Review: Diiv Live at Brooklyn Bowl

Posted by The G on January 14, 2013 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Cole Smith of Diiv

Cole Smith of Diiv

Late last year, I hosted an episode of MTV’s “Weird Vibes” and I had the pleasure of interviewing Diiv.  At the time, I was not familiar with their music, but I’ve since gotten to know and love it.  Needless to say, I was super excited to see them perform at the Brooklyn Bowl on January 13, 2013 and as an added bonus, it was a free show!



If you don’t know Diiv’s music, it’s dreamy surf/psychedelic pop.  That genre is pretty popular at the moment but most bands do not pull it off well.  Diiv, on the other hand, sound great both on record and live.  They played the majority of their debut album “Oshin,” which made many critics’ best albums of 2012 list.  They used the live setting to play extended versions of their songs which featured long jamming sections that showed the band was obviously having a great time on stage getting lost in the music, and the audience reacted by returning the love.


Cole Smith of Diiv and the world’s largest sweater

They also performed a new track as well as a Madonna cover and lead singer Cole Smith wore the world’s largest sweater (which you can see more clearly below).  Diiv will be playing New York again at the end of January (literally January 31, 2013) opening for The Vaccines at Terminal 5, so if you missed them last night, make sure you go to that show because it’s going to be awesome!





Review: Portugal. The Man live at Brooklyn Bowl

Posted by The G on January 21, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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John Gourley of Portugal The Man

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man

On January 20, 2012, Alaska’s Portugal. The Man played a sold out show at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York.  The show was a warm up gig for Portugal. The Man’s upcoming European tour and it rocked!  If you are unfamiliar with their music, it’s psychedelic pop/rock (think MGMT meets Of Montreal – with less meandering).  Trippy lighting accompanied the music and early into the set, covers of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes” were played.  The band also played the majority of songs from their 2011 album “In The Mountain In The Cloud.”  Many of the songs were crowd sing-a-longs and it was fun watching everyone sing with lead singer John Gourley on tracks such as “So American” and “Sleep Forever.”

Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

Their career has been a slow build, but I think the world is finally starting to recognize the talents of Portugal. The Man and I expect to continue hearing bigger and better things from the Alaskan quartet.  See the setlist after the jump.

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Gordon Voidwell is Street Art + Free Show

Posted by The G on February 7, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Gordon Voidwell

Multi-talented singer Gordon Voidwell is everywhere these days!  Showing up as street art and also offering up a free performance!

He’ll be playing the Brookyln Bowl on February 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm and you can go for free!  Simply RSVP at this link and enjoy a night of fabulous and free entertainment!

The Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys sing “Fairground Luck”

Posted by The G on June 4, 2010 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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On June 2, 2010, JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys (Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders) made their live debut in New York at the Brooklyn Bowl.  You can read more about the evening here.  Enjoy this video clip of “Fairground Luck.”

Video: “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen cover) by Alpha Rev

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On June 2, 2010, Alpha Rev opened for Chrissie Hynde’s new band JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York.  If the crowd reaction is a predictor of their future success, Alpha Rev is going to be huge!  They were called back for an encore which rarely happens for an opening band.  I thought they were great and they’ve been burning up the VH-1 video charts so I think it’s just a matter of time before Alpha Rev become household names. I was fortunate enough to meet lead singer Casey McPherson, and I am happy to report that he was extremely nice.  They closed their triumphant set with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I loved their version of it.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a studio version!

Hope you enjoy it too.

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