Tuesday, November 5, 2013

John Newman – A San Francisco Concert Opportunity

     We aren’t big fans of music videos. In fact, we seldom make a point of seeing a song’s video, even if we particularly like a song. But over this past weekend, we were watching a music show on the Palladia channel and the show didn’t fill the hour, so a video was used to fill the time. We got lucky. It was the video of a song that was introduced to Indie Obsessive in May. Specifically, we saw John Newman’s video for the song “Love Me Again.” It was our first viewing and it rejuvenated our appreciation for the single.
     The music video is embedded below. However, let’s first point out that London-based John Newman will be on tour in the United States early next year, and one stop will be in San Francisco (all of the dates are shown at the bottom of this entry). On January 16, 2014, Newman will be at the Rickshaw Stop. Yes, the venue continues to seem to have the inside track in bringing quality acts from the U.K., and London in particular. We are impressed with their booking skills.
     The video for “Love Me Again” has a Romeo and Juliet theme. Both the male and female arrive at a dance hall with a pair of brothers The brothers of “Romeo” seem much more comfortable with the relationship than the brothers of “Juliet.” Eventually, the couple gets away, but their outcome stays true to that of Shakespeare’s story (although by a means not available in the days of Shakespeare).
     But the real fun is in the dance hall, because that’s where Newman performs and that’s where the dancers are. The use of dancers who look like they belong in a small, unfashionable dance establishment provides credibility to the video. Our favorite character is actually the dancer pictured here with his shirt straight from Charlie Sheen in an episode of “Two and Half Men.”

   "Try" by John Newman

November 4, 2013
Nottingham, UK
Nottingham Rescue Rooms
November 6, 2013
London, UK
Electric Brixton
November 7, 2013
Brighton, UK
Brighton Coalition
November 15, 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Ancienne Belgique
November 16, 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands
People's Place
November 17, 2013
Berlin, Germany
November 19, 2013
Zurich, Switzerland
Härterei Club
November 20, 2013
Milan, Italy
La Salumeria Della Musica
November 22, 2013
Paris, France
La Flèche d'Or
November 25, 2013
Brighton, UK
Concorde 2
December 16, 2013
Brighton, UK
Concorde 2
January 6, 2014
Boston, MA
Brighton Music Hall
January 9, 2014
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom
January 11, 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Varsity Theater
January 15, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
January 16, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Rickshaw Stop
January 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall Chicago
January 24, 2014
Belfast, Uk
Limelight Belfast
January 25, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
The Academy Dublin
January 27, 2014
Southampton, UK
O2 Guildhall Southampton
January 28, 2014
Bristol, UK
O2 Academy Bristol
January 29, 2014
Birmingham, UK
Birmingham Institute
January 31, 2014
Manchester, UK
Manchester Academy
February 1, 2014
Newcastle, UK
O2 Academy Newcastle
February 3, 2014
Glasgow, UK
O2 Academy Glasgow
February 4, 2014
Leeds, UK
O2 Academy Leeds
February 6, 2014
London, UK
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
February 7, 2014
London, UK
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
February 9, 2014
Nottingham, UK
Rock City
February 10, 2014
Sheffield, UK
O2 Academy Sheffield
February 11, 2014
Norwich, UK
Norwich Uea

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