Photos: Sheryl Crow live at Artist’s Den at the Plaza Hotel in NYC

Posted by The G on September 10, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Setlist photo by Charles Chawalko.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

On September 9, 2013, on the eve of the release of her new album “Feels Like Home,” Sheryl Crow performed an intimate and swanky invite only show to be taped for an upcoming upcoming episode of The Artist’s Den.  The taping took place at the Plaza Hotel in New York.  The stage was set up like a living room (including a couch!) when the show started and  Sheryl and her band did an ‘unplugged’ section to get the crowd going.  She kicked off with “Strong Enough” and then she shared a story of meeting Cat Stevens before playing her cover of “The First Cut Is The Deepest.”

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

She also talked about Johnny Cash covering her song “Redemption Song” and said, “the only more flattering than Johnny Cash covering your song is Johnny Cash calling to ask if you liked his cover of your song.”  Apparently, Cash died about 3 months after recording the track.  Once Sheryl Crow plugged back in, so to speak, she played “My Favorite Mistake,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “Every Day is A Winding Road,” “All I Wana Do,” “Steve McQueen” as well as many new tracks from “Feels Like Home.”

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow mentioned that she has called Nashville home for the last 7 years and she was persuaded by Brad Paisley to record a country album.  This episode of The Artist’s Den with Sheryl Crow is set to air in late 2013 or early 2014, so check your local listings!

Sheryl Crow Artists Den Setlist

Sheryl Crow Artists Den Setlist

Penguin Prison Celebrate Album Release at CMJ Showcase

Posted by The G on October 19, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Chris Glover of Penguin Prison

The day has come!   October 18, 2011 was an exciting day for New York’s dance/pop group Penguin Prison.  Their long awaited self-titled debut album was released in the United States and they celebrated by performing a showcase at Dominion in Manhattan as part of the CMJ Music Festival.  If you are unfamiliar with Penguin Prison’s music, here’s a few things you need to know:  1. Every song is ridiculously catchy.  2. Lead singer Chris Glover is a multi-instrumentalist and his falsetto will make you become an instant fan.  3. Penguin Prison are great in concert.  As you are all aware, I see hundreds of bands each year and Penguin Prison are one of the few groups that keep me coming back for more and in addition, I always have a great time at their concerts!  With each Penguin Prison show I’ve seen, I really love watching the audience react to the songs.  I am starting to see more crowd sing-a-longs as fans are getting more familiar with the music, but one thing never changes – a Penguin Prison show is a non-stop dance party.  Before the end of their 40 minute set, Chris Glover jumped into the audience and played guitar behind his head!  The infectiously catchy new single “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” got thunderous applause and other crowd favorites included “In the Way,” “Golden Train,” “Fair Warning” and the show’s final song “Multi-Millionaire.”  Based on the crowd reaction at each show, I can say with great certainty that Penguin Prison is going to be huge and I am very excited for them.

"Penguin Prison" - Out Now!

Penguin Prison’s debut album is out now!  Get it and spread the word!

See the set list after the jump.

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Review: Theophilus London live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on July 22, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Theophilus London

Theophilus London

This is a big week for Theophilus (pronounced “Thee-off-ill-us”) London.  He released his debut album “Timez Are Weird These Days” earlier in the week and he celebrated in New York by playing a sold out show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on July 21, 2011.  I’m not really a fan of modern rap, but I’ve seen Theophilus London in concert before and he won me over in a big way.  In addition to the smooth sound of his voice, his music has funky beats and he’s extremely entertaining to watch.  He dances around (s0metimes on one foot) and got the audience engaged from the second he walked on stage (around 10:35 pm).  Though his album came out a few days ago, most people (including myself) have been listening to the record non-stop, so everybody at the show knew the words to the songs.

TL!

He played a bunch of the songs I really love from “Timez Are Weird These Days” including “Wine and Chocolates,” “Why Even Try” (sans Sara Quin), “Love is Real” and “Last Name London.”  He also played the ultra-funky “Strange Days” (you can click here to see a video of the song that I posted back in January).  As that song is not on the record, I asked Theophilus after the show where that song is available and he advised it’s on his EP “Lover’s Holiday.”  Thanks for that TL!  With some googling, you can also find Theophilus London’s mixtapes “This Charming Mixtape” and “Jam!”  Happy hunting.  There are some gems!

Last name London. First name Theophilus.

I am hopeful that Theophilus London will be a big star.  He’s certainly got the talent and the stage presence.  If the audience reaction to his set is any indication of future success, I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more from him.  Good!

See Theophilus London’s setlist after the jump.

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The Postelles Live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on June 8, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

The Postelles

The Postelles

What better way for the New York based band The Postelles to celebrate the release of their debut album than by playing for their hometown crowd at Mercury Lounge on June 7, 2011.  The show began with a great set by The Ambassadors (more to come on the Ambassadors, so stay tuned).  Around 11 pm, the quartet hit the stage.  If you don’t know their music, they remind me of surf rock meets The Strokes!  Speaking of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist for The Strokes) produced The Postelles debut EP.  The band played a mixture of older songs as well as many tracks from their self-titled album including “She She,” “Stella,” “123 Stop” and “Sleep on the Dance Floor.”  Lead singer Daniel Balk has a great stage presence as he plays guitar and gets his feet moving at times like James Brown (but he doesn’t do the splits).  When crowd favorites such as “Whole Wide World” and “Running Red Lights” were played, the audience sang along to every word.  They also performed a cover of The Rivieras (and later The Ramones) song “California Sun.”

The Postelles

The Postelles

If you missed the Postelles on June 7, never fear.  The band is also playing the Mercury Lounge on June 8, 2011 so don’t miss your chance to see one of indie rock’s hottest new bands.  Their self-titled debut album is available now!  You can see the set list after the jump.

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