Video: “Bridges” live by Broods

Posted by The G on March 9, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

Video and Photos by G.

On March 3, 2014 at New York’s Mercury Lounge, New Zealand’s electronic brother/sister duo Broods packed the house for one of their first US live appearances.  Based on the crowd reaction, Broods are poised to have a successful career ahead of them and they got instant gratification as they announced their next show which will be at the much larger venue Music Hall of Williamsburg.  Not bad considering their debut album is not out yet!  Love it!  Check out a video of their track “Bridges.”

Just press play.

Best of luck to you Broods!

Georgia Nott of Broods and Geoffrey Dicker

Georgia Nott of Broods and Geoffrey Dicker

Caleb Nott of Broods and Geoffrey Dicker

Caleb Nott of Broods and Geoffrey Dicker

 

Video: “Late” (live) by Arthur Beatrice

Posted by The G on March 8, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

Video and Photos by G.

On March 3, 2014, English band Arthur Beatrice made their live debut in the United States at New York’s Mercury Lounge.  The group has a mellow vibe to their sound and if you like The XX or London Grammar, you will like Arthur Beatrice.  One of the highlights of the evening (aside from talking to The Vaccines lead singer Justin Young, who was in the audience) was their song “Late,” of which a video is posted below.  Just press play!

Ella Girardot of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Ella Girardot of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Orlando Leopard of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Orlando Leopard of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Hamish Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Hamish Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

 

Elliot Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Elliot Barnes of Arthur Beatrice and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again to Arthur Beatrice and I wish you as much success as Beatrice Arthur!

 

10 Reasons The Swedish House Mafia Concert Was Genius!

Posted by The G on March 4, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

The Swedish electronic band Swedish House Mafia are one show away from performing their final ever show in New York.  I caught their second to last show on March 3, 2013 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.  Here are 10 reasons why the concert was a stroke of genius.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

1. It was the biggest rave I’ve ever been to.  Barclays Center holds 18,103 people and it was sold out.

2. Rather than just have one DJ behind the decks pushing buttons and moving up and down to the beat, Swedish House Mafia employ THREE DJs!   Supersize it!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

3. The group was able to sell out 3 nights at Barclays Center, 1 night at Madison Square Garden and 1 night at Hammerstein Ballroom as they’ve announced this is their final tour EVER!  Since there was not much to look at other than the visuals, every seat was a good seat!

4. Swedish House Mafia said little more than “New York, MAKE SOME NOISE” and “Brooklyn, are you feeling alright?” for the duration of the show.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

5. Laser lights, cool projections and sometimes fire and/or fireworks were featured for every song.

6. The show was proof that nearly 18,000 kids could be on drugs in a single place and nobody got hurt.

The crowd at Swedish House Mafia

The crowd at Swedish House Mafia

7. The ability to have the crowd eating out of your hand, freaking out and losing control with dance songs whose lyrics are “Ooh, Hey” (that was the carefully selected opening act).

8. Their tour merch, which consisted primarily of sayings in a really simple font, was selling for $35 and up!

Swedish House Mafia Merch

Swedish House Mafia Merch

9. The group had the nerve to take a 10 minute break in the middle of the set, thus disrupting everyone’s groove and flow!  Clearly, it was not from working too hard, which makes the act even more genius!

10. At some point, enough money will be offered and Swedish House Mafia will make a killing on a reunion tour!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

It’s crazy to think of all the songs that Swedish House Mafia will never get to perform again!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

On a side note, this was my first trip to the Barclays Center and even though I had to travel to Brooklyn which does not make me thrilled, I must say that the staff were extremely nice and since the venue is very new, it was very clean.  The prices of food are your typical over-priced stadium fare ($10.50 for a beer, $4.50 for a pretzel, $9.50 for a burger and fries, etc.)  The pitch of the venue is not for those that are scared of heights, so my recommendation is to sit low if you have this affliction.  Obviously, Swedish House Mafia are not doing anything to push the musical boundaries forward, but for what it was, their show was thoroughly entertaining.  Their songs have great beats and their visuals could keep even non-dance music fans eye fucked all night long.  If you are going to their final show EVER in New York on March 4, 2013, they went on just prior to 10 pm so make sure your drugs kick in before that hour!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

The setlist was:  2 hours of dance music that pretty much all sounded the same with little variation.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

 

An Encounter with Questlove

Posted by The G on March 7, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Questlove and Geoffrey Dicker

Questlove and G

I think Questlove gets my vote as the busiest man in music.  Born Amhir Thompson, Questlove or ?uestlove, is a drummer, DJ, rock journalist and record producer. I’ve seen him perform before (and he’s amazing), but yesterday, March 3, 2011 was my first up close encounter with Questo. He was much taller than I expected and in fact, when he agreed to take a photo with me, I was barely able to get both of us in the same frame because I am very short!  He was in a rush so our encounter was very brief, but I did get the chance to tell him that I think he’s the best tweeter on Twitter (say that ten times fast). If you don’t follow him, his tweets will fill you in on everything cool happening on the net.  Most recently, he joined Prince on stage during Prince’s 5 night stand at Madison Square Garden and he tweeted while on stage!  I don’t know how he does it, but all I can say is – RESPECT!  Thanks again Questlove!  You can follow Questlove on Twitter @questlove and me @according2g.  Thanks again Questlove!

An Encounter with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

Posted by The G on March 3, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Geoffrey Dicker

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and G

Despite it being one of the coldest days in recent memory, when I met Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips today, he couldn’t have been nicer.  I typically try and keep it together when I am around the rich and fabulous, but I couldn’t help myself and I gushed to Wayne Coyne how much I enjoyed seeing his show last year (which out of over 200 bands that I saw last year was my favorite concert of 2010).  He was really humble and was so extremely nice.  In addition to taking this amazing photo with me, he signed some CD covers for me as well as a photo I took from The Flaming Lips’ show last year.  He even commented on what a cool photo it was.  Wow! Thanks again so much Wayne for being so great in every way!  If you’ve never seen a Flaming Lips show, I cannot recommend it strongly enough. It’ll blow your mind!

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