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!
My history with singer Dan Croll has been brief, but it’s packed a strong punch. I was getting tickets for a show and I got a suggestion that if I liked that band, I’d like Dan Croll. So sight unseen, I got a ticket for his upcoming April 2014 show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. I took a chance and got a ticket because that’s what I do – experience the unknown as often as possible. I decided to tweet the singer to let him know and within moments, he was interacting with me on the anti-social media networking site. I appreciated the gesture (as I can’t even begin to tell you how many artists I’ve reviewed whose tweets fall by the waste-side by said artists or their inept marketing arms), so I decided to follow Dan on Twitter. Within a week, he posted a tweet that he’d be shopping at Rough Trade in Brooklyn at a particular time and that we should all come down and say hello. I did just that and Dan was absolutely lovely to talk to in person. I’ve heard an advanced copy of his record “Sweet Disarray” and I am loving it! I’d say his music has a bit of a Paul Simon meets Two Door Cinema Club vibe happening and according 2 G, that is a great thing! I’m looking forward to the official release of the record (which is March 10, 2014 – or March 11, 2014 in the USA) and even more excited to see Dan perform these songs live. Go to Dan Croll’s official website where you can download the track “Can You Hear Me” for free, for a limited time. The link will open in a new window. Thanks again Dan and see you very soon!
Los Angeles! If you are a fan of Prince, you must head over to Mr Musichead in Hollywood to check out a photo exhibit of the singer (circa 1977) by Robert Whitman. A year before Prince’s debut album “For You” was released, photographer Robert Whitman conducted a series of photo shoots with the soon to be iconic singer in Minnesota for inclusion in Prince’s press kit as he searched for a record deal. Only 15 press kits were ever assembled and they are one of the most sought after items amongst fans.
Partial gallery view
The photographs in this collection are stunning as it’s nearly unfathomable to imagine a time where Prince was merely a 19 year old unknown singer with some songs and a dream.
Close-up of a proof sheet of Prince by Robert Whitman
Prince by Robert Whitman
Many of the photos from these shoots have never been seen before, so you will not want to miss your chance to see these iconic photographs in person.
How much do I love Maxwell? Let me count the ways… I ran into the semi-reclusive singer recently and he was extremely nice. He even clowned around with me when I asked him to take a photo! I love that. Rumours abound that his long awaited new album will be a duets album with Alicia Keys. Before we all get super excited at that prospect, remember that he promised a trio of albums to be released one per year starting in 2009 and so far, sadly, only one of them has come out (no pun intended). Let’s hope that Maxwell’s long delayed albums come out soon because the world needs more of his greatness! It was great meeting you Maxwell and as soon as your next album comes out, I will be first in line to get it!