Hot new band alert! The UK’s The 1975 played their first of two sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on October 9, 2013. The pop/rock quartet from England have been around for 10 years and 2013 is their break out year. They hit the stage around 10 pm and for a little over an hour, they thrilled the crowd with songs such as “Chocolate,” “Sex” and “The City.” The crowd sung along to most every track and in addition to having stylish haircuts, flashing strobe lights made the show extra fun to watch.
Rather than leave the stage before the encore, lead singer Matt Healy asked the crowd if they could just play straight through and the crowd replied with thunderous applause. All of The 1975′s songs were very catchy, almost made to be placed in films and commercials, so if that appeals to you, check out their music! I spotted the one and only Lindsay Lohan at the show and if you read this blog somewhat regularly (aka, you are one of my heroes), I’m sure you know how that ended. Catch The 1975 again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. No word on if you’ll catch Miss Lindsey there too, but either way, you will have a great time! See the setlist below (featuring drummer George Daniel’s blood – he cut himself during the show, but was a real trooper and played on!)
Atoms for Peace is Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke’s side project. Recently, the band performed at Barclays Center. One of my favorite songs of the night was the title track from their album “Amok.” So get ready to run amok and click play….
On October 3, 2013, British post-punk band White Lies played their first of 2 sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. I was largely unfamiliar with their music even though they’ve been around since 2007, but White Lies did their job as rock-stars and turned me into a fan. Their music has elements of Joy Division, Editors and The Killers, which to me is winning all around! They took the stage around 10 pm and played for around an hour and a half, playing songs off their 3 albums. Their latest album “Big TV” was released earlier this year and the video you are about to see is the first single from the record. If you like this song, and I know you will, you will enjoy all of their records. So get ready to become a fan of White Lies as soon as you press play.
If you read this site somewhat regularly (which makes you one of my heroes by default), you know that I see a TON of live music. In the last several years of seeing hundreds of new bands, one of my favorites (if not my very favorite) is the Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. In addition to being fantastic musicians, lead singer Kevin Parker’s vocals are a marriage of George Harrison and John Lennon’s sound. I have worn out their 2 albums and EP and I’ve seen them in concert many times. The more I see them (or listen to them), the more I just absolutely fall in love. On October 1, 2013, they played on a triple bill that also featured Sean Lennon’s group Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Flaming Lips at the dreaded Terminal 5 in New York. To say the show was mind-blowing was an understatement. You’ll see what I mean once you click play and get lost in the psychedelic groove of “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control.”
On September 23, 2013, The XX played their first of 2 sold out nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. After a great set by Polica, The XX hit the stage just about 9:30 PM and for a solid hour and a half, their moody music hypnotized the crowd. One of the great things about The XX, especially in this day and age, is that you can’t really say that their music sounds like anyone else. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft trade off on vocal duties, sometimes harmonizing with each other, sometimes performing duets and Romy’s tender voice is the perfect compliment to Oliver’s subtle, yet romantic vocals.
Jamie Smith and Romy Madley-Croft of The XX
Since The XX’ music can be quite soft and subdued, they utilized a quite nice light show to compliment their music and add to the chill out vibe that was felt across the entire Radio City Music Hall. Having just seen the Pet Shop Boys, I am a bit spoiled as to what I consider a breath-taking light show, but as I can imagine both bands don’t have much cross over with fans, I looked around to see the crowd mesmerized for the duration of the show. Songs such as “Crystallized,” though extremely mellow, got the crowd on their feet and we remained standing (or swaying) for the rest of the night.
Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim of The XX
Towards the end of the set, it was a powerhouse of some of The XX’ most popular songs, including “Chained,” “VCR” and “Islands,” and these tracks made unlikely, but quite cool crowd sing-a-longs. As The XX was finishing up their set, a huge laser X flashed across the stage. The crowd erupted with applause and returned The XX’ love. Bliss.
The setlist was:
Try / Heart Skipped a Beat / Crystallized / Reunion / Far Nearer / Sunset / Missing / Fiction / Night Time / Swept Away / Shelter / VCR / Islands / Chained / Infinity