Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bring “Downtown” to Life; and Get Eric Nally Out of Hiding

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As many know I’m not a fan of Pop-esque music. It has to strike me pretty hard to attract my attention in any shape or form; and rarely does it ever. I know I am about 10,000 years late to the party that is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t 110% intrigued by their latest single, “Downtown.” It’s good; I mean really good.

Not only does it feature some of rap’s greatest MCs, but to boot it brought back to life Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam fame (who I had interviewed years ago for Greenshoelace.com ), which up until recently, I could never understand how they never really caught on. They were successful in indie circles, but even then, they never fully received the attention they deserved. Also I kind of love the fact that most people think Eric is in costume, but really, no, that’s his usual attire (for live shows at least). Remember when he used to eat cigarettes on stage? Yes, that.

Getting back to my main point, I love the fact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are being successful on their own terms, and keeping completely true to themselves. It really brings in another level of artist intimacy because there isn’t that label middleman. Everything that they put out is them, whether you like it or not. “Downtown,” is the perfect example of an artist unleashing their heart and soul into the music. Musically and marketing wise it’s genius; and to be honest, one hell of a song.

 

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NYC’s Weekly Show Roundup!


Callers, Janka Nabay, Buke and Gass, People Get Ready @ (le) poisson rouge

Idlewild, Happy Hollows @ Bowery Ballroom CANCELED

Hank & Cupcakes, Kenan Bell, Biker Daughter @ Brooklyn Bowl

Joanna Newsom @ Carnegie Hall

Diamond Doves, Vandaveer, The Nico Blues, Open Road Love Affair @ The Glasslands

Matthew Dear, Games, Noveller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Robbers on High Street, My Cousin, The Emperor, Only Living Boy, Hey Battlefield @ The Bowery Electric

Delta Spirit, Darker My Love, The Fling @ Webster Hall

Idlewild, Happy Hollows @ Bowery Ballroom CANCELED

Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Bowery Ballroom

Junip, Lost in the Trees @ Irving Plaza

Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Computer Magic, Hooray For Earth, The Vandelles, Paul and the Patients, Twin Shadow (DJ Set) @ Pianos

Midnight Juggernauts, Bikini, Chappo  @ Bowery Ballroom

Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The So So Glos, The Rassle, Devin Therriault @ Studio at Webster Hall

 

Free Energy Announce New Tour Dates… With Weezer!

Free Energy are on a roll. Their debut album, Stuck On Nothing,  which came out in March on Astralwerks/DFA Records, was produced by Mr. James Murphy, Rolling Stone’s words to describe it are, very simply, “It totally fucking rules”
and Pitchfork calls them “totally rad.” Not bad for a first album.

Things are getting bigger now as they will be joining Weezer’s Memories Tour for the band’s Boston and New York dates in December! We have all the dates below! Meanwhile, they still have a good month accompanying Foxy Shazam around the country (we have those dates too) but are making a point to keep those who cannot follow them on the road entertained with the “Free Energy Power Hour.” During this express TV show, the band shows off their comedic skills with mock tape repair ad and parodies of tacky buddy sitcoms, among others. You can view the second episode right HERE!

Here are their upcoming tour dates:
11/11: Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/12: Vancouver, BC – Media Club (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/14: Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/15: Calgary, AB – The Republik (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/16: Saskatoon, SK – Amigos (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/17: Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/18: Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/19: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/20: Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/21: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/22: Albany, NY – Valentines (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/23: Boston, MA – Paradise (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/24: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/26: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/27: Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
11/30: Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon Club (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
12/01: Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel (Foxy & Free Tour, Sponsored by SPIN Magazine)
12/07: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
12/08: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
12/09: Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap
12/14: Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre  (with Weezer)
12/15: Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre (with Weezer)
12/17: New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (with Weezer)
12/18: New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (with Weezer)