It’s the beginning of the week, and that brings dread for many as another cycle of work and perhaps school begins. But if you’re a fan of acoustic, live performances, perhaps this will help get things started off on the right foot. A couple of these clips in particular are especially enjoyable.
Run River North – “Beetle”
Loved this. If only the audio was a bit cleaner but what can you expect when you’re shooting by the waterfront on a wet day in Brooklyn? The band formerly known as Monsters Calling Home continue to kill it.
AJ Rafael – “Without You”
This is a fantastic arrangement of AJ Rafael’s Pop/Rock hit, “WIthout You“. It includes an orchestra and a choir, adding a great texture and element to the song, transforming it into almost something entirely different.
Goh is no stranger to small, independent movies and this clip is from one such project called Life Inside Out. OK, this isn’t exactly a live performance since it’s just a staged one from a movie, but you know what? We’re including it anyways.
Jihae – “Slaughterhouse of Love”
Jihae continues the the promotion for her upcoming Illusion of You album. This is a simple acoustic one-shot take of the song which is reportedly the last track yet to be recorded for the project. I’m not overly enthusiastic about the song thus far, but we’ll see what happens after some studio polish.
Whoa. This one flew right over our radar! While looking through the contestant videos so far, I came across the gem known as Tessane Chin. She wows the judges and gets all of them to turn around. Ultimately, she settles on Team Adam and has a lot of momentum going forward. Plus, how can you not love that charming accent. Looks like our other favorite, Cilla Chan, has some competition in the fold!
We knew it was coming, and now that the moment has come and gone, we just wish her debut on national TV was a little bit longer. Cilla Chan appeared on last night’s episode of The Voice, singing a Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It”. Only, she didn’t get much screen time as she was included in a montage along with a couple other successful audition-ers. The good news? She’s in, and on Team Blake; who has won the last 3 out of 4 seasons of the show. So she’s definitely in good hands. We can’t wait to see more of her though!
Well, it seems that the Royal Pirates are well on their way in Korea. They’ve begun live TV promotions on the various countdown music shows. For the uninitiated, a staple of the Korean Music industry are these weekly shows similar to what TRL used to be, only instead of music videos they fill the show with live performances. Here, you can see them tearin it up on stage in the following recent clips from MBC & KBS (Korean TV stations) with their debut single, “Shout Out“. It’s so awesome to see the artists formerly known as Fading from Dawn out of Southern California, take their brand of Power Pop/Rock and make a splash in Korea.
It’s one thing to be a good recording artist, it’s another to be able to do it well in a live session. Whether live or in a controlled studio environment, not having the benefit of unlimited takes brings a new challenge and energy to the mix. So we took a sampling of recently shared live clips and threw them in here to see how our artists fare. Some of these are better watches than others, so let’s see how your favorites may have fared.
Legaci – “Ready for Love”
Legaci takes things back to their Little Black Book album and sing their R&B jam, “Ready for Love”. It’s a few years old but the ballad hasn’t lost it’s luster one bit, especially in this one take session clip.
Quest Crew x Caravan Palace
Quest Crew dropped in for a surprise performance with one of their favorite bands, the electro-swing outfit known as Caravan Palace. They crew has danced to their music before when on So You Think You Can Dance, and show why the modernized, retro style works so well for them.
AJ Rafael x Epic Lloyd – “(I’m Looking for) Trouble”
Coming from AJ’s MusicLab series, he teams up with Epic Lloyd for an anthem-like song along with a couple other criteria that was selected uniquely for this collaboration. Have you ever seen AJ rap? If not, this may be worth the watch for that reason alone.
Everytime I see a Kenichi Ebina performance, I can’t help but be impressed but curious how far he can take his unique skill set on his run on America’s Got Talent. He’s wowed the judges twice already, so the question remained whether or not he could do it again and secure enough public votes to land a spot on the finals of this season?
The answer is a unanimous yes. The entire panel was gushing with their support, and it seemed that the country agreed. He’s in and lives to see another round. After watching that “mirror” routine, how can anyone disagree? From Kollaboration to the Apollo and now AGT… he just won’t stop.
The acoustic format certainly lends itself to the cause of live performances. Logistically, it’s just easier to pull off with the biggest issue usually being amplification. Here are 5 recent performance clips that have made their way across our online playlists. They range from sets by a full band to simple, single-camera on a single-artist set ups. I’m fairly certain everyone will find something to enjoy.
Dia Frampton Performs “Footsteps”
I actually think this song has grown on me and enjoy it better the second time around. Though I’m still anticipating hearing a proper studio version.
Melissa Polinar x Nina Storey Perform “Happy”
Ms Polinar has more talent in her pinky than most of us have in our entire high school class. That being said, she sounds great here but I miss the polish of the studio single.
D-Pryde is in the midst of a tour and he’s shared a small part of the experience with this documentary called Proud: The Mod Club. It’s a perfect way to show how far this artist has come from his early, humble Youtube days. Specifically, they chronicle his show at his hometown of Toronto. Having a welcome homecoming in your old stomping grounds is always a heart warming experience. They also interview his entourage and family to tell a little bit more of his back story. Gotta give the kid credit where credit is due, he deserves every bit of his success thus far.
This is a short documentary of how my show in Toronto went for #PrizzyTour. This was probably one of the best nights of my life. Let the documentary speak for itself. Special thanks to all the radio stations who participated, the MOD club, Alex Sena for the shirt, 4i Clothing for the support, Jordan, Envy, and Danny for helping me film, and the fans for killing it out there.
Oh, you never know what to expect on America’s Got Talent. Sometimes you get amazing talent, sometimes you get something that’s more WHAT-THE-F*CK. This is a little bit of both with more emphasis on the former. This dude named Kenichi Ebina kills it on stage at the Chicago audition with what he describes a “dance-ish” performance. You go, Kenichi! He even got a standing O with unanimous passage unto the next round.
When we say Psy has gone international, we don’t just mean Asian and North America. His hypnotically catchy tune, “Gentleman“, has found a place on the Germany’s Next Top Model stage with him performing the song for their big 2013 finale. I can only wonder when, if ever, Psy was surrounded by so many stunning European women.