Video: “Mother Mother” live by Tracy Bonham

Posted by The G on August 31, 2015 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Tracy Bonham (taken from According2g's Instagram Account)

Tracy Bonham (taken from According2g’s Instagram Account)

On August 28. 2015, I had a 1990s flashback!  Singer Tracy Bonham performed a rare New York show at Manhattan’s Rockwood Music Hall to double as a record release party for her new album “Wax & Gold.”  If you haven’t been following Tracy’s career, she’s continued making music and her latest release features all the qualities you’ve always loved about the singer/songwriter, except now, there’s even more reason to support her career, as Tracy Bonham has gone indie.  Catch yourself up on her official website and enjoy an acoustic version of one of the best songs of the 1990s, “Mother Mother.”

 

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Video: “Just To Put Me Down?” live by Mac Demarco

Posted by The G on August 18, 2015 under G Reviews, G Videos | Read the First Comment

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Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco

My love of Mac Demarco goes back several years, and it was delightful to see him again performing the first show of a sold out mini-tour of New York that found him playing Bowery Ballroom on August 17, 2015.  As I’ve been seeing Mac Demarco live since he was virtually unknown, it warms my heart tremendously to see him selling out shows across the globe, with his fans crooning along to his love songs in admiration.  Even one of his famous friends, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, popped by on stage just to give Mac a hug.

It’s also crazy to think that Mac Demarco now has a catalog of over 40 songs to choose from for his sets, so now you will walk away from his shows thinking of all the great songs there was no time to play!  However, he played the majority of his new EP “Another One” and favorites like “Salad Days,” “Cookin’ Up Something Good,” “Viceroy,” “Still Together” and his cover of “Reelin’ in The Years.”   Trust me, if you don’t have all of Mac Demarco’s music, you really need to get on it.  I think he is shaping up to be the voice of a generation.

If you don’t believe me, listen and watch this track that I recorded just for you, dear readers.  The song is called “Just To Put Me Down?” and can be found on Mac Demarco’s latest EP, “Another One.”  Love ya, Mac!  May even more success be yours!

 

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

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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)

“Leave The Lights On” Live by Mainland at The Chelsea Hotel

Posted by The G on June 15, 2015 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Mainland

Mainland

If you aren’t already familiar with the 4 piece band Mainland, here’s a quick primer:  Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta and Dylan Longstreet have been making a splash on the New York rock scene, releasing two well received EPs, before taking a little break from touring to get signed to a major label and record their first full length album (in Los Angeles).  To celebrate the release of their upcoming single, which I am told will be out in about two weeks, Mainland played an intimate set at a pop-up space located in the historic Chelsea Hotel.  The scene looked like something out of an Andy Warhol film as the space was half art gallery, half living room and a whole lot of fun.  Their 45 minute set included a rockin’ cover of Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” and the video which you are about to see, the infectious party rock anthem “Leave The Lights On.”  Discover all you need to know about Mainland on their official site (link will open in a new window).

Now get ready to party… just by pressing play.

 

Video: “No Words” live by Erik Hassle

Posted by The G on May 5, 2015 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

May the 4th is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you, get it?!) and for music lovers such as myself, May the 4th was the night of a rare intimate performance by Erik Hassle on the roof top of The Standard Hotel in New York’s East Village.  Erik Hassle comes from Sweden and if you aren’t already a fan, you will be by the end of this article.

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

This was the backdrop on an extremely rare perfect weather night in New York City on May 4, 2015 as an intimate crowd of less than 100 people gathered to hear Erik Hassle perform an 8 song set that included his new single “No Words.”

Raymundo and Erik Hassle

Raymundo and Erik Hassle

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

As you are about to see and hear, Erik Hassle’s voice is so soulful and his dance moves are infectious.  Rather than trying to describe how awesome Erik Hassle is, just click play and watch his great new song, “No Words.”  I would also like you to pay close attention at the 2:12 mark, when Erik spotted me in the crowd and sang straight into my camera.  It’s epic!!!

Sunset on May 4, 2015 in New York

Sunset on May 4, 2015 in New York

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

Thanks to Erik for such a great show.  Make sure you are following According2g and Erik Hassle on Instagram and visit Erik’s official site or his Soundcloud page  to hear more of his great tunes.

Thanks again to Erik Hassle for a great evening!  “No Words” is out now!!!

Erik Hassle Set List Standard East Village

Erik Hassle Set List Standard East Village

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