Night Beds played their first New York show Friday night at Mercury Lounge.
Winston, the lead singer, had a unique vocal setup — he alternated his singing between two microphones, which were next to each other on the stage. One mike had some sort of echo effect which made the vocals sound like they were drifting in from far away.
Winston’s voice was the highlight of the show and the band’s secret weapon. “Even If We Try” showcases those vocals with its acapella beginning.
He seemed to switch guitars between almost every song, and the repeated unplugging/plugging/re-tuning was a little distracting, though.
I noticed a lot of musical transitions within the songs. The drummer was strong, and he switched it up with mallets and brushes on different songs.
“Even If We Try”:
More info. on Night Beds
After The Show covered I Blame Coco back in January 2011, but the band’s debut album was only released in the UK, not in America.
Word on the street is that I Blame Coco is planning a US debut (starting in New York).
Stay tuned for updates. Here’s a video of I Blame Coco playing an unknown song, maybe called “Spies”:
Last night, I discovered a spectacular new band called Milo Greene. Composed of 5 members, the band sounded polished and seasoned despite being relatively new (they haven’t yet released their first record).
Each of the 5 members could easily have fronted his/her own band, but instead they came together to create a powerhouse/supergroup.
I noticed the band’s use of percussive instruments, the drummer’s decision to use mallets which created a full, orchestral sound, and how the band members switched instruments between themselves, playing guitar, bass, and even banjo for different songs in their set.
I’ve never seen a band where all 4 members up front could sing so well, harmonize together, and switch off vocals for different songs.
Check out video clips of “1957” and “Silent Way” that I took from last night’s show at the Mercury Lounge, along with a special video “hello” to YOU – readers of After The Show — from 2 members of Milo Greene, Robbie and Andrew.
Today — Saturday, October 22, 2011 — was VH1’s Save the Music Foundation “Family Day.” This free interactive musical expo featured performances, food trucks, and activities for children at The Anderson School on New York’s upper west side.
Check out this interview that Parenting Magazine did with Taylor Hanson to promote Save the Music’s Family Day in New York.
Photos and 3 videos from Hanson’s performance at Save the Music Family Day by After The Show:
Last night, on the eve of the band’s new album release, Uh Huh Her headlined a show at Irving Plaza in New York.
Photos and video of “Never The Same” taken by After The Show:
The Elected (Blake Sennett) played at New York’s Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
The band opened the show with a cover of “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty going into The Elected’s song “Not Going Home”:
Highlights of the show included “Greetings in Braille,” an acoustic version of “Time is Coming” to end the show, and “Babyface” (see video clip below):
The best part of the concert was when Blake played a snippet of his Rilo Kiley song “August”:
Photos below taken by After The Show:
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