The Bowery Presents
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Royal Canoe

Sat, September 14, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, NY

$33 advance / $35 day of show

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This event is all ages

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alt-J are Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums]. They released their debut album An Awesome Wave to critical acclaim in September 2012 (May 2012 in the UK). The New York Times called the band’s sound “a handsome alloy of dry acoustic timbre and reverberant effect, suggesting a very British convergence of texture-minded electronic music and psychedelic folk.” The album won the Mercury Music Prize in November 2012 and was nominated for 3 Brit Awards in February 2013. By the end of 2012 An Awesome Wave was Bob Boilen of NPR’s Album of the Year, iTunes Alternative Breakthrough Album of the Year and was on the top 10 lists of numerous critics, including NPR’s Robin Hilton, The Wall Street Journal, and Billboard. It has now sold over one million copies world-wide and has been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify.
Royal Canoe
Royal Canoe
Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. The songs are thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music.

They spend almost every day in a shit-hole rehearsal space writing hooks, singing through effects pedals, scrawling lyrics on scraps of paper, and constructing heavy beats in odd time signatures. They create samples by running conventional sounds through unconventional pieces of gear, drumming on bathtubs and garbage cans, listening to Big Boi and manipulating bits of old records.

The band calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home – the enigmatic prairie city, which has served artists as both an abundant, creative watering hole and a debilitating quagmire. The city’s mood swings from euphoric summers spent biking with beers, fence-hopping residential pools and climbing abandoned roof-tops to harsh, bitter winters that are countered first with defiance, then self-loathing, then denial, then “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.” Royal Canoe’s songs are, in part, an effort to make sense of the resentment and romanticism of the city’s divergent identities.
Venue Information:
Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W 34th St
New York, NY, 10001