Review: Kate Nash live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on March 27, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Kate Nash

Kate Nash

British singer Kate Nash played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on March 26, 2013.  This was my first experience seeing her live and I loved what I saw.  Performing for nearly 2 hours, the pop princess is a bit more punk now and she showed the crowd she knows how to rock.  Before the show was over, she played hits such as “Do-Wah-Do,” “Foundations,” and a cover of Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch,” for which Kate Nash sang most of the song after jumping into the audience and partying with the crowd.

Kate Nash

Kate Nash

One of the highlights of the show for me were the stories she told in between songs.  You felt like you were at the pub having a drink with a friend as she told stories such as having to borrow toilet paper from the next cubicle over at an awards show, a crazy speech she made at an the same awards show, her last tour that she went on with a broken foot and the inspirations behind many of her songs.  I met Kate after her show and she was a sweet heart, who was happy to sign my cds and hugged me for sticking around.  My pleasure Kate!  Kate Nash performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (March 27, 2013).  Don’t miss her!

See the set list after the jump.

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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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