An Encounter with Disclosure

Posted by The G on January 26, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Howard Lawrence of Disclosure and Geoffrey Dicker

Howard Lawrence of Disclosure and Geoffrey Dicker

If you need some good dance music to shake your tail feathers to, let me suggest Disclosure.  The Lawrence brothers from the UK are burning up dance floors across the world with their collaborations with Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, London Grammar and most recently Mary J. Blige and as you can see from these photos, they are very easy on the eyes.  Love them!

Guy Lawrence of Disclosure and Geoffrey Dicker

Guy Lawrence of Disclosure and Geoffrey Dicker

Hot Band Alert: Twenty One Pilots (live at Irving Plaza)

Posted by The G on December 5, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots

Hot (in every sense of the word) band alert.  Ohio’s “indietronica”/alt-hip hop/alt-rock duo Twenty One Pilots played their first of 2 sold out shows at New York’s Irving Plaza on December 4, 2013.  I’d only heard their name before I went to see the show and I was happily surprised that I enjoyed what I heard.  They started the show with masks over their faces (and had them on for 3 or 4 songs).  Do not do that!  You guys are way too hot for that.  I nearly walked out, but once they took their masks off, I was very glad I stayed.  Not only did I get to see these two hotties parade on stage for well over an hour, I got to see straight guys losing their shit over other straight guys, I got to see nearly the entire venue block the people behind them by holding up their cell phones to try and get pictures, which inevitably came out like crap (invest in a $100 camera people!) and last but not least, I saw the security guards at Irving Plaza beat the shit out of a drunken crowd goer who decided it was a good idea to try and do pull-ups from a low hanging pipe inside the venue.  Yes, photos and video exist!  And now, presented without comment – more photos of these two hotties!

Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots

Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots

Tyler Joseph

Tyler Joseph

Josh Dun

Josh Dun

Crowd Surfing!

Crowd Surfing!

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots

Review: Jagwar Ma live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on October 1, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G (except where noted).

Gabriel Winterfield of Jagwar Ma

Gabriel Winterfield of Jagwar Ma

Hot new band alert!  Australia’s Jagwar Ma performed their first ever show in New York last night (actually, I think it was their first in the USA) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on September 30, 2013 and it was awesome!  Their music is a mixture of rock, pop, shoegaze and electronica and the sold out crowd loved every second of it!  They kept the lights low and flashing to provide the ultimate vibe, which was awesome for the show, but bad for taking photos (ha!), so you can see what the guys in Jagwar Ma look like after the jump when I spoke with them after the show.  Their debut album is called “Howlin” and like their show, it mixes the genres I mentioned above.  Their 45 minute set found them performing the majority of “Howlin” and it was great to hear songs like their chill out single “The Throw” and then moments later, hear a full on dance floor jam like “Four.”  If you missed the show, they are playing at Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 1, 2013 and they’ve just announced a headlining US tour scheduled for winter 2013.  If I were you, I’d definitely see them at a smaller venue because once you hear their music, you will fall in love.

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An Encounter with Portugal. The Man

Posted by The G on June 6, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

*except for drummer Kane Ritchotte.

Photos by G.

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Portugal. The Man are definitely one of my favorite bands of the last decade.  When you listen to lead singer John Gourley’s voice, you’ll hear that he’s influenced everyone from MGMT to Foster the People.  Musically, Portugal. The Man’s music is psychedelic pop and I recommend ALL of their albums.  They’ve been around since 2004 and have nearly released an album a year since then and I guarantee you if you check out their music, you are going to have the same reaction I had, which is falling head over heels in love with them!  If you are looking for a place to start, let me recommend 2011’s “In The Mountain In The Cloud,” as I truly think the record is a masterpiece from start to finish.  The band has a pretty big fan base and has been performing at large venues such as Terminal 5 in New York for several years, but their latest album “Evil Friends,” which was released at the beginning of June, was produced by Danger Mouse and Portugal. The Man are starting to receive mainstream attention.  Well deserved!  The guys from the band are extremely nice, which makes me like them even more.  Thanks PTM so much for the great music and for being really cool to chat with.  May the greatest success in the world be yours!  (and may we get lots of b-sides and unreleased tracks!)  🙂

Zachary Carothers (bass, backing vocals) of Portugal The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Zachary Carothers (bass, backing vocals) of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Kyle O'Quin (Keyboards) of Portugal The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Kyle O’Quin (Keyboards) of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Noah Gersh (Guitar) of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Noah Gersh (Guitar) of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again guys!  I heart you all!!!!

An Encounter with Savages

Posted by The G on June 5, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Hot new band alert!  London’s post-punkers Savages are making a huge impact on the music scene and for good reason – they rock!  The band played together for the first time in January 2012 and a quick year and a half later, they are already headlining medium-sized venues in New York!  Love that!

Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

If you haven’t heard the infectious and extremely rockin’ “Husbands,” make sure you check it out, ASAP!  It’s got elements of Patti Smith meets Siouxsie and the Banshees and the track will easily be on many critics great songs lists of 2013.

Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Their debut album “Silence Yourself” is out now and I hope you dig it as much as I do.  Savages will be back in NYC playing Webster Hall on July 11, so make sure you get a ticket before it sells out.

Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

It was great meeting you Savages and I wish you all the success in the world!

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