Young Empires to Release “The Gates” on March 30, 2015

Posted by The G on March 23, 2015 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Young Empires Logo

Young Empires

2015 got off to a slow start musically, but as the ice starts to melt in New York, Toronto’s Young Empires are heating things up.  Earlier this year, in association with Coors Altitude, their first new song in quite a while, the ultra infectious “So Cruel,” became a Youtube sensation, chalking up close to a million views.  See video below and you will see why it’s so popular.

March 30, 2015 will see the worldwide release of another new Young Empires song, “The Gates.”  They are offering an exclusive preview of the track on their Instagram page (link will open in a new window).  You can also follow them on Soundcloud.

Welcome back, Young Empires!  We’ve missed you!

Penguin Prison is back!

Posted by The G on March 13, 2015 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Chris Glover of Penguin Prison

Chris Glover of Penguin Prison

Great news music fans!  Penguin Prison is back!  After touring the world as a DJ and producing remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Imagine Dragons (just to name a few), Chris Glover and his band Penguin Prison have announced their second album “Lost In New York,” which drops on May 5, 2015.  Penguin Prison debuted a handful of new tracks at a sold out show, their first full band show in 2 years, at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on March 12, 2015.  If you liked the funky and extremely catchy dance/ pop songs on their debut, you will not be disappointed with the material on “Lost in New York.”  Pre-order the new album at this link (which will open in a new window).

You can stream the new track “Try To Lose” below.

 

After the show, Chris revealed that Penguin Prison will be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg some time during the release week for “Lost In New York,” so be sure you don’t miss it.  Welcome back Penguin Prison!  We’ve missed you!!!

Penguin Prison - Rough Trade Setlist

Penguin Prison – Rough Trade Setlist

The setlist was:

Calling Out (new song) / Golden Train / The Worse It Gets / Try To Lose (new song) / Multi-Millionaire / Caught In A Daze (new song) / Never Gets Old (new song) / Don’t Tell Me (new song) / Show Me The Way (new song) / Don’t Fuck With My Money.

Encore:

Hollywood

 

Bright Light Bright Light News!

Posted by The G on April 26, 2014 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light at Joe's Pub April 2014

Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light at Joe’s Pub April 2014

New York’s favorite import is back to stay!  Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) is back on our soil and at a sold out show at Joe’s Pub on April 25, 2014 in New York, he gave the crowd many reasons to believe in hope (excuse the pun).

He began the show by performing his upcoming album “Life Is Easy” in full on piano.  The record will be released in July 2014 and like his debut album, “Make Me Believe in Hope,” the songs deal with love, despair and and gratitude.  Rod’s voice is like a little slice of heaven with ridiculously catchy pop hooks that will make you want to get yourself to the nearest dance-floor immediately.  The first single is called “I Wish We Were Leaving” and it features guest vocals from Sir Elton John, whom Rod will be touring with in Europe in June and July 2014.

Rod Thomas mentioned that he can officially call Brooklyn his permanent home (on behalf of New York, welcome to the neighborhood, Rod!) and he is working with another beloved Brookylnite, Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters on the second Slo Knights album, which will hopefully see release later on in 2014.

During the encore, while he played the crowd favorite “Immature” off his first record, he mentioned that if you pre-order “Life Is Easy” on his official website, you will get a digital copy of the audio from the Joe’s Pub show!  I was at the show and it was a night to remember, so make sure you order your copy and spread the word!

The tracklist for “Life Is Easy” (released in July 2014) is:

1. Everything I Ever Wanted
2. There Are No Miracles
3. I Wish We Were Leaving (with Elton John)
4. An Open Heart
5. Good Luck
6. I Believe
7. Lust For Life
8. More Than Most
9. In Your Care
10. Too Much
11. Happiness

 

Video: “All The Way” (Live and Acoustic) by Timeflies

Posted by The G on March 7, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

HD Video by G.

Cal Shapiro of Timeflies

Cal Shapiro of Timeflies

Boston duo Timeflies are back!  The group is genre-bending as their music infuses rap, hip hop, funk, dance, pop and electronica.  They can definitely hold their own when they strip their music down and perform acoustic, as you are about to see.  To promote their new album “After Hours” which will be released on April 29, 2014 on Island/Def Jam, the group stopped by the label’s New York headquarters to give us an exclusive preview of their album.

Rob Resnick of Timeflies

Rob Resnick of Timeflies

The video you are about to see is Timeflies’ latest single “All The Way.”  Cal Shapiro freestyles in the middle of the song after having been given a list of topics (which he was not privy to before the performance began), he incorporates all of them into the song.  This video will hopefully be enough to tide you over until Timeflies’ album “After Hours” sees the light of day on April 29, 2014.

Just press play!

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Bloc Party to Release “Nextwave Sessions” EP

Posted by The G on June 26, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Kele of Bloc Party

Kele of Bloc Party

Bloc Party is set to take a hiatus after their touring commitments in the summer of 2013 are complete. But before they do that, they will release the “Nextwave Sessions” EP on August 12, 2013.

The EP will feature:

‘Ratchet’
‘Obscene’
‘French Exit’
‘Montreal’
‘Children Of The Future’

Let’s hope their hiatus doesn’t last too long!

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