Review: Bright Light Bright Light at Joe’s Pub

Posted by The G on April 6, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Bright Light x2 at Joe's Pub

Bright Light x2 at Joe’s Pub

US fans of Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light got a special treat at his show on April 5, 2013 at Joe’s Pub in New York as he performed with a full band.  Rod’s played here a few times with just himself and a piano, and those shows were great as they really focused on his amazing voice, but hearing his songs with their delicious dance beats is the proper way these songs are meant to be heard.

Bright Light x2 at Joe's Pub

Bright Light x2 at Joe’s Pub

Backed with a drummer, a keyboard player and 3 background vocalists, Bright Light Bright Light’s hour long show featured his signature dance floor break up/love songs “Waiting For The Feeling,” “Feel It” and my favorite,  “Love Part II.”  In between songs, he mentioned how happy he was to be playing for us.  While his lyrics deal sometimes with heartbreak, there was nothing but love at Joe’s Pub.

Bright Light x2 and Del Marquis at Joe's Pub

Bright Light x2 and Del Marquis at Joe’s Pub

For the song “Cry at Films,” Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters sang guest vocals as he does on the album version.  Rumour has it that Bright Light Bright Light has relocated to New York, which means we can expect many more performances to come, so make sure you stay connected.  Thanks for a great night BLBL!

Bright Light x2 at Joe's Pub

Bright Light x2 at Joe’s Pub

See the setlist after the jump.

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Del Marquis Becomes Slow Knights for Debut Solo Album

Posted by The G on March 6, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Derek Gruen aka Del Marquis aka Slow Knights

Derek Gruen aka Del Marquis aka Slow Knights

Derek Gruen, who is known worldwide as Del Marquis from Scissor Sisters, is reinventing himself once again for his debut solo album by using the moniker Slow Knights.

Slow Knights’ record is called “Cosmos” and will be released on March 26, 2013.

Guests appearing on the album will include members of Prince‘s former band the New Power Generation, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Xavier Smith, Chrissie Poland, Bridget Barkan and Mykal Kilgore. It was mixed by Howie Weinberg (Public Enemy, Aerosmith, The White Stripes) and produced by Derek Gruen.

If the tracks on Del’s recently released free mixtape “Tickle” are any indication of what’s to come, “Cosmos” is going to be a funky record that will keep you grooving until dawn.

If March 26, 2013 cannot come fast enough for you, never fear – until then, you can listen to a sample of “Cosmos” on Slow Knights’ Soundcloud page.

 

Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis Offers Free Mix Tape

Posted by The G on February 13, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Del Marquis

Del Marquis

Are you ready to have a solo kiki?  Scissor Sisters’ guitarist Del Marquis is prepping for a spring release of his debut solo album “Slow Nights” and to whet everyone’s appetite, he’s offering a free mixtape for a limited time.  The 6 track mixtape features Xavier (on an ultra funky cover of Jermaine Jackson’s “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy”) and also features members of Prince’s former band the New Power Generation!  Download “Tickle” on Del’s official site while supplies last (link will open in a new window).

And you can also watch a Not Safe For Closed Minded People video for “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy” on Paper Magazine’s official website.

If this doesn’t make you have a kiki, I don’t know what will.

Scissor Sisters Throw A Kiki For Final US 2012 Tour Date

Posted by The G on July 8, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Jake Shears and Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters

New York loves Scissor Sisters so much that the audience didn’t get enough on the first night, so the Sisters flipped it over and grilled it up again!  They played the second of two shows (the final US date on their 2012 Summer tour) at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on July 7, 2012.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Scissor Sisters, their show, as Ana Matronic said “will fuck you – hard!  But [you’ll] be respected in the morning.”  Truer words have never been spoken.  The Sisters give 150% at every show and whether you feel like dancin’ or not, you will be on your feet and shakin’ your moneymaker for the entire show.  Die-hards including myself braved hours of 100 degree weather to be in the front row to catch Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Baby Daddy let us have it – in the best possible way and they did not disappoint!  If you don’t have their latest album “Magic Hour,” get it get it and before you know it, you’ll be having a kiki!

Del Marquis

Del Marquis

Enjoy some pictures from a 3,000 person kiki featuring Scissor Sisters, DJ Sammy Jo (who spun tunes in between sets) and the fabulous opener, Rye Rye.

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy

More pix after the jump!

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Review: Scissor Sisters live at Terminal 5 (July 6, 2012)

Posted by The G on July 7, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Jake Shears

Jake Shears

It must be my good Scissor Sisters karma and love for the band because I always have the greatest time when I see Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Baby Daddy and Del Marquis perform.  July 6, 2012 was no exception as I won tickets to see Scissor Sisters for their first of two shows at Terminal 5.  Shout out to one of my favorite websites on the planet, Brooklyn Vegan for such a great prize!  In between DJ sets from Scissor Sisters’ DJ Sammy Jo (who spun an excellent Eric Prydz remix of M83’s “Midnight City”), the crowd was entertained by up and coming rapper Rye Rye.   Scissor Sisters hit the stage around 10:20 and performed for close to two hours.

Jake Shears and Ana Matronic

Jake Shears and Ana Matronic

There are a few things you ALWAYS get at a Scissor Sisters concert – a great crowd that is ready to have a great time, costume changes, hilarious banter between Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, high energy from the Sisters, lots of skin (and extra skin last night as Scissor Sisters dusted off their classic track “The Skins”).  During the first night of their two night stand, Scissor Sisters talked about how great it was to be home (before seguing into the new track “Baby Come Home” off their latest album “Magic Hour), and Ana Matronic said the show is the best they’ve ever played in New York.  She mentioned many familiar faces in the crowd that are her family – both blood relatives and people who have stuck with the band through thick and thin. She said that is one of the best parts of the gay community – you don’t have to be related to be family.  Amen, Sister!

Baby Daddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis

Baby Daddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis

There was a nice mixture of songs off all the band’s 4 albums.  From their self titled debut they performed Take Your Mama, Mary, Comfortably Numb, Music Is The Victim and The Skins.  From Ta-Dah, they performed I Don’t Feel Like Dancin and Kiss You Off.  From Night Work, they performed Any Which Way, Skin This Cat, Running Out and Invisible Light and from Magic Hour, they performed Baby Come Home, Keep Your Shoes, Inevitable, Year of Living Dangerously, Let’s Have A Kiki, Shady Love and Only The Horses.  I am keeping this review short because I am going back for a second helping of Scissor Sisters and I recommend you do the same!  You won’t be disappointed!

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