Posted in music | pictures on March 24, 2011

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Richard Ashcroft

For United, Richard Ashcroft recruited hip-hop producer No I.D., best known for Jay-Richard Ashcroft singles like "D.O.A." and "Run This Town." At its best, it kind of sounds like Big Audio Dynamite, and mixes up Jigga-worthy beats, noisy guitars, and cinematic strings courtesy of Barry White arranger Benjamin Wright.

That hip-hop ethos came through in New York, as Ashcroft -- wearing a hip-hop-appropriate puffed out, multi-pocketed jacket and backed by a crack outfit dubbed the United Nation of Sound -- uncorked the thick, rattling rhythms of new songs like "Are You Ready" and "Born Again" with excitement. Sometimes too much so, actually, as there were many instances of him making awkward b-boy hand gestures (aggressively pointing to the crowd, pointing to his eye, and then pointing up wards) while performing. -[Spin]

Richard Ashcroft played a sold-out Bowery Ballroom last night (3/23) with The Postelles, a day after he performed his new single "Are You Ready?" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, the former Verve frontman recently made a stop at RXP for an in-studio performance.

Ashcroft's new LP, United Nations of Sound is out now and currently streaming in full.

More pictures from Bowery (including the setlist) and video from Fallon & RXP, below...

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Richard Ashcroft "Are You Ready?" on Jimmy Fallon, 3/22/11

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Comments (24)

I was at the show. I'm always amazed at his showmanship! He's seriously the best frontman out there. He played a lot of new material, and it sounded great. The dude just has so much conviction that it's hard not to buy into it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:09 PM

I never liked his song "Never Gonna Give You Up" but seeing it live was really an exceptional experience. Good Show Rick!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:19 PM

"He's seriously the best frontman out there."

Hahahahahaha, what an idiot you are. How many frontmen are you judging this by. 2 or 3?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:24 PM

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:26 PM

If there's anything you need
All you have to do is say
You know you satisfy everything in me
We shouldn't waste a single day

So don't stop me falling
It's destiny calling
A power I just can't deny
It's never changing
Can't you hear me, I'm saying
I want you for the rest of my life

Together forever and never to part
Together forever we two
And don't you know
I would move heaven and earth
To be together forever with you

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:27 PM

"Hahahahahaha, what an idiot you are. How many frontmen are you judging this by. 2 or 3?"

get a life / job / girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:28 PM

here you go ... from last night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B62p-dEfUZM

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:28 PM

5:24, go punch yourself in the face. Then, go back to Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:38 PM

Not sure about the best frontman comment, but he is certainly a very good performer. Despite the shortcomings of the new material, it was a very enjoyable and well performed show. Nothing fake about it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:40 PM

Was there hummus served at this event? If so, was it served with a crudité, with fine crackers or with pita triangles? Did they also serve baba o'reillyganoush?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:44 PM

but the music is just bad? are we forgetting something here? Richard, please please link up again with Nick McCabe and make the Verve work again!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:00 PM

He stole J Spacemen's girlfriend Kate 20 years ago. Still an a-hole.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:17 PM

^ you can't steal that which isn't owned.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:21 PM

never gonna give
never gonna give

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:46 PM

[img]http://www.gamingmight.com/media/rick-astley-you.jpg[/img]

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:49 PM

hey 6:21, j. spaceman owned that bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 7:55 PM

Stay classy, 7:55

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:21 PM

stay gold, Pony Boy

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:27 PM

Stay on target ... Stay on target

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:58 PM

5:28 and 5:38 are clearly 2 of the biggest jackasses with very limited knowledge of music. Probably the same dork commenting twice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 2:33 AM

never forgive him for screwing over the Verve a few years ago, don't care how good this might be, he's dead to me!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 10:19 AM

^ Why? What exactly did he do?

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 10:51 AM

2 questions - after looking at the photographs, I'm wondering whether or not Ashcroft was "gellin'" at this show? Also, I'm confused as to which one of you is from Ohio.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Dr. Scholl | March 25, 2011 1:27 PM

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