2013 is turning out to be a great year for music. Barely one month into the new year and I’ve already seen three tremendously talented artists: Jake Bugg, Jessie Ware and Tom Odell. 22 year old British singer/songwriter Tom Odell performed his first ever show in the USA at New York’s Piano’s on January 24, 2013. Despite sub-freezing temperatures, the sold out show was packed to the rafters and Tom Odell lived up to (and surpassed) all the online buzz.
Tom Odell performed a brief 5 song set, but the power of his voice more than made up for the length of the show. He has a powerful voice that has elements of Thom Yorke of Radiohead and musically his sound marries folk, pop and beautiful piano ballads perfectly. You can have a listen for yourself at Tom Odell’s official website as you can download demos of “Another Love” and “Sense” for free for a limited time. His debut album “Long Way Down” is slated for release in April 2013 and there is no doubt, Tom Odell is a name you’re going to be hearing about for a long time! He announced that he has plans to come back to the states later in 2013, so put him on your radar if he is not already and make sure you see him live!
This is a live version of the new single by singer Rod Thomas, who is better known by his stage name Bright Light Bright Light. The track is called “Feel It” and we at according2g.com are feelin’ it! The video was recorded at Piano’s in New York on August 2, 2012. Pass it on.
On August 2, 2012, the amazingly talented singer Rod Thomas, better known by his stage name Bright Light Bright Light performed a stripped down solo set at Pianos in New York. If you haven’t heard Rod’s debut album “Make Me Believe in Hope,” I highly encourage that you check it out. First off, Rod’s voice is amazing! His songs deal with love, heartbreak and optimism – with a pounding dance beat! Spotted in the audience was Rod’s friend and collaborator, Scissor Sisters’ guitarist Del Marquis. Del did not perform “Cry at Films” like he did during Bright Light Bright Light’s last New York show, but if you want to see a video of that, click here.
And now, check out my favorite song from “Make Me Believe In Hope,” “Love (Part II).” Though the video is dark (the lights were kept low so we could have a nice intimate vibe), I think you’ll agree that Rod blows the roof off with his performance!
Make sure you also follow Bright Light Bright Light on Soundcloud as Rod’s mash-up remixes are awesome, and many times, he gives them away to his fans for FREE! Bright Light Bright Light has a new single coming out soon – and the video was filmed this week in NYC, so stay tuned for that (and guess what, I took a video of Rod performing the song at Pianos as well – double bonus!).
You know Dima makes great art, but did you know he also is a rock star? His band Corrupt Autopilot played a show at New York’s Pianos on September 24, 2011 and I was there to catch all the action. The 4 piece New York-based band rocks hard. Their hour long set featured tracks off their latest album “Inside The Crystal Palace,” including the extremely catchy and uptempo “Television,” whose chorus announces “I sleep with the television on.”
Bassist Nikolai Drjuchin created animation based on Dima’s art specifically for the shows and it is projected onto the band as they play, leaving the crowd in a psychedelic wonderland. The show was extra special as it marked the final performance (for now) of their bass player Nikolai Drjuchin, who is moving to Los Angeles. The audience gave him a nice send off as we grooved and danced the night away. Thanks for rockin’ Corrupt Autopilot!
The people have spoken: ”we want more Liam Fray videos!” Well, it’s my pleasure to present the lead singer from The Courteeners performing an acoustic version of “The Opening” (the opening track from the excellent album “Falcon”) live at Pianos in New York on January 20, 2011.