My day job had a great night of music this past Monday at the Blender Theater. Four of our new bands played 30 minute sets for a solid Monday night crowd. Albert Hammond Jr. played his first ever solo acoustic gig. Reggie Watts made a great first impression to many in the audience. Both Easy Anthems and South Carolina's Slow Runner were very enjoyable (my first time seeing both live).
Brighton, UK singer Alice Russell played the Hiro Ballroom Friday evening. This was her and her band's third ever NYC show and there seemed to be repeat show goers amongst the couple hundred in the crowd.
Alice is part of the recent wave of female singers in the R&B/Soul revival emanating out of the UK. No doubt she's talented and has a great voice that mixes a bit of classic with modern and a side of unique. Her stage presence was good too. Overall, I didn't feel blown away, but would say she is worth checking out on CD and a show if you get the chance.
A friend recently turned me on to a band called the Sammies from Charlotte, North Carolina. Gotta say, it was love at first...bite? Yes, bite. I took a big, blind bite into their recent album, Sandwich and have not stopped devouring it in its entirety over and over and over again. From the fantastic groove of "Glisten" to the fun "Ain't Easy" the Sammies prove that they are not crap. I was blown away by a brilliant set of theirs during CMJ show at the MHOW as a part of the Brooklyn Vegan showcase.
As my friend became obsessed so have I, you should as well...decide to sit down and help yourself to some Sammies. Go on, take a bite.