Just Loud stepped out on the stage of PlayStation Theater in a sequin jacket and curly locks flowing behind him. His geometric glasses, soon to be tossed aside in the heat of dance, glistened in the purple light, as those curls rested in place for just a moment before they were ignited by funk.
The Dirty Heads tour had made it’s way to Times Square and Just Loud was along for more than just the ride. He opened the show that night truly embodying the likes of James Brown and Charles Bradley – hips and all. His energy kept rising with every song, along with his falsetto. Though it was a short set because he’s still growing his library of music, Just Loud brought down the house with funk. He even opened up his set with a Just Loud-ified rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” that brought out what incredible vocal range he has. The only thing that could have made it better was if Debbie Harry showed up to sing her featured part in “Soul Train.”
Jukebox the Ghost followed Just Loud’s set that night with an equally as energetic performance. Ben Thornewill practically levitated from his seat at his piano every other beat as he was kept standing and gesturing to the crowd with vigor. Coming off their spring release, Off To The Races, with hits like “Fred Astaire” and “Everybody’s Lonely,” this trio is killing the indie-pop game. They teased their Halloween shows that night (rightfully dubbed Hallow-Queen) by playing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” blowing my mind.
Dirty Heads brought their usual laidback but still in your face energy, flanked by light-up palm trees lining the stage. The summer vibe was strong inside the PlayStation Theater that night even though it was a crisp fall night. They sprinkled in songs from their newest album SWIM TEAM but most of the night was about that nostalgia factor where they played favorites like “Lay Me Down” and “Spread Too Thin.” They ended their night with a double encore that made everyone in that hazy room dance.
Article: Merissa Blitz