Luke James Owns The Art of Live Performance

 

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Luke James has quickly gained popularity amongst the curatorial elite, including Beyoncé, who chose the New Orleans native to appear in her “Run the World” video and has also selected the rising star as the only opener for her current Mrs. Carter tour.

Having penned songs for a slew of A-list artists, Luke has also had the fortune of working with some great producers, including Salaam Remi and Danja.

Last month, we were able to catch Luke at the Spotlight Live music industry showcase and were blown away by the power of his performance. He had a notable, palpable impact on the crowd that left audience members yelping and cheering throughout. Watch “I.O.U.” above and after the jump catch the “Make Love To Me” video as well as a photo slideshow of all performances that night.

Photos by Seher Sikandar and videos by our friends over at By Any Means.

Look out for Luke’s debut album, Made To Love, out on July 16.

“Make Love To Me” performance video & performance photos after the jump

NYC: RBMA ‘Culture Clash’ @ Roseland Ballroom – May 9

 

It’s going down tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom! The seemingly unstoppable Red Bull Music Academy is keeping up the month’s momentum with yet another dose of their incomparable programming; The May 9 Culture Clash event (originally launched in London in 2010) will feature heavyweights spanning genres and generations to bring guests the ultimate live music battle with mashups sure to induce the ill screw-face.

Performing are Federation Sound, Trouble & Bass, Just Blaze & Young Guru, as well as Que Bajo?! Sound system culture is the unifying force, but there will only be one winner. Prepare for these guys to fully bring it, as contestants have been known to bring in secret weapons (aka special guests) not to be missed. The evening will be hosted by none other than the venerable Miss Info.

Event Details
Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash
May 9, 2013
8P-1A

Tickets: $10 (All Ages)
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Roseland Ballroom
239 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

The Mystical James Blake Awes at Terminal 5

 


Words by Andrea K. Castillo / Photo by Seher Sikandar

The night of Tuesday, May 7th was one of musical splendor. The evening hosted the first of two high-demand New York shows at Terminal 5 for the future soul master that is James Blake. The UK crooner brought out a crowd that is unheard of at such shows, a mass of actual cool people. You had your hipsters clad in dark framed glasses and five-panel hats, college bros that are venturing out to new musical territories, tastemakers, and couples that danced to a rhythm that no one else heard. This group was mature and well attuned to Blake’s galaxy-surfing sound.

His set began a minute early, at 8:59 PM to be exact, with an attention-grabbing introduction of “Unluck”. The stage was clad in blue-green light adding a dreamlike quality to Blake’s at-times haunting vocals. Positioned to the right of center-stage, Blake’s performance was not focused on his ego, but that of meticulous live-sampling and eclectic sound.

Read the rest after the jump