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.
Hey music lovers, I’m about to introduce you to your new favorite band – The Strypes. The four piece garage rock band from Ireland sound like they’ve been around for decades and perhaps the most impressive fact about the band – as of press time, the members of the band range from age 16 to 18! WOW! They’ve already got the stage presence and swagger of rock stars and as I watched them perform a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on March 18, 2014, I felt like I was witnessing history. When you think about where these guys will be in the next few years, the possibilities are limitless. They already count rock and roll photographers BP Fallon and Bob Gruen (who were both at the show) as fans and their base will be growing by leaps and bounds once people find out about this band.
So check out “Blue Collar Jane” and be ready to be impressed!
Thanks again to The Strypes and I will be looking for your name at the top of the charts!
See the set list and photos of the band with yours truly, after the jump.
2014 is here and there is already a must hear recording artist – Britain’s 23 year old soul sensation John Newman. He’s having quite a week after making his US TV debut, getting two Brit Award nominations, performing a sold out show at the legendary New York venue Bowery Ballroom and most importantly, having his photo taken with ME!
The encore for John Newman’s slaying set on January 9, 2014 was “Love Me Again,” and you are going to love his voice, his hair (might be hard to tell in the video, but he has a little blond stripe in the front that is super cute) and his dancing. Best of luck to you in 2014 and beyond John!
Hot new band alert! The UK’s The 1975 played their first of two sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on October 9, 2013. The pop/rock quartet from England have been around for 10 years and 2013 is their break out year. They hit the stage around 10 pm and for a little over an hour, they thrilled the crowd with songs such as “Chocolate,” “Sex” and “The City.” The crowd sung along to most every track and in addition to having stylish haircuts, flashing strobe lights made the show extra fun to watch.
Rather than leave the stage before the encore, lead singer Matt Healy asked the crowd if they could just play straight through and the crowd replied with thunderous applause. All of The 1975′s songs were very catchy, almost made to be placed in films and commercials, so if that appeals to you, check out their music! I spotted the one and only Lindsay Lohan at the show and if you read this blog somewhat regularly (aka, you are one of my heroes), I’m sure you know how that ended. Catch The 1975 again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. No word on if you’ll catch Miss Lindsey there too, but either way, you will have a great time! See the setlist below (featuring drummer George Daniel’s blood – he cut himself during the show, but was a real trooper and played on!)
On October 3, 2013, British post-punk band White Lies played their first of 2 sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. I was largely unfamiliar with their music even though they’ve been around since 2007, but White Lies did their job as rock-stars and turned me into a fan. Their music has elements of Joy Division, Editors and The Killers, which to me is winning all around! They took the stage around 10 pm and played for around an hour and a half, playing songs off their 3 albums. Their latest album “Big TV” was released earlier this year and the video you are about to see is the first single from the record. If you like this song, and I know you will, you will enjoy all of their records. So get ready to become a fan of White Lies as soon as you press play.