Entries tagged with: Bowery Ballroom
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Lucero at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Lucero will release their new album All A Man Should Do on September 18 via ATO. After two of the band's biggest-sounding horn-filled records, much of the new one sees them returning to a softer sound. It's actually the first album in their 15+ year career where frontman Ben Nichols played only acoustic guitar. We already posted first single "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles," which is a great example of that softer/acoustic sound, though new single "Can't You Hear Them Howl" brings the horns back and more closely recalls the last two records. Listen to that one below.
I recently spoke with Ben about the new record, their upcoming Sailor Jerry-presented tour, looking back on lyrics he wrote 15 years ago, True Detective, the unlikely Lucero sample A$AP Rocky used on his new album, and more. You can read that interview below.
The band's tour hits NYC on October 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
"Country for people who don't like country" is having a moment. Country artists like Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, ex-Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton are putting out interesting, critically-acclaimed records that are being talked about and listened to by country fans, indie rock and music snob crowds alike. Alt-country has long been a thing, a sort of country-leaning indie rock thing, but this new crop of country artists accepted by alternative people more closely resembles mainstream country. It's mainstream country without being too typical, or too produced. We're huge fans of the four artists mentioned in this paragraph.
The latest country music artist being thrown in this group is more confusing though. We have no hate for Ashley Monroe. She's okay, but her new album The Blade just sounds like another mainstream country album to our ears. Pitchfork, who hasn't mentioned Ashley since she contributed to a Raconteurs song in 2008, suddenly reviewed the album and gave it a good score. Stephen M. Deusner who wrote the review is a longtime Ashley fan ("In 2013, she released what amounts to a comeback, Like a Rose, one of the best country albums of this decade."), but Pitchfork never reviewed any of her previous releases. That includes the records she put out as part of the Pistol Annies, a group she's in with country star Miranda Lambert (who is in the middle of a divorce with The Voice judge Blake Shelton who is also a fan of Ashley's new album). AV Club also gave The Blade a great review, NPR debuted the stream, and fellow 'indie blog' Stereogum even proclaimed: "It doesn't matter when or how you jump on the Ashley Monroe bandwagon, but you need to make that leap."
We tried, but I think we're mostly going to sit this one out, even if Jack White is still a fan and she likes weed. That said, we did think we should at least point out that Ashley just announced a headlining show at NYC's premiere indie rock venue, Bowery Ballroom. It happens on October 27. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (7/29). General sale begins Friday.
Ashley, who also sings on a TRAIN song, also happens to be in NYC tonight (7/29) to join Fiona Apple and Watkins Family Hour at City Winery as part of their three nights at the venue (sold out). You can also see Ashley play her own set much sooner when she opens for... RASCAL FLATTS (when are they getting their Pitchfork review?) in Atlantic City on 8/20.
Ashley was on Fallon this week too. Watch that performance with all tour dates below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Interpol @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/4/2014
Interpol are in the midst of a hometown promotional onlslaught for their new album El Pintor, which is out next week (9/9). After playing the chi chi Temple of Dendur at The Met on Tuesday (9/2), the band returned to more familiar Lower East Side territory for a show at Bowery Ballroom to a feverish crowd. Song selection varied from The Met show as you can see in the setlist below. The Bowery show had a Temple too, in this case opener Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic who performed solo. Pics from Bowery Ballroom are in this post.
The band wrap up their week of release shows in just a bit with a show at the I Heart Radio Theatre. It's a private show but is being streamed live at I Heart Radio's website, starting at 7 PM EST tonight (9/5).
Interpol will be back in NYC in November when their fall tour hits T5 for two sold-out shows. More pics and the setlist from Thursday's Bowery Ballroom show, plus an El Pintor making-of documentary, below...
Guided By Voices (more by Tim Griffin)
The legendarily prolific Guided By Voices have announced another album coming out this year, not to be confused with the 20 track Motivational Jumpsuit that was released on 2/18. "Recorded during the sub-freezing Polar Vortex of 2014, the next GbV record is titled Cool Planet" and it's out May 18/19 via Fire Records. Listen to the track "Bad Love Is Easy To Do" below where you'll also find the full 18 song tracklist.
To celebrate, the band (Robert Pollard - vocals, guitar; Tobin Sprout - guitar, vocals; Mitch Mitchell - guitar; Greg Demos - bass; Kevin March - drums) will head out on the road to play some intimate shows including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 5/23. Tickets for that show which Doug Gillard (ex-GBV) and Atomic Forces are opening, go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
All known dates (three of them), the new song, and a 'Funny Or Die' video for "Planet Score" from their less new album, below...
Drowners @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
After a slow start, Drowners are now set to release their debut album, which is out January 28 via Frenchkiss and it's loaded with catchy guitar pop that owes much to '90s Britpop and Strokes/Libertines-style rock. You can stream current single "Luv, Hold Me Down" below.
Drowners, who just played a bunch of CMJ shows (including our Saturday day party at Baby's All Right), will play a record release party for their debut LP at Bowery Ballroom on January 31. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (11/6) at noon. But if you want to see them sooner, Drowners play Baby's All Right again on Friday (11/8). That is the show the "Laura Palmers" were listed on earlier in the week but the show is now listed as being headlined by "Secret Guest" and Gang of Youths are on the bill as well. Those are Drowners' only two scheduled shows at the moment.
Album art and tracklist, plus the new song stream, below...
A recent post on Gothamist points out that although LES venue Bowery Ballroom, which has only been around since 1997 was built in 1928 using remnants of an old theater, and back in the '30s the place was home to Tree Mark Shoe Store, as recently surfaced pictures illustrate. Via Bowery Boys:
Tree-Mark Shoe Stores, a family-owned establishment since 1919, was an affordable shoe outlet with three locations in New York by the late 1950s -- the original Delancey Street location, one off Herald Square and another on Kingsbridge Road n the Bronx.That's a shot of the building when it was a shoe store above, and you can check out another of the interior below...
"Comfort, rather than high style, is the goal," the New York Times mentioned in a fashion write-up of the shoe franchise. "However, it is possible to get a good-looking pump with a stacked heel for as little as $13.95." In a later article about the popularity of boots, Tree-Mark is mentioned as "specializ[ing] in boots for women with larger than average calves."
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Kim Deal-less Pixies began their four-night run in NYC on Tuesday (9/17) at Bowery Ballroom, and they continued at the same venue Wednesday night (9/18). Wednesday's show was heavier on the Surfer Rosa and Doolittle material than the first night, and it included three songs from Bossanova, unlike night one which included none. Like the first night, Reignwolf opened. Pictures of that show, plus videos of the Pixies playing "Velouria" and "Here Comes Your Man," and their setlist, are in this post.
The run continued at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/19) with Meg Myers opening. You can check out a video, a picture of the setlist, and the flyer for that show below.
The final of the four shows is tonight (9/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Parquet Courts (who headline MHOW soon after). The poster for tonight's show is also below. Sold out.
More pictures, videos, setlists and posters below...
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Patti Smith @ Stubb's, Austin, 4/30/13
Patti Smith will play Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets to the Bowery show go on sale Friday (5/17). The show is part of the celebration of the Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration which has been going on since early April and continues through July with events thoughout the city:
Lorca in New York: A Celebration is the largest-ever festival in North America celebrating the work of acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. With more than two dozen events throughout Manhattan, it focuses on the brief but prolific period (1929-1930), during which Lorca came to New York and wrote one of his most significant works, Poet in New York. Presented by Fundación Federico García Lorca with support from Acción Cultural Española, it is anchored in the premiere of Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (April 5-July 20) - an exhibition bringing together for the first time manuscripts, drawings, letters, and photos Lorca generated while in the city.June 5 is Lorca's actual birthday and Smith previously celebrated Lorca with a concert performed at his home in Granada, the Huerta de San Vicente, in 2010.
She'll also perform on September 20 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen, the "twelfth-century German writer, composer, philosopher, visual artist, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath." Tickets to that show are still available. All Patti Smith tour dates are below.
Patti Smith played Stubb's in Austin at the end of April (4/30) and there are photos from that show in this post.
More pictures and dates below...
Tom Jones @ Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tom Jones is no stranger to Bowery Presents, and has been known to do some 'indie' things in his old age, but I'm not sure we ever thought we'd see the man, the legend in a place as intimate and grungy (relatively speaking) as Bowery Ballroom! Tom Jones plays Bowery Ballroom on May 18, 2013. Tickets are $65 and go on sale Friday at noon.
Palma Violets at BV SXSW 2013 day party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year with a lineup that includes Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock all playing together), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave, plus more TBA.
The first festival takes place in NYC from May 10 to 11 across multiple venues, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and Element. The full lineup and schedule for the NYC shows has not been announced yet, but we do know that it includes the previously announced Palma Violets show at Bowery Ballroom (which is now sold out, but tickets are still available for PV's MHOW show a day earlier). We also hear that they're trying to put up an outdoor stage and shut down Ludlow St to car traffic (which Pianos and Cake Shop are both on) for the festival, but no exact word on how that will work out.
After NYC, the festival will also pass through Philly, Toronto, Boston, LA, Denver, and Las Vegas, but the dates for those cities has not been announced yet.
photos by Ryan Muir
Santigold / Grizzly Bear @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012
We already posted one-and-a-half sets of photos from the private SPIN's "The Year in Music" party that happened on Monday (12/10) at Bowery Ballroom with Grizzly Bear and Santigold, but here's another set, these from Ryan Muir. More of his pics, including a few backstage shots with Santigold, below...
Cale @ Irving Plaza, 12/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Likable and long-running pop ironists Cake released Showroom of Compassion are playing Wellmont Theatre on January 12 (tickets) but have just added a NYC show as well the day before (1/11) at Bowery Ballroom. That's a pretty small venue for a band who sold out Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg last year.) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon.
These appear to be one-off dates, as the only other shows the band have lined up are LA on New Year's Eve and Lollapallooza in San Sao Paulo, Brazil in March. All Cake dates are listed below, along with the video to their single "Short Skirt/Long Jacket."
Bowery Ballroom (more by Tracy Allison)
If a show is happening at NYC's famous Bowery Ballroom, it was booked by Bowery Presents talent buyer Johnny Beach (who started at the company booking Mercury Lounge). Johnny also keeps busy by co-booking Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Union Transfer in Philly, and other Bowery Presents-affiliated venues. The man books shows all day and is literally at one or more almost every single night. He told us what albums he listened to the most in 2012. Check out his list, and some related videos, below...
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich's Jon Natchez at Bowery Ballroom - 11/14/12
Yellow Ostrich returned to NYC last night (11/14) for the last club date on their fall tour (they play Bard College tonight (11/15)) at Bowery Ballroom. The tour started in October just a few days after member Jon Natchez returned from his trip around the country with David Byrne and St. Vincent (he plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, and flugelhorn in their band).
Yellow Ostrich's setlist at Bowery was pretty modest in length compared to the amount of material they've released in the three years they've been in a band, but they included material off most of their releases, not sticking to one album in particular. Opener Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter) joined them for "Ghost," the title track on their new EP, and Darby Cicci of The Antlers came out for "Won't Fade Away," off that same EP (Peter from the Antlers will join Sharon Van Etten on stage at Town Hall tonight).
In addition to an opening set by Strand of Oaks, who we also saw opening for The Tallest Man On Earth this year, and whose new self-released album, Dark Shores, has gone undeservedly overlooked, Glass Ghost (who have opened for Sharon Van Etten at the same venue) provided support at the show. More pictures of all three bands and Yellow Ostrich's setlist are below.
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After Soundgarden plays 'Live on Letterman' on Monday (11/12), frontman Chris Cornell will head over to Bowery Ballroom for an intimate solo acoustic show to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/9) at 3 PM and all proceeds will go to the Mayor's Fund.
That show is also one day before Soundgarden's first of three North American dates this month, which happens at Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/13). Tickets for that show went on presale yesterday and sold right out. The general on-sale begins today at 10 AM.
Soundgarden plans to release their music video for "Been Away Too Long" at some point today, but until then you can check out the teaser video for the track below.
Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)
Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.
At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.
Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.
Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.
by Andrew Sacher
Merchandise at Bowery Ballroom - 10/21/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, I made my way over to Brooklyn warehouse Villain, which has recently begun hosting shows, for Pitchfork's unofficial CMJ showcase. The venue's a pretty decent size, but with the wall running down the middle which separated the stage from the bar area, they could only let in 300 people. It's a nice location though, and they had great visuals for every artist, projecting footage of them performing blurred with trippy imagery onto the white wall behind the stage. I got there about a half hour before doors and was told that by the second act, the venue was at capacity, though with the always-crowded smoking pit and bar area, the crowd never felt too dense and it was easy to make your way to the front. I was there for about half the show and saw Angel Haze, Hundred Waters, Le1f, Daughn Gibson, Merchandise, and Holy Other. The whole lineup was great, but my main reason for going was to check out Merchandise, whose only other show this week was a post-CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/21) (pictured above), so I'll start there.
Merchandise have been around for a few years, but they gained a significant more amount of attention this year with their impressive Children Of Desire album. And the tunes sound great on record, but the band are still without a permanent drummer and when they tried to pull it off with a drum machine at Villain on Friday, it just didn't cut it. I spent most of their set in the front and their amps were twice as loud as the drum machine (it was a bit better in the back). I've heard people like to mosh at Merchandise shows and there were a few attempts at a pit, but with such a lack of power in the band's sound, I couldn't see the motivation for one. And when frontman Carson Cox demanded the crowd "wake up," it was hard to really agree that the crowd was at fault here. To give credit where it's due, all three members of Merchandise who were on stage were great. They had totally driving bass, sharp guitar lines, and Carson's voice was just as romantic as it is on record and it's still the band's selling point -- they just need a drummer to give them the push they deserve.
A video of Merchandise from their set at the Pitchfork showcase is below.
photos by Tracy Allison
"Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom last night. New album is going to be fab! " - Theresa Montgomery
"New Local Natives material is sounding amazing. Get pumped for the new album. @ Bowery Ballroom" - John Verrochi
"Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom. New songs are more pastoral, but still anthemic." - B.Q. Nguyen
Finally the Local Natives took the stage and went straight into some new mind-blowing tracks. Their new stuff had a completely different feel from the first album. These songs were more brooding and intensely emotional. They had a slow build to them, which usually went from a quiet solo by Kelcey Ayer into that explosive three-part harmony for which the Local Natives have become so well known... Though I love the old materials, I was more impressed with the new and absolutely honored to be one of the first people to hear it performed live. [CMJ]Local Natives played a one-off Champion-sponsored CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/17), for which they were announced as the secret headliner, two days earlier. Pictures are in this post. The band used the show to preview material off their new album which they announced today.
The new Aaron Dessner-produced album is called Hummingbird and will be out on January 29 via Frenchkiss/Infectious. A stream of the album's lead single, "Breakers," and the tracklist (including a song called "Bowery") are below. .
The band will be supporting the new record with a North American tour in 2013 which brings them back to Bowery Ballroom on February 2 and 3 and also hits Brooklyn for a Music Hall of Williamsburg show (2/1) a day earlier. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. All dates, more pictures, the setlist from Bowery and new LP tracklist, below...
Not a lot of big acts at CMJ this year. Bowery Ballroom still has one night empty, and their Saturday night was just filled with the announcement that Wild Nothing is playing there twice (Saturday with Braids and Sunday with Merchandise). But now comes a last minute announcement that the Wednesday night of CMJ will be headlined by "Special Surprise Guest". SKATERS, San Cisco, Pacific Air, and Solid Gold open the show which goes on sale Wednesday at noon. Would you buy a ticket to a show if you didn't know who was playing?
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles' tour rolls through NYC tonight (Friday, 9/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post along with a list of all dates.
The band are supporting their most recent album, Endless Flowers, which finds them widening their scope while still holding on to those Spacemen 3/JAMC roots. It's a good record. You can stream the whole thing at Spotify and check out the video for its title track below. Openers for this show are Punks on Mars and Alexis & Icewater.
Brandon of Crocodiles' wife, Dee Dee, will be playing with the rest of Dum Dum Girls at Europa on Sunday (9/30) with Chez Deep and Starred, and tickets to that show are still available. It's a record release show for their terrific new End of Daze EP. DDGs will be back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18 (tickets).
Meanwhile, DDG drummer Sandy's band, SISU, play Glasslands before that on October 10 with Grooms, Royal Baths, and Punks on Mars (tickets). Bleeding Rainbow were on that bill originally, but seem to have dropped off. (They do have other shows in NYC though.)
photos by Luis Ruiz
Devotchka at Bowery Ballroom 9/14/2012
It was Devotchka Weekend here in New York, where the gypsy folk band's tour came to town for two nights at Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday (9/14 - 15) and then Sunday (9/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A set of pictures from Saturday's Bowery show with Clare & the Reasons are in this post.
Devotchka are releasing DeVotchKa: Live with the Colorado Symphony in November which was recored at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall back in February. Colorado residents can experience that collaboration in actual concert form this week when Devotchka with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will play the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on Thursday (9/20) with The Airborne Toxic Event. Remaining tour dates are listed, with more pictures, below.
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles' Allah-Las will release their Nick Waterhouse-produced debut album next week (9/18) on Innovative Leisure. You can stream it now below via Spotify. If you like leather fringe jackets, 12-string Rickenbackers, lush harmonies and jingle-jangle mornings, the Allah-Las do this sort of thing really well. You can also check out the video for their single "Busman's Holiday" below as well.
As mentioned before, The Allah-Las are on a tour with their producer Nick Waterhouse which will hit NYC on October 6 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets are still available). The band have added a headlining show, which happens the night before (10/5) at Union Pool. Union Pool's website says advance tickets will be available but there's no link yet.
All Allah-Las tour dates are listed below along with the album stream and video.
by Andrew Sacher
It's been a while since I've thought about progressive alt rockers dredg (though they've still been at it, having most recently released the album, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, last year), but when their name popped up multiple times as a sonic reference point for Baroness' excellent new album, Yellow & Green, I had a bit of an "oh yeah!" moment and threw them on a few times. In reproaching the band, I began with my best memories of them, which were 2002's El Cielo and 2005's Catch Without Arms. So it comes as a rather pleasant surprise that those are the two albums they'll be performing when they come to NYC for two shows at Bowery Ballroom in November. Whether these shows are part of a larger tour is still TBA.
dredg will perform El Cielo at Bowery Ballroom on November 9 and Catch Without Arms at the same venue on November 10. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon. As I said, they haven't revealed a full tour yet, but a list of all currently known dates, plus some videos from both of those albums are below...
Veteran Irish trio Ash are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and are playing two NYC gigs as part of their year-long celebration: November 16 at Knitting Factory and November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/5) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (9/7) at noon; Knit tickets go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.
While it's about two years since Tim Wheeler (who's only 35) and the band released original material, the band recently put out an EP of covers titled Little Infinity that finds them tackling songs by Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie and others. You can stream it at Spotify.
Before the NYC dates, Ash will be out for a few shows with Weezer. All tour dates are listed below, along with a few Ash videos.