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Five Questions with Kamasi Washington

November 17th, 2017

Back in 2015, saxophonist extraordinaire Kamasi Washington (above, performing “Re Run” live in studio for KEXP FM) put out the aptly named triple album The Epic (stream it below) to universal acclaim—becoming one of the hottest jazz musicians on earth in the process. He’s since toured the world and then returned this past September with the impressive EP Harmony of Difference (stream it below). Now out on the road, crisscrossing America’s highways and byways, Washington, with pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph as a special guest, plays Terminal 5 next Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving. (Local favorites—and feisty live performers—Break Science open the show.) Last weekend, Washington (below, doing “The Next Step” live for Paste Studios) rang up The House List from Cleveland to answer Five Questions.

As a touring musician do you notice if your music is received any differently in New York city than it is elsewhere? I feel like the response has been pretty universal for me, but I’ve always gotten a lot of love in New York, which is a huge honor because you see everything there. And it humbles me every time. New York has an energy that’s unlike any place in the world. There’s just so much going on that you get supercharged.

Once material is recorded, does it stay that way permanently? Or as you play songs live do they continue to stretch and grow? They stretch and grow and change every night, basically. The recording is the version I heard in my head. It’s the definitive version, but live we do it different every time.

As a jazz musician, you appear at nontraditional venues and you’ve played huge festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Was this part of your plan all along to cross over? Or has it just been a natural progression of where your music’s taken you? It’s where my music naturally wants to live. It’s definitely rooted in jazz. It’s my foundation. But there’s lots of other kinds of music in there. And it doesn’t really fit into one box very well. We definitely still play jazz clubs, but it’s natural to jump to different kinds of clubs and audiences—different experiences, sitting down in one place and standing in another. It’s options: Every day do something different.

You’ve appeared on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels and, back in the day, Ryan Adams. Is that something you’re still looking to do? And now that you’ve made such a name for yourself is there any chance you’d look for some of them to appear on your albums? Yeah, man. I’m always open to adding people to my music and I still love working with other artists. But I’m enjoying focusing on my own music and collaborating with my friends. I always leave it up to the music. The music dictates to me what to do with it. If it feels like it needs this or that, I’ll try to get it. But I never try to force it.

For someone who’s never seen you perform before, how would you describe a live Kamasi Washington show? It’s different every time. I try to connect to the room and the vibe, a journey we all go on together. I hope what it feels like is very inclusive. The music connects us and we all push the night in the same direction. And by the end we’re all together in one place. —R. Zizmor | @Hand_Dog

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Silversun Pickups – Terminal 5 – November 15, 2017

November 16th, 2017

(Silversun Pickups and Minus the Bear play Brooklyn Steel on Friday night.)

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Experience John Carpenter’s Spooky Soundtracks Live at Terminal 5

November 15th, 2017

Halloween may have come and gone, but for those who wish they could experience just a few more spine-tingling moments before we succumb to the more cheerful holiday season, you’re in luck. Often referred to as the “Master of Horror,” director and composer John Carpenter will bring a live performance of his famously chilling film scores to Terminal 5 on Thursday. In conjunction with a new release that collects his film music on one album for the first time, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 (stream it below), Carpenter will perform his iconic synth-driven pieces from such classic films as Halloween, They Live, The Fog and Christine. There’s no better time to dust off those VHS tapes and take a moment to revisit Carpenter’s filmography (above, the Escape from New York main-title theme live in studio) in preparation for what promises to be a memorable (and spooky) night of music. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

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Two Nights of Silversun Pickups in New York City This Week

November 14th, 2017

Brian Aubert (vocals and guitar), Chris Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys and samples) and Nikki Monninger (bass and vocals) knew one another from playing in various bands before forming Silversun Pickups 15 years ago in Los Angeles. Their atmospheric sound, layered melodies and spellbinding dreamy pop immediately drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and the Smashing Pumpkins with the release of their 2005 debut EP, Pikul (stream it below), and 2006 debut LP, Carnavas (stream it below), “the sort of record that brings something new to discover with each listen,” according to AllMusic. “Thus, listen one is as enjoyable as listen five or 10, but probably for entirely different reasons, since unique bits continuously appear from the band’s dream haze of accessibly textured indie rock.” Their fourth studio album, the synths-filled Better Nature (stream it below), came out in 2015. Despite referring to it as a “transitional record,” Sputnik Music called the long-player “a gorgeous if slightly safe album that proves this band hasn’t lost their edge when it comes to making captivating music.” And live, Silversun Pickups (above, performing “Panic Switch”) are just as exceptional as ever. Catch them on Wednesday at Terminal 5 and on Friday at Brooklyn Steel. Seattle’s Minus the Bear open both shows.



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Tyler, the Creator – Terminal 5 – November 13, 2017

November 14th, 2017


Photos courtesy of DeShaun Craddock | dac.photography

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Slowdive – Terminal 5 – November 12, 2017

November 13th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com

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Macklemore – Terminal 5 – November 10, 2017

November 13th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Slowdive Are Back with Their First New Album in Twenty-Two Years

November 10th, 2017

Shoegaze pioneers Slowdive—now Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar and keys), Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar and keys), Nick Chaplin (bass), Christian Savill (guitar) and Simon Scott (drums)—formed in Reading, in South East England, back in ’89. They’d go on to employ what AllMusic calls “atmospheric harmonies, rippling processed guitars and an ambient production sensibility” in releasing three beloved albums, Just for a Day (stream it below), Souvlaki (stream it below) and Pygmalion (stream it below), between 1991 and 1995. But afterward, with Britpop on the rise, Slowdive (above, performing “No Longer Making Time” live in studio for KCRW FM) took a break with members engaging in an assortment of musical endeavors. But a few years ago, a rumbling began: a world tour in 2014 followed by working on new material in 2016. And this May, the band put out a self-titled LP (stream it below) on Dead Oceans. “It’s strange to call Slowdive a comeback album, because it seems so sure of itself. Instead, it feels like a completely logical next step in their discography,” according to Consequence of Sound. “The record fits snugly inside the band’s canon, so much so that it makes the 22 years since Pygmalion all the more difficult to believe.” And per PopMatters, “Beneath all the stylish and escapist waves of sound and texture, there is a profoundly human core waiting to be sought out and unearthed.” Make your weekend last a little longer when Slowdive return to New York City to play Terminal 5 on Sunday night. L.A. noise-pop outfit Cherry Glazerr open the show.




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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Tyler, the Creator on 11/13

November 7th, 2017

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The tour behind Tyler, the Creator’s fourth studio album, Flower Boy, brings him to Terminal 5 next Monday night. The show is already sold out <sad trombone>, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want them to be yours? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Tyler, the Creator, 11/13) and a brief message explaining why Monday is the best night of the week to go out. Eddie Bruiser, who probably doesn’t need too much convincing, will notify the winner by Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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The Used Bring Terrific New Album to Terminal 5 on Wednesday Night

November 6th, 2017

Hailing from Orem, Utah, the Used have been doing a unique, noisy take on post-punk (think: the Venn diagram overlap of emo, post-hardcore, heavy metal and screamo) since forming in 2001. The band—original members Bert McCracken (vocals and piano) and Jeph Howard (bass and vocals) with Dan Whitesides (drums and vocals) and Justin Shekoski (guitar and vocals)—has been busy ever since, relentlessly touring while still finding time to put out a host of singles alongside five EPs, two live albums and seven full-lengths, including the more mature, 17-track The Canyon (stream it below), released just before Halloween to much praise. While writing the album, one of McCracken’s good friends took his own life, which looms large over the LP. “There’s a huge amount of sadness and death within The Canyon, but the music brims with life,” says Drowned in Sound. “Once content to artlessly bludgeon their way through existence, the Used now stand proud as a complex, insightful collective that demands to be heard. With no warning whatsoever, this is an incredibly thoughtful, articulate modern rock record that stands toe-to-toe with anything released this year.” And AllMusic agreed: “Drawing dichotomous inspiration from happy childhood memories and the devastation following a friend’s suicide, the Used explore mortality and the big picture on The Canyon, their seventh and most ambitious effort to date…. For a band that has evolved from screamo to such thoughtful artistry, The Canyon is a stunning offering.” Making their way down the East Coast, the Used (above, doing “The Bird and the Worm”) play Terminal 5 on Wednesday night. Long Island progressive-hardcore outfit Glassjaw open the show.

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Elbow – Terminal 5 – November 2, 2017

November 3rd, 2017


Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Two Nights of RL Grime This Weekend at Terminal 5

November 3rd, 2017

He’s only 26, but producer (and member of the electronic-music collective WeDidIt) Henry Steinway has been forging a name for himself for several years now. First as Clockwork, crafting bouncy electronic house music and playing big stages, from Holy Ship! to Ultra. But since 2012, he’s been making a name for himself with big-time trap anthems as RL Grime, walking the gritty line between hip-hop and electronic beats on a host of singles, remixes—for the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake—and EPs before finally releasing his first studio LP, Void (stream it below), in 2014. Renowned for Sound called it “a pretty damn impressive debut from someone so enviably young. Just as adept on his own as he is in collaboration mode, RL Grime’s first full-length album is a comprehensive introduction to the myriad of different tastes, technologies and talents in his possession and will undoubtedly continue to see his star deservedly rise.” He’s steadily been releasing singles (one of them, “Stay for It,” featuring Miguel, above) for his much-anticipated second LP, Nova, and now in the middle of his fall tour, energetic performer RL Grime lands at Terminal 5 this weekend for a pair of shows, on Saturday and Sunday. DJ-producers Graves and Kittens open both nights.

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Let Shpongle’s Psychedelic Trance Be Your Halloween Soundtrack

October 30th, 2017

Mashing together world music, ambient techno and psychedelic trance, Simon Posford (who also goes by Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram have been forefathers of the chilled-out psybient genre since teaming up in mid-’90s South East England to form Shpongle. Their debut full-length, Are You Shpongled? (stream it below), came out in 1998. “Most of the sounds seeping from the album are borrowed from two distinct categorizing themes. One spawns from the electronica influences of the album, and that is the spacey, sci-fi based sounds laden in a lot of the synthesizers,” according to Sputnik Music. “The second and equally as dominant style is a very earth-bound and tribal influence found in the instrument and vocal samples. Both these styles are juxtaposed so fluidly, the mood given off is celestial and other-worldly while also staying very natural and organic.” With Posford and Ram also involved in other musical endeavors, Shpongle (above, performing “Divine Moments of Truth”) have recorded periodically—their sixth LP, Codex XI, dropped last week—but toured even less, oftentimes without Ram. And with the recent release of new music, Shpongle: Simon Posford Presents the Shpongletron comes to Terminal 5 on Halloween. Producer-DJ and multi-instrumentalist Space Tak (Takuya Nakamura), opens.

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A Couple of Shots to Catch Electro-Swing Pioneer Parov Stellar Live

October 25th, 2017

Marcus Füreder began working as a DJ in Austrian nightclubs in the ’90s, which eventually led to production and publishing work around the turn of the century—before he began releasing downtempo electronic songs under the name Plasma. And while that moniker didn’t stick, the musical path did: Under the name Parov Stelar (above, the video for “Everything of My Heart”), the prolific musician has released a host of singles, EPs and LPs—2007’s Shine (stream it below) earned him the label of “promising producers active in Europe today” from BBC Music—filled with his pioneering electro-swing sound. Stelar’s most recent studio release, The Burning Spider (stream it below), which features jazz and blues artists like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters, came out earlier this year. And now on a North American tour in support of it, Parov Stelar lands in New York City this week for a double dip, tomorrow at PlayStation Theater and on Friday at Terminal 5. South African dance group Goldfish open both nights.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Lana Del Rey Tonight

October 24th, 2017

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After performing there on Monday, Lana Del Rey plays Terminal 5 again tonight. The show, as you can imagine, is (very) sold out, but on the plus side, The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, email address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Lana Del Rey, 10/24) and a brief message explaining what you love so much about her. Eddie Bruiser, who caught last night’s show, will notify the winner today.

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