Review: Jagwar Ma live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on October 1, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Gabriel Winterfield of Jagwar Ma

Gabriel Winterfield of Jagwar Ma

Hot new band alert!  Australia’s Jagwar Ma performed their first ever show in New York last night (actually, I think it was their first in the USA) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on September 30, 2013 and it was awesome!  Their music is a mixture of rock, pop, shoegaze and electronica and the sold out crowd loved every second of it!  They kept the lights low and flashing to provide the ultimate vibe, which was awesome for the show, but bad for taking photos (ha!), so you can see what the guys in Jagwar Ma look like after the jump when I spoke with them after the show.  Their debut album is called “Howlin” and like their show, it mixes the genres I mentioned above.  Their 45 minute set found them performing the majority of “Howlin” and it was great to hear songs like their chill out single “The Throw” and then moments later, hear a full on dance floor jam like “Four.”  If you missed the show, they are playing at Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 1, 2013 and they’ve just announced a headlining US tour scheduled for winter 2013.  If I were you, I’d definitely see them at a smaller venue because once you hear their music, you will fall in love.

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An Encounter with James Blake

Posted by The G on March 15, 2011 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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James Blake and G

James Blake and G

On March 14, 2011, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, I met singer James Blake prior to his first ever show in the United States.  This was the second time I’ve met a singer named James on their first trip to America. The first time was James Cook, lead singer of Delphic, and that encounter, over a year old is still fresh in my memory.  I welcomed James Blake to America and wished him great success with everything including his upcoming SXSW appearances.  He was very nice and he told me that from what little of America he’s seen so far, he’s loving it!  After the show, the American audience returned the love and we all embraced James Blake as music’s latest superstar.  Thanks again James and I know you don’t need my luck to make it big here, but I am giving it to you anyway!  If you don’t know James Blake’s music, think of Thom Yorke’s voice over the laid back trippy beats of Massive Attack.  Huge!

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