Elton John

10 Songs, Friday, March 28th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 28, 2014

Every song these guys play sound the same as the one before em because every song gives it up to lead singer Damian Abraham. For good reason, and this is a fine song though it sure ain’t as good as “The Recursive Girl”. Not close – B+

Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary/Super Deluxe Edition" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2014

So if you are in the market for four takes on “Candle In The Wind” and, astoundingly enough, four versions of “Grey Seal” on and on and only the non-LP B Sides worth your while and not many of them , this is the album for you. A stupendous horrendous bore

Elton John, American Airlines Center, Dallas, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | March 15, 2014

Long show, VERY long show. Not particularly good. Elton’s vocal range has narrowed like many performers on the wrong side of 60, and when performing 1970s pop music, vocals matter. He alternated between barking out lyrics on rockers and croaking like a besotted frog on the ballad

The Saddest Songs Ever!!!

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2013

let’s say, you are one of the lucky ones, well, it doesn’t matter because if you have nothing to be sad about, devastated about, your brain won’t let you rest. You’ll make one up. Yes, and if it gets really really bad and it can, it will, it does, it can leave you an emotional and physical wreck, insane with grief, you can die, you can be alone, you can kill yourself. Life doesn’t care.

Not With The Band: Should Performers Boycott Homophobic Russia?

By Alyson Camus | December 17, 2013

We have our homophobic idiots at home, but imagine an actor saying this publicly? He would certainly be under fire beyond recovery, since we aren’t talking about Alec Baldwin screaming his usual faggot slur at paparazzi.

Hear ye: What rock nyc is listening to 12-7-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2013

Explosions – Chanel West Coast – Probably the best song off her mix tape, the beats are awesome, little explosions in the middle of the song, a systematic banging and her tone is agressive enoough for chick hop – B+

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 12-6-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2013

Glitter And Gold – Rebecca Ferguson – If you don’t include 1D, Rebecca is the best chance at an artistically valid TV song contest celebrity since Kelly Clarkson, and if that seems gerrymandering for the singer, give this ballad a listen – B+

Elton John At Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

I don’t think John can help himself; fronting a full swing full scale rock and roll band, he has no problem pounding the drums into submission. It is such hard work with all sense of fun or camp for that matter, long time gone, that it is a storm warning: why feel if you can over feel.

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week of 12-2-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

Right about now it is always touch and go with Elton John on stage, last time round he promised a greatest hits package and it sucked what there was of it anyway since half of the sucker was that crap album with Leon Russel. What a ripoff. So why am I going again on Wednesday, December 4th, 2014: well, Elton is playing a lot off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Annotated Elton John Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

With 9 songs off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the first three nearly mirroring the first three on the classic double album, not only did Jack Phillips get it right here but my own anticipation level for the December 4th, 2013 is through the roof if not further.

Hear Ye On Spotify: What rock nyc is listening to 11-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

The Book Of Love – The Magnetic Fields – From their greatest album 69 Love Songs, this is a flat out masterpiece but the singing is a little iffy – A

Elton John's Philadelphia Concert Reviewed… In Advance!

By Jack Phillips | November 24, 2013

We go to see how fabulous he is, and collectively we all wonder to the strains of “Funeral For A Friend,” — “what’s he going to wear?” And then he materializes from within a puff of smoke as tiny crystals from his clothes and glasses send sparkles of light throughout the arena. Quite simply, he is marvelous.

Best Songs Through October 31st, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2013

As Fast As My Feet – Linda Thompson – A pop song but an old fashioned one that walks on its title melodic hook all the way there, with a sound not folk but folk-rock and of course, Linda’s gorgeous voice.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-10-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2013

Kiki deserved more than one hit but if she was gonna have only one hit this was the one to have, a chart bursting rush of Adult pop that rushed the brightest colors of glam into a pure sensibility – A

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 10-4-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2013

Knockdown Dragout – Sammy Hagar – Along with Kid Rock and Joe Satriani, and I know it should suck but this thing is bursting at the seams with riffs and shout outs – B+

That Was The Week Of September 23rd, 2013, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2013

Elton John releases his best album in a long long long time, and Drake and Kings Of Leon keep on doing what they always do, with no small amount of success. Bassist Kevin Jenkins drops a real good soul album and Icona Pop owed us more than five new songs. But we will take it.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2013

Still Into You – Paramore – Perhaps their finest song, an astounding, very addictive piece of power pop that held their pretty damn good anyway current album together – A

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of 9-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

Except for Nirvana, every song here was released in the past week or two, and of all ten songs 6 are mainstream as mainstream can be, so what this proves is that bubbling under the surface of Billboard charts

Will He Kill It? Elton John To MSG December 2013

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2013

I’m guessing it won’t be good but I am hoping it will be ordinary, not slit yr wrists awful. Hell, if he can still write a good song from time to time anything is possible.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-27-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2013

Girl Josephine – Fats Domino – It was always feels like of all the first graduates of rock and roll, Fats gets relegated to the also rans. Here is proof again he was anything but, just wait for the horn on the bridge – A