Brief Review: Kurt Vile at Maxwell’s

Posted by The G on June 18, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is getting huge!  A few short years ago, he was the support act to many bands and now Kurt Vile is a headliner.  Prior to a summer European tour, Kurt Vile played a very intimate show at Maxwell’s in New Jersey on June 15, 2012.  He’s being compared to a young Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and with media buzz like that, the future is looking bright for Kurt.

He played an hour long set that included “Peeping Tomboy,” “Jesus Fever” and “Blackberry Song,” which was a nice mix of tracks from the several studio albums he’s released, including the latest “Smoke Ring for my Halo.”  The crowd was loving every second of Kurt’s set, which featured his backing band The Violators.

You can see the set list after the jump.

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Video: “Myxomatosis” live by Radiohead

Posted by The G on June 3, 2012 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Before you get totally excited, please note that there are definitely some limitations on this video.  You do the best you can when you are in a crowded stadium, trying to enjoy the show, dodging people’s heads, etc.  My suggestion is that if you feel the need to criticize my camera work, please feel free to go to hundreds of shows a year and do a better job at reporting and reviewing them  🙂

But now – get totally excited.  Radiohead RULE!  They put on a show that for lack of a better term was “insanely incredible and mind blowing.”

Get ready to check out a ridiculous light show while Thom Yorke and company perform “Myoxmatosis” (including the alternate lyrics on the last verse that appear only in the lyric booklet of ‘Hail to the Thief,’ but do not on the studio version).  Thom’s dancing, the lights, the song… WOW!

This is from June 1, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.



Review: Radiohead live at the Prudential Center (2nd Night)

Posted by The G on June 2, 2012 under G Reviews | 6 Comments to Read

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead

Radiohead. June 1, 2012.  Prudential Center in New Jersey.  Mind blown!

Radiohead June 1 2012

Radiohead June 1, 2012

Holy Cow!  At the half way point in 2012, I can honestly tell you that I witnessed the best show of the year as Radiohead raised the bar by which all other concerts will be measured.  New York’s Madison Square Garden is under summer renovation so arena bands are forced to take their shows to New Jersey when they hit the east coast.  Though many people complained about the commute, every ounce of blood sweat and tears to get to the Prudential Center in Newark and back was worth it!



The show began with the electronic dance band Caribou playing a great 40 minute set.  The flashing lights they used were a preview of things to come.


The last time I saw Radiohead perform a full show, it was one of the coolest light shows I’ve ever seen.  They upped the ante and put on an even more spectacular lighting display for their “King Of Limbs” tour.  For each song, 9 screens above the stage transformed into different patterns, backed with dual screens flashing trippy designs in different colors that changed during every track.  As the show went on, the lighting seemed to get better and better and there were several times where my friend and I were literally speechless at what we were witnessing.


Lead singer Thom Yorke’s voice has a quality to it that could bring you to tears or get you to rock out and his “dance like nobody’s watching” moves are too precious (and infectious) to even try to describe.  The show kicked off with “Bloom,” the opener off their latest album “The King Of Limbs” and it was followed by “15 Step” and “Bodysnatchers” from their epic album “In Rainbows.”

Daily Mail

Vintage tracks such as “Myxomatosis,” “Pyramid Song,” “The Gloaming,” “How To Disappear Completely,” “Go To Sleep,” “The National Anthem,” and “Paranoid Android” made the audience freak out in delight as they were peppered in between 6 out of 8 tracks from “The King Of Limbs.”  A few non-album tracks and new songs were played including “The Daily Mail,” “Staircase,” “Supercollider” and the new “Identikit.”


During “Idioteque,” the main set closer, there were a few screw ups both lyrically and musically and Radiohead abruptly aborted the song and walked off stage.  When they returned, Thom Yorke mentioned that he was very ill last night and didn’t get much sleep so he was very thankful for the crowd’s love, which was overwhelming!  He also talked about the Occupy Wall Street movement and mentioned that a lot of the evil bankers who have put the world’s economy into the nightmare it currently is are still out there on the loose and that it’s time to take a stand.

The Matrix?

The final encore included “Give Up The Ghost,” “Reckoner” and the show closer “Everything in its Right Place.”

Lotus Flower

It’s very interesting that a lot of Radiohead’s songs are not geared for stadium sized sing-a-longs, but with the mesmerizing light show, they could have sung the phone book and kept the entire crowd on the edge of their seats.  For bands that feel the need to play the hits to fill the seats, PRINCE, please take note.

Thom Yorke!

If you even think of missing Radiohead when they perform in your city, THINK AGAIN!

In Rainbows

Wow!  What a night!  That’s all I have to say.

Jigsaw falling into Place

The setlist was:

Everything in its Right Place

Bloom / 15 Step / Bodysnatchers / Kid A / Staircase/ The Daily Mail / Myxomatosis / The Gloaming / Separator / Pyramid Song / Morning Mr. Magpie / Identikit / Lotus Flower / The National Anthem / Feral / Idioteque (cut short).

First Encore: How To Disappear Completely / Supercollider / Go To Sleep / Paranoid Android

2nd Encore: Give Up The Ghost / Reckoner / Everything in its Right Place.

Radiohead - The Merch


Review: Sade Live at the Prudential Center

Posted by The G on June 26, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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I have wanted to see Sade in concert for a really long time.  She hasn’t toured in a decade but let me tell you, it was worth the wait!  Performing at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on June 25, 2011, Sade was electric for the duration of her two hour set.  She took the stage around 9:40 and opened with “Solder of Love,” the title track off her latest album.  She received thunderous applause after the first song and Sade thanked the crowd for being so patient with her and for all our support over the years.  She dedicated the next song, “Your Love Is King” to us.  She had a great stage show with LED screens that lit up and sometimes she performed behind a sheer curtain that had visuals projected onto it.  She performed old songs and new and pretty much played every song you would expect to hear except for “Hang on to Your Love” and “Never As Good as the First Time.”



A highlight of the show for me was when she sang “Pearls.”  She appeared alone on stage, lit only by a spotlight as she sang that extremely beautiful and sad song.  Also, “No Ordinary Love,” “By Your Side,” and “The Sweetest Taboo,” were also top notch.  Sade hit all the notes and looked as gorgeous as ever.  There were 4 outfit changes during the show and lots of applause.  It was wonderful hearing an entire arena sing the lyrics of “Smooth Operator” and “Kiss of Life” as well.  I hope it’s not another 10 years before Sade comes around again and if she’s coming to your city on this tour, I recommend you see Sade perform.  She is amazing.


See the set list and another photo after the jump.

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Fish With Braids Gallery and Creative Grove

Posted by The G on September 27, 2010 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

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Uta Brauser of Fish With Braids Gallery

The other day, I was walking down the street when I discovered a pop-up version of the Fish With Braids Gallery.  Lots of great art was for sale including funky city baby hats as well as works by Paul Richard!  I spoke with Uta Brauser of the Fish With Braids Gallery and she also mentioned that there’s an artist market in New Jersey (close to the PATH train in Jersey City) that is held weekly (on Fridays) and has as much great art as the market in Union Square in Manhattan.  The project is called Creative Grove and you can learn more information about it at this link.  Creative Grove is located at 521 Jersey Avenue (1st Floor, rear. Two blocks from Grove Street off the PATH).  Thanks for the tip Uta!

Paul Richard (on the left).

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