Jackie Gage Covers Neon Trees During Recent Recording Party

Last Friday, I attended singer-songwriter Jackie Gage’s recording party for her upcoming live jazz album at SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery in Downtown San Jose.

I first learned about Jackie this past June at the Left Coast Live 365 event, where she performed with her jazz/rock band, Distant Dice. I was very much impressed with the band’s sound, as well as Jackie’s vocal ability. When I found out about her recording party, I figured it would be a great opportunity to check out Jackie’s solo jazz endeavor.

I had such a great time, and Jackie’s live album is going to be incredible! One of the highlights of her set was a very jazzed up rendition of Neon Trees’ hit song, “Animal.” Take a listen below!

Cool cover, right? I think it’s just fantastic!

I also have to give props to the Mark Arroyo Trio, who kicked off that night’s show. They were fantastic! If you’re in the Bay Area, you definitely should check them out at Left Coast Live on October 8!

Support local Bay Area music & check out the links below!

Jackie Gage: Website, Twitter, Facebook

Mark Arroyo Trio: Facebook

Distant Dice: Website, Twitter, Facebook

Wait…WHAT’s Favorite Albums of 2010

It’s that time where I reveal 10 albums that I enjoyed throughout the year. My picks are personal favorites that were in constant rotation in my car stereo. I think a couple of the albums are no brainers that they made the list, and there might be a couple surprises.

So, in no particular order, here are my favorite albums of 2010.

Music From Glee: Journey to Regionals EP

I have reviewed a lot of Glee music this year, and my favorite batch of songs came from the Journey to Regionals EP. I love the Journey covers, but the shining gem is Jonathan Groff’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Seriously, go take a listen. It’s absolute ear candy.

 

Darren Criss: Human EP

Darren Criss is hands down the best thing that’s happened to my iTunes this year. His Human EP is made up of five relatable tracks that will pull on your heartstrings. I can’t wait to see what this singer-songwriter can do with a full studio album.

 

 

Ke$ha: Animal

I didn’t really know what to make of Ke$ha when “Tik Tok” first came out. After taking a listen to her album, I realized that homegirl’s music is absolutely infectious. If you want to feel good and dance, Animal was where it was at this year.

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