On March 3, 2014 at New York’s Mercury Lounge, New Zealand’s electronic brother/sister duo Broods packed the house for one of their first US live appearances. Based on the crowd reaction, Broods are poised to have a successful career ahead of them and they got instant gratification as they announced their next show which will be at the much larger venue Music Hall of Williamsburg. Not bad considering their debut album is not out yet! Love it! Check out a video of their track “Bridges.”
On March 3, 2014, English band Arthur Beatrice made their live debut in the United States at New York’s Mercury Lounge. The group has a mellow vibe to their sound and if you like The XX or London Grammar, you will like Arthur Beatrice. One of the highlights of the evening (aside from talking to The Vaccines lead singer Justin Young, who was in the audience) was their song “Late,” of which a video is posted below. Just press play!
Ella Girardot of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker
Orlando Leopard of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker
Hamish Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker
Elliot Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker
Thanks again to Arthur Beatrice and I wish you as much success as Beatrice Arthur!
Boston duo Timeflies are back! The group is genre-bending as their music infuses rap, hip hop, funk, dance, pop and electronica. They can definitely hold their own when they strip their music down and perform acoustic, as you are about to see. To promote their new album “After Hours” which will be released on April 29, 2014 on Island/Def Jam, the group stopped by the label’s New York headquarters to give us an exclusive preview of their album.
Rob Resnick of Timeflies
The video you are about to see is Timeflies’ latest single “All The Way.” Cal Shapiro freestyles in the middle of the song after having been given a list of topics (which he was not privy to before the performance began), he incorporates all of them into the song. This video will hopefully be enough to tide you over until Timeflies’ album “After Hours” sees the light of day on April 29, 2014.
On March 2, 2014, New Yorkers braved the threat of a massive snowstorm and skipped watching the Oscars to attend a sold out show from Bad Things at Mercury Lounge. The California based synth-rock band performed songs from their self titled debut which came out in January of 2014. Typically when you go to a show, the lead singer gets all the love and attention, but Bad Things has a quite famous bass player and all eyes were on him. Once the show got going, the crowd rocked out and one of the show highlights was the song “Caught Inside.” Find out who the famous bass player is after the jump (or just click “play”). Also, if you missed this show, Bad Things will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon later on in the week, so check your local listings!
My history with singer Dan Croll has been brief, but it’s packed a strong punch. I was getting tickets for a show and I got a suggestion that if I liked that band, I’d like Dan Croll. So sight unseen, I got a ticket for his upcoming April 2014 show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. I took a chance and got a ticket because that’s what I do – experience the unknown as often as possible. I decided to tweet the singer to let him know and within moments, he was interacting with me on the anti-social media networking site. I appreciated the gesture (as I can’t even begin to tell you how many artists I’ve reviewed whose tweets fall by the waste-side by said artists or their inept marketing arms), so I decided to follow Dan on Twitter. Within a week, he posted a tweet that he’d be shopping at Rough Trade in Brooklyn at a particular time and that we should all come down and say hello. I did just that and Dan was absolutely lovely to talk to in person. I’ve heard an advanced copy of his record “Sweet Disarray” and I am loving it! I’d say his music has a bit of a Paul Simon meets Two Door Cinema Club vibe happening and according 2 G, that is a great thing! I’m looking forward to the official release of the record (which is March 10, 2014 – or March 11, 2014 in the USA) and even more excited to see Dan perform these songs live. Go to Dan Croll’s official website where you can download the track “Can You Hear Me” for free, for a limited time. The link will open in a new window. Thanks again Dan and see you very soon!