Review: Iceage live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on April 21, 2013 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

Photo by G.

Iceage

Iceage

On every blog in the blog-o-sphere, they are unanimously up Danish punk band Iceage’s dress.  Iggy Pop has raved about them and chances are, Pitchfork has named them “best new band of the day,” which as we know is the best honor that could ever be bestowed upon you.  NOT!   Iceage are young kids, making it more impressive that they are rockin’ at such a young age.  Most kids in this band are around age 21 now (approximately).  Well that’s the legal drinking age in America and these punks decided to drink to excess before going on stage at New York’s Bowery Ballroom for a sold out show on April 20, 2013.  Although lead singer Johan Surrballe Wieth (damn you Wikipedia)! Elias Bender Rønnenfelt made it through the show, he was so fucking drunk, he fell over into the crowd and onto the sound monitors – that had to have hurt- many times throughout the show.  Really piss poor, according to G.  I would have left almost immediately, but I was stationed a few feet away from Bjork and Matthew Barney, who were also in attendance, so at least I had some good people watching.  I attempted to meet the lead singer once the show was over and after such a crappy performance, you’d think he would have been nice, but he was not.  Well, Elias, it sucks for you that you won’t be photographed with me because I will never see your shitty band again.  Best of luck.  You’re going to need it.  But as we all know, both in music and in life, shit always seems to float to the top.

An Encounter with Parquet Courts

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Andrew Savage (Lead Singer) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Andrew Savage (Lead Singer) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

If you like buzz bands, check out the punk rock quartet Parquet Courts.  I saw them live at Bowery Ballroom opening for Iceage (and perhaps it should have been the other way round) on April 20, 2013.  The show was rockin’ and the guys from the band were nice!  Those are a few of my favorite things!

Austin Brown (Guitar) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Austin Brown (Guitar) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

 

Sean Yeaton (Bass) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Sean Yeaton (Bass) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Max Savage (Drums) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Max Savage (Drums) of Parquet Courts and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks guys!  I am looking forward to hearing many great things (from you and about you)!  Best of success!

 

Review: Portugal. The Man live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on April 21, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Portugal The Man

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man

I have a new band crush!  It’s Alaska-originated and Portland-based Portugal. The Man.  They played a way sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of their Jagermeister tour on April 20, 2012 (420!) and it was sensational!  As you will see below in the photos, they had one of the best light shows I’ve ever seen (and coming from me who sees hundreds of bands a year, that speaks volumes!)  Varying lightbulbs were draped all over the stage, and for every song, the light display was displayed in every color, pattern and variation.  Pairing the light show with their psychedelic rock sound and the fact that Jagermeister sponsored the tour and on 4/20, the international day of Marijuana – and the audience was generously partaking in the festivities – there were times where it felt like I was in another dimension!

Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

Aside from thanking the crowd, lead singer John Gourley didn’t say much between songs, but considering Portugal. The Man played 20 songs in their two hour set, that hardly mattered. The band is getting a larger following, but according2g, their music needs to be heard and played in stadiums!  Every song has a hook that is just begging to be sung by thousands of people in unison.  I know this for certain as the whole of Music Hall of Williamsburg sang along to every track and it induced chills many times.

John Gourley

Almost every song off Portugal. The Man’s most recent album “In The Mountain In The Cloud” was played, with the exception of the wonderful track “Senseless,” and they also dove into their back catalog (and they have SEVEN albums already) for tracks such as “The Woods” and the show closer “And I.”  A rockin’ cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” was also played and the “na na na” section of “Hey Jude” was also thrown in at the end of “Sleep Forever.”  People, including myself, pretty much lost their shit when songs such as “So American,” “Floating (Time Isn’t Working My Side),” “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” and “All Your Light,” which was the opening song, were played.  Talk about hook filled songs that sound incredible live!  Wow.

Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

After seeing Portugal. The Man live earlier this year and having such a great time, I got all of their albums, and they are great.  If you are looking for a rock band to break you out of the doldrums of the current music scene, I highly recommend immersing yourself in Portugal. The Man’s music.  You won’t regret it!  Thanks guys for a great night and for a show that will definitely make my best shows of 2012 list.

See the set list after the jump as well as a photo of my encounter with John Gourley after the jump.

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Tonight in NYC – Elton John Free Concert

Posted by The G on April 20, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Info from Brooklyn Vegan.

Elton John

Elton John

Set to premiere at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, The Union chronicles the making of the 2010 album of the same name, a collaboration between pop icon Elton John and legendary rock ‘n’ roll keyboardist Leon Russell. Crowe is, of course, known for making classic music narratives, including Singles (1992) and Almost Famous (2000), and fans can’t wait to see what he does in the documentary format with Elton and Leon.

We’ve been working hard on a plan for the opening night event, which will be co-sponsored by AOL, supported by Goldman Sachs, and hosted by Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, the location of the outdoor festivities. And special thanks to ESPN.

Here’s the scoop:

• A TFF wristband is required to be seated at the event.

• Wristbands will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on April 20 at 4:00 pm.

• The distribution site is the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center–at the West Side Highway entrance, just north of Chambers.

• There will be a limit of two wristbands per person.

• When you get your wristband, you will also get a list of details about how, when, and where to find your seat.

• The screening will begin at 8:15 pm on April 20, 2011

• Details are still being firmed up, but programming at the Plaza may begin at approximately 7:30.

• Note: Venue access and capacity are at the discretion of the NYPD.

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