According2g.com’s Best New Artists of 2012

Posted by The G on December 12, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Django Django

Django Django

1. Django Django.

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

2. Mac DeMarco.

Bright Light Bright Light

Bright Light Bright Light

3. Bright Light Bright Light.

Liane LaHavas

Lianne LaHavas (in front)

4. Lianne La Havas.

Emeli Sande'

Emeli Sande’

5. Emile Sande.

Alt-J

Alt-J

6. Alt-J.

 

Richie Follin of Guards

7. Guards.

Niki and the Dove

Niki and the Dove

8. Niki and the Dove.

Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV

Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV

 

9. DIIV.

 

Father John Misty CD

Father John Misty CD. Artwork by Dima!

10. Father John Misty.

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes

11. Alabama Shakes.

 

Michael Kiwanuka

12. Michael Kiwanuka.

 

 

Video: “Settle Down” live by Kimbra

Posted by The G on October 23, 2012 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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If you haven’t believed me about how amazing Kimbra is, I present a video of Kimbra singing “Settle Down” live at Webster Hall in New York on October 20, 2012.  Occasionally someone’s head gets in the way, but have patience and settle down!

Most importantly, enjoy and spread the word!

 

Review: The Stepkids and Kimbra at Webster Hall (2nd Night)

Posted by The G on October 21, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Kimbra

Kimbra

2012 is officially the year of Kimbra!  In addition to singing on one of the biggest songs of the year (Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”), the New Zealand born singer sold out two nights at New York’s Webster Hall.  I attended the second night on October 20, 2012.   The show began with a great opening set by Connecticut’s psychedelic pop/rock band The Stepkids.  I’ve seen The Stepkids several times before and they get better and better with each performance.  They dress all in white and have really amazing visuals projected onto them as they play.

The Stepkids

The Stepkids

Both myself and the crowd loved the set and their 2011 debut album “Stones Throw” was ranked in the best albums of the year list by many critics.  Vocal duties are shared by Jeff Geitleman (left) and Dan Edinberg (right) and at times, Jeff’s soulful vocals would make D’Angelo proud.  You should definitely check out their music as they have a nice mix of rock, soul and psychedelia.

Kimbra

Kimbra

Around 9 pm, the main attraction, Kimbra, took the stage.  Dressed in a Gaga-esque outfit (but much more classy), the 22 year old singer belted out tracks from her debut album “Vows.”  What a voice!  Kimbra doesn’t just sing the tracks, she sings the hell out of them! Her live band turns her studio tracks into full on church anthems and the crows went wild after each song.

Kimbra

Kimbra

Though she didn’t play her duet with Gotye, she sang the majority of her album “Vows” including her off the charts cover of Nina Simone’s “Plain Gold Ring” and “Warrior,” which she collaborated with A-Trak and Foster The People’s Mark Foster for the studio version.  She had the crowd singing along to songs such as “Settle Down,” “Cameo Lover” and “Two Way Street.”

Kimbra

Kimbra

If you missed the show, make sure you see Kimbra live. She’s only 22 years old and I can only imagine that she’s going to get better and better as her career skyrockets and I’ve certainly made it a point not to ever skip a Kimbra show.  Thanks for a great night!

The setlist was:

Limbo / Posse / Good Intent / Plain Gold Ring (Nina Simone cover) / Two Way Street / Marigold / Old Flame / Warrior / Something in the Way You Are / Settle Down / Cameo Lover / Come Into My Head

Encore: Withdraw / Call Me

 

Review: Kimbra live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on March 26, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Kimbra

Kimbra

Hey music lovers.  Commit this name to memory: Kimbra.  She’s going to be HUGE!  The New Zealand singer performed a way sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge on March 26, 2012 – her 22nd birthday.  Her music has elements of pop, jazz and dance and oh, what a voice!  At times I was reminded of Amy Winehouse and at other times I heard a Bjork-ish quality and also you could hear elements of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine in her singing.  Looking sexy as hell wearing a Flamenco-style red dress, she shook her money maker throughout her hour long set.  She’s currently on tour with Gotye and the pair are blowing up the music world with their duet “Someone That I Used To Know.”  I first discovered Kimbra on the amazing Miami Horror modern disco track “I Look To You,” and I have to say, I love her versatility in so many different styles of music.

Kimbra!

One of the songs she performed tonight was “Plain Gold Ring,” a Nina Simone cover and this girl can SANG, as they say.  Wow!  She blew the roof off Mercury Lounge and the crowd erupted in screams when the song was finished.  She also played “Cameo Lover,” “Two Way Street” and “Settle Down” from her album “Vows” which is not yet released in the USA.  That didn’t stop the audience from singing along to every word! Kimbra told the crowd how happy she was to be playing for us and the audience more than returned the love.  At the beginning of the show, she had to take a puff from her asthma inhaler and she asked the crowd if anyone out there had asthma.  A smattering of cheers were heard and Kimbra said “It sucks, doesn’t it,” before launching into another song and singing the hell out of it!

Kimbra

She told the crowd that her album would be released in the USA in May 2012, so get ready America!  She closed with a new track called “Come into My Head” which she said would be on the US version of the album.  Before she left the stage, the audience sang her Happy Birthday and Kimbra, who lives in Australia now said that she’s having a double birthday because it’s now another day in her home city.   Could there be a better way to celebrate your birthday?  Doubtful! I chatted with Kimbra after the show and wished her a happy birthday in person.  What a sweet lady.  I wished her great success and I have no doubt that she will attain it!

See the set list after the jump.

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