There are not many things that Joseph Arthur cannot do. He’s an amazing artist, poet and musician and on June 13, 2013 he wore his rock star hat as he performed an intimate show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The special evening was celebrating the release of Joseph Arthur’s latest record “The Ballad Of Boogie Christ.” The concept album was performed in full from start to finish and the packed house got to hear Joseph Arthur utilize a horn section as well as do a bit of rapping! Joseph Arthur is embarking on a US tour in June 2013, which features a stop on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (on June 21, 2013), so please do yourself a favor and catch him live. You will not regret it!
And now, here’s a live video of Joseph Arthur performing the title track from “The Ballad of Boogie Christ.” Enjoy!
When I first discovered the sounds of British electro/pop singer Frankmusik, the song that really drew me in was “3 Little Words.” On the deluxe version of his debut album “Complete Me,” there’s a bonus disc entitled “Recomplete Me,” which features reworked versions of the album’s songs. Awesomely, whilst Frankmusik was in town performing tracks off his excellent new album “Between,” he performed both the “electronic” as well as “piano” version of “3 Little Words.” Super cool, according2g. Click play and enjoy “3 Little Words,” in two different arrangements!
If you missed out on seeing Wild Belle and The Maccabees at Webster Hall in New York on June 13, 2012, you missed out on a great show! Opening act Wild Belle got the party started around 8:15 pm. Their music has elements of pop, R&B and reggae. The band are comprised of brother and sister Elliot and Natalie Bergman and several members of the group NOMO. Natalie sang nearly every song (except for one) with her brother playing keyboards, backing vocals and saxophone! Natalie’s voice was very soulful and their songs were mostly short and sweet with fun beats that I am looking forward to hearing as soon as their debut album is released (as of press time, no word on release date).
Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle
British indie-rock band The Maccabees hit the stage around 9:30 and played a solid 18-song set that was really rockin’! If you don’t know much about The Maccabees, here’s a few fun facts: the band, who is not religious at all, got their name from flicking through the Bible and randomly chose “Maccabees.” The group has been around since 2004 and have released 3 albums including their 2012 record “Given To The Wild.” If you’ve never heard their music before, imagine bits of Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Jose Gonzalez and Foals blended together.
Four out of the 5 members of The Maccabees lined up in a row to produce a (literal) guitar wall of sound, whilst their drummer sat behind in the center of the stage. With a great light show and rockin’ songs, the audience was jumping up and down for a majority of the set and the floor at Webster Hall was vibrating! Highlights for me were many of the fast paced songs like “X-Ray,” “Glimmer” and “Child” (which starts off slow and builds to a great climax).
If you missed the show, you might be waiting a while to see The Maccabees perform again in the states as this was the only scheduled US show they have for awhile, but it sounded like lead singer Orlando Weeks mentioned something about being back in the fall. If that is indeed true, don’t miss The Maccabees!
Bono! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from U2 was in New York on June 13, 2011 to speak at the 92Y with his band-mate The Edge about the Spider-Man musical that they composed the music for. Bono arrived to a crowd of 150 fans who were waiting for the singer to enter the venue. From my numerous past experiences in this kind of situation, you never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes the star will sign a few and sometimes the sheer size of the crowd makes it impossible for them to come chat with the crowd. And then there’s Bono. Bono got out of his car and talked with fans, took photos and signed autographs! It was as if he wanted everyone to have a personalized experience with him so he really took his time and was probably with the crowd for a good 15 minutes! WOW! I got a few signatures as well as a photo! When I asked him to take a picture with me, he even saluted you, my dear readers! That’s definitely going down as one of the best rock-star encounters I’ve ever had. Thanks again Bono! That was so cool of you! Moments later, The Edge arrived and he waved to the crowd but didn’t stop to talk to anyone or sign autographs. You win some, you lose some. I definitely feel like I am walking away from this encounter as a winner. Pro-Bono!