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Superorganism Leave Them Wanting More in Williamsburg

April 6th, 2018

Superorganism – Music Hall of Williamsburg – April 5, 2018


Here’s a story of a lovely lady, Orono Noguchi, an aspiring musician who went on to form a supergroup to say the least. Noguchi moved to Maine from Japan to study and eventually attend college in the States, however opportunities arose in the most unexpected ways leading the singer to meet the Eversons, a band she very much admired, while on a visit to her home country. The New Zealand act kept in touch with the young singer and had record vocals for what would be the first single for a new music project, Superorganism. Noguchi graduated high school last fall and has put college aside for the moment. In that time, the band added two background singers with Ruby and B, as well as a South Korean background singer Soul better known as CHI in the band. Coming off the heels of a successful SXSW, Superorganism played a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night.

Donning colorful raincoats, the band descended onstage to begin with “It’s All Good.” The diminutive singer took a swig of water before commanding the crowd to dance for “Nobody Cares.” Bathed in videos produced largely by band member Robert Strange, images of pawns and iPhones showered over the band. Ruby, B and Soul traded in their raincoats for fruit-shaped percussion shakers for “Night Time,” while claps ensued for “Reflections on the Screen.” Mini inflatable whales branded with the band’s name flew unexpectedly into the room from the balcony. Saving fan favorites to the very end, the pair of “Everybody Wants to Be Famous” and “Something for Your M.I.N.D.” ended the show. Although a short set, fans left thoroughly satisfied and full of glee. —Sharlene Chiu

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Mallrat Closes Out American Tour on Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC

April 6th, 2018

Grace Shaw grew up in Brisbane, Australia—although she’s still just a teen—and began sharing her own original songs online in 2015. She took the name Mallrat from a song by the Orwells, and was later dubbed the Hannah Montana of the rap game” when her debut EP, Uninvited (stream it below), a mash-up of hip-hop, R&B and electronic music, arrived in 2016. “Her fresh and vibrant outlook on the most kitsch and mundane of everyday events makes for an interesting and, at times, surprising listen. Her lyrics are cutting and insightful, it’s easy to forget she’s only 17 years old,” said the Music. “The six-track EP is filled with simple melodies, quirky DIY beats, awesome production (particularly from Tigerilla and Rey Reel) and strong vocals—Mallrat really has it all and is most certainly going to be one to watch.” She’s been putting out some new singles this year and this past March, Mallrat (above, performing “Better” for Do512) made her SXSW debut. And before she heads home to Oz, you can catch her live at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night. Another precocious performer, Beshken, opens the show.

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The Kite String Tangle Plays the Early Show Tonight at Mercury Lounge

July 30th, 2015

Based in Brisbane, Australia, electronic musician Danny Harley, who started out playing Green Day covers, has made a name for himself as the frontman of electro-pop band Pigeon, and as—influenced by the likes of SBTRKT, James Blake and Active Child—a singer, songwriter and producer known as the Kite String Tangle. He’s earned praise on some notable taste-making blogs thanks to appearances at Coachella, CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW, and the Kite String Tangle (above, doing “Given the Chance” for the Triple J) plays the early show at Mercury Lounge tonight.

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Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 18th, 2011

Young the Giant - IFC Crossroads House - March 17, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish

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Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 17th, 2011

Portugal. The Man - IFC Crossroads House - March 16, 2011


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Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 16th, 2011

Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

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Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 14th, 2011

Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish

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The House List Is Heading Back to SXSW

March 8th, 2011


March has begun, which means a few things: We change the clocks soon, the NCAA Tournament is fast approaching and The House List is headed back to SXSW next week. We’ll be setting up camp again at IFC’s Crossroads House on Sixth and Brazos, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening 3/16-18. We’ve got a great lineup of interviews and performances, including Brett Dennen, Portugal. The Man, Lupe Fiasco, Young the Giant, City and Colour, Little Dragon, Emmylou Harris, Fitz and the Tantrums, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etten, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Wild Flag. And we’ll have links to live streams, interviews and plenty of photos. So make sure you tune in! In the meantime, check out Broken Social Scene, above, playing “Texico Bitches” at last year’s SXSW.

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SXSW – IFC Crossroads House

March 23rd, 2010

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I went into my first SXSW not really knowing what to expect. I’ve been to plenty of music festivals in the past. But none of them had music poring out of every possible place like Austin did last week. Even churches had live shows! But thanks to the talented, amiable people at IFC (plus the equally magnanimous Show Cobra folks), it’s worth saying we put on a hell of a good show ourselves at the IFC Crossroads House. We had live music with at least three bands a day in the downstairs studio. (Helped by a 5:00 happy hour, the last band of the day always had the liveliest crowd.) And upstairs, there was an interview room and catering—the site of a sweet Bloody Mary bar and way, way, way too many shotgunned beers. But most important, catering had a huge TV for NCAA tournament watching. Craig Finn, the Hold Steady frontman and IFC host for the week, who couldn’t have been any nicer or cooler, proved to be a knowledgeable hoops fan. We hope you were able to stop by, and if you couldn’t that you at least were able to stream the action on IFC.com. Can’t wait for SXSW 2011! —R. Zizmor

Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish

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SXSW – Friday

March 19th, 2010
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Zooey Deschanel

Only one more day left at the IFC Crossroads House, and today will be tough to beat. The interesting Aussie music collective the Middle East led off the day. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel—She & Him—played with a backing band in the early afternoon. The sun was shining all day. People spilled out of work early, plus there are so many people in from out of town. So the IFC Crossroads House was packed all day. And everyone was pretty excited for Broken Social Scene. As always, they were great live, but they also proved to be hilariously entertaining. We headed back out to see other bands around town, and then we returned for the Whigs. I’d seen them play after Dawes at Lambert’s a couple of days ago. Just like then, the power trio killed it. Definitely check them out the next time you can. And you can check them out—plus all of the other action—tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. —R. Zizmor

Photo courtesy of Chris Reddish

That’s a Wrap!

March 18th, 2010

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Another successful day of live music, day drinking and NCAA upsets! Check out all of the action tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. And stream all of tomorrow’s music here.

IFC Crossroads House – March 17, 2010

March 18th, 2010
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Neon Indian

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