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We Keep Dancing On Our Own

Robyn
Madison Square Garden
March 8

This is all you need to know about Robyn’s show at MSG…

they say – you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here, and the kids, well, they kept the dance party going outside of MSG because they didn’t want to go home or stop dancing or stop singing or stop partying or stop Robyning…

SetlistSend to Robin Immediately / Honey / Indestructible / Hang With Me / Beach2k20 / Ever Again / Be Mine! / Because It’s in the Music / Between the Lines / Love Is Free / Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do / Dancing on My Own / Missing U / Call Your Girlfriend

Encore – Trust Me / Stars 4-Ever / With Every Heartbeat

Second Encore – Human Being / Who Do You Love?

but no love for the Röyksopp collabs ‘Do It Again’ or ‘The Girl And The Robot’???

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Bloomington’s Finest

John Mellencamp
Beacon Theatre
February 27

Didn’t realize seeing Mellencamp in concert was something I needed and was sorely missing from my life.  Thanks John! 

Btw, where do melons send their kids to camp?  Why John Cougar’s Mellencamp, duh!  aint THAT america!!

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Handled With Flair

Parcels
Irving Plaza
February 22

Sometimes a new band enters your life and they penetrate your ears so easily, so quickly, so dang smoothilieie, that you juss know that they will now and forever remain in your heart AND soul (this is what happened when I heard Air and their Moon Safari for the first time).  This is apparently what happened when the two robots from Daft Punk heard the band Parcels, and this is what happened when someone introduced me to them and their incredible Incredible INCREDIBLE song ‘Lightenup’

Their sound is so fresh, and yet it’s a sound so familiar and dated (in the best possible way ever), but whatever their sound is, the Parcels are so mod AND so rocker, and they rock me to the core.  They have only one full album to their name, and played a majority of it and their previous singles in a super-inter-stellar evening that had me questioning whether they were one of the best bands I have ever heard live, or if they were the world’s finest lip-syncers.  I think these guys are the real thing.  Perhaps even better than the real thing

Setlist – Comedown / Lightenup / Hideout / Gamesofluck / Withorwithout / Exotica / Bemyself / Every Night (Paul McCartney cover) / Older / Yourfault / Everyroad / Tieduprightnow / Closetowhy / Overnight / IknowhowIfeel

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Nice Station Zebra

Jack White
Kings Theatre
November 17

yep, that’s me, balcony center, rocking my Nats hat and Popeyes tee and rocking the fcuk out!!!

and yep, I was thoroughly thoroughly rocked.  It’s about time Jack!  You dropped a new hot album (‘Over and Over and Over‘ forever please, like the union!) and toured it, but only came to NY for a festival and I’m too old for that festival sh!t, and also I want a Jack show indoors!  EAT IT OUTDOORS!!  But you came back!  Indoors!  Wish I went to both of yer Kings Theatre shows, and wish I went to every show there ever (movie palace + music = MOVED ME PALACE!!), but this was still one night to truly remember (like the Titanic, cept if it never sank and triumphed at rocking so hard that it melted the faces of Nazis

Jack – you are our last hope.  Rock flows through you and out of you and into us.  No one your age and of our generation is doing what your are doing.  Keep doing it.  Steady as it goes, or unsteady.  Keep rocking the good rock

Bless your soul, and crazy hair, and crazy no-cellphone policy which wasn’t so awful after all (and kinda liberating!) 

Setlist – Over and Over and Over / Everything You’ve Ever Learned / Black Math / Corporation / Hotel Yorba / Love Interruption / Hello Operator / Why Walk a Dog? / High Ball Stepper / That Black Bat Licorice / What’s Done Is Done / We’re Going to Be Friends / Missing Pieces / The Hardest Button to Button / Carolina Drama

Encore – Lazaretto / Steady, as She Goes / Respect Commander / Connected by Love / Ball and Biscuit / Sixteen Saltines / Seven Nation Army

 

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I Couldn’t Live Without Your Music

Petula Clark
Sony Hall
November 6

With the sweet sweet sweet sounds of Petula Clark, I would NEVER sleep in the subway, and you shouldn’t sleep on her and her continuing brilliance either!

Just a week til she turns 86(!!!!), the grand lady showed all the geriatrics and me at Sony Hall that she STILL has the golden pipes, swinging and swaying us thru her groovy and classy back catalog, including tackling a handful of choice covers by the likes of John and Paul, Steve Winwood, Andrew Lloyd Webber x 2 and Peggy Lee

Clark’s fantastic performance had an air of sophistication to it, like spending a refined evening with a chanteuse in a dimly lit basement club, exactly outlined in her 1965 hit…

I know a place where the music is fine
And the lights are always low
I know a place where we can go
At the door there’s a man who will greet you
Then you go downstairs to some tables and chairs
Soon I’m sure you’ll be tappin’ your feet
Because the beat is the greatest there
All around there are girls and boys
It’s a swingin’ place, a cellar full of noise
It’s got an atmosphere of its own somehow
You gotta come along right now ’cause I tell you

 

Wherever Petula is – that is the place I want to know, and be at!  THANK YOU PETULA!!

Setlist* – You and I > Meant To Be / Don’t Sleep in the Subway / Fever (Peggy Lee cover) / Who Am I > Colour My World / Look to the Rainbow / How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / While You See A Chance (Steve Winwood cover) / My Love / With One Look (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) / Blackbird (The Beatles cover) / Imagine (John Lennon cover) / I Know a Place > Sign of the Times / From Now On / 60’s Medley (Round Every Corner>Call Me>Don’t Give Up>The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener) / This is My Song (Charlie Chaplin cover) / Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) / Living For Today / I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love / Downtown / Rainbow

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*to the best of my memory

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