Hot Band Alert + Exclusive Live Video from Kaleo

Posted by The G on July 15, 2015 under Encounters with G, G Reviews, G Videos | Read the First Comment

Photos, words and HD video by G.

Jökull Júlíusson of Kaleo

Jökull Júlíusson of Kaleo

Hot band alert!  Please put the 4 piece Icelandic band Kaleo on your radar if they are not already.  Fusing the worlds of rock, pop and folk seamlessly, Kaleo are poised to become huge.  They played their first ever show in New York on July 15, 2015 and both the audience and myself loved what we heard.  Even if you didn’t like their music, there is visual eye candy for days.  Lead singer Jökull Júlíusson has that perfect strand of hair that falls in his face, amazing biceps and a voice that makes him sound like he’s been performing for decades.  Just check out the video below if you don’t believe me.  He also is an expert whistler, though you won’t hear it in the video below.

Jökull Júlíusson

Jökull Júlíusson

The video you are about to see is Kaleo’s soon to be hit, “I Walk On Water.”  The song starts off really slow and mellow, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t get instant gratification.  After a minute or two, the song picks up steam and you will see exactly why you need this band in your life.

Enjoy!

I spoke with the band after the show (see below) and I told them about my trip to Iceland from a few years ago, and we discussed how beautiful their country is.  If you have not been, I highly recommend it.  They told me that they recently filmed a video inside a volcano (which will be out in the coming months) in Iceland, but for the time being, they have relocated to Austin, Texas.  Look for their debut album to come out in late 2015 or early 2016.  Thanks again for a great show Kaleo!  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more great things to come!

Kaleo and Geoffrey Dicker

Kaleo and Geoffrey Dicker (photo by a Kaleo crew member)

Kaleo are:  Jökull Júlíusson – Vocals and guitar (white shirt), Davíð Antonsson – Percussion and vocals (blue shirt), Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson – Bass (red shirt), Rubin Pollock – Guitar (far right, grey shirt)

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“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Tali Lennox.

"Layers of Life" by Tali Lennox

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox

Prior to her exhibit “Layers of Life” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York (which opens to the public on March 20, 2015), artist Tali Lennox already has an impressive resume.  In her early 20s, Tali Lennox has had a successful modeling career and she’s also the daughter of one of my favorite singers of all time, Annie Lennox of Eurythmics.  Don’t let those impressive credentials fool you into thinking her art is a vanity project that is only made possible because of her fame.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

In “Layers of Life,” Tali Lennox reacts to the social media generation by creating a series of ‘selfies,’ but instead of hiding behind a computer to express herself as so many of us do, Tali has used paint and canvas as the medium.  To be so young and to be such a deep thinker is very impressive and this is expressed perfectly in her work.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Like with things we post online, we can only judge what we see in that moment and what happens before and after is a mystery.  It would be fascinating to hear mother and daughter discuss their thoughts on this topic in relation to the iconic images they’ve been a part of.  And if Tali or Annie are reading this, I volunteer to conduct said discussion.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the "Layers of Life" opening.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the “Layers of Life” opening.

I spoke with Tali at the opening night reception for “Layers of Life” and she was kind enough to pose in front of one of her works.  She was embodying the emotion in her painting, hence her covering up her absolutely gorgeous face.  You can see exactly what I mean after the jump.

Congratulations to Tali Lennox on a great exhibit and I have no doubt that we will be hearing her name a lot in the years to come.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox is showing at Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street in New York, through April 19, 2015.

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Video: “In The Name Of Love” live by Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins

Posted by The G on August 22, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

HD Video, Pix and Words by G.

Tom Bailey 2014

Tom Bailey 2014

It has been 27 years since Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins has performed his classic songs, and as a huge fan of Thompson Twins, I am still in disbelief (and gratitude) that I can finally say that I’ve seen Tom Bailey perform!  Headlining the Retro Futura Tour, which included sets from 1980s music titans Katrina and the Waves, China Crisis, Midge Ure and Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins paid that long awaited visit to the New York stage at Best Buy Theater on August 21, 2014.  Looking and sounding great, Tom played for about an hour and we were treated to the first live performances of nine classic Thompson Twins songs in almost three decades!  It was worth the wait as Tom played “Lies,” “Hold Me Now,” “You Take Me Up,” “Doctor! Doctor” “”King For A Day” (in a new, slower arrangement),  “Love on Your Side,” “Sister of Mercy,” “If You Were Here” and the hit that started it all, “In The Name Of Love,” which you are about to see a video of.  The intro, if you will, was an instrumental snatch from another classic, “We Are Detective,” and the show certainly whet our appetites for more live appearances from Tom Bailey as there was not time to hear classic songs such as “The Gap,” “Nothing In Common,” “Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream,” “Get That Love,” “Watching,” “Lay Your Hands on Me,” or anything from the two under-rated 1990s Thompson Twins albums “Big Trash” and “Queer.”  I met Tom and I asked if he was going to be coming back and he said he was uncertain, so please make sure you support this tour so we don’t have to wait another 27 years to see Tom Bailey perform!

And now…. “In The Name Of Love”…. YEAH!

Enjoy!  I sure did!!!

 

Tom Bailey and Geoffrey Dicker

Tom Bailey and Geoffrey Dicker

Great to meet you Tom!  I really hope I get to see you again!

Video: “No One Is To Blame” live by Howard Jones at the Retro Futura Tour

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HD Video, Pix and words by G.

Howard Jones 2014

Howard Jones 2014

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Hey According2g.com readers!  I know it’s been a minute since we’ve seen each other.  I’ve been exploring other projects and I’ll be sharing the details of my latest book (or how I spent my summer break) very soon, so please stay tuned.  But let’s get back to the matter at hand which was the Retro Futura Tour, which made a stop in New York on August 21, 2014 at the Best Buy Theater.  We were treated to sets by 1980s music titans Katrina and the Waves, China Crisis and Midge Ure before Howard Jones (and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins – more on Tom coming soon) took the stage.  Decked out in a fabulous orange suit, Howard played a bunch of his hits including “Everlasting Love,” “What Is Love?” “Like To Get To Know You Well,” “The Prisoner,” “New Song,” “Things Can Only Get Better” (and after he played the version we all know and love from the 80s, he played a dance version of it, which was thumpin!) as well as the video you are about to see “No One Is To Blame.” The set showed that Howard has so many other great songs that there was not time to play (read: come back soon Howard!) including “Look Mama,” “Life in One Day,” “You Know I Love You… Don’t You” and more recent songs such as “Tomorrow Is Now” and  “Let The People Have Their Say.”  If you get the chance to see the Retro Futura Tour, I recommend it as you’ll have many flashbacks to our beloved 80s and you’ll see how great these bands and their music have aged.

And now, the mega-hit “No One Is To Blame.”

Enjoy, dear readers!  I know I did!

Howard Jones and Geoffrey Dicker 2014.  Photo by Joe.

Howard Jones and Geoffrey Dicker 2014. Photo by Joe.

Thanks again, Howard!  Great seeing you again!

“RRRGGHH!!!” by Jerry Kearns at Mike Weiss Gallery

Posted by The G on July 5, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jerry Kearns.

Jerry Kearns

Jerry Kearns

Even if you don’t like his art (but as you can see above and below, it’s awesome!), you will surely agree that Jerry Kearns’ latest exhibit “RRRGGHH!!!” will be the best name for an exhibit that takes place in 2014.  The show is a combination of paintings and murals featuring comic book like narratives of good versus evil that feature characters from cowboys to Jesus Christ.  Jinkies!!!!  You must see this show!

Jerry Kearns

Jerry Kearns

“RRRGGHH!!!” by Jerry Kearns is showing at Mike Weiss Gallery (located at 520 West 24th Street) through August 23, 2014.

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