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Lisa Hannigan Makes a Triumphant Return at The Bowery Ballroom

February 21st, 2017

Lisa Hannigan – The Bowery Ballroom – February 20, 2017

Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan has a way of wrapping you in a warm woolen blanket with delicate vocals that seem to embrace you in a loving hug. Often known for her backing vocals while touring in the past with Damien Rice, she has forged on to release three solo albums after an abrupt break from her former collaborator. Her previous album produced with the National’s Aaron Dessner, At Swim, arrived last summer following a long five-year hiatus. Needless to say, fans were excited for her return to New York City as she arrived at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom last night, midway through her U.S. tour.

The room came to a hush as Hannigan took to the stage crooning the ever-haunting “Ora.” Although she was sparse with banter throughout the evening, fans didn’t seem to mind as they happily soaked up her ethereal melodies. Opener Heather Woods Broderick added her vocals on “O Sleep,” stepping in for Ray Lamontagne. Hannigan mentioned how her video for “Undertow” was recently released and that in the filming she had to sing the song backward. The singer playfully proceeded to share her backward trill, before introducing a protest song, “Fall,” which was an appropriate addition to the events of Presidents’ Day.

The band exited, leaving the stage to the lass for the music-box plucks of “Little Bird” and the wanderlusting “Passenger.” Her lilting brogue rang true on “We, the Drowned,” as Hannigan pumped her harmonium with extra zeal. Stalwart fans were delighted by “Lille,” an oldie from her debut solo, Sea Sew. An encore opened with an a cappella version of “Anahorish” accompanied by Broderick and her bassist before the performance concluded with the pair of “Barton” and the uplifting “A Sail.” —Sharlene Chiu



Two Chances to Catch Rachael Yamagata’s New Music Live Next Week

September 23rd, 2016

Singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist Rachael Yamagata has been making music for more than a decade. Her debut album, Happenstance (stream it below), out in 2004, earned the sultry vocalist (above, doing an acoustic “Be Be Your Love”) plenty of attention. “When she isn’t writing intelligent piano-driven pop, she’s creating ballads so classic you’ll wonder where you heard them before,” gushed PopMatters. “It takes a great songwriter to show how few great songwriters ever really come along, and Rachael Yamagata’s latest effort proves just that. Keep an ear out for this one.” She’s remained steadily busy ever since, working with the likes of Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Toots and the Maytals, while still finding time to release her own live albums, EPs and full-lengths. Her fourth full-length, Tightrope Walker, just came out today, and, in support of it, the New Yorker plays two local shows, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday and at The Bowery Ballroom the following night. Annapolis, Md., trio Pressing Strings open both shows.


Bernhoft Headlines Mercury Lounge with a Full Band Tomorrow Night

June 23rd, 2015

When the group he was in disbanded, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jarle Bernhoft decided to leave behind fronting a rock band to go solo as a soul man. (“This friend of mine gave me a Sly and the Family Stone album, and I couldn’t really come down off that wall; I was nailed to it,” he told NPR.) Rolling Stone says he sounds like “Ray Lamontagne with access to running water, Robin Thicke after marriage counseling, Daryl Hall in Warby Parkers.” His first album, the funk- and soul-influenced Ceramik City Chronicles (stream it below), came out in 2008. Bernhoft’s follow-up, Solidarity Breaks (stream it below), was released in 2011. And a third LP, Islander (stream it below), arrived last year. AllMusic says it “offers more of his slick ’80s-style R&B tossed with ’70s soul, lots of funky bass and a feel-good song selection…. In the big picture, Islander has the variety and texture to make for an engaging listen, though what it really aims to do is distract and lift spirits.” And while the current New Yorker’s high-energy one-man shows filled with a deft usage of the looping pedal and some impressive beat-boxing have won over fans across the globe, in a rare treat, Bernhoft (above, performing the remarkable “Dont Let Me Go” for Audiotree Live) fronts a full band, the Shudderbugs, when he plays Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.


Ray LaMontagne – Beacon Theatre – November 12, 2014

November 13th, 2014

Ray LaMontagne - Beacon Theatre - November 12, 2014

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com


Ray LaMontagne – Rumsey Playfield – September 26, 2011

September 27th, 2011

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Ray LaMontagne – Beacon Theatre – November 5, 2009

November 6th, 2009

Ray LaMontagne - Beacon Theatre - November 5, 2009

Photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci | dinoperrucciphotography.com


Ray LaMontagne – The Wellmont Theatre – March 31, 2009

April 1st, 2009

Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick | music.jurick.net