Fiery Furnaces Preview Widow City At Soundfix

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The Fiery Furnaces new album, Widow City, hits stores on Tuesday. Widow City, like all of their past work, is challenging and will continue the love them or hate them divide among indie music fans. With this new record, the brother and sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger may have their most pop album since the critically praised Blueberry Boat, but don’t let that fool you—the Friedbergers still mix up their compositions for more dynamic arrangements than the ordinary verse-chorus-verse structure of modern pop.

Local Brooklynites got to witness the Fiery Furnaces play a bunch of their new songs in the very intimate setting of Soundfix Records on Saturday night. The duo was accompanied by their touring bassist and drummer for a special half hour performance at the small space. The place was packed and the heat seemed to be eating away at the band, especially Matthew who occasionally needed to wipe the sweat off of his keyboards. Despite the heat, the group pleased the crowd with a strong performance, displaying the strength of their new material as well as playing fan favorite “Evergreen.” After finishing “Restorative Beer” the band seemed ready to pack up, but fans asked for one more, prompting Eleanor to respond with “Are you sure? It’s really hot.” The band then played “Right By Conquest,” with Eleanor singing the entire song from within the crowd. Following the performance, fans were offered the opportunity to purchase the new record 4 days prior to its official release.

Your next chance to see Fiery Furnaces in New York will be when the group hits Hiro Ballroom on Saturday, November 3rd.

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Redemption For Animal Collective

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Monday was an interesting night to see experimental indie rockers Animal Collective. Earlier in the day a whirlwind of negative reviews, from their concert at Webster Hall the night before, circulated the web. Disappointed fans complained about terrible sound, overwhelming bass, and lack of an encore, among other things. Also, on Monday afternoon, Pitchfork ran [&hellip
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The Biblical Locks of Spiritual Bonerz

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The hair bands of yesterday—Motley Crue, Poison, Whitesnake—ain’t got nothing on the biblically voluminous locks of Devendra Banhart and his posse of fabulously furry freak brothers, aka Spiritual Bonerz (at least for Thursday night’s performance). Last night, Dev and the Bonerz took the stage of the soulless Manhattan Ballroom by light breeze, rather than by [&hellip
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The Lamp Beneath the Covers: Bat for Lashes at Bowery Ballroom

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I’ve always had a hunch that girls have richer imaginative lives than boys. When I was eight, it was all guns and explosions and baseball. But girls develop sexually sooner, and that makes all the difference.   Us boys are all heroes in our fantasies, but in girls’ dreams girls seem to play tragic heroes [&hellip
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Pool of Chemicals

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Summer may seem to be slipping away, but Saturdaywas another night of great fun over at McCarren Park Pool, as Made Event presented an eclectic pairing of Chemical Brothers with Ladytron. Opening the show, the members of Ladytron came on stage, all dressed in androgynous, black chic. While their electronic pop tunes were pleasantly infectious, [&hellip
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The Walkmen Get Bloody At Music Hall of Williamsburg

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The Walkmen continued to build their reputation as one of the best live rock bands alive, on Friday night. Playing the new Music Hall of Williamsburg, the NYC-based band pleased a full house with gutsy performance. The band performed a large amount of new songs, while singer Hamilton Leithauser battled through with a bloody left [&hellip
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Young Brit Gives Bowery Crowd Mix-Tapes

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Young girls made up the bulk of the crowd directly in front of the stage. They spoke of how cute the young singer is, and one girl told me that she’s gonna jump up on stage and kiss him (which never did happen). This sort of teen pop fanaticism is unusual for a place like Bowery Ballroom, and this was just Jaimie T performing. Who’s Jaimie T, you ask? Exactly. America has yet to be swept away by this new young English sensation, but give it time and you’ll be hearing his name more and more. The 21 year-old singer/songwriter just recently won Best Solo Artist at the 2007 Shockwave NME Awards, beating out beloved Brits Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke. Spitting out lyrics in a style the immediately draws comparisons to The Streets’ Mike Skinner and Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner, Jamie T had the young crowd singing along with every word. Oddly enough, nearly all of those voices in the crowd were echoing Jamie’s lyrics in their own English accent, as much of the crowd seemed to be from England. Backed by his band The Pacemakers, Jamie T’s performance had a few highlights, including “Salvador” and “Calm Down Dearest,” but it was the hit Sheila that really made the crowd go nuts. Right before playing his biggest hit, Jamie T asked the crowd who would like a special mix-tape of some of his band’s favorite music. Of course, the rabid fans went nuts, with everyone trying to get hold of one of these tapes. A bunch of tapes were handed out, and then the band began playing “Sheila,” while tapes flew from the stage out to the crowd. And they weren’t just softly tossing these tapes, they were really flying. After the craziness Jamie asked the exact question I had in my mind, “how many of you actually still have tape players.” Tape players or not, everyone at Bowery Ballroom seemed to have a really great time under the influence of Jamie T’s catchy rock and British charm.

You can catch Jamie T perform solo at 6pm tonight at Soundfix Records (110 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn). And it's free, so you can use the money you save to buy the cd.

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