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Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002 | Lower East Side | 212-533-2111

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The Bowery Ballroom is generally regarded as the city's best music venue. It has three floors, three bars, an intimate 550-person capacity, balconies for the mosh-pit-adverse, and status as the most popular destination for rising indie-rockers. It's also the place where "special guests" (such as David Byrne!) drop by, and more established acts (such as Nine Inch Nails!) treat their fans to "secret" shows. While the Ballroom now has a Brooklyn clone (the Music Hall of Williamsburg) with sleeker finishes, swankier bars, and better couches, the original club's homey charm is something that can't be replicated.


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    Bassist Chris Wood will always be inextricably tied to instrumental jam band royalty Medeski Martin & Wood, but when operating outside the firm, known for its avant-garde, improvisatory...
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    The formerly anonymous UMO turned out to be the ingenious studio invention of Ruban Nielson, who now leads a trio. The Portlandia-based New Zealander's distinctive finger-style manner with...
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    Dustin Payseur is walking down the sidewalk of Franklin Avenue in Greenpoint. The Beach Fossils frontman, who lives a few blocks away, has a brisk gait, but his brain moves quicker than his...
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    Shortly after entering his own silver age (or maybe just the age of silver hair), 52 year-old Hüsker Düde Bob Mould returned to his hard-edged alt-rock rööts last year...
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    Although by no means predictable, Beach Fossils offer exactly the kind of breezy lo-fi sound that their summery, somewhat mysterious name suggests. Formed in Brooklyn in 2009, the band...
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    Despite its unimaginative title, the Winter Rite tour features a handful of metal groups who are still riding strong waves left from the impact of the mystic, hypnotic albums they put out...
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    yuk it up with Fred Armisen While we cozy up on Friday nights to watch new episodes of Portlandia, this week we’re doubling the fun with the hottest (and funniest) SNL cast member. No,...
  • Sound of the City: Metal
    These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012Gojira Mais oui, Gojira is a French metal band. But don't hold that against them. For the last...
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    The opening tones of >>, the abstract and onomatopoeically titled sophomore record from art-rockers Beak>, sound like birds morosely whooping and howling. It’s the sort of cinematic...
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    There are only a little under half a million chord combinations in Western music, and over the past decade, NYC psych-rock tripsters Psychic Ills seem to have tested every one, holding it...
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    After singing lead on difficult tracks by British bass producers SBTRKT and Joker, south London’s Jessie Ware scored one of last year’s surprise hits with August’s Devotion...
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    Now that singer-songwriter Christopher Owens has elected to end his indie-rock band Girls, he has released a concept album of sorts about being in the indie-rock band Girls. The LP,...
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    Mission of Burma are grouchy post-punk par excellence: a foursome of graying, severe creatives who happen to write gravel-gargling songs that are aesthetically severe about pedestrian stuff....
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    Sweden's Niki & the Dove spent a good deal of 2012 becoming one of Europe's favorite bands. They were nominated for British awards you've probably never heard of (BBC Sound), toured the...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    These are the best concerts in New York this week, in no particular order.Wale Mon., Jan. 7. 8pm. Bowery Ballroom. $40. Once a local star in Washington--a city that was struggling to make...
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    Once a local star in Washington—a city that was struggling to make it onto the hip-hop map—Wale became an Internet favorite when his mixtapes for Fool’s Gold guru Nick...
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    It's been evident for a while, but now that mandolinist and bandleader Chris Thile has been officially designated a MacArthur fellowship-approved genius, perhaps you'll finally go check out...
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    The ultimate Renaissance man of the indie scene, Sufjan Stevens creates folk of epic symphonic proportions. Now with a pair of Christmas albums under his belt, he is touring with a...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    These are the eight best concerts in NYC this week. And if you don't know, now you know.Memphis Bleek + Freeway + Young Gunz Wed., Dec. 19. 7:30. Gramercy Theatre. $19.50. Although this...
  • Sound of the City: Celebrations
    If you can pay rent with the money you make doing what you love, you're lucky as hell--and this isn't lost on the guys of Nada Surf, who are celebrating the two loud and fast decades they've...
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    For years, it seemed like Solange Knowles was best known not for her music but for taking her superstar sister and brother-
in-law to a show by Brooklyn indie dudes Grizzly Bear. But...
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    Don't harsh the former Drive-By Trucker if the best thing on his gritty new live album with his tough trio is a surprisingly faithful cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane." All the other...
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    Songwriter Tobacco and bandmates the Seven Field of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface, and Bullsmear are back with their Kickstarter-sparked Cobra Juicy, a greasy lysergic wallow in...
  • Sound of the City: Metal
    This has been a year of ups and downs for the Oakland, California, metal band High on Fire. On the upside, the band's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, was released. It kicks ass. On the...
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    Whether John O'Regan's shamelessness is a cause for admiration or disgust depends on where the listener stands on irony-free modern synth-pop. As Diamond Rings, he reaches beyond camp and...
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    Earlier this year, alt-folk songstress Anaïs Mitchell played a covetable opening slot at Radio City Music Hall for Bon Iver. She has a close relationship with the lo-fi, folkish band...
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    Earlier this year, stoner metallers High on Fire had to leave behind a prime slot on a mega-metal touring festival alongside Slayer, Motörhead and Slipknot because frontman Matt Pike...
  • Sound of the City: _artists
    I first came across Indians entirely by accident courtesy of a CMJ schedule screw-up. On the first night of the annual music marathon back in October, I had been bouncing from the Rockwood...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    Those who perceive A Place to Bury Strangers, a/k/a the "Loudest Band in Brooklyn" as an indie novelty act are missing out on two of the most consistently thrilling records of 2012, Worship...
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    You've probably been hearing loose talk about this Gary Clark Jr. character for a minute now, and the reason for this becomes apparent some 60 seconds into any of the Austin native's songs....
  • Sound of the City: Featured
    Moms may very well be Menomena's darkest, most emotionally devastating album yet--an arresting song cycle about familial bonds that touches on mothers long since passed away, absentee...
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    Removed from indie rockers the New Pornographers, singer-songwriter A.C. Newman writes delicate, shimmery, nuanced pop songs that sound like more introspective versions of their X-rated...
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    Although Wild Nothing began as a lo-fi dream-pop bedroom experiment for main man Jack Tatum, the singer-songwriter collaborated with a producer for new album Nocturne and together they...
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    San Diego post-punk meets shoegaze band Crocodiles make a lot of noise for two people. Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez started the band in 2008 while still playing in an early version of...
  • Sound of the City: Live
    Ladyhawke w/Computer Magic Bowery Ballroom Saturday, September 8 Better than: Waiting for the rain to behave. "I'm on a high, and I don't even know why," sings Pip Brown on "Girl Like Me,"...
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    These buzzy English indie dudes just played Glasslands in Brooklyn last month, but this week they’re back for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom gig that’ll kick off a month-long North...
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    These bratty London rockers have a new album due out in the States early next month, and to soften the ground ahead of its release they’re hitting New York and Los Angeles for a series...
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    The perennially bed-headed Lou Barlow will spend much of this fall on tour with Dinosaur Jr., who have a new studio album due next month. Before that, though, Barlow hits New York tonight...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    The rock subgenre known as "emo"—or at least a watered-down version of it—got kind of big in the early 2000s. But before then, a slew of bands were crafting post-hardcore with...
  • Sound of the City: Live
    Kip Moore Bowery Ballroom Friday, August 3 Better than: Having to take the train to Long Island or bus to New Jersey. Nearly halfway through his set, after opening with Up All Night...
  • Sound of the City: Last Night
    The Interet w/Kilo Kish, Phony Ppl Bowery Ballroom Sunday, August 5 Better than: Staying home to wait for Drake's posthumous Aaliyah collaboration. The MTA and its agenda of mediocrity...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    King Khan—he of the Shrines, the King Khan & BBQ Show, the Black Jaspers, the... oh, you get the idea—is back, but then he never really leaves. This native Canadian, now living...
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    In the mid-to-late '90s, few bands typified the evolving emo genre quite like Braid: With plaintively sung and outright screamed vocals and crisp guitar work, albums like their 1998 classic...
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    A member of the ball-cap–wearing new country crew populated by Luke Bryan and Eric Church, Moore plays rocked-up tunes about beer money, pretty girls, and how there's somethin' 'bout a...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    Baltimore-based Lower Dens' latest album Nootropics swirls, making it hard to find your musical footing. Yet somewhere in this whirlwind of lush guitars and muffled vocals, a balance is...
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    One of the great things about Lower Dens is how deftly they navigate the gap between abstraction and cohesion: The seeming gaps in the Baltimore band’s sound strategically meta-morph...
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    The buzzy Brooklyn groovemeisters will spend next month on the European festival circuit, hitting Reading, Leeds, and Pukkelpop, among others. First, though, Friends are set to wrap a U.S....
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    Beginning and ending with the sound of fireworks cracking, Japandroids’ Celebration Rock explodes with summertime energy, memorializing the past for a generation of...
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    The young English singer’s folk-rappy debut, +, has been a major commercial hit at home since its release late last year, and now it’s finally hitting stores in the U.S. the day...
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    The U.K. songwriter's surprisingly engaging debut album has a handful of vocal-powerhouse moments that tend slightly toward gospel, but she's actually at her finest when she backs down into...
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    The 11-minute title track of this New Orleans guitar demon's new Black Eye Galaxy is something like the "Dark Star" of recovery anthems. Elsewhere, Osborne's emotionally white-hot album...
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    “You wanna include me in your plan,” OFF! frontman Keith Morris sneers in one of the minute-long hardcore rants on his band’s new self-titled album. And he’s totally...
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    Two decades ago, the Afghan Whigs were one of the alt-rock era’s most soulful—and most anxious—bands. Few songwriters sounded more romantically maladjusted than the...
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    Despite a major-label marketing push and an assist from Madonna/Killers producer Stuart Price, Scissor Sisters didn't quite establish a mainstream foothold in the United States with their...
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    Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven dress up krautrock’s moody prog feel with the shimmering synths and throbbing bass of club stompers. With hazy atmospherics that nod towards late...
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    This Norwegian singer spent a good chunk of 2011 working with Peter Gabriel on his dead-boring New Blood project, but fortunately Brun’s own stuff is much livelier: “Do You...
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    LCD Soundsystem fans still mourning the premature death of that outfit could do worse than to throw in their lot with Tanlines, the Brooklyn-based indie-dance duo that just released its...
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    After a five-year hiatus, indie rockers the Rapture returned last year with their stellar fourth LP, In the Grace of Your Love. Full of their trademark upbeat disco-punk, electro rock, and...
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    Canadian alt-rockers Our Lady Peace had been playing for 10 years before the 2002 release of Gravity, the album whose single “Somewhere Out There” rocked the radio waves, not to...
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    Although the ever-anxious Omaha rockers have toured with Mastodon in past years, Cursive have been indulging their heavier qualities more than usual on recent albums. Not to say that...
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    Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon knows what he’s doing: Last fall, this Idaho-based dream-pop dude titled his supremely sleepy debut The Year of Hibernation, and when Powers recently...
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    In advance of another album whose title is long enough to fill this listings section (it begins with The Idler Wheel and is due in June), Fiona Apple is playing a pair of intimate shows,...
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    The more well-known Wood Brother is Chris, who plays bass in the popular jam-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Here, with this sibling Oliver, he does amped-up roots rock somewhere between...
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    A family quartet from Texas, Eisley is Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston Dupree, and although they’ve been furiously writing their ethereal melodies since 1997 (when Stacy was only...
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    These U.K. alt-roots dudes are celebrating their 15th year in the live business with what they’re calling the Quinceañera Tour, for which Gomez are asking fans to curate their...
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    An even more enigmatic presence than his indie-folk homie Will Oldham, McCombs put out two separate albums last year: April’s Wit’s End and November’s Humor Risk. Those...
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    When Fred Armisen isn’t playing President Obama on Saturday Night Live, and when his good friend Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) isn’t touring with her band, Wild...
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    It's fittingly ironic that the single “Popular” made '90s rockers Nada Surf exactly that, with singer-guitarist Matthew Caws’s deadpan delivery and sardonic lyrics about...
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    "I don’t fuck much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future,” Patti Smith said on “Babelogue,” a spoken-word number five songs into 1978’s Easter. The...
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    Lana Del Rey’s meteoric rise from indie unknown to global bestseller can be charted by the shows she played on her way to a top far higher than anyone would have predicted even in late...
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    B.o.B. sounds a surprisingly aggressive note in “Strange Clouds,” the lead single from his upcoming sophomore disc: Given the huge success he and Bruno Mars had last year...
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    This local trio hails from the same big-ticket emo-rock sphere as Paramore and Panic! at the Disco, but its space-y new single signals a slight shift in direction: “We Are Young”...
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    These Chicago post-rock veterans have referred to their new one, The Moonlight Butterfly, as reflecting “a more experimental approach” than they’ve taken in the past. To my...
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    The Drums are a Brooklyn band that sound like a paint-by-numbers adaptation of glossy, mournful Britpop: Adroit at imitation, this year’s Portamento delights in smirking love songs...
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    After almost two years of languishing near the bottom of Def Jam’s 50-artist roster, Frank Ocean took matters into his own hands, releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape with old...
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    Frank Turner has the brash charisma of the best British pub singers, but with his roots in hardcore punk outfit Million Dead, he hasn't lost that rabid spirit of protest. England Keep My...
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    Some projects Carrie Brownstein has engaged in since Sleater-Kinney stepped out of the indie rock spotlight in the summer of 2006: beginning a blog for NPR, co-writing and co-starring in IFC...
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    On this tour, alternative-era icons Throwing Muses are celebrating three decades of stunning quasi-bummer songs about losing your mind. The on-again, off-again group also recently released a...
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    This reintroduction to these legendary ‘90s metalheads is actually somewhat timely, as their noisy slop-punk sometimes feels like what you might get if Nathan Williams of Wavves turned...
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    Evan Dando’s punk-turned-pop group have never improved upon 1992’s janglerrific It’s a Shame About Ray, and credit the dude for knowing it: He’s out on the road this fall...
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    Despite the continuous hassle posed by noise violations, high turnover, and shouting frat boys, the indefatigable New Brunswick DIY scene remains one of the most consistent in the Northeast....
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    Physically, Gang Gang Dance call Manhattan home, but artistically and psychically they're gypsies, nomadic insurgents drawing from so many musical traditions that it can be difficult to...
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    Last week San Francisco's Girls released their sophomore full-length to some of the year's best reviews, and this week, the enigmatic indie crew hit New York for a sold-out two-night stand...
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    In light of Michigan's storied, mounting miseries, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s immersive, florid pop registers as something of a non sequitur. There's a comforting, psychedelic-lite head rush...
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    The local meta-rap pranksters enter the realm of for-profit music-making this month with Relax, their not-free follow-up to the pair of buzz-building mixtapes they posted online last year....
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    Upstate bedroom electronic producer Seth Haley's debut EP sounded as if dude had swiped his keyboard patches from Boards Of Canada but learned absolutely nothing from that duo’s...
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    Now that Wolf Parade are in the midst of an open-ended hiatus, you might expect Handsome Furs to become the vehicle of choice for frontman Dan Boeckner's indie-Springsteen guitar anthems....

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