The other day, I wrote about my first experience seeing Bear Hands live. I also posted links for free mp3s. If you didn’t click on those, never fear – you can watch their song “B + T” below. You don’t have to do anything other than click “play.” I know you can handle that for a little bit of rock and roll. Can’t ya?
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!
I was very excited to see Brooklyn based band Bear Hands (say that 10 times fast) as they’ve been setting the music blogs a-light with praise. When they performed at Webster Hall on September 18, 2010, opening for Jamie Lidell, I got to check the band out for myself. You can’t really trust what you read on other sites because most sites outsource their photos and words and still don’t have their reviews up on the net as fast as I do! However, I am glad to have experienced Bear Hands live because I really enjoyed them. Their music has tinges of MGMT mixed with the Killers and all of the songs played except one in their 11 song set were upbeat. It seemed like an odd choice for an opening act considering that Jamie Lidell is soulful and funky and Bear Hands were much more rock and roll. Also, the crowd consisted mostly of tweens and I felt that Bear Hands’ music would have much more appeal to the late or post-college crowd. Regardless, I enjoyed the set and I am looking forward to hearing their album which is scheduled for release in November, 2010. You can check out Bear Hands for yourself by downloading legal mp3s on RCRD LBL’s site. I’ll be posting a video of “B + T” (That’s what it said on the set list) in the near future, so you can get a taste of the rockin’ show I saw. Stay Tuned. Speaking of the set list, see it – courtesy of the guitarist, after the jump (and thanks for that!).
On September 18, 2010 when singer Jamie Lidell walked out on stage at New York’s Webster Hall, he was treated not only to an energetic crowd awaiting his arrival, but the audience sang the first song. It was Jamie Lidell’s birthday and the audience serenaded him with “Happy Birthday” as the band backed us up musically. He was even given a piece of cake and got to blow out a candle! It was a really cool concert moment, and as a fellow Virgo who celebrates my special day in about 24 hours from now, I wish Mr. Lidell many happy returns.
Jamie Lidell. The Birthday Boy.
Jamie Lidell has been around since 1997, and somehow, I’ve managed to never hear any of his music until seeing him perform it live. When I read descriptions of his music that said “he’s soulful and funky,” that was enough for me to go see him. Soulful and funky are a great way to describe Lidell, whose voice to me sounds a bit like Dan Black meets Stevie Wonder meets Adam Levine (from Maroon 5). Your ears won’t argue with those comparisons! He also performed a medley of his older tracks in which he beat-boxed and then sampled himself to provide the rhythm. It was pretty cool.
See more pictures of Jamie Lidell and most of the set list after the jump.