Posted in music | pictures on October 23, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

"Miguel is worth the wait #swoonme @brooklynvegan" - Mayuri Reddy

"Miguel's set @PublicAssembly was brief but chisel-sharp. Even his bodyguards were bobbing along. Thank you @brooklynvegan!! ML #CMJ2012" - Time Out NY

Miguel at (and outside) Public Assembly - 10/20/12
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R&B's new favorite posterchild, Miguel stopped in NYC over the weekend and made surprise appearances at FADER Fort on Friday, which Pitchfork was at, and the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (which we announced on Friday). Here's a bit about our show...

As Miguel was preparing to go on, the venue hit capacity and there were still people lined up outside the door for the singer. It took a bit of extra set-up time to get the sound right, and his set was a short one, but the crowd seemed to agree it was still worth the wait. Due to last minute coordination issues, Miguel was unfortunately without his band and was only backed by someone on keyboards/samples, but that didn't hinder anything either. Even with the small set up, he filled the venue with rumbling bass, and Miguel, as sharp a singer live as he is on record, cut through the mix with ease. There seemed to still be a bit of uncertainty in his live show earlier this year, but whatever kinks may have existed have been worked out -- Miguel's arguably strongest point is now that he's such a confident performer. He worked the crowd with suave dance moves and show-offy vocal runs that left the crowd screaming and Miguel grinning at the power he's got up there. He opened with some earlier singles like "Sure Thing" but ended the set with Kaleidoscope Dream single, "Adorn," and at that point had everyone going wild and singing along.

Major label R&B has been slowly making its way into indie rock acceptance, and along with Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, Miguel is one of the leaders of this. But if you're still iffy on him or the whole trend in general, do yourself a favor and check him out live. I don't think anyone walked out of that room disappointed on Saturday. His next announced date in NYC happens when his tour with Trey Songz and Elle Varner hits The Theatre at MSG on December 5 (tickets). (editor's note to Miguel: cancel that tour and do your own headlining run!).

More pictures from his set at the BV day party, where we were proudly sponsored by Sailor Jerry, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Mercy, and Raw Revolution, are below...

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Comments (17)

hahaha 'bodyguards were bopping along', a sure sign to skip this 'talent'. Sorry BV but as long as you champion this guy, I am going to assume your taste in Rn B / Soul or whatever you want to call is nil.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:37 PM

I don't give a shit about this guy. But have to say that, as one who badmouthed the lineup when it was announced, I did drop by early and caught Hunters and Choir of Young Believers. They were both good. So just goes to show.....it's ignorant for me to badmouth bands I haven't heard of just because I haven't heard of them. So there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:41 PM

12:37 hit the nail on the head. BV is acting like theyre all of a sudden an authority on R&B and soul, but they dont cover the genres. They only cover what has been deemed "worthy" by the elitist critics at Pitchfork and other hipster-approved blogs. Miguel had a couple of good songs when he came out, but he's a stiff performer. I saw him open for Mary J. Blige two years ago. He did a 3-song set. Come on now.

Doesnt surprise me that he would play a brief set at this FREE show. It's a free show, you think he's gonna give everything he has for it? Obviously not, since he didnt bother bringing his band or playing a regular-length set.

Stay within the boundaries you know, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:48 PM

Omg is that The Weekdy?

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:49 PM

Sorry guys, but this review is delusional.

I was skeptical of him, and decided to "do myself a favor and check him out live" at this show.

Now, no doubt at all that he can sing. as lethargic & hung-over as he looked at this show, the guy has pipes. His voice isn't particularly unique or special though, just a solid RnB voice.

And aside from that, he was just terrible.
His presence is douche-creepy as hell, his set was half-assed and roughshod (false starts, etc), and the setup time was just absurd! Three dudes on stage soundchecking a Maschine setup for ages and pushing the whole show late (while Caveman set up a full-band arrangement in minutes and sounded 100 times better in the room).

And after it all, the songs are just totally vapid & empty.
I know people are clamoring for more Frank Oceans & Weeknds, but this guy is not even close.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:51 PM

Also, later Miguel was posted up watching eXquire in the back room, standing on a bench behind a wall of his giant security guys.
People in the crowd were openly laughing at him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 1:20 PM

Gotta admit, the bodyguards onstage were a little much...
He's really on his way to being big, but maybe not at big as he thinks he is.

Posted by Emilee | October 23, 2012 3:35 PM

What the fuck does this guy need a security team for on N 6th St? Is he gonna get a hipster beat down? Jesus I saw Skrillex walking down that street on his own the other day and he's 4 foot nothing...at least he's not that big of a pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 3:53 PM

The body guards were there to protect the robust hummus platter that was backstage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 3:56 PM

they weren't bodyguards. they were Public Assembly security

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 3:59 PM

Miguel was super laid back and came with no bodyguards. We, the venue, had a few people up by the stage because we were fresh of a rather insane Pig Destroyer show, and there was a rumor floating around the Miguel himself had prepped a cover of Loathsome. Better safe than sorry.

Posted by Public Assembly | October 23, 2012 4:06 PM

12:51 is dead on. This review is bullshit, and that set was fucking weak. A 50 minute delay because apparently no one can plug in a laptop? A midget holding a beer cup conveys confident performance? Andrew, are your a publicist for his label? Hundred Waters had multiple members and instruments and got their shit together in fifteen minutes and played on time, as scheduled. Keep this douchey major label R&B bullshit attitude out of my face.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 5:31 PM

LOVE MIGUEL!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2012 9:44 AM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by Romantic images | November 13, 2012 11:56 AM

Theres about maybe 10 interesting metal bands who have been around for a while out 10,000 or so that pop up every 5 mins lately.

Posted by Download Skype 2013 | December 10, 2012 7:54 PM

the festival loses tons of appeal if they leave the polo grounds. the venue is why most people go!

Posted by Nimbuzz | December 12, 2012 4:32 PM

He's so friendly and cool.

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