SPRING IS COMING! Never thought I would be so happy for 45 degree weather and a little bit of sun. This has been a harsh ass winter and I couldn’t be more over it. With spring comes spring shows! We can actually leave our houses now again and function outside. You can find me at the majority of these shows because I will never take going outside for granted again. Check out the list of upcoming shows this season and comment with the ones you will be going to! HAPPY SPRING :)
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 ;)
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.
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.
Last Thursday I saw Holychild and MØ perform at Webster Hall in NYC and it was incredible to say the least. Holychild was good but MØ was so, so amazing. Definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. Let’s start with Holychild…
First off, I didn’t know to much about the band besides knowing a few of their more popular songs, but I always assumed it was a group of girls. I was wrong. There were 4 musicians on stage (though the band is a duo), only one of them being a girl. After seeing them perform I now know what tricked me into thinking there were multiple female singers in the band- voice loops (which were used throughout the set). Lead singer Liz Nistico, sported a unique look while jumping around stage accompanied with some seductive dance moves. She rocked 3 French braids tied with pink fluffy hair ties and a tracksuit that she unzipped half way through the set, revealing a super sparkly bikini top. The band describes their genre of music as “brat pop,” which after seeing them live, now makes sense.
Nistico’s voice wasn’t quite the same live but the set was still fun and energetic. Towards the end of the set they covered Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” and although I liked the electronic instrumentation, I wasn’t crazy about her vocals. Especially after seeing Banks cover the same song at Governor’s Ball, it just didn’t compare. They also played a few new songs that I was totally into and that were super dance-y, watch out for their (hopefully soon) releases!
As for MØ, I still can’t get over her performance. She was just way too cool, way to talented and I just want to be her/her new best friend (close enough). She, along with 6 other musicians, including a small horn section, rocked the stage. Behind the musicians was a screen displaying movie scenes from The Breakfast Club to Pocahontas, etc. MØ was all over the place- walking through the crowd, dancing on the bar at the back of the venue, climbing on the balcony and crowd surfing over the audience. Her energy and unique-coolness filled the venue. Even though I was feeling a bit ill that night (ate too much at dinner and puked on the streets of NYC… guys, overeating is a real thing), while MØ performed, nothing else mattered.
Tip- if you ever get a chance to see MØ live, DO IT. I am usually satisfied after seeing an artist live but I would see her 100 time over again.
I’ll leave you with the closing songs of the night.
Tracksuits are in.
And also, buns...