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  The Bowery Ballroom
Address: 6 Delancey Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Oct-23-18 09:00 PM Phil Cook with Andy Jenkins
We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.-Tennessee WilliamsTransforming pain and injustice into love and compassion is a rendering that has been universal to poets and prophets for centuries. In present times, choosing to amplify community and positivity through art can seem like a radical act. With the arrival of People Are My Drug, Phil Cook is taking the spark from lights left on by musical heroes and offering a torch for listeners as they navigate their own dark corners. Where 2015s Southland Mission illuminated for listeners what Phil Cook hears in his head,this latest record lays bare the way that music makes him feel. Side A alone, culminating with the shiver-inducing Another Mothers Son,has the capacity to light a fire in even the coldest of hearts. Having only recently stepped to the center of the stage as a solo artist, Cook now takes a moment,citing the power of community as his thesis statement. Each track asserts that he alone is no greater than the sum of the people who have brought him to this moment. Instead of standing on the shoulders of his heroes, Cook is humbly kneeling at their feet.Since Southland Mission, Cook has performed with childhood heroes including Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, John Prine, Amy Ray and The Blind Boys of Alabama.Cook notes, I see life on a timeline that includes multi-generations. As someone who has sought mentors my whole life, I am honoring the people who shaped who I am, not only musically, but spiritually, emotionally and personally. He brings that forward in every note on People Are My Drug. Cook has firmly planted his roots in his adopted hometown of Durham, NC for the last decade, while simultaneously maintaining a musical presence in the upper-Midwest where he was raised.Cook and his band recorded and mixed in both Wisconsin and North Carolina, finishing the record in ten days.The result is a spiritual tour de force, delivered from the gut with open arms.Enlisting Brad Cook as producer was a given, as the two Cooks have spent their entire lives working alongside one another.They've long developed an honest working relationship based on the love of family and community,as well as staying true to oneself artistically.His band, The Guitarheels, comprised of drummer JT Bates, bassist Michael Libramento and pianist James Wallace, forged a common language touring the world with Cook. Fueled by the power of that chemistry,Cook crafted each new song with reverence for each players artistic brilliance. He imagined vocalist Tamisha Waden (Foreign Exchange) soaring above Steampowered Bluesand turned to collaborator Amelia Meath(Sylvan Esso)to co-write Miles Away, a plainly honest song about the complexity of emotional proximity. He heard Brevan Hampden's distinct sanctified tambourine in his head the whole time he was writing for the sessions.The composition of the recordplays as a love letter to Phils greatest inspiration of all:People. People Are My Drugis a radical album, in every sense of the word. In2018 choosing community and positivity and music is radical. Cooks smile is still as infectious and ernest as its ever been. However, he presently appears charged with a newly-minted seriousness that is revealed to listeners in solidarity, that he too is fighting like hell to keep love alive.
Oct-24-18 08:00 PM Mike Yung (16+ Event)
Oct-25-18 09:00 PM Jeremy Zucker (16+ Event)
Oct-26-18 09:00 PM Crooked Colours with EVAN GIIA, Glass Gang
Oct-27-18 09:00 PM Particle with Horizon Wireless
Oct-28-18 09:00 PM Mipso with Sam Lewis
Chapel Hills indie Americana quartet Mipso Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) release their fifth album, Edges Run, on April 6th, 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular(Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an Artist You Need to Know. The band brings a distinctly unique sound full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipsos music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn. Look for Mipso on tour this spring in support of their new release, Edges Run. www.mipsomusic.com
Oct-29-18 09:00 PM Bass Drum of Death Tickets (18+ Event)
Oct-29-18 09:00 PM Bass Drum Of Death with RUBY
Oct-31-18 09:00 PM Gus Dapperton with Beshken
Indie Dream Pop artist from Warwick, NY, United States.
Nov-02-18 09:00 PM Robert DeLong with Sam Setton
Robert DeLong has a thing for tarot, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The rise of the Los Angeles dance-pop provocateur and one-man band seems fated thus far. In 2013, his self-fulfilling "Global Concepts" single became an international hit and he's been following it around the world since, from dives to clubs to nearly every festival you've ever heard of. Now the man returns from the neon wilderness with his most diverse and beat-driven work yet: In the Cards. DeLong's second album boldly swirls electronic strainstechno, house, drum & bass, electro, trip-hopwith rock composition and emotive soul. Each song is an aural world unto itself where DeLong probes a different angle of the record's theme: Is the story of our lives written "in the cards" or are we free to make our destinies? Ultimately, is there a difference?Our host's narrative begins 25 miles northeast of Seattle, in the woods of Bothell. Mom was a teacher, and dad a drummer-turned-accountant who sat his son down at his old kit at the age of 10. It was there that Father DeLong's love for prog and the younger's solo forays into the punk-addled Tooth & Nail catalog began. In his free time DeLong would dream up sci-fi scenarios and act them out by himself. He'd bring that same creativity to computing at 11, when he taught himself basic programming so he could make his own text-based games. He played drums in pop-punk bands in high school, and experimented with 3D animation too, but it wasn't until DeLong relocated to Southern California that he truly combined his passions for music and technology into a heaving, highly effective whole.He'd come to L.A. to study music at Azusa Pacific University, joined a chamber-rock sextet called the Denouement, and developed not only a vigorous skepticism for his religious roots but a hunger for new idioms. DeLong was working on a set of indie-pop songs when he was dragged to a rave by his girlfriend. Those rhythms sparked a flame that would becomeafter a feverish spate of all-hours garage-studio thrashing2013's Just Movement, his first LP. His love for the earnest likes of Death Cab for Cutie merged with his newfound appreciation for body music, and the result was something else entirely. DeLong quickly earned more attention still for his live sets, which found him lording over a battle-station of keys, drums, pads, pedals, joysticks, and game controllers (I.E. Wii). His intensely high-energy shows were what got him signed to Glassnote in the first place, and now they carried his music (and DeLong with it) around the globe.In the Cards is another step forwarda leap into the digital abyss. The tranquil chimes that open the titular track are a red herring. The song goes full rave fast, with DeLong's crisp vocals soaring over a wild soundscape of surging bass, acid-washed synth, and percussion that runs the gamut from jungle to trap. That the entire album feels huge and alive like this shouldn't be a surprise. DeLong's sound is tempered by the road, and he's opened his process to other producer/songwriters like Wax Ltd. (Best Coast, Miley Cyrus), E. Kidd Bogart (Beyonc, MKTO), Belief (Sia), and MNDR, who sings on the pitch-shifting slow jam, "Born to Break." From the noir-ish groove of lead single "Long Way Down" to the cyber-punk balladry of "Pass Out," the record is both immediate and intricatecatchy, yes, but chock full of substance too.The words "in the cards" are scattered throughout the album, but the concept isn't always so literal. DeLong's inquiry into kismet morphs to take on jealous lovers, religious hypocrites, duplicitous politicians, and self-appointed End Times prophets. An air of dystopia clings to the songs' edges, no doubt owing to DeLong's love for all things science-fiction (his garage studio is lined with dilapidated Star Wars posters, and reeks of stale weed smoke), but the fantasy is fully steeped in reality. The cover of In the Cards displays a desert backdrop, topped by emblems representing the four suits of tarot. In this ever-unknowable expanse called living, we humans constantly search for meaning and guidance in symbols of our own creation. Romance. Faith. Politics. An esoteric deck of cards. Or, say, an album of songs by Robert DeLong.On "Sellin' U Somethin'," the maestro turns his pen on himself. Over the sort of overdriven hi-NRG tempos that would make Basement Jaxx drool, DeLong warns his listeners to be wary of people peddling snake oil and ideologies. In the same breath, he declares, "I got a new home stereo addiction for ya/You're gonna want it, yeah." He's right, but what good is it to resist? Purchase. Play. Repeat. It's In the Cards.