“In Your Arms” by Nico & Vinz

October 19, 2014


On Thursday night I attended a great concert at Beacon Theatre in NYC – Fresh 102.7 Fall Fest. This was the second Fresh Fall Fest and, after attending last year, I was not going to miss it. Last year they had an incredible lineup with Kodaline, American Authors, Daughtry (playing an acoustic set), and The Fray. It was a fabulous show!

This year when I heard the lineup announced, I knew that I was going to make it an annual event. First, let me say that Beacon Theatre is such an incredible venue – just a beautiful, iconic theatre. Second, who gets all those incredible acts together for one night? Fresh 102.7 did a great job of lining up some amazing performers who provided concert goers with a fabulous 3 hour show! We were entertained by Nico & Vinz, Bleachers, Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, and Neon Trees.

Last year, both Kodaline and American Authors were the rising artists who got a huge introduction at the show, Daughtry was a big name who played an acoustic set which made it a unique experience, and then we had the big finale by The Fray. This year, it was hard to determine who was the main act. Obviously, Nico & Vinz are rising artists and fit that bill, as does Bleachers (even though Jack Antonoff is a member of the popular band, Fun.). Matt Nathanson played an incredible acoustic set, but there were still two acts left to follow – Ingrid Michaelson and Neon Trees. Really, both of them could have been considered the closing act and they both performed like they were. The performances were amazing and incredibly entertaining.

Today, I just wanted to quickly post a song by Nico & Vinz, one of the rising artists from the night. Nico & Vinz, (Nicolas “Nico” Sereba and Vincent Dery)┬áfrom Oslo, Norway, have a great stage presence and a really fun sound. I found them thoroughly entertaining and adorable – I especially loved watching Vincent Dery dance. ­čÖé I am certain that you are already familiar with their Song of the Summer, “Am I Wrong.” If not, click on the song to have a listen. The second single from their debut album, Black Star Elephant, which was just released this month, is today’s song of the day. It is a song that I just really love and the video is actually very powerful. Nico & Vinz have a sound that is very unexpected.┬áThe music combines pop, Afro beat, hip hop, R&B, and reggae; and their lyrics are very powerful with a message to share. They sound fantastic together! I hope that you like this song as much as I do … I just can’t seem to get it out of my head.

SONG OF THE DAY – “THRIFT SHOP” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring WANZ

December 31, 2013


Happy New Year!

It is 10:00 p.m. where I am sitting, so just a couple more hours left of 2013. I can’t believe how quickly the year passed. So many exciting things happened this year! It will be a year full of many memories for me, but I am looking forward to creating new ones in 2014.

It was difficult to pick just one song today from so many favorites, but this song was probably the most memorable song of the year. I am certain it is not new to most of you, but can you seriously think of 2013 without thinking of Thrift Shop? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a phenomenon in 2013!

For the last few days I have been posting songs by some of my favorite new musical finds of 2013. To finish that up – on this last night of the year – I wanted to post a list of my favorite “new to me” bands and artists of 2013. ┬áDrum roll, please …. ┬áHere is my list:

I enjoyed so much good music over the year from a multitude of artists, but I discovered all of these artists in 2013 and they instantly became favorites and people that I will be keeping my eye on. I hope that you were able to discover and enjoy great music this year as well, and I am looking forward to sharing the musical journey with you in 2014.

And as I mentioned a couple days ago, my favorite album of the year was “Native” by OneRepublic.

┬áMusic brings me joy and I am looking forward to a joyful year full of love, friendship, adventure, and … of course … MUSIC!

SONG OF THE DAY – “Drop in the Ocean” by Hudson Taylor

November 12, 2013


Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite new bands – Hudson Taylor. I have been following them since the spring of 2012 and I just love their sound. I remember telling my daughter, “These guys are going to be HUGE!”

This is one of their new songs and it is fantastic. Unfortunately, it is not available on iTunes yet, but I have given you the link to their album, “Chasing Rubies,” which is awesome! I would love to give you just one recommendation off that album, but honestly, I am obsessed with every one of the songs. Give it a listen … I think you will hear what I am talking about and you will definitely find at least one song that you MUST have!

They have a new album out – Osea – but it is not yet available in the US (it is available on the UK iTunes site if you have an account there).

I have a little secret for you … if you┬áLIKE them on their Facebook page┬átoday, you can get a free download of this song, “Drop in the Ocean.”

Hudson Taylor is composed of two brothers – Alfie and Harry – from Dublin, Ireland. The band name, Hudson Taylor, is actually their surname. They harmonize like no duo I have ever heard before. In addition, they are adorable. Alfie, the lead singer, has a real James Dean look while I think Harry looks an awful lot like Ashton Kutcher. ┬áThe chemistry between the two brothers is amazing and they just look like they are having so much fun making music together. They have a unique musical sound which is addictive. They are truly an amazing talent!

This is a band that I have been dying to see live in concert! They did make a brief sweep through the US last year, but I was not able to get to a show. They are currently touring – doing their own headline tour throughout the UK and Ireland, and touring with Kodaline on their November UK tour. I am hoping that they follow Kodaline here to the US on their tour that is coming early next year. A girl can dream … ­čÖé