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An Eclectic Craig David Dance Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg

January 20th, 2017

Craig David Presents TS5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 19, 2017

It was the summer of 2000 and I was gallivanting in Copenhagen as an exchange student. What I distinctly remember was the insane amount of the Europop that year, and a unique voice, Craig David’s, rang out amongst those omnipresent groups. His blend of R&B mixed with dubstep anchored his first album, Born to Do It. He never fully translated in America to my dismay, but David sold out the Brooklyn debut of his TS5 party at Rough Trade NYC last October. TS5 began as a house party in his penthouse in Miami, Tower Suite 5, and it’s no surprise that it has blown up into a hot ticket. His beginnings on the decks to his top-charting songs set up David as the perfect hybrid of MC and singer.

Commanding a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, David opened with oldies “Rewind” and “Fill Me In.” His hybrid skills were on full display as he seamlessly moved from his ballad “Walking Away” to TLC’s “No Scrubs.” David continued, proclaiming, “We getting rotten,” before dropping a series of old school anthems ranging from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote.” He moved everyone in the packed venue through decades of popular music daring to follow Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” with Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

The latter end of the set produced tracks largely from David’s latest release, Following My Intuition, including the Dave Tozer–produced “Warm It Up,” first single “One More Time,” and the Blonde collaboration, “Nothing Like This.” David expressed his gratitude to fans who have followed him for 16 years, rolling it back one more time for “7 days” before concluding the evening with a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and his viral hit “Fill Me In/Where Are Ü Now,” a mashup of his classic blended with Diplo and Skrillex’s knotted beats. —Sharlene Chiu



An Acoustic Everlast Performance Tonight at The Bowery Ballroom

July 25th, 2014

Although he was already a member of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate, Erik Schrody first burst into the mainstream under the name Everlast, as the frontman of House of Pain, with the release of the giant party-classic hit single “Jump Around” in 1992. The group only put out three albums before Everlast left to go solo. And his second album—eight years after his firstWhitey Ford Sings the Blues (stream it below), made him an even bigger name. Both a commercial and critical success, the album was a crossover hit, seamlessly melding together rap, acoustic folk and Memphis soul. Everlast (above, doing “Jump Around”) has remained busy ever since, performing live, collaborating with others and continuing to put out his own music. On his most recent effort, last year’s The Acoustic Life (stream it below), Everlast has—you guessed it—gone fully acoustic, and quite effectively. And he does an acoustic performance tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.