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!
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
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.
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.”
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!