If you havent already been to Baby's All Right, go. It was my first time at the Williamsburg venue when NIGHTLY
performed this past Friday night, and man, was it fun. The venue itself was pretty small. Even with the huge crowd of 18-25 year-olds that poured in around 9:00 pm, I didn't feel smothered. To say that I'm obsessed with this venue is an understatement, but I'm sure my love has something to do with the performances I saw that evening.
NIGHTLY was quick to start at 8:30 pm sharp. The Nashville based alt pop duo actually sounded better than they do on their debut EP, Honest.
Singer, Jonathan Capeci has a voice that won't shake or stammer even if he does. And he did. He was dancing and moving to the beat enough to get the crowd pumped. Guitarist, Joey Beretta, cousin to Capeci, created a sound that seemed to awaken the crowd. Together they create EDM-style pop beats that are bound to get even those who had never heard their songs before to scream their names. Oh, and the fact that they are attractive doesn't hurt either.
The band opened with "Talk To Me," a song with heavy synths, 80's pop beats, and cooing vocals. This song is my personal favorite next to "No Vancancy," a more chill, nostalgic sound that wins me over with Beretta's gorgeous guitar riffs. It took a minute or two for the crowd to warm up to the boys. Most of the people who showed up were K.Flay fans and had not heard of NIGHTLY before Friday night. However, once they saw Capeci's confident attitude and un-denying talent, they were hooked. By the end of the performance, the crowd was praising the boys. Their heartbreak-influenced lyrics had the crowd under their spell.
Indie rapper/rocker, K.Flay, came on the Baby's stage at around 10:00 pm. We waited longer than we thought for her to start playing but she was definitely worth the wait. K.Flay is one of those artists that blurs genres. Is she a rapper? Is she indie soul? Electronic hip-hop? I'm not quite sure. But what I am
sure of is that this chick knows how to put on a show. This isn't the first time we saw the eccentric young rapper perform. We had filmed her play at the Launch Pad in Austin a couple years back, and had an exclusive Baeble interview with her in 2011.
K.Flay played songs from her 2014 album, Life As A Dog,
such as "Everyone I Know," "Make Me Fade," and "Wishing It Was You." Everyone knew her hard-hitting, fast-paced, relatable lyrics. She introduced "Wishing It Was You" by saying, "Hey Brooklyn, have you ever felt like a pathetic loser... there's something about Brooklyn that'll make you feel like that." The audience sang along, "Sucking on a bottle of Jim Beam wishing it was you,"
and it was clearly their anthem. It seems that K.Flay doesn't know how to perform without delivering herself honestly and whole-heartedly.
Her 2016 EP, Crush Me,
consists of slower-paced, melodic-heavy songs. Before singing "Dreamers," she gave a toast and addressed the results of the recent election, saying, "Here's to surviving the next four years."
K.Flay makes music that speaks to a generation, whether it regards heartbreak, fuck-ups, life goals, or changing the world. Overall, NIGHTLY and K.Flay delivered performances that left the crowd feeling like they could be human without being judged.