An Encounter with Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal

Posted by The G on September 19, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photo taken with my hand.

Kevin Barnes, lead singer of Of Montreal and G

This is like deja vu!  One year ago to the day, I saw Of Montreal perform.  A mere 365 days later, the band is back to perform on the same day!  I love their music a lot as it literally meanders from genre to genre in the span of a few minutes.  Every song takes you on a journey of multiple styles and it seems that with each listen, you discover more and more layers of music.  I didn’t have such a great time at their show last year, not because of the band – they rocked, but because I was standing in the middle of a bunch of dopey (literally) kids who decided to body slam each other in the front row.  That’s not my scene!  When I met Of Montreal’s lead singer Kevin Barnes, I was curious to see if he’d be as meandering and random as the wonderful music he makes, and he was extremely nice and very soft-spoken.  It was quite a nice surprise!  It’s also nice to see that Of Montreal is finally starting to gain some momentum in getting their music out there to the masses.  Let’s see what happens in another 365 days!  Thanks again Kevin!

Of Montreal Live At Terminal 5

Posted by The G on September 19, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

All photos by G.

Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal.

Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal.

I really hope you like these photos of Of Montreal as your favorite blogger G was nearly trampled to death trying to take these for you. Of Montreal, named after lead singer Kevin Barnes’ failed romance with a woman from the city, have been around since 1997.  Recently, the wannabe-hipster-i’ve-got a-fake-ID-so-let’s-get-wasted crowd got wise to this band and the audience at Terminal 5 in New York City was rowdy, unruly, and worst of all, moshing!  Of Montreal’s music is like a cross between the Scissor Sisters, MGMT and Frank Zappa!  They had cool visuals, random weirdos in costumes as backup dancers and their stage presence is as meandering as their music, but a good time was still had.

See more pictures after the jump.

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Janelle Monae Live At Terminal 5

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All photos by G.

Janelle Monae makes art on stage whilst singing!

Janelle Monae makes art on stage whilst singing!

This is the second time I’ve seen Janelle Monae live, and she’s every bit as great as the first time.  She’s got a soulful voice that can raise the roof, she’s got great dance moves and last night at Terminal 5 in New York, she even made a painting while singing!  Of course, you’ll recall that Janelle was discovered by Outkast and now she’s signed to Bad Boy records (P. Doody’s label).  Like the last time I saw her live, she performed “Smile,” dedicated it to Michael Jackson and then moonwalked across the stage so perfectly that Michael is surely smiling wherever he is.

More awesome photos of Janelle Monae, opening up for Of Montreal,  after the jump.

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Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head

Posted by The G on June 5, 2009 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Me + Yr Daughter

Me + Yr Daughter

Listen up New Yorkers!  The awesome band Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head is doing not one, but two shows in the NY area in June.  The first is June 6, at Brooklyn’s Studio B.  The second is in Manhattan at Santo’s Party House on June 20.  Tickets are available on Ticketweb.  More pix after the jump.

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