Sunday, August 3, 2014
It was a school night to remember when Phoenix performed a spectacular show in the gym at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. The French band blasted through a set that included such fan favorites as "Lisztomania" and "Long Distance Call" and selections from their most recent album, Bankrupt!, before singer Thomas Mars invited the audience to join them on stage at the home of the Trojans for a thrilling, chaotic rendition of "1901."
Sunday, August 10, 2014
On the eve of the release of her new album, Feels Like Home, nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delivered a powerhouse performance in the ornate Grand Ballroom of The Plaza in New York City. Crow led her six-piece band in a career-spanning set that ran from her breakthrough hit, "All I Wanna Do," right up to her latest single, "Callin' Me When I'm Lonely."
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Los Angeles' historic Orpheum Theatre hosted a dynamic performance from Sara Bareilles as 1,000 guests filled the downtown theater, built in 1926, to witness the singer-songwriter's soaring set. The singer showcased her powerful, evocative vocals on such favorites as "Love Song" and "King of Anything" and her recent hit single "Brave" from her new album, The Blessed Unrest.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Vampire Weekend hit the ground running, opening their performance at New York's General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen with "Diane Young, " the first single from the Grammy-nominated album "Modern Vampires of the City." The set featured such hits as "Cousins," "A-Punk," and (especially fitting on a snowy winter's eve) "Holiday." With an audience of just 400 guests, this triumphant return to the city where the band was formed was the most intimate show Vampire Weekend has played in years.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Brooklyn resident Norah Jones didn't have to travel far from home to film her episode of "Live from the Artists Den." In front of 200 invited guests, she performed a stunning career-spanning set at the historic Green Building in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens neighborhood. The rough-hewn beauty of the former brass foundry was a spectacular backdrop the 20-song retrospective, ranging from her breakthrough hit, "Don't Know Why," to her latest single, "Happy Pills," before concluding with an encore that saw her and her band gathered around an old-time microphone, offering sweet harmonies to send a delighted audience into the night.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Fitz & The Tantrums
It was a sensation both familiar and brand new when Fitz & The Tantrums filmed a recent performance for public television's concert series Live from the Artists Den. The show marked a return to their home base for the beloved Los Angeles band, in a truly incredibly venue - the breathtaking Spanish Gothic-style Theatre at Ace Hotel, formerly the United Artists movie palace, built in downtown LA in the 1920s under the hands-on direction of Mary Pickford. Fitz & The Tantrums played its signature dance grooves - blending classic soul and '80s pop on such songs as the band's new single, "The Walker" - and, as always, refused to let the invited audience of 900 even think about sitting down.