On March 2, 2014, New Yorkers braved the threat of a massive snowstorm and skipped watching the Oscars to attend a sold out show from Bad Things at Mercury Lounge. The California based synth-rock band performed songs from their self titled debut which came out in January of 2014. Typically when you go to a show, the lead singer gets all the love and attention, but Bad Things has a quite famous bass player and all eyes were on him. Once the show got going, the crowd rocked out and one of the show highlights was the song “Caught Inside.” Find out who the famous bass player is after the jump (or just click “play”). Also, if you missed this show, Bad Things will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon later on in the week, so check your local listings!
Lights, projections, drag queens, back up dancers and great dance music. That’s one way to describe an amazing performance by Ssion (pronounced “shun”) at the Highline Ballroom in New York in the wee hours of the morning on March 3, 2012. Hitting the stage around 3 am (yowsah!), Cody Critcheloe of Ssion wasted no time getting the crowd revved up with his classic song “Fear Us.” Ssion originated in Kansas City and has been enjoying a growing following in New York and rightfully so. 2011 saw the performance art dance band Ssion performing a series of fantastic and critically acclaimed shows at PS1 as well as the release of the for a limited time only free download of the album “Bent,” a record which made my top 11 albums list of 2011. The record (and this morning’s performance) have great songs that will take your mind on a journey from club thumpers such as “Listen to the Grrrls” “Blonde With U,” and “Psy-chic” to the after-hours chill out songs “Growin'” “Feelz Good (4-Ever)” and “My Love Grows in the Dark.”
Ssion’s performance is not just filled with great songs for the ears and feet, but it’s also a treat visually. Performed in front of screens showing extremely trippy visuals, Ssion’s show also included choreographed dance moves executed by male dancers, whose bodies looked like statues. Even at a very late hour, the crowd danced for the entire hour long set which also included a cover of Hole’s “Credit in the Straight World” and a bit of Prince’s Madonna’s “Keep It Together.” Even though my body clock is off kilter today, I wouldn’t have missed this show for the world, and the next time Ssion play, you shouldn’t either!
On March 2, 2011, Colorado based band Tennis played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Their music has the flavor of the 50s and 60s beach-rock bands. Lead singer Alaina Moore and guitarist Patrick Riley are a husband and wife team and their music is causing a lot of buzz in the blog-o-sphere. Though their music tends to be minimalistic, I enjoyed what I heard and I could almost feel the sand between my toes.