Review: Night Moves and Django Django at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on March 7, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Vincent Neff of Django Django

Vincent Neff of Django Django

When I saw Django Django last year, I loved them so much, their self-titled debut made my top albums list of 2012 and has been in heavy rotation ever since. They are back in town with a pair of sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on March 6 and 7, 2013.  I caught their show on opening night and I didn’t think possible, but they were even better than when I saw them in 2012.

Night Moves

John Pelant of Night Moves

The show began at 9 pm with Minneapolis indie rock band Night Moves.  Their songs were rockin’ and their lead singer John Pelant has a voice that will surely be compared to MGMT or Portugal. The Man, but to me, that’s a really good thing.  Their sound falls somewhere in between the great music produced in California in the 70s and psychedelic rock, though I just read on the net that they don’t like the “P” word.  Sorry guys, no harm meant, maybe it was the venue’s lighting?!  They are definitely a band I am putting on my radar and I recommend you do the same.  You can check out their music for yourself on their bandcamp page (link is above).

Django Django

Django Django

At 10 pm, the main attraction, Django Django came out.  They performed mostly in the dark with psychedelic projections playing on horizontal blinds behind them allowing the audience to take a musical journey with the Djangos.  Like the last time I saw them, once the band started playing, they were a powerhouse!  The songs were faster, harder and stronger than the versions on their self-titled album and many times, they’d play 3 or more songs in a row before taking a pause.  Lead singer Vincent Neff is a born lead singer as he got the audience clapping and singing along to the band’s psychedelic pop/folk/rock music.  After each song, he excitedly shouted out “Thank you very much Brooklyn” and his enthusiasm was infectious.

Vincent Neff of Django Django

Vincent Neff of Django Django

The band played the majority of their album and if you don’t know tracks like “Fire Water,” “Hand of Man,” “Default,” “Storm,” and “Life’s a Beach,” you are totally missing out on aural pleasure.  When the band announced they were on their final song, the audience was begging for more and Vincent Neff pointed out “we only have one album, so we’ll make more music and come back and play those tracks for you.”  When Django Django comes back, they will definitely be playing in a bigger venue and I hope when they return it’s very soon!  Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out, but if you can score a ticket, I highly recommend you do.

See the setlist after the jump.

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Review: Lemonade and Django Django at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on October 3, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Vincent Neff of Django Django

Vincent Neff of Django Django

I have a new band crush!   Scottish/British quartet Django Django played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on October 2, 2012 and it was love at first listen.  The band is of course getting major media buzz and a Mercury Prize nomination for their self-titled debut, but I decided I would let them stand before me as I heard their music for the first time.

Django Django

Django Django

The band came out wearing matching shirts, which would have probably convinced me without hearing a note, but once the lights went down, the night just got better and better.  Their music could be described as psychedelic-folk-rock, which to me was surprisingly a good thing.   Lead singer Vincent Neff said that he was going to take us on a journey and he did not lie!   The musicianship of the band was great and the group looked like they were having the time of their lives. (Side note: I met the band after the show and I can confirm, they were not faking it!)

Django Django

Django Django

This show marked Django Django’s 2nd time in New York and they said they love it here so much, they want to move here!  That would be awesome, so get in touch with the band if you can help make it happen!

Lemonade

Lemonade

But before Django Django (and the band name has nothing to do with Django Reinhardt, by the way) rocked my world, Brooklyn (via San Francisco)’s dance trio Lemonade opened the show.  If dance/pop is your thing, you should definitely check out Lemonade.  Upon reading up more on Lemonade, I am impressed that they completely improvised their very early gigs, thus giving them the impetus to continue making music together.  Very inspirational!  Their drummer mentioned that he was in jail last weekend and didn’t explain more.  Inquiring minds want to know!  Thanks to Lemonade and Django Django for a great night of music.

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