Photos by G.
2012 is officially the year of Kimbra! In addition to singing on one of the biggest songs of the year (Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”), the New Zealand born singer sold out two nights at New York’s Webster Hall. I attended the second night on October 20, 2012. The show began with a great opening set by Connecticut’s psychedelic pop/rock band The Stepkids. I’ve seen The Stepkids several times before and they get better and better with each performance. They dress all in white and have really amazing visuals projected onto them as they play.
Both myself and the crowd loved the set and their 2011 debut album “Stones Throw” was ranked in the best albums of the year list by many critics. Vocal duties are shared by Jeff Geitleman (left) and Dan Edinberg (right) and at times, Jeff’s soulful vocals would make D’Angelo proud. You should definitely check out their music as they have a nice mix of rock, soul and psychedelia.
Around 9 pm, the main attraction, Kimbra, took the stage. Dressed in a Gaga-esque outfit (but much more classy), the 22 year old singer belted out tracks from her debut album “Vows.” What a voice! Kimbra doesn’t just sing the tracks, she sings the hell out of them! Her live band turns her studio tracks into full on church anthems and the crows went wild after each song.
Though she didn’t play her duet with Gotye, she sang the majority of her album “Vows” including her off the charts cover of Nina Simone’s “Plain Gold Ring” and “Warrior,” which she collaborated with A-Trak and Foster The People’s Mark Foster for the studio version. She had the crowd singing along to songs such as “Settle Down,” “Cameo Lover” and “Two Way Street.”
If you missed the show, make sure you see Kimbra live. She’s only 22 years old and I can only imagine that she’s going to get better and better as her career skyrockets and I’ve certainly made it a point not to ever skip a Kimbra show. Thanks for a great night!
The setlist was:
Limbo / Posse / Good Intent / Plain Gold Ring (Nina Simone cover) / Two Way Street / Marigold / Old Flame / Warrior / Something in the Way You Are / Settle Down / Cameo Lover / Come Into My Head
Encore: Withdraw / Call Me