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Synth-Pop Pioneers OMD Return to Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

March 8th, 2018

Core members Andy McCluskey (bass, keys and vocals) and Paul Humphreys (keys and vocals) formed the seminal boundary-pushing synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark—or OMD—40 years ago in North West England. They broke into the American mainstream when “If You Leave” was featured at the end of Pretty in Pink in the mid-’80s. But by 1996, OMD (above, performing “The Punishment of Luxury” live in studio for WNYC FM) would call it quits, which is where this story would end if McCluskey and Humphreys hadn’t reunited, along with Martin Cooper (keys and sax) and Stuart Kershaw (drums), in 2006. And although they could’ve relied on their deep catalog of 10 LPs at that point, essentially as a legacy act, instead they’ve continued to push forward, making new acclaimed music every few years. Their 13th studio full-length, The Punishment of Luxury (stream it below), arrived last September to considerable plaudits across the globe. “Synth-pop at its most charming and effortless,” proclaimed the Irish Times. “The band can conjure up melodies so familiar they feel like greatest hits. It’s an album so full of stylish pop perfection it would make Brandon Flowers weep into his silky pillow. While the A.V. Club added: “OMD examine the complications of progress on the sparking The Punishment of Luxury.” Back in the United States, OMD play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.

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Kick Off Your Weekend with Ella Vos at Rough Trade NYC on Friday

March 8th, 2018

Following her son’s birth, Ella Vos eventually realized she was experiencing postpartum depression, and ultimately she decided the best way to combat it was to begin writing. After the release of several well-received singles, the L.A. singer-songwriter’s anticipated debut full-length, the dreamy, electronic-pop-filled Words I Never Said (stream it below), dropped last November. “She isn’t just singing a collection of songs, she’s telling her story. From the first note of her hit song ‘White Noise that starts the album off, to the intimate lyrics of tracks like ‘Mother,’ Vos displays her unique perspective as both an emerging artist and a new mother,” said Huffington Post. “There’s an unparalleled depth that one would expect of a seasoned artist, which makes it all the more impressive from an artist debuting their first album.” Or as Earmilk so succinctly put it: Ella Vos (above, performing “White Noise”) is “the new force of ethereal synth-pop.” Now making her way across North America on her first headlining tour, she plays Rough Trade NYC on Friday night with London singer-songwriter Freya Ridings opening the show.

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It’s Our 10th Annual Salute to Texas Independence Day at Terminal 5

March 7th, 2018

Last Friday, Texas turned 182 years old, and not only are we celebrating our 10th Annual Salute to Texas Independence Day this Friday at Terminal 5, but we’re doing it in style with four terrific like-minded Lone Star State country acts: Pat Green (above, performing “Drinkin’ Days”), whose most recent full-length, Home (stream it below), “features a mature, easy-going country sound—one that’s rooted and free of cross-genre influence—and lands somewhere between Green’s early Texas dance-hall days and big radio hits,” according to Rolling Stone Country; and the Eli Young Band, (below, doing “Even if It Breaks Your Heart”), whose sixth studio album, Fingerprints (stream it below), arrived last year. “Whether it’s a moment of reflection, reminiscing or transporting us to another time, Eli Young Band’s Fingerprints is both relatable, enjoyable and a welcomed addition to the country genre,” per Sounds Like Nashville. Plus, we’ll have the Casey Donahew Band (stream last year’s 15 Years, the Wild Ride, below) and Wade Bowen (stream the recently released Solid Ground, below) on hand. So come join in on the Texas-size fun on Friday at Terminal 5, and as always, any patron with a Texas-related tattoo or wearing an article of clothing with a logo from a Texas college on it will receive one complimentary drink.




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Nada Surf Celebrate Acclaimed Album’s Anniversary at Brooklyn Steel

March 6th, 2018

Matthew Caws (vocals and guitar) and Daniel Lorca (bass) met in school in New York City and formed Nada Surf in the early ’90s. Drummer Ira Elliott joined in 1995, and the trio’s first LP, the Ric Ocasek–produced High/Low (stream it below), arrived the following year, with lead single “Popular” quickly becoming a big hit. (They became a four-piece in 2012 with the addition of former Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard: “The veteran player adds so much more punch and beauty to Nada Surf,” per Paste.) But it was thanks to their third full-length, Let Go (stream it below)—which came out in the U.S. in 2003—that the band (above, performing “Happy Kid”) broke into the mainstream. “Virtually every song on Let Go hits its mark in one way or another, dispensing consistently remarkable moments that range from the sweet minor-key swoon of ‘Blizzard of ’77’ and ‘Neither Heaven Nor Space’ to the sleek, bouncy new wave of ‘Hi-Speed Soul,’raved the A.V. Club. “Examining relationships, fruit-fly swarms and Cheap Trick lyrics with equally keen understanding, all while dispensing a disarming array of subtly endearing hooks, Nada Surf complete the evolution into a smart pop marvel before most listeners knew it had begun.” The band is traveling the world in celebration of the acclaimed album’s 15th anniversary, and the North American leg of the tour brings them to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night.


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Jonathan Wilson Brings Terrific Album to Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 5th, 2018

Jonathan Wilson is a busy man, most recently producing Father John Misty’s third album, Pure Comedy, plus appearing on Conor Oberst’s Salutations and Roger WatersIs This the Life We Really Want, in addition to serving as musical director (and lead guitarist) on the former Pink Floyd member’s massive tour last summer. And amidst all that, Wilson (above, performing “Moses Pain”) somehow managed to make time to complete his third psychedelic-folk gem of an LP, Rare Birds (stream it below), which just dropped this past Friday. “Musically, Wilson serves up a heaping helping of psychedelicized, occasionally spacey, generally measured and reflective rock, often indebted to late Beatles/early ELO, prog, glam and mid-period David Bowie,” says American Songwriter. “A strikingly original, complex and inspired work, one that requires your attention and rewards repeated spins.” And according to NPR Music, “You can tell that Wilson is a student of rock and pop in all its forms, and at the same time he’s an utterly original and irreverent thinker who’s evolving with blinding speed. Rarely have those qualities been balanced as elegantly as they are here.” But, of course, his music is best experienced live and in the moment, and touring behind the new album, Jonathan Wilson plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night. Queens duo the Shacks open the show.

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Lola Marsh Launch New Tour Tomorrow Night at Rough Trade NYC

March 5th, 2018

Gil Landau (guitar and vocals) and Yael Shoshana Cohen (vocals, percussion and ukulele)—now joined by Mati Gilad (bass and vocals), Rami Osservaser (guitar, keys and vocals), Dekel Dvir (drums and vocals) and Ran Gil (keys)—formed the Israeli folk-oriented Lola Marsh five years ago in Tel Aviv. Their debut EP, You’re Mine (stream it below), filled with evocative lyrics, Middle Eastern guitar melodies and Cohen’s sultry vocals, arrived in 2016. Interview magazine says their “unique sound straddles the line between indie folk and electro-pop.” Their first LP, Remember Roses (stream it below), followed last year, sounding “inspired, matured and smooth. Yael and Gil have managed to free themselves from overwhelming influences—be it Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Edith Piaf—and compose a feel-good soundtrack for the summer season,” according to Vents Magazine. “The album shines with suave romanticism and sweet nostalgia. Friendship, love and fears from childhood are recurrent themes that flow throughout the 11 songs.” Lola Marsh (above, performing “Wishing Girl” for Paste Studios) launch a new American tour tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. And singer-songwriter Hillary Capps opens the show.


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Spend Saturday Night with Kolars and Escondido at Rough Trade NYC

March 2nd, 2018

Wanting to make spacey blues and disco-inspired rockabilly they call glam-a-billy, husband and wife—and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister bandmates—singer-guitarist Rob Kolar and drummer Lauren Brown teamed up to form Kolars (above, performing “One More Thrill” for Jam in the Van) two years ago in L.A., putting out their eponymous debut LP (stream it below) in 2017. “This up-and-coming Los Angeles–based duo is worth watching and their chemistry on every track of the album is sublimely in-sync,” said Lemonade Magazine. “The more you listen to the album, the better it becomes. It is addictive. So for something that is not mainstream, the Kolars are blazing their own trail.”



Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Tyler James and singer-songwriter Jessica Maros have released two long-players as Escondido (below, performing “Heart Is Black” for KCRW FM), the second of which, Walking with a Stranger (stream it above), came out in 2016. Glide proclaimed that they “soar with dense, layered arrangements.” And furthermore: “The ultimate result is an album that exudes both warmth and circumspect, weight and pretext. Yet it doesn’t get bogged down by its own importance either. It’s substantive to be sure, but it’s still the kind of record that can entertain at a party when the guests arrive, and keep the mood elevated until the company finally takes its leave.” The Nashville duo are currently on an East Coast swing with Kolars that brings them to Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night. Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Aaron Roche opens the show.

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Excision Brings His Dance Party to Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday

February 28th, 2018

Canadian producer and DJ Jeff Abel has been doing a bass-heavy take on aggressive dubstep as Excision for more than a decade. His most recent full-length studio LP, Virus (stream it below), which Your EDM says, “feels like his most impressive album yet,” came out in 2016—and Virus: The Remixes (stream it below) followed a year later. Having recently launched a big North American tour, Excision (above, the video for “The Paradox”) brings his traveling dance party to Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday with a host of like-minded bass enthusiasts, including Liquid Stranger, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Downlink, Protohype, Dion Timmer, Monxx and Yakz.


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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Rhye on 3/2

February 27th, 2018

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With his first new full-length album in five years, Blood, released earlier this month, Rhye is currently crisscrossing North America in support of it, which brings him to Brooklyn Steel on Friday night. The show sold out pretty quickly, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go and don’t have any of your own? No worries. 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 (Rhye, 3/2) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to win. Eddie Bruiser, who’s just back from the Olympics, will notify the winner no later than Friday afternoon. Good luck.

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NYC Trio City of the Sun Headline Brooklyn Steel on Friday Night

February 22nd, 2018

The genre-blending City of the SunJohn Pita (guitar), Avi Snow (guitar) and Zach Para (percussion)—aren’t concerned about sticking to one style of music. They acoustically work through flamenco, psychedelic folk, indie rock and gypsy jazz, having honed their sound busking on New York City streets. They’ve made a name for themselves with stirring live performances around town and on festival stages, and their first LP, To the Sun and All the Cities in Between (stream it below), arrived in 2016. “They bring two acoustic guitars and a box of various percussion to make a sound that is as eclectic as their backgrounds, coming from Ecuador, Israel and Seattle,” according to Our Musical Journal. “It is hard to adequately describe their amazing sound, but if you are a fan of Tycho, El Ten Eleven or Rodrigo y Gabriella, then you really need to hear City of the Sun on their debut full-length studio album.” Listen to it below, watch City of the Sun, above, performing “Everything” (for Baeble Music), and then go see them live at Brooklyn Steel tomorrow night. Michael Blume and IRO open the show.

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Awolnation Bring Brand-New Music to Terminal 5 Tomorrow Night

February 21st, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Aaron Bruno has been fronting the genre-mixing electronic-pop outfit Awolnation since forming the band eight years ago in Los Angeles. The lineup has changed over the years, but thanks to the recently married Bruno’s presence, singular vision and deftly mixing electronic elements, live instrumentation and forward-thinking production, the band sounds as terrific as ever. Their third studio album, Here Come the Runts (stream it below), which AllMusic calls “a further exercise in toying with arena-filling vocal melodies, razor-sharp synths and invigorating electro-pop,” dropped just a couple of weeks ago. And now touring behind it, Awolnation (above, performing “Handyman” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) play Terminal 5 on Thursday night. A pair of five-pieces—Nothing but Thieves and Irontom—open the show.

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Get Loose with StéLouse on Thursday Night at Rough Trade NYC

February 21st, 2018

Denver DJ and producer Ross Ryan grew up playing in rock bands, influenced by the likes of Metallica, Tool and the Prodigy—one of those bands even earned an opening spot on Jane’s Addiction’s 20th-anniversary tour for Nothing’s Shocking and a monetary prize, thanks to winning a Guitar Center contest. Ryan invested his share of the winnings in a laptop and music-production programs and committed himself to learning the ins and outs of electronic music before posting remixes of songs—as StéLouse (pronounced: “stay loose”)—in 2013, followed by his debut EP, the rock-influenced Home (stream it below), a year later. Last spring, he put out an eponymous long-player (stream it below): “StéLouse took the initiative to combine his background in live instrumentation with his passion for all varieties of music to create his new self-titled LP,” according to Your EDM. “A compilation showcasing the producer’s talent and new direction, StéLouse combines elements from his old production with blissful organic sounds and teams with some of the hottest vocalists to create a whole vibe reminiscent of indie meets R&B with some electronic future touches added in.” See StéLouse (above, performing “Plastic” with Madi and Said the Sky) live on Thursday at Rough Trade NYC. No Sleep opens the show.

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Idan Raichel Brings His Soul-Stirring Music to the Beacon Theatre

February 19th, 2018

Following a stint in a rock band while in the Israeli army, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel began learning about the diverse cultures within his homeland thanks to working at a boarding school for immigrant kids. While drawing on elements from Israel, the rest of the Middle East, Ethiopia and India, he’s been a global-music ambassador of sorts ever since. First, Raichel (above, performing “Mi’Ma’amakim”) worked as a sideman for big-time Israeli acts, making friends and taking notes along the way. And eventually he began to do his own thing as the Idan Raichel Project and under his own name, winning over fans abroad, across Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. His most recent album, Piano-Songs (stream it below), is a live release. And touring behind it, Raichel plays the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night.

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Galactic Bring a Taste of Mardi Gras to Brooklyn Steel on Saturday

February 16th, 2018

With Fat Tuesday earlier in the week, NOLA instrumental-jazz-funk outfit Galactic bring the sounds of Mardi Gras, not to mention their shake-your-hips music, to Brooklyn this weekend. Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (sax) and Richard Vogel (keys) have been willing and able New Orleans musical ambassadors for just about 25 years, known for their fiery, leave-it-all-onstage performances while still making time for nuanced recordings. Their eighth studio full-length, Into the Deep (stream it below), arrived in 2015. It “expands an already eclectic palette based in funk but that also includes liberal doses of hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues and even electronica. Galactic is blissfully unconcerned that every track is different enough to almost obscure their own identity as they continue to create music that’s fun, superbly crafted and wildly eclectic,” according to American Songwriter. “Give credit to the band’s founders and coproducers, bassist Robert Mercurio and saxist Ben Ellman, who molded this album and show that Galactic doesn’t need a stable front person, or even a singular approach, to make their dynamic music connect with playful passion and vibrant integrity.” Of course, the best way for you to connect with that music and passion is to see them live, and to that end, Galactic (above, doing “Chasing Rainbows” for Jam in the Van), having just launched their winter tour, play Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket and Richmond, Va., five-piece Butcher Brown open the show.

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Up-and-Coming L.A. Four-Piece Starcrawler Play Rough Trade NYC

February 15th, 2018

Influenced by the likes of the Runaways, high school friends Arrow de Wilde (vocals), Henri Cash (guitar), Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass) have been doing their own take on post-punk since forming Starcrawler—“a hard-swinging stoner-metal quartet with a taste for ’70s glam and dazed SoCal sleaze,” per the Los Angeles Times—three years ago in L.A. Their catchy singles and feisty live shows (in Europe and at home) have earned praise from Dave Grohl, Elton John and Ryan Adams, the last of whom produced the band’s self-titled debut full-length (stream it below), out last month on Rough Trade Records. “They are raw, have attitude and strut with brazen impunity. For all their unabashed posturing, they could very well be the millennial Stooges; they’ve certainly got the demeanor,” said Exclaim. “In an industry littered with sycophants, Starcrawler’s brand of exuberant noise is refreshing. The future may be bright for these young guns.” Currently making their way across North America, Starcrawler (above, performing “I Love LA”) play Rough Trade NYC on Friday night. Sundown Club and Dr. Danny open the show.