Layering pitch-perfect three-part harmonies over soulful pop, funky folk and stadium rock channeled through an R&B lens, the Shadowboxers—original members Adam Hoffman (vocals and guitar), Matt Lipkins (vocals and keys) and Scott Tyler (vocals and guitar) with Cole McSween (drums) and Carlos Enamorado (bass)—have been winning over fans with their fun-loving, captivating live performances since forming in college seven years ago in Atlanta. But first they won over Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, who’d caught one of their shows at Emory University, which led to the Shadowboxers (above, playing “Build the Beat” for WRLT FM) touring and performing with Indigo Girls. Now based in Nashville, Tenn., the group’s Kickstarter-funded Red Room arrived in 2013. To thank donors, the band recorded several cover songs and posted them to their YouTube channel. Their version of “Pusher Love Girl” so impressed Justin Timberlake that he’s since taken them under his wing and signed them to Villa 40, his artist-development company. Following the release of several singles, including “Hot Damn,” and with a new album on the horizon, the Shadowboxers, who have been compared to the Temptations and Maroon 5, have hit the road. Their November tour brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (with Blonde Maze opening) and The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (with the Rooks opening).
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Twin Shadow – Webster Hall – September 27, 2012
Musician George Lewis Jr., who performs under the moniker Twin Shadow, certainly has a lot to say about love and its many bewitching powers. And while Twin Shadow may be preoccupied by matters of the heart, fortunately for the sold-out crowd at Webster Hall last night, Lewis chooses to croon about his feelings over some intensely catchy pop beats—like a series of danceable diary entries. As colorful geometric-patterned video projections provided a backdrop, the band performed a smattering of romance-fixated songs from their aptly titled new record, Confess, including “Beg for the Night” (“When this love starts / Won’t hurt anymore”), “Five Seconds” (“Five seconds in your heart / Straight to your heart / I can’t get to your heart”) and “Run My Heart” (“You don’t run my heart…I’m not in love”).
While Lewis laid his heart on the line, the densely packed crowd danced, clapped and sang along in approval. And with hints of an ’80s New Wave sound rippling through some of Twin Shadow’s material, they do not stray from exploring a range of musical territory. “At My Heels” was bright and eclectic, featuring Lewis singing some surreal musings on ghosts, while “I Don’t Care” had a dark pop bravado and with a few tweaks, could perhaps be a very believable Justin Timberlake hit.
Despite matching the power of his sentiments with equally powerful rhythms, during the shows’ encore, Lewis returned to the stage with just his guitar, the band hanging back momentarily. He proceeded to perform a slow, stark rendition of “The One” (“So I’m putting all my love / On the one, the one who’s always there”), stripped of the Culture Club–style bounce of the album version. Providing a solid showcase for Lewis’ smooth vocals, it was also a chance to let the lyrics speak for themselves, and a brief respite from the show’s sweaty dance marathon. —Alena Kastin