Review: Frankmusik live at Pianos

Posted by The G on June 9, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Vincent Frank aka Frankmusik

Vincent Frank aka Frankmusik

Frankmusik is back!  The soulful/pop British singer is currently embarking on his first US headlining tour and one of his first stops was a sold out show at New York’s Pianos on June 8, 2013.  This is the third time I’ve seen Frankmusik and also the third different city I’ve seen him in.  Previously, I’d seen him in London as well as Los Angeles so it was great to see him in New York.  He released his 3rd album “Between” online and it’s already number 4 in the US Dance Charts on iTunes.  Congrats!

Frankmusik

Frankmusik

The new songs, including “Fast as I Can” and “Map” are upbeat and definitely recommended for dancing like many of the tracks on his debut “Complete Me,” which was released in 2009.  Speaking of that album, we were also treated to a dance version of “3 Little Words” as well as a piano version of the song (and videos of both will be coming soon, so stay tuned!), plus an a cappella version of “Confusion Girl,” and “Better off as Two,” which is the song that put his name on the music map.

Frankmusik

Frankmusik

He mentioned that he is moving to Brooklyn, and I am not sure if he was just joking or not, but it would be cool and since Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light has done this move already and they have similar styles, so if this is true, hopefully a collaboration will be forthcoming.  I guess we’ll all have to stay tuned.  Sign up on Frankmusik’s email list and you can download a free 4 track EP called “Far From Over” on his official website for a limited time.  Highly recommended listening and like the title of the EP suggests, Frankmusik’s career is on the rise once again and for that, I am super excited! Thanks for a great evening and I look forward to more shows and more grooves!

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Keren Ann live at Bowery Ballroom

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Keren Ann

Keren Ann

Israeli singer Karen Ann played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on June 8, 2011.  Singer/songwriter Chris Garneau opened the show and got the crowd warmed up for a great night of music.  In an hour and a half, Keren Ann tapped into so many genres of music from folk to pop but one thing is certain, Keren Ann rocked!  As she took the stage, the title track off her new album “101” was played and it’s a “12 days of Christmas” style run down of 101 items.  For those wondering, the final item was: One God.  Keren Ann told the crowd so many times how happy she was to be playing for us and in fact told us that we were her husband.  Her voice is amazing and her guitar playing skills are great.  It’s not easy to pull off switching genres from folk to alternative and back, but Keren Ann and her band did so effortlessly.  Highlights for me were “Sugar Mama” and “Sailor N Widow,” which featured vocals that were spoken very fast.  She ended the night with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mama You Were On My Mind,” but of course, Keren Ann changed it to “Daddy You Were On My Mind.”

Keren Ann

Keren Ann

See the set list as well as a photo of my backstage encounter with Keren Ann after the jump.

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Chris Garneau live at Bowery Ballroom

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Chris Garneau

Chris Garneau

On June 8, 2011, Baroque Pop singer Chris Garneau opened for Keren Ann at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.  By the end of his 45 minute set, the singer/songwriter had turned everyone in the venue into fans.  In between songs, Garneau was very soft spoken but his songs were very powerful.  To me, his voice sounded like a cross between Ray LaMontagne and Jeff Buckley!  Though it was 97 degrees in New York, Chris Garneau sang songs about winter to cool us off.  He also had a song about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer!  Garneau’s music is whimsical and is uplifiting, contemplative and beautiful all at the same time.  Occasionally, he was accompanied only by piano, but for most of the set he was backed with a horn and string section!  He’ll be on tour with Keren Ann throughout the month of June, 2011, so if you are going to her show, make sure to get there early.

Chris Garneau

Chris Garneau

I met Chris after his awesome set and he was very nice.  You can see a photo from my encounter with Chris Garneau after the jump.

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