Video: “Born This Way” (Piano Version) live by Lady Gaga at Roseland

Posted by The G on April 5, 2014 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga!

The legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York is closing (to be turned into condominiums) and to send off the venue in style, Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows there.  I caught her 4th show on April 4, 2014 and it was definitely a spectacle, despite being a paltry hour long!  My observations from the show will be coming soon with some pretty spectacular pictures, but to tide you over for now, check out a video of “Born This Way” performed solo with just Gaga and her piano (and of course 3,500 screaming little monsters).

Enjoy!

The setlist was:

Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.

Encore:

G.U.Y.

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10 Observations From the Kraftwerk Concert

Posted by The G on April 3, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

To say the Kraftwerk show (their second of 2 sold out nights) at the United Palace Theater in New York on April 2, 2014 was mind-blowing is taking the easy way out.  The show took all of your senses on a journey for 2 solid hours and frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again.  Here are 10 things I observed at the Kraftwerk show.  As you look through these pictures, please note that the show was in 3-D, which pushed the boundaries out a little further on the definition of the word “epic.”

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Kraftwerk

1. Mind-blowing visuals were not saved for the finale.  The show got better and better with each new song.  With a 20 song set list, my brain was so over-stimulated,  I could barely even function once the show was over!   Of course, I pulled it together eventually ;)

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

2. The United Palace Theater is absolutely stunning.  It’s very ornate (more so than the Beacon Theatre), and though it’s located on 179th Street, the trek was completely worth it. Security would not let you find your own seat.  They insisted they help you to your seat which caused a traffic jam of epic (and extremely annoying) proportions.

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Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk

3. Ralf Hutter is the only original member of Kraftwerk that is still in the band.

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Kraftwerk

4.  Despite being one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen, SO MANY PEOPLE felt compelled to keep getting up during the show and walked back and forth thus obstructing the views of so many people who actually attended the show to WATCH IT!  I swear, what is wrong with people?!  Either they text too much, talk too much, or in this case walk around too much.  What’s the point of going to a show if you aren’t going to be present?

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

5. The lone words Ralf uttered to the crowd were “Auf Wiedersehen.”

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Kraftwerk

6. Even though some of their songs are 40 years old, they still sounded fresh and contemporary.  Accept no other robot substitutes (read: Daft Punk)

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Kraftwerk

7. Being in a room filled with nearly 4,000 people wearing 3-D glasses was super cool!

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Kraftwerk

8. This show definitely goes down as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve seen thousands of bands.

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Kraftwerk

9. Coldplay (on their song “Talk”) basically stole the music for “Computer Love” and 2 Live Crew (on their song “Dick Almighty”) took “The Man-Machine.”  I hope they paid royalties!  Hearing their music makes you realize what pioneers Kraftwerk are and how many musicians owe them a lot for being so forward thinking.

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Kraftwerk

10. If Kraftwerk ever comes to your town, DO NOT MISS THE SHOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

And now, enjoy some more stunning photos from the show!

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Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker

Great meeting you Ralf, and as I told you in person – thanks again for one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever attended!  You are a god!

Stay tuned for a video of “The Man-Machine” (where you will see what I complained about in Observation #4).

The setlist was:

The Robots / Metropolis / Numbers – Computer World / It’s More Fun To Compute / Home Computer / Computer Love / The Man-Machine / Spacelab / The Model / Neon Lights / Autobahn / Prologue / Tour De France 1983 / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 1) / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 2) / Airwaves / News / Geiger Counter – Radioactivity/ Ohm Sweet Ohm / Trans-Europe Express – Metal On Metal – Abzug / Boing Boom Tschak – Techno Pop – Musique Non Stop

Encore: Aero Dynamic / Planet of Visions

Video: A Funky Cover of “Hallelujah” by Andre Cymone

Posted by The G on April 1, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Andre Cymone

Andre Cymone

After a 20 year absence from the stage, the always funky Andre Cymone made his return to New York on March 31, 2014 at Bowery Electric.  Andre Cymone, along with Prince, was a pioneer in the Minneapolis Sound that so many people have emulated over the years, was once married to Jody Watley and has produced hits for Adam Ant.  Now he’s back after a long hiatus with a new album entitled “The Stone.”  His hour and a half set showcased a new 5 piece band of amazing musicians who were part James Brown, part Sly and The Family Stone and extremely rockin’ and funky!

He did not play “The Dance Electric,” but he did do an updated version of “Kelly’s Eyes,” and he performed the majority of “The Stone,” which features heart-felt lyrics, a nice rock edge and some funky little grooves that ran the gamut from soul to country music!  He also threw in a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I guarantee you, it’s the funkiest version you’ll ever hear!  Just press play!

See the setlist after the jump.

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Video: “Salad Days” Live and Acoustic by Mac Demarco

Posted by The G on March 28, 2014 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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I have to gush a little.  When I first “discovered” Mac Demarco, I was on my way to interview him for a show on MTV called “Weird Vibes.”   I was unfamiliar with his music and from the second we met, we hit it off famously.  I found him to be such a cool person and once I heard his music, I became an instant fan.  His music is mostly guitar based and he’s got a smooth voice (see video below to get a taste).  Flash forward to present day, where Mac Demarco is releasing his 3rd album “Salad Days.”  He celebrated the release with an in-store live and acoustic performance at New York’s Other Music on March 27, 2014 and I was like a proud little parent watching fans lose their shit to take their photo with Mac, who is seriously one of the coolest dudes in Rock and Roll.  Mac – I wish you more and more success and it fills my heart with joy to see so many people responding so positively to your music!  So please check out “Salad Days” and go see Mac live when he comes to your town.  You will leave his concert in stitches, I promise!  He’s not just a great musician, but he’s a funny dude who will do literally anything and everything to get his audiences engaged and it works every time!  Love you Mac!

Video: “Blue Collar Jane” live by The Strypes

Posted by The G on March 19, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Hey music lovers, I’m about to introduce you to your new favorite band – The Strypes.  The four piece garage rock band from Ireland sound like they’ve been around for decades and perhaps the most impressive fact about the band – as of press time, the members of the band range from age 16 to 18!  WOW!  They’ve already got the stage presence and swagger of rock stars and as I watched them perform a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on March 18, 2014, I felt like I was witnessing history.  When you think about where these guys will be in the next few years, the possibilities are limitless.  They already count rock and roll photographers BP Fallon and Bob Gruen (who were both at the show) as fans and their base will be growing by leaps and bounds once people find out about this band.

So check out “Blue Collar Jane” and be ready to be impressed!

Thanks again to The Strypes and I will be looking for your name at the top of the charts!

See the set list and photos of the band with yours truly, after the jump.

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