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Vive la Franz!

Franz Ferdinand
Brooklyn Steel
April 16

Best band of the 21st century?  I say Franz Ferdinand are.  I keep forgetting this fact, and then every 2-3 years they come back into my life and BOOOM – I remember how thick I am, and how much they fucking rule!

Gone is guitarist Nick McCarthy, but besides his good kicks and looks, the Archdukes didn’t miss a beat on their latest franztastic album – Always Ascending – or supporting it live at Brooklyn Steel, a venue new to me, but one I’d be happy to return to.  The only tiny misstep is that they didn’t play my new album fav ‘Lois Lane‘, which was featured at the show the night before.  Can’t win them all, but Franz Ferdinand wins me each and every time!

Setlist – Always Ascending / The Dark of the Matinee / Do You Want To / Paper Cages / Glimpse of Love / Finally /
Michael / Lazy Boy / Stand on the Horizon / Walk Away / The Academy Award / Darts of Pleasure / Take Me Out / Ulysses

Encore – Feel the Love Go / The Fallen / Huck and Jim / This Fire

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New Zealand Homemade Dynamite

Lorde
Barclays Center
April 4

Praise be Lorde.  Praise be we who bask in her brilliance.  Two albums deep, with the latest somehow surpassing her supreme debut.  My second-ish time seeing her, and she easily topped the previous outing.  How do you do it Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor?  You’re wise beyond your ears.  All the pop princesses of your age are so whatevs.net, but not you.  You seem like you are forever.  You seem like you could even front Nirvana (oh wait, YOU DID!! AND I WAS THERE TO WITNESS SUCH AWESOMENESS!).  How do you let things come out of the woodwork, and make them work so well?  May you only get green lights in life, and have no red ones to stop you

Setlist – Sober / Homemade Dynamite / Tennis Court / Magnets (Disclosure cover) / Buzzcut Season / 400 Lux / Ribs / The Louvre / Hard Feelings / Yellow Flicker Beat / Writer in the Dark / New York > Hard Feelings (St. Vincent cover with Jack Antonoff) / Liability (with Jack Antonoff) / Sober II (Melodrama) / Supercut / Royals / Perfect Places / Green Light

Encore – Loveless / Precious Metals / Team

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The Road To Melville

Moby
Rough Trade NYC
March 21

Congrats Moby, with this show (at this super AWESOME venue, to celebrate the release of your solid new album), you have now tied Beck for the artist I’ve seen most in concert – with 10 shows apiece!!!  Looking forward to the next 10.  As you would say, I would like to say to you – thank you, thank  you, thank you!

Setlist – Mere Anarchy / The Middle Is Gone / Falling Rain and Light / Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? / Porcelain / This Wild Darkness / The Tired and the Hurt / The Last of Goodbyes / A Dark Cloud Is Coming / The Sorrow Tree / The Ceremony of Innocence / Like a Motherless Child / Extreme Ways / South Side / Natural Blues / Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover) / Go! / We Are All Made of Stars / Almost Home

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Help Me Ronnie

Ronnie Spector
City Winery
December 21

The sweet sounds of the sixties are alive and well in the songs and sultry singing of the still super sexy Ronnie Spector.  A living legend still going at it, and she still totally has got IT.  Let her be your baby, and baby, you will love it when you hear her music.  Man, could I hear it!!!  I’m not into Xmas music, but there’s something so warm and so cozy about hearing Ronnie belt out ‘Frosty The Snowman’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ during the holiday season.  And outside of holiday cheer, we cheered on her perfect covers of the likes of Ray Charles, Bee Gees, like-minded Beach Boys, and Amy Winehouse.  Winehouse seemed to be the heir to Ronnie’s voice and style, and the one to keep that 60s flame alive, but burned too bright and has been extinguished forever.  Sad that Ronnie has to pay tribute to someone who was paying tribute to her.  Luckily we still have Ronnie, a spector-cle to behold, and be heard!

Setlist – Frosty the Snowman / Do I Love You / Don’t Worry Baby (The Beach Boys cover) / It’s Christmas Once Again / Baby, I Love You / When I Saw You / Sleigh Ride / What’d I Say (Ray Charles cover) / So Young / (The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up / Walking in the Rain / Best Christmas Ever / How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (Bee Gees cover) / Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover) / You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover) / Be My Baby (The Ronettes song)

Encore – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band cover) / I Can Hear Music

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Something So Special, Something So Real

Jessie Reyez
The Bowery Ballroom
November 28

There is just something about Jessie Reyez.  She commanded everyone’s attention with a brief, but brilliant stint at the Tidal X marathon concert back in October, and I wanted MORE, and so I got it – in 45 glorious moments at the Bowery Ballroom.  The crowd was more her age than mine, and they seemed to know every single one of her songs… even the unreleased ones.  This even came as a surprise to Ms Reyez herself.  It was zero surprise how fresh and fantastic her show was, which alternated between roaming and rapping the stage, to sitting on a stool and strumming, while everyone hummed and hollered along, loving EVERY single minute of it all!!!!!    

Man, love this girl.  Her future is so bright, but next time, I want 90 minutes of show!

@JessieReyez is the truth, yo!

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Setlist – Phone Calls / Shutter Island / F#ck Being Friends / Hard to Love / Cocoa Butter Kisses (Chance the Rapper cover) / Colombian King & Queen / Gatekeeper / Figures

Encore – F#ck It / Blue Ribbon / Happy Birthday

crowd surfing will never die. long live @JessieReyez!

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