Good Charlotte Plays It Safe With Back Catalog Repertoire

Good Charlotte
The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010

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As veterans of The Bamboozle Roadshow lineup, expectations were high for a solid delivery and performance from Good Charlotte. To captivate concertgoers, Good Charlotte played it safe by relying on a slew of hits from their old records to please diehard fans. However, the guys also appealed to the younger demographic present in the crowd via incorporating a couple of newer tunes.

Read the entire live review and see the set list from Good Charlotte’s Chicago Bamboozle Roadshow performance after the jump…

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Mark Ronson & Aaron Lacrate’s Annual Holiday Party @Webster Hall Hosted by Girls & Boys/GBH

Mark Ronson & Aaron Lacrate’s Annual Holiday Party
at Webster Hall
Hosted by GBH, Girls & Boys and Webster Hall

Ready for the best holiday party NYC? Mark Ronson and Aaron Lacrate are throwing their annual Holiday Party December 18th at Webster Hall, hosted by your sonic purveyors of all things electronic GBH, Girls & Boys and Webster Hall. And what better way to see out 2009 then to let these Ambassadors of sound and style deck your halls and ring in the holiday season with their choice cuts of classic and next level of booty shaking festive beats.

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Chicago Will Always “Be OK” When Ingrid Michaelson Stops By

Ingrid Michaelson
Park West – Chicago, IL
November 19, 2008

Ingrid Michaelson Park West - Chicago, ILEach time I see Ingrid Michaelson perform, I laugh more than the last time, which happened to be at the Park West also.  Michaelson could seriously be a stand up comedian if she ever wanted to give up the whole music career thing she’s got going on. I am not joking – this girl is REALLY funny. Ingrid can feed off of any audience’s reaction, outburst, or expression and make the greatest remark or comeback. And don’t even get me started on her impressions, imitations, and comical voices. For your information, her Staten Island accent is amazing. You may not have known this previously, but Michaelson was a theater major in college and wanted to be a professional stage actress. This was her life path before her song “The Way I Am” was placed in an Old Navy commercial last fall that got EVERYBODY in the U.S. asking themselves “Who is this?” Ingrid has now had the following songs placed – she is the queen of licensing!

“The Way I Am” – Old Navy & Grey’s Anatomy

“Starting Now” – Lipstick Jungle

“Corner of Your Heart” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Giving Up” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Keep Breathing” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Be OK” – House Bunny

“Breakable” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Masochist” – One Tree Hill

“Overboard” – One Tree Hill

Be OK is the latest album released by Ingrid Michaelson on her own indie label – Cabin 24. If you can’t get enough of her debut album Girls and Boys, make sure you pick up Be OK because you will LOVE it! And if you’re in the mood for comedy plus great music, check out Ingrid when she stops through a city near you on her “Be OK” tour. Michaelson is a true entertainer in every aspect. Not only can she sing and act, but she plays the acoustic guitar, ukulele, keyboard AND writes her own songs! Trust me, you’ll fall in love with this girl the second you hear or see her.  Plus, Michaelson usually always performs her solo signature acoustic cover of Radiohead’s hit “Creep,” which you DO NOT want to miss.  It is such a good version of that song!  More photos after the jump…

Laughs All Around with Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson
Park West – Chicago, IL
6/5/08

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When I found out that Ingrid Michaelson’s set last night was from 8:30pm-10:00pm, my first thought was “Why does she get an hour and a half to perform? I mean, she only has one album out!” Not that I was complaining, I LOVE this girl and her songs. I just really didn’t think she had that many songs to fill up those 90 minutes. Most shows that I go to with artists who only have made one album play for about 45 minutes. Needless to say, I was very curious as to what Ingrid’s live show would entail…read on to find out!

Ingrid Michaelson Park WestThe first thing I head upon entering the venue was someone talking. It seriously felt like I was about to walk in on somebody telling a story to a bunch of friends over drinks. The room was so quiet! I almost thought I was in the wrong place since I didn’t hear any music or screaming fans. As I walked into the seating area, I took a look around and noticed that everybody was politely sitting down in various booths/chairs and the fans on the floor in the front were standing still, completely enthralled with whatever Ms. Michaelson was talking about – apparently, she was telling a story of how some chick stole her sweater. I made my way up to the front of the crowd until I was practically standing against the stage a few feet away from Ingrid and her keyboard.

It didn’t take long to figure out why Ingrid gets an hour and a half set for her live show. This girl is a talker! She pretty much told a story (or two, or three!) in between every song she played. Now, her songs are not that long, and I am pretty sure she talked for at least five minutes in between every three-minute song. I can totally see Ingrid as an actress, which she was before launching her full-time music career a few years ago. She is a natural on stage and shows no signs of being uncomfortable in front of hundreds of people. More than once I felt as if I was at a comedy show and that Ingrid was a pro at doing stand-up. She is SO FUNNY! Not to mention sarcastic, adorable, witty, charming, bubbly, etc. I could go on and on about how cool this girl is. Gotta love how she is not afraid to swear in front of her audience too, calling the girl that stole her sweater a bitch. Fight! Fight! When she sang infamous line in her hit The Way I Am that goes “If you are chilly, here take my sweater,” Ingrid stopped singing, thought about what she just said, and tell us that “Wow, that line now has a whole different meaning!” And then she proceeds to apologize for cheating us, the fans, out of the second verse from the song (since she didn’t sing it)! As if we cared – that was a classic moment that only the Chicago fans at the show last night will have to cherish.

Thankfully, Ingrid played all of my personal favorites from her second album, Girls and Boys, as well as her singles released on iTunes. My favs were:
The Hat
Die Alone
The Way I Am
Far Away
Keep Breathing

She performed a new song that she just put up on iTunes called Giving Up. Only a few die-hard fans already had the words memorized and were lip-synching them along with Ingrid’s singing. Near the end of her set, there was a free-for-all where everybody in the crowd was shouting out songs they wanted Ingrid to play. She made an executive decision to play a song that is not even her own – Radiohead’s Creep – and that was the first time I had ever heard that song! Besides turning me on to Radiohead and the song – Creep – that everyone is covering now (remember Prince at Coachella?), she also convinced me to try a new sushi restaurant. Apparently, Ingrid and her band went out to eat dinner at Sushi O Sushi, right down the street from Park West. Minus the wasabi-induced acid reflux getting in the way of her singing during a couple songs, she loved the place. So now I want to try it too. Seriously, the next time I go out to eat, I will make my friends go there with me, just because Ingrid Michaelson went there.

If you are looking to see a concert where there is audience interaction, you have to check out Ingrid when she plays a city near you! I swear, if you try talking to her (basically yelling at her on stage), she WILL hear you and say something back. It’s really quite simple to engage her in conversation. Check out her music on iTunes if you have not already – it will make you smile…

Hear Ingrid’s side of the sweater thief story by reading her blog about the incident:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=11436578&blogID=403344612

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My New Favorite Artist = Ingrid Michaelson

So my Music Publishing teacher came into class after returning from SXSW raving about how his new favorite artist is this girl named Ingrid Michaelson. He proceeded to tell us that he attended a panel discussion in Austin during the music festival where Ingrid’s manager was a guest speaker. He then told us that Ingrid’s manager and lawyer were geniuses when it came to the deals they established in Ingrid’s music career. After breaking down her royalty collections from her CD sales and comparing that amount to what Ms. Michaelson would have received if signed to a major label, I was hooked. I had to know everything about this singer/songwriter who is now a millionaire from doing everything herself without the “help” of a major. So of course I jumped at the chance to interview her and ask her how she pulled it off. Read on to hear what Ingrid Michaelson has to say about the music industry and what it’s like to be the “girl who’s doing it all by herself.”

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