Last night, I saw my first live show of 2013 at Mercury Lounge in NYC. It was for Kodaline, a band from Ireland who I’ve been following for a while now ever since I first heard “All I Want”. I normally don’t like to travel to the Lower East Side and I don’t really like going to shows alone but I decided I hadn’t been to a show in some time and so I sucked it up and went. And holy shit am I glad I did.

When I got to the venue, a Michael Bernard Fitzgerald was on stage. I had never heard of him but I was quite impressed with his music. I would definitely recommend checking him out. The place started filling up quickly the closer it got to Kodaline’s set time. The crowd was clearly hyped, especially this large group of guys from Ireland who I overheard came to New York just to see the band. They were awesome. Finally, at 8:30 Kodaline graced the stage. And from the first song, I knew I was in for a special night.

Watching the band perform, I was reminded of how wonderful it is to see live music. Of how the music can take you away and make you forget about everything else. Of how even though you’re in a room full of strangers you are all connected through the songs. I was blown away by the instrumentation, and particularly the vocals. The lead singer might just have one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. The way he softens his voice and goes into his falsetto. Wow. Just wow.

My particular favorite songs of the night were “Perfect World”, “High Hopes” and of course “All I Want”. AIW is EPIC. And the performance was breathtaking. I confess I got a bit choked up for that one. The audience went crazy for it. Every single person was singing along. I’m telling you Kodaline is going to be HUGE. I am thrilled I got to see them now before they become so big that it’s near impossible to get tickets to their shows.

If you are a live music fan, I would DEFINITELY make sure you see Kodaline live when they come to town. Do it!!!