New York — I won’t say that I’m old, but really–I have slowed down a bit. For one thing, I rarely go out mid-week anymore for a gig, let alone for a reading and music showcase. And on any given evening in the dead of winter, the call of my comfy, warm bed has grown more enticing than any night-time jaunt.
But about two weeks ago, word filtered through the grapevine (aka, Facebook) that Richard Baluyut was playing a rare solo set.
Yes, THE Richard Baluyut, frontman of longtime indie rock legend Versus.
A few weeks ago, I attended Alfa’s CD release show for her latest album, Second Skin. The back room of the Sidewalk Cafe is an intimate space (with a freezing draft) that was well suited for Alfa’s set, even with her full band in tow.
After a quick line check, the band launched straight into “Don’t Write Your Goodbyes,” a mid-tempo jaunty tune. Dave Dodds (drums) and Jon McElroy (bass) held down a solid rhythm to support Alfa’s vocals and guitar. Backing vocals from Laura Dadap helped give the show an upbeat energy and personality. Also joining the group for a few numbers was Alfa’s sister Faye. Called up onto stage by a sisterly, “Hey, poopface!”, Faye lent her skills as a pianist for the performance of the new album’s title track.
I don’t really watch American Idol. But there’s a guy named John Park who sounds phenomental. Check out his audition here:
I suppose it’s a little weird that everyone keeps commenting on how “surprised” they are at his voice. I guess William Hung’s legacy still haunts the American Idol audition rooms… But aside from that (and Shania’s obsession with his “bottom end” and his “lips”), the man can sing.
John Park, you’ve got my vote.
Forget everything you know about “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. This kid’s rendition of the aforementioned hit song is just too amazing not to share. It’s all about performance and energy. And he’s got it all.
Sorry for being such a delinquent lately! I promise we’ll get some more material up here soon. For now, though, I wanted to plug Alfa‘s upcoming CD release show at the Sidewalk Cafe on Dec. 11th at 8pm. Looks like it’ll be a full band show. Hope to see you there!
Amerie is back with a brand new video for the second single off of her fourth album, In Love & War (due to drop in November from Def Jam). I love this girl. She disappears for a bit, does her own thing, then returns with a couple of club bangers.
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I have always wondered what it would be like to hear music and see colors. And I don’t mean like a bad mushroom experience … I mean like a good one! (Just kidding). But honestly, it is, well, magical.