Year End Lists 2014: Brooklyn Songwriter Sarah McGowan Shares Her Top 5 Concerts

Mike Mehalick December 15, 2014 Features No Comments

Sarah McGowan

Sarah McGowan is a Brooklyn-based edgy singer/songwriter currently in the midst of finishing up her debut EP, Indian Summer, due out January 27th. In the words of McGowan, “2014 was a good year for concert-going in New York City. I sorted through my pile of ticket stubs and made the difficult choice of picking my five favorite shows I attended this year.”

See who made the cut and stream the title track of McGowan’s upcoming album below.

5. Sam Morrow @ Rockwood Music Hall

I’ve been following Sam Morrow’s music since the summer of 2013, when I downloaded his first EP from Noisetrade. So as soon as I saw that he was playing Rockwood in September, I couldn’t wait to hear him play live. I was definitely not disappointed. His voice and songs are amazing stripped down to just acoustic guitar. Check out his song “War” here:

4. Sarah Jaffe @ Mercury Lounge

Ever since I heard Sarah Jaffe’s song “Clementine” on WFUV in 2011, it’s been one of my favorite songs of all time. I’ve been wanting to see her for years and finally got the chance in September at Mercury Lounge when she was supporting Astronautalis. Sarah’s voice is even more pure and pristine live (if that’s possible) and afterward I got to take the world’s most awkward photograph with her. All in all, everything you can wish for in a concert experience. Here’s her song “Clementine”:

3. Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden

I surprised my boyfriend with tickets to Billy Joel last Christmas and instantly won “The Best Girlfriend Award.” Even though we were up in the nosebleeds of Madison Square Garden and Billy was a barely perceptible dot, watching him perform the first show of his 2014 MSG residency was breathtaking. This was definitely an experience to check off the bucket list. Rock out to “The Longest Time” below:

2. Jamestown Revival @ Bowery Ballroom

Earlier this year, I stumbled upon Jamestown Revival’s song “California (Cast Iron Soul)” and it instantly became my theme song. I love their feel good, old fashioned folk-rock with some killer hooks. They came through the Bowery Ballroom last month and put on a fantastic show. I can’t wait for these guys to get big. Check out “California (Cast Iron Soul)”:

1. St. Vincent @ Prospect Park

Although it was difficult to choose my #1 show of 2014, St. Vincent’s performance in August at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park easily took the cake. In addition to being a totally badass musician and songwriter, her show is a piece of performance art. At one point, she slid down her prop pyramid staircase while strobe lights flashed around her, giving the impression that she had turned into a robot. Mind blowing. I may have even shed a tear during her acoustic performance of “Strange Mercy.” I highly recommend you catch St. Vincent in concert, it’s something you’ll remember for a long time. Here’s “Cheerleader,” one of my favorite songs:

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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