Shows: September to mid-May.

Posted in Music on May 15th, 2014 by byronkho

Since September, I’ve seen: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Madeon, Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose, Mord Fustang, Baam Bada, the Meta, Umer Piracha, Kaskade, CHVRCHES, Pretty Lights, MGMT, Little Green Cars, Gareth Emery, Madeon, Ghost Beach, Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend, Avett Brothers, Manufactured Superstars, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, the Knocks, Sirah, K Flay, Icona Pop, KT Tunstall, Brian Lopez, Atoms for Peace, Sebastian Ingrosso, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro, Aijia, Clara C, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rimbo Wong (the Curtis student I help sponsor!), Song Dogs, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Val de Val, Ross Bellenoit, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah, Pine Barons, Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye, Matrimony, the Falls, Foxes, Night Panther, Ivan & Alyosha, the Wild Feathers, Tin Horses, the Wayside Shakeup, the Smith Westerns, Lucy Stone, Roscoe Bandana, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Ali Wadsworth, Brown Sugar, Former Belle, Zoe Keating, twentyonepilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Perseverance Jazz Band, A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Phosphorescent, Sea Wolf, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Honey Watts, Little Silver, Mesiko, Ellie Goulding, the Last Band in Illyria, Black Horse Motel, Spirit & Dust, Reed Turner Band, Conway, Dead Professional, Oldermost, Nicole Atkins, Arc Iris, Davey Horne, Okkervil River, Typhoon, London Grammar, HAERTS, Moon Taxi, Revivalists, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Nickel Creek, Carsie Blanton, Eli Conley, the Gallerist, Secret Sisters, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), David Tanner & Honky Tonk-o-rama, Thelma and the Sleaze, River City Tanlines, Francesca Battistelli, Jim Ed Brown, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, Carson Peters, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Moreno, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Cooper and the Jam, The Cordovas, Steve Gorman and Audley Freed of the Black Crowes, Tennis, HAIM and Carrie Underwood.

In the next few months, I’ll (likely) be seeing: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Broken Bells, Band of Horses, Young the Gian, Childish Gambino, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Local Natives, Ziggy Marley, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, Chance the Rapper, Kaiser Chiefs, A-Trak, the Airborne Toxic Event, Phantogram, Washed Out, Tune-Yards, Walk Off the Earth, the White Panda, American Authors, Martin Garrix, Cash Cash, G-Eazy, A Great Big World, RAC, Lucius, Smallpools, Bleachers, the Mowglis, NoNoNo, Kodaline, White Denim, Asaf Avidan, Cherub, Sir Sly, Aer, Johnnyswim, Vic Mensa, San Fermin, Geographer, Courtney Barnett, the Colourist, Wild Cub, Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Goldroom, Wild Child, Little Comets, Magic Man, Boy & Bear, Royal Teeth, the Ceremonies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bad Things, Andrew Belle, Basic Vacation, Hunter Hunted, Misterwives, Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, the Unlikely Candidates, Bronze Radio Return, Little Daylight, Kongos, Saints of Valory, Holychild, Parade of Lights, Son Lux, Salva, Gemini Club, Step Rockets, the Griswolds, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob, Pigpen Theatre Co, the Weeks, High Highs, Caroline Glaser, Lily Mae, Courrier, Cruiser, New Sweden, Mean Lady, Christian Porter, Stop Light Observations, Breach the Summit, F. Stokes, Nothing, the Tontons, DRGN KING, Cakes da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Charliered, Downtown Club, Mike Taylor, Weekend, Khari Mateen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Head And The Heart, Bear Hands, Die Antwoord, First Aid Kit, Willy Mason, jj Grey & Mofro, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Last Chance, Diana Lawrence, PHOX, Trails & Ways, Flume, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, JohnnySwim, Rebirth Brass Band, Kwesi K, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Old Man Luedeke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dhaka Braka, Natalie McMaster, the Oh Hellos and NEEDTOBREATHE.

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Posted in Personal on January 10th, 2011 by byronkho

Wow. I went to see Jessi Teich twice in the same weekend. Craziness.

North Star Bar. Her set starts with a new song. I like most of it, but it’s repetitive and needs a chorus with a hook, or a strong bridge. And the ending needs some polish. Otherwise, the words are heartfelt and the melody IS there. The rest of the set are songs I’ve heard before, for the most part. She does a great improv session (and you can see her jazz roots shine through in her scat) and her rendition of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” was through the roof.

Wrong song, but awesome anyways.

Her voice is powerful and very smooth; I’d actually like her to write songs with longer lines so she can capitalize on that. And somehow she got together a dependable and amazing band. You can tell how dependable – there they are the next night, playing at Le Cochon Noir, to nine people. It is a snowy and freezing night and it is Parkside, so there’s a reason it’s empty. The food’s good – snapper soup, portobello with cheese, St. Louis dry rub ribs. I enjoy listening to her do her jazz standards, and it’s fun to see her pianist jam. (I need that intensity when I’m improvising. I need to study his technique a little bit.) She does songs from her CD again. No Mover and a Shaker? Interesting.

“YOUUUUUU. You got what I neeeddddddd.” Audience participation! And hooray, she’s doing a gig at World Cafe Live next month! Congrats!

Speaking of singer songwriters… when is Amy Regan coming back to Philly? Also, Avi Wisnia next month. And Two Door Cinema Club. Holla!

Back to North Star Bar. June Divided is good. The lead is hot AND can sing (though obviously a rock voice, no jazz chanteuse there), and the songs are catchy. I’m probably gonna get their EP. Their guitarist can apparently sing; he goes into a passable imitation of Cee-Lo doing F*** You and gets the crowd pumped. Their set was lamentably short.

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So useful. Other stuff.

Posted in Personal on March 4th, 2010 by byronkho

At last, a web link I can use.

Happenstance, one of the best CD releases of 2004… though you do have to like chicks playing piano and light dreamy pop.

Hella big possible new measurement terminology?

One of my favorite Irish bands:

October 2009: West Hollywood branch, Lemonade LA. Over cupcakes, blueberry lemonade and that new Carlos Luiz Zafon book. Still there?

I haven’t seen New Moon, so can’t comment on it… other than it probably has 99% bare MALE chest shenanigans and thus a good reason to skip it. The soundtrack is surprisingly cultured. Sea Wolf, one of my favorite new indie bands, has a non-album song on the soundtrack; regardless of any other song the producers might have chosen for the soundtrack, it’s all redeemed by The Violet Hour.

OMFG. One of my friends just got home invaded by 2 dudes with guns who stole a bunch of shit. Article here. The police think it’s another in a line of robberies by the same pair, except this time they were interrupted so they didn’t tie anybody up and probably stole less than they might have. CRAZY. She’s definitely not hurt so that was a huge relief. I talked it out with her tonight and it seems like she’ll need a little bit of time to get back to being okay with the world – but at least she’s somewhere she feels safe, and knows that there are people she can lean on. Be strong.

In honor of safety and being OK, “it’s not what you’ve lost But it’s what you find”:

Ellie Goulding DOES sound like Bjork but without the harshness. Sometimes the commenters are right on.

Also: got the WHOLE filipino song to do. fergie wore avatar (among other things). amazing show, mostly because they seemed to LIKE being on stage. and did a bunch of joking together while doing some of their routine and you could see they were having a great ol’ time with their private joke (something to do with an invisible coin that they flipped up and never hit the ground?). dj set in the middle, big shoutouts to DJ Steve Aoki right in the middle (talk about major league endorsement) but clearly the audience was not into house at all. taboo’s gigantic floating motorcycle. luda in the house (surprise!) and lfmao too (yeah theyre okay). not bad at freestyling (who knew?) and even if he had prepared some or most of it, it’s all about presentation. also, no low energy lulls so good job stage direction. oh yeah, it was free. thanks, bneenan.

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