Tag Archives: Garrett D Kennedy

The Arcs performed as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series

Concert Review by Garrett D. Kennedy September 9, 2015 | Housing Works Bookstore Café, New York City – Expectations were high. Heck, Rolling Stone Magazine’s David Fricke was behind me in line, NPR was taping the show, and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was snapping pictures next to me once Dan Auerbach and company took the stage. Fans entered ... Read More »

Jake Bugg, 2012′s best new find

Jake Bugg is eighteen.  His debut album recently came out and debuted at number one in the UK.  Do not get it twisted.  This is not the equivalent to Justin Bieber being number one in The States.  Due to the sound of his music, voice and lyrical phrasing, comparisons to Bob Dylan have been inevitable.  However, he’s not as familiar ... Read More »

Review of The Lumineers Self Titled Debut

Review by Garrett D. Kennedy First, they reminded me of The Tallest Man on Earth, then the Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers, and Mumford & Sons. The Lumineers have elements of all those bands, but after about fifty listens in a week to their self-titled debut album, they are their own band. I realized this more around the tenth listen, but ... Read More »

Review of Jack White’s Blunderbuss

My first impression of Jack White was created from hearing Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, and then Hotel Yorba.  It was during a time in my life when listening to rap music was getting old.  It just didn’t do it for me anymore.  And so, my brother, more of a punk rock fan, said I should try The White Stripes.  This ... Read More »

Norah Jones Live At The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY

Norah Jones – Live at The Bell House (Park Slope, Brooklyn, Friday, May 12, 2012) Photo © Lawrence Fung Review by Garrett D. Kennedy + Photos by Lawrence Fung I swear Norah Jones has been around longer than a decade.  Maybe that’s because her voice sounds like it comes from another era.  She’s thirty-three, but is an old soul, many say. ... Read More »

Album Review: Alabama Shakes | Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls (ATO Records, 2012) About two months ago, I emailed my father to tell him to check out the Alabama Shakes.  “Our new favorite band,” I predicted.  On April 10, 2012, the Alabama Shakes released their debut album Boys & Girls.  Most bands don’t make it.  For other bands, it takes a couple albums, or ... Read More »