An Encounter with Adam Ant

Posted by The G on July 16, 2013 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Adam Ant and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

Adam Ant and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

ADAM ANT!!!!  One of my favorite kings of the wild frontier is back and better than ever with a new US tour that is kicking off this week.  He was in New York doing some promotion and I was fortunate enough to meet the new wave icon!  I had a slight fan-boy moment when I told Adam that I loved him, but it’s true!  Adam Ant’s music has rocked my entire life and I still listen to his music a lot – from the b-side “Yours, Yours, Yours” to the 12″ version of “Vive Le Rock” and of course songs like “Strip” and “Stand and Deliver” are always in high rotation.  You can catch Adam Ant singing some of these songs live if you live in the USA on the following summer 2013 tour dates (see below), via Adam Ant’s official website.  You can also see pictures and a review of Adam Ant’s tour from last year in New York at this link.  Thanks again Adam and I am going to say it again, I love you!!!!

July 2013

17th – San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre

19th – Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim

20th – Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia

23rd – Salt Lake City, UT, The Grand

24th – Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre

26th – Austin, TX, Belmont

27th – Houston, TX, Warehouse Live

28th – Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre

30th – Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom

August 2013

1st – Chicago, IL, Congress Theatre

5th – Nashville, TN, The Cannery Ballroom

6th – Atlanta, GA, Center Stage

8th – Miami, FL, Grand Central

9th – St Petersburg, FL, Palladium Theater

10th – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live

13th – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

15th – Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre

16th – New York, NY, Irving Plaza

17th – New York, NY, Irving Plaza

19th – Boston, MA, Royale Boston

20th – Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Canada

24th – Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE

26th – Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion

27th – Detroit, MI, Cathedral Theatre

28th – Cleveland, OH, The Agora Theatre

30th – Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre

31st – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom

September 2013

1st – Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights

6th – Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre, Canada

7th – Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market

8th – Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre

10th – Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

12th – San Francisco, CA, The Regency Theatre

14th – Hawaii, HI, The Repiblik

17th – Fresno, CA, Tower Theatre

18th – Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre

20th – Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

Sensual Harassment Have a New EP + Free Download

Posted by The G on February 13, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Sensual Harassment

Sensual Harassment

One of New York’s best kept musical secrets, Sensual Harassment, are back and ready help you get your groove on.  The Brooklyn based funk/punk duo have a new EP called “Escape From Alpha Draconis” which is preceded by the single “Make Me Human Again.”  The single can be downloaded for free for a limited time on the band’s Soundcloud page.  (Link will open in a new window).  You can stream the EP on Sensual Harassment’s official website, so get to clicking and discover your new favorite band!  You won’t regret it!

Sensual Harassment is also playing the South by Southwest festival in Texas in March and is embarking on a brief tour to coincide with SXSW.  Tour dates are below and I highly encourage you to check them out and spread the word!

03/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
03/07 – Baltimore, MD – Soft House
03/08 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor
03/09 – Athens, GA – Flicker Theater
03/11 – New Orleans, LA – Dragon’s Den
03/12 – Houston, TX – Super Happy Funland
03/13-17 – Austin, TX – SXSW

You can also read an interview with Sensual Harassment’s lead singer Todd Thomas over on the official CMJ site.

Review: Live At The Troubadour 2011 by Van Hunt

Posted by The G on February 28, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Van Hunt - Live At The Troubadour

Van Hunt - Live At The Troubadour - Out March 13, 2012

I am definitely biased when it comes to Van Hunt’s music.  He can pretty much do no wrong by me musically as I’ve loved the progression of his sound from album to album.  He gets compared to Lenny Kravitz and Prince a lot and I see why people say those things; however, if you see Lenny or Prince these days, they’ve lost the creative spark that used to show them setting trends instead of following them.  Enter Van Hunt.  He’s not Prince and he’s not Lenny.  He’s one of the few artists out there that is taking chances musically.   The latest direction in his music is the 2011 album “What Were You Hoping For?” a seamless fusion of Soul and Punk!  The title of the album suggests correctly that if you think you are going to get a rehash of the types of songs Van Hunt has already released, you’ve probably purchased the wrong album.

I’ve recommended going to see Van Hunt live every chance you can because he is not just an exciting studio musician, but when he performs, you get to see a whole other side to Van Hunt.  He’s not one to sound exactly like his records in concert and in fact he typically plays almost unrecognizable versions of his songs as he changes the arrangements dramatically.  For those that have been unable to see Van live, the next best thing is “Live At The Troubadour 2011,” a 19 track live album recorded in Los Angeles last year.  You’ll hear what I’ve been talking about with these great performances of songs like “Character,” which is much more rock than soul; a thrashin’ version of “Her December” instead of the jazzy studio version, and a fast version of “Hot Stage Lights” (known on the album as “Man of the Year”).  He also plays a couple of tracks from his still unreleased record “Popular” and even those renditions are different than the studio versions.  You’ll also hear live takes on many tracks from “What Were You Hoping For?” including a funky version of the title track, and the thrashing “Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane” as well as the first single, “Eyes Like Pearls.”  At the risk of losing fans, Van Hunt is not trying to alienate anyone with the dramatic direction he’s taking.  He’s just trying to grow as an artist and listening to “Live at the Troubadour” will cement the fact that Van Hunt is a force to be reckoned with.  In addition, the album will tantalize you for his next tour (and great news – his Spring 2012 tour dates are below) and will ensure that you never miss seeing Van Hunt perform live.

 

3/15Austin, TX @ Cedar Street Courtyard – SXSW/Thirty Tigers Showcase

3/16Houston, TX@Warehouse Live Studio

3/17Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar

3/20  St. Louis, MO @ Lola

3/21Chicago, IL@ Lincoln Hall

3/22Ferndale, MI@ The Magic Bag

3/23Cleveland, OH @Beachland Ballroom

3/24Toronto, ON @The Great Hall

3/27Washington, DC @The Hamilton

3/28Baltimore, MD @Sound Stage

3/29Pittsburgh, PA@ Thunderbird Café

3/31Providence, RI@ Fete Lounge

4/1Philadelphia, PA@ World Café Live

4/2New York, NY @ The Studio @ Webster Hall

4/3Brooklyn, NY@ Knitting Factory

4/5Charlotte, NC@ Double Door Inn

4/6Atlanta, GA @The Earl

4/7Nashville, TN @ Jazz & Jokes

4/9Columbus, OH @The Basement

4/11Dayton, OH @Canal Street Tavern

4/13Bloomington, IL @The Castle Theatre

4/14Davenport, IA @RME Performance Hall

4/15Minneapolis, MN @Fine Line Music Café

 

The Tracklist for Van Hunt’s Live at “The Troubadour” 2011 is:

1. Intro

2. Dimples On Ur Bottom

3. Hello Goodbye

4. Man Of The Year

5. SNM

6. Seconds Of Pleasure

7. Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane

8. What Were You Hoping For?

9. North Hollywood

10. What Can I Say?

11. Character

12. Prelude Reprise / Highlights / Peter Intro

13. Eyes Like Pearls

14. Her December

15. A Time Machine Is My New Girlfriend

16. Dust

17. Down Here In Hell

18. The Lowest 1 Of My Desires

19. Outro

Review: The Twilight Sad live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on February 26, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad

On February 25, 2012, Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad performed at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The band recently embarked on a US tour, but due to VISA problems (read:  please get it together USA, WTF?!), the band was denied entry into the country for 5 days forcing them to cancel some dates.  The Twilight Sad is here now and their show was incredible!  I saw them perform two years ago and that show was my first exposure to their music.  I fell in love with their deep, dark and rockin’ beats coupled with lead singer James Graham’s intense stage presence.  James Graham appears to be channelling Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison as he lets the music take him to another place, and all at the same time, he delivers a very powerful vocal performance.  Musically, their songs tend to have a slow build with a great climactic ending.

James Graham of The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad performed many new tracks off their 2012 release “No One Can Ever Know” including the lead single “Another Bed.”  A lot of the titles of their song titles  are not used in their lyrics so it’s always hard to keep track of their setlist.  They played two of my favorite tracks “Reflection of the Television” and “I Became a Prostitute,” and I would recommend those songs as a good starting place if you are unfamiliar with the music of The Twilight Sad.  In an age where so few bands have little to add to the musical palate, The Twilight Sad are here to remind us all that rock and roll will never die.  Thanks to The Twilight Sad for a great night!

Catch The Twilight Sad on their Spring 2012 US Tour:

Feb 26 Allston MA – Brighton Music Hall

Feb 28 Montreal QC – Il Motore

Feb 29 Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace

Mar 01 Grand Rapids MI – Pyramid Scheme

Mar 02 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle

Mar 03 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry

Mar 05 San Diego CA – Casbah

Mar 06 Los Angeles CA – The Echo

Mar 07 San Jose CA – The Blank Club

Mar 08 San Francisco CA – The Independent

Mar 10 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern

Mar 11 Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Mar 14-18 Austin – SXSW

Van Hunt Announces Live Album and Spring ’12 Tour

Posted by The G on February 21, 2012 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Van Hunt

Van Hunt

Two bits of great Van Hunt news!  Van Hunt will be releasing his first live album “Live At The Troubadour 2011” on March 13, 2011 (in digital format only).  If you’ve never gotten the chance to see Van Hunt live, you are missing out in seeing one of the ONLY true musicians out there who challenges himself and his audience as he refuses to take the “easy road.”  When you go see Van Hunt live, you won’t hear a regurgitation of the album, but instead you’ll hear a completely different twist on very familiar songs.  His latest album “What Were You Hoping For?” is a breath of fresh air in a time where so many artists repeat what they think is the winning formula.  Van Hunt has always been known to mix rock and funk and on this album, you’ll hear genre-bending tracks that seamlessly meld soul and punk!

You can catch Van on tour in 2012 at:

 

3/15Austin, TX @ Cedar Street Courtyard – SXSW/Thirty Tigers Showcase

3/16Houston, TX@Warehouse Live Studio

3/17Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar

3/20  St. Louis, MO @ Lola

3/21Chicago, IL@ Lincoln Hall

3/22Ferndale, MI@ The Magic Bag

3/23Cleveland, OH @Beachland Ballroom

3/24Toronto, ON @The Great Hall

3/27Washington, DC @The Hamilton

3/28Baltimore, MD @Sound Stage

3/29Pittsburgh, PA@ Thunderbird Café

3/31Providence, RI@ Fete Lounge

4/1Philadelphia, PA@ World Café Live

4/2New York, NY @ The Studio @ Webster Hall

4/3Brooklyn, NY@ Knitting Factory

4/5Charlotte, NC@ Double Door Inn

4/6Atlanta, GA @The Earl

4/7Nashville, TN @ Jazz & Jokes

4/9Columbus, OH @The Basement

4/11Dayton, OH @Canal Street Tavern

4/13Bloomington, IL @The Castle Theatre

4/14Davenport, IA @RME Performance Hall

4/15Minneapolis, MN @Fine Line Music Café

The Tracklist for Van Hunt’s Live at “The Troubadour” 2011 is:

1. Intro

2. Dimples On Ur Bottom

3. Hello Goodbye

4. Man Of The Year

5. SNM

6. Seconds Of Pleasure

7. Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane

8. What Were You Hoping For?

9. North Hollywood

10. What Can I Say?

11. Character

12. Prelude Reprise / Highlights / Peter Intro

13. Eyes Like Pearls

14. Her December

15. A Time Machine Is My New Girlfriend

16. Dust

17. Down Here In Hell

18. The Lowest 1 Of My Desires

19. Outro

 

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