Review: Atoms For Peace live at Barclays Center

Posted by The G on September 28, 2013 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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AThom Yorke of Atoms for Peace

Thom Yorke of Atoms for Peace

On September 27, 2013 Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms For Peace performed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Being a die-hard Radiohead fan, of course I loved the show, but there were a few things that definitely puncture a hole in the otherwise untouchable world of all things Radiohead.  The show began at 9:15 and for nearly one hour and 45 minutes, Thom Yorke (with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass) and his band used many of Radiohead’s signature techniques to get the crowd going.  Personally, I think Thom Yorke’s voice is so beautiful that he could do an a capella show with no backdrop and I’d love it, but why do that when you can use a crazy-ass lighting system (see below)?  Yorke danced, played piano and guitar throughout the show, which included songs such as “Default,” “And It Rained All Night,” “Harrowdown Hill,” “Ingenue” and “Black Swan” (as an unlikely final song) and each song was filled with pretty cool visuals (although, the stage set up was surprisingly recycled from the last Atoms for Peace tour).

Atoms For Peace

Atoms For Peace

Surprisingly, the show was nowhere near sold out, and of course, since one should not expect Radiohead songs to be played (and except for “Paperbag Writer,” a Radiohead B-side, none were), that might have been a deterrent from people filling the seats.  The floor, which was general admission, was only about half full, but for those of us that were there, it was pretty awesome.  The majority of Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” was played (though the title track was criminally absent) along with the Atoms for Peace record “Amok,” and again, hearing the songs in a stadium setting made me realize the limitations of the tracks.  The Atoms for Peace tracks are quite experimental, and in a huge space such as Barclays, keeping everyone’s attention was not something that Yorke and company were particularly successful at.  I am always amused at Thom Yorke’s “dance like no one’s looking” moves, which were used throughout the show, and Flea’s “play the bass like your life depends on it” energy, but many times, a few seconds after a song’s intro, hordes of people were getting out of their seats to mill around instead of watch the show.  I saw the last Atoms for Peace show in the much smaller Roseland Ballroom a few years ago and that show, even with a lack of Radiohead songs was mindblowing.  The Atoms for Peace show at Barclays had its moments but I think the space was way too big for the material that was presented.  Perhaps Mr. Yorke’s ego will be deflated a bit after realizing that he is far from perfect and the Atoms for Peace show was a huge reminder of that.  I’m sure I am in the minority on this, but that’s why this site is called According 2 G.   A video of “Amok” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

The setlist was:

Before Your Very Eyes / Default / The Clock / Ingenue / Stuck Together Pieces / Unless / And it Rained All Night / Harrowdown Hill / Dropped / Cymbal Rush

Encore 1: Skip Divided / Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses / Rabbit In Your Headlights (UNKLE Cover) / Paperbag Writer (Radiohead Cover) / Amok

Encore 2: Atoms for Peace / Black Swan

Review: Guards and Two Door Cinema Club live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club

On September 27, 2012, Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted a double bill of great music.  The extremely sold out combo of Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club and New York’s very own Guards was one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in quite a while.

Richie Follin of Guards

I saw Guards earlier this year and loved their music immediately.  Since that time, I’ve gotten familiar with their studio recordings and it was great to sing along to tracks such as “Resolution of One.”  Though Guards’ describes their music as new wave and power pop, in concert they are much more rockin’ than their self categorization would suggest.  Their new single “Silver Lining” was released online this week and I definitely think that it won’t be long before Guards are the headlining act.

Guards

Guards

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

At the stroke of 10 PM, Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage.  I’ve seen TDCC several times in concert, including their very first headlining gig in New York (in 2010) and I’ve always had fun at their shows.  Last night was no exception and once again, I had a blast.  One of the things that is so appealing about their music is that they make songs that are short and straight to the point.  They don’t feel the need to drag out songs past their expiration point and also, they don’t do ballads!  Every song is a 3 to 4 minute dance party and gives way to another one.  It’s hard to sit still listening to their music at home and when you see them in concert, it’s a full on party!

Alex Trimble

Two Door Cinema Club’s first record “Tourist History” sounds more like a greatest hits album than a debut album as there is no filler on it.  In the midst of a globe trotting (and seeming never ending) world tour, the band somehow found time to record a second album and it came out this month.  The record is called “Beacon” and like their first album, it’s packed with radio friendly songs that are all upbeat.  Alex Trimble told the crowd how good it was to be back in New York again and the crowd was more than happy to return the love.

Alex of TDCC

There was a good mix of tracks played off each album during the band’s 16 song set, which was streamed live over youtube.  From “Tourist History,” they played: “Undercover Martyn,” “This Is the Life,” “Do You Want It All,” “Something Good Can Work,” “Come Back Home,” “What You Know,” “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You,” “You’re Not Stubborn” and “I Can Talk.”  From “Beacon,” they played “Sleep Alone,” “Wake Up,” “Sun,” “Spring,” “Next Year,” “Handshake” and “Someday.”  I definitely recommend picking up their albums and also seeing them live whenever you can as you won’t be disappointed!

The setlist was:

Sleep Alone / Undercover Martyn / Do You Want It All / This is the Life / Wake Up / You’re Not Stubborn / Sun / Spring / I Can Talk / Next Year / Something Good Can Work / Handshake / Eat it up, It’s Good For You.

Encore: Someday / Come Back Home / What You Know

Review: Lindsey Buckingham live at Town Hall, NYC

Posted by The G on September 28, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham

If you were not at Lindsey Buckingham‘s show at Town Hall in New York on September 27, 2011, you missed something special.  Lindsey Buckingham seems to get better with age as he still makes amazing music and when he performs live, he sets the bar a little higher for the definition of the word “amazing.”  In his nearly 2 hour set, Lindsey Buckingham ran the gamut of his career playing songs from his early days in Fleetwood Mac to his recent album “Seeds We Sow.”  He began the show with a 5 song acoustic set that included “Trouble,” “Go Insane,” “Big Love,” and “Never Going Back Again.”  The show could have ended at that point and you would have gotten your moneys’ worth, but the show was just beginning.  Lindsey Buckingham’s voice was absolutely flawless and when he sang in his whispered voice, you could hear a pin drop in the theater.  After nearly every song, Lindsey received a standing ovation.

Lindsey Buckingham

Guitar God Lindsey Buckingham.

For those like myself that came to hear the new material, Lindsey delivered.  For those that wanted to hear his Fleetwood Mac hits, Lindsey delivered.  For those like myself that wanted to watch him play some of the best guitar you’ll ever see in your life, Lindsey delivered.  My favorite song of the night is always the same – “I’m So Afraid.”  The guitar solo in the middle of the song is beyond words.  There are several videos of “I’m So Afraid” that have been officially released and I urge you to track them down if you want to have your mind blown.  After you see that, imagine that experiencing that solo in person!  That is what rock and roll is all about.  I loved hearing two tracks (“All My Sorrows” and “Turn it On”) off his criminally underrated 1992 solo album “Out Of The Cradle.”  Lindsey’s released 3 solo albums in the last few years and I think that “Under The Skin,” “Gift of Screws” and “Seeds we Sow” are sort of like the best triple album that you’ve ever heard.  The songs fit together so perfectly from acoustic tracks to fast rockers.  Mixing the songs in amongst Fleetwood Mac classics like “Tusk,” “Second Hand News” and “Go Your Own Way” was great.

Lindsey talked about the differences between making music with Fleetwood Mac and solo, comparing the two worlds to big versus low-budget films.  I will support him no matter what because I’ve seen him in concert at least 10 times (both with an without the Mac) and I’ve never been disappointed once.  Lindsey always gives it all he’s got and it shows in the performance.  I left the show, like so many other people did, unable to say much more than “wow!  That was incredible.”  Thanks for giving New York 2 hours of your greatness Lindsey!

See the set list after the jump.

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