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On October 9, 2013, Rodriguez performed his largest New York show to date at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The audience soaked up every word and every note uttered by Rodriguez and it was great to see the legendary singer finally receiving the career the fame and success he deserves. If you haven’t seen the Academy Award winning documentary “Searching For Sugarman,” you should definitely check it out as it will warm your heart.
This video, on the other hand will crucify your mind. Never worry, it’s merely the title of the song!
Enjoy and thanks for a great show Rodriguez!
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Matthew Healy of the 1975
Hot new band alert! The UK’s The 1975 played their first of two sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on October 9, 2013. The pop/rock quartet from England have been around for 10 years and 2013 is their break out year. They hit the stage around 10 pm and for a little over an hour, they thrilled the crowd with songs such as “Chocolate,” “Sex” and “The City.” The crowd sung along to most every track and in addition to having stylish haircuts, flashing strobe lights made the show extra fun to watch.
Rather than leave the stage before the encore, lead singer Matt Healy asked the crowd if they could just play straight through and the crowd replied with thunderous applause. All of The 1975’s songs were very catchy, almost made to be placed in films and commercials, so if that appeals to you, check out their music! I spotted the one and only Lindsay Lohan at the show and if you read this blog somewhat regularly (aka, you are one of my heroes), I’m sure you know how that ended. Catch The 1975 again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. No word on if you’ll catch Miss Lindsey there too, but either way, you will have a great time! See the setlist below (featuring drummer George Daniel’s blood – he cut himself during the show, but was a real trooper and played on!)
The 1975 Setlist Bowery Ballroom
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Lindsay Lohan and Geoffrey Dicker
On October 9, 2013, I went to go see up and coming band British rock/pop band The 1975 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and I was pleasantly surprised to see that in addition to me being a fan, they are also admired by none other than Lindsay Lohan! While the rest of the band enjoyed drinks after the show, Lindsay stuck with drinking a bottle of water (go Lindsay!) and she was very nice when I met her. Stay strong Lindsay! You can do it! Thanks for being so cool and just know that if the rest of the world abandons you, I’m in your corner. Team Lindsay!
Photo by G. Art by Banksy.
Banksy on Ludlow
If you are a street art fan and live in New York, the month of October 2013 is going to be filled with fun surprises. Notorious street artist Banksy is doing a month-long exhibit entitled “Better Out Than In,” and it appears that each day in October, a new work will surface somewhere in Manhattan or their neighboring boroughs. And most likely, vandals, fame seekers or people out to make a quick buck will destroy the art (sometimes within the same hour of the piece’s location being revealed), so to see these works in person, you have to be on your toes. I will not lie and say that 10 days into the exhibit, I am loving the concept and not really loving the art. However, the particular piece you see above was revealed yesterday and is the best of the bunch so far.
After a marathon day of seeing not one but TWO concerts, I headed over to Ludlow Street to catch a glimpse of the latest Banksy. The half wall/half car mural is luckily located behind a locked gate, so it’s the only piece to have survived more than a few hours in this exhibit so far. I happened by the piece close to one o’ clock in the morning, and there were about 15 admirers at the site as well. During my visit, I overheard some conversations with the folks looking at the art and they likened seeing this work to being at the Louvre in Paris! Get a grip people! While this work is definitely interesting and worth seeing, it’s just that and nothing more. Banksy art seems to be the latest trending topic and everyone is trying to look cool by expressing their ‘expertise’ in street art. I am happy that people are taking an interest in street art again after it pretty much dried up and died in New York (and trust me, I know as I have written about the subject for the last 4+ years), but please people, before you ruin this work with your love jizz, do your homework to get an idea of what ‘amazing’ street art really is. It might even change your life.
With that being said, welcome back Banksy. The streets have missed you!
Really cruddy photos by G.
Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” – One Night Only at the Ziegfeld in NYC.
You’d think after meeting Morrissey, my night would not get any better (or hell, the decade for that matter), but it did. Thanks to a tip (much obliged, Joe!) I found out that Led Zeppelin was in New York to attend the premiere of their concert film “Celebration Day” at the Ziegfeld Theatre, which is footage of their one off 2007 reunion gig. Knowing (and I was right) that the band would be utterly mobbed, I still decided to stick around to see them in person because how often do you get to see Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in the same place at the same time? Not very often! Unfortunately, all the members of Led Zeppelin were surrounded by bodyguards and ran straight to their cars, so these are possibly the worst quality photos I’ve ever posted, but what can ya do?
Also spotted at the premiere were artist Jeff Koons, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. Whoa! What a night!
See them after the jump.
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