Influenced by the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan, Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman—who met through a friend in common—have been deftly mixing disco, pop and synths as the Brooklyn electronic duo Great Good Fine OK (above, performing “Always” live for Baeble Music) since forming in 2013. Their newest EP, III (stream it below), arrived just after the start of the New Year. And they’re finally back in their hometown this week for a pair of shows, tomorrow at Rough Trade NYC and then at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night. Soulful singer-songwriter Morgxn opens each performance.
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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King grew up on the Lower East Side surrounded by music. Her parents—jazz vocalists—were a traveling singing duo, and she began performing live at downtown venues and restaurants in her teens. King (above, doing “Distance” for Audiotree Live) opened for the likes of Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu following the release of the R&B-tinged East Side Story, her debut studio album, in 2007, when she was just 21. Since then, King’s done an EP (stream it below) and hit the road with Maroon 5, Emeli Sandé and Sara Bareilles. And last year, she put out another LP, The Switch (stream it below). The Wall Street Journal dubbed it “a tasteful collection of 11 songs that showcase King’s distinctive voice,” while Okayplayer made note of “King’s timeless blend of pristine R&B chops and just a little bit of funk, paired to her brilliant vocal treatment.” The engaging performer returns home to play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Join in on the fun.
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St. Lucia – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 16, 2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg burst at the seams last night as St. Lucia embarked on the first of four sold-out shows. Panama Wedding, the up-and-comers that impressed at CMJ 2013, played a tight set of songs from their debut album, which will be released via Glassnote Records later this year. The band’s woozy pop numbers proved to be an excellent pairing with St. Lucia’s tropical synth-pop aesthetic. Peter Kirk, Jared McCarthy, Brett Spigelman, Jon Tortora and Lauren Zettler are a delightful team to watch onstage. Be sure to keep an ear out for Panama Wedding’s anthemic ballads and catchy melodies in the coming months.
The stage underwent a quick transformation and St. Lucia launched into a dreamy set filled with euphoric light displays and several of their most melodious songs. The band led with the opening track off their most recent album, When the Night. St. Lucia’s frontman, South African Jean-Philip Grobler, expressed how grateful he and the band were to be back in their home base, insisting, “New York is extra-amazing.” St. Lucia’s songs are all distinctly memorable, which makes them perfect for live performances—the crowd sang along on more than half the tunes. “Before the Dive” and “Closer Than This” rang out as the thick flock of concertgoers undulated. “All Eyes on You” and “Elevate” elicited the highest degree of audience participation as Grobler’s elegant howl resounded throughout the venue.
A cover of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” included striking vocals from the band’s sound operator, who remained in the sound booth as she sang, causing a unique vocal effect. The set quietly dipped as “Paper Heart” sent the audience into a lulled trance. But new drummer Dustin Corcoran’s solo got the energy soaring once again, before “The Way You Remember Me” and “Too Close” rounded out the set. During a brief encore, the band dosed the audience with the heavy synths of “September” and the breezy “When the Night.” Those with tickets to St. Lucia’s weekend shows are in for some serious sonic bliss. —Schuyler Rooth
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