On April 17, 2014, New York experienced “Croll-chella” as Britain’s Dan Croll performed a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. I’m really into his debut album “Sweet Disarray,” which fuses folk and electronic music with rock accents (think Two Door Cinema Club meets Paul Simon). Dan thanked the audience several times for purchasing his album instead of downloading it illegally, and he rewarded his fans by hanging out at the merch table after the show was over. Very classy! I’m looking forward to hearing more great things from Dan and you will be too after you press play on the below video for “In/Out” which will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day because it’s ridiculously catchy. I’m glad to provide that service for you! Great seeing you again Dan! Support Dan Croll’s music by visiting his official website.
On April 10, 2014, Sweden’s The Sounds made their return to the Manhattan stage at Webster Hall. The group’s music is part rock, part punk and part electronic and when you cook up those components coupled with lead singer Maja Ivarsson’s great rock and roll stage presence, that makes for one hell of a show. They are on tour to promote their 2013 album “Weekend.” But since this post was written on ‘Flashback Friday,’ let’s rewind and go back a few years for the video clip you are about to see. After diving into the audience for a crowd sing-a-long (see photo below), The Sounds performed their 2006 single “Tony The Beat” which you are about to watch.
On April 2, 2014, I finally got to see the legendary Kraftwerk live in concert at the United Palace Theater in New York. It was worth the wait as the electronic pioneers blew my mind with their show. If you read my “10 Observations” from the show, you saw that my only complaint was not from the band but from the audience! Everyone around my section kept getting up and walking back and forth, and when being in the presence of so much greatness, it was unbelievable that these people would spend their money/energy going to a show and then not watch it! I could of course go into a diatribe about how the definition of “retarded” should be changed because some people are merely physically challenged and others are deliberately clueless. But I won’t. Instead, I will show you a world exclusive video of “The Man Machine.” Again, please try to disregard the number of heads that totally cock-block an otherwise perfect video.
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: I went to the Miley Cyrus concert and loved it! Despite thinking her music is largely terrible (and the show did little to change my mind on that), her performance was excellent. From LSD-inspired trippy visuals, to midgets running around on stage to covering songs by Lana Del Rey, Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Dolly Parton (see below for a video of her covering Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”), to twerking on top of a gold-plated car to riding around on a flying hot dog, which has now set the bar higher for every performer that comes after her, you can say a lot of things about Miley Cyrus (like ‘it seems kind of pervy that we are forced to look at her body that looks like she is 10 years younger than her actual age’), but you cannot say she doesn’t give a hell of a show. More photos from her sold out concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 5, 2014 will be coming soon, but for now, enjoy her cover of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.
The legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York is closing (to be turned into condominiums) and to send off the venue in style, Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows there. I caught her 4th show on April 4, 2014 and it was definitely a spectacle, despite being a paltry hour long! My observations from the show will be coming soon with some pretty spectacular pictures, but to tide you over for now, check out a video of “Born This Way” performed solo with just Gaga and her piano (and of course 3,500 screaming little monsters).
The setlist was:
Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.