Hot new artist alert! Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs is a trip hop/R&B/pop singer from Britain and in addition to her gorgeous look, her music is infectious. She performed a show at Glasslands in Brooklyn the other night and whilst she kept the mood going by virtually performing in the dark, that makes for horrible photos. So in lieu of those, I will tell you that FKA stands for “formerly known as” since another artist named Twigs was upset that she took on the name Twigs, which refers to the sound her joints make when they crack. Learn more about FKA Twigs on her website. Best of luck to you Tahliah and I look forward to seeing you again!
After a 20 year absence from the stage, the always funky Andre Cymone made his return to New York on March 31, 2014 at Bowery Electric. Andre Cymone, along with Prince, was a pioneer in the Minneapolis Sound that so many people have emulated over the years, was once married to Jody Watley and has produced hits for Adam Ant. Now he’s back after a long hiatus with a new album entitled “The Stone.” His hour and a half set showcased a new 5 piece band of amazing musicians who were part James Brown, part Sly and The Family Stone and extremely rockin’ and funky!
He did not play “The Dance Electric,” but he did do an updated version of “Kelly’s Eyes,” and he performed the majority of “The Stone,” which features heart-felt lyrics, a nice rock edge and some funky little grooves that ran the gamut from soul to country music! He also threw in a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I guarantee you, it’s the funkiest version you’ll ever hear! Just press play!
If you are a fan of the surrealistic photographs of David LaChapelle (not to be confused with the comedian whose name is similar but not and it’s unbelievable how many people mix the two up), you will also enjoy his latest exhibit “Land Scape” at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
The sites depicted in this exhibit are of gas stations and refineries and when you take a closer look, you will see that the objects that make up these structures are soda cans, straws and other items that typically spend more time on this planet in land fills than being useful items.
As always with Lachapelle’s works, the photos are very large and really must be seen in person to grasp detail of each work. The opening night party was filled with LaChapelle’s admirers from Amanda Lepore to artist Mark Ryden. It was quite a scene.
Despite being pretty mobbed, David LaChapelle was extremely nice to everyone and even posed for a photo with yours truly. Thanks David!
David LaChappelle and Geoffrey Dicker 2014
David LaChapelle’s “Land Scape” will be on view through March 1st, 2014 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 27th Street.
2014 is here and there is already a must hear recording artist – Britain’s 23 year old soul sensation John Newman. He’s having quite a week after making his US TV debut, getting two Brit Award nominations, performing a sold out show at the legendary New York venue Bowery Ballroom and most importantly, having his photo taken with ME!
The encore for John Newman’s slaying set on January 9, 2014 was “Love Me Again,” and you are going to love his voice, his hair (might be hard to tell in the video, but he has a little blond stripe in the front that is super cute) and his dancing. Best of luck to you in 2014 and beyond John!