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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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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Dutch visual artist Nick Van Hofwegen is a double threat. Before releasing any of his own material, he was already in the music industry, designing album covers—under the name Young & Sick—for the likes of Maroon 5, Foster the People and Robin Thicke. But beginning in 2012, Young & Sick began putting out several falsetto-fueled digital R&B singles before his self-titled debut full-length (stream it below) arrived this spring. AllMusic notes that “with downtempo R&B crooning, smeary washes of synths and simmering beats, delivered with so much style and graceful soul that it leaps ahead of the pack to become something of a minor classic of the form.” Young & Sick (above, doing “Glass” for Hype Machine) has also been honing his live show this year, performing at SXSW and Coachella, prior to embarking on his own North American tour this month, which brings him to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.
One Republic – Hudson River Park Pier 26 – August 10, 2013
On a remarkably beautiful Saturday night, OneRepublic packed the length of Pier 26 in Hudson River Park for their hour-and-a-half set of pop-rock radio hits. If, for some reason, you had forgotten how many hits they’ve had in the past six years, the world-touring Colorado band wasn’t afraid to remind you early in their set. With a giant white sheet blocking the stage that caught backlit silhouettes of the band, they opened with “Light It Up,” a heavier track from their new album, Native.
The sheet dropped and the band dove right into a few of their biggest songs, including the once inescapable “Secrets” and the Maroon 5-ish “Stop and Stare.” Frontman Ryan Tedder’s voice was often the highlight, but so was his energy, which was equally on display as he bounced around the stage, often climbing the seven-foot pyramids his drummer and keyboard player were moored to (he even slipped off one at one point, but in a Lead Singer 101 sort of move, he flipped on his back and made it look like his plan all along). OneRepublic also showed that they’re more than just their hits, which is always welcome to see with a band so large. They slowed down things with numbers like “Come Home” (about a friend away at war) and “Preacher” (about Tedder’s grandfather), and even covered a few songs—including Ray Charles’s “I Got a Woman” right into Kanye West’s take on it, “Gold Digger.”
And as if the picturesque setting weren’t enough, the whole set was backed by a brilliant light display and massive diamond-shaped video screens that showed everything from clips of the children’s choir that sang on “All the Right Moves” to the flying bicycle scene from E.T. before they played “Apologize.” This didn’t stop Tedder from sharing a few different times just how wowed he was by his surroundings. “We have almost literally played everywhere you could play, but this is the craziest venue there is,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve been uploading pictures of this view all night.” You and a few thousand others. —Sean O’Kane
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