Entries tagged with: Bowery Ballroom
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Bear in Heaven - Sinful Nature (Anika With BestMate Remix) (MP3)
Bear in Heaven at Hotel Vegan party, Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Just a reminder that Bear in Heaven wrap up their North American tour this week with two hometown shows: tonight (5/8) at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow (5/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are $15 with two solid openers: synthy Portlanders Blouse and Montreal's Doldrums. After these two shows, Bear in Heaven head to Europe for most of the summer -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Bear in Heaven last played NYC back in early March at Union Pool where they were billed as "Adventure Hippies":
...watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.If you haven't seen them live yet in their roto-tom-loving glory, Bear in Heaven did a set for Yours Truly during SXSW (they also played one of our Hotel Vegan parties) and you can watch that below. You can also download a remix of "Sinful Nature" by Anika and Bestmate at the top of this post. And if you haven't heard their new album I Love You It's Cool, you can stream it at Spotify.
Openers Doldrums will tour with Grimes in Europe after their stint with Bear in Heaven wraps up and then head back this way for a string of dates with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, including June 7 at Mercury Lounge and June 8 at Glasslands. Those dates are at the bottom of this post as well.
After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.
But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.
All tour dates are listed below...
Just a reminder that, after a quickly-sold-out AmEx presale yesterday, tickets go on sale at noon today (5/4) to see Beach House at Bowery Ballroom on May 15. It's the same day as the Baltimore duo's fourth album, Bloom, is released via Sub Pop. Their East Coast tour begins tonight in Charlottesville, VA.
Speaking of Charm City, Lower Dens play Bowery Ballroom on July 19 and those tickets also go on sale at noon. Lower Dens, play tonight in Washington, DC, released their second album, Nootropics, this week.
All tour dates for Beach House and Lower Dens are below.
by Bill Pearis
Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House will play Bowery Ballroom on May 15 -- the same day they release their fourth album, Bloom. $30 tickets go on sale Friday, May 4 at noon (with an AmEx presale happening 24 hours earlier). The Bowery date, which Zomes is opening, will be the the last of a short East Coast tour (all dates are at the bottom of this post). Beach House's next NYC show will be their already sold-out, and much larger, Summerstage performance on July 23.
For the record nerds out there, Sub Pop is releasing a "Loser Edition" of Bloom on 2xLP white vinyl. If you pre-order from Sub Pop, you might just get one of 300 glow-in-the-dark vinyl copies of the record which will be sent out at random. If you haven't heard anything from the album yet, you can stream or download opening cut "Myth" (which sounds a bit like "Eyes without a Face" to these ears) below, and stream Best New Track "Lazuli." Check below for those, along with all announced Beach House tour dates (including a just-announced summer run with Wild Nothing).
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Bowery Ballroom
Love note to New York:Emily Wells headlined Bowery Ballroom last week (4/9) as part of an ongoing tour in support of a new record. Live Footage accompany her on many dates and played first on the NYC bill. Dan the Automator, who collaborates with Emily on a new project called PILLOWFIGHT, made a special appearance just for the NYC show and DJ'd right before Emily's set. Emily played violin with Live Footage and joined Dan to perform a PILLOWFIGHT song. A drummer and members of Live Footage joined Emily on stage during her set. Here are some pics. More below...
Last night was incredible. You have made me very happy. It was an honor to play for you and the love you gave me will sit with me forever. Je t'adore.
Friends at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Friends, already listed in the BBC 'Sound of 2012' are continuing to move up in the world. They've announced what will be their largest headlining NYC show yet: Bowery Ballroom on July 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/13) at noon. The show happens at the end of a North American tour. All dates are listed below.
The band also just revealed plans to release their debut LP, Manifest! on June 5 via Fat Possum in the US and a day earlier via Lucky Number worldwide. The album was produced by the band and mixed by Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Azealia Banks). They just dropped a new dance-punky cut from the album, "Mind Control," which you can stream below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swervedriver @ Bowery Ballroom
"...Simply put, from the first note of opening stunner "Last Train to Satansville" (from 1993's Mezcal Head), Swervedriver dominated. A sonic tour de force dominated by vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and tour fill-in drummer Mikey Jones (who did a TREMENDOUS job filling in for Graham Bonnar, who played with them last year but couldn't play on this tour) and augmented nicely by guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and bassist Steve George, most of this show saw Swervedriver stick to the raw, guttural, heavy punch of its first two Lps (1991's Raise and the aforementioned Mezcal Head). In addition to absolutely smashing versions of Raise-era singles like "Sandblasted," "Son of Mustang Ford" and Rave Down", we also got deep cuts like "Deep Seat," "Pile Up" and even the B-side "Scrawl and Scream". Mezcal Head was represented by a pile-driving version of "Never Lose That Feeling" along with "Girl on a Motorbike" (the first song played in the encore) and set closer "Duel". There were only several songs played from later albums (the best of which was a stunning version of Ejector Seat Reservation's "Son of Jaguar E") and "The Birds" (the finest song in their catalog, at least in this writer's estimation) didn't work quite as well as some of the other, earlier, fiercer material..." [The Big Takeover]Swervedriver and Heaven have now completed their short tour that brought them to Bowery Ballroom on 3/31. Here are some pictures from that NYC show. More of them (including the headliner's setlist), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegan
It may only be an opening DJ set, but it will still be interesting to see what happens tonight, 4/9, at Bowery Ballroom when Dan the Automator shares a bill with Emily Wells who he's also collaborating with for a new project called Pillowfight which performed live at SXSW. You can watch a video clip below.
Emily also played solo at SXSW, including a set at our own Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from that are in this post too.
Tonight's Bowery show is probably Emily's biggest-ever headlining show in NYC (possibly anywhere), so go out and support. Tickets are still available, and Live Footage, who are on tour with Emily, play too.
Updated tour dates, SXSW pics, Pillowfight video, and Emily's brand new IFC-premiered video for "Passenger", below...
photos by Joe McCabe
The Rapture brought the dance party to Bowery Ballroom for a quickly-sold out, headlining hometown show last night (4/6). And they do it again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and then next weekend they're at Coachella. Watch a video of last night's set-closing "How Deep Is Your Love?" along with more pictures from the Manhattan show, below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Cursive @ Bowery Ballroom
Cursive is on tour now with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits in support of their new album I Am Gemini (out now on Saddle Creek). That tour brought them a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom last night (4/3) for their first of two shows at the NYC venue. Their 19-song set only consisted of about half of the new album, and otherwise mixed in an even amount of material dating back to 2000's Domestica. Cursive, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Conduits will return to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/4) for another sold out show (which we just gave out 2 tickets to on Facebook). More pictures, videos, and setlist from last night's show are below.
Alejandro Escovedo at Clearwater 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo, who just guested with Bruce Springsteen at SXSW along with Arcade Fire and others for a performance of "This Land Is Your Land," is sticking around in his home state of Texas this month and next for a few more shows in the area. But before he heads out on a European tour in June, he'll stop by NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
June 5th is also the day Alejandro will be releasing a new record, His own PR says:
Alejandro Escovedo will release his 11th solo album 'Big Station,' June 5th, 2012 on Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Produced by Tony Visconti, 'Big Station' finds the ever-evolving Texas rocker highly-charged with spirit and purpose. The album's hard snap and sharp arrangements recall much of the great music Escvovedo absorbed as it blasted out of AM and FM radios throughout the 60's and 70's. Largely co-written with frequent collaborator Chuck Prophet, the album's 12 songs bristle with tension and hope as Escovedo fights to keep faith in a changing world and hold onto love.The full tracklist and all dates and video of the "This Land is Your Land" performance below...
DOWNLOAD: Dana Buoy - "Call to Be" (MP3)
photos by Chris Goldberg
Youth Lagoon @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/27/2012
Tonight's show is where he should be in his career, just him, his guitarist, keyboards and drum machine. The drum machine created most of the joy and entertainment value tonight when it would break up Powers's wails and hushed vocals. There was a simplistic beauty in tunes like "Montana" and "July". The simple tones hang there for you to grab onto and embrace. "Cannons" is the song people seemed to respond to with his slowly building energy.Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Bowery Ballroom last night (3/27) for his first of two sold out NYC shows. Youth Lagoon's set consisted of every song on his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, and "Bobby" from the bonus 7". More pictures (though none of the openers) and a video from last night's show are below.
Sometimes, in our instant notoriety musical landscape, we expect greatness right off the bat. Not everyone can be a Strokes, Arcade Fire or Azealia Banks out the gate. Powers will be one of the artists who make a major impression 3 or 5 years now with one or two more albums in his catalogue. [Music Snobbery]
His tour continues tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/28) with Porcelain Raft and Cemeteries (who also open Gauntlet Hair's upcoming NYC shows). After this tour ends, he'll head out with Death Cab for Cutie and will return to NYC with them for three sold out Beacon Theatre shows (4/27-29).
Dana Buoy of Akron/Family was the opener last night and you can catch him NYC again tonight at Knitting Factory (3/28) with Wild International and Field Mouse (who opened for Polica at Rock Shop last night). Tickets for Dana Buoy's Brooklyn show tonight are available.
Dana Buoy is set to release his debut, Summer Bodies, on May via Lefse (who is also Youth Lagoon's label in Europe). That's the artwork above. Download a track from that album, "Call to Be," at the top of this post or stream it below.
More pics and video from last night's show and song stream below...
A long line of hopefuls extended down the block outside the Bowery Ballroom Monday night for Fiona Apple's second sold-out show in New York. (The first was Friday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.) Given Apple's reluctance to perform and the long gap of silence since her last album (7 years), seeing her perform was surreal - especially since she opted to skip Terminal 5 in favor of more moderately sized venues.
Say what you will of her music or her decision to tour and record again, Apple's impact on the alternative scene, and really on an entire generation of female music fans and musicians, should not be downplayed. In a world rife with Sarah Mclachlans and Natalie Merchants, artists like PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple helped to establish a much-needed alternative - something that wasn't quite punk, mainstream, precious, or sugarcoated. Her lyrics were dark, intimate, and deeply personal. Guys wanted to date her. Girls wanted to be her. The pressure was on.
As she approached the mic, Apple visibly shook. "Yes! 1996!" Someone cried out behind me. And as if in on the joke, Apple wore her long, straight hair pulled back with a scrunchie. Accompanied by a competent but low-profile four-piece backing band (which included opener Blake Mills), Apple didn't waste anytime with a slow build, opting instead to open with the punchy "Fast As You Can."
With only a mic stand to hide behind, Apple seemed ready to explode and after giving a few tugs to her scarf, pulled it off, and began to whip it around, sending glittering dust particles into the white spotlight.
After the opening song, she walked over to the piano, took a few gulps from a ceramic mug, then marched back to the mic, shaking her head. "Ok. I was going to say this to myself," she quickly mumbled. "But I thought it'd be interesting for you to hear what I was going to say to myself. Ok. I don't want to go through this whole fucking show where it's like six songs into it, and I'm finally relaxed. I'm just going to skip that part."
Though her voice exuded an aggressive confidence, her wild eyes and stilted speech sent a different message, one of deep vulnerability. But the ecstatic crowd (who sang along to the majority of the set) was quick to forgive her nervous ticks. "THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK, FIONA!" came one cry. "Thank you for wanting me back," Apple replied.
To reward the crowd of long-time fans, Apple's set (which was nearly identical to what she played on Friday night, save for the second to last song) was heavily weighted with crowd pleasers (yes, she played "Criminal" and "Paper Bag"). But she also threw in a couple of new songs and covers, including a lovely rendition of the old Conway Twitty song, "It's Only Make Believe."
We posted one set of pictures from the Bowery show this morning. Here is a second. More them with the setlist below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/26/2012
"During [the Music Hall of Williamsburg] show Ms. Apple moved between the microphone at center stage and a piano off to the side with an array of votive candles on top. Slender and toned, she wore a green tank top; her muscles spoke loudly as her body moved in precise ways on each song. On "Paper Bag" she held her hand tight against her stomach, muscles flexing, as she swayed side to side ever so slightly. During "Sleep to Dream" she stretched up against the piano like a cat, yawning with her frame.Fiona Apple played Bowery Ballroom last night (3/26). It was almost the same hour-length setlist as the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, set-closing cover of "It's Only Make-Believe" included. The most (only?) notable difference was her choice/not-choice to play Beatles song "Across the Universe" 2nd to last (after "Criminal"). It was on the Music Hall setlist, but she didn't play it in Brooklyn. In Manhattan she played it only after a fun argument with Blake Mills who started playing the first notes (without her permission?)... I couldn't fully get what she was mad/fake-mad at him about, but regardless, she played it and it was great. In fact, the whole show was great from start to finish. Music Hall wasn't bad, but Fiona was in top shape for Bowery - her voice seemed so much more on this time, and she delivered in a huge way from start to finish.
These were careful maneuvers that played as a contrast to Ms. Apple's voice, which can be raspy and slithery and unhinged when she so chooses. Her band -- Blake Mills on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg [of Soul Coughing] on bass and Amy Wood on drums -- matched that range, creating a vivid and flexible noise that veered from gnarled rock to dirty blues. Mr. Mills, in particular, was intense, coaxing lust and anguish from his instrument." [NY Times]
Here are some pictures from the Bowery show. More of them below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - "Younger Us" (MP3)
Japandroids @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW 2012)
Japandroids, who recently played Hotel Vegan in Austin during SXSW (pictures in this post), will welcome their new album, Celebration Rock this June via Polyvinyl. As mentioned, it includes a cover of The Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy" and Japandroids' 2010 single "Younger Us," which you can download above or stream below. UPDATE: You can also listen to new track " The House That Heaven Built" at Soundcloud.
The duo are set to tour Europe, the US, and Canada this spring/summer in support of the new album. That tour hits NYC on June 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.
All dates, more pics and the song stream below...
Rhett playing (in the convention center?) @ SXSW 2012 (via nattibeth)
In support of his upcoming self-produced solo album The Dreamer, frontman Rhett Miller announced a Spring tour with backing band The Serial Lady Killers that will hit Maxwell's on June 7 and Bowery Ballroom on June 8. Tickets for both are on sale now at the links. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rhett, fresh from a string of SXSW performances will play a sold out gig tomorrow night (3/23) at City Winery with Salim Nourallah. He also has some shows coming up with his 90s alt-rock cohorts in Old '97's.
The Dreamer is set to drop June 5 via Miller's own Maximum Sunshine Records. A free download for the album's first single "Out of Love" and a complete list of tour dates can be found below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield & others
Pond @ Hotel Vegan on Saturday
Australian band Pond (not to be confused with Portland band Pond), who include two members of Tame Impala, just hit SXSW and are now on tour with Oberhofer. That tour arrives at Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (3/21) for what will be Pond's first-ever NYC show (at a venue Tame Impala have headlined and sold out). Tickets are still on sale, so go out and give them a proper welcome (and then stick around for Oberhofer too). Afterwards head to Tribeca Grand for the afterparty. Flyer, details and more tour dates below.
I caught Pond once in Austin, at our own show at Hotel Vegan, and it was one of the most memorable of the week, in part from the performance, and in part from all the fun everyone/friends around me were having as the band rocked the intimate and packed Volstead space on Saturday afternoon.
Stereogum posted some SXSW awards, and Pond won for...
BEST BARE FEET: Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook, the perpetually shoe-bereft bassist for Tame Impala, who was recast this week as the perpetually shoe-bereft livewire frontman for Australian classic riff-rock vamp band/Tame Impala spinoff POND. What he lacks in shoes he makes up in HEART (and amphetamine-y spasms and contortions). -AmritSome pictures and videos from our Hotel Vegan show, and a video from another show, are in this post (a full stream of their set at Hype Hotel can be watched HERE, but the audio sucks). More pics and videos, with the other stuff, below...
photos by Tamara Porras
JKS @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/15/2012
John K. Samson of the Weakerthans (ex-Propagandhi) brought his tour in support of a new solo album to the NYC-area for two shows last week. One was at Maxwell's, the other at Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post. Shotgun Jimmie opened.
John may be solo, but he played with a full band and performed material from throughout his career. There were Weakerthans songs, many which were recently performed in the same venue over the course of four nights, and even two Propagandhi cuts during the first of two encores. The full setlist, and more pictures, below...
Jonathan Richman at MHOW in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Jonathan Richman has a few upcoming dates scheduled this year including two in NYC happening on June 12 and 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale on Friday (3/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/14) at noon.
Jonathan was last in NYC for two Bell House shows in October of last year. Some videos from those shows and all currently announced dates below...
Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).
The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.
Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.
Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Other Lives @ Bowery Ballroom on 2/17
"Other Lives' sound is lush and rich, full of varied but precise instrumentation. Each member seamlessly switched from violin to guitar, trumpet, keyboard, bells, cello, percussion, harmonium etc., somehow getting to their instruments just at the right time in every song. Their CD Tamer Animals is a gorgeous reproduction of their sound, but seeing them live was an altogether different and wonderful experience. Watching the set up of keyboards, effects, laptop and other electonic gear, I was a little concerned that the 'music' would come off sounding too artificial. But all the band members were consummate musicians, and it didn't seem as though much of their sound came from prerecorded tracks."Other Lives played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on 2/17 with support from both from WIM and Lucius. The show, reviewed above, is pictured in this post.
[Words & Music]
The NYC show was part of a headlining tour leading up to Other Lives' run supporting Radiohead which began last night, Monday, 2/27, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. We're not sure how Other Lives' set was in the huge Florida venue, but you can check out Radiohead's setlist, video of two new songs included, HERE.
All Other Lives tour dates and more pictures from their NYC show, below...
Mark Lanegan at Bowery Ballroom 2/7/12 (via Mindy Bond)
The set paced eight of Blues Funeral's 12 new tracks with favorites from Bubblegum and older solo releases, eventually closing on a Screaming Trees favorite during the encore. There wasn't much Lanegan could've done on Tuesday night to piss off the sold-out crowd short of maybe calling it quits after one note. The evening's disappointment came only after the encore of "Crawlspace" and "One Way Street," when Lanegan closed on a pregnant pause instead of coming back for thirds. Scattered groans rose in tandem with the house lights, forcing fans to abide the 19-song set they received. [CMJ]It was the band's first show in support of the new album, which is Mark Lanegan's first solo release since 2004. You can stream the entire album below (via MOJO) along with some videos and the setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show.
The band will continue to tour over the next few months, and upon returning to the US after an Australian run in late April, they'll play NYC again on May 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/22) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
Videos and setlist from the 2/7 Bowery Ballroom show, album stream, and updated dates including Sasquatch! below...
BrooklynVegan is more than thrilled to present Fiona Apple's return to
the Big Apple NYC on March 23 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg and then again on March 26 @ Bowery Ballroom. Both shows go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon, but we'll have an exclusive pre-sale for tickets starting one day earlier, and an AMEX presale on Wednesday. Stay tuned for the passwords for the Thursday presale. UPDATE: It looks like the Ticketmaster listings were updated. No more American Express presale.
Passwords for other cities HERE.
UPDATE : Damn those sold out quick. Who got tickets? General sale begins Friday.
UPDATE: There are a few more dates including Atlantic City and Chicago. They are all listed below...