If you’ve ever read this site before (and if so, you are my hero – THANKS!), you know that I am crazy for Joey Arias. Joey keeps alive the part of New York that only exists in vintage photos and recollections of “the good old days” before New York became gentrified, when creative expression was much more important than the financial bottom line that everything seems to be reduced to these days. Aside from Prince, I’ve probably seen Joey Arias perform more than anyone else, and no matter how many times I see him, I always leave his shows inspired and with a huge smile on my face. He socks it to you with a great voice, stunning costumes and with comedic delivery that makes you come back for more.
Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke
Seeing Joey on his own is well worth the admission price, but sweetening the pot is the fact that for 2 special shows (April 20 and April 27, 2014, respectively) German/Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke (along with his fabulously talented piano player Charly Zestru) are also on the bill.
Before the night is over, prepare to be wowed by Ratzke’s amazing voice, prepare to laugh your butt off with Sven and Joey as they ad-lib with the crowd and most importantly, they will seduce you with their voices – and it’s likely you’ll hear songs like “You’ve Changed,” “Windmills of Your Mind,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “God Bless The Child,” “Perfect Day” and as you are about to see, “Alabama Song.”
Just press play!
Thanks to Joey, Sven and Charly for a fabulous night! If you’re a fan of the site, you already know that my night didn’t even there, however. The night reached the crescendo when I chatted with the stars of the show at its conclusion, who are just as amazing off stage as they are on.
Charly Zastru, Sven Ratzke, Geoffrey Dicker, Joey Arias. Photo taken by a complete stranger.
Thanks again Charly, Sven and Joey. I heart you!!!
On April 17, 2014, New York experienced “Croll-chella” as Britain’s Dan Croll performed a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. I’m really into his debut album “Sweet Disarray,” which fuses folk and electronic music with rock accents (think Two Door Cinema Club meets Paul Simon). Dan thanked the audience several times for purchasing his album instead of downloading it illegally, and he rewarded his fans by hanging out at the merch table after the show was over. Very classy! I’m looking forward to hearing more great things from Dan and you will be too after you press play on the below video for “In/Out” which will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day because it’s ridiculously catchy. I’m glad to provide that service for you! Great seeing you again Dan! Support Dan Croll’s music by visiting his official website.
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!
I have to gush a little. When I first “discovered” Mac Demarco, I was on my way to interview him for a show on MTV called “Weird Vibes.” I was unfamiliar with his music and from the second we met, we hit it off famously. I found him to be such a cool person and once I heard his music, I became an instant fan. His music is mostly guitar based and he’s got a smooth voice (see video below to get a taste). Flash forward to present day, where Mac Demarco is releasing his 3rd album “Salad Days.” He celebrated the release with an in-store live and acoustic performance at New York’s Other Music on March 27, 2014 and I was like a proud little parent watching fans lose their shit to take their photo with Mac, who is seriously one of the coolest dudes in Rock and Roll. Mac – I wish you more and more success and it fills my heart with joy to see so many people responding so positively to your music! So please check out “Salad Days” and go see Mac live when he comes to your town. You will leave his concert in stitches, I promise! He’s not just a great musician, but he’s a funny dude who will do literally anything and everything to get his audiences engaged and it works every time! Love you Mac!
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing two acts this week that are under the age of 20 and are MEGA-TALENTED! The first were Ireland’s The Strypes and last night on March 19, 2014, I saw 19 year old (as of press time) British singer Chloe Howl. It was Chloe’s first proper gig in the United States and her first in New York and it happened at The Box. Chloe’s music is pop/dance hybrid with the soul of Adele, the wise-beyond-her-years wisdom of Lorde with a splash of the dancefloor ready tunes of Betty Who. According2g, that is a good thing! Check out a video of her single “Rumour,” and remember the name Chloe Howl! She’s poised to be big and has the talent to live up to that expectation. Just press play and I think you’ll agree!