Live Wired [Review]: Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding has had a huge year, and it’s only August. A 24-year-old pop singer from England, she has been getting more attention in the US recently. She was selected by Prince William and Kate Middleton as the only live musician at possibly the biggest event of the year: the royal wedding reception in April. A week later, Goulding was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. She toured the US for the first time earlier this year, playing smaller venues. She’s back on tour, and on July 27th in Boston played an even bigger venue during her second time in the states. The sold out crowd was loud and ready for a great night of live music.

Bag Raiders, a house duo from Australia made up of Chris Stracey and Jack Glass, started the show off as the tour’s only opener. They pumped up the already-packed house and got everyone dancing. They closed with one of their bigger songs, “Shooting Star,” leaving fans in excited anticipation for Ellie to begin.

Bag Raiders

When you listen to Ellie Goulding’s music, it’s easy to get hooked right away. Yes, she has a pretty voice. But most of her songs also feature catchy beats. Her live show really illustrated what a talented artist she is. Throughout the entire show, Goulding was dancing around the stage, showing off her incredible vocals and playing a couple of different instruments. She had the crowd interacting the whole time and was having as much fun as the audience.

The setlist illustrated Goulding’s versatility and did a great job of throwing together sing-along and dance songs. There were definitely a few numbers that stood out. Any song that featured Goulding playing the drums was a blast to watch. She had a trap kit at the front of the stage next to her microphone, as well as an acoustic guitar. The guitar served as the main component of her beautiful acoustic rendition of “Wish I Stayed.” It was sad and stripped-down, as she explained the song was written about a time when she really missed her home. Later, to a large round of applause and cheers, she introduced one of her cover songs: A quiet piano version of Elton John’s “Your Song.” The crowd sang every word at the top of their lungs.

After the set, Goudling and her band came back for a two song, high-energy encore. They first played “Your Biggest Mistake,” a piano-filled pop song that leads up to a great chorus everyone can sing. They ended with their often-remixed, biggest hit “Starry Eyed.” The crowd was at their liveliest and so was Goulding, finishing the night with everyone dancing as she belted out the last note of the song.

Check out the dates for the rest of Ellie Goulding’s tour with Bag Raiders!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Step Aside, Sandler, George Michael Is The Wedding Singer

Have you been living under a rock for the past six months? If so, you may have missed the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married this weekend. And like us, you probably wondered why everyone spells her name Kate when her full name is Catherine. Why? Is that a British thing? But we digress. The point is, in an effort to share in the couple’s joy, George Michael recorded a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s You and I as a gift to them. (You can download the track on his Web site.)

We know what you’re thinking”nothing says true love like engaging in a lewd act in a public toilet. But George Michael’s heart is certainly in the right place, and his gift got us thinking about other singers we’d love to have performing at our wedding.*

*We are in no way serious about having any of these artists perform at our wedding.

Rick Astley

The key to having Rick Astley as your wedding singer would be keeping it an absolute secret. Seriously, don’t tell a soul. Because what could be better than Rick Rolling your guests? Imagine the looks on their faces. Plus, that has to be one of the easiest dances to learn. Of course, you could always just get Rick to write your vows. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…

Ozzy Osbourne

Okay, so the Prince of Darkness might seem like a strange fit for your reception. But say what you will about Ozzy, but the guy has been married to Sharon since 1982. We think he might know a thing or two about marriage. And don’t you want your wedding to be memorable? Between public intoxication at the Alamo and snorting a line of fire ants (was that rumor ever confirmed?), we’re pretty sure Ozzy brings the party.

William Shatner

If you haven’t heard Shatner’s cover of “Common People” by Pulp, click here. Done? Welcome back. You now understand why your wedding will be incomplete without the Shat. Did you hear the emotion in his voice? Those passionate vocals? Where on earth did he learn to sing like that? Every other band should have just stopped trying to make music after his 2004 album Has-Been, because there’s no way to improve on it. When Shatner talk-sings “Ideal Woman” during your reception, your guests will struggle to hold back tears. It’ll be a truly beautiful moment.

The Dan Band (from Old School and The Hangover)

This one is a total no-brainer, because who hasn’t dreamed of being serenaded by R&B covers of filthy songs like 50 Cent’s “Lollipop”? We have just a few ideas for totally inappropriate raps turned creepy slow jams this guy could perform at our wedding: Snoop‘s “Gangsta Luv,” Ying Yang Twins‘ “Wait (The Whisper Song)” or 2 Live Crew‘s “Me So Horny.” And of course, we welcome your suggestions.

Adam Sandler

Despite the title of this post, we’re still a total sucker for Adam Sandler as the goofy, overlooked wedding singer. Sure, he might steal your bride, but only if you’re a cheating asshole.  And just look at how he works that powder blue suit. We’d even let him belt out “Love Stinks” if he wanted to. Maybe he’d bring Billy Idol to the wedding with him? …A girl can dream.

Editor’s note: Despite recording a song for the couple, George Michael has made it clear he will not be attending the royal nuptials, tweeting: the couple should be “surrounded by people they love, not dodgy ex-con pop stars.” We’re sure there’s a distant cousin or two in there that will be disappointed to hear the news.