July was a month of many live concerts for me. Here’s a breakdown of 5 of my favorite acts to keep on your radar.
I caught Neon Trees’ sold-out set at Webster Hall earlier this month and can’t remember seeing a band rock this hard in quite some time. You might recall the band’s catchy breakthrough hit “Animal.” Having recently surpassed one million downloads for their latest single “Everybody Talks,” the band is poised for arena stardom.
Frontman Tyler Glenn had the audience captivated throughout the entirety of their set. Whether he was telling quirky stories about his songs, dancing in circles while swinging his mic chord around his neck, or stage diving into the audience only to crowd surf his way back to the stage, he sure knows how to work a crowd.
I admit I was a bit skeptical before attending Conor’s industry showcase a few weeks ago. Dubbed by some as Britain’s Justin Bieber I wasn’t quite sure if this pop act would hold up. Turns out he did. While his dance skills aren’t quite on par to Bieber, his latest single “Vegas Girl” was stuck in my head all night.
Nominated as one of Rolling Stone‘s Women Who Rock acts, Delta Rae proved just why they were selected at their Bowery Ballroom performance. Spot-on harmonies, electric guitar features and foot-stomping rhythms impressed and they had the entire room silent during their more stripped down and poignant ballads.
After seeing The Kin perform before Lights Resolve at Rockwood Music Hall last month, I knew I had to witness their entire set. Made up of two brothers from Australia and a New York subway drummer named Shakerleg, their story is intriguing. Brothers Thorald and Issac Koren have an uncanny sense of channeling and interpreting each other and with that each song embodies impeccable harmonies.
the Head and the Heart
I’ve lived in Brooklyn for two years now but have yet seen a concert at Prospect Park, until last Friday. When my co-worker told me the Head and the Heart were playing a free show I knew I had to go. And I’m so glad I did! I’ve been hearing good things about the band for years but never got a chance to see them live. I loved how they alternated singers throughout their nearly hour set, having concertgoers always surprised at what would come next.
What shows have you seen this summer? Any recommendations of acts to catch live? Let me know in the comments!