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Show Review: The Faim Electrify NYC

Australia is on a hot streak with exports and their latest, The Faim, are bringing their brand of pop rock with a side of on stage charisma that could fill an arena.  We caught them at the Gramercy Theatre on their tour opening for Andy Black, which wraps up this week in Virginia Beach.

Armed with an arsenal of new music and enough energy to power Manhattan, The Faim are here and they will not be ignored.  Frontman Josh Raven commanded the stage with swagger and poise, drawing the crowd in from the start, even walking off the stage and connecting directly with the crowd in the middle of the pit.

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The Faim, singer Josh, guitarist Sam Tye, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens, and drummer Linden Marissen felt more like the headliner than an opener but we bet they’ll be in that headliner slot sooner rather than later.

They will be back in Australia and Europe over the Summer.  Check out all of their upcoming tour dates here!   We’re hoping to see them back in the States soon!

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The Faim set list – NYC Gramercy Theatre – May 1st, 2019
Saints of the Sinners
My Heart Needs To Breathe
Beautiful Drama
When It Comes
Infamous
Midland Line
Fire
A Million Stars
I Can Feel You
Make Believe
Summer Is A Curse
Amelie

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AJR Play 1st Sold Out Hometown Show At NYC’s Gramercy Theatre

AJR have been killing it lately.  Their latest single, “Weak,” has gotten over 100 million plays on Spotify and is climbing up the charts.   Their first major headlining tour, the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour, has had sold out shows across the country.  The tour rolled into Adam, Jack and Ryan’s hometown of NYC over the weekend for a two night stand at the Gramercy Theatre.

AJR have played Gramercy Theatre in the past, but their show on Saturday night was their first ever hometown show that sold out. And it didn’t just sell out – the show sold out so quickly that a second date was added on Sunday.   How successful has the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour been?  They were nearly out of their stock of merch, with a few shows left to go!

If you’ve been to an AJR show, you know that things can “get weird,” as Jack told the crowd.  For their first big headlining tour, they brought out all the stops.  They are by far one of the most energetic acts we’ve ever seen on stage.  They honed their skills performing on the streets of NYC, where they learned how to win over a crowd. Jack never stops moving, flailing across the entire stage in a continual dance as he switches from playing the Maschine to the drums to the Melodica to the guitar.   All three brothers took turns playing the drums, even hopping into the crowd at one point.

One of the things we love most about AJR is how true they stay to themselves and to their music.   After playing “Let The Games Begin,” the band told the crowd how the music industry had tried to change them and told them they couldn’t do things.   “You can’t get that sound on the radio.  You can’t record in your living room.”  Even Jack’s hat was met by criticism.  Through it all, they stood by what they believed in.  We saw quite a few fans (including a mini Jack) rocking “the hat” in the crowd.

We love that AJR are confident in their sound and their growing fanbase proves that you don’t have to fit into a certain mold to make good music and connect with people. When they wrote the songs for their latest EP, “What Everyone’s Thinking,” they wanted to make songs that were very honest and the reaction has been unbelievable.

Adam told the crowd more about their songwriting process – the brothers write countless songs together, then let them sit for a few months.  The ones they like that “pass the test of time” get the go ahead, while others get shelved.  One track that has stood the test of time, and that the band still loves to play live is “Infinity.”  They also did a new rendition of fan favorite track “Woody Allen,” turning it into an acoustic song with a heavy kick drum.   Ryan said he was inspired to write the song after watching Woody Allen movies for film class: he wanted to capture that feeling of how he always gets the girl in the end.

They incorporated some of their remixes in the set, turning “I Got No Strings” and “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” into tracks you wanted to dance to.  They also created a “New York” remix on stage, breaking it down piece by piece to show the crowd how they create their unique sound.

AJR closed out their set with their breakout single, “I’m Ready,” which had the entire room dancing and clapping along.   They rolled out a giant banner printed to look like Jack’s Maschine, which he started to play.   The band came back out for one more song, their current hit “Weak.”  We got chills hearing every person in the room singing along.

It was by far the craziest AJR show we’ve been to!  The enthusiastic crowd knew every word,  loudly singing along from start to finish.  It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come (they’ve been performing together for 12 years!) and to see such an incredible response to their music.  There’s no one else quite like them.  AJR,  you just keep doing you.

Setlist:
I’m Not Famous/Thirsty
The Green and The Town
Call My Dad
I Got No Strings
Come Hang Out
Woody Allen
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Let The Games Begin
Pitchfork Kids
Infinity
Remix
Turning Out
No Grass Today
I’m Ready
Weak

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The Vamps and Citizen Four Perform at Sold Out Gramercy Theatre In NYC

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since The Vamps’ first headlining show (ever!) in NYC, at Gramercy Theatre back in February 2014.  James, Connor, Tristan and Brad have come a long way since then, selling out arenas like the O2 in London and dropping 2 albums along the way.  It’s been a while since the boys have had a headlining show in NYC, and we were thrilled to see them back at the Gramercy Theatre last night!

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The Vamps certainly know how to put on a high energy show – it’s impossible not to sing and dance along!  The enthusiastic crowd knew and sang along to every word, including their brand new single “All Night.”  Their set included songs from both albums, from “Can We Dance” to “Wake Up,”   and they brought out a special guest during “Somebody To You!”  Sabrina Carpenter, who is opening for The Vamps in Europe, joined the guys to sing Demi Lovato’s part.

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Brad told the crowd since he’s been in America for a while now, he’d caught on to some slang.  “Get ready because tonight is going to be ‘lit’ and you’re all going to get ‘turnt up.'”  (Imagine this with a British accent).  The band does an excellent job of getting the crowd involved, calling out fans in the audience and encouraging them to sing along.  Brad even jumped off stage near the end of the show to get closer to the fans!

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At the end of the night when the band left the stage, instead of the usual “encore” chants, the crowd broke out into an a cappella version of “All Night.”   Their singing morphed into The Vamps coming back on to play the song themselves.  It was a perfect ending that left everyone wanting more!

If you didn’t make it to the show last night, not to worry:  Brad promised that they would be back “very soon” and are going on tour in North America this Summer!   Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon!

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Our new favorite boyband, Citizen Four, kicked the night off in style with their sweet harmonies and smooth dance moves.  We’ve been singing their single “Testify” ever since.  The best way to describe it is 🔥🔥🔥.  Conner, Carson, Austin, and Josh are so much fun to watch live!  They had the crowd rocking and we’re sure they gained quite a few new fans after that performance!

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The Vamps Setlist:
Rest Your Love
Cheater
Can We Dance
Last Night
Wild Heart
Cecilia
Stay
Stolen Monents
Somebody To Love (with Sabrina Carpenter)
Wake Up
All Night

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Cole Swindell Celebrates “You Should Be Here” Album Release in NYC

NYC went country last night with Cole Swindell celebrating the release of his sophomore album, “You Should Be Here,” at the Gramercy Theatre.  If you’re a fan of Cole’s, of country music, or just having a good time, you should have been there.  His set was packed with hits from start to finish, including tracks from the new album and his record-breaking debut.  It was one of the most fun shows we’ve been to in a while, where we could singalong from start to finish.  The sold out crowd was ready to party, and knew all of the new songs despite the album only having been out for 2 days.

Cole got his start in Nashville as a songwriter, cutting tracks for Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and more before signing his own record deal with Warner Brothers.  He played his versions of “Get Me Some Of That” and “This Is How We Roll,” leading into his first #1 as an artist, “Chillin’ It.”

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Cole told the crowd he grew up on 90s country music, which made him fall in love with the genre.  He covered Kenny Chensey’s “Don’t Happen Twice,” which was the first song he’d ever played for an audience back in college.  He had a full circle moment getting to sing that song with Kenny on stage last year.  Cole thanked the fans throughout the show, saying that they’re the reason he is where he is and “the reason I do all of this.”  Country artists are some of the most grateful and generous artists we’ve seen and it’s because of the close connection they have with their fans.

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Highlights of his set included “Flatliner,” which Cole recorded with Dierks Bentley, and his new single “Middle of a Memory.”  Cole’s performance of the title track from the album, “You Should Be Here,” was an emotional moment.

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Cole ended the night with a 3-song encore that included a bonus track from the new album, “Hoppin’,” which you can get on iTunes.  He took the crowd to church with “No Can Left Behind,” which he said was already one of his favorites to play live.  It’s a JAM.  The track has an old-school country sound and feel, a welcome throwback in the set. Cole closed out the show with his hit “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” which was one loud singalong from start to finish.  He let the crowd take it home as he held up an American flag sourced from the front row.


Setlist

Down Home Boys
Hey Y’all
Brought To You By Beer
Up
Hope You Get Lonely Tonight
Middle of A Memory
Get Me Some Of That (Thomas Rhett)
This Is How We Roll (FGL & Luke Bryan)
Chillin’ It
Real Good Man (Tim McGraw)
Don’t Happen Twice (Kenny Chesney)
Broke Down
Stars
Let Me See Ya Girl
Flatliner
You Should Be Here
(Encore)
Hoppin’
No Can Left Behind
Ain’t Worth The Whiskey

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We The Kings’ “From Here To Mars” Tour Lands At Gramercy Theatre in NYC

We The Kings’ “From Here To Mars” Tour landed at Gramercy Theatre in NYC last night in front of a sold out crowd.  It was a show that left us wondering how we had never seen WTK live before – it was our first and most definitely not last time we’ll be seeing them on tour!  (Hint: WTK are playing the Vans Warped Tour all Summer long!) The band put on a high energy set, including material from all of their albums.  They set the tone for the night from the first song, “Skyway Avenue,” from their 2007 debut.

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Early in the set lead singer Travis Clark referred to the audience as “not fans, not friends, but family.”  It was a perfect way to describe the atmosphere at the show.  It was one of the loudest crowds we’ve ever heard and we loved hearing everyone sing along all night long.

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Travis taught the crowd some dance moves before going into “I Feel Alive.”  He wanted the last thought everyone had before going to bed after the show to be “did we really just do that?”   The Gramercy crowd gets an A+ for fully committing to the moves.

WTK ended the night with their biggest hit, “Check Yes Juliet.”  The crowd sang along so loudly and passionately that it was one of those moments at a show where you realize just how much the music and the band means to the fans.

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We The Kings Setlist
Skyway Avenue
She Takes Me High
Any Other Way
We’ll Be A Dream
Find You There
I Feel Alive
Love Again
Secret Valentine
Just Keep Breathing
Jenny’s Song
Runaway
Sad Song (with Elena Coats)
The Story of Tonight
I’m Yours (Cover)
Say You Like Me
Check Yes Juliet

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Opening act AJR got the crowd pumped with their energetic set.  They premiered a new song, “I’m Not Famous,” which they impressively wrote and recorded just a week ago before heading out on tour.  And the track is already out on iTunes now!  “Let The Games Begin” turned the crowd into one big, bouncing dance party.  It was just as awesome live as we hoped it would be!   We love seeing AJR perform because of how much fun they are having on stage – it’s impossible not to join in.

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AJR Setlist
Woody Allen
I’m Not Famous
Cover
Let The Games Begin
Pitchfork Kids
I’m Ready

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Check out all of the upcoming “From Here To Mars” Tour dates HERE!  If you can get out to a show, don’t miss this!

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Nathan Sykes Makes US Solo Debut With Sold Out Gramercy Theatre Show

Nathan Sykes made his solo US debut with a sold out show at Gramercy Theatre in New York City last night.  Nathan made a name for himself as the youngest and arguably the strongest vocalist in the British boyband, The Wanted which has since disbanded.  After a few minor set backs like vocal surgery, Nathan is ready to take over the pop world!   He’s armed with a velvety smooth voice and a classic sound that even your parents will love.  And trust us, the man can SING.

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A few hours before the show started, Nathan had tweeted that he was feeling under the weather and he wasn’t sure if he could even make the show.  But he pulled through and sounded incredible!  Nathan still hit every note and gave 110% into his performance.  You never know what to expect from a debut show where the crowd doesn’t know all the songs, but Nathan had the house dancing from start to finish.  In between songs, Nathan announced his debut solo album will be released in January 2016 in the United States.  We can’t wait to hear recorded versions of our favorite songs from last night like “Twist,” “Freedom,” and “Money.”

Nathan Sykes at Gramercy Theatre NYC July 22nd, 2015
Nathan Sykes at Gramercy Theatre NYC July 22nd, 2015

It was a fitting place for Nathan to launch his solo career.  The Wanted played a show at Gramercy Theatre that was “where it all began,” for the band, as Nathan mentioned during the show.  After last night, we’re sure that this is also the start of something new and exciting and we can’t wait to be along for the ride!   We love Nathan’s 60s rat pack style and sound, and the fact that he plays with a full, 8 piece band, including a horn section.  Oh, and did we mention Nathan can DANCE?   It’s always a question mark whether or not a boyband member can go solo, but we just might have another JT.

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Nathan Sykes at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre July 22nd, 2015
Intro
Twist
Freedom
Earned It (cover)
Over And Over Again
Famous
More Than You’ll Ever Know
Money
Kiss Me Quick

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Kiss Me Quick” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Kelsea Ballerini To Play NYC’s Gramercy Theatre July 16

Kelsea Ballerini just hit #1 on the country charts with her hit “Love Me Like You Mean It.”  She is the first female to hit #1 on country radio with a debut single since Carrie Underwood in 2006.  Needless to say, it’s been a great year for Kelsea, who released her debut album “The First Time” in May.  She just announced her first headlining show in NYC at Gramercy Theatre in July.  Tickets are on sale now!

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Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
July 16th at 7pm
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Watch the video for “Love Me Like You Mean It” below and pickup a copy of her album on iTunes now!

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