahy. As the frontman of Miracle Legion and the Nickelodeon-sponsored Polaris (“ay-yay-yay-yi, Hey Sandy”), Mulcahy had been known for a certain type of feel-good college jangle pop that was certainly a product of the ’90s. What many people may not realize is that his solo releases have been more emotionally and musically rewarding than either of those old projects, and he’s been one of few artists who each album he releases is better than his last. Over the past couple of decades he has reinvented himself as one of the great American balladeers, with lyrics and a voice that can cut you down to the bone. This year’s the Possum in the Driveway is a brilliant testament to his powers as a songwriter and one that proves he is in a league of his own.
3. Pallbearer, Heartless
Pallbearer have always shown promise of being one the best doom-metal bands around. But with their self-titled third album, they’ve transcended the genre and gelled into one of today’s most exciting rock bands. The songs are slightly shorter (although still around eight minutes) but have somehow intensified their scope in a more epic way. With this LP, Brett Campbell has made his case for being one of the best singers in heavy music. His lines never reach the outrageous heights of some of his peers in metal but bring enough power to stop you in your tracks. The same goes for this record’s instrumentation. The songs never feel like they have too many parts or get played out to the point of metal parody. It’s just a front-to-back banger that finally cemented Pallbearer as one of the best around.
4. Björk, Utopia
There aren’t many artists who you could say are peerless in popular music. Björk is definitely one of those artists. Every time she releases a new album, fans wait with anticipation to see where she if she will be able to clear the bar she set for herself on the one before. Utopia is such a statement as a complete work as she tries to understand and find happiness in her life after exploring decimating heartbreak on her last release, Vulnicura. It’s amazing to hear her reach the same breathtaking heights as a visionary artist this far into her career. Bow down and give respect.
5. Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock
Robyn Hitchcock delivered the back-to-basics Soft Boys–style album that many of his fans had been longing for for years. Teaming up with producer (and ex-Raconteur) Brendan Benson, Hitchcock turned up the amps and delivered 10 near-flawless rock songs that reminded us why he is one of the most inventive songwriters around. His wit as a lyricist is still ever-present, but hearing him deliver guitar parts reminiscent of Underwater Moonlight on songs like “I Want to Tell You What I Want” and “Mad Shelley’s Letterbox” was one of the most welcome surprises of 2017 for me.
Pat King’s Top 20 Best of 2017 Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/126049064/playlist/2idgUHVCiGSJqKkwkfex8v?si=wewT–RFRfWWxEVV3rmWsQ.

Sharlene Chiu, Writer
Top Five Favorite Shows with “New” Artists
1. SZA, Brooklyn Steel, December 10

So if you haven’t yet heard of SZA, you won’t be able to escape her name anytime soon. Riding a debut album that has already produced two platinum singles, the singer played a very sold-out Brooklyn Steel the night after performing on SNL. Her vibrant stage presence was supported by the Sing Harlem Choir. Girl’s going places and you’ll see her next year at the Grammy’s, where she’s the most nominated woman with five nods.
2. Maggie Rogers, The Bowery Ballroom, April 11
When a video of Pharrell’s reaction to Ms. Rogers’ demo of “Alaska” went viral, she was on the up-and-up. Her performance at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom was not only a homecoming, but it was also a beginning of bigger stages and larger audiences. She became teary and confessional near the end of the set, reminiscing about the previous times she’d been to the venue as an audience member. After her pair of Bowery shows, she set off on a whirlwind international tour taking her to Europe, Australia and Japan.
3. The Cactus Blossoms, Mercury Lounge, July 12
The first time I caught the Cactus Blossoms’ noir-infused honky-tonk was at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco last year. When I saw they would be playing a late show at Mercury Lounge, I had to be there. Friends, I do not go out late on school nights, but for brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey, I made an exception. Their languid waltzes were the perfect soundtrack for steamy July.
4. Jay Som, Rough Trade NYC, June 6
A triad of Asian-American songwriters, including Mitski, Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som have been self-producing music since last year. The latter rolled into a sold-out Rough Trade NYC to charm the crowd with not only her skilled musicianship, but also with her charming wit. Som was recently shortlisted by NPR’s All Songs Considered in their year-end best of 2017.
5. Violents and Monica Martin, Rough Trade NYC, April 26
OK, this one isn’t technically new, but the pairing was. Monica Martin, best known as the frontwoman for the now-on-hiatus Phox, and producer Jeremy Larson aka Violents teamed up for this rare tour. Larson has collaborated with female vocalists before, but this one was special. Songs were paired with cinematic footage ranging from scenes from House Party to sweeping black-and-white scenery. What still sticks in my memory was a haunting cover of Frank Ocean’s “Self Control.”






PJ Harvey – SummerStage – July 19, 2017

July 20th, 2017

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PJ Harvey Comes to SummerStage in Central Park on Wednesday

July 17th, 2017

PJ Harvey (above, performing “The Community of Hope” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) has a short fuse leading to a powder keg full of emotion. And for more than two decades, she’s been using this unbridled intensity to astounding effect. With such albums that have withstood the tests of time as Rid of Me (stream it below), Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (stream it below) and Let England Shake (stream it below), Harvey has as rich and rewarding of a catalog as any of her peers. These albums have all earned their right to be called classics and still sound as vibrant and ahead of their time today. Last year’s The Hope Six Demolition Project (stream it below) is no different, with some of Harvey’s most musically adventurous and politically charged material to date. She and her top-notch band will be setting the Central Park SummerStage ablaze this Wednesday with songs from her entire career. Any chance to see Harvey and her band in the flesh is a truly mesmerizing experience. This show is one you should not miss. All hail, Polly Jean Harvey. —Pat King | @MrPatKing


PJ Harvey – Brooklyn Steel – April 20, 2017

April 21st, 2017

PJ Harvey - Brooklyn Steel - April 20, 2017

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com


Brooklyn Steel Shows Go on Sale This Friday at Noon

December 12th, 2016

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Our newest venue, Brooklyn Steel—which will be Kings County’s biggest general-admission room—kicks off this spring with some pretty great shows, including the Decemberists on 4/17-19, PJ Harvey on 4/20, Two Door Cinema Club on 5/1, the Black Angels on 5/2, Tycho on 5/3, San Fermin on 5/13, Laura Marling on 5/20, Animal Collective on 5/23 and Whitney on 5/24—all of which go on sale this Friday at noon.


PJ Harvey – Terminal 5 – August 16, 2016

August 17th, 2016

PJ Harvey - Terminal 5 - August 16, 2016

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See PJ Harvey on 8/16

August 9th, 2016


Influential English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey released her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, this past spring, and she’s finally making her way to New York City to play Terminal 5 next Monday and Tuesday. Tickets still remain for her first appearance, but if you don’t already have some for the second one, you can try to Grow a Pair of them from The House List. 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 (PJ Harvey, 8/16) and a brief message explaining how to make your favorite summer drink. Eddie Bruiser, who could use a new one, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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After Time Away, Brody Dalle Returns with Her Debut Solo Album

July 21st, 2014

Before going it alone as a solo artist, raspy-voiced Brody Dalle first fronted the punk quartet the Distillers and then the alternative four-piece Spinnerette, earning the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist comparisons to Courtney Love and PJ Harvey. Following the demise of those bands, Dalle took some time away from the spotlight as she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and had two kids, but her interest in making music has never waned. Dalle (above, performing “Don’t Mess with Me” live for 102.1 the Edge) began working on her debut solo album in 2012 with some well-known names, like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman, the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and Warpaint frontwoman Emily Kokal. And that LP, Diploid Love (stream it below), arrived this past spring to some considerable acclaim. The Guardian calls it “riotous and brazenly euphoric,” and NME proclaims, “Her musical time-out not only turned a glaring spotlight onto the massive, female-shaped gap in the contemporary punk landscape but also deprived us of a truly great, brutally badass talent for almost half a decade. Thank fuck, then, for Brody’s return and the unrepentant, defiant Diploid Love.” Winding down her U.S. tour in support of the album, Dalle plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Boston trio Slothtrust opens the show.


PJ Harvey’s Voice Is a Weapon

April 21st, 2011

PJ Harvey – Terminal 5 – April 20, 2011

PJ Harvey - Terminal 5 - April 20, 2011
Looking a bit otherworldly in a floor-length white gown with a flurry of black feathers atop her head, PJ Harvey hugged an autoharp to her chest and gave a small nod to the crowd at the start of the second of two sold-out shows at Terminal 5. Touring in support of Let England Shake, her new record inspired by the history of conflict and war, Harvey’s set contained songs full of arresting imagery, tales of violence and destruction and ruminations on death.

Despite the serious subject matter, Harvey and her band, comprised of album-collaborators John Parish, Mick Harvey and Jean-Marc Butty, set a tone that was anything but somber. In fact, the show was largely lively, with intricate guitars and upbeat drums complementing Harvey’s sound, which at times recalled hints of Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Björk and Tom Waits. Numbers like “The Words That Maketh Murder” and “C’mon Billy” highlighted the nice contrast between Harvey’s delicate voice and the appealingly gruff, soft-edged backing vocals from the male musicians.

Harvey alternated between autoharp and electric and acoustic guitars throughout the set, but perhaps the most engaging moments of the evening came when she sang empty-handed, during songs like “The Devil” and “Pocket Knife,” slowly and gracefully swaying to the music, letting the focus rest on her powerful voice as it moved from bright and operatic to deep and throaty. Although Harvey sings about the extreme power of tanks and guns in her new songs, at Terminal 5 last night, her voice was perhaps the most powerful weapon of all. —Alena Kastin

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com

Five Questions With…John Parish

June 4th, 2009


John Parish is a musician’s musician. He writes, produces, composes and performs. He’s collaborated with many—including Tracy Chapman, Eels and Giant Sand—but most notably with PJ Harvey. Their first album came out in 1996. The follow-up, A Woman a Man Walked By, was released at the end of March. And now Parish and Harvey are touring the U.S. They play the looking-better-than-ever Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, June 9th. The well-spoken Englishman checked in from the road—in Kentucky—to answer five questions for The House List.

Is there something specifically difficult about playing a New York City show?
I think there is actually. A couple reasons: One, you’ve always got friends there—and it’s always a bit tougher playing in front of friends than it is playing in front of people you don’t know. And, secondly, you’re probably playing in front of your peers as well. And that makes me feel slightly more on edge.

Are there any bands that you listened to growing up that you still listen to?
Absolutely. My first few favorite bands are still very important to me, and I still listen to them. T. Rex’s Electric Warrior was the first album that I had as a kid, and I still play that record a lot. And I still use it as a reference when I’m making records because there’s something about the sound of it I really love. And also as a kid, after T. Rex, I was really into Led Zeppelin, and I still really like their records as well. So, yeah, they’ve really stuck with me.

Are there any new bands you find yourself gravitating toward?
Nobody brand new. The last records that really, really blew my mind were the two Wilco albums that Jim O’Rourke worked on, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born. I think they’re fantastic albums. I mean, they’re not that new, but they seem pretty new on the grand scale of things.

Which NYC musician—past or present—would you most like to play with?
I really like that whole New York scene in the late ’70s, the CBGB’s scene: Patti Smith and Television and Talking Heads, the Ramones. All those bands I really, really like. And they were all important to me.

What’s your biggest nonmusical talent?
You know what? I’m not such a bad cook these days. That’s probably the area in which I’ve shown the most improvement, I reckon, over the last few years…. My family appreciates it, definitely. —R. Zizmor