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Posted: April 12, 2015
It was no surprise that Irish singer/songwriter Hozier played his Grammy-nominated single “Take Me to Church” during his phenomenal set at Coachella on Saturday.
But he did have one big surprise up his sleeve. After he got the massive crowd in front of the festival’s main stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to bassist Alex Ryan, Hozier then called out Haim bassist Este Haim to join him for a spirited rendition of “Jungle Love” from the Time.
Haim – the woman, not her sisterly band – not only pitched in on vocals, but she also gamely executed the signature dance Time frontman Morris Day made famous in the movie Purple Rain.
But Hozier’s evening was also filled with gems from his own catalog. Yes, there was a rousing rendition of the aforementioned “Take Me to Church” that had nearly everybody in the audience singing along, but he also showed his R&B, soul and rock roots with an eclectic mix of songs.
Backed by a five-piece band and two backup singers, Hozier treated fans to a little R&B early on, kicking off his show with “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and “Jackie and Wilson.”
Hozier adopted a bluegrass vibe with “Like Real People Do,” pulling out a resonator and performing the first part of the song solo before he was joined by his fellow musicians.
He even got the sun-baked audience to noodle in the grassy grounds of the Empire Polo Club with an extra-danceable version of “Someone New,” giving the hit a refreshing breath of life in a live environment.
When it was time for “Take Me to Church,” tons of fans had their smartphones primed to film what is always a spiritual moment. The song reached the heavens during the chorus, which had the help of not only Hozier’s backup vocalists, but also the thousands of people adding to the beautiful song.
It was truly a moment to appreciate.
Posted: April 8, 2015
UK psychedelic rock act Temples enjoyed a tour of Asia in February, and thanks to Hostess Club Weekender, you can enjoy watching some live footage from their stop in Tokyo.
In this 10 minute live clip of “Mesmerise,” singer James Bagshaw can be seen jamming on his Gretsch G6136TLDS White Falcon and a G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.
Posted: October 10, 2013
Simply put, Brit synth-pop-turned-electronic rock gods Depeche Mode were quite brilliant Tuesday night at Phoenix’s Ak-Chin Pavilion, the latest and second-to-last show of the U.S. leg of their Delta Machine World Tour.
Anticipation was high, as singer Dave Gahan dramatically twirled his way onto the dark-lit stage, greeting the audience in song with Delta Machine’s opening track, “Welcome to My World.”
“Welcome to my world, step right through the door … And if you stay a while I’ll penetrate your soul,” he sang.
During a nearly two-hour set, Gahan, guitarist-keyboardist Martin Gore, keyboardist Andy Fletcher and touring members Peter Gordeno (keyboards) and Christian Eigner (drums) did just that, riveting the crowd with their brooding songs and yet playful rockstar charisma.
After delivering another Delta Machine number in “Angel,” the band served up a handful of gems from their vast back catalog with “Walking in My Shoes” off 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion, “Precious” (2005’s Playing the Angel) and the title track of 1986’s Black Celebration. Red laser beams flashed across the stage during the dark and mesmerizing take on “Black Celebration,” highlighted by Gahan’s distinctive baritone.
Dressed in tight black jeans and an unfastened glittery vest, Gahan sashayed, strutted, twirled and delivered endless provocative hip thrusts to rival John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. When he wasn’t grinding with his mic stand, he was whirling it in the air and spinning dizzying pirouettes, earning even more adulation during dance hit “Policy of Truth” off 1990’s Violator.
Meanwhile, Fletcher was cool incarnate behind the keys, sporting dark sunglasses and accenting the lyrics with demonstrative hand gestures.
Even the subdued Gore showcased his playful side, as he tap shuffled across the stage to the drum beat during “Enjoy the Silence” and often rocked out with an envious collection of guitars.
Posted: August 23, 2013
With his debut EP Rumble and Sway coming out earlier this year, British blues rocker Jamie N Commons was recently the featured musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
With the Cleos – the Kimmel house band – backing him up, Commons played the EP’s title track and the soulful ”Wash Me in the Water.”
Watch Commons in action below and check out his official website for more information.
Posted: April 15, 2013
Immediately following his Coachella appearance, Johnny Marr headed to San Francisco to play the Fillmore, where he invited an old friend to the stage.
In introducing The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, Marr recalled moving to a new neighborhood as a teen and meeting up with some guys who changed his life, and the “one guy who stuck around more than any other person.”
Watch fan footage of the longtime friends rocking “I Fought the Law” and “How Soon Is Now” below.