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Fitz and the Tantrums Own NYC at Bowery Ballroom (1/19)

January 21, 2011 drainu182 0

By Scott Silver

Fitz and the Tantrums returned to the New York City area Wednesday night for their biggest area show to date. The Silverlake, California band are on a winter national headlining club tour. The modern funk/soul rock group is one of the few bands that sweats and dances as much as their fans during the entire set. In fact, frontman Fitz’s relentless dancing resulted in him splitting the back of the pants of his new suit.

What makes …

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Tonight: Fran Healy 12/16 Bowery Ballroom

December 16, 2010 drainu182 0

Not many artists can survive on their own away from their already established bands. For Fran Healy, not only has he survived but he’s been successful. The frontman for the Scottish band Travis, Fran is currently on tour supporting his solo album Wreckorder. If you liked Travis and have an open mind, you’ll love watching Fran Healy tonight at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Fran tweeted a rehearsal video for tonight’s show at his website …

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Tonight: Steel Train 7/22 Bowery Ballroom NYC

July 22, 2010 drainu182 0

Steel Train‘s one of those bands that your friends have been telling you to check out. You know, those friends who claim to be in the know, who are “close friends with A&R”, read music blogs. Then you heard that they were going on tour with Tegan & Sara. Then they played Coachella. Then they played Bamboozle. Then they were on Letterman. Who the heck are these guys? Are they indie? power pop? punk? emo? How about a …

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Free Energy 5/29 NYC Bowery Ballroom Review

June 14, 2010 drainu182 0

By Britnee Foreman

Free Energy is just another brick in the wall…

being highly accessible and building on the litany of commercial-ready rock pop that floods the airwaves. In short, it is super manufactured to fit the mold it is intended to fit.

I recently had the chance to see the Philly based band at the Bowery Ballroom, and while the performance was good, it was slightly underwhelming. I was promised by the preceding band “to have my face melted …

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Bob Schneider 4/3 Bowery Ballroom NYC Review/Photos

April 9, 2010 drainu182 1

Review/Photos by Bridget Maher (
I decided to take my mother to a concert to show her that I have a real job. She picked Bob Schneider, and after only listening to her favorite song “40 Dogs (Romeo and Juliet)” I was a bit apprehensive. But who says no to their mother? I put on my most mom appropriate outfit and hoped for the best.

Bob Schneider was joined with his band, all of whom are apparently the best …

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Greg Laswell Releases ‘Take A Bow’ May 4th, Playing Bowery Ballroom May 25th

April 7, 2010 drainu182 0

Producer/songwriter Greg Laswell will be kicking off a month-long national tour for his May 4 Vanguard Records release, Take A Bow, with a performance at the Bowery Ballroom on May 25th at 7:30 PM. The album, Laswell’s third for Vanguard Records, both closes and opens another chapter in the California native’s trilogy about love, loss and rebirth.

Following his critically acclaimed fall 2009 Covers EP, which included Greg’s very personal interpretations of songs by Echo & the …

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AM Taxi Bowery Ballroom NYC 3/8 Review/Pics

March 14, 2010 drainu182 1

AM Taxi‘s a rock band out of Chicago who recently signed with EMI/Virgin. With their major label debut due out June 8th, the band’s been on tour with Company Of Thieves. This past Monday, the tour came through New York City for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. AM Taxi‘s an interesting band because they sound like an amalgam of alternative, pop, and punk. Frontman Adam Krier has a raspy voice that definitely will draw …

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Mumford & Sons Bowery Ballroom 2/18

February 19, 2010 drainu182 2

It had been four months since the band was in town for CMJ but Mumford & Sons finally returned to their (second) home of New York City last night at the Bowery Ballroom. What’s changed since then? Frontman Marcus Mumford has shaved his mustache that had him being mistaken for old fashioned baseball players from the 1890s. Besides that, little else has changed as the band was amazing. Opening with the title track off of their newly released album …

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Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) Bowery Ballroom 1/15 (Listen/Pics/Vids)

January 18, 2010 drainu182 0

Brian Fallon played a sold-out acoustic show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (1/15). In what was essentially a “Storytellers” show, Brian opened the show covering the Christmas hymn “What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby” before going through a set mixed of songs from The Gaslight Anthem and covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kelly Clarkson, Screaming Trees and much more. Despite some boos/light jabbing from friends from NJ requesting fast paced songs, Brian resisted in covering “Free Bird”, “Crazy …

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Lights Resolve Bowery Ballroom CMJ 10/20 Review/Photos

October 31, 2009 drainu182 0

Lights Resolve played the first night of CMJ at the Bowery Ballroom on 10/21. They were filling in for The Black And White Years from Austin (who couldn’t make the trip, sucks!). The lineup originally also had Hockey but you know how these CMJ shows change all the time. Anyways, despite being added on 12 hours before the show (we know this because we were reminded a few times by the band), Lights Resolve amazed the somewhat sparse crowd. Few …