I have been a Dragonette fan for a long time-- I've been dying to see them live. I finally got my chance and made sure to get to Bowery Ballroom early so I could get a good spot. It was one of the most fun shows I've ever been to! Martina is amazing, and the whole show was super high energy, dancey fun.
They performed all of my favorites and I added some new ones into my rotation. If you're unfamiliar with their music, check out I Get Around, Easy, Pick Up the Phone and their newest single- Let It Go. I took this video of Big Sunglasses:
They're coming back to NYC in September to perform at Webster Hall... get a ticket!!
So a couple months ago someone brought my attention to the Gotye and Kimbra song Somebody That I Used to Know and for days I had it on repeat. When I saw that they were playing together at Terminal 5 I jumped on StubHub and snatched up a ticket to the sold out show. I had since downloaded all of Gotye's music onto my iPod and had amassed a little pile of favorite tunes. I go to a lot of shows, and I usually don't bother getting to a venue right when the doors open... I wish I had for this show. I got there at 7:30 for an 8p start time and the place was packed. I was stuck about 50 feet back from the stage behind a bunch of tall people... booo. Kimbra opened the show and was a little powerhouse. Her voice is amazing. I was super far back but found a couple decent vids on youtube to share with you:
Gotye's entire set was phenomenal. He had some trouble hearing himself on stage because the crowd was so loud-- singing, cheering, screaming. He played almost all of the songs that I hoped he would, including Bronte, Smoke and Mirrors, State of the Art (you must check out the video he had playing in the background on this one... love), Eyes Wide Open, Coming Back and of course, he sang Somebody That I Used to Know with Kimbra:
He played drums for most of the songs, and a giant projector played animated videos that illustrated a few of his songs. Everything was very well done and he put on a great show. If you're not familiar with his music, definitely check him out! I'll be seeing him next time he comes to NYC for sure.
I go to a lot of concerts around the city, most of them indie gigs playing at smaller venues. A ticket as huge as Kanye and Jay-Z though-- I had to go. The show was amazing, start to finish. Jay-Z's mature experience and confidence overshadowed Kanye's need to prove himself, but the two played off each other in master fashion throughout the night. Often playing from opposite sides of the Garden on giant LCD video cubes, the two exchanged turns and joined in on each other's songs in rotation.
I went to see Brandon Reilly of Nightmare of You and Ben Thornewill of Jukebox the Ghost. I'm big fans of both bands, and seeing them do solo acoustic sets in a venue as small as the Studio at Webster Hall was something I couldn't turn down. They each played songs from their respective bands, but joined up to play a couple tunes together at the end. Hilarity ensued.
Death Cab for Cutie is a band I have long had on my "bands I must see live" list. I was very surprised to hear they were playing Bowery Ballroom- seemed like a venue much too small for them. It's a great concert venue though, and I've been to a ton of amazing, intimate shows there. Tickets sold out the minute they went on sale, but a friend of mine had snagged a ticket and very generously let me buy it. The show didn't start til 9, with The Lonely Forest taking the stage.
I had never heard of them before, but the minute lead singer John Van Deusen opened his mouth, I was hooked. He sounds very similar to Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.) but with an indie pop-rock vibe. I thought they were great. You can download a free track from their new album Arrows at Spinner.com, and when you love it, buy their whole album from Amazon for just $5 (through June).
I totally need a camera that can take better pics at dark shows... sigh
Death Cab took the stage at 10, and rocked Bowery for 2 solid hours. They performed several tracks from their new album Codes and Keys, plus over 2 dozen other hits from various albums. (You can see their whole setlist plus great photos from the show at Brooklyn Vegan). I was amped to hear Title and Registration, one of my faves, plus You Are a Tourist, Photobooth, New Year... so many awesome songs! My one disappointment was that they didn't play Passenger Seat, which is my all-time fave song of theirs. Just means I'll have to see them again and keep my fingers crossed they play it!