Eleanor Friedberger @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/18/16

New York guitar pop fixture Eleanor Friedberger has been busy recently. Maybe you know her as half of The Fiery Furnaces from the aughts, but she is more known recently for her solo career, which just added its third album, New View, now on Frenchkiss Records. It continues her style of sophisticated, catchy music. Correlating with this release is a national […]

Ezra Furman @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/10/16

Ezra Furman’s third solo album, Perpetual Motion People, was a highlight last year for rock music fans. At first glance, the record gives off a vibe of a melodic, unhinged pop sound. It’s sublimity is that it’s far more than that, fusing classic era sounds against that energy. The point really comes across on gems like “Lousy Connection“, though the […]

Givers, Doe Paoro @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/30/15

Louisana’s Givers are well known for a buoyant, energetic style of rock. The five-piece emerged from a three year long period of dormancy in Autumn with New Kingdom [via Glassnote], their first release since their bubbly debut four years past, In Light. It was my first time seeing them since they toured with Gotye in 2012, which was their last show […]

Bob Moses @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/30/15

If one could calculate cool, electronica duo Bob Moses would be topping those lists currently. They are well regarded for their winding and stripped down amalgamations of house, dance and ambience, not unlike the now-concluded Darkside. Riding a massive wave of momentum from the recent release of their debut album, Days Gone By, the duo of Tom Howie […]

Little Boots @ Bowery Ballroom, 7/23/15

Little Boots is all about getting things done. The English electropop artist just dropped her third album, Working Girl, under Dim Mak last month, which she celebrated with a brief US tour hitting LA & the Northeast. I’ve been aware of her since 2008’s Hands but failed to catch her here until this evening. Needless to say, […]

Natalie Prass @ Bowery Ballroom, 7/13/15

Natalie Prass is a singer-songwriter who caught a real break this year, releasing her self-titled debut in January to sincere acclaim from relative obscurity prior. It’s an interesting piece of work, recorded in Virginia back in 2012 on a shoestring budget, even enlisting the Virginia Commonwealth University’s jazz program to record string arrangements. The album grips you immediately with one of […]

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Duo @ Bowery Ballroom, 6/16/15

Two Canadian musicians of notable renown recently joined forces for a powerful experimental record, Never Were the Way She Was. The Actors? Colin Stetson, wielding several saxophones, and Sarah Neufeld, a renowned violinist. If you’ve seen Arcade Fire live chances are you caught one or both of them on stage. The two of them are active contributors […]

Bad Religion Hosted a Battle of the Centuries

When it comes to punk rock, Bad Religion’s influence and mastery of the craft has an undeniable place in history. And, they’re still kicking with a strong vitality. Regularly on the road, the band came to NYC to play four nights at the Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg, each sold out and highly sought after. […]