Shura at Mercury Lounge (NYC) 7.28.15

A little bit of London came to NYC’s Lower East Side last night in the form of Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton). The singer/songwriter/producer performed for a youth-filled, sold-out crowd at the city’s beloved music venue, Mercury Lounge. Clad in a denim jacket much too heavy for the 90-degree weather, Shura (and two band members) entranced the audience with an intimate 45-minute set.

Highlights: “2Shy” is undoubtedly one of the best songs to be released in 2015 so hearing it live in all its effervescent glory was a trip. The trio also performed an unsuspecting-yet-brilliant mash-up of Fine Young Cannibal’s “She Drives Me Crazy” and Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” which made this music fan giddy. And while the music was stellar, the real star of the show was Shura’s intense hair-swaying during every instrumental break.

So basically you should see her live. And at the very least, check out her music!

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Haim. 2.12.13.

So I’ve been a fan of Haim since I heard their song “Better Off” on Soundcloud. And then I saw their super fun, youthful video for “Forever”. And after that I heard the awesome trumpets in “Send Me Down”, a personal favorite. Today, I was fortunate enough to see Haim perform 4 songs live. It was an office performance for my company. I was happy when I heard they were coming because I tried to get tix to their show with Ben Howard and Mumford & Sons tonight but yeah that failed. I’m sure that show will be the best show I’ve never been to. Ugh, still kind of sad about it.

Anyways, the ladies of Haim totally impressed me. I knew they’d be great but they were better than that. Very personable, funny, and kick ass musicians. Excited about their debut album which I believe comes out around spring/summer. Yay for girl power!

Kodaline. Mercury Lounge. 1/31/13.

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!!!

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