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Chris Glover of Penguin Prison
The day has come! October 18, 2011 was an exciting day for New York’s dance/pop group Penguin Prison. Their long awaited self-titled debut album was released in the United States and they celebrated by performing a showcase at Dominion in Manhattan as part of the CMJ Music Festival. If you are unfamiliar with Penguin Prison’s music, here’s a few things you need to know: 1. Every song is ridiculously catchy. 2. Lead singer Chris Glover is a multi-instrumentalist and his falsetto will make you become an instant fan. 3. Penguin Prison are great in concert. As you are all aware, I see hundreds of bands each year and Penguin Prison are one of the few groups that keep me coming back for more and in addition, I always have a great time at their concerts! With each Penguin Prison show I’ve seen, I really love watching the audience react to the songs. I am starting to see more crowd sing-a-longs as fans are getting more familiar with the music, but one thing never changes – a Penguin Prison show is a non-stop dance party. Before the end of their 40 minute set, Chris Glover jumped into the audience and played guitar behind his head! The infectiously catchy new single “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” got thunderous applause and other crowd favorites included “In the Way,” “Golden Train,” “Fair Warning” and the show’s final song “Multi-Millionaire.” Based on the crowd reaction at each show, I can say with great certainty that Penguin Prison is going to be huge and I am very excited for them.
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See the set list after the jump.
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Sam Sparro is back! The electro-funkateer performed his first live gig in New York in quite some time on October 3, 2011 at Dominion. It was my first time at the venue and I had fun. The sound was great and the venue is small and intimate (read: if any of your favorite performers play there – GO!) The night began with a DJ set from Nomi Ruiz of Jessica 6 and she spun some great tracks from The Rapture and her former band Hercules and Love Affair. I’ve never seen Sam Sparro live before tonight and I am so glad I got a chance to catch him doing what he does best – funking up the stage! Musically he sounds a bit like Prince meets Daft Punk and that works just fine, according2g. What has Sam been up to since his self titled 2008 debut album? From the lyrics of his new songs, he was getting his heart broken, getting betrayed by those closest to him, realizing that fame and all its trappings can bring you down and also discovering that it’s up to you to choose to live a happy life. No person or objects can decide that for you.
Though the lyrics tended to be heavy and sad at times, if you liked his first album, you’ll love the new songs. Sam Sparro also told the crowd how great it was to be back playing for us and everyone in the audience returned the love. He also applauded the protesters at #OccupyWallStreet and what he said rings true – it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. I was very happy to see that he is also taking a stand in the fight against the fat cats on Wall Street that are robbing from the poor to give to the rich. Sam’s band was funky as hell and there were many sing-a-longs throughout his hour long set. In addition to new songs, we also got to hear classic tracks such as “Pocket,” “21st Century” and “Black and Gold.”
I spoke with Sam after the show and he told me that his new album will be released next April. While we wait for the album to come out, we can hunt down the person that broke cutie-pie Sam Sparro’s heart. How could anyone hurt someone so nice and so funky?! You can see a picture of Sam and I after the jump as well as the set list. I haven’t had this much fun with someone named Sam in a very long time, so thanks for that!
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