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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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The Devil Makes Three Return to Play Terminal 5 on Friday Night

January 26th, 2017

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Pete Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve EarleViolent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Stranger” for Pandora) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: The trio’s most recent release, the covers- and guest-filled Redemption & Ruin (stream it below), came out late last summer. American Songwriter called it “a wonderfully successful foray that solidifies and expands the band’s already impressive credentials around a concept that’s a natural extension from their existing catalog of originals.” And with their tour winding down, the Devil Makes Three play Terminal 5 on Friday night. Lost Dog Street Band, a husband-and-wife duo, open the show.

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The Pack A.D. Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday

October 25th, 2016

Singer-guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have been making punkish, bluesy garage rock since forming the Pack A.D. a decade ago in Vancouver, B.C. Thanks to their energetic live performances—and for the fact that they make a lot more joyful noise than you’d expect just two people can—they’ve been compared to the White Stripes and the Black Keys. Touring and recording have kept the Pack A.D. (above, doing “Yes, I Know” for CFNY FM, 102.1 the Edge) very busy over the past 10 years. And to that end, their sixth studio album, Positive Thinking, comes out in the U.S. next month. “Blasts of powerful guitar and rhythm that sounds like two, sometimes three percussionists carry along their tradition of satisfying grunge here, but the songs feel more cathartic than celebratory, the crashing cymbals and flurry of toms reflecting the honest, raucous lyrics,” per Exclaim. “In face of adversity and/or uncertainty, the best choice is to fight on. Why not do it with a contagious rock riff and Black’s versatile voice?” They’re getting ready to head to Germany this weekend, but you can catch the Pack A.D. live on Thursday at Mercury Lounge. Hollerado and Thick open the show.

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Catch the Devil Makes Three at Terminal 5 on Thursday Night

February 10th, 2016

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Pete Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve EarleViolent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Spinning Like a Top” for Jam in the Van) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: The trio’s most recent release, I’m a Stanger Here (stream it below), was produced in Nashville by Buddy Miller. PopMatters called it “a top-notch album that sounds like the band is finally reaching their potential and seizing this opportunity.” Join in on the sing-along fun when the Devil Makes Three play Terminal 5 on Thursday night. And as an added bonus, Langhorne Slim opens the show.

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Garage-Rock Duo the Pack A.D. Play Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

April 1st, 2014

Like the White Stripes and Black Keys before them, the Pack A.D. channel a winning mix of the electric blues and good old-fashioned rock and roll. Singer-guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller teamed up in 2006, and the Vancouver garage-rock duo has gone on to release five full-length albums, including this year’s rocking Do Not Engage (stream it below). PopMatters says it’s “a strong album and a worthy addition to the Pack A.D.’s already impressive list of mini-epics. With Black and Miller out there making a joyful (sometimes) noise, it’s safe to say that rock-and-roll is, indeed, here to stay.” Out on the road in support of their new tunes, the Pack A.D. (above, performing “Animal” for AXS Live) play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.

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Deap Vally and JJUUJJUU Close Out the Weekend at Mercury Lounge

December 9th, 2013

Deap Vally/JJUUJJUU – Mercury Lounge – December 8, 2013

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It was a double-your-pleasure kind of night at Mercury Lounge on Sunday as the crowd was treated to not one, but two guitar-and-drums duos from Los Angeles. JJUUJJUU, which is Phil Pirrone on guitar and Andrew Clinco on drums, performed first. Pironne, with his poncho, long hair and beard, looked like someone who had just returned from the Himalayas, and he brought some high-altitude rock with him. Operating from their debut three-song EP, Frst, the pair built to interesting peaks, Pirrone doing what I would call “light” live looping, layering some subtle riffs while Clinco bridged the gap between rockin’ and groovin’. These ambient mixes would settle in and then—BAM!—the roller coaster crested the top and it was all wind-in-your-face brain-and-body blasts. As these jams climaxed, the two seemed to become totally disembodied, Pirrone twisting knobs to play DJ with his guitar while Clinco hammered away on the drums in impressive fashion.

If the gig felt like a hard-core double date, then watching Pirrone sound check for headliner Deap Vally was akin to a gentlemanly holding the door open. Probably no need, though, as Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards seemed more likely to just kick down the damn door and strut right on through, no escort needed. Dressed in sparkly, revealing outfits reminiscent of ’80s Vegas showgirls, the ladies took the stage to that rock classic “Baby Got Back” and launched into what could best be described as “the heavy-duty shit.” There are a few ways to pull off a rock and roll duo: one is to do loops and build a sound like JJUUJJUU, and another is to just crank up the volume and rock the heck out. Deap Vally are decidedly in the latter category, ripping through distortion-heavy guitar rockers. “Gonna Make My Own Money” set the tone early for the packed crowd with raw rock riffs, sheer energy and sex appeal. Songs like the powder keg “Lies” or the slow-burning “Six Feet Under” would get pushed to the edge of ragged and then just die like a car running out of gas on the side of a highway. There’s an undeniable White Stripes homage in Deap Vally and there’s probably a dissertation to be written about the subversion of rock and roll clichés and gender roles here. Then again, maybe this was just what it looked like: Two women in sequins playing some monster rock. —A. Stein

 

 

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The Devil Makes Three Play Webster Hall on Thursday

November 19th, 2013

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Peter Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve Earle, the Violent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Walk on Boy”) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: Last month the trio released I’m a Stanger Here (stream it below), which was produced in Nashville by Buddy Miller. Pop Matters calls it “a top-notch album that sounds like the band is finally reaching their potential and seizing this opportunity.” Join in on the sing-along fun when the Devil Makes Three play Webster Hall on Thursday night. Arrive early to check out the opening act, Shakey Graves.

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Cultfever and the Hot Sardines Give the Merc Something Different

September 17th, 2013

Cultfever/the Hot Sardines – Mercury Lounge – September 16, 2013

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Mercury Lounge is famous for hosting young, emerging acts that would go on to stardom: the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the White Stripes all have a connection to the venerable venue dating back to their humble beginnings. Playing Mercury Lounge is a right of passage in the New York City indie scene. Bands like Cultfever have used this tried-and-true method of taking a step toward those legendary bands. The Brooklyn-based pop outfit has played Mercury Lounge several times to packed houses and adoring crowds. That’s because they’re an indie group on the rise. The Hot Sardines had never played Mercury Lounge before last night, perhaps because they’re a hot jazz band.

The Hot Sardines played first, and we were instantly lifted into a scene from Boardwalk Empire. Singer Elizabeth Bougerol’s airy vocals led each song, and when band members traded solos, Bougerol danced and coaxed more trumpet, more clarinet and even more tap dancing. Jaded head nodding from concertgoers turned into wild swing-dance leg kicks. And for the band’s grand finale, they summoned Joe Durniak and Tamara Jafar of Cultfever for a spirited New Orleans second line that snaked off the stage and through the crowd—not something you see every night on the Lower East Side.

Cultfever might be a more traditional Mercury Lounge band (i.e. no tap dancer), but a lesser group would have fallen flat paired with the Hot Sardines’ endearing quirkiness. Durniak and Jafar have created a wholly unique sound, blending elements of punk and grunge into their catchy synth pop. They burned through their set, as Jafar subdued the room with her sultry voice and Durniak powered the band with bluesy crunch. For “Collector,” Cultfever brought back the Sardines—solely to add more voices to the screaming chorus of band and crowd members shouting “Earthquakes!” at a key moment in the song. It was the perfect cap to an earth-shattering night. —Alex Kapelman

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A New Band with Plenty of Confidence

August 30th, 2013

Blue & Gold – Mercury Lounge – August 29, 2013


It’s often hard to embrace excitement about new rock bands in New York City since they can appear and disappear in less than the blink of an eye, but here’s hoping that the young rockers of the four-piece Blue & Gold will be able to stick around much longer than that. Led by singers-and-guitarists Chloe Raynes and (House List writer) Alex Kapelman, the brand-new band filled Mercury Lounge last night with friends, family and some already-adoring fans in what was their biggest show so far in their short span.

Armed with great dual vocals, some killer clean and fuzzy guitar tones, plus a bundle of confidence, the quartet showed few signs of new-band jitters. They also displayed some personality, which always goes a long way when a crowd might not know just who the hell you are. Blue & Gold’s sound is tailor made for the New York City music scene, with a bit of that White Stripes minimalism, a few Strokes-esque melodies and the Black Keys’ brashness (all simultaneously on display during “It’s Only You”).

But the best parts of the set were when they showed that they’re not just another Keys-ian rock and roll band. Raynes and Kapelman traded well-trained licks during their more psychedelic-rock songs, like “Anything for Love,” and when the two harmonized together, the venue got a glimpse of what might yet be their biggest strength. And after their terrific 45-minute set ended, it seemed pretty clear that they’ll have some more time in the coming years to show it all off. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com