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Chromeo – Rumsey Playfield – September 12, 2014
As summer winds down there are only a few remaining outdoor shows around the city, and, fortunately, Chromeo’s appearance at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Friday night was one of them. The dance-pop duo’s set not only kick-started the weekend for a few thousand fans, but it also helped close out a season. The band proved again that Chromeo as a whole are more than the sum of their parts. Look too closely and you’ll see David Macklovitch tapping at a keyboard and easing his way through guitar solos, or Patrick Gemayel occasionally crashing a cymbal or cowbell with a drumstick. But focus less on the details and let loose a little and suddenly you see Dave 1 and P-Thugg orchestrating one hell of a dance party.
All those little things, like handclaps timed to strobe lights, escalated the atmosphere surrounding the hook-filled jams Chromeo so adeptly make. The set was filled with a range of their songs, from the pounding dance beats of “Sexy Socialite” to “Momma’s Boy,” a sweet blend of electronic sound straight out of ELO mixed with guitar that would make the Cars’ Ric Ocasek proud. And regardless of whether they’d seen Chromeo prior to Friday, everyone at Rumsey Playfield ended up hearing something they could enjoy, which always makes for a fun night. —Sean O’Kane
It’s probably safe to say Alain Macklovitch has music in his blood. His older brother, David, handles guitar and lead vocals in Chromeo as Dave 1. And Alain has risen to prominence as a turntablist, producer and label head—he founded Fool’s Gold Records alongside Nick Catchdubs. But if his name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s probably because you know him for his DJ work as A-Trak. He’s won a slew of awards and DJ-battling championships, not to mention his numerous singles, EPs, mixtapes and remixes of big names like Kanye West, whom he’s often performed with, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A-Trak (above, performing on Holy Ship!) is equally at home in small clubs, big festival stages and arena and stadium shows. And he’ll have you dancing tomorrow night at Terminal 5. Cam’ron and Salva open the show.
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Chromeo – November 14, 2013 – Webster Hall
There aren’t many bands you can see these days and feel satisfied if you consider yourself a firm believer in the whole funk and nothing but the funk so help you funk. Chromeo make that shortlist with ease, with funktastic hooks so contagious they’re next to impossible to shake. Their Webster Hall show last night sold out within 90 seconds, and the 90+ minutes they performed easily shows why.
Chromeo are made up of Dave-1 and P-Thugg, two guys who have remained good friends since childhood, in what they’ve jokingly called “the only successful Arab-Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” The fun they share onstage is palpable. When certain songs called for it, they’d stand back to back, trading off bass and guitar solos in great moments that felt like a scene from a buddy comedy. The pair pulls inspiration from several genres without feeling like one in particular. The few bars of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” they played between songs and their must-see performance of Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That” will give some idea of their musical influences.
Having much of their songs preprogrammed allows the pair to pepper the tunes with killer guitar solos and talk-box singing at the perfect moments. The stage was littered not just with the perfect combination of lights and smoke machines, but also with two amazing light-up leg keyboard stands (think Christmas Story leg lamp but sexier). The band played through their biggest hits in succession: “Bonafied Lovin’ (Tough Guys),” “Night by Night,” “Needy Girl” and “Hot Mess.” They also performed select songs from their forthcoming album, White Women, including the live premiere of an irresistibly catchy number called “Frequent Flyer.” The show ended with one of their first songs ever released, “You’re So Gangsta.” And Chromeo have been stuck in my head ever since. —Dan Rickershauser