Brandon Flowers live at Highline Ballroom

Posted by The G on August 26, 2010 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

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Brandon Flowers

The Killers are on a break.  Brandon Flowers is sowing his wild oats by releasing a solo record called “Flamingo.”  The songs from the album made their New York debut on August 26, 2010 as he performed them live at a sold out show at the Highline Ballroom.  For those hoping for a radical departure from the sound of the Killers in the way that Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and Kele from Bloc Party did on their solo records, you might be disappointed. I personally thought that any of the tracks performed could fit in on a Killers record, so perhaps that will please the legion of fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of “Flamingo.”  He played 8 new songs, a cover of Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes,” and 2 tracks by The Killers – “Losing Touch,” and an acoustic version of “When You Were Young.”  Aside from the fact that “When You Were Young” was the encore and final number, the audience just about lost their minds when he started singing the song.  A video of “When You Were Young,” “Bette Davis Eyes,” and “On The Floor” are all coming soon, but please be patient.  I am only one person with many amazing experiences to write about.  He took the stage at 9 pm and played for 45 minutes.  There was no opening act.  The screaming girls around me obviously loved every note, but I did overhear some audience members saying “his solo stuff sucks shit.”  You can decide for yourself when “Flamingo” is released next month.  One thing that is indisputable, Brandon Flowers is a total hottie!

See some more pictures of Brandon Flowers as well as the set list after the jump.

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Karen Elson

Posted by The G on March 22, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Karen Elson.

Karen Elson is gorgeous!  You might know this Brit from her days as a supermodel where she graced the covers of Vogue, W, Elle and Nylon and was featured in international ad campaigns for Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gaultier, etc.  You might know her from her work in the New York based political cabaret group The Citizens Band.  You might know her from her work as a background vocalist for Robert Plant and Cat Power. You might even know her because she’s married to Jack White of the White Stripes.  But perhaps you did not now that Karen Elson made her debut as a solo performer on March 22, 2010 at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village in New York City and I was there to take it all in.

Karen Elson’s debut album “The Ghost Who Walks” will be released on May 25, 2010, but she gave the sold out crowd a preview of all good things to come.  The album is produced by her husband, Jack White, who could not be there tonight, as he is currently on tour.  Her music reminded me a lot of Alison Krauss, with a bit of darkness that could only be the signature sound of her husband’s production.  Her 13 song set kept the audience totally enraptured and we should expect her to conquer the music world in a few short months.  Vogue magazine legend Grace Coddington was in the audience and when I asked for a photo, she said “No.  This is Karen’s night.”  So much for love amongst fellow G’s.

Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks - Out May 25, 2010.

See more pictures of Karen Elson as well as the setlist after the jump.

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