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Curtis Eller European Tour Dates – Fall 2009

Fiery, lyrical banjo-playing hellraiser Curtis Eller is off to Europe for another tour, playing a mix of stuff from his most recent Wirewalkers and Assassins (very favorably reviewed here) plus new songs. The schedule:


Friday, 9 October

Lister Blues Club (full band)
w/ Daniel Eriksen and Slade
8th Avenue Bar, Brooklyn Sq.
4560 Vanse
Farsund, Norway
Saturday, 10 October
Fan It (solo show)
6453 Kleive
Kleve, Norway
+47 91 37 07 53
Sunday, 11 October
Langesund Bad
3970 Bamble Badevejen 4
Langesund, Norway
+47 35 97 35 29
Monday, 12 October
Rallarhuset (solo show)
Storgata 22a
3660 Rjukan, Norway
+47 95 27 59 24

Wednesday, 14 October
John Dee (solo show)
w/ Vider Busk
Torggata 16
Oslo, Norway
+47 22 20 32 32
Thursday, 15 October
Buddy Scene (full band)
w/ Daniel Eriksen
Amtmand Bloms, Gate 4
Drammen, Norway
+47 32 82 14 00
Friday, 16 October
Kafe K (full band)
w/ Daniel Eriksen
Storgata 174-C
Porsgrunn, Norway
+47 35 55 99 00
Saturday, 17 October
Bø Vertshus/Grillen (full band)
w/ Daniel Eriksen
Bogata 61
Bø Norway
Tuesday, 20 October 8:00pm
De Nieuwe Anita
Frederik Hendrikstr 111
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, 21 October 7:30pm
The Delicatessen
Sumatrastraat 32
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday, 23 October 10:30pm
Patronaat Cafe’
(Katzenjammer post show)
Zijlsingel 2
Haarlem, Netherlands
Saturday, 24 October 8:00pm
Secret Hero House Concert
Ghent, Belgium
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October 5, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Concert Review: New Madrid at Shea Stadium 10/2/09

Let the record show that Brooklyn rockers New Madrid did in fact play Shea Stadium and won over a small but enthusiastic crowd – crowds tend to be small, after all, considering how depleted the Mets were this season. New Madrid are a trio right now. They have a guitarist, bassist and a drummer who fronts the band, in the tradition of New Order (when Steve Morris was the singer), Terry Anderson’s OAKTeam and Marmalade (the New York indie pop band, not Ian Matthews’ 70s Britfolk act). Throughout a roughly 45-minute set, it was clear that their recent four-song ep (very favorably reviewed here) was no fluke – they hit you with one catchy, anthemic hook after another, but they deliver them casually and methodically without hitting you in the face with them. New Madrid’s live sound has an overall pensive, thoughtful feel despite frequent and dramatic shifts in volume: let it wash over you and you can get lost in this, as their fans seemed to be doing. One similar band that immediately came to mind was Australian art-rock legends the Church, or, although New Madrid don’t have as much of a deliberately latin feel, Mexican anthem-meisters Jaguares. Their guitarist didn’t waste notes, varying his textures from a seemingly effortless roar to various shades of juicy jangle and clang, his terse, often reverberating fills and accents filling the space. Likewise, the rhythm section was terse and in the pocket – they don’t like to waste notes either. They varied their tempos, from a big, crunchy riff-rocker to several swaying, ominously crescendoing midtempo tunes, one ending with an unexpected and very effectively bracing blast of feedback – if this was intentional, it was resoundingly successful, if not it still brought the sound to a pretty intense peak. And it was quite a contrast with the drummer’s understatedly soulful baritone delivery. This is the kind of band you want to see in the spacious confines of a small club, where you can focus on the subtleties because this crew has plenty. Their next gig is on Oct 9 at 9 PM at the Castle in Hell in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, 842 Myrtle Ave., G train to Myrtle-Willoughby.

The opening band also made a mark with their catchy 80s gothpop feel. There are still a million Cure wannabes out there, but Demander transcend that label. To say that they’re like Paramore without the cliches is an oxymoron, but try anyway. Their frontwoman stayed within herself and didn’t overemote, the fast new wave beat kept the heads bobbing and their songwriting proved as full of hooks – if not as rocking – as New Madrid’s is.

And if you’ve read this far down, or if you follow the Brooklyn music scene closely, you’ll know by now that the venue where all this happened was actually the remote Bushwick loft space known as Shea Stadium rather than the lovable dump where Seaver, Koosman, Piazza and all the rest played their best years. RIP Shea, and kudos to the crew with the loft for carrying on the name. Memo to the band manager: this headline’s for you, bro.

October 5, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment