A 20 year old Filipina residing in New York. This blog is a work in progress just as she is.
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since January 13, 2012
The Script at Radio City Music Hall
Draft from October last year. My sister and I went to see one of our favorite bands and was hands down one of the best concerts we’ve been to! I enjoyed myself so much that the whole concert just flew by. I love how they interacted with the crowd - they told stories about themselves and Danny even came around the crowd! He was just everywhere! (And yes, I think he was really cool) It wasn’t bad as people had made it out to be based from their Youtube videos.
Everyone was just singing their heart out. The night was very upbeat and you would really feel how special it was for them playing in Radio City. One of my favorite moment during their concert was when Danny asked an audience for his phone to “drunk dial” a random person and sang Nothing to them. The set list had a well balanced mix of their old and new songs. They ended the show with three encores, including Breakeven, For The First Time and from their new album, If You Could See Me Now. I definitely recommend seeing them live to anyone who has been touched by their talent, moved by their songs and to anyone who enjoys great show. Thanks to my Mom and Dad for getting us orchestra tickets!
Set list: Good Ol’ Days / We Cry / Hall of Fame / Science & Faith / The Man Who Can’t Be Moved / Before The Worst / If You Ever Come Back / Talk You Down / Give The Love Around / Nothing / I’m Yours / Six Degrees of Separation / You Won’t Feel A Thing / Breakeven / If You Could See Me Now / For The First Time
Both concerts were amazing and worth seeing live. Guaranteed a good time, leaving both shows with a smile and good memory. Couldn’t imagine seeing these bands with anyone but with my sister. Definitely checked off the bucket list and surely not going to be the last time! Pictures below were all with my iPhone.
09/21: The Bowery Presents: Bon Iver at Radio City Music Hall.
Bon Iver was incredibly surreal. I listened to Bon Iver mostly late at night and early morning, on those long drive or train ride where I watched the rain streak down the windows. Just from their album “For Emma, Forever Ago”, Justin Vernon and his band had created a brilliant work of art that was really heartfelt and haunting even now to their latest one. When I saw them perform Skinny Love in Coachella, it easily became one of my favorite performances and promised one day to see them live. I did not expect it be to be this soon, but I thought it was perfect timing as these four shows in Radio City closed out the North American leg of their worldwide tour.
So, the band came after 9 as promised since they were streaming the performance online. They opened with the thundering Perth and I knew already that this was going to be one of a kind. I think Radio City was just the perfect venue with its impressive light show that really enhanced the music and setting the mood. Not to mention, I was completely bowled over the interior design of the hall itself as well as the women’s bathroom/lounge. Each performance was multi-dimensional, emotional and had my sister and I on the edge of our seat, wishing we weren’t really forced to sit down in. I was especially moved by his performance of Woods from Blood Bank, while the lights were out. There were just a lot of emotion even though auto tune was involved. Seeing Justin perform it by looping his voice and layering them in harmony was sure hands down. In the encore, everyone was standing ovation as they played Skinny Love and my favorite moment, when Justin had everyone sing The Wolves along with him. The show ended at 11, leaving me wanting more but as far as what had transpired, I loved it all. Unforgettable night. I left there happy to have spent to see them live. Radio City is most definitely my new favorite venue, and I’m mostly excited to come back next week for The Script with my camera in hand.
Set list: Perth / Minnesota,WI / Creature Fear / Hinnom,TX / Wash / Holocene / Blood / Woods/ Towers / Michicant / Calgary / Beth/Rest / Skinny Love / The Wolves (Act I and II)
09/28: The Bowery Presents: Two Door Cinema Club at Rumsey Playfield.
Two Door Cinema Club did not disappoint even though they started 3 hours after the door had opened. The minute the band reached the stage, everyone went wild with full fledged screaming and singing. The amazing energy was just really lifting. They basically played their entire first album and most of the new one. They pretty much did everything I wanted to hear them play except for Kids and Settle. I just wished they didn’t had two opening bands as it created more tension and restlessness among the crowd.
For their finale, they released these balloons into the crowd as we held our hands up and it was just beautiful. The band gave a winning performance and made me come into a conclusion that they’re an anthem made for large crowds full of beer and joy, made to string together a night of remembrance. Honestly, nothing is better than just singing the lyrics to your favorite band with random strangers.
Set list: Sleep Alone / Undercover Martyn / Do You Want It All / This is the Life / Wake Up / You’re Not Stubborn / Sun / Spring / I Can Talk / Costume Party / Next Year / Something Good Can Work / Handshake / Eat That Up, It’s Good For You / Someday / Come Back Home / What You Know
Post concert depression is absolutely consuming me.
“But frank put it best when he said, you can’t plan on the heart. Those words keep me on my feet when I think I might just fall apart.”
If there is one thing that I must tell about this artist and their album is that upon repeat listens it starts to lull you to sleep. Its a beautiful and elegant sleep with peace though. Klara and Johanna are two special girls who are blessed with such 50’s vibe with modern folk harmonies in their music. I splashed into my consciousness when they produced an amazing cover of a Fleet Foxes track. What even shocked me is that they are barely out of their teens but already can write songs of this depth. First Aid Kit, simply put is a duo backed by guitar; one is plain and the other pretty but both excel in harmony. I hope they make it huge and continue making such music.
“You said that you could let it go and I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know.”
Many of you have probably already listened to the latest album from Australian artist Gotye, and those who are friends with me on Facebook saw some of the links I posted with this artist. If you haven’t, I encourage you to take a trip through each song. I think Gotye is really at his best when he’s creating new and unique sounds on track like in this one. To me, just like most of the reviews would say, this song is about believing in the idea or illusion of the ‘perfect person’; the person that ‘you used to know’. After discovering that you had in fact put them on a pedastal, and that they never were that perfect person, you are still unable to let them go because your illusions clash with reality and it is a never ending struggle between accepting who they are, and who you thought they were. This song is really has a concept that everyone can relate to that’s why its worth listening to. His other songs like I Feel Better and In Your Light are also my pick which also makes you feel they’re paying homage to 80’s guitar pop. Overall, the entire album is great and it spins effortlessly back and forth between various and obvious influences.