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L.A. Four-Piece Allah-Las Headline Brooklyn Steel on Saturday Night

January 18th, 2018

Allah-Lahs albums are things to get lost in: a swirl of influences that certainly throw back to ’60s psychedelic-pop landmarks the Zombies and the Kinks. Live, they take these sounds and set the listener on a kaleidoscopic ride that feels very blissful, very California, and heavy when you least expect it to, with tunes that are somehow both sanguine and melancholy. Unlike a lot of what’s labeled psychedelic, the foursome’s music doesn’t feel noisy and escapist—it’s sonically breezy, with a bit of grit thrown in, and lyrically deep, with each album since the band’s 2012 eponymous debut LP (stream it below) up through 2016’s superlative Calico Review (stream it below) a fuller expression than the last. “Once we started to gain a bit of an audience, there’s a certain sense of responsibility or duty that comes along with the knowledge that people are listening to what you’re writing,” singer-guitarist Miles Michaud told the Houston Press last year. “That knowledge allows us to touch on topics that are deeper and more resonant with people than the stuff we wrote before.” With a new album in the works, the band (above, performing “Could Be You” live in studio for KEXP FM) this past fall decided to tide over fans with the first in a series of covers releases, titled Covers #1 (stream it below). From George Harrison (“Fish On the Sand”) to Kathy Heideman (“The Earth Won’t Hold Me”), the choices are canny in the same way Allah-Lahs live shows are, with a coolly smiling vibe throughout. They’ll play one of their biggest local shows to date at Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, and you’ll see that same bemused coolness—imploring you to not trip over yourself trying to describe what they do, and just listen and absorb. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson

 

 

 

 

 

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Umphrey’s McGee Return to NYC for Three Nights at Beacon Theatre

January 17th, 2018

Umphrey’s McGeeBrendan Bayliss (guitar and vocals), Joel Cummins (keys and vocals), Ryan Stasik (bass), Andy Farag (percussion), Jake Cinninger (guitar and vocals) and Kris Myers (drums and vocals)—the progressive-rock group that began at the University of Notre Dame, is part jam (their live shows feature extended exploratory improvisation) and part ham (their first studio release was called Greatest Hits, Vol. III). The band allowed taping of their shows from the very beginning, and as those shows were traded across the country, Umphrey’s (above, covering “Comfortably Numb”) earned a following in places the band hadn’t even played yet. They’ve been a national touring band ever since. Their 11th studio long-player, It’s Not Us (stream it below), which celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary, dropped last Friday. According to Glide Magazine, “It’s a tightly constructed, densely layered album with a dark tone that is occasionally split by beams of light and another unique addition to the Umphrey’s McGee studio canon.” And per Live for Live Music, “The result is one of their best records yet; certainly one of their most ambitious.” Touring behind the new music, Umphrey’s McGee are back in New York City this week for three nights at the Beacon Theatre, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Krystle Warren Headlines Rough Trade NYC on Thursday Night

January 17th, 2018

Krystle Warren grew up in Kansas City, Mo., but she began to make a name for herself upon moving to Paris in her 20s. The sultry-voiced singer and multi-instrumentalist’s “uncut soul and spirited R&B” has earned comparisons to Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman. Her most recent release, Three the Hard Way (stream it below)—which “swirls with R&B, folk music, jazz, hip-hop, blues, gospel strains and yet is entirely original in its sound and scope, which ranges from spirituality and love to the effects of social media on our lives and gentrification,” according to the Urban Music Scene—arrived last summer. And Warren (above, performing “So Say We” live in studio for KTBG FM) plays Rough Trade NYC tomorrow night. Zach Djanikian, another singer and multi-instrumentalist, will be part of her backing band and open the show.

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Karl Blau and Chris Forsyth Team Up to Take On Rough Trade NYC

January 9th, 2018

After years of recording, Karl Blau is finally having his moment. As a mainstay in the influential lo-fi folk scene built around K Records in the Pacific Northwest, he’s been churning out rock solid music that’s never followed the trends around him. Featuring his rich molasses-soaked baritone voice and effortless abilities to cross genres, each of Blau’s records is a rewarding journey that can just as easily bring listeners gratification as it can put you off guard. As great as these albums have been, Blau had been flying under the radar for far too long. But thanks to last year’s Introducing Karl Blau (stream it below), that all changed. With help from producer Tucker Martine and guests like Jim James, Jenny Lewis and Laura Veirs, Introducing found Blau reinterpreting classic songs by such artists as Townes Van Zandt, the Bee Gees and Link Wray. The results were absolutely breathtaking and the long-player brought him to a much wider audience, landing Blau (above, doing “Fallin’ Rain” live in studio for KEXP FM) a home with Bella Union for this year’s equally brilliant Out Her Space (stream it below). Comprised of all originals, the new album continues Blau’s winning streak and proves that one of underground music’s best-kept secrets is at the height of his powers. Blau plays Rough Trade NYC on Thursday with guitar mastermind Chris Forsyth—most known for his sprawling psychedelic work, like on this year’s Dreaming in the Non-Dream (stream it below)—and his Solar Motel Band, a truly great double bill that shouldn’t be missed. —Pat King | @MrPatKing




 

 

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Ahead of New Album, Oshun Play the Late Show at Rough Trade NYC

January 8th, 2018

Expertly blending hip-hop with neo-soul, Washington, D.C., natives Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, who actually met at NYU, make what they call “Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef” as the soulful R&B duo Oshun. “Niambi’s fast-punching lyricism weaves in and out of Thandi’s smooth, honey-like harmonies, creating something that neither one of them could have formed without the other,” says Fader. “The two friends use their music to share their reality, and no topic is left uncovered. Over subtle melodies that give a sense of steady calm, they expound upon current events, knowing your history, and the triumphs and tribulations of being young black women growing up in today’s society.” They put out several singles last year, including “Not My President.” And with their album, Bittersweet, Vol. 1, due to arrive, Oshun (above, performing “Gods” for KUTX FM), play the late show at Rough Trade NYC on Friday with High Class Hoodlums opening.

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Join the Flosstradamus Dance Party on Saturday Night at Brooklyn Steel

December 28th, 2017

Autobot (Curt Cameruci) and J2K (Josh Young) teamed up to form Flosstradamus more than a decade ago in Chicago. Mashing up house, techno, electro and R&B, they quickly won over fans around town—and then the country—with their all-inclusive dance parties. One of their many strengths is that they know how to have a good time, and that comes across when they perform live, which is probably why the progressive-dance DJs have earned the reputation as party starters, whether it’s in a small club or on a big festival stage. And although Young left the band about a year ago, Flosstradamus is still going strong. With the current tour winding down, Flosstradamus comes to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. So come join the dance party and arrive early enough to catch the Phantoms DJ set.

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Two Nights of Diarrhea Planet Live at Rough Trade NYC

December 27th, 2017

Let’s get it out of the way: Diarrhea Planet (above, performing “Heat Wave” live in the studio for KEXP FM) may not be the most enticing name, but with their heady four-guitar rock attack, the Nashville six-piece—Evan Bird, Emmett Miller, Jordan Smith and Brent Toler (each on guitar), Mike Boyle (bass) and Casey Weissbach (drums)—win over people with what AllMusic calls a “’70s power pop meets ’90s grunge vibe” and a “potent and sometimes ridiculous mix of blistering garage rock, pop punk, metal and even Southern rock,” per NPR Music. Last year, the road warriors put out their second full-length album, Turn to Gold (stream it below), which “rolls forth like a stoner rock take on Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run being blasted out the windows of a dragon mural-encrusted boogie van,” according to AllMusic. “With Turn to Gold, Diarrhea Planet, a group with arguably one of the best-worst band names in rock history, have crafted their first truly great album.” And as good as their recorded stuff is, Stereogum calls Diarrhea Planet’s live show “reliably fucking awesome.” Find out for yourself when they play Rough Trade NYC on Saturday and then again on New Year’s Eve.

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Two Chances to Catch Gogol Bordello Headlining Brooklyn Steel

December 26th, 2017

The more you absorb Gogol Bordello (above, performing “Saboteur Blues” live in studio for Paste Studios), the deeper the experience gets. First or second time out it’s all about the party: Eugene Hütz and his rampaging horde put punk, dub, rock, klezmer, flamenco, Latin, folk, polka and who knows what else in a sticky blender and hit pulse. Then comes intense appreciation of how they can mine so many different styles and make them sound cohesive—and coherent—without turning such a polyglot sound into an unfocused mess. Finally, you appreciate the depth in the lyrics—the marvelous wordplay, the sharp commentary, the bang-on turns of phrase. These aren’t just bat-shit partiers, they’re craftsmen. And they can party. Blow a room to pieces, as a matter of fact. Gogol Bordello’s 10th album, one of their moodiest, Seekers and Finders (stream it below), arrived this past August. It suggests that nearly 20 years in, the band is rounding out that much further, able to mix in more poignant folk strains without sobering up their sound too much. You hear plenty of guitar and slashing violin, but also trumpet, rat-a-tat percussion, accordion and many other sonics. Above all, they sound ever more like a global collective. (Various Bordello members hail from as far as Russia and Ecuador, and the U.S., Ukraine and Ethiopia.) “My idea of the band is more of a creative, collective gang,” Hutz told Bullet Music back in April. “A master of his own jujitsu, his musical aikido, it’s really a lot more like observing a performance of group musical mixed martial arts competition.” You won’t get beat up (maybe), but you will be thrust into the delectable, raw-edged present: Living for now is a constant theme for Gogol Bordello. “Remember times when the colors were brighter/ And streets were filled with rhyme/ It is still that way/ If you ask about it,” the band bellows in “Still That Way,” on the new album. It recalls a Gogol Bordello classic from a decade ago, “Ultimate,” which opened with “There was never any good old days/ They are today, they are tomorrow.” Don’t miss these fun-loving live performers on Thursday and Friday at Brooklyn Steel. Funky brass band Lucky Chops open both shows. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson

 

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The Pink Spiders Bring New Tunes to Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday

December 15th, 2017

Making punky pop-inflected garage rock, Matt Friction (vocals and guitar), Jon Decious (bass) and Bob Ferrari (drums) formed the Pink Spiders nearly 15 years ago in Nashville, Tenn. Before going on an extended hiatus in 2009, they put out three studio albums in as many years, including 2006’s Ric Ocasek–produced Teenage Graffiti (stream it below). “The Pink Spiders have a rather unique sound for today, when every band sounds like Fall Out Boy, the Pink Spiders mix classic punk, rock and roll, power pop and pop punk,” said Sputnik Music. “This album is full of youthful energy and is extremely catchy. Every song has the capability to stick in your head all day.” The band reunited in the summer of 2016 (above) to celebrate the LP’s 10th anniversary, and with talk of a new album, the Pink Spiders have released some new singles and embarked on a December tour, which brings them to Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night. Lancaster, Pa., post-hardcore five-piece Carousel Kings and Baltimore rad-pop quartet the Great Heights Band open the show.

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Ofenbach Close Out Tour on Saturday Night at Rough Trade NYC

December 13th, 2017

DJ-producers Dorian Lo and César de Rummel became fast friends in grade school and, influenced by such blues-rock acts as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes, started a rock band in their early teens. But then upon becoming deeply interested in house music, the two formed the DJ duo Ofenbach three years ago in Paris, becoming known for mixing traditional rock with electronic pop. Their single “Be Mine” gained them attention across Europe and Asia in 2016, and this year Offenbach made some noise with their remix of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” (above). Come dance to the music when their North American tour finishes on Saturday night at Rough Trade NYC. Brooklyn sample-based electronic trio Pool Cosby open the show.

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Embrace the Bass with Snails at Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

December 13th, 2017

Mashing together trap rhythms, filthy basslines and an off-kilter sound design, Montreal electronic producer and DJ Snails (above, performing live) has been making a name for himself since his first single, “Bubble Gun,” arrived in 2012. Three years later, his appearance at a number of EDM festivals earned him eager fans, thanks to his upbeat, engaging performances. Snails’ first LP, The Shell (stream it below), dropped this past October. “Your debut album should be a thesis statement on who you are as an artist. For Snails, that means a whole lot of disgusting noise, face-scrunching bass and killer features designed to get the party bumping so hard, you just might vomit. There’s absolutely no way you’ve heard anything like this,” says Billboard. “There are no dull moments, but there is diversity. There are some dub waves, some drum ’n’ bass rhythms, some bright chords and plenty of drops so hard, you’re gonna black out.” His current tour brings him to Terminal 5 on Saturday night with a three bass-heavy acts, 12th Planet, FuntCase and Yookie.

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Thank You Scientist and Bent Knee Play Rough Trade NYC Thursday

December 12th, 2017

Influenced by the likes of the Beatles, Harry Nilsson and Frank Zappa, the guys in Thank You Scientist—original members Salvatore Marrano (vocals) and Tom Monda (guitar, synths and vocals) now with Ben Karas (violin), Cody McCorry (bass, theremin and saw), Joe Fadem (drums), Sam Greenfield (sax) and Joe Gullace (trumpet)—met as part of the music program at Montclair State University and began making progressive rock together in 2009. Their debut full-length, Maps of Non-Existent Places (stream it below), dropped three years later. “To say there’s very little Thank You Scientist can do to improve is an absolute credit to the musicianship of this spectacular septet and every bit indicative that they should be an absolute pleasure to observe as they develop over time. Get in on the ground floor now or kick yourself later,” said Sputnik Music. Thank You Scientist (above, performing “The Amateur Arsonist’s Handbook” for Audiotree TV) returned with their sophomore release, Stranger Heads Prevail (stream it below), in 2016. Consequence of Sound called the it a “wild ride of an prog-rock album,” adding that the LP is “for fans of Coheed and Cambria and comprehensive mind-fucks.”


Another large group founded at a school in 2009, Bent Knee—Courtney Swain (vocals and keys), Ben Levin (guitar and vocals), Chris Baum (violin and vocals), Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth (drums), Jessica Kion (bass and vocals) and Vince Welch (synths)—formed in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. The experimental art-rock sextet (above, doing “Way Too Long” for Audiotree TV) has put out four albums, including this past summer’s Land Animal (stream it below), which shows “how fearless the six-piece is in grabbing hold of different sounds and making them their own,” raved Consequence of Sound. “The band has used Land Animal to look at the state of the world and figure out how to reconcile all the darkness with art.” Get your weekend started early when both of these terrific acts lay it down live on Thursday night at Rough Trade NYC.

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Mogwai – Terminal 5 – December 8, 2017

December 11th, 2017


Photos courtesy of Adela Loconte | adelaloconte.com

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Kick Off Your Weekend with Mogwai’s Atmospheric Rock at Terminal 5

December 6th, 2017

The Glasgow post-rockers Mogwai (above, performing “Every Country’s Sun” for BBC Radio) formed in 1995 when three friends, Stuart Braithwaite (vocals and guitar), Dominic Aitchison (guitar) and Martin Bulloch (drums), decided to make music together. With the later addition of Barry Burns (bass, keys and vocals) and John Cummings (guitar), who’s since departed, they’ve has become known for trafficking in serious guitar rock, although that guitar rock has also gone through changes. “Few ’90s rock bands were better prepared than Mogwai for the movie-trilogy blocks of music allowed by the iPod,” per Rolling Stone. “The Scottish outfit moved from making bombastic explosions in the sky to crafting widescreen soundtracks to goin’ down the road feeling bad.” But on this year’s Every Country’s Sun (stream it below)—the four-piece’s ninth studio release—things haven’t changed too much. “The group has grown into an acclaimed international act, 22 years and counting, with a reliable musical formula that’s steady as a slow-burning fuse. That remarkable consistency makes Every Country’s Sun resemble a greatest-hits album, even if it’s made up of brand-new tracks,” says the A.V. Club. “By now, there have been thousands of other bands plying Mogwai’s fusion of quiet and bombastic, but Every Country’s Sun argues that there’s still no one who does it better.” And with their fall tour winding down, Mogwai play Terminal 5 on Friday night. Electronic musician Xander Harris opens.

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A Positive Spin Tomorrow Night at Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 6th, 2017

All too often in life you’ve got to choose between a good time and a good cause, but that’s not the case on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, thanks to A Positive Spin, a benefit concert for the Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization that helps develop the city’s young women through arts, literacy, science, health and leadership skills. A Positive Spin began in 2014 as a DJ workshop for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. It has since evolved into an annual benefit concert held in L.A. and now in Brooklyn. In addition to ticket sales, a raffle will be held, as well as a food drive to benefit Food Bank for New York City, with a request for two nonperishable food items to enter the drawing. And as an added bonus, there will be performances by Craze (performing, above), the Blue Stones, EZI, Flor De Toloache, Michael Blume, Nick Catchdubs and Wrabel, with DJ sets from the Knocks and the Juan Maclean—plus special guests.