May 12, 2019

White Lies / Acid Dad - Irving Plaza May 2, 2019

White Lies

Thursday night was my 3rd time seeing White Lies and it was the best time so far.  White Lies seemed very relaxed playing to a New York crowd that sang along with most songs. Several people in the audience kept yelling up to frontman, Harry McVeigh, wishing him a Happy Birthday.  McVeigh was his normal animated self throughout the set  which can at times seem a bit overly dramatic. That's not a criticism; I think it's what makes him endearing to the audience in contrast to the rest of the band's stone faces. Jack Lawrence-Brown occasionally cracks a smile and humorously  took a photo of the audience from behind the drum-set at the end of the show.  Charles Cave however stays serious on bass; I'm sure he's part of some audience member's S&M fantasy minus the leather gear. Hmmm...maybe it's the bald head and the beard.  

Anyway, I love the band's new album "Five," I think it's their best so far. Though I'd been listening to the album on Amazon, I bought the vinyl version online after the show.  It's even better on vinyl.  Okay - I will admit it - White Lies is still one of my faves.

White Lies are:
Harry McVeigh (lead vocals, guitar),
Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals),
Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums).

 Joined on tour by:
Tommy Bowen (Keyboards)

Time to Give
Farewell to the Fairground
There Goes Our Love Again
Is My Love Enough
Getting Even
Unfinished Business
Don't Want to Feel It All
Take It Out on Me
Never Alone
Big TV
Kick Me
To Lose My Life

Change (Harry solo)
Fire and Wings
Bigger Than us

Acid Dad

As an opening band I really enjoyed Acid Dad's 30 minute set and so did the rest of the audience.  But once their set was over it didn't leave a lasting mark.   The 60s influenced guitar playing with 80s pacing was really enjoyable.  But in many respects there guitar playing was too good to come off like some lo-fi band.  In other words,  I hated the fact that the vocals were behind the guitars and I couldn't really distinguish one song from the next. Not that the songs all sounded the same, it's just that they were all in the same tempo with no real vocals to hold on to.  There were people buying Acid Dads albums after the show, so perhaps it's just my perspective based on the music I listen to where the vocals are traditionally upfront.

Acid Dad are:
JP Basileo - Bass
Sean Fahey - Guitar/Vocals
Vaughn Hunt - Guitar/Vocas
Trevor Mustoe - Drums

May 19, 2018

Editors - Irving Plaze - May 15, 2018

Editors have been one of my favorite bands for awhile now.  On Tuesday night Editors kicked ass! These are the photos from that show. I also saw Editors on April 1st at the Temprodrom in Berlin while on vacation, they were really good but not compared to how powerful they were in NYC.  

Irving Plaza / May 15, 2018
Hallelujah (So Low)
A Ton of Love
Darkness at the Door
No Harm
An End Has a Start
In This Light and on This Evening
The Racing Rats
Ocean of Night

Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors (Acoustic)
Marching Orders

Editors are:
Tom Smith - lead vocals, guitar, piano)
Russell Leetch - bass guitar, backing vocals
Edward Lay - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Justin Lockey - lead guitar
Elliott Williams - keys, synthesizers, guitars, and backing vocals

Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany / April 1, 2018

>Hallelujah (So Low)
A Ton of Love
Darkness at the Door
No Harm
An End Has a Start
In This Light and on This Evening
Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
The Racing Rats
Ocean of Night

No Sound but the Wind (acoustic)
Marching Orders

December 29, 2017

Petula Clark - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill December 26, 2017

Petula Clark's Set List
You and I / Meant To Be
Don't Sleep in the Subway
Fever (Peggy Lee cover)
Look to the Rainbow
How Are Things in Giocca Morra?
My Love
From Now On
Blackbird (The Beatles cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
With One Look (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
Who Am I / Colour My World
This is My Song (Charlie Chaplin cover)
Living For Today
I Know a Place / Sign of the Times
While You See a Chance (Steve Winwood cover)
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

October 22, 2016

Tyler Glenn-Mercury Lounge - October 4, 2016

On a drizzling Tuesday night, a friend of mine invited me to see Tyler Glenn.  All I knew about Glenn was what my friend told me about him being the former singer and keyboardist for Neon Trees. When we got to Mercury Lounge there was a curtain across the front of the stage, which in my mind read as a recording company backing the performance.  When the curtain opened for Glenn's performance, he at first stood without moving, leaning against the mic in front a large X light.  Glenn performed to prerecorded music, which is the kind of performance I wouldn't generally expect to see at Mercury Lounge. 

During a break between songs, Glenn spoke angrily about a recent break up, coming out and growing up Mormon.  Glenn's lyrics were excellent and his movements on stage were mesmerizing. The music albeit prerecorded was very Nine Inch Nails and intense.  However, I couldn't help walk away from Tyler Glenn's performance feeling anything but sad.  As good as Glenn's performance was, he seemed to be  a very depressed man who is imploding.  That is not a judgement, it's what I saw. I just hope he makes it past this period in his life and his music, because underneath all that anger is a really talented guy.