Fever Ray – Live At Webster Hall

Posted by The G on September 29, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray.

Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray.

I had no idea what to expect when I went to the first of 2 sold out shows by Fever Ray at Manhattan’s Webster Hall on September 28, 2009. I know that lead singer Karin Dreijer Andersson was formerly in The Knife and I know that she’s pretty well known for dressing up in strange costumes on stage. As far as the rest of it, I decided to let the band do their job and turn a complete stranger into a fan.  Mission accomplished!

At the stroke of 10 pm when Fever Ray hit the stage, these weird figures in strange costumes appeared on stage and when the thumping tribal electronic music started pulsing, we were treated to a laser lights show that Pink Floyd would tip their hats to.  The smoke and lasers engulfed the room and at times, it felt like I was starring in my own version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax music video.  It’s no wonder that their self titled album is already a shoe in for most best of the year album lists.  Also, Time Out New York has named this show one of the hottest tickets in town this week and it’s easy to see how both nights of this spectacle have sold out.

See some of the amazing lighting after the jump.

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Phoenix Live in Central Park

Posted by The G on September 27, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Thomas Mars of Phoenix!

Thomas Mars of Phoenix!

French rock band Phoenix played their second of two sold out shows in New York’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 26, 2009.  A little bit of rain did not stop these French rockers from making the audience dance, groove and lose control as they played hit after hit including their new single “Liztomania.”  A few fun facts about Phoenix (try saying that 1o times fast!):  Phoenix started off as the backing band for the group Air on a remix of “Kelly Watch The Stars.”  Some of the members also split off to join the band that would eventually become Daft Punk.

See more photos and the set list after the jump:

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U2 – Live at Giants Stadium

Posted by The G on September 25, 2009 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Bono!

Bono!

I’ll freely admit, I am not the biggest fan of U2.  I think a lot of their songs are overrated and I don’t think they take enough chances, but the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that they are incredible live performers.  I decided to see what all the hype was about, and I must say, as performers, they deserve every kudo they get.  Playing to a record audience of 82,000 people at Giants Stadium in New Jersey on September 24, 2009, U2 made the crowd go absolutely bonkers for 2 solid hours.  Their set “The Claw” (see photo below), is one of the largest stage setups in concert history and as soon as you see this show, you’ll want one really bad!

U2 - The Claw for the 360 tour.

U2 - The Claw for the 360 tour.

See more pictures and the set list after the jump.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Radio City Music Hall

Posted by The G on September 24, 2009 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Karen O. of Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O. of Yeah Yeah Yeahs

New York based indie band Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a sold out show in their home city on September 23, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.  They had a really cool backdrop on stage, which consisted of gigantic beach ball eye-balls.  I know they were beach balls because towards the end of the show, they were released into the audience, which went crazy tossing them up in the air.  Their music has been featured in all of the uber-popular recent TV shows and lead singer Karen O. definitely has a stage presence that can be felt even up in the cheap seats.  The performed hits such as Maps, Y Control and Date with The Night.  Were they great live?  Is Karen O. totally awesome?  Did I have a good time?  Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

See more pictures (including the aforementioned eye-balls) after the jump.

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ESG Live at Radio City Music Hall

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Renee Scroggins of ESG

Renee Scroggins of ESG

Emerald, Sapphire and Gold, better known as ESG, the trio of sisters from the South Bronx in New York, reunited for a special show on September 23, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, supporting New York darlings the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.ESG were pioneers in the 1980s of fat beats and lush grooves that eventually would be sampled for decades to come by the elite in hip-hop such as the Beastie Boys, Tricky and Wu-Tang Clan.  A fun fact about ESG: they were produced by Joy Division’s producer Martin Hannett.  Just a few nights ago, they played their first show since 2007 and the crowd in New York City was sure glad to have them back!

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