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.
Irish singer Damien Dempsey made his first trip to New York in quite a while on September 7, 2013. He performed a show at the very packed Bowery Ballroom and it was great! It was my first exposure to his music, but I loved what I heard. Mixing reggae, folk and traditional Irish music, Damien Dempsey has a powerful voice that had the crowd eating out of the palms of his hands. Many of his songs were politically charged and a lot of songs doubled as self-empowerment anthems. As Damien and his band departed the stage prior to their encore, the crowd sang the refrain from “It’s All Good,” which went “love yourself today, ok, ok” for a solid 5 minutes, making it sound like we were at the Glastonbury Festival. It was super awesome! I met Damien after the show and he was lovely! We talked about LA and New York and I asked Damien if he plans to come back to New York and he promised to come back sooner than it took him to come out here to promote his latest album. Good! Thanks again Damien and I hope to see you soon!
Damien Dempsey and Geoffrey Dicker. (Photo by a complete stranger).
On September 5, British electronic duo Alunageorge performed a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Lead singer Aluna Francis has a hell of a voice and her sexy on stage swagger is sure to help make the group big stars. One of the highlights of the evening was a track I never thought I’d see performed live, Montell Jordan’s 1990s classic, “This is How We Do It.” The studio version is available as a bonus track on their record “Body Music,” which is out now!