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Vincent Neff of Django Django
I have a new band crush! Scottish/British quartet Django Django played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on October 2, 2012 and it was love at first listen. The band is of course getting major media buzz and a Mercury Prize nomination for their self-titled debut, but I decided I would let them stand before me as I heard their music for the first time.
The band came out wearing matching shirts, which would have probably convinced me without hearing a note, but once the lights went down, the night just got better and better. Their music could be described as psychedelic-folk-rock, which to me was surprisingly a good thing. Lead singer Vincent Neff said that he was going to take us on a journey and he did not lie! The musicianship of the band was great and the group looked like they were having the time of their lives. (Side note: I met the band after the show and I can confirm, they were not faking it!)
This show marked Django Django’s 2nd time in New York and they said they love it here so much, they want to move here! That would be awesome, so get in touch with the band if you can help make it happen!
But before Django Django (and the band name has nothing to do with Django Reinhardt, by the way) rocked my world, Brooklyn (via San Francisco)’s dance trio Lemonade opened the show. If dance/pop is your thing, you should definitely check out Lemonade. Upon reading up more on Lemonade, I am impressed that they completely improvised their very early gigs, thus giving them the impetus to continue making music together. Very inspirational! Their drummer mentioned that he was in jail last weekend and didn’t explain more. Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks to Lemonade and Django Django for a great night of music.
See the setlist after the jump.
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From left to right: Portia De Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett
The hottest ticket in town on October 2, 2011 was the cast reunion of the TV show “Arrested Development” as part of the New Yorker Festival. Before I get into what the program for this afternoon was all about – here’s the information you are all dying to know:
Writer/Creator Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed that an “Arrested Development” movie is happening. The script is half way finished and they are aiming to begin shooting in the summer of 2012. Leading up to the film, there will be up to 10 installments (one per character) letting the audience know what everyone’s been up to since the show went off the air. Distribution methods are still being worked out, but one might expect webisodes or non-traditional means of delivery.
Michael Cera, Jason Bateman
Ron Howard called in and Liza was not in attendance, but the rest of the principals on “Arrested Development” were on stage talking about the ups and downs of the show, some of their heroes and influences and there was also a brief question and answer session with the audience.
Portia DeRossi, David Cross
As you can expect from the cast, they cracked jokes constantly and also spoke about their proudest moments on the show. The audience consisted of “Arrested Development” die-hards and you could hear a pin drop when the cast spoke about the show.
Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
The cast would not reveal too much about the plot on the upcoming film, but they did advise that each character will probably screw things up when the script is locked.
Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat
At the end of the hour long presentation, the cast did the chicken dance!
Jason Bateman, Will Arnett
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Girl in A Coma
On October 2, 2010, Texas rockers Girl in a Coma got the crowd revved up at Music Hall of Williamsburg prior to an also great set by Foals. The band is signed to Joan Jett’s Blackhearts label and their album “New Adventures in Coverland” is released on October 16, 2010. Speaking of covers, they played the most rockin’ version of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight,” that I’ve ever heard! The studio version will be on the album, so you’ll want to get it for that reason alone! They also played a snippet of “Lover You Should Have Come Over” by Jeff Buckley but it was aborted (possibly because the hipster crowd probably have no idea who Jeff Buckley is). Girl in A Coma’s music has also been featured in the latest Robert Rodriguez movie “Machete” and based on their live performance, it looks like they’ll be hacking off their own slice of the rock and roll pie.