Review: VV Brown Debuts New Album Live in New York City

Posted by The G on November 3, 2011 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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VV Brown

VV Brown

VV Brown is back!  If you missed her 2010 debut album “Travelling Like The Light,” I recommend you remedy that right away.  The album is a wonderful mixture of soul and rock and VV Brown blends a vintage sound while still being totally fresh.  I liked the album so much, in fact, that it made my Top Albums of 2010. I’ve been very excited to hear new music from VV Brown and I got my wish on November 2, 2011 at a sold out show at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge.  The new album will be called “Lollipops and Politics,” and it’s set to be released in February 2012.  VV Brown told the crowd that she wanted to do a brief tour to perform the songs live to give her fans a preview of things to come and we got to see the second ever public performance of her new material.  I am very happy to say that her new tracks are great and if you loved her debut, you will be very excited.   Her new single “Children” is very funky and has a great beat.  It’s one of many songs that was written about the sad state of affairs this world is in, but it’s got a positive message.  “Tough Like Glue” and “Famous” are upbeat and bouncy and would not be out of place on her debut.  Many songs like “Red Balloon” sound like anthems and I know it’s going to be a crowd favorite once the album is released.

VV Brown. Lollipops and Politics - Coming February 2012

The song “Be Yours,” is a slower track (reminiscent of “Back in Time” from her debut) and it was definitely one of my favorite songs of the night.  VV talked about recording in her home studio, Have A Cup of Tea Studios, and when she announced the epic love song “Like Fire,” she said it is her favorite new song off the record.  It will also be the album’s closer and it’s really beautiful.  She talks about an amazing love that feels like fire.  The crowd loved every song, but “Like Fire” got a lot of applause at its conclusion.  It wasn’t all new songs at Mercury Lounge, however.  She also played “Quick Fix” and a new version of “Shark In The Water,” which was slowed down, from “Travelling Like The Light.”  The evening closed out with the new songs “10 Feet Tall” and “Children.”  I am really looking forward to her new album “Lollipops and Politics,” which is scheduled for release in February 2012.  VV Brown chatted with the crowd afterwards and it was great to see the audience personally let her know how much they loved the new material.  A video from this show will be coming soon, so watch this space.  Welcome back VV!

See the set list after the jump.

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Video: “Unluck” live by James Blake

Posted by The G on March 19, 2011 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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As all the people are wetting themselves over singer James Blake making his US debut this week at SXSW this week, just remember – New York had him first.  As he stepped onto the US stage for the very first time on March 14, 2011 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York – it looked just like this.  You’re SO welcome!

LaRoux to Release “Gold Edition” For Download

Posted by The G on January 26, 2011 under GNN | Read the First Comment

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Elly Jackson of LaRoux

Electro/dance group LaRoux are releasing a download only special “Gold” edition of their debut album.  The release will be out on Amazon and Itunes on February 8th and will collect the best remixes and b-sides from “LaRoux.”

The tracklist is:

1. In For The Kill (Feat. Kanye West)

2. Finally My Saviour

3. Under My Thumb

4. I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)

5. In For The Kill (Skream’s Lets Get Ravey Remix)

6. Quicksand (Boy 8 Bit Remix)

7. Bulletproof (Zinc Remix)

8. Tigerlily (Demo)

9. Bulletproof (Intimate Session at Abbey Road, Acoustic)

10. In For The Kill (Vevo Lounge Version)

An Encounter with Ellie Goulding

Posted by The G on October 1, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Ellie Goulding and G

I don’t think it’s possible for singer Ellie Goulding to be any cuter.  The British singer played her first ever show in New York at Hiro Ballroom on September 30, 2010 and she was so excited to play for us.  The crowd reciprocated the love and when I met Ellie after the show, she was extremely nice.  She signed autographs and took photos with fans including the above picture you see.  Several of my friends met her as well and all of us had a very pleasant chat with Ellie.  Based on her smash single “Starry Eyed,” I think it’s just a matter of time until we hear a lot more about Ellie Goulding.

Ellie Goulding live at Hiro

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Ellie Goulding

British singer Ellie Goulding played her first ever New York show at Hiro Ballroom on September 30, 2010 and I was there to catch all the action.  Her music can be described as “folktronica” where it vacillates back and forth between pop, folk and dance.  The crowd loved her from the second the show started and the feeling of warmth grew as the show progressed.  Brooklyn’s own Penguin Prison opened the show (more on them shorty – stay tuned) and they were my initial draw to attend this show.  Penguin Prison were great once again and Ellie Goulding continued the trend of awesomeness with her set.

Ellie Goulding

She told little stories in between songs and told the crowd numerous times how excited she was to be playing for us.  It was really cool.  Ellie also asked the crowd to put their arms in the air at random intervals because she said it looks cool from her vantage point with everyone’s arms in the air.  She played hits such as “Lights,” “The Writer,” and her smash “Starry Eyed.”  I met Ellie Goulding after the show and she was extremely nice. More on my encounter with her coming soon. If you like LaRoux or Little Boots, you’ll like Ellie Goulding and I wish her great success.

See another picture as well as the set list after the jump.

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