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  The Bowery Ballroom
Address: 6 Delancey Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Mar-29-17 08:00 PM Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Bottle Rockets
Mar-30-17 09:00 PM Lambchop with Sloppy Heads
It's been nearly two decades since Lambchop released its first album, at the time pronouncing itself "Nashville's most fucked-up country band." Provocative it may have been, but the description made sense: at the heart of all that ruckus was a band at once defying and embracing the musical legacy of its hometown. Since then, Lambchop has evolved into an accomplished ensemble, adding palpable depth and substance to singer-songwriter-guitarist Kurt Wagner's songs and the band sounds as commanding as ever on its 11th album, Mr. M, acollection of meditations on love and loss and the detritus of everyday existence.Recorded at Mark Nevers's Nashville Beech House studio cum bungalow and dedicated to Vic Chesnutt, Mr. M includes the usual core of musicians- Scott Martin (drums), Matt Swanson (bass), Ryan Norris (guitar, organ), Tony Crow (piano), William Tyler (guitar) and guests include original co-founder Jonathan Marx, delightful Cortney Tidwell (who shared vocals on 2010s KORT project) and fiddler Billy Contreras (who has worked with all from Charlie Louvin to Laura Cantrell) and with spectacular string arrangements shared between Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely, it stretches out sonically as promised. (Incidentally the paintings, thickly layered black and white portraits forming a series called Beautillion Millitaire 2000, feature on the album sleeve and throughout the full artwork).The core of the music remains the cyclical picking of Wagner's guitar and the soft, warm croaking of his voice. The songs are spacious, even dreamy, as on the Countrypolitan instrumental "Gar," while the lyrics and titles are rich with allusions, some of them obvious, others seemingly unknowable.
Mar-31-17 09:00 PM Chicano Batman with 79.5, Sad Girl
Chicano Batman is your sonic outlet from monotony back into the soul. Ethnomusicologists in their own right, Chicano Batman are students of rhythm, globe trotting on a quest to reclaim and represent the musical roots of their past generations.Following a run of dates opening for Jack White on his Lazaretto tour, the band blew away fans at last years Coachella before hitting the road with Alabama Shakes. Along the way, the quartets Latin-psych-slow-jam soul with a pinch of surf-rock cumbia has been highlighted by everyone from Rolling Stone, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and Paste to The New York Times, Under The Radar and Noisey.Chicano Batman recently released Black Lipstick, an organ soaked track featuring back up vocals by Saudia Yasmein. Originally set to be produced by Ikey Owens (Jack White, Mars Volta) before his unfortunate passing, the track was recorded and produced by Owens studio partner Antoine Arvizu.Summer 2016 will see Chicano Batman performing at Bonnaroo, XPoNential Fest, Levitation as they finish up their new album.
Apr-01-17 09:00 PM Sons and Heirs
Apr-01-17 09:00 PM The Sons & Heirs with Masters & Servants (Tribute to Depeche Mode)
"The best NYC Smiths tribute" - New York Post"These guys love the band, and theyre really passionate about it- Andy Rourke, The SmithsThe Smiths will never re-formso for most fans The Sons & Heirs are the closest they will ever get The Daily BeastThe Sons & Heirs (A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey)by Rob Sheffield, Rolling StoneThe Sons & Heirs. New Yorks finest band devoted to the music of the Smiths and Morrissey. Handsome devils. Stalwart lovers for sure. Theyre twice as much fun as an actual Morrissey show because they bring more heart and enthusiasm to these songs than the man himself. The Sons & Heirs have played this music all over the world, from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. Their Valentines Day event Unloveable has become a New York ritualevery year its the toughest ticket in town. In 2015 they headlined the international Smiths-Morrissey convention in Hollywood. But wherever The Sons & Heirs play, they bring passionate love for the whole musical journey of Morrissey, Marr and their mates the songs that saved our lives. Thats why they always bring out a crowd of fans who love the Smiths as much as they do. (Including an actual member of the Smiths, Andy Rourke, as well as Morrisseys long-time drummer, Spencer Cobrin - both have gotten up on stage to play with them.)Every show is different. Every show permanently changes my mind about this or that songs brilliance. The Sons & Heirs invite the crowd to sing along, dance, invade the stage. Theres always a song Id forgotten about, always a song that makes me think well, they wont top this one tonight, until they do. They open my eyes, like a tattooed boy from Birkenhead. The Sons & Heirs get the tiniest details right, but more importantly, they bring the spirit that makes this music immortal. They sing their lives, and probably your life, too. Definitely mine.
Apr-03-17 08:00 PM Cory+Kevin with The Gregory Brothers, Ophira Eisenberg, Aparna Nancherla, Andrew Collin
GREAT TIMES with Cory + Kevin is a monthly stand up comedy show established in 2014 and hosted by Cory Cavin and Kevin James Doyle. The show is a New York Magazine Critics Pick and showcases comedians from SNL, Master of None, and FX's Louie. GREAT TIMES partnered with Zappos to produce a comedy show where they gave away over $1000 in shoes and prizes. They also partnered with Jazz Apples - a New Zealand apple company - to create Apple Madness, a comedy show where comedians and audience members competed in a tournament taste test to find the best tasting apple. They have also partnered with non-profits such as the Nomi Network and now the American Cancer Society to put on shows that support worthy causes. Cory won two Emmy Awards for his work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Kevin wrote and starred in the long running off broadway hit How To Be A New Yorker. Cory + Kevin have been performing comedy in New York for over 10 years and are very happy to bring Great Times to the Bowery Ballroom, a great show for a great cause.
Apr-04-17 09:00 PM The Weeks with The Lonely Biscuits
High-energy, back-to-basics rock & roll. That's the sound of Easy, The Week's long-awaited followup to their breakthrough album, Dear Bo Jackson. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis a place filled with the ghosts (and gear) of the Replacements, ZZ Top, and Big Star, all of whom traveled to Ardent to create their own landmark albums Easy finds The Weeks doubling down on a mix of groove, grit, and guitars. It's swaggering and sharply-focused, shining new light on a band of brothers who, although still in their mid-20s, have already logged a decade's worth of sweaty gigs together. If Easy bears resemblance to the raw, rowdy attitude of the The Weeks' live show, it's because the album was written at the end of a busy, five-year period that found the group rarely leaving the road. "We moved to Nashville in 2010," remembers frontman Cyle Barnes, who formed the band in Jackson, Mississippi, with his three longtime bandmates: drummer (and twin brother) Cain Barnes, guitarist Sam Williams, and bass player Damien Bone. "We spent 2011 to 2015 touring. November 2015 was the first time we ever spent an entire month in Nashville."Those years on the road were eye-opening for The Weeks, all of whom were just teenagers when they began playing together in 2006. By their early 20s, the guys were touring Europe with Kings of Leon, promoting the newly-released Dear Bo Jackson in front of 20,000 people each night. Back in America, The Weeks continued playing their own club shows, too. The experience taught them how to bridge the gap between arena shows and smaller gigs. In short, it taught them how to be themselves, no matter the audience.Appropriately, Easy consolidates the band's strengths. While the songs on 2013's Dear Bo Jackson were thick with horn arrangements, strings, and guest appearances, Easy is a leaner, louder beast. The Weeks began working on its 11 tracks after returning home from a long tour and taking some time to rest, reflect, and regroup. Newly energized, they began writing songs at Sam and Damien's home in Nashville, with Cyle and Williams splitting the bulk of the songwriting duties. The whole process relied on collaboration, with the full band fleshing out the newer songs."Everyone would come to the house, make food, hang out, and play music 'til four in the morning," Williams remembers. "We wrote 25 songs, then picked our favorites for the final tracklist.Easy is driving and direct, captured in punchy sound by producer Paul Ebersold. The goal was to clear out any unnecessary clutter, focusing instead on The Weeks' biggest strengths: the elastic power of Cyle's voice, capable of a crooning drawl one minute and a roof-raising howl the next; the range of Sam's guitar playing, from Motown-influenced chord stabs to garage-rock blasts of sound; and the interlocking rhythms of Damien and Cain. They threw some curveballs into the mix, too, riding a lovely, lazy, organ-heavy groove on the southern soul song "Hands on the Radio" and punctuating songs like "Ike" with a small horn section. Along the way, they made good use the studio's vintage gear, finding room on a handful of songs for Elvis Presley's microphone, Big Star's snare drum, the "Green Onions" organ from Booker T. & the M.G.'s."We said, 'If we can do this song in five chords, let's do it,'" says Sam. "That way, whenever the curveballs do happen, they mean a lot. We focused on the songs first, and then we added stuff, as long as it didn't harm the energy or the groove. We wanted to pick our moments better."Inspired by the real-life characters, places, and stories The Weeks encountered on tour, Easy is a record about where the band has been, as well as a sign of where they're going. "I wanted the stories to be real a little dark, maybe but I wanted them to be redeeming, too," says Cyle, who began turning the stories into proper songs once the tour ended. He tossed some personal tales into the mix, too, with songs like the autobiographical "Gold Doesn't Rust" focusing on the joy of plugging in, tuning up and rocking out. "We just wanted to make a rock record," adds Damien, shrugging his shoulders at the simplicity of it all. The Weeks earned their road warrior credentials years ago, but they've never defined their ambition or the wide range of their abilities this clearly before.And speaking of simplewhat's the deal with that album title? "We called it Easy because every time I make music with these guys, it's easy," says Cain, who has spent more than a third of his life as a member of The Weeks. "It feels good. But the other side of it is, there's nothing easy about being in a band. There's nothing easy about staying together for 10 years and still wanting to make music. We have the hardest and easiest job on the planet. But it works for us."
Apr-05-17 09:00 PM John K. Samson & The Winter Wheat
Apr-06-17 09:00 PM JAIN with Two Feet
It takes just a few seconds of listening to Jain to know that youve stumbled on someone special. Pick a song any song from the Parisians glorious, globe-trotting debut album, Zanaka, and the effect is the same. Instantly, youll be startled, smitten and smiling.It took about a minute for the audience at this years French Grammys, Les Victoires de la Musique, to anoint Jain pops most compelling new star. Performing her song Come at the televised ceremony, surrounded by dancing doppelgangers, backed by masked drummers and blaring brass, Jain stole the show as the crowd leapt from their seats in disbelief. The following day, Come was at No.1, helping to propel Zanaka to platinum sales in France within a couple of months of its release.Come has since spread across Europe, going gold in Poland, Top 10 in Belgium and storming up the charts in Germany and Italy. Its wacky video has more than 20 million views on YouTube. Jain has received rave reviews for every stop on her tour with Christine and the Queens. That the 24 year old hadnt released any music until last summer attests to her ability to ambush listeners. Quite simply, she sounds like no one else in pop.Success may have arrived overnight, but Jains joyous, sun-soaked, rhythm-driven sound had been brewing for years, collecting influences from multiple countries and a myriad of musical genres Arabic percussion, African rhythms, electro, reggae, soul and hip hop among them. As the petite singer succinctly puts it: It happened fast, very fast. But it took seven years.Zanaka means childhood in Malagasy, Jains mothers native tongue and is a telling title. The albums ten songs are a diary that documents the singers life from 16 to 23, although some influences date back even further to the Manu Chao, Youssou NDour and Miriam Makeba records her French father and half-Madagascan mother played at home in Toulouse, to the drums Jain took up aged seven and the familys first big move, to Dubai, when she was nine.In Dubai, Jains love of percussion became an obsession when she discovered the darbuka, a traditional Arabic drum. Aged 14, her fathers job took the family to the Republic of Congo. Its strange when you move to different countries, particularly when youre young, says Jain. Youre struck by all these new sounds. I was fascinated by the different rhythms in the music. In Congo, its not binary, but three time.The upheaval of moving home and starting new schools sent the shyest, youngest of three sisters further in to music. Living in the Congo city of Pointe-Noire, she met a producer known as Mr Flash who taught her how to programme. Im not sure if Mr Flash was his real name, laughs Jain. He gave me software so I could record myself and I started writing songs. Sitting alone in my room making music was the only place I felt truly at home. The songs became my house, and they moved with me.The first song she wrote, aged 16, was Come, although it didnt turn out as planned. I tried to make a classical guitar and voice song, in a reggae mood, Jain recalls. But I was using this software called Fruityloops and started messing about with beats. It was just for fun. And then Come arrived, in one afternoon. I knew it was weird, but I liked it. I liked the idea that mistakes can lead to great things. The lyrics, about the friends shed left behind in Dubai, came later, as always with her songs. I like to be spontaneous when I make music, says Jain. I begin with beats or drums, because thats what moves me and if I find a sound that reminds me of traditional music Ill use it, whether its Arabic, Indian, African or European. I like to mix styles and cultures, to get lost in a big mess of music. Then I add lyrics about whatevers in my mind at the time.Aged 17, Jain moved again, to Abu Dhabi, where in her graduation year she formed a band performing covers of Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga songs. She saw out her teens in Paris at art school, discovering electro and hip hop in clubs, performing her songs solo in any venue that would have her and wondering whether her future lay in music or graphic art. She wrote the jazz and blues-infused, faintly Amy-like All My Days while trying to make a decision and it swayed her, as did meeting her reggae idols Sly & Robbie, who were so bewitched by her dub-drenched break-up song You Can Blame Me that they agreed to guest on it. Every track on ZANAKA captures a chapter in Jains youthful years. The dreamy, lilting HOB (think early Lily Allen with a great groove) was written in Abu Dhabi, about her best friend back in Pointe-Noire. The clubby Hope the lead track on Jains debut EP was written when she arrived in Paris and fell for electro and Kendrick Lamar. The tropical hip hop genius of Mr Johnson was inspired by seeing suits trudging to work in an overcast Paris and imagining the artist inside them that sunnier climes might coax out.Heads Up is a percussion-driven, continent-crossing, arms-aloft party starter that piles on sounds and strips them down at a furious, fiesta pace. Its one of a couple of political songs on the album, explains Jain. I wrote it to give people hope in these strange, scary times we live in, particularly in France. We have to keep our heads up, keep moving on and be proud of the clash of cultures in our country.The other track that touches on politics is Makeba, an ode to the South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, which caused a stir when Jaden Smith (son of Will) played the song on his Beats radio show. Her voice is part of my childhood, says Jain. In Paris I discovered that a lot of my friends knew nothing about her. I found that sad so I wrote the song. The idea was to modernise Miriam Makeba so people my age might search her out. It was the last song I wrote for the album. Its now the second single in France, so its on the radio. But Come is still played a lot too. Its so funny to hear the song that started this album and the one that finished it, written seven years apart, on the radio at the same time.ZANAKA was recorded in Paris with producer Yodelice, a former French Grammy Award winner, whom Jain met after hed heard her songs on MySpace. The sole exception is Lil Mama, recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with veteran producer Donovan Bennett aka Don Corleon. As no record label was as yet involved, Jain simply sent him some music, having loved the songs hed produced for Rihanna and Sean Paul. As instantly smitten as everyone else who hears Jain, he immediately invited her over.A carefree sprit and sense of adventure is at ZANAKAs core. Fresh, fun, life-affirming songs capture the wide-eyed wonder of discovering musics power to both express emotions and incite them. As endearingly innocent as they are riotously rule-breaking, Jains tales of travel and adolescence are the sound of the summer, wherever you reside.
Apr-07-17 09:00 PM Son Volt (21+ Event)