Music For The Unwashed And Well-Read

Written by David Callicott on . Posted in Music, Posts

Friday night The Gourds brought a little of their Lone Star-inspired lyrics and licks to the Bowery Ballroom. Playing their signature blend of bluegrass and deep-fried roots rock, the Austin quintet kept the somewhat smallish crowd dancing and singing along until well past midnight. Backwards baseball cap-wearing frat boys slammed beers while chubby lesbians groped [&hellip
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Beirut & Final Fantasy, Finally

Written by Jed Lipinski on . Posted in Music, Posts

After canceling two shows at the Bowery last November due to a spell of “extreme exhaustion”—which is totally believable in the case of newly 21-year-old Zach Condon—Beirut has finally arrived. Tonight is the last of its three-show run with former Arcade Fire violinist Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy. In fact, The Arcade Fire (whose lead singer Win Butler has a friendly resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite) showed up for the premier performance, along with Sufjan Stephens, members of The National and MTV’s John Norris—making it a minor celebrity-studded evening.

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Oxy Cottontail puts A-Trak to Shame

Written by Chris O'Connell on . Posted in Music, Posts

Sometimes performing exactly to your capabilities isn’t enough to move a crowd. As for A-Trak’s show at Studio B in Greenpoint Friday night, saying he didn’t move the crowd would be an exaggeration, but he certainly could have done better. The tracks he played off Dirty South Dance, his latest mix-tape released on the Fool’s [&hellip
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Ratatat Raw

Written by Christine Werthman on . Posted in Music, Posts

If Brooklyn had a wrestling team competing in what was formerly known as WWF’s "Monday Night Raw" (now WWE’s "Raw," which doesn’t sound as cool), Ratatat would provide its entry music. This electronic-melodic, instrumental duo has an epic sound that resonated throughout Webster Hall last night. Only a trio of musicians—Mike Stroud, Evan Mast and [&hellip
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Busdriver Sputters, Rj Keeps It Live

Written by R.M. Schneiderman on . Posted in Music, Posts

Props due: Los Angeles-born MC, Busdriver, isn’t satisfied with the status quo. His up-tempo electronic soundscapes thump with heavy bass, highlighted by pleasantly quirky sounds. And his energy is off the charts. Yet in trying to push the envelope, Busdriver tore it to smithereens at Webster Hall on Friday. The bulk of the crowd, who [&hellip
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New Rave Body Shakedown

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Music, Posts

Well, the hype machine is at it again. Klaxons, the quintessential leaders of the “New Rave” movement, predictably denounce the genre label and consider themselves something much bigger. The crowd at Studio B in Greenpoint Saturday night shared the same sentiment. The club was packed with Brooklynites anticipating the London-based act, hoping for a live [&hellip
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