RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl

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Bowling, booze, food and concerts - what else could ya need? Brooklyn Bowl became my new favorite venue last week when I saw RJD2. I've been meaning to hit this place up for a while now but the stars never aligned until recently when I got tickets as a Christmas present. No offense to RJD2, but I was equally excited to finally see the venue as I was to see the show. Brooklyn Bowl was everything I ever imagined and more - you could literally hear/see the show from anywhere in the venue. Even right up to the point where I stepped into the bathroom stall, I could see RJD2 doing his thing on a screen through a window leading to the concert area, that's my kinda place.

Besides discovering that Brooklyn Bowl is the best place on the planet, RJD2 was pretty cool too. I saw him briefly at Governor's Ball last year when I caught the end of his set and was really digging it, which lead to this show. I don't really listen to him on the norm (I really only recognized one of his songs), but he's just one of those performers that you need to see live. The set was a straight up dance party. Just a really, really fun show overall. You don't need to have listened to RJD2 previously to have enjoyed it, it was not one of those kind of concerts.

The opener, D.V.S*, was pretty good as well, kind of like a mini RJD2 (like I couldn't tell the difference at first). It was mostly him, his guitar and his computer for most of the hour long set but he had a violin, saxophone and piano player accompany him for some songs. Only one negative, the hat he was wearing has GOT to go.

All in all the night was hella fun. So two things: if you have a chance to see RJD2 live, I highly recommend it, and DEFINITELY check out Brooklyn Bowl as soon as you can.

Winter Show List

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When I think of winter I think about occasionally playing in the snow, but mostly snuggling up and being cozy at home. BUT some shows are worth venturing into the polar vortex for, and this is a list of them. I don’t enjoy being out in the cold so trust me when I say that these shows are MUST sees.

While I will try to go to all of these, lets be real, I won't. So I highlighted the shows that I will definitely be going to, aka the best of the best on this list, meaning shows ya need to go to.

You will find that some months are lacking. Part of that is due to me being super picky this season because like I said, I hate the cold, and part of it is just that there aren't a ton of great shows announced yet. So as Feb and March start approaching and more shows get announced, I will be sure to add them on here- make sure to keep checking back!

If I can get myself to leave my slippers and sweaters then so can you! See ya there ;)

Review: Echosmith + Fall Concerts Roundup

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So a few weeks ago (I’m so late on this!) I saw Echosmith, the last show of the bundle of tickets I bought back in the beginning of the fall. As excepted they were super fun and talented, but what really blew me away and stuck out to me well after the show, was the opening performer- Madi Diaz.

She was soo good and although I tried to recreate the set by listening to her at home, it wasn’t quite the same. Her voice live was so raw and unique and although I can listen to her on Spotify for hours, it doesn't compare to her live performance. DEF check her out!

Echosmith was great. They're age and lack of touring experience showed but that didn't stop them from putting on a fun set. In between songs lead singer, Sydney, would make little speeches sometimes becoming emotional, showing that their recent fame hasn't kept them from staying humble. I can see them (especially Sydney) becoming really good performers in the future. Good show, but the highlight of the night for me was fur sure Madi Diaz.

As you may already know from previous posts, this past fall I saw a bunch of amazing artists- HOLYCHILD, MØ, Linus Young, Tove Lo, Elliphant, Charli XCX, Madi Diaz, Echosmith and others. It was really exciting seeing so many powerful, up and coming female artists that I've pretty much been obsessed with this past year. Looking back, all were great shows, but I have to say my favorite was most definitely MØ. Her show will probably go down as one of my all time favorite live performances EVA. All-in-all, these girls kicked ass! Definitely my faves in music currently. 

Now I'm ready for some winter concerts... Check back soon for a list of MUST see shows coming this winter in the NYC metropolitan area. 

In the meantime, listen to the mix of the songs I remember most vividly from each night. 

Review: Charli XCX

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Last week Chali XCX brought prom to Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Balloons, prom signs, drink specials such as “Spiked Prom Punch,” and Charli dressed in a cheerleading uniform- all the high school prom necessities. With signs reading “It’s Prom Suckers” (Suckers is also the name of Charli’s upcoming album, set to release in December) and “Pussy Power," it wasn't your typical prom... it was so much better. 

Charli and her band- bassist, guitarist, drummer- all females dressed in matching cheerleading uniforms and one with cat ears, reminded me of Josie and The Pussy Cats (you know, the movie where an all female band delivers subliminal messages to their listeners through music…). At one point she had us chanting "Pussy Power," which also had me thinking back to the movie.

As expected, Charli was a great performer. Her voice was pawsome and dance moves were tight (she had this awesome move that was kind of like punk krumping). She performed a few new songs such as "London Queen" and "Break The Rules" but also some older ones like "Nuclear Season" and "Black Roses." She closed the night with "Boom Clap" and performed “Fancy,” but instead of just having a back track for Iggy’s rap parts, she rapped herself and it was 1000x better than the real thing. Also like her krumping, it was like a punk version of the song. 

Charli shouting, "It's prom bitches!" and falling balloons and confetti shooting over the audience during the last songs, topped off the night. It was a magical prom. 

Wine and Indian food made us miss Femme but we did make it just in time for Elliphant. Her performance was kind of like being in an episode of Skins and what I imagine my life would be like if I were part of the UK rave scene. Meaning her set was soo much fun. Straight up dance party. She and her weird British accent (and also her DJ) slayed the stage. And the best part? She closed with “One More.” So perfect. 

Charli XCX is as cool as they get. Cooler than cool and she is going to be big. I mean, really big… just wait for it.

Review: Tove Lo

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Last Wednesday Tove Lo took over Webster Hall and killed it. She performed almost all of her songs from her recently released debut album, Queen of The Clouds. You may have heard Tove Lo on the radio either from her single “Habits (Stay High)” or her feature on Alesso’s “Heroes (We Could Be).” If that’s all you know of Tove Lo I strongly suggest you listen to her full-length, as it is full of catchy as hell songs and I literally can’t stop singing them. It’s actually getting out of control, since last Wednesday I’ve been singing in the car, the shower, around the house, the store… basically everywhere. Apologies to those around me.

Queen of The Clouds is a pop album but edgy with shameless lyrics. She sings about sex, porn, drugs, throwing up, etc. - “I eat my dinner in the bathtub then I go to sex clubs watching freaky people gettin’ it on.”

Throughout the night she called her audience “babes” and threw out condoms and rolling papers into the crowd. Queen of The Clouds has a short intro and two interludes, and throughout the show extended versions of these, accompanied with Tove Lo’s lips, played on a screen. The interludes revealed an intense romance story and thoughts on love and passion. These breaks went really well with the performance and the crowd went wild for them. She kind of reminds me of an edgier Katy Perry and regular Robyn (maybe only the Robyn part because she’s Swedish).

The opening band for Tove Lo was Linus Young (girl and guy duo), a really good band but also a really weird opener for a pop artist. Their sound was super different from Tove Lo’s, a lot slower for one thing. They sounded great but it was way too chill and it didn’t set the right mood for the headliner. Linus Young vaguely reminds me of the Once soundtrack but with a sexier sound. I wasn't in the right frame of mind when seeing them live but I’ve been listening to them since on heavy rotation. Their album, Category 5, comes out tomorrow! Be sure to check it out.

Listen to both Tove Lo’s Queen of The Clouds and Linus Young’s singles below.